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Place for 18, see some pictures from other users added to the Josone Park review.
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Cuban, Caribbean
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Cash Only, Live Music
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Reviewed February 13, 2024 via mobile

Be careful, main course at 35 usd when it is a government gastronomy facility They think they are untouchable, here I leave my comment

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed September 11, 2023

The filet mignon is fabulous! Top quality Alberta beef cooked to perfection. Great wine list to with your meal. Wilfredo and the boys always provide excellent service. We will definitely be back. Also when you order a bottle of wine you can sign and date...it and it will be put on display.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 9, 2023 via mobile

After reading reviews was looking forward to a meal here. Very disappointing…. I had lobster which came out of the shell and all flattened into a fish shape, did not enjoy it at all. Drink prices were three times more than anywhere else we have...been in the town. One cheap bottle of wine 10.5% proof - they wanted to charge 20USD (didn’t order it). Will not be going back and would not recommendMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 8, 2023 via mobile

I don’t know what these good reviews are all about. This is not just the worst meal I e had in Cuba, but possibly ever. And it was *not cheap* Should have seen the completely empty restaurant as a red flag, or the fact that...despite my asking a couple of times, we weren’t informed there was no menu until we sat down. They had 4 thing on the menu: Garlic bread (2 slices rock hard mother’s pride) Garlic shrimp (salty, over cooked) Lobster (he promised it was fresh. I asked for simple, grilled. He said yes) Filet mignon €30 but ok. We had 2 glasses of not bad wine. Waiter came back to say the shells of the lobster had been removed, was that ok? It wasn’t , but he insisted it was fresh so given we were hungry and in an unfamiliar place we accepted it. My sons steak was fine but my partner and I were presented with something that has the taste and texture of an over cooked fish omelette. We couldn’t eat it. At the end of the meal, I said to the waiter that I didn’t think it was fresh and part of the point of lobster was the texture. He denied having processed frozen lobster, but I genuinely don’t understand what he could have done to make it that flat and mealy if it was fresh, and more to the point, why would you? £104 euros. Rushed back to our hotel buffet just before closing so that we didn’t have to go to bed hungry, the hotel buffet may not win any Michelin stars but at least it was honest. €104. Say it slowly whilst imagining burning your wallet for a few plates of barely edible nonsense and a so-so steak. Don’t go here. You won’t like it.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed April 4, 2023

Absolutely fantastic. Their lobster and steaks are cooked to perfection. The staff are the best! We visit everytime we go to Cuba. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 25, 2023 via mobile

My husband and I found this gem about 6 years ago when staying downtown Varadero. Called and got same day reservations. The gentleman who work here are so wonderful. Had a true surf and turf last time here. Unfortunately the Cuban government has regulations on...beef being imported. We had lobster, steak. Not filet min-on, but was good. Beer and wine! The meal was wonderful as we could not get anything other than pork and little chicken at the resort we were staying on. Bruschetta was the appetizer very tasty. The people of Cuba have little control over what resources they have right now! Wonderful service and environment goes a long way! Will visit again!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed December 17, 2022

After reading the reviews on here went with my wife and son. Looking forward to the surf and turf. Manager/Owner was very nice and fitted us in in the cave before a group of 10 arrived. He did warn us that the meat was sliced...not a steak. The food was just ok, lobster ok but the beef slices very disappointing. Overall a good meal but nothing to rant about. Also thought by Cuba standards it was expensive. I sound a little negative and maybe a little harsh but after reading the reviews I guess we over anticipated.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022 via mobile

We had an excellent meal at La Gruta. The filet mignon and lobster tail were amazing. Our server (who I think was also the owner) was super friendly. He was also the cook that night and we had an amazing time. Don't miss it :-)...would definately go back ! Don't forget, cash only !!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 23, 2022

My wife and I had an amazing meal at La Gruta restaurant in the beautiful Josene Park in Varadero which just had recently opened up once again. The lobster dinner was delicious, draped in garlic sauce and comes with rice and a salad. The price...was amazing at only $20 a plate for the lobster dinner. You can purchase various wine bottles as well at a very reasonable price. The atmosphere was incredible situated in a cave which kept you cool and comfortable on a hot summer Varadero evening. Canadian provincial flags and hundreds of autographed wine bottles hung on the cave walls around you. You had the choice to be seated outside the cave as well if you preferred. The cook and servers are extremely welcoming and friendly. Don't forget to autograph your wine bottle and hang iit in the cave afterwards. Don't hesitate to eat at this hidden gem, La Gruta restaurant, if you want the best lobster meal in all of Cuba. I will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 22, 2022

Very good food served in a Cave lounge atmosphere . Located in Josen Park downtown Varadero . Try the lobster , oh so good , and very big .

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 27, 2020

My husband and I so enjoyed La Gruta when we visited Varadero last year that we went back again this year. I thought we would be disappointed because they no longer get their steaks from Canada but we couldn't have been more wrong. Their steak...was cooked to perfection as was their lobster. They are still the best if you are looking for a great meal in Varadero.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Wife , myself and another couple went there for supper one night and the food was fantastic. 2 of us had Steak and Lobster , the steak was Alberta Beef, my wife had shrimp dinner and her plate was loaded with shrimp, and the other...lady had Lobster dinner. Total price for the 4 dinners with 4 Crystal Beers was $89 CUC. We thought this was very reasonably priced and the food tasted great. Steaks were done to perfection!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

We enjoyed a beautiful dinner at La Gruta. Food was great, ambiance was amazing whether you sat inside or outside by the pond. Service was wonderful. I must say that the steak I had was delicious and I was worried but La Gruta proved their...point of being one of the great restaurants in Varadero. On our next visit, we will definitely make the trip into town. We had the surf and turf and it was well worth the money. We also ordered a very nice bottle of wine and were so happy to see “our bottle” put up into the rafters. Thank you to the staff there, we will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 7, 2020

We were there in January 2020 and we had the best steak and shrimp dinner I have ever had in all of our trips to Cuba. My friend had the lobster and also said it awesome. My meal was 20.00 pesos and worth every penny.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 23, 2020 via mobile

Simple menu: lonster or file mignon. We had lobster it was delicious. Restoran is interesting with flags and bottles of wines and especially space in the cave.

Date of visit: January 2020
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