The 5 best private restaurants or paladars in Havana

1) Grados

Grados is synonymous with excellent food and superb service. Chef Raulito Bazuk transformed his mother’s casa particular into an intimate paladar. Everything he serves is homemade. Dining becomes an experience here. The dishes, a combination of traditional Cuban cuisine and Raulito’s experiments, have literary titles such as ‘Rubia con ojos verde’ and ‘Secreto de mulato’.

a dish served at Grados restaurant in Havana

Calle E no 562 entre 23 y 25, Vedado

+53 7833 7882

2) Habana 61

This tiny restaurant is very close to the Museum of the Revolution and the Santo Angel Custodio Church, on the east side of Havana Vieja. They serve Cuban cuisine with a creative twist. Everything tastes divine.

exterior of Habana 61 restaurant

3) El Chanchullero

Quite an experience. “Aqui jamás estuvo Hemingway”, Hemingway was never here, according to El Chanchullero which is located in a neighborhood where there are a lot of reference to the great writer since it is close to Floridita. Chanchullero means hustler. The devil is in the details so read the menu carefully and you’ll soon find yourself laughing out loud with the Chanchullero’s modest jokes.

El Chanchullero paladar in Havana

Teniente Rey no 457, entre Bernaza y El Cristo, Habana Vieja

+53 5276 0938

4) Al Carbón

This is chef Iván’s second restaurant. He previously worked as a private chef for Fidel Castro. Here he mainly serves traditional Cuban dishes, which are grilled over charcoal. The pork is delicious and the house specialty. Will Smith, Naomi Campbell, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem have already found their way to this excellent paladar.

restaurant interior of Al Carbon Havana

Chacón esquina Aguacate, Habana Vieja

+53 7863 9697

5) El Cocinero

This industrial chic open-air rooftop is a real gem, serving delicious food such as ropa vieja or pulpo or langosta, and … the best piña colada in town. Find this trendy place under the imposing brick chimney. A must-visit. Tip: go to the FAC next door after dining here.

terrace of El Cocinero restaurant in Havana

Calle 26 entre 11 y 13, Vedado

+53 7832 2355

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