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El Idilio

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Calle G 351, Esquina 15 Vedado, Havana, Cuba
12:00 - 12:00
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this restaurant three times in last four years. Even though look and settings of the place is average, service and food are amazing. Prices are moderate and they did not hike prices due increase of US travelers as most of other restaurants. If you would like to explore local food dishes with slightly Spanish twist this is is... More 

Thank putnik416
Quito, Ecuador
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at this place for 3 nights in a row. Ropa vieja, lobster, malanga, and many other dishes were amazing. There will always be persons waiting to be seated so be prepared to wait. Service is perfect. Lobster will be around 18 cuc (only expensive option) rest of main dishes around 6-9 you could have a complete meal... More 

Thank juan r
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80 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant which was in my Tripadvisor list and they told us that we had to wait and may be it would take long. We were ready to go when a German lady told us that it was very worthy to wait and that they had been there already tree times in four days! That it had... More 

Thank carla12
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the 11 nights I stayed in Havana Town and having tried a few places El Idilio won hands down for location, service, food and accommodation my nil Spanish ; ) I went 5 times through either table of 5 to takeaway - they accommodated me every time and are a must. Just beware given the popularity of El Idilio... More 

Thank Paul M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Mrs and I came here for lunch.she had the lobster,fish and shrimp plate for CUC 11,it was nicely cooked unlike other lobsters we had elsewhere. I had beef hash, which wasn't bad, basically like a chili without the beans CUC 9. And it came with rice and good beans to share.The paella looked good but would have been 45 min... More 

Thank Jude-trang
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Yummy grilled meat, fish and seafood. Tostones rellenos were great. Located in Vedado neighborhood and easy to get to. Fastest service of all the restaurants we went to- which is saying something because be prepared to wait in Cuba! I recommend that you have a reservation for every restaurant you go to so as to avoid a potentially long wait... More 

Thank Ovjk
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Do not waste your money or time. This place has some of the worst food I've had while in Cuba. The shrimp are tiny and are not deveined. The food is bland & tasteless. The servers are not friendly and they never come over to see if your order is ok. They do not speak English either, so if you... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

When we arrived they asked us if we had a moment. It turned out we had to wait for over an hour to get a table. Lots of others were waiting too so the place is popular. I had tacos as a starter and it was delicious. Also the paella we had afterwards was great, only it was way too... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Our party of 4 ate here and had a lovely dinner with excellent service in this accessible Verdado location. We stopped by the day before to make reservations as you will need them to get in to this popular spot. We had a pescatarian and gluten free diner and both were happy with their choices. Thinking back over our trip... More 

Thank Sonja K
Canuk in Korea
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 February 2017

No winery the glass.... just a cold plastic bottle of crap... so I bought a 40 dollar bottle which was double the price of the meal and not worth it. The tacos were alright but the meat.... like the topa Vieja was overcooked. ... the meal came out to 60 cuc... and I felt ripped off... the service was typically... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Barbecue, Spanish, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle G 351, Esquina 15 Vedado, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 831-8182

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?