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La Cocina de Lilliam Restaurant
Ranked #60 of 785 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lafayette, Louisiana
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good luck. But when you have good luck!”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

My batting average is 50% when trying to get a table at La Cocina de Lilliam. Each of the times I couldn't get in, there was something going on during which the entire restaurant was taken over by one embassy or another. Half the time I've tried! I don't blame them. The food is extraordinary and the outdoor setting is the neatest in Havana. I love everything about it and figure the extra it costs above most other places to eat in Cuba are worth every peso.

  • Visited December 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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245 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Delightful atmosphere”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

You really feel like you are a guest at Lilliam's house! The garden is full of small objects, plants and flowers and it is a really beautiful setting. The service was fine and the food was nothing extraordinary, and yet very home-y, which was good for what it is.

  • Visited January 2013
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Great Bookham, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Garden of delights”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Cocina de Lilliam is out of town in a select suburb, itself worth a visit, very different from Old Havana and is on the way to the Tropicana night club. Our cab took us to Lilliam's onto the Tropicana for the show and back to Old Havana for 15 CUC. The restaurant is in the garden in a stunning setting we were entertained by a fantastic guitarist and the cocktails food and wine were all way better that anything our "5 star" hotel in Havana provided. At nearly 20 years this is one of the oldest Paladars apparently The very friendly waiter told us Lilliam was a designer before becoming a restaurateur, which may account for the ambiance - she was in the kitchen supervising or cooking every dish and the results were excellent. This was so different to our other experiences of Cuba it stands out as a must visit.

  • Visited August 2013
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Miami
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice food , but a bit expensive !!!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The place and food were great , but it is expensive , you can go to 2 good restaurants in Havana for the money that you spend in this one...

Visited December 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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877 reviews
550 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We ate here on our second night in Cuba. This place is one of the few oases in a dessert of average food. It is a bit of a trek out of town but well worth it. It is in a beautiful garden and there was a guitarist playing so there was a great atmosphere.

We had deep fried malanga and eggplant and Parmesan to start - they were excellent, best we had during our whole trip. My partner's beef was delicious and my chicken was good, although how they managed to roast a chicken and get no breast meat is beyond me, but then nowhere is Cuba served chicken breast!

My flan dessert was good, as we're the cocktails.

Price-wise it was at the top end for Cuba but was well worth it.

  • Visited June 2013
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