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Review of La Guarida

La Guarida
Ranked #53 of 889 Restaurants in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Cuban, International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: "It's the most famous of Havana's Paladares" New York Times, August 2002. "The greatest and most magical is La Guarida, so magical that it is temting to protect it by witholding its address" The Guardian, February 2001. "The city's best restaurant....La Guarida is the hardest table to reserve on the island this remains the hippest best restaurant in Havana" Cigar Aficionado, June 2001.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

It was our last night of our fantastic tour around wonderful Cuba and we wanted to eat somewhere special. There were a few names in the frame but we chose La Guardia and what a great choice it turned out to be.

Our taxi dropped us outside a fairly typical run down building which judging buy the lovely marble winding staircase inside must have at one time been magnificent. We walked up the 2 or 3 flights not knowing what to expect when finally we walked into the great La Guardia. We were greeted by very pleasant staff who showed us to our table outside on a balcony.

Menus came - not cheap by Havana prices but very reasonable by London prices for food of outstanding quality beautifully cooked and presented. Good wine and cocktail list (as you would expect) again reasonably priced.

If La Guardia was in London not Havana we would be back in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Arrived in a taxi, we thought the driver had got the wrong place.
We were told by the doorman to go up 3 flights of stairs.
The restaurant was marvellous, you wouldn’t believe the standard of food we were served. Had the Rabbit Pate and Ropa Vieja with Moors and Christians. We were well attended to throughout the Evening, went up the spiral staircase to view Havana.
Price was surprisingly good, had a bottle of Chilean Red , came to around £90 for 2.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We’ve read most reviews and were tempted to try La Guarida ourselves. What a flop. The service is basic, food is not prepared freshly (vieja ropa tasted old and dry), the prices: the most expensive meal on our trip to Habana, for very little quality. The interior boring and nothing much of impression - most casas particulares are decorated same way. Don’t be fooled by the fake impression and go somewhere else. There are many better places to actually dine and fine.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We enjoyed a lovely late lunch here. And we loved everything about it - the atmosphere, the other diners, food and wine. If you are going to Havana - do book lunch or dinner here, it is really not to be missed.

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Thank JAIAustralia
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We made a booking online 3 days earlier but it did not get confirmed, hence when we rocked up without a booking we were told the restaurant is full but we could go to the rooftop bar which also serves food. The bar itself it beautiful with great vibes. There was one page for food items, and unfortunately for us 80% of it was unavailable. We ended up having tacos (they are TINY) and croquettes for dinner... The drinks were nice though!

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Thank Melanie L
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