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“Beautiful decor, great service, delicious food”

Paladar Los Mercaderes
Ranked #23 of 807 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$35
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Our restaurant is located in the center of OLD HAVANA in a beautifully renovated colonial house built circa 1890. It has 2 salons, each with unique decorations, fabulous furnishings and signature tiles. There are also frescos from 1905 on all of the walls which brings an added facet to the style of the restaurant. Our beautiful interior hanging garden adds an enticing and pleasant ambience to your dining experience. Please join our family restaurant and enjoy fabulous Cuban food plus some international food , friendly service, great beverages and all the best of old Havana.
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful decor, great service, delicious food”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I visited the place after reading Tripadvisor reviews, and I am glad I did, after a few disappointing experiences in Havana. Live music sets the scene. I was on a group of 6, and we were serviced to international standards. If travelling as a couple, I would recommend a reservation on their balcony.

  • Visited July 2014
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Winslow, United Kingdom
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“amazing local food”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

this little restaurant with the option of eating in an air conditioned room or on the balcony overlooking Mercaderes street or in their main dining room is a must visit. Its not in the guide books - but its owned and run by a local family and the food and ambience is fantastic.
Friendly staff who were brilliant at translating the typical Havana food into English, made the difference.

The owner came out to chat to us over dessert and described how he and his family used to live in what is now the restaurant and how they have renovated the building and built the business over the years. Thoroughly recommend a visit. We had a fantastic lunch sitting in the window balcony whilst in the other window a young girl and guy were playing traditional music and singing - can't think of anything better!

  • Visited June 2014
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nicest toilets in Havana !!!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Regret not visiting here until our last day. The space is beautiful the staff are a perfect balance of helpful & invisible. Best food we ate in Cuba & great value lunch menu. Get away from the street, relax & enjoy. NO hidden costs 3 x course lunch menu with drink and live Soft Son music for just 12 Cuc per person. Make this your regular & you wont be disappointed ..
Can not recommend enough

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Marbella, Spain
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“Best restaurant experience in Havana!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Having experienced a difficult day of travel, followed by an over-chatty taxi driver determined to get us to eat at another restaurant highly recommended!!, we stumbled across this restaurant in the centre of old Havana. Paladar Los Mercaderes certainly changed our day!! From start to finish the staff were polite and helpful - changing dishes to suit our needs and attentive to our needs. The decor was elegant, stylish and a little quirky, but full of character. All our dishes were excellent, using ingredients we had struggled to find in Havana. Would definitely return - if only to experience the desserts! Was up to now our best dining experience - highly recommended!!

  • Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A cut above the usual paladar”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Over a decade ago a paladar was about the only place - apart from pricey hotel restaurants where you could get a decent meal. Nowadays, there are quite a few good and well-priced restaurants in the centre of Havana where you will find food and even service on a par with Europe and the States. The entrance to the Paladar in Mercaderes appears just like a private, well-appointed home. The décor is elegant and full of character. The lunch menu offer of 12cuc for a cocktail or other drink and 3 courses was a complete bargain. Apart from the starters we chose which were not quite up to standard (they immediately offered to change them and offered a complimentary cocktail by way of compensation), the main meals and desserts were great. Good portions, well-presented and served with style. Definitely, worth a visit for lunch and prices are still on the reasonable side for dinner/a la carte.

  • Visited June 2014
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