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“Wonderful Location & View, Solid Food”

Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana
Ranked #29 of 774 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, Cuban, Fusion
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Cash Only, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Brand new restaurant , opened in February 2011. We were one of it's first customers. A 'Palador 'style restaurant located in a penthouse apartment of an of classic 1950's building; with magnificent views over the city and of the ocean. interior decor is modern1950's cool, creative, and artfully appointed. the food was excellent!!! One could could compare easily to a fine restaurant in Paris, NY or London. staff are young and attentive and gave great service.
Calgary, Canada
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Wonderful Location & View, Solid Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I went here on the advice of a friend of mine who lives in Havana, and was far from disappointed. Service was top-notch, and the food was very well prepared and tasty. Sadly, we were there on a rainy day, so the clear plastic screens blocked the view somewhat, but I can only imagine what a beautiful location this would prove to be on a clear, sunny day.

Now, I'm giving a 5/5 rating for what this restaurant is, rather than saying it's necessarily the best restaurant in Havana. The service is attentive and the food is good, but it's not quite up to the standard of a place like Doctor Cafe or Paladar Los Mercaderes. I still believe it deserves full marks on the basis that it's also much less expensive than those paladares, and I guarantee you'll be fully satisfied with your meal, the same way your favorite hole-in-the-wall and a fancy steakhouse back home might both earn full marks, despite being quite different.

I will definitely be coming back to this paladar; hopefully next time the weather will be better and I'll get to enjoy the view as much as I enjoyed the food.

  • Visited March 2013
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks for sharing your opinions with world travelers, thank you for choosing us for your meals in our opinion Havana and commits us to keep working every day to meet the expectations of our customers.
Being part of the restaurants that are offering our visitors a new dining experience in our city is very important, we hope will be the start of a change for all restaurants in the country in terms of food quality and service, so that every time are more number of customers who have the same opinion as you
thanks again
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good food, shame about the service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Our group of 14 on a tour of Cuba dined here on evening in late February 2013. The food was excellent but the service was extremely slow and the staff inattentive. Food arrived haphazardly with some starters still not served after others in the group had finished theirs and the same happened with main courses. Clearly the restaurant pride themselves on good service as they charge add 10% to the bill for service which they most certainly didn't deserve.

  • Visited February 2013
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks for your opinion if it is important to know when our customers have been satisfied, more important is to know when it has not been so.
Not possible to justify service errors, is unforgivable, if accept our apologies and rest assured that from now our team will depend on analyzing each of the problems identified by you, is something like a compromise that does not happen again.
Again our apologies and receive our thanks for bringing us their experience
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Impeccable food and service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

This was hands down the best restaurant we went to in Cuba. It It offered high quality food, service and ambiance that you would expect in any large modern city (New York, Paris) but in timeless Havana!

  • Visited February 2013
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks for sharing your opinions with world travelers, thank you for choosing us for your meals in our opinion Havana and commits us to keep working every day to meet the expectations of our customers.
thanks again
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Excellent Food & Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I have nothing but great things to say about this restaurant. It is truly a Cuban gem with a great story. Speak to the owner to hear her truly inspiring story of how Cafe Laurent came to be the establishment it is today.

  • Visited February 2013
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks for sharing your opinions with world travelers, thank you for choosing us for your meals in our opinion Havana and safety commits us every day and working to meet the expectations of our customers.
Thanks again
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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“Best rooftop meal ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Located in the centre of Havana, with a panoramic view of much of the city. Some of the best food and customer service that rivals some of the best in the USA.
Ps. Be ready to walk more than 150 flight of stairs and speak some words in Spanish

  • Visited February 2013
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thanks for your feedback and suggestions from our restaurant to other world travelers.
Always a pleasure to return you to take home, so we hope that if we go back to Cuba again.
thanks
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