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lai lai

Calle 18, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“wonton soup” (13 reviews)
“spring rolls” (9 reviews)
“chicken balls” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
Calle 18, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is a must whilst in Varadero. Nice to get away from the all-inclusive hotel and eat some great food at a good price. Food tastes of quality. Whoever says you can't eat well in Cuba has never been here.

Thank editzz
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were in Varadero for 6 days and decided to go to this Chinese restaurant to have some drinks and appetizers while we watched the sunset with another couple friends of us from Cuba this past week and we were met at...More

1  Thank alinefab
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

We weren’t expecting much. The decor was great and the food was wonderful. Hubby had wonton soup and I had wontons. We had sweet and sour chicken and Young Chow fried rice. With beer and wine 25 cuc. Service was nice and food came promptly....More

1  Thank lamandel
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Our first nite in Varadero we were staying at a hotel close to downtown ,after a repeat buffet service at the hotel we decided to go out for dinner instead .We walked on the main road and sure enough a Chinese rest.First we said no...More

Thank dancomontreal
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

The positives is that this is one of the few Asian restaurants in Cuba, and does a pretty good job at presenting the atmosphere of a restaurant in china, which was very welcome to us. Maybe it’s the trade embargo on Cuba stopping the ingredients...More

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

On our seventh trip to Varadero, we dined at Lai Lai twice, and have been there several times in the past. It is always a nice quiet atmosphere, in a beautiful building right on the beach. Amazing views and food- better than the food we...More

1  Thank KevinG5455
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Tired of Cuban resort food we ventured out for dinner on our last night. There were 9 of us in total. The building is interesting inside and out and it is right on the beach. We were given seating right next to the window so...More

Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Four of us had dinner at Lai Lai, and surprisingly enough it was very good. Loved the fried rice and sweet and sour shrimp. We ordered: Spring rolls- hot, but flavorless Chicken chow mein- noodles were mushy, but not bad Sweet and sour pork- again...More

Thank 819stefaniet
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal at Lai Lai in Varadero. We have been there three times in the last 5 years and have always liked our meals. Reasonably priced and good service.

Thank sandybeachBorden_Sk
Reviewed 25 February 2018

A group of 7 of us decided last minute to go here for dinner . We were told 10 minutes for a table and it was less. Excellent food and fantastic service as always ! Thanks again - see you next year !

Thank Lori C
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25 October 2018|
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Response from alinefab | Reviewed this property |
No need, its always empty.
sylvie c
11 May 2016|
Response from Siobhan L | Reviewed this property |
They are open for lunch and dinner, so approximately 11am-11pm. Hope this helps!
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Restaurant Details

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