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“Amazing sangria, lively atmosphere & great tapas at a reasonable price”
Review of Viva Cuba

Viva Cuba
Ranked #55 of 1,838 Restaurants in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Leeds
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Amazing sangria, lively atmosphere & great tapas at a reasonable price”
Reviewed January 27, 2011

This is one of my favourite places to grab a bite to eat in Leeds as it’s always a fun evening. The atmosphere is fantastic as the place is often very busy and lively, the place is cosy and the décor has been done very well too. All wood tables and chairs, red walls and lots of posters and pictures up on the walls. Slight word of warning, not a place for a quiet meal as it’s often quite loud.

Service has always been fine although sometimes can be a little slow when they are packed out. On a Saturday night expect to wait a while in the bar area upstairs before you get a table. This isn’t really a problem though as there are sofas and you can get a drink.

The sangria is absolutely to die for – very tasty, chocked full of fruit and very strong! No messing around with watery-flavourless stuff here.

Food is Spanish / South American tapas style and most dishes I’ve tried have been great. A particular favourite is the vegetable and bean stew; the tomato base is very intense with deep flavours and dipping the bread in this is lush. The food is heads and shoulders above chain tapas like La Tasca, puts the chains to shame really. One other thing to mention is that there are plenty of choices on the menu for vegetarians which is unusual for tapas places (my partner is veggie).

The prices are very reasonable, lots of food (too much maybe!) for two people and a big jug of sangria has generally come to about £20-£25 pp depending on the tapas choices.

  • Visited October 2010
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Leeds
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“Visit Spoilt By Noise”
Reviewed October 24, 2010

If you want a relaxed meal, then avoid Viva Cuba. Extremely loud music forced diners to raise their voices to be heard - and the result spoilt the dining experience.

The food was reasonable, especially some prawns which were hot and freshly cooked. However other tapas were only warm and had obviously been cooked some time before. Portions were good. Excellent cocktail.

But those noise levels!!! You have to shout to be heard.

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“fantastic tapas and atmosphere”
Reviewed April 10, 2010

A consistently fab restaurant even though they are always busy. Great range of tapas, lots of different things rather than just the run of the mill. Always cooked perfectly. Great atmosphere and salsa dancing late on

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“Love it. Great value really and so much nicer than the tapas chains such as La Tasca.”
Reviewed November 2, 2009

Love it. Great value really and so much nicer than the tapas chains such as La Tasca.

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“Excellent”
Reviewed January 31, 2009

The food here is amazing, the service is very quick and efficient and the place has a lovely cozy atmosphere. Much nicer than other tapas bars in the city centre. Will definitely be returning.

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