If you’re heading to Cuba for a holiday and want to try the local cuisine, there are plenty of charming, traditional restaurants and paladeres to dine at. With a heavy seafood influence, Cuba has some seriously sumptuous specialities to enjoy; you just have to find time to try them all!
This unassuming restaurant is number one on TripAdvisor for its fantastic Cuban dishes and stunning setting. Nestled away from it all, it’s easy to miss Waco’s Club, though you definitely shouldn’t. Get there early to get a table on the open-air roof terrace and you can enjoy breath-taking views of Varadero while enjoying delicious traditional cuisine such as lobster tails, red snapper or grilled chicken. There’s even regular live music to enhance the ambience even more.
This rustic restaurant is the perfect place to try some real Cuban classics such as ropa vieja (shredded steak in a tomato-based sauce) and tamale (a corn flour dough wrap filled with meats, cheeses, vegetables and chilies). Sit out on the wooden veranda amongst the trees for an atmospheric evening, or inside by the huge fireplace for a cosy feel.
La Gruta del Vino
La Gruta del Vino in Josone Park is a hidden treasure, mainly visited by locals and savvy tourists. Situated in a cave, this unique restaurant has live music and some of the largest lobsters in Varadero. It’s worth reserving if you want a table inside the cave, but once you do, it’s the perfect romantic evening.
Varadero 60 is a friendly paladar (a privately owned restaurant, often in a house), away from the bustle of the city. A retro interior and romantic atmosphere make it ideal for a balmy night of wine and good food. The paella comes highly recommended and the variety of pork dishes is seriously impressive.
Another paladar, Salsa Suárez sits right by the beach and offers a tranquil and stylish setting with a pretty patio garden seating area surrounded by greenery. The ingredients are locally sourced and you can choose between Italian dishes or Cuban classics, with a great selection of fresh fish such as red snapper, monkfish and grouper to tantalize your taste buds.
Tucked away in a side street, La Rampa is a charming restaurant with a typically Cuban vibe and delicious, affordable meals like the famous Cuban lobster tails and a deliciously indulgent shrimp in tomato sauce. The tiny patio seating area is rustic and airy, ideal for those hot Cuban nights.