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“Not very exciting for lunch”
Review of Cafe Taberna

Cafe Taberna
Ranked #204 of 785 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Budapest
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Not very exciting for lunch”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

In the evenings this is the home of the famous Buena Vista Social Club musicians (or rather their successors), but we happened to have lunch in Café Taberna. If you’re walking around in Old Havana this is a reasonable option, with rather mediocre food, and a live show: a band with a dancing couple. The place is clean, the service fast and friendly, prices not too high for such an obviously touristic place.

  • Visited February 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“The show is a must”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I have seen the show four times and everytime was a great experience. The show starts promptly at 9:30pm and ends approximately 11:10pm with non-stop excellent entertainment. Currently priced at 35 CUCs (about US$34) and well worth it. The cost covers two drinks and light snacks. I have not eaten the food here other than the snacks so only commenting on this must-see show.

  • Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“It's so powerful and beautiful to see them perform!!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

If you like Buena Vista Social Club, you have to come here. Even though most of the original members had passed away, the spirit and soul are still here, alive!

It's a very big venue, they host big tour groups, for dinner and show. We stopped by in the early afternoon, wanted to get tickets for that night. They told us, it's sold out. But they could put extra two high chairs at the end of the bar.
Okay. We paid USD$35 each, it came with one or two drinks. We didn't want the meal here.

We came by at 9 pm, show starts at 9:30 pm. It was packed. We saw our seats were taken, my boyfriend was upset. I knew they will figure something out. Sure enough, now we had to sit inside the bar at front (the only place they could squeeze couple bar chairs in) which is much better, very close to the stage, great!!

Even better, this beautiful friendly woman sitting on the other side of the bar from us turned out to be the manager of the band, she sings with them too.
Wish I could speak Spanish better to talk to her.

Those old guys put out incredible great show! The youngest member is 79 and oldest one is 84 now. They could still sing and dance perfectly well and have fun. It's so powerful and beautiful to see them perform. It's the most unforgettable evening in Havana!

  • Visited February 2013
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Somers Point, New Jersey
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“Entertainment Not To Be Missed”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

(This review is based solely on the entertainment.) The well-known Buena Vista Social Club entertainers perform here almost every night at 9:30--reservations required.Make your reservations upon your arrival because the taverna fills quickly. Occasionally they perform at another club, so check when making reservations. I felt lucky to see these performers in a small venue. Each performer was fantastic, enjoyed performing, and can still "move" on the dance floor.There was also a couple who performed dancing during some of the songs. For 30 CUCs you get 1 mojito and a small plate of cheese and crackers. We didn't eat dinner there, but it looked as though there is a nightly special which I saw on all the plates. But who needs to eat when there is wonderful, must-see entertainment?

  • Visited October 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Cafe Tebarna + Buenavista Social Club night”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

As a restaurant is nothing special, but if you want some unique, touching feeling, it's worth to choose. It's advised to book it previously ( we did it on the same day in a tourist office in Habana) Price is 50 CUC/person, which contains the dinner and a welcome drink, plus about the 1,5 hour long music show. For dinner you can choose from 2 menu ( with chicken or with langosta). We took the langosta menu, which was ok. The show, with the old gentlemen, really amazing. If you like this old Cubaen music, you will enjoy it. It's a little bit like going back to the past. It is true, there are a lot of bar, with live music in Habana, which are really good too and we spent some time in many of it, enjoying the young music groups as well, but the total effect can not be compared. ( However do not miss those small bars too :)) )

  • Visited September 2012
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