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“No yachts but a good place for dinner.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Club Havana

Club Havana
Ranked #338 of 775 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cuban, Caribbean, Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Very good restaurant. Lonely Planet review El Chelo is situated in the swanky Club Habana. Perched in front of the sparkling Straits of Florida and a well-raked scimitar of private beach, El Chelo serves everything from a cheap, tasty ropa vieja to a pricier (but still tasty!) lobster. The decor is suitably luxurious. Nice Wine Bar, smoking cigar and excellence playa and pool side.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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158 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
“No yachts but a good place for dinner.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

This was the Havana Biltmore Yacht & Country Club until the Revolution. They have many photos of the old days in the hall on the way to the restaurant. There is no charge to go to the restaurant or Casa del Habano, but a CUC 20 charge for a day membership to use the pools, private beach etc. It is a pleasant retreat from the summer heat down-town. There is an intimate bar beside the restaurant in the main building and a business center for internet access. The Casa del Habano at the SW corner of the complex is well stocked and has a small smoking lounge with drinks and expresso. It also has an excellent in-house cigar roller...CUC 6 per stick I think. Another Club restaurant is on the NE side of the swimming pools. It serves lunch dishes such as pizza, bbq steak, sandwiches etc. The club maintains excellent diving equipment. There is also a sport center, showers, shops, and various facilities for events. Cabs from Havana Vieja cost about CUC 10.

The restaurant has always been well run and the somnelier highly trained. The dining room is rather formal but they have also served me on the second floor loggia one evening while we were watching a dramatic lightning storm flash by just off-shore. They also take food to guests on the beach.

All of the staff at Club Havana are highly trained and very professional. They are used to looking after diplomats and VIP's from all over the world. If you are in Havana for longer stays, it is a good place to know.

  • Visited December 2012
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Havana
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88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Great service and food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Sure, its state run, but don't hold that against it. The food is pretty good. The service is also pretty good. I can't think of anything that stands out, but its a good place to eat near the "beach" in Havana.

Visited December 2012
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Mexico City, Mexico
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80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Nice!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

This place is a walk in time, as you walk inside the club you can feel the old days in Cuba. Once we got in the restaurant we found that the service is excellent, very nice flavors and great wine list (very good wine prices)

Try it you won't regret it!

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Thank Chaserr
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best wine list!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

Awesome wine list and probably the best in Havana!
The price list is cheaper than in the store!
Outdoor eating is unique with sandy beach at your feet!
Service in commendable.

Visited March 2012
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Thank samypve
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