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Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8611637
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Houston
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little pricey! Skip the food it was horrible, but the entertainment was wonderful. They do try to get the audience involved. A few people from the crowd did not know when to take their seats and almost ruined the show. They take dollars which worked out well for us!

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Thank SoldbyElanza
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the club for the Buena Vista Social Club entertainment show, arriving a little early was no problem and we were shown to a good table at the front of the room. Service was very friendly, the first cocktail was included in the entry price. Further drink prices were in line with main bars. The atmosphere was lively, the... More 

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Thank Di B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The music and dancing are great. But the folks taking the nonstop cell phone and ipad videos almost spoil it. Skip the dinner. The 2 drinks included- limited to the basics mohito, Cuba libre etc. are terrible. The only beer available is Cristal and its a struggle to get one. In the end everybody has a great time because of... More 

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Thank William F
Scarsdale, New York
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351 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide tried on short notice to try to get us into one of the popular jazz clubs in Old Havana. Since many of the better ones required advance reservations, he was able to arrange for a table for ten, for drinks. We considered this a great treat since we were only responsible to buy two drinks and we... More 

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Thank Arthur G
Northampton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We were recommended this place by our Havana walking guide The food is not great but it is edible. When we arrived in the evening the place soon filled up with lots of other tourists. Music was very loud but that is to be expected. The dancers try to get everyone up dancing. Three mojitos included in the price of... More 

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Thank AEPat
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Over hyped as it really has no connection with the original Buenavista Social Club. It felt like a real tourist rip off and the pulling of people from the audience to be forced to dance was unnecessary and frankly embarrassing to watch. The music was not the best we heard in Havana. We did not eat there and we were... More 

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Thank Bob H
Munich, Germany
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91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Super expensive. Mediocre drinks. Stuffed with sweaty tourists. All forgotten once the hypnotic beats begin. Absolutely magical atmosphere! (You go for the music and dancing, NOT for the food!)

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Thank Love2Escape
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Tourist trap. Weak drinks, packed full of tourists. Music is geared towards tourists and feels like a cruise ship band. Find one of the local jazz bars for a better, more authentic experience.

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Thank Mark F
New York, New York, United States
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Service and drinks are very poor and bad quality. They have a great life music but its very touristy and nothing special.

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Thank Alberto L
Montecito, California
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187 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is noted location of nightly Cuban music sessions. Musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club and played here along with other local great talent. Packed with tourists, make sure you get a reservation. Did not eat here so can't comment.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8611637

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?