177 locals recommend · Estimated price 3 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
This is the place for those who really want to get to know what the real Cuba is like. The building represents three different time periods: what Cuba was, what Cuba is today, and when you enter the restaurant, you discover Cuba’s future. Not a tourist Havana, but the version lived by Cubans. The grouper is a classic, we’ve had it on the menu since the beginning. The marlin tacos and the suckling pig confit with orange sauce are excellent as well. All the food is prepared with great care.
Tips from locals
In a famous place, stopped in a classic Cuban film "strawberry and chocolate", you can enjoy excellent dishes of Cuban food in a unique space a few steps from old Havana.
AN EMBLEM OF HAVANA SINCE 1996 La Guarida, an opportunity to travel in time in a place that respects tradition but also bets on the future. An authentic space for those interested in getting to know the real Cuba and immersing themselves in our culture, customs, and way of doing things.
The setting for "Fresca y Chocolate." Always busy and reservations are needed.
...It’s the most famous of Havana’s paladares according to the New York Times
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Point of Interest
“Gran Teatro de La Habana is a theater in Havana, Cuba, home to the Cuban National Ballet. It was designed by the Belgian architect Paul Belau and built by Purdy and Henderson, Engineers in 1914 at the site of the former Teatro Tacón. Its construction was paid for by the Galician immigrants of Havana to serve as a their community-social center. Located in the Paseo del Prado, its facilities include theatres, a concert hall, conference rooms, a video screening room, as well as an art gallery, a choral center and several rehearsal halls for dance companies. It hosts the International Ballet Festival of Havana every two years since 1960.”
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Hours of Operation statusClosed · Opens 6:00 PM
Brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour
Full bar, cocktails
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