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La Esquina

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Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero 42200, Cuba
+53 45 614021
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Calgary, Canada
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This a "cabana-style" restaurant with a thatch roof and no walls. It offers Cuban cuisine, including sea food, pork, beef, and chicken dishes, almost all of which are served with rice & beans and a salad. The seafood dishes are pricier, but the other dishes are around $8 each. I have eaten here about half a dozen times and have... More 

Thank George C
High Wycombe
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265 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Slow service, my starter and main arrived together and the meat was bone dry and tasted like it had been in the over for hours. The deep fried root vegetables turned out to be stale deep fried Banana leaf. Avoid.

Thank AndrewPSmith
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201 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We were not disappointed with this restaurant after the Lonely Planet recommendation. I would recommend this place for good wholesome Cuban cooking. Great if you like pork.The portions are huge. Don't feel shy about asking for a take away container for leftovers. Fortunately, we had a refrigerator in our room and ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. The... More 

Thank NiniBug
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

We decided to stop here for lunch when visiting Varadero as I wanted to try some authentic Cuban cuisine. We chose to start with some chicken croquettes and battered fish which were very tasty. We then ordered a main of Ropa Vieja which is a wonderful shredded stewed beef served with black beans, rice and vegetables. Well we were impressed... More 

Thank globetrotterjules
Chichester, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We popped into here for some lunch when we came to the downtown area for some shopping, we ate the mixed grill between us and had some soft drinks and I had a couple of beers. The service was good and the food very tasty, much better than the food at our all inclusive hotel'

Thank Chris P
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We stumbled across this little place behind the bus station as it was also close to where we were staying. It was some of the best proper Cuban food that we had and I was surprised to find such a restaurant in Varadero - it seems to cater to locals as much as tourists - we saw tour guides, bus... More 

Thank Julie C
Rock City
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We ate there late our first night and the server was really great. She was extremely friendly and attentive. Had the criollo combo and fish. Too much food for two people. The fish was a bit overcooked but the ropa vieja was excellent. We returned another night and the lady server wasn't there. We were served by an older man... More 

Thank pandapatrol
Brighton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We arrived early and there were only a handful of diners. Staff stood and looked at us for a few minutes before greeting us and showing us to a table. The food came quickly and was pretty poor. The local meat stew was nice and tasty but the fish was dreadful. The waiter couldn't tell me what it was! There... More 

Thank andrealeahy
Hamilton, Canada
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. We all ordered the mixed grill (chicken pork and beef) It came with a big bowl of the most tasty black beans to put on your rice. There is a live band and if you want to dance, please do.

Thank tripaholic57
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

During our day excursion to Varadero we noticed this place when we started to get hungry and decided to give it a try. We ordered some local beer, a seafood platter and a meat dish. Both were served with a rice bean dish which was pretty good. The portions were large, but the fish[shrimps, scampi and a filet] was a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 36 esq a 1ra, Varadero 42200, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Matanzas Province  >  Varadero
  • Phone Number: +53 45 614021

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?