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lai lai

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Calle 18, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were at Lai Lai's last year when in Varadero and we were very pleasantly surprised at how great the food tasted. We are heading back in April and will be visiting Lai Lai a few times I imagine. Very good food and service. Highly recommended. Tye views of the ocean are superb in the dining room and the atmosphere... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is great. Set back from the road in a beautiful historical building. The views of the ocean from the dining room are spectacular. The menu is varied and the prices are good. The food is really good, that said it is not exactly the Chinese food that you would get in Canada, but still really delicious. I would... More 

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Meteghan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We make an effort to go eat here every year when we go to Varadero ! I recommend this place to eat ! When you go make sure your hungry as they give lots of food ! We like to order the chicken fried rice and chicken balls . When you order the food it all comes separate in a... More 

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Port Severn, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

My wife dropped by in the afternoon and reviewed the menu and she thought it looked promising. It is located in a historical building next to the beach. The detail in the architecture is just amazing. We went there and were promptly seated. The staff were very friendly and professional. I will not go in to detail but everything we... More 

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New Brunswick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Been there many times....always going back whenever in Varadero...Many choices and clean restaurant...

1 Thank solonitoNewBrunswick
Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We tried several but all dishes were tasteless and served cold. The worst restaurant we have ever been.

1 Thank pcriv
Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Last thing I thought I would be eating in Cuba would be chinese food, but a friend I met at the resort said we had to go. So off we went, and I am so glad we did. So much food, and amazingly good. Their specialty is their "boats". A boat of food, and it's a big boat. We ordered... More 

1 Thank kevinParnell
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

every time we go to Veradero we make a trip to lai lai. The food is quite good and the price is more than reasonable/ We meet with Cuban friends there and they really enjoy the outing.

2 Thank Josie1942
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We were very pleasantly surprised with the food here! I suggest that you try it out if you are looking for something different then the buffet at the hotel.

1 Thank robertoguardado24
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Cuba has a bad reputation when it comes to food, but this only applies to hotel food, they cater to a vast clientele and you cant please everyone all of the time, right? Now this is a an independent restaurant, the food is delicious, the only thing I wasn't crazy about was the wonton soup. egg rolls, but the egg... More 

1 Thank CubaF0rever

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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
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 18, Varadero 42200, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Matanzas Province  >  Varadero
  • Phone Number: 18

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