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Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
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Naples, Italy
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant has reasonable prices and a nice teti' ( little fishes typical of Baracoa). Quick service.

Thank ninni201
San Francisco, California
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269 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The meal was huge! Salad, potatoes, rice, tomatoes, cucumber, bread, and your chosen main course. Too much food for me! I thought that it was quite good, but something that I ate that day (maybe here, maybe elsewhere) didn't agree with me.

Thank bluevoter
Mainz, Germany
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

The poetry written around the walls of this very Cuban restaurant was penned by Pablo who claimed to have been given his house and Lada car as areward for his achievements in cane cutting. Our tour guide had arranged a buffet of local foods which was excellent. The poet himself finished the meal with a short show which has already... More 

Thank colinson
Northern Virginia
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90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

We went to El Poeta with great hopes, having read rave reviews about it in more than one guide book and online. And first part of meal was very encouraging with a salsa appetizer and yummy soup (although the banana paste block left a lot to be desired). Then came the meal; two of us had ordered the lamb, based... More 

Thank vatravelingbug
Pershore, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Recommended in all the guides, my experience suggests that El Poeta is living on its reputation. The soup was fine and spicy, but the banana paste/block cooked and wrapped in a banana leaf was hideous. My lamb was a heap of bones, and whilst boney lamb can be sweet and tender, this was neither. My wife's chicken was no better.... More 

Thank Wickerman41
Guelph, ON, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

What a delight in the far east of Cuba. A quirky restaurant in a quirky town, we were given a family meal - a huge family meal - and then entertained with the owner's poetic endeavours, and the surprise of sitting back, mouth open wide, and having sugar cane sap and rum dribbled into that mouth! We were in Cuba... More 

Thank briahols
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

The food was good, as the waiters. Positive experience of a small town in Cuba. Great food, fine drinks and very friendly staff. Especially el poeta himself!

Thank Bekeerde S
Aix-en-Provence, France
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is my second trip to Cuba, and El Poeta is one of the best restaurants I've eaten in, both for the food, the drinks (decent wines!), the warmth of the hosts, and the very tasteful yet funky decor. I agree with another reviewer that the banana paste was so-so, but everything else was great, including the hot chocolate and... More 

Thank marylouinaix
Ghent, Belgium
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97 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Peculiar is a good word to describe this place. That means it has its good sides; quirky arty decoration, friendly service, sugar cane and rum surprise in the end. But also it's bad sides; I feel that there's room for improvement in hygenic department and also, the place was empty apart from us for most of the time (we were... More 

Thank GeertL
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We originally planned to visit El Poeta at lunchtime but we thought it was closed. Turned out it was just the front of house staff were talking to a big group of their friends across the doorway. Grudgingly admitted in the evening. Poor food with attitude. Saw none of the welcome or friendliness highlighted by other reviews. Extremely expensive for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Caribbean, Cuban, Latin
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Antonio Maceo | entre Ciro Frias y Cespedes, Baracoa, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Guantanamo Province  >  Baracoa
  • Phone Number: 21643017

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