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Cafe Lamparilla

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Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I sat in the area outside and enjoyed the food and musical group. I don't know what the inside area is like. The service wasn't the best, but considering reasonable prices, not a big factor.

Thank Jude12601
Surf City, New Jersey
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134 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chef special of the day was lobster with two sides, small dessert and coffee (cuban style) for 14 CUC. Probably my husband's best meal on our trip and compared to prices at home, a good value. Large lobster tail and it was delicious. Sides good too. It seemed like 90% of the plates coming out onto the outside seating... More 

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Athens, Greece
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

The only interesting thing in this restaurant was the duet playing trova. The food was very average, not good value for money. What was negatively exceptional was the service where the waiters took ages to come to the table and, when they did, they didn't look in the eyes and they were almost impolite. The place is very nice though,... More 

Thank Sotiris11
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

I was hooked on the grilled lobster tail from the first time I dined here. It's great value for money with the veg, rice, dessert and tea/coffee. I ate lobster at other restaurants during my tour of Cuba. However, Café Lamparilla cooked theirs the best. This place fills up by 7.30pm. Go early. The staff can be overworked and at... More 

Thank NiniBug
San Francisco, California
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Very ordinary Havana meal. Nothing stands out at all from it other than the meat being a bit over cooked and the dish generally lacking flavor.

Thank BaboonFury
East Anglia
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

We went to Cafe Lamparilla twice during our stay in Havana because we enjoyed the food so much (the quality was higher than elsewhere in Havana). The first night was great: mojitos, chicken suprema, and ropa vieja. Plates include desert. Second night was a nightmare. We had a different waiter (a man), who disliked us for some reason. Either because... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

I met a couple travelling from the USA and we chatted about many things and the subject of restaurants came up. They recommended this café as they said the food was good and it was economical. I had to try it as I did find that the food was a bit expensive in Havana. They were right; for CUC7 I... More 

Thank Misty2004
Kassel, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

In the heart of old Havanna, in Lamparilla street this little cafe/restaurant is a true gem in terms of quality of food, drinks and service.

Thank ch_schumi
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

The food was great. We had beef stew and octopus. The portions were huge. The cost was on he higher side though for Havana.

1 Thank ecoker
London, United Kingdom
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We visited for lunch and found it one of the better dining experiences we had in Havana. Good extensive menu, very good drinks and quite affordable. It appears in many guidebooks but when we visited it was quiet and relaxing.

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Estimado Cliente: Agradecemos su válida opinión, nos alegra haya disfrutado la estancia en nuestra instalación, esperamos nos visite nuevamente. Saludos More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuban, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 864-9580

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?