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“Finally a good meal in Havana”

Restaurante Cafe del Oriente
Ranked #31 of 791 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Oslo
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Finally a good meal in Havana”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

When visiting Cuba december 2011 we were quite surprised to find that most meals we had were really bland, poorly executed or plain awful. This place stood out as a small gem. The meals we had weren't fantastic by "normal" standards, but compared to everything else (except cuban black beans and rice), it was the best tasting food we had on the island. Not a lot of other guests on our nights, so service was excellent as well. The restaurant is worth a trip for the interior alone.

I would recommend the crêpe Suzette dessert; they dim the lights in the restaurant as they burn out the pan. Quite fun.

  • Visited December 2011
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travelpro123
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 406 helpful votes
“Good, with some flaws”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

This is one of the most expensive restaurants in Havana. It is a government-run (Habaguanex) restaurant, but one of the better ones. The location, the tables and the interior (think classical French restaurant) are all good and well executed in this newly restored place. Service and food is hit-and-miss. During the week when there is not much going on, the service and food can be great (i.e. Brochette with three kinds of meat, Beef, pork, chicken). Saturday nights the place is packed and there are just too few service people available and waits can be (too) long. Meats are imported, the kitchen crew seems to know there stuff, service can use help on busy days. Soups are always mediocre, don’t order (French ‘au gratin’ onion soup, or equally mediocre the Lobster and shrimp bisque). 10% service charge and the water will be automatically added to your bill.

  • Visited July 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“I loved this restaurante.”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

It was clean, great atmosphere, reasonably priced and it had something other than seafood! It is a bit dressier then the other restaurants I went to but it had great service, good food options and a piano!

  • Visited June 2012
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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27 reviews
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“What can be said about perfection?”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Perfect in EVERY WAY. A must have to restore your faith in the Cuban cuisine. After days of over cooked chicken, pork or white fish with starch, this place brought us back to the Pre-revolution Cuba.

Total cost for 2 with, drinks, appetizers, dinner, tip= $67 CUC

After dinner, around 9:30PM, we walked the street adjacent to the restaurant straight thru to the Capitol building. We saw, new Cuba restored, then Havana under restoration, then a typical local evening in Havana. A VERY interesting walk!

  • Visited June 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Don't bother”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

Food was less than ordinary and service was terrible. I was willing to accept the food (maybe I made bad choices),but when you are paying this much in Cuba I expect much better service. It truly felt like they did not want us there.

  • Visited May 2012
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