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“If Hemingway were alive today...”

El Chanchullero de Tapas
Ranked #15 of 775 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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“If Hemingway were alive today...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

My boyfriend and I stumbled across El Chanhullero while negotiating our way around the madness and mayhem of Havana on a rainy and roasting early evening, and left many, many hours (and cocktails) later.
In short, this is an absolute must!
We ended up coming here a few times, and I would strongly recommend this place for so many reasons. It's far more 'real' and fun than the standard guide book bar recommendations, the food is actually good (after a while around Cuba I don't think we've ever eaten vegetables as quick in our lives!), the atmosphere is vibrant, and the staff energetic and friendly. In an otherwise overpriced Havana eating scene, this place stands out a mile for good value.
As rather loyal customers, extra shots, cigars and a table would mysteriously appear on our visits.
All in all, make a note of this address and be prepared to spend a long and thirst-quenching evening in this wonderful hole-in-the-wall nightspot that inspires great conversation no matter the language, foot tapping, cigar tasting and working your way through the drinks list.

  • Visited August 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“Great Value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Chanchullero is a small tapas restaurant with only 4 /5 tables, great music and very relaxed atmosphere. The food is very tasty especially the prawns. Staff are friendly and attentive, portions are generous , and great value . Put this place on your list .......definitely worth a visit or two.

  • Visited September 2013
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Sweden
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Top class restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

This place stands out as the best restaurant we visited during a couple of weeks roundtrip in the Western part of Cuba. The food in Cuba is generally disappointing but this place knows how to make delicious food and keep the price low. The food has not only salt and pepper (somehow most restaurants we visited missed on this one...) but a great array of flavors ready to explode on the palate. The chicken was perfectly tender and the spicy sauce really hit the spot. Finally we visited this place every one of our last few nights before departing Cuba - it just is so good for the taste buds and the wallet. The downside of this restaurant is that it gets pretty noisy if crowded. The interior and clientele seems fairly international and trendy so this is not the place to go if craving authentic cuban food and experience. Warmly recommended for anyone looking for cold beer, good drinks and great simple food for a small buck.

  • Visited September 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“I ate every last bit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

When i visied Cuba i stayed with friends who live there, they told me this place was a must go. Little did i know they werent kidding. Everything about this place rocks. The decor, it has the feel of small spanish tavern, very charming and the walls are covered in graffiti and little notes made by customers, i myself left my mark there so make sure you have a marker. The staff, we went 3 times in 2 weeks (that is how good the food was), each time we had different people, they were a bit flirty but it is Cuba so that was to be expected. The drinks, i tried their sangria, it was a bit heavy on the sugar but they are not known for their drinks so fair enough.

No the food! All the ingredients were fresh they make it right in front of you, the portions are generous and the flavour is just absolutely mouth watering, not only that it is cheap, literally a plate full of fresh shrimp veggies and bread for about 4.50USD...what! What! The menu is small but that is so they can perfect each dish and because the kitchen is small. Go ahead and try it, you will thank me.

  • Visited August 2013
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Excellent value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Found this pace courtesy of the App 'Havana Good Time'. Four of us enjoyed a great value meal here including drinks with generous measures. The prawns were lovely and the chicken although tasty was a little on the fatty side, unusual for chicken. Would return again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Melliemou
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