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El Cocinero

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Calle 26, Vedado | Between Calle 11 and 13, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8322355
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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The fish carpaccio I had was lovely, as was my main meal of pork in a curry sauce. The sides of vegetables and spiced rice with nuts were incredible. Also, when the staff tells you that the chocolate is the speciality of the house LISTEN TO THEM - oh, my, goodness..... I am still thinking about it!

Thank Aliki_210
Clifton, New Jersey
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199 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very enjoyable setting , right next to Fabrica de Arte . We are at the rooftop . Good food ( we are not talking culinary experience here ) , good drinks and service . The bar inside the tower is super cool if you are not afraid of heights. The sunset lighting gives it a very romantic feel and it's... More 

Thank MCJac
Ramat Gan, Israel
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Part the developinf cullinary scene in Havana. fine dining an good service utilizing local prducts to offer a high standard meal.

Thank Inbar_Y
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4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It isn't a short journey from Havana Vieja to get to El Cocinero and when you get there it is a surprise. As said in a previous review it is not cuban in the slightest. There isn't really much in the way of views from the roof but the roof space is quite pleasant (Bose speakers and all - so... More 

Thank David W
Brooklyn, New York
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was expecting more from the food here, our seafood was overcooked and the gazpacho like dirty water. I did like the lamb with spices dish... otherwise all the food was very plain and lacked any seasoning. The location is beautiful, we ate on the rooftop and the bar is on the tippy top, that is fine. More for atmosphere. We... More 

Thank Rebecca W
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Vibrant and beautiful rooftop casual dining. Our server was attentive and courteous. Great drinks.Menu had variety of food selection and was very good and reasonable. We ordered a few extra dishes and shared. Go to the very top and have a drink at the bar. Reservation recommended.

Thank glenside
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had reservations for the roof top but got bumped to the lower level. Food was cold,uninspired . The waitstaff ignored us most of the night. Dinner for 2 was about $100 which was a shame because the food was not worth it.

Thank Writewandaann
Washougal, Washington
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The main thing about this restaurant is that it is a really beautiful environment and right next door to FAC. We were lucky to get in, because reservations are required. Be careful on the black metal stairs up to the bar area, I slipped on the way down because they were wet after a small shower. No fault of the... More 

Thank mkhUK
Boston, Massachusetts
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254 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in an old cooking oil factory and near an art gallery, this is a funky restaurant that's easy to spot by the smokestack.. We ate on the lower terrace which provided spectacular views of the smokestack. The food was very good (I'd recommend the lobster) and they made a good mojito. The service was good and unrushed. After dinner... More 

Thank CaraMHutchins
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El cocinero is adjacent to the very popular FAC, serving great food in an open air environment with good music and drinks. It's not an authentic Cuban experience, and felt more like being at a warehouse party in Brooklyn, but was likely one of our best nights in Havana. As with any restaurant in Cuba, need to make reservations.

Thank sheniti

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 26, Vedado | Between Calle 11 and 13, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8322355

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