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“Buena Vista Social Club”
Review of Cafe Taberna

Cafe Taberna
Ranked #259 of 827 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 22 May 2014

This is the bar/restaurant to listen to the Buena Vista Social Club. The show is 90 minutes. It features some of the old members and some new members of the BVSC. The performance was good, not great. It was fun to hear but wouldn't make it a priority to visit unless you are a real fan of the BVSC.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

After buying tickets to see the Buena Vista Social Club, we went to the Café Taberna. Staff were unfriendly and surly. At the end of the show, a staff member asked us if we wanted a taxi back to our hotel. We said yes, and were asked to follow a man down several windy streets to a taxi which was parked in a dark and deserted warehouse area near the docks. We were very concerned and even more so when a policeman indicated the driver should approach him. A heated discussion ensured between the policeman and the cab driver during which we managed to get out of the unlicensed cab to make our escape to a licensed cab site further up the road. Be warned, I found the whole experience quite unnerving.

1  Thank karenandnick
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We didn't book the show and dinner and were seated on the balcony looking down on the show. Understandably the diners have the best seats, though where we were was OK to hear the music and watch the musicians and dancers .

Three drinks were included in the price .
Very good, lively music from the Buena Vista Social Club. Fantastic atmosphere.

A "must do" when in Havana.

1  Thank r00m_with_a_view
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We just bought tickets for the show with Buena Vista Social Club including 3 or 4 drinks. A fantastic evening.
Some people were eating there while the show was going on. Don' t know if the food was good but I had read that it wasn't.

1  Thank Karminator
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

One of the highlights of our stay in Havana was experiencing the Buena Vista Social Club show. Our Friendly Planet Cuban tour guide, Ale, recommended that we purchase the dinner package since those clients get the best seats. We had read and heard that the food was not very good but we were going for the music, not the food and wanted good seats. Ale made our reservation and picked up the tickets for us. When we arrived the gentleman at the door pointed to the front of the room and said "primo mesa". Our table for two was directly in front of the stage! And the food was good. We ordered the seafood dinner, fish, shrimp, and lobster tail and a bottlee of wine. Two drinks, appetizers and dessert were also included. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent. The music, singing and dancing were just wonderful. CafeTaberna is a short walk from either Plaza Saint Francis of Assisi or Plaza Vieja. This area of La Habana Vieja is charming and lively. There are restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and music everywhere.

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