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“Recommended by our B&B”
Review of El Varadero

El Varadero
Ranked #59 of 209 Restaurants in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cuban
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Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Recommended by our B&B”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

This restaurant is located on a back street in a residential neighborhood. It's basically like eating out on a fishing pier. No one spoke English. The menu is all in Spanish. I can see where dining here could be out of many tourist's comfort zone. HOWEVER, everyone was very nice and our meal was absolutely excellent. We have red snapper grilled in butter - yum! We recommend that you venture out a little and give them a try.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank DeputyDan
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Haddon Heights, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A must...”
Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is a must. Classic Cuban mojitos and a real Cubano sandwich to die for. The best I've ever had. The fish soup was also amazing. It's outside of the north section of the island, and the touristy Hildago Street restaurants. Great character right on the water. It was tough to find, but well worth it.

Visited January 2014
Thank Paul W
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Cost of the Shrimp was a bit of a Surprise”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

That evening, we braved the elements and ventured to El Veradero. At our first table, the wind was whipping us all about but the expertly-made mojitoes occupied us until the staff sympathized with our suffering and moved us to a more sheltered table, where we had a wonderful dinner.

After all the years that I have heard about this place that is tucked away and right on the water, I felt right at home. I loved everything about it, but especially the rustic décor.

Our server pulled in the English expertise of an interpreter. When we chatted with her later she indicated that she helps out in order to enhance her English skills. What a resourceful woman and a win/win situation for us all. There was a bit of a debate about who would get the last two orders of the fish special. She carefully steered us to the shrimp which were prepared with the same topping.

There was a bit of a surprise later when the bill came to see how much more expensive the shrimp was than the fish (if she knew this too-then she is VERY good at what she does).

A couple of people ordered the garlic shrimp and there were oohhs and aahhs coming from their end of the table.

I felt like I had struck it rich when my shrimp ceviche arrived (with a side of fabulous papas fritas). The flesh of the shrimp was still plump and firm and there was just the right amount of lime. Even though there was way more shrimp in my dish than the other dinners, mine was priced more afford-ably than everyone else's.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank Kathryne G
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El Campo, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very disappointed”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Went to El Varadero after reading all the great reviews about the Cuban sandwich. There were only two empty tables, both with seating for six. We sat at a table in front which would have been overlooking the water had a boat not been docked there. The waiter pulled the other table away from our to make it into two tables, which was great. After we sat for about five minutes without having any service, we were told that we would have to move as the table we were sitting at was reserved. We had struck up a conversation with a couple from another table so we decided to join them. We ordered mojitos which were very good. We ordered two Cuban sandwiches and were told they were only available for the dinner menu. The couple we were sitting with said they had the same problem on previous visits. We ordered ceviche and guacamole. Both were okay but nothing special. Would not go back.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank carolandjohn03
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“So glad to be back!”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This is a hidden treasure on Isla Mujeres! A bit out of the way, but certainly worth getting to. It has been many years since I have been here and it did not disappoint. A wonderful atmosphere and great food!

Visited November 2013
Thank wildegeNiagara
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