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Varadero

Best restaurants in Varadero

Wandering along the main road of Varadero on your Cuba holidays and exploring the side streets, you'll find a myriad of wonderful restaurants, serving up everything from delicious Cuban treats to your favourite international cuisine.

Ocean views at Waco's Club

Just far enough off the beaten path so that it's secluded from the traffic, but still within the heart of Varadero, Waco's club offers fine dining with a family run atmosphere. The decor and Cuban plates are presented elegantly and the upstairs roof terrace offers beautiful ocean views.

Fine dining at Varadero 60

This elegant restaurant just off the main road offers Cuban fine dining and is famed for its extensive seafood menu. Tuck into a seafood tower or an acclaimed lobster dinner while enjoying the ambience of the live Cuban band in the background.

Dine under the stars at La Vaca Rosada

Watch people pass by on the street below as you sip tasty cocktails on the quaint wooden roof terrace at sunset. Serving up a selection of seafood, traditional Cuban fare and international dishes, the contemporary music and ambient setting under the night sky make for a memorable evening.

Write your name on the wall at La Bodeguita Del Medio

Once a favourite with Ernest Hemingway, this small and cosy dining hall serves up all the Cuban classics from fresh seafood to tasty rice and beans. Bursting with history, the walls are adorned with photos of special guests and signatures of visitors from all around the world. Dine inside and enjoy the air conditioning and live music while you sip mojitos on your holiday to Cuba, or step outside and relax on the large outdoor patio.

Wood fired pizza at Paladar Nonna Tina

If you're rice, pea and seafooded-out head down to this popular Italian pizzeria serving up thin crust, wood fired pizzas and comforting authentic pasta dishes in a beautiful tree-lined courtyard setting. If the restaurant is busy, enjoy a freshly made mojito at the bar whilst you wait.

Salsa Suarez Restaurant

For first class, international cuisine paired with impeccable service head to Salsa Suarez where you'll find a menu offering dishes from all around the world. The extensive menu, which is updated every fortnight, includes pizza and pasta dishes, elite sushi platters and, like the plates, cocktails arrive perfectly made and elegantly presented.

Dine in a cave at La Gruta

Enjoy freshly caught lobster or a succulent steak by the edge of the lake in Parque Josene, or step inside the cave interior to enjoy a cosy meal amid message-in-a-bottles perched on the cave walls. The unique atmosphere at La Gruta is complimented by wonderful staff and live Cuban music.

Fun and laughter at Restaurante Esquina Cuba

This place was a favourite of Buena Vista Social Club luminary Compay Segundo. With its jovial atmosphere – complete with an old American car centre stage in the middle of the dining room – it's not hard to see why. Often featuring live music, this open air restaurant serves up a selection of fresh seafood and local Cuban dishes.

Quaint Cuban fare at El Melaito

This outdoor, roadside eatery offers a basic menu full of Cuban favourites from grilled chicken, pork and fish to home made rice and beans. Everything is cooked to order as you sit in the shade of the thatched–roof sipping ice cold beer, watching the world go by.

Beautiful beach views at La Casa De Al

With its stunning French windows and wide stone arches, this striking house built entirely of coral stone dates back to the 1920s and its character alone makes a visit worthwhile. Boasting a beautiful patio overlooking an area of untouched beach, complete with pelicans fishing in the sea, enjoy a cool drink on the terrace or a full surf and turf dinner.