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El Templete

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Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Here you can find some amazing seafood platters, the Galician Style Octopus is muy delicioso, as is the Dolphin fish with houmous and oils. A great feast we had at this place.

Thank Jonesie81
Athens, Greece
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner there two times. The food was enjoyable and the service very professional and polite. A bit expensive for Cuba Highly recommended between the restaurants in Havana.

Thank Theod_Ath
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We stumbled upon this restaurant on avid del Puerto whilst walking around one lunchtime. There were coach groups there at the time, so I figured it was probably OK. We had a lovely lunch and the food was great. We'd had so many poor meals whilst in Havana, some at top London prices, but this was a really welcome find.... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

I had a lovely seafood meal here though at first I thought the smell of diesel from passing cars was a bit much. (I was sitting at an outdoor table) The food was good, service was pleasant and it was a lovely evening. People warn you that food isn't great in Cuba but overall it was better than we expected

Thank marymcc2013
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Having lunch with friends (4 people) after a day-off from "XIII Congreso Panamericano de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello (13 a 16 Junho 2016)". Three of us ate tuna and after 1 hour we caught food poisoning. One of our colleagues threw up all over lunch in the restaurant toilet, and 2 of us were with red rash... More 

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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

After a couple hours of shopping at the Arts & Crafts Center. Our tour guide took us to this nearby restaurant for our farewell lunch. 11 of us ordered 2 Paella, 2 Chateaubriand and some seafood dishes and oxtail. It takes a little time for the Chateaubriand and it comes out to be very tender and juicy, The waitperson also... More 

1 Thank Zhongjian
West Long Branch, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Our group's farewell dinner was held here. We sat outside and it was very pleasant, even though it was on a main street. It was close to the Malecon and the fort and we could hear the cannon firing. The staff was attentive and cooperative. Our food was pre-ordered by our guide and dish after dish kept appearing. The shrimp... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016

This restaurant is close to the centre of the old town but overlooking the habour. The staff were prompt and friendly. The waiter told use the chef's suggestion for the day was "soggy rice with lobster" for two. We agreed. The dish came with a lot of rice and a reasonable amount of lobster, though it was overcooked. Acceptable but... More 

Thank Simon M
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

My husband and I booked a table here because of the review in Lonely Planet and it was probably one of the best meals we had in Cuba. The restaurant isn't in the greatest location, as whilst it is across the road from the marina, it is a busy main road. None the less it is easy walking distance from... More 

Thank Globetrotter178
Miramar, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

Returning to Cuba for the first time in over 50 years, I was very much looking forward to eating the amazing food that I grew up with and that my mother cooked. Unfortunately, every meal disappointed, except for the meal I shared with family at El Templete! The paella was simply the best I've ever had. And sitting outside, along... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Soups, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8668807
El Templete is a bayside restaurant. This restaurant is named ofter neighboring landmark built in 1928 that marks the spot where the settlement of San Cristóbal de la habana was founded in 1519. Originally opened sometimes between 1928 and 1931, it was the second restaurant in the city to have this name, and soon became the favorite of sailors, ahip captains and port pilots. Known since the 1950s as ¨The house of shellfish and international cuisine¨it was famous for its lobsters, shrimps, prawn, clams and delicious paellas, served while customers took in the splendid view of Havana.Today, El Templete revives its seafering tradition in the same atmosphere and continues serving delicious dishes prepared by its excellent Spanish Chef.Past and present come togetherto offer us first-class service and a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

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