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“Excellent seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of El Templete

El Templete
Ranked #157 of 774 Restaurants in Havana
Price range: US$20 - US$25
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: El Templete is a bayside restaurant. This restaurant is named ofter neighboring landmark built in 1928 that marks the spot where the settlement of San Cristóbal de la habana was founded in 1519. Originally opened sometimes between 1928 and 1931, it was the second restaurant in the city to have this name, and soon became the favorite of sailors, ahip captains and port pilots. Known since the 1950s as ¨The house of shellfish and international cuisine¨it was famous for its lobsters, shrimps, prawn, clams and delicious paellas, served while customers took in the splendid view of Havana.Today, El Templete revives its seafering tradition in the same atmosphere and continues serving delicious dishes prepared by its excellent Spanish Chef.Past and present come togetherto offer us first-class service and a wide variety of dishes to choose from.
Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Even though this is a government run restaurant it has some of the best seafood we have tasted in Cuba. The stuffed fish was moist and delicious and any fish with a sauce was lovely - grilled hmm can be a little dry I have to say. The service was attentive until a coach load of people arrived and then we lost our entree order somewhere but having said that they were really trying hard to please and the service improved. As it is government run and there is a service charge I doubt that the staff receive any of that money, so a tip for good service will put a smile of their faces - something you don't see very often in the service industry in Cuba.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank TravellerNewtown
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
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Estimada cliente:
Agracedemos ante todo sus opiniones publicadas en el sitio donde comenta de forma favorable de nuestro restaurante para compartir con los visitantes. es cierto que somos un restaurante del Gobierno pero la razón de ser toda la gastronomía en nuestro país es satisfacer los clientes y complacerlos, no importa cual sea el administrador del negocio. Nos complace igualmente que haya dejado una propina, síntoma de su satisfacción, creame que la misma es bien recibida por las personas que le ofertaron el servicio y siempre muy agradecida.
Esperamos que nos visite siempre cuando decida volver a Cuba.
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great surpsise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

El Templete is located at the port area in old Havana and is famous among tourists. The restaurant makes up to it's fame and serves great food. That's where I met the "fideua".

  • Visited December 2012
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
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Estimada cliente:
Gracias por la referencia que comenta en el sitio acerca de nuestro restaurante. Para nostros es un inmenso placer conocer su satisfacción con la comida de la casa y en especial con el Fideua, un plato representativo de nuestra carta y que felizmente ha sido de su agrado. Esperamos que nos visite siempre que decida volver a Cuba
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“All round excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

We had three nights in Havana before the rest of a fortnight break in a resort and had a handful of restaurant recommendations - this amongst them.

The fish dishes were excellent - especially the Special Platter which was very big and very fresh. My wife's still talking about the Lobster three weeks later!

The service was very friendly and at 25-30CUC (£12-£19) the main meals were great value by UK standards and even by the Paladar we ate in one night. The drinks too were reasonably priced with very generous measures - no skimping on the Havana Club!

If you're lucky enough to be in the city, you'll enjoy this place.

  • Visited October 2013
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
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Estimado Señor:
Recibimos con mucho placer la opinión que publicó en el sitio Tripadvisor sobre nuestro restaurante. Estamos muy complacidos con sus criterios favorables y nos agrada que se haya sentido a gusto con nuestra oferta. Nos parecen muy interesantes sus comentarios sobre la relación calidad-precio porque es realmente esta relación lo que marca la diferencia de la casa y nos esforzamos mucho para que los clientes valoren la correlación de la oferta con el precio de los platos. Que alegría conocer que todavía recuerda nuestra langosta lo que nos confirma su satisfacción por la misma. Lo esperamos siempre de regreso cuando decida volver a visitarnos
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Seafood, Good Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

We went to Havana and stayed in the city for the week and we found that there was never a shortage of places to eat. Despite that, we came ate at this place twice, the food is excellent. It's government run so the prices are reasonable even though it's in the LP and the service is just what you'd expect a good restaurant. Inside is air conditioned but outside you get to see the harbour and at night it is pleasantly cool.

  • Visited October 2013
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
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Estimado Señor:
Gracias por las opiniones favorables de nuestro restaurante que ha decidido publicar en el sitio para compartir con los visitantes del mismo. Nos sentimos complacidos de que nuestra oferta y servicio haya sido de su agrado y que nos haya visitado en más de una ocasión durante su estancia en La Habana. Esperamos que siempre que visite Cuba tenga la oportunidad de volver a nuestra casa.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good Restaurant Choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

A group of us had dinner at this restaurant the last night of our stay in Cuba. The service as well as the food was very good. I don't know the cost of the meals as it was part of our package. If I were to return, I would definitely eat there again.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank BarbarellaBoston
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comercialrestaurante, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Templete, responded to this review, 28 October 2013
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Estimado cliente:
Gracias por publicar en Tripadvisor una opinión tan positiva de nuestro restaurante. Nos complace mucho que a pesar de habernos visitado como parte de un grupo y con un menú dirigido se haya sentido complacido y le haya gustado la oferta. Lo invitamos a que nos visite nuevamente y tenga el placer de degustar otros platos de la casa, siempre será bienvenido.
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