On our first night in Cienfuegos, my wife and I decided that we would not stop for dinner until we found a restaurant that looked like it was a favorite for locals. A quick peek into Restaurante Bahia revealed many young couples and families from the area enjoying what appeared to be great cocktails and healthy portions. Not a word of English, French, or German to be heard (a welcome respite!). We shared ropa vieja and grilled fish and both were very tasty and well prepared.
After beginning with a round of well mixed mojitos, we moved on to some national cervezas - Cristal for my wife and Bucanero for me. A younger server who was not waiting on us overheard us speaking English to one another about the beers, and took an interest. After an understandable boon in 2016, recently there has been a downturn in the number of visitors from the US, so this server was eager to practice his English with us - particularly when speaking about American craft beer. We learned a lot from each other, and it made the meal even more enjoyable than it had previously been.
While I understand that this restaurant has become a popular stop for tour buses and a common recommendation from hoteliers, it has retained its authentic flair and we were made to feel quite welcome despite being the only foreign travelers dining during our visit.
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