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Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero 42200, Cuba
+53 45 614021
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We decided to stop here for lunch when visiting Varadero as I wanted to try some authentic Cuban cuisine. We chose to start with some chicken croquettes and battered fish which were very tasty. We then ordered a main of Ropa Vieja which is a wonderful shredded stewed beef served with black beans, rice and vegetables. Well we were impressed... More 

Thank globetrotterjules
Chichester, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We popped into here for some lunch when we came to the downtown area for some shopping, we ate the mixed grill between us and had some soft drinks and I had a couple of beers. The service was good and the food very tasty, much better than the food at our all inclusive hotel'

Thank Chris P
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We stumbled across this little place behind the bus station as it was also close to where we were staying. It was some of the best proper Cuban food that we had and I was surprised to find such a restaurant in Varadero - it seems to cater to locals as much as tourists - we saw tour guides, bus... More 

Thank Julie C
Rock City
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We ate there late our first night and the server was really great. She was extremely friendly and attentive. Had the criollo combo and fish. Too much food for two people. The fish was a bit overcooked but the ropa vieja was excellent. We returned another night and the lady server wasn't there. We were served by an older man... More 

Thank pandapatrol
Brighton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We arrived early and there were only a handful of diners. Staff stood and looked at us for a few minutes before greeting us and showing us to a table. The food came quickly and was pretty poor. The local meat stew was nice and tasty but the fish was dreadful. The waiter couldn't tell me what it was! There... More 

Thank andrealeahy
Hamilton, Canada
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. We all ordered the mixed grill (chicken pork and beef) It came with a big bowl of the most tasty black beans to put on your rice. There is a live band and if you want to dance, please do.

Thank tripaholic57
Montreal, Canada
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

During our day excursion to Varadero we noticed this place when we started to get hungry and decided to give it a try. We ordered some local beer, a seafood platter and a meat dish. Both were served with a rice bean dish which was pretty good. The portions were large, but the fish[shrimps, scampi and a filet] was a... More 

Thank Rocky2482
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Absolutely great lobster with rice and black beans ! Friendly owner/boss! Nice pina colada as well ! Outdoor setting !Go for it!

Thank Nikos M
Tamworth, Australia
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105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

This open air yet under cover restaurant served all the items we had come to expect in a Cuban restaurant: lots of meat, ropa vieja, rice, beans and a smattering of salads. Although the waiter didn't appear particularly enthused, our orders were taken promptly and our food didn't take long to appear. It was good food, solid sized servings and... More 

Thank Janie K
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

We were shopping in Varadero and came across this restaurant for lunch. We enjoyed the food very much (compared to the resort food). We enjoyed it so much that we brought the rest of the guests we were travelling with (18 more people) back for dinner a couple of nights later. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and the live entertainment that... More 

Thank KimVanG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero 42200, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Matanzas Province  >  Varadero
  • Phone Number: +53 45 614021

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?