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“Wonderful evening with the best food in Havana”

Paladar La Esperanza
Ranked #132 of 784 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cuban, Caribbean, Latin
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Newton
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120 reviews
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“Wonderful evening with the best food in Havana”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We were fortunate enough to have the Paladar La Esperanza recommended to our group. We contacted Hubert while we were still in the US through Facebook. He confirmed our reservation and for 35 CUC we had a full meal in his lovely home, including two drinks. Hubert is the ultimate host and warmly welcomed us to his home and told us the story of the house (which you'll have to ask him about when you visit). Our group of 31 fit in four large tables in the two main rooms of the house. Both rooms are beautifully decorated and the home itself has many art deco accents. Make sure to see the stairway at the entrance. There are also a couple of tables in the garden for lovely outdoor dining.

The food was beyond our expectations. During our Cuba trip we found the food good, but not great. Hubert changed our opinion of that! He also made special foods, including an amazing pumpkin soup, for members of our group who were unable to eat other foods served because of allergies.

Everything was perfectly cooked, Mojitos were the best we had the entire trip and the service exceptional.

Highly recommend going to this lovely paladar. Don't miss it! Make sure to make a reservation since this place fills up!

  • Visited February 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth a Reservation”
Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

I came here with a large party (tour group). We were running late (30 minutes). Thankfully the host/owner was very gracious/welcoming and worked hard to get a few people in our party to their evening show on time. The setting was lovely and the food was delicious.

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Springfield, Illinois
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165 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Wow, What a Setting!”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Even if the food had only been ordinary, the ambiance - a large private home, elegantly furnished in styles of the last century - look at the photos above, with the china hanging on the walls along with the paintings - old crystal wineglasses on the table - just had us ready to enjoy the evening.

Then the choices - an eclectic menu. The food was excellent! The service attentive and quick. I loved it..

  • Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Stellar and tranquil experience outside the frenzy of Havana.”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

You will be so glad you took the short ride to La Esperanza. The food is fabulous, the atmosphere even better. The tranquility of the house is so appreciated after a long day touring in the heat.

You will love the owners and the story of their paladar. Their mojitos are second to none!

  • Visited November 2013
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Houston, TX
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23 reviews
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“Memorable home cooking in a home!”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Fabulous food in a real home. The host's mother sat in the living room the entire time. I was here with a party of 20. That is the maximum this parador could seat. Hugo is a great host! There is a reason this is one of the best paradors in Cuba. The food is great. We were offered our choice of five entrees including a vegetarian selection.One drink was included in our meal. Watch out for the strong cocktails! They will leave you reeling!

  • Visited September 2013
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