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“Gourmet Oasis by the Sea!”

Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana
Ranked #32 of 783 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Cash Only, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Brand new restaurant , opened in February 2011. We were one of it's first customers. A 'Palador 'style restaurant located in a penthouse apartment of an of classic 1950's building; with magnificent views over the city and of the ocean. interior decor is modern1950's cool, creative, and artfully appointed. the food was excellent!!! One could could compare easily to a fine restaurant in Paris, NY or London. staff are young and attentive and gave great service.
Vancouver, Canada
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Gourmet Oasis by the Sea!”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

I must admit I had no prior knowledge of Café Laurent, until the concierge at Iberostar Parque Central recommended this restaurant. With some trepidation, as I always like to “check-out” places with Trip Advisor first, we were whisked away by cab to the Café. Upon arrival, I noticed we were in front of a modest apartment building of 5 or 6 floors. I looked at the cabbie, and asked him if he got the address right? He said, “Yes”, and then said to us, “Look up!”. Well, we did and saw the billowing curtains clearly showing us we were indeed at the right location.
So up we went, and up…until we arrived on the correct floor, and were welcomed into Café Laurent. All of my prior concerns evaporated, as we were escorted to a delightful table near the side of the Café facing Malecon. What a beautiful view! Menus arrived swiftly, and in short order we were all enjoying delicious, and reasonably priced, Pina Coladas and Mojitos! Salut!
Appetizers and mains arrived quickly as well, were fresh, well prepared and a pleasure to see, photograph and eat! My seafood grill was fresh, delicious and was prepared with a wonderful assortment of crab, mussels, clams, prawns, etc. Very flavorful and artfully constructed! Not to be outdone was dessert, where the chef created tasty, and eye pleasing delights! Service was attentive, but not obtrusive, and menus were easily read in English and Spanish.
The price of our feast was very reasonable for four people. Great view, great food, excellent service. We could not have asked for more! Gracias Café Laurent y Salut!

  • Visited July 2014
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
We thank you that you shared your experience at our restaurant with other world travelers. It has been a pleasure to receive your feedback and we are committed to maintaining the quality of our food and service to every customer keep pleasant memories of our house. Thank you
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Sydney, Australia
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117 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Delicious Food, Beautiful Setting”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

On the top (5th) floor of an apartment block, Café Laurent is a little bit hard to find as there’s no sign at street level to advertise its location. Our Intrepid tour guide brought us here. The space itself has a lovely ambience and is beautifully decorated. The food was delicious and service was excellent. Prices were a bit expensive for Cuba, but I still thought it was good value for the quality. I would recommend making a reservation, particularly if you want to sit on the terrace.

  • Visited March 2014
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
We thank you that you shared your experience at our restaurant with other world travelers. It has been a pleasure to receive your feedback and we are committed to maintaining the quality of our food and service to every customer keep pleasant memories of our house. Thank you
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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Recently visited with large party. Food was excellent. Service was great for Cuba. Lovely location with views of the Malecon and ocean. Will definitely go back!

Visited July 2014
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Thanks for sharing your opinion with other world travelers, for us it has been a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to welcome you again in our house. Again thanks
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delicious, oasis in the sky”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Absolutely delightful. If you're in Havana do yourself a favour and go here!! Its 2 small blocks away from Hotel Nacional, we went for Sunday lunch. Had lobster and shrimp skewer which was huge, and delicious! Its on the top floor of an apartment building but is a restaurant in its own right not someone's house. We loved it and would go back again if we had more time in Cuba

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Diane R
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Thanks for sharing your opinion with other world travelers, for us it has been a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to welcome you again in our house. Again thanks
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sydney
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A real gem”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

On the 5th floor of a drab apartment block. Great atmosphere and food. Lovely touches. Great value. Imaginative menu and good attention to detail.

Visited July 2014
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Lorenzo N, Propietario at Restaurante Paladar Cafe Laurent Habana, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Thanks for sharing your opinion with other world travelers, for us it has been a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to welcome you again in our house. Again thanks
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