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“Odd one out”
Review of El Olivo

El Olivo
Ranked #5 of 71 Restaurants in Vinales
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Odd one out”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

This restaurant really stands out in Vinales as the only "European style" place. Don't go if you want Cuban food in other words. That said, the cuisine is really great, just as the service, and you really feel like two worlds clash when you sit on the terrace in front of the house, with the Vinales main street bustling with activity around you.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
New York, New York, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“very nice!”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

I had great paella there. It is a very cute restaurant, I think the nicest in Vinales. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Not the best in Vinales, THE BEST IN CUBA!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Yes really. This little, at first unassuming restaurant in Vinales was the best we found in the whole of Cuba! Having travelled around for over 2 weeks we were sick of the same cuisine, Cuban food really isn't much to write home about. Except here! The menu was just fantastic, we'd eaten in 2 other restaurants before coming here then didn't eat anywhere else!

The food is mainly a Mediterranean style and superbly presented. The chef clearly has a real passion for cooking. The lamb literally fell off the bone, the only place we found that did chips (yes you do miss them eventually!) and some of the other choices were just so good and totally unexpected. Big portions, VERY well priced and welcoming and friendly staff. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • Visited April 2012
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Kortrijk, Belgium
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Very nice and excellent food. Kind people. Directly in the mean street. Kidsfriendly Prices 4-9 CUC.

Visited July 2012
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Fort Lauderdale
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Ok so it's a little pricey and upscale for Vinales but what a great meal! Located in the center of town on the main street it's not typical Cuban fare. Mostly Mediterranean food. The Gazapacho soup was as good as the one I had in Madrid! Who would have guessed? It made sense after we met the chef who told us he worked in Spain for many years!
Highly recommended.

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