Western Cuba Restaurants

Dining in the provincial capitals and towns is spotty; some places are acceptable while others seem fortunate to be able to provide nourishment at all. Pinar del Río for example, has no notable restaurants. Varadero has several good Italian, Chinese, criollo, and international options; buffets in hotels tend to be mediocre but the more luxurious resorts offer more sophisticated fare in their à la carte restaurants. You have to go off the beaten path to find such local specialties as crocodile tail (said to be an aphrodisiac) in the Zapata Peninsula, roast pork on the Isla de la Juventud, and lobster at María la Gorda.

Reservations aren't necessary, except in Varadero—especially at the upscale restaurants. Tipping is important to Cubans; an extra CUC here or there is much appreciated.

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  • 1. Barbacoa Steak House

    $$ | Steakhouse

    Close to a cluster of hotels, this popular steak house is in an attractive colonial-style villa, with a covered, arched terrace. Specialties...Read More

  • 2. El Mesón del Quijote

    $$ | Spanish

    The most romantic Varadero restaurant sits atop a small hill, beside what appears to be an antique round stone tower. It's actually part of...Read More

  • 3. La Casa del Pescador

    $$ | Cuban

    Tucked alongside the shaded trail that leads to La Cueva de los Peces, this small but decent open-air restaurant offers seafood, lobster (when...Read More

  • 4. Punta Perdíz

    $$ | Cuban

    This open-air restaurant—built within the prow of a boat—is the flagship of the Complejó Punta Perdíz, with beachfront, thatch-roof shelters...Read More

  • 5. Albacora

    $$ | Seafood

    This excellent beachfront seafood eatery is named for the albacore, or long-fin, tuna, which has darker meat than the bonito and—as served here...Read More

  • 6. Antigüedades

    $$ | Seafood

    Next to the entrance of the Parque Josone, this romantic spot is a jumble of antique artifacts and furniture. The fare is fresh seafood or steaks...Read More

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