Al Medina Oficios #12, La Habana Vieja. Tel: 63-0862.Located on a restored street in Old Havana, Al Medina serves up Middle Eastern food with a Cuban flair in a beautiful Colonial era mansion. (6/98)
Don Cangrejo Calle 1ra e/ 16 y 18, Miramar. Tel: 24-4169.Daily 12 noon to 12 midnight. An enjoyable seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean. (7/00)
El Aljibe Calle 24 at 7th, Miramar.For less than $15, diners can choose from a plate of roast chicken con mojo (garlic sauce), roasted fish or combination plate of meat, chicken, rice, beans, salad, bread and house-made dessert. Portions are generous food is both tasty and authentically Cuban. Open noon-11pm. (6/98)
El Floridita Obispo 557 esq. Monserrate, Old Havana (La Habana Vieja). Tels: 63-1063, 63-1111, 63-1060.Famous Hemingwy haunt and home of the daiquiri serves dinners and blender drinks in a setting that hearkens back to simpler, festive days.
El Patio Colonial Plaza de la Catedral, La Habana Vieja. Tel: 33-8146.One of Havana’s prettiest courtyard fountains provides a backdrop to this romantic restaurant, located on an a plaza that’s an Old Havana landmark.
El Rancho Calle 19 y 140, Rpto. Cubanacan, Playa. Tels: 33-9346, 23-5838.Daily 12 noon to 12:30 am. In an exclusive neighborhood close to one of Fidel's compounds, the renowned Erasmus watches over one of the country's top restaurants. Everything about El Rancho is impeccable: the food, the service and the tropical forest setting. Grilled meats and fish take centerstage after warmups of avocado salads, shellfish and Cuban rum cocktails. Ceiling fans spin lazily beneath a grass roof as crickets and birds chirp. Expect to drop $30 to $50 per person. It's well worth it. (7/00)
El Tocororo Calle 18 No. 302, esq. 3rd, Miramar. Tels: 33-4530, 33-2209.A restaurant catering to the business crowd with beautiful gardens, impeccable service and tropical cocktails. Expensive by Cuban standards, it was once one of Havana's best restaurants, though quality has slipped with the departure of longtime chef Erasmus. The fish isn't as fresh as it used to be, and the kitchen runs out of ingredients. Specialties include the house appetizer, pechitos de camarones, and the grilled lobster entrée. (7/99)
La Bodeguita Del Medio Calle Empedrado entre Cuba y San Ignacio, La Habana Vieja. Tels: 62-4498, 62-5156.Home of the mojito, this world famous and much copied restaurant immortalized by Hemingway has served up classic, home-style Cuban dishes for 50 years. Open daily 11:30am-1am. (Cigar Friendly’s La Bodeguita del Medio webpage)