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“Best ropa vieja in Cuba”

Restaurant La Cueva
Ranked #19 of 64 Restaurants in Vinales
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Cuban, Caribbean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: El Restauran Paladar La Cueva se encuentra ubicado a 2 km del Poblado de Viñales, a la izquierda de La Carretera Puerto Esperanza, que ensarta la cabecera municipal con los asentamientos localizados hacia el norte. Discretamente - 80 mts. de la vía- levantose al pie de una montaña, con estructura de madera sobre pilotes y cubierta de guano- elementos armónicos de la arquitectura vernácula empleados en las casas de tabacos y bohíos, palpables todavía , a pesar del tiempo – que persiste en atraer al visitante para ,una ves traspasado el umbral , anonadarlo con su belleza y el eclecticismo de posibilidades : Visuales abiertas hacia el paisaje de mogotes para el amante de la fotografía , interacción estrecha y participativa con elementos antrópicos ( Cosecha en nuestra finca de viandas – yuca, boniato, malanga-, frutas – piña, plátano, mango, coco, guayaba-, cítricos –naranja, bergamota, toronja, limón-, verduras - tomate, pepino, lechuga, col- y tabaco) , plato especialidad de la casa – masas de cerdo fritas a La Cueva -, lechón asado en púa con arroz moro particularmente diseñado para grupos , deliciosa comida criolla elaborada con carbón (pollo, cerdo, carne de res, arroz blanco, arroz moro, potajes , caldos de pollo criollo) que le imprime un sabor al exquisito paladar. Completa la gama de platos los mariscos, el pescado , las ensaladas de estación y las frutas naturales frescas; todo aun precio asequible, que le auguran el retorno a quien nos visitan.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best ropa vieja in Cuba”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Quiet restaurant outside Viñales. The owner is very friendly and we had our best ropa vieja in Cuba. Reasonably priced and big portions. The view is fantastic. If you can't or won't eat at your casa (or just want to eat extra), go to this place.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Sean-Marleen
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Nantes, France
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“a gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We had an early supper here, thanks to a recommendation. The meal - fresh crayfish grilled with a spicy sauce, was one of the best crayfish dishes I've ever eaten, anywhere, not just in Cuba, where the food can be superb, or indifferent... Also, the location, surrounded by the Vinales valleys, is superb. The young owners give good service and overall it's excellent value for money - a real gem. We stayed in Vinales three days, and good meals weren't frequent. It's quite easy to miss the place as you're driving along, but well worth the visit!

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank glo31
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Decent food, beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

We had lunch one day here. Very cheap, food was not incredibly good (nowhere in Cuba), but had good taste. The surrounding area is just beautiful, and is the biggest draw for this restaurant. It can be a bit difficult to reach without a car. But you should be able to get a taxi/horse ride for little money

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank R_Chubster
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Hong Kong, China
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Great location, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

Had lunch at the restaurant. Can imagine how cool the place would look if its full at dinner time. Set right at the bottom of a mogote, possible has the best location for a restaurant ex-jazmin. Food was generally good, though not necessarily exceptional. Would recommend this for a meal during a stay in Vinales.

Visited December 2012
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3 Thank RatbertConsultancies
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Halifax, Canada
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“good snack”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

good cheap chicken and chips. It was less than $ 5 for lunch with one beer included. Wasn't a large portion but price was right

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank guardalaron
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