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El Templete

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Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8668807
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Jamestown, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Restaurant "caters" to tourists, but doesn't seem to want to be bothered with tourists. Rude head waiters. Young wait staff very sweet. Food mediocre, at best. I don't plan to eat here again.

Thank minniebmayes
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We had a pretty good meal at el Templete; we particularly enjoyed the appetisers. It was pretty empty the night we visited but the waiters were very friendly. The most annoying part was that many dishes we selected initially were not available. If you pass by, it is a reasonable place to eat, otherwise I would not be making a... More 

1 Thank BigBearSydney
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I went to lunch at that restaurant as I have passed many times by the front and me and my partner decided to try, to start the service is very cold and impersonal, they do not mistreat you but they almost ignore you, we ordered a daiquiri while we read the menu, And when I saw the prices that horror,... More 

1 Thank Ivo38
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

All i can say is we went for lunch and nothing was good. The food took forever and when it came it was cold. The service nothing to write home about. Expensive i guess because its accross the street from the water. Will never eat there again. Highly not recommended

1 Thank Darwin M
Dover, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

On our last day in Havana, we wanted to get and enjoy a seafood restaurant. We arrived and there were two couples there. The first thing we do is to enquire what is "fresh fish" and we were told most was frozen. The only thing that was fresh which was the fish of the day. We ordered that. The service... More 

Thank Brian B
Quebec City, Canada
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

El Templete is not what it used to be. The fish is still excellent (at least, it was when we ate there in December), but the service is indifferent. Also, the restaurant was almost empty, which was unusual for us. It used to have a good atmosphere, full of locals and expats. That being said, we had some of the... More 

1 Thank Jo_Qc
Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

I was there with a group in October. It was terrible. Avoid if you can. The food atmosphere is unappealing and the food was inedible.

Thank nysandy2016
Rockville, Maryland
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Last day dinner in Havana was advertised as best one but what a disappointment. Average food combined with poor service. On top of that restaurant refused to move our group inside (it was around 60 deg F outside, yes in Cuba) even though there was nobody inside at any time during our dinner

Thank Yury S
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126 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This is a government run restaurant and smells of it all the way. My group arrived for our final meal on a cold rainy night. they seated us on the canvas covered terrace. we inquired about sitting inside which was completely empty. We were told that the inside was reserved for cash guests! The arguing went on for quite a... More 

Thank psdunner
Sydney, Australia
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366 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

By the water so good view of fort across the traffic! We were in a large group so only One Choice given to us was fish of the day grilled with mash and capsicum on the side - which was dry and tasteless. After some discussion an alternative was a salad which was fresh and excellent. Great caprinerios, cold beer... More 

1 Thank chris f

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Soups, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ave. del Puerto esq. Narciso Lopez | Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8668807
El Templete is a bayside restaurant. This restaurant is named ofter neighboring landmark built in 1928 that marks the spot where the settlement of San Cristóbal de la habana was founded in 1519. Originally opened sometimes between 1928 and 1931, it was the second restaurant in the city to have this name, and soon became the favorite of sailors, ahip captains and port pilots. Known since the 1950s as ¨The house of shellfish and international cuisine¨it was famous for its lobsters, shrimps, prawn, clams and delicious paellas, served while customers took in the splendid view of Havana.Today, El Templete revives its seafering tradition in the same atmosphere and continues serving delicious dishes prepared by its excellent Spanish Chef.Past and present come togetherto offer us first-class service and a wide variety of dishes to choose from.

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