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Calle 18, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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New Brunswick
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Been there many times....always going back whenever in Varadero...Many choices and clean restaurant...

1 Thank solonitoNewBrunswick
Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We tried several but all dishes were tasteless and served cold. The worst restaurant we have ever been.

1 Thank pcriv
Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Last thing I thought I would be eating in Cuba would be chinese food, but a friend I met at the resort said we had to go. So off we went, and I am so glad we did. So much food, and amazingly good. Their specialty is their "boats". A boat of food, and it's a big boat. We ordered... More 

1 Thank kevinParnell
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

every time we go to Veradero we make a trip to lai lai. The food is quite good and the price is more than reasonable/ We meet with Cuban friends there and they really enjoy the outing.

2 Thank Josie1942
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We were very pleasantly surprised with the food here! I suggest that you try it out if you are looking for something different then the buffet at the hotel.

1 Thank robertoguardado24
Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Cuba has a bad reputation when it comes to food, but this only applies to hotel food, they cater to a vast clientele and you cant please everyone all of the time, right? Now this is a an independent restaurant, the food is delicious, the only thing I wasn't crazy about was the wonton soup. egg rolls, but the egg... More 

1 Thank CubaF0rever
Hamilton, Canada
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

The food here was better than some of the Chinese I have had at home!! The prices were reasonable and the service good.

2 Thank tripaholic57
Gatineau, Canada
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Heard so many good reviews and one day extremely hungry we tried Lai Lai. Best Chinese food I have had in a long time. Prices are reasonable. Get the beef or chicken served on a boat. Will feed 2 or 3 people. Egg rolls/spring rolls not very good but all dishes are reasonably priced and tasty. Only go if you... More 

2 Thank IloveCubaGirl
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Great prices, delicious shrimps and polite service. Pleasantly surprised. Oh, and portions are very generous.

2 Thank Olga K
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

The interesting building in large grounds, set well back from the road, plus the novelty of a Chinese restaurant in a Cuban beach resort, drew us in. The menu looked tempting and there was a wide range of wines on display - oh how appearances can deceive! I managed to dig some prawns out of the soggy tasteless mess that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 18, Varadero 42200, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Matanzas Province  >  Varadero
  • Phone Number: 18

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