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Reviewed December 20, 2020

The food was great, the service as well. You will dine in the same place as a lot of famous people that have visited Havana. But still, the owner of the restaurant will make you feel as if you are as, or more, important than...any of its old customers.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 4, 2020

Just go. Its in a grimy district near the Church of the Virgin which is sacred to the Santeros of Havana. Visit the church before or after. Notice the offerings to the Orishas left outside: flowers, food, beads, pictures. If in doubt ask the waiter...or maitre d' to recommend what is good today. They will. In my opinion, Cuban lobster (clawless Langostas) are not nearly as good as Cuban shrimp or emperador fish. But if the restaurant recommends a dish, heed the recommendation. If you enjoy the experience try the other won tied for first place (in my opinion), La Guardia. You can't miss. These are places for special occasions.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed August 29, 2020

I've been to 100+ countries and this still remains my favorite restaurant. It encapsulates Havana but with class. Always recommended it to friends and non were disappointed.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed May 17, 2020 via mobile

Knowing you’re following in the footsteps of the great man Obama and his family, Beyoncé and Jay-Z and other A-list celebrities is one of the thrills of this restaurant with its high ceilings and antique furnishings. The food is enjoyable especially the appetizers that you...see served at many tables and their house dessert. Not much gap is left between the starter and main course so make sure you go feeling hungry if you come from Europe where courses are more spaced out.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed April 11, 2020

Traveling Black group of 13 enjoyed our private room served in royal fashion. Delicious food, great service, beautifully decorated, beautiful art and pictures of famous people that had eaten there and round it off with a personal visit from chef Carlos

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed April 10, 2020 via mobile

I was really impressed by this restaurant. The service staff was professional, polite & well spoken. The restaurant is small with over the top decor, every bit of space is filled with antique/quaint items, photos, paintings collected over the years. The ladies' toilet decor though...is a bit eerie. We had mojito drinks, starter platter & for our mains, lobster tails (not 1, not 2 but 3 good sized lobster tails), a very generous serving. Food was done to perfection. The chef came by to chit chat and took photos with us. We saw photos of him and the Obamas on the wall and in the photo book. And when the night came to a close, we were each gifted a cigar. The waiter stopped me when I picked one for my husband after I took one for myself. He could be a little more discreet about it. But I'm not gonna let this spoil my wonderful night.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 23, 2020

The food and service were excellent. We met the chef and he is very open and friendly. The restaurant is filled with interesting historic items.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020

We were a group of 25 and the San Cristobal along with the staff dazzled us! The array of appetizers along with our entrees did not disappoint! The Mojitos were perfect, the pictures of famous clientele were jaw droppers, the owner was the chef and...an outstanding host.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

Had a great time there, service was very attentive and food was far better than average by Cuban standards. Downside? The hogfish I had was contaminated with "ciguatera" so I got some serious food poisoning that will take me weeks to recover from and will...keep me off from fish and alcohol for 12 months.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 12, 2020

We were with a tour group attending the 35th Annual Jazz Festival in Havana. Part of the trip included dining at several paladars for lunch and dinner. San Cristobal was one of the more memorable restaurants. The food was delicious, the ambiance wonderful. We were...treated to a multi-course feast that showcased the best of what they offer. At the end of dinner we were treated to a generous taste of Ron Edmundo Dantes 15 year old Cuban rum and serenaded acapella by our head waiter. A truly wonderful time.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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March 18, 2020|
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Response from Peter D | Reviewed this property |
No se. Porque viaje en este momiento del virus? Espera, por favor, hasta un tiempo mas seguro. Peter
August 23, 2018|
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Response from PeterCinLondon | Reviewed this property |
The food was so bad I am afraid to say it didn’t stand out as something I’d do. I am sorry I can’t help. If you leave a building at night there 100% get a taxi. We were nearly mugged and I am very well built!
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Yacselys P | Reviewed this property |
alamesacuba makes reservations on line, for almost every best restaurant in havana
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San Cristobal Paladar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5