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“Very good food”

La California Restaurant
Ranked #101 of 854 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in a farmhouse of the nineteenth century Restaurant - Bar "La California " just a few steps from Havana's waterfront and famous California sun , we have a traditional wood oven to provide an artisan flavor to our great variety of pizzas . Fresh pasta , Cuban and international cuisine in a colonial taste and elegant atmosphere with personalized service . Excellent wine cellar with over 50 references and staffed by professionals, where besides , Habanos lovers can enjoy fine cigars
Reviewed April 24, 2014

Our tour group had its farewell dinner here so our meal was served family style...squash soup, chicken, beef and pork, rice and black beans. Everything was very good and a Chilean white wine went nicely with the food. After dinner, a band played and 2 professional dancers entertained...the 'show' went on much too long, with too much audience participation. I assume this restaurant is primarily for tourists.

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Thank 394JaneD
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Most of the meal was good, however, the waiter recommended the beef and I ordered it. It was very tough!

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

La California is a paladar, or privately-owned restaurant, in Old Havana. Our tour group had the restaurant to itself, so my experience my be a little different from some other reviewers. Dinner started with a delicious squash soup and a generous green salad. The entree was a mix of sliced pork, lightly seasoned beef balls, and the best chicken we had on the trip.Dessert was a mix of flan, rice pudding, and a third item no one could quite place. La California has a very eclectic decor with ferns, mirrors, a small waterfall, and even a piece of an old Singer sewing machine adorning its rock walls. A band played and two professional dancers performed and then pulled people from the audience for dance lessons. The whole night ended with a "conga line" snaking around the restaurant. As we reluctantly left, the band was playing what we took to be the national anthem--Quantanemara. It was a fitting end to our last night in Cuba.

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Thank kokopeli5
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by the concierge of the Parque Central hotel. When we arrived in this little street we didn't know whether there was a restaurant at the address which was indicated or not. We found the place, inside was a couple sitting at a table with a baby screaming on their laps, nobody else. We ordered some octopus and various Spanish starters (surtido iberico), ropa vieja, cordero (Lamb) cubano, with rice and beans, ice cream and a chilian wine. Very average food, slow service, no smile, just the people next to us, not eating, with the baby screaming during all our evening and nobody else. When we were about to pay we asked the waiter whether we could pay in US dollars, his answer was positive. He made the calculations, we made ours, he came back with a conversion rate which was 15% higher than at our hotel. We paid in CUC and left (no conversion).
Very sad evening, very frustrating and expensive for Cuba and this type of food.

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Thank jmLondon845
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

This splendid restaurant is well worth a visit for everyone who wants good food, nice interior and excellent service!! One of few restaurants in Cuba with a descent wine cellar.
The prices is cheap compared to what you get!!!
We´ll definitely come back next time in Havana!
//Björn & Caroline

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Thank Akkerehn
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