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“Cuban food at at its best”
Review of El Eden

El Eden
Ranked #11 of 52 Restaurants in Holguin
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cuban food at at its best”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

What a wonderful dining experience. The food was so fresh and cooked to perfection. The menu was varied with different dishes of fish, pork and chicken. The sweet potato chips were the best I've had anywhere. A friend had the coconut ice cream and raved about it. El Eden serves the best Cuban food - we went the night before we came home, after a week or hotel food it was a real treat. Some tables are under a roof while others are under the stars or set amongst the fabulous garden that surrounds the eating area. The owners have spent so much time on detail, both with the meal and the gardens. A truly unique dining experience enjoyed by all - I cannot wait to go back. This restaurant is enjoyed by Cubans and tourists of all ages.

  • Visited January 2014
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3 Thank Lois137
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Milton Keynes
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A great find and a lovely couple”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a small restaurant run by Ariel and his wife and their great chef cousin. Go there - you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank John C
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United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

After visiting El Eden when it was being built I was excited about its future prospects, finally we got to visit here in June and were sorely disappointed.

The surroundings at El Eden are beautiful and can not be rivalled by any local paladar or restaurant.. an ideal spot for a special celebration or event.

We had made a prior reservation and were looking forward to experiencing another new paladar. On arrival we could see the restaurant was already busy, we were greeted and shown to our table where we continued to just sit for a very long time, eventually we were asked if we wanted drinks ~~ NO wine and only Cristal beer, but they had rum.... not a good start to the evening; soon we were to learn that they had run out of beer.. seriously?! Eventually some clients who were unhappy at the lack of beer went out and purchased beer for the owners, still no wine!!

Food took an eternity to be served but when it came it was good and tasty; but same can be said for other local paladares; IMO Eden is grossly over-priced and exceeds the prices of any of its local competitors. When you see a price for a dish on the menu one would expect it to include the rice, salad, mariquitas etc as is customary in most other local paladares - wrong! each dish comes with white rice and if you want congri, banana chips (mariquitas), salad etc you have to pay extra for them and they are not cheap, I think they charged 2.5cuc for a portion of congri ...
so at 13 cucs for a portion of shrimps and extra for side dishes IMO this was an unjustifiably expensive meal for sleepy Cuatro Caminos, the prices were more on par with Havana prices.

To add insult to injury the service we received was dire, not the fault of the one and only waitress of a full house who worked her butt off to try and maintain some kind of service, the owners were evidently in their own home but did nothing to roll up their sleeves to help out in this overly busy and grossly understaffed situation, eventually when the staff almost had the situation under some kind of control the owner appeared to help the staff, nicely showered and refreshed from his day.... all a little too late.

I am really disappointed at El Eden as I thought it would knock the spots off of other local eateries, maybe I would have been tempted to try it again if the prices were more reasonable but instead we decided to try another new local paladar called El Uvero and although still in the throws of improvements we had a much more successful meal:- http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g147270-d3815395-r164541924-El_Uvero-Cuba.html

Sorry El Eden to you need to review your service, stock control and prices!

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank LoonyLou
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