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“Pleasant restaurant near Hotel Nacional, Havana”

Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana
Ranked #37 of 818 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Fusion
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
Reviewed December 16, 2013

This is a great little restaurant on the top floor of a small building. It has an outdoor patio as well as indoor seating. The food was good, particularly the seafood, and it has "real" wine imported from Chile. The waitstaff was extremely friendly. Its two blocks from the Hotel Nacional and seems to get a lot of their guests. Best to call for a reservation.

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Thank Mark S
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

It is worth trying to find this bright. clean privately-owned restaurant on the sixth floor of a residential building (with a scary elevator). The food is excellent, fresh and tasty, and the service is friendly, efficient and fast. They went out of their way to help us, by finding someone to change a tire for us on our rental vehicle while we were having a delightful lunch with a great view.

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Thank Solaqne71
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Thank you for sending us your opinion, and thank you for sharing with other travelers worldwide. His recommendation requires us to maintain a service to match your experience in our home. thank you very much

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

This restaurant has amazed me. Despite the entrance (very modest) and location (a 6 floor residential building) it is a nice and in my opinion successful attempt at creating a a nice rooftop restaurant. Ok the view is just on a residential area (one of the most lively in Habana anyway) and you cannot see the sea but it is anyway intriguing and full of lights. The food is definitely good and the quality/price ratio is excellent especially for a foreigner.

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Thank andrea p
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Thank you for sending us your opinion, and thank you for sharing with other travelers worldwide. His recommendation requires us to maintain a service to match your experience in our home. thank you very much

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Cafe Laurent served the best meal during my upscale, week-long trip to Cuba. Perfectly fresh ceviche and grilled lobster. Impeccable service. Highly recommended.

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Thank you for sending us your opinion, and thank you for sharing with other travelers worldwide. His recommendation requires us to maintain a service to match your experience in our home. thank you very much

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We were staying in the Nacional and had heard good things about this restaurant. The concierge at the Nacional gave us directions and we got to the right area in a few minutes. As we walked along the road, someone came out of an entrance to a four storey building, asked if we were looking for Cafe Laurent and showed us to the lift. This is a good move by the restaurant owners as otherwise this place is almost impossible to find - they aren't allowed to advertise outside.

This paladar is beautifully laid out and the food was wonderful. Service was impeccable and as non-Spanish speakers, we had no problems. The menu has an English translation.

We were there at lunchtime and only a few other people were eating, but I can imagine it can be popular, especially in the evening. We were on the balcony, which is a large area with open sides and a covered roof. We had a wonderful view and spent a good hour enjoying our meal and watching the world go by in the street below.

Prices were a bit on the high side for Havana, but given the quality of food, service and ambience, we thought it was extremely good value. As with most places in Cuba, it is cash only - no cards.

If you are in Vedado, this place should be on your list to visit and it is well worth a trip if you are not staying nearby. It is on Calle M, between Calle19 and Calle 21 and the easiest thing to look for is an official looking building across the street numbered 260 (see photo).

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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Thank you for sending us your opinion, and thank you for sharing with other travelers worldwide. His recommendation requires us to maintain a service to match your experience in our home. thank you very much

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