Due to the US embargo, Cuba often has problems getting basic food supplies.

So take the waiters’ “No hay” answer lightly when there are only 3 options available out of the 20 on the menu.

The cheapest restaurants are the state restaurants, called Paladar.

Private restaurants offer the finest cuisine, but prices are correspondingly higher.

A list of the best addresses in the city, classified by category.

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Santiago 1900

This spectacular colonial house, former residence of Bacardi, has a beautiful courtyard and two terraces upstairs.

If you are lucky, you will even be treated to a piano concert during your meal.

The kitchen is of very basic quality, but the setting is well worth a visit, if only for a Mojito.

Attention, please: No shorts or T-shirts.

  • Bartolomé Masó, 354, between Hartmann y Pío Rosado
  • Tel: 22 623 507
  • Price: 2-8 Cuc
  • Service: daily midday to midnight

St. Pauli

The St Pauli has one of the finest kitchens in Santiago.
Professional service, accustomed to receiving groups.

  • Tel: 22 65 22 92
  • Address: Enramada #605 e/ Barnada y Plácido
  • Price: 12-20 Cuc
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Service: 12:00 – 23:00 Monday – Thursday, 12:00 – 00:00 Friday – Sunday
  • Facebook / TripAdvisor : stpaulirestaurantstgo

Restaurant Zunzún

Located in the Vista Alegre district, the Zunzun is housed in a period bourgeois house.

  • Address: 159 Manduley Avenue – Calle 7, Vista Alegre,
  • Tel: 22 64 15 28
  • Service: 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.
  • Price: 12 – 18 Cuc
  • House Specialty: Enchilado – Lobster

Restaurant El Barracón

El Barracón highlights Cuban culture and its African roots

The interior of the restaurant has a mixture of Santería and cimarrón (runaway slave) atmosphere.

State Restaurant

  • Address: Avenida Garzón between Calle 1ra. y Aponte.
  • Telephone: 22 66 18 77
  • Service: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Meals: 3 – 9 Cuc
  • Specialty: Afro-Cuban food.
  • Speciality of the house: El caldero

Restaurant Don Antonio

Located in Plaza Dolores, the restaurant Don antonio offers dishes of Cuban standards at reasonable prices in national currency. The wait can be long

  • Address: Aguilera S/N, Calvario y Reloj,Manzana de La Plaza Dolores
  • Phone : 22 65 22 05 | 22 65 16 03
  • Hours of service: 12:00 to 12:00.
  • Specialty: Cuban Dishes
  • Specialty of the house: Chicken Rice Chorrera

El Holandes

This magnificent restaurant in one of the oldest houses is ideally located one block away from Parc Céspedes.

You can eat indoors in the large dining room, or on the balcony overlooking the Casa de la Trova.

The food is typically Cuban, and the service is friendly.

  • Address: Heredia n° 251 between San Félix y el Callejón
  • Tel: 22 62 48 78
  • Service: 12h – 23h every day
  • Meals: 6 – 15 Cuc

Cerverceria Puerto del Rey

On the Alameda, in a converted warehouse among the port buildings. The place to go for a variety of beers brewed according to Austrian technology. You can also get ice cream upstairs, while downstairs food is served and there is music until midnight.

  • Address: Avenida Jesús Menéndez esquina Duvergel
  • Tel : 22 66 93 04
  • Hours: 4pm – 00am Monday, 12pm – 00am Tuesday to Sunday

Bodeguita del Medio

Located on Enramada Street, the main artery of Santiago, the Bodeguita del Medio sums up the reputation of its big sister in Havana.

High quality service, Creole food and typical dishes from the south-eastern region. But also a quality bar with great live music in the evening.

Ideal for groups.

  • Address: Enramadas Street, San Pedro and Corona.
  • Tel: 22 65 27 55 ext. 215, 22 65 16 03
  • Price: 6 – 10 Cuc
  • Service: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Specialty: Creole food.
  • Speciality of the house: roast pork à la santiaguera.

Matamoros Restaurant

Excellent food. This restaurant is one of the oldest in Santiago paying homage to one of the greatest singer-songwriters in Cuba: Matamoros.
There is often live music to liven up the meal.

  • Address: Calvario Street, at the esquina d’Aguilera, in the city center (Plaza Dolores)
  • Price: 5 – 15 Cuc
  • Telephone: 22 68 6459
  • Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Specialty: Creole food

Restaurant Hotel Casa Granda

Overlooking Parque Céspedes, the terrace café of Casa Granda, must be one of the best places to watch people in Cuba. In terms of food, we are talking about snacks (hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, etc.).

  • Tel: 22 65 30 21
  • Address: Heredia No 201, Casa Granda
  • Snacks: 2 – 8 Cuc
  • Schedule : 09h – 00h

Restaurant Hotel Enramadas

If you are looking for a little luxury, this is one of the most elegant restaurants in the city, located at the bottom of Enramada street, near the Malecon.
Price: 2-3 Cuc

Compay Gallo

Upstairs, in a typical narrow street in Santiago, on the edge of the city centre, Compay Gallo makes classic Cuban cuisine with mixed results.
Tel: 22 65 83 95
Address: Máximo Gómez No 503 altos
Price: 4-10 Cuc
Hours: 12h – 23h

Cafeteria Hotel Imperial

Very well located, 1 block from Parc Cespedes, the place is clean, quiet.
Various salads, sandwiches, hamburgers and pizzas. Ideal for lunch

Price: 2 – 7 Cuc

The Juliana

Very good cooking in a colonial period house

El Tren

Good hidden address. Excellent cuisine at a very reasonable price, in local currency.
You will find it going up the enramada street, before arriving at the Plaza de Marte.

  • Price: 2 – 5 Cuc

Plaza de Armas

The place is beautiful, but unfortunately the restaurant can’t afford to do well. The pizzas are not much better than the street pizzas, with a taste of microwave reheated.

  • Address: Esq. Aguilera and Parque Cespedes

La Fabada de Marieta

Located down enramada street a few blocks away from Parc Cespedes, this restaurant is one of Santiago’s favorites.
Original and well-presented cuisine, accompanied by a sound group to liven up the meal.
Fish, Shrimp, Cerdo, etc…
Ideal for groups.
Price : 3,5 a 5 Cuc | 12 Cuc for the Langosta Enchilada
Address: Enramadas esq Padre Pico
Tel : 22 66 93 58
Email: [email protected]

Restaurant El Morro

Spectacular location on a cliffside with a breathtaking view of the sea.

It is very popular with travel agencies.

Ideal if you are planning a visit to Cayo GranMa because it is located right next to the Ciudadmar pier.

Dinner is available upon reservation.

  • Tel : 22 69 15 76
  • Address: Castillo del Morro
  • Price: 6-12 Cuc
  • Hours: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Other Excellent Restaurants in Santiago :

  • Sabor Cubano
  • Ana’s balcony
  • Enfokao
  • El Balcon de la Gorda
  • Nautico
  • El Baturrito
  • Rough Garden Casa Grande
  • Casa Grande Cafeteria
  • Casa de la Tradicion
  • La Careta
  • Acaa
  • Taberna de Dolores
  • Restaurant Hotel Imperial

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