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Review of El Monguito

El Monguito
Ranked #272 of 928 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban
Description: Directly opposite the hotel Havana Libre
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Description: Directly opposite the hotel Havana Libre
Reviewed January 21, 2019

Across calle L (L Street) from the Habana Libre, the set-back entrance is easy to miss. This is one of the original family-owned paladars in Havana. The ropa vieja and arroz moro are delicious. Don't be mistaken: this is not fancy fare or Havana chic. It's traditional cuban home cooking.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Thank George H
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

El Monguito is actually a "paladar", a family restaurant in their house. We really liked this concept, quite typical in Cuba, which also offers a glimpse of how Cubans live. The food at El Monguito is home-made and fresh, the portions are quite big and it is inexpensive, being at least half the price of usual tourist restaurants. As in most places in Cuba, cocktails are also very affordable and good there and nice to go with the dish. As there are only five tables, it is better to book in advance, especially during the main tourist season (July/August). Bear in mind that El Monguito is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays though!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank ZzanZara
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

We walked a couple of miles from where we were staying to get dinner to go from here. The restaurant is tiny and a little hidden. We speak very limited Spanish, and they spoke very limited English so translating was a little difficult. However, the staff was very friendly and accommodated us regardless of the language barrier. We ordered roasted chicken plates that included rice and banana chips. Our dinner came to about 13 cuc.

When we got back to where we were staying, we did have to request forks as none were provided (not surprising due to the lack of accessibility). The food was very good and filling. We couldn't finish our portions and saved some for later. Definitely a great value for the money!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank aumphress14
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

What this place lacks in elegance, it sure makes up for in great food and bang-for-buck! Only 4 or 5 tables here, so might be busy at some times. Yes, more like eating at somebody's home. No view and not fine dining but quite a fine authentic Cuban food experience that won't leave you hungry. Tasty, cheap and full-filling!

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 20, 2018

You get into a living room where you find six tables and there it is where you seat. you feel as you were invited to a friend's house. Not much choice in the menu but very honest food. Friendly service. Do not miss the opportunity to go to the toilette crossing the actual living room af the house where you get the chance too greet the owner's family and friends.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Thank Carles F
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