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Cafe Lamparilla

Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
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Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
864-9580
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Slow service but good location and tapas

This cafe located in Old Havana has nice outdoor seating. The menu isn't extensive but the tapas for 11 CUC per person is a nice array of meats, some cheese, and olives. There are not many people working there so when the cafe is busy, expect delays and forgotten items that you ordered.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
mch2012
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place but food and service are awful.fifty per cent of the menu is run out and the rest is definitely not worth.avoid it if you can

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Thank Dario D
Fife
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service very slow and staff have an appauling attitude It should have been a sign for us when they didn't have any wine or cuban bottled water or 2 of my partner's choices of food that we should eat somewhere else - I wish we had Piňa colada looked and tasted disgusting (as did Daiquiri). Fish wasn't fresh and wasn't... More 

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Thank Doofer
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was very very slow (even by Cuban terms), the food was mediocre and we were brought not what we ordered first. We saw how some French tourists were annoyed about the bill, although our bill was correct. There are tables outside which is nice but the service and the food make this place not worth going to.

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Thank Evgeny K
Fife, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only stopped off for a bit of lunchtime tapas & got a veggie sharing platter. Nothing outstanding about it at all & waited quite a while to be served but this was due to the poor waiter running around on his lonesome. There were another 2 people behind the bar, 1 serving drinks & 1 taking cash but they did... More 

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Thank trish m
Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This cafe located in Old Havana has nice outdoor seating. The menu isn't extensive but the tapas for 11 CUC per person is a nice array of meats, some cheese, and olives. There are not many people working there so when the cafe is busy, expect delays and forgotten items that you ordered.

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Thank mch2012
Province of Treviso, Italy
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Nice place with a particular atmosphere! Very kind staff, very cheap and good food, especially if compared to some terrible dinners we had in very expensive hotels

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Thank Ginger-Ile
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Lamparilla, responded to this review
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Hola: Nos alegra haya disfrutado su estancia en nuestro sitio. Siempre es agradable escuchar que clientes como usted salieron complacidos.... More 

Grand Cayman
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Very charming street side patio but meats were over cooked. I don't know what other details to add...

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Thank Josée S
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Lamparilla, responded to this review
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Hola Josée: Agrademos su válida opinión. Un placer saludarlo. More 

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167 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Ate here in July. Portions were good but food very average. I had fish and my friend had shrimp (she was very ill the following day). Took ages to get a drink, never mind a menu and food - I would not recommend.

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Thank UkSkigirl
comercial2015, Director Comercial at Cafe Lamparilla, responded to this review
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Hola Amig@: Lamentamos su opinión negativa respecto a nuestro restaurante, pero a su vez ha sido muy válida para corregir... More 

Ohakune, New Zealand
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Got the feeling of a State run restaurant, many items on the menu unavailable. Prices were standard for La Habana, food wasn't fresh, weaker stomachs suffered for a few days.

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Thank Bryan106
West Chicago, Illinois
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667 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Slow service but still a nice place to sit and people watch and be outdoors. Everything in Havana (and environs) is very clean so it's easy and pleasant to be outdoors. It's just that if it's not a pleader then the food is quite ordinary as is the service. This was just fine for a simple sandwich lunch and located... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lamparilla, 54 | entre Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 864-9580

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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