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Reviewed August 7, 2022 via mobile

We visited Chef Ivan for our Saturday evening meal. I booked by phone 2 hours before. I’m happy to say the person spoke excellent English. We arrived on time and we’re greeted by the doorman who banged a gong on the door and sent us...upstairs to the restaurant. We were offered inside or outside seating. We chose the air conditioning. The menu was extensive, so we chose seafood paella and roasted chicken, side salad and plantains. This meal was amazing. Perfectly cooked and delicious. We had a couple of Cuba libres and a baked Alaska to finish. Excellent value too. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022 via mobile

We popped in for lunch on the recommendation of another restaurant nearby. This is a quite delightful restaurant serving very fancy food. We had a caper mousse profiterole amuse-bouche, some excellent house tacos rolled up like cigars (seafood, meat, vegetable) and a splendid roast chicken...dish among other things. The tourist menu is definitely pricey if you have obtained pesos at the 25-1 exchange rate however! This place has a lovely, friendly, professional ambience and the food is excellent.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 12, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic experience overall. From the welcome with a gong, to the cozy look of the restaurant and terrace, to the simpathy of the waiters. Food was incredibly tasty. A must go in Havana for anybody who likes amazing food!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022 via mobile

By far the best dining experience in Havana. Starting from the reservation, welcoming gong, decoration, ambiance, everything was an obvious product of a delicate taste; and of course the food and wine. It was one night that we will keep talking on Havana. Just know...that the portions are quite large.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022 via mobile

Great place for Lechon Asado and the bartender makes a great Canchanchara! Lisbeth the server was fantastic and very nice. she speaks great english as well. Smoking is allowed upstairs so light up a cigar.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 9, 2022

Went for a romantic diner with my partner but it endend up being the worst evening we had in havana. We ordered chicken being allergic for other kinds of meat. On the menu the ingredients were explained and the waitress did also. It was served...with rice and beans. After a few bites of beans and rice i found out there was beef in the beans a i ended up in the bathroom trowing up. My last days in havana i was sick because of them. The bbq chicken was a simple chicken in soysauce... maybe the chicken saw a bbq om the farm when she was still alive.... but it must be a special talent to spice the meat with sweet soy sauce and still end up that salt.... This is not a restaurant of a chef... and i have seen great ****restaurant.. i would pick McDonald's in a hartbeat over this one.... you would have to pay me to drink a glass of water in this restaurant....More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2020

Easily the most expensive meal of the holiday, but what a place. We had noticed it a couple of times and been enthralled by the interesting interior, although the upstairs room where we ate could not be seen from the street. The floor, and particularly...the walls and ceiling, were covered in various artefacts, clocks, vintage adverts and old photographs, mainly of film stars. Both food and service were very good (although I do find it irritating when a waiter tries to take the bottle off you when you are pouring out the wine) and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal of Pumpkin Soup and Suckling Pig. The cost of the meal was exacerbated by the ridiculously high price for wine: $35 for a bottle of fairly ordinary red wine is much more than I would expect to pay in Europe, never mind Cuba.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 23, 2020

Sometimes the best dining experiences are those you simply stumble across — and that is precisely what happened here. I spotted the rooftop terrace while strolling around town and made a beeline. I am glad I did, because this was the best meal I had...in Havana and probably anywhere else in Cuba ...a country where dining out can be an incredibly mixed bag. This restaurant oozes character, with excellent service and a wonderful menu of Cuban fusion. You can sense the pride they take in their work and it’s quite infectious. You just really want to like the place when you sit down in the charming little rooftop terrace and thankfully they make it thoroughly easy to like. It is, comparatively, an expensive place to eat by Cuban standards but — for what you get — it would be considered pretty decent value in a major European city. At the time of leaving Cuba, the country was about to go into a lockdown for reasons we all know of. When tourism returns to Havana, I hope this restaurant continues to get the credit it deserves.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 23, 2020

Atmospheric and great food with good service. Overall a bit expensive compared to other places we ate so we didn't return, but we did enjoy it.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 20, 2020

I've eaten here twice now, and the second time was even better than the first! It's a really fun spot just a few blocks walking from Habana Vieja. It has lots of old Hollywood movie pics and memorabilia hanging on the walls and an occasional...chair hanging from the ceiling. The suckling pig is one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life!! Really, that good! Friendly service, reasonable prices and excellent food and menu. My friends got the tacos (not normally a Cuban dish) but they were excellent as well!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

Words cannot express this dining experience!!! From the professional staff to the great ambiance(we sat at the same table that the king and queen of spain sat at/pictures were behind us) and exceptional food this restaurant was by far our favourite dining experience while in...Cuba!! Ivan is the former personal chef to Fidel Castro...enough said. My husband had the suckling pig and I had the New York steak in a wine reduction. Probably the best steak I have ever eaten...better yet than any filet mignon I have ever eaten....all about the preparation!!! This restaurant should be number one on your list while in Havana!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

Havana has many nice paladars with great atmosphere and delicious food. I thought that Ivan Chef was below average in terms of food quality and quantity. The atmosphere was nice but there are many others with similar decor, better food at much lower prices. We...ate very little and paid 40 CUC, equal to 40 Euros with only water included. My personal advice is to pay the same amount for a more superior dinner or pay less somewhere else. Service was good but I would not recommend this place at these extremely high prices with no drinks included ( many paladars include a mojito and wine at this price.)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020 via mobile

I love the interior of Ivan Justo - such a charming place. I recommend coming here for lunch and to get a table on the top floor. Order lots of appetizers to share instead of ordering one of the main meals (the appetizers are often...better).More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020

Each of our 4 prior nights dining experiences at our 5 star concierge's suggestion left us pondering whether Cuban gourmet exists or it's an oxymoron. Our last night here affirmatively answered our question. All 4 of us ordered different plates. Everything was scrumptiously succulent, the...service was excellent and the ambiance is cozy. Don't miss this experience!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2020

Great food and service Interesting items on all walls to look at. Chef has history with Fidel Really nice place in Havana After meal it is close to nightly cannon blast on island

Date of visit: January 2020
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You need to call them and reserve. Either you get through from your country (which I couldn’t) or you get you hotel/host in Havana to call and reserve for you. Few days in advance should be enough
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It is not too hot in August but there may be rain...inside or outside, the food is wonderful
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