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Cafe Taberna

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Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8611637
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Scarsdale, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide tried on short notice to try to get us into one of the popular jazz clubs in Old Havana. Since many of the better ones required advance reservations, he was able to arrange for a table for ten, for drinks. We considered this a great treat since we were only responsible to buy two drinks and we... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended this place by our Havana walking guide The food is not great but it is edible. When we arrived in the evening the place soon filled up with lots of other tourists. Music was very loud but that is to be expected. The dancers try to get everyone up dancing. Three mojitos included in the price of... More 

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Thank AEPat
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over hyped as it really has no connection with the original Buenavista Social Club. It felt like a real tourist rip off and the pulling of people from the audience to be forced to dance was unnecessary and frankly embarrassing to watch. The music was not the best we heard in Havana. We did not eat there and we were... More 

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Thank Bob H
Munich, Germany
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91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super expensive. Mediocre drinks. Stuffed with sweaty tourists. All forgotten once the hypnotic beats begin. Absolutely magical atmosphere! (You go for the music and dancing, NOT for the food!)

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Thank Love2Escape
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tourist trap. Weak drinks, packed full of tourists. Music is geared towards tourists and feels like a cruise ship band. Find one of the local jazz bars for a better, more authentic experience.

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Thank Mark F
New York, New York, United States
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service and drinks are very poor and bad quality. They have a great life music but its very touristy and nothing special.

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Thank Alberto L
Montecito, California
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is noted location of nightly Cuban music sessions. Musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club and played here along with other local great talent. Packed with tourists, make sure you get a reservation. Did not eat here so can't comment.

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Dunkirk, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We had a very short time to grab lunch during a busy walking tour of Old Havana and we stumbled upon Cafe Taberna. So glad we did. There were 6 of us with varied tastes and we each had outstanding choices. Best part of the meal? The SON band who entertained us very well! We even bought their CD. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

A lively restaurant and bar dedicated to the '50s Cuban musician and band leader Beny More. Pictures of him and other mambo acts give the place a vibrant feel. There is a very long bar which is impressively stocked. This is now purely a tourist haunt as is the surrounding area of Old Havana. If you enjoy the music of... More 

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

One menu, simple and affordable. Service was great, food was excellent and music terrific. Very friendly and treated us like royals. Would highly recommend

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil Teniente Rey, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8611637

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?