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San Cristobal Paladar

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San Rafael No 469, E/ Lealtad y Campanario, Havana, Cuba
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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant should be no1 , the service was impeccable as was the food. I booked this for my partner birthday in the uk as I had seen on tv. The battered lobster was divine as was the sirloin steak which was so tasty and the only place I managed to get a decent salad and chips. The waiters were... More 

Thank pinkypigs
West Palm Beach, Florida
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97 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the food here, and it's affordable! The service was great. Jorge was one of the best waiters we have ever had. He made the night special...ask for him. Make sure you make reservations well ahead of time.

Thank Johnhdz
New York City
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been hopping around to all the best rated paladars in Havana since my first time here over a year ago and I must say that this one so far has provide the best all around from food, atmosphere and service. We were attended to by several waiters and Alejandro who was so attentive! You can't go wrong with... More 

Thank Burgos88
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go to San Rafael and have a good stroll along the boulevard and then have lunch at San Cristobal, you will not regret it, the best food we had in Havana and one of the best we had in Cuba. Very fancy, trendy, bohemian, yet traditional and most of all, very new-Havana like. We never imagined to find a place... More 

1 Thank robertwolfenix
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Where do I begin!? From the moment you set foot in San Cristobal, you'll be mesmerised by the elegant and quirky decor around the place that differs from room to room! As a party of 6 we were well looked after by our waiter Williams <3 The starter platter consisting of ceviche, chorizo, cheese, olives, aubergine, and plenty more was... More 

1 Thank venicethemenace
Ciudad de la Habana Province, Cuba
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with my family and we had a wonderful dinner. As usual, we requested two mixed platters as an appetizer and for the main dish we had the seafood dish (fish, lobster and shrimp) and the sweet and sour chicken (with pineapple). Everything was good, the lobster cooked to perfection and excellent sauce on the chicken! The service was great... More 

1 Thank Carmen L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me just qualify this review by saying I was with friends on business when we dined at San Cristobal Paladar and we got VIP treatment.It also was the restaurant where President Obama ate with his family while in Cuba.The chef/owner was so accommodating. I can assure you that you don't have to be the President to get quality service.... More 

1 Thank Michael F
Havana, Cuba
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go there very often. I know the owner cause I met him on my very first visit and he always comes over to say hi when he is there i go. Food and service is always great and in Cuba not many places have this kind of consistency. I would definitely recommend it even if it is not on... More 

1 Thank Allan_Siegelbaum
London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

Easily the best food in Havana, if not Cuba. It's easy to see why the Obama's came here. A small thin restaurant down a side alley with loads of mementos, an extensive and delicious menu and well priced. You'll need a reservation to eat there, so get one as soon as you can!

1 Thank Giles D
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

The atmosphere is amazing! It was a great experience to eat where obama did and it was the best food we had in Cuba! I recommend one of their more exotic dishes, as you will be eating enough rice and beans at other restaurants!

1 Thank Julie S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Rafael No 469, E/ Lealtad y Campanario, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 860-1705

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?