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El Aljibe

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££ - £££
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Central American
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Calle 7ma | Miramar, Playa, Havana 10400, Cuba
11:59 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:59 - 23:00
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Ames, Iowa
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52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant bills itself as having the best chicken in Cuba and from my experience here, I am in no mood to argue. I was on a tour (with Insight Cuba) and therefore had no choice as to restaurants (except for one meal on our own), and of the places we were taken to, this meal was the only unqualified... More 

1 Thank markh111
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tony Bourdain ate at this restaurant located in Miramar which is in a very nice area in Playa. There are many foreign embassies in this area as well. I ordered the roast chicken for lunch which was superb. A half chicken with white rice and black beans ladeled over the rice. Also, a very nice salad was part of this... More 

Thank Jim B
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41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far my best meal in Havana (pretty low bar, but still). The famous chicken and secret sauce lives up to the hype and is really excellent. The service was slow and there were some ants running around, which was a little unappetizing, but I really didn't care because I was so happy to finally get some great... More 

1 Thank ahm5885
San Jose, California
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104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chicken, beans and rice....what more do you need? The flavors were so, so good and they give you as much as you can eat, returning with more food when you ask for it. This was one of my favorite restaurants during a week-long visit.

Thank Rajj976
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This amazing 'secret sauce' for the chicken and beans is just amazing. The beans were perfection, silky, intense flavors... mmmm. My husband and I both loved it so much we made it a point to come back for our last dinner in Miramar. Don't miss it!!

Thank Stacey B
Montevideo, Uruguay
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place serves the best marinated chicken (secret family recipe) in Cuba. Really delicious. Service is not that good. El Aljibe is an iconic restaurant but need to watch out for the competition. Hundreds of tourists there, which may affect at times quality.

Thank Ed L
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126 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

For years I have been bringing groups to this restaurant which serves very good homestyle marinated chicken with typical side dishes. It is a government owned restaurant which accounts for it's plummeting quality. The service is surely and unpleasant (they get paid whether or not they please you unlike the private Paladar). At the end of the meal the waiter... More 

1 Thank psdunner
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Always a stop when I am in Havana, especially with groups of 5 to 15 people. Beautiful atmosphere and consistently good all you can eat family style food, especially their famous chicken. El Aljibe has an excellent wine cellar (ask to go in) and the prices are hard to beat. Plus the attached cigar shop is my favorite in all... More 

1 Thank Daniel W
Washington, New Jersey
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We were with about 25 people and were seated promptly. The food was good and they do accommodate for vegetarians. Nice atmosphere as the space is open air. It was good but not one of my favorites as there are so many great restaurants in Cuba.

Thank Maria C
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant with a group of eight people. The opening dish was aljibe which is a local soup with root vegetables, corn, broth, and chicken or pork. Very good. Following that we had chicken with beans and rice, and finished with a rice pudding. The mojitos were also very good. A great place to go to experience... More 

Thank Sstagnit

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$22
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 7ma | Miramar, Playa, Havana 10400, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: 5372044233

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