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“Quite good but be aware!!!”
Review of Santo Angel

Santo Angel
Ranked #723 of 798 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban, International
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Roermond, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Quite good but be aware!!!”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

I had spent many fine moments back in 2005. It is still as fine, but.....
One can sit very good on the terrace, enjoy the music or the things happening on the plaza. The food, we took some small dishes for lunch, was quite good and the service nice. So far so good:
- we asked for mineral water, not checking the menu and expecting to pay the same as everywhere. They brought us Acqua Panna, from Italy in a glass bottle (my sustainable heart ached). For which we had to pay CUC 4. At a later stage we noticed they also have the regular Cuban water. Ok, our fault;
- A dish of bread with oil arrived which I waved away since I had not ordered it. Later we found the same dish on the bill;
- The bill was made up and counted CUC 28,25. We did the same addition and came to CUC 18,25. Obviously calculation is not their strength :-).
The next day we just had an espresso on the plaza. Again, not looking into the menu. We enjoyed the cup witnessing a neighbor getting German beer. He refused and then received the normal beer. When we asked the waiter to pay he said CUC 5 which was amazingly high (normally it would be around CUC 1,50-2,00). We protested and he mentioned that it was because of the nice place, the nice view. We asked for the menu. Instead a receipt was given - by somebody else - for CUC 2,40.
So please enjoy the things described in the first sentences and always check the menu, for every item you want to consume and count the bill. It can be a sport since these Cubans (working in state companies) are inventive and challenging!!
We had another encounter of the same kind at a state owned restaurant (Habaguanex seems to be the chain), where we did not check the Mojito price and it was CUC 4!!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Nanty H
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Crete, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very Good First Meal”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Santo Angel was the first restaurant out tour group was taken to a couple of hours after arriving in Havana. We were served a mojito first, followed by a beer. Then, a vegetable soup followed by a pre-ordered shrimp and lobster skewer with rice and beans. The flavors were all good, and the plate presentation turned out to be one of the better ones seen in Cuba. One thing, they don't season the water that the seafood was cooked in. You get a natural, earthy flavor in the shrimp.

The service was friendly, not effervescent. The music on the patio was a nice touch.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank J W L
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Our Angel”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Once again, many thanks to the “Trip Advisor” writers community, as you helped make our Cuba trip unforgettable! Cheers! Now, onto Santo Angel. We went to Santo Angel after a disastrous attempt at ordering beers at Factoria Plaza Vieja. (Please see related article) I had read about Santo Angel on “Trip Advisor”, so we decided to give it a try. An absolutely wonderful experience! We were promptly greeted, seated, served and satisfied for a very reasonable price. 3 CUC Mojitos were excellent, Chick Pea/Pork tomato sauce appy. excellent and my white fish poached in wine excellent! We had lunch here on two different occasions, with lovely terrace views overlooking Plaza Vieja, and had exceptional service on both occasions all within view of Factoria Plaza Vieja. As well we enjoyed excellent live music, during our lunch, on both occasions. We even enjoyed watching a pop-up thunderstorm pound Plaza Vieja, while being completely dry, comfortably seated, and enjoying some delightful rum cocktails and coffee. Save yourself precious time and frustration, skip “Factoria” and go right to Santo Angel. Price, service and ambience will not disappoint! Cheers!

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Greg T
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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
273 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Great spot for lunch”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We had a very good lunch at Santo Angel in Havana. It is located directly on Plaza Vieja. There is outside seating on the square which we took advantage of. There was an all female quintet which serenaded the guests as they dined. Our lunch included a vegetable bisque and shrimp kebabs. Ice cream for dessert, and, of course, Cristal beer. The service was excellent and the ambience was outstanding.

  • Visited June 2013
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Cancun, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The best”
Reviewed 8 May 2013

This is a great place, great food and the best service. Way better than the one that is across the plaza.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank GabyCun
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