The gastronomic experience in Cuba underwent a 360º turn since, in 2015, the tourism boom prompted Cuban entrepreneurs to seek new spaces to set up their own private restaurants, known as paladares in Cuba.
Innovative restaurants in Havana
In many paladares in Cuba, they don't just serve delicious traditional dishes of Cuban cuisineBoth the variety and quality of the food as well as its preparation and presentation have been importantly improved.
This is how restaurants have emerged in Havana offering incredible design fusion Cuban cuisine , or proposing an excellent signature cuisine , capable of competing with the most fashionable places in Barcelona, Berlin or New York.
Selection Top 5 Restaurants in HavanaAre you ready to travel to Cuba and enjoy a real feast for the senses?
So that you go straight to taste the best paladares at Havana and discover the multiple nuances and flavors of modern Cuban food, today we share our top list of the 5 best restaurants with signature cuisine in Havana:
Paladar Otramanera, is located in the central neighborhood of Miramar in Havana, in a charming modern house in the Playa district and always makes the main lists of the best restaurants in Latin America.This restaurant in Havana arises at the initiative of a Spaniard and a Cuban. He is Álvaro Díez Fernández, graduated as a sommelier from the University of Girona and collaborator with prestigious chefs such as Jordi Vila and Nacho Manzano; she is Amy Torralbas, graduated from the Madrid School of Contemporary Art.
This paladar is born from the union of art, talent, will and love. They combine interesting and exquisite dishes, with some excellent wines in their menu. They have a delicious special drink of the house: “está bien chingón”, which you will find really delightful.
After a dinner in the garden, or in its elegant interior rooms, a good plan would be to go on foot from there to dance to the Casa de la Música de Miramar, to enjoy the music of the best live Cuban orchestras, imbued with the nightlife of Havana.
They offer an exquisite menu, featuring fresh seasonal products and good wines, which makes this paladar in Havana the most avant-garde in Cuban signature fusion food.
You can enjoy the pleasant breeze from its rooftop, located on the point where the Almendares River meets the sea, as well as its interior decoration, where trend and tradition combine elegantly.
After dinner, you can visit the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, which is very close, to experience the authentic Havana nightlife.
The food served in this restaurant in Havana, located in Kholy's residence, lives up to its slogan, because Cuban chef Sahily Romero cook the simple with great delicacy.
The chef herself had founded Rita & Champagne in Madrid in 2010, and her heir from Havana, in 2018, brings together the flavors of Cuban tradition with the stamp of international cuisine.
Its signature cuisine is joined by the charm that covers this beautiful house, with open spaces and interior rooms where eating is a luxury, not because the prices are high, not at all! But because its dishes are impregnated with a unique refinement.
With an excellent view of the Malecón of Havana , this restaurant lies in a vibrant and busy area of Vedado in Havana.
The chef, who can be seen from the large glass that separates the show cooking area form the indoor lounge, kindly greets diners and supervises the optimal quality of the dishes.
Fruits of tropical seas made without forgetting the succulent cuts of meats in the best South American style, harmonized with the juicy fruits and fresh vegetables of the island and assorted rice dishes.
The Excellence Award given to them by Tripadvisor in 2016 is justified by the excellent service and the unbeatable taste of the gourmet cuisine they offer.
If what you are looking for is a small restaurant with a passion for good cuisine and a terrace overlooking the Malecón, this is the ideal place to witness a sunset while enjoying tasty and innovative dishes.
If you prefer a family or business meeting, in the indoor lounge you will feel at home, but enjoying a menu designed with exoticism, and infused with tropical and international flavors such as shrimp in pineapple sauce, octopus carpaccio, Caribbean seafood rice and curry ...
A simple and small place, but with a lot of charm... and tasty contemporary Cuban food.
A real feast for the senses where we include gastronomic recommendations for all tastes: for those who want a good and cheap bite, for those who fancy eating at art galleries, or at paladares in Havana with the coolest rooftops nowadays.
An if you feel like taking a Habana gastronomic city tour guided by a chef from a renowned Havana paladar to discover the Cuban culinary art, its local markets and more creative recipes, you can also hire it with us.
We suggest some of our most popular organized tours , and, if it is not what you were looking for, we will design your personalized trip, and above all, we suggest that you follow our tips to live the authentic Cuban culture.
Article written by Gabriela Rodríguez, independent Cuban guide.
Video produced by Javier Ernesto Hernández-López.
Photographs chosen from the publications of the mentioned restaurants,0