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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
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Reviewed March 15, 2024

Attentive staff and good food. Loved dthis drink - wish I knew what it was and what was in it! Location under awning provided fresh air and ambience.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed February 16, 2024 via mobile

We arrived early (on US dinner time not Cuban dinner time) and were the first to arrive. We watched the place fill as we lingered a bit while we had drinks and waited for Fabrica to open. The staff was professional and kind and accommodating....The food was excellent! The ambiance simply lovely. It’s expensive for Cuban prices but we have no complaints. It was a lovely evening.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 28, 2024

High prices are not justified by neither the quality or the quantity of the food. If I knew better I would probably just come for drinks and eat elsewhere. Still, gin n tonic was charges as a price for the gin and a separate price...for the mixer which makes it super expensive for one drink. Double flight of stairs is hardly accessible to everyone - should be informed upon booking if you have any mobility problems - plus service very slow. On a different note, rooftop looks beautiful at night and the bar and the lights make it a nice spot to hang out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 11, 2024 via mobile

Tiny portions for huge prices in comparison. Have eaten a lot better at other places for more reasonable prices. Just ambiente is not enough to rip off your customers.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 3, 2023

AMAZING VIBE - very cool location on the rooftop, great breeze during the evening. Cocktails were great! Food and service were great too! Highly recommended!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 6, 2023

We were celebrating birthday. We started with daiquiri drinks, which were decent, especially aguava flavored. We ordered lamb stew & it was salty & it didn’t have stew consistency. (Shown on my picture). Then we finished with cheesecake & chocolate tart but neither of them...was good. This place looks cozy & has good ambiance but food is average.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed September 26, 2023

We were very well taken care of, the restaurant was quiet even though full and the food was wonderful. I had lobster and it was cooked to perfection. Others with me had fisn and beef and enjoyed their meal as well.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 3, 2023

Delicious. Plan to go between Thursday and Sunday, then go to FAC next door. I am a vegetarian and they accommodated my restrictions deliciously.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 26, 2023 via mobile

I like it, the food was good, specially the octopus offerings where delicious and the place looks definitely good. Some of my friends didn't enjoy the food as much as me but it was really good quality cuisine Not getting a higher score because of...the attention. It was difficult to get to a waiter. One of the latest waitress who took care of us was not friendly and kind of made people uncomfortable of asking details about the offerings. Another downside for locals is that they don't accept MLC transfers so if the check is too big you can end up reaching/exceeding the limits for CUP transfers.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 12, 2023

We started with two bloody Mary and boys, it was a watery red liquid full of ice. The Caesar salads had allmost no duck when I made them.notice a waiter told me "here we serve small portions" like to say " we are a classy...place". The lobster was dried, the lemon cake super sugary and the wine... a botte worth €7 sold for €32. The waiters go around the restaurant without keeping their head up to see if any of the guests requieres anything, we had to hold our hands up to be noticed. The Cocinero is pretentious place with lo standards in terms of food and service, it's not worth the money, places like Los nardos or Galiano, are much better.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 6, 2023 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch. This is propably amon top five restaurants in Havana. The fodd is very high quality and also pretty expensive compared to Cuba prices. The service was nice. The waiter was English speaking. The venue is located on a rooftop approximately...15 min. in a taxi outside Old Town Havana.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 7, 2023 via mobile

It’s been two weeks I’m in Cuba and I eat in many restaurants here like every day but no restaurant charmed me more than this one and here is the most amazing points I enjoyed in this corner of the city * decoration for me...was exactly what I excepted to see the lights the bar even the decoration of the table was just amazing ♥️ * the staff is really friendly professional as well it’s the first time I get to a restaurant and all the staff speak English as I don’t talk espanish for me things is a little bit hard for me * the plates is the best point and the most thing that taked me to another planet very very well presented 💚as entrance we had tuna tartare toasts and a ceviche which was one of my best entrance I tried in this city 🥰 and than I had the super langouste 🦞 my god how it was well presented well cooked as well I was enjoying every second while eating 😋 as well my boyfriend had the lamp plate I try some it was really delicious as well , and my desert was one of the girl who recommended me something they can give you advice sometimes what to eat you can listen to them cause they are really professional => I do recommend this restaurant as the best one in Cuba after trying so many you can try it between couples friends or family it will be always a good idea to have great time here we will come back soon for sure see you ♥️More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 8, 2023 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant with a cool vibe, awesome decor, outdoor seating and delicious food. It's also right next to the Art Factory which is a great place to hang out, see some art and listen to music. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 26, 2023 via mobile

Amazing spot for lunch in Vedado, Havana! We were a group of 5 and our server Camila was stupendous! From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a huge welcoming smile. The food was top-notch quality and had great Taste. We will be...coming back! Thank you Camila for your great hospitality!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 20, 2023

We visited on a trip to Cuba last week. We were excited to try this restaurant because it is connected to the fábrica de arte cubana, which is a must visit location for any visitor to Havana. We were deeply disappointed in the restaurant. The...location is absolutely beautiful. It is outdoors on a rooftop and beautifully appointed. However, the food was quite expensive and quite mediocre. There was nothing stand out on the menu or on our plates. Perhaps even worse, the service was vague, indifferent, and at times seemed almost passive aggressive. This is in such contrast to the delightful restaurant experiences we had elsewhere in Cuba, where people are generous, and expansive. It almost felt like the restaurant was drunk on its own importance, and forgot, basic concepts like Customer Service. Would not recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Response from Feelthefood | Reviewed this property |
Hello, we did because the entrance was separate l, but the line was short that night. Instead, when we went to dinner at Tierra - wich is inside the FAC - we could skip the line (with reservation)
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and 2 ginger drinks(8cucs each) yeap, ginger un the market is 1 cuc each pound, but in the restaurants is a boost for the prices ..
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Response from Jummers | Reviewed this property |
Hard to say. It isn't in a house but an old industrial bldg with smokestack. Food was not great, pulpi inefibke. Try Dona blanquetta on Prada. Great lobster. Also cocinero is a 20 minute taxi ride out of old Havana. Enjoy
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El Cocinero is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5