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“Three different restaurants and three very different categories”
Review of El Gijones

El Gijones
Ranked #162 of 854 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Cuban, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Havana Gourmet restaurants offer various dining and cultural one of the main streets of Havana options. In our building resides the American club, and our restaurant has several shields to confirm their presence. The building is home par excellence of an Asturian community of 35,000 members, but also distinguished by cultivating the art of cooking with restaurants of different nature: Havana Gourmet, La Xana and La Terraza, specializing in Cuban fusion food, Italian and grilled respectively. Rice, lasagna and fresh pasta, havana assortment, the slices of lamb with mustard and honey, leg of lamb chops, the malangon shrimp and octopus carpaccio and fish are some of the recommendations often held for the authenticity of the recipes and spectacular preparation, but customers can find in letters a range of proposals.
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Stay away from the ground floor restaurant. Try the second floor for better quality and good service, and by all means try La Terraza on the third floor. It is hard to give a review because it would be excellent for the third floor, good to very good for the second floor and pretty bad for the first floor, with pizza and so called "Italian" food. The second floor has good food if you know what to order. We had great seafood and fabulous hors d'ouvres and pork and vegetables and even the salad was great. La Terraza is even more expensive but even better quality in food and wine and service.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

This restaurant is on the second floor and you can walk up or take the elevator. Once in the restaurant area things look a lot different than first appearances from the outside of the building. The lobster is huge. I could not eat it all. The service is wonderful and the food very well prepared and presented. You will not go wrong by going here.

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3  Thank The_Don_Francisco
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

the food will probably not disappoint. The service was great. Can't say I liked the furniture/chairs but who cares after a couple of Mojitos?
when I'm talking food you need to know that virtually everything you will ever get includes rice and beans and the rolls look like out biscuits and are rather bland. The food prices in more upscale restaurants are pretty steep (some stuff can only be had on the black market).

1  Thank Marion W
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

My best meal in Cuba was at El Gijones. The food was well-prepared, fresh, and beyond delicious. The service was attentive and friendly. Our waiter explained the dining room's history to our group. The unique dining room itself is worth a visit. If you have trouble finding the restaurant, call (+53) 5 291 3195 for directions and make your reservations. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the vicinity of Parque Central in La Habana. I will return for another awesome meal at El Gijones if/when I return to Cuba!

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4  Thank coco_locomotion
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

As everyone before me has written, don't let the entrance scare you away! Upstairs is a very lovely vintage dining room. (I can't recall, but I believe it was the German embassy?) The paneling and furniture is dark and heavy with giant, colored-glass windows. The appetizers did not stop coming, and they were all fabulous. Sadly, I was too full by the time dinner arrived. Many of us ordered the lobster, and it was the biggest I had ever had on a plate before me! It was flavorful but terribly overcooked and tough. But the service was excellent and the atmosphere fine. It's only a short walk from the capital building.(Not sure about the price as it was a prepaid tour.)

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