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“Calm restaurant for romantic dinner”
Review of El Gijones

El Gijones
Ranked #180 of 909 Restaurants in Havana
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: Cuban, Fusion
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Havana Gourmet restaurants offer various dining and cultural one of the main streets of Havana options. In our building resides the American club, and our restaurant has several shields to confirm their presence. The building is home par excellence of an Asturian community of 35,000 members, but also distinguished by cultivating the art of cooking with restaurants of different nature: Havana Gourmet, La Xana and La Terraza, specializing in Cuban fusion food, Italian and grilled respectively. Rice, lasagna and fresh pasta, havana assortment, the slices of lamb with mustard and honey, leg of lamb chops, the malangon shrimp and octopus carpaccio and fish are some of the recommendations often held for the authenticity of the recipes and spectacular preparation, but customers can find in letters a range of proposals.
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We only found this restaurant during our wondering in Havana and was a good decision to sit down and eat here - now I review the 2nd floor restaurant. The place is really nice, the service also, the cocktail, too - the meal was beautiful. It is pricey a little, but if you on a holiday, you could spend a little more. Next us there was a flamenco dancing lesson - it was like an entertainment during our dinner :)

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

I’ve eaten at El Gijones twice. Both times the food was delicious. The staff were helpful and the decor is smart. There was no music so you can here your friends talk and there never seems to be too many customers. It is fairly expensive by Cuban standards.

The restaurant is up a flight of stairs and around a corner, so you may need to ask for directions.

The cafe on the ground floor is quite good for a cheap and cheerful lunch.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Our travel group of about 15 enjoyed a wonderful meal here in this second-floor restaurant overlooking all the interesting nightlife along Paseo de Marti. Friendly service, good food, and right in the heart of a wonderful city.

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

ceviche - very good
Octopus and garlic - amazing
Pork and onion tasty but dry
Grilled pork with garlic - tasty but dry
Black beans very good
Moros cristianos very good
Daiquiris - good
Cuba libre - good
Mojito - good
Havana special - tasty
Nice air conditioned place, attentive service

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Nruzow
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

We ate dinner at this second floor restaurant and were bitterly disappointed.

After ordering the local Cristal beer (it comes in cans, doesn't need any preparation other than bringing the can) and 35 minutes later we had not received them.

We then noticed that the lady on the table next to us was telling her family not to eat the chicken on their plates as it was raw. She didn't complain or send it back though.

We were about to walk out when the beers finally arrived after 40 minutes, so we stayed and decided to give it a shot.

We both had the garlic octopus starter, which was tasty.

Unlike another reviewers experiences, our main dish portion sizes were small and they did not come with rice or potatoes. The rice etc. is a side dish that you have to purchase separately.

I had the grilled lobster, which was delicious, but my partner had the roast pork. It was so dry it was difficult to cut. He was shaking the whole table just trying to get his knife through it.

We had decided to share a rice when we ordered as we weren't that hungry, but the food came out around 75 minutes after we ordered, but which point we were famished! It wasn't enough food at all.

The service was terrible, very VERY slow. After we finished eating, we sat at our table with dirty dishes in front of us for another 30 minutes! In the end we were so fed up we had to go and ask the waiter for the bill so we could get out of there.

The bill came to over 60CUCs and we felt we had very little for that amount, we had plenty of far far better meals elsewhere for much less money. in fact, this was the only meal in our whole stay in Cuba that we were disappointed with. All of the other lunches and dinners we had were excellent. There are some great places to eat if you look for them, especially those recommended by the Lonely Planet guide book (eating at this place was the only time we went somewhere that wasn't recommended by the book, we stuck to the book after this!).

We had such a bad experience that I came onto TripAdvisor to see if the certificate of excellence they were displaying was faked, looks like a lot of customers have a good experience there so perhaps we caught them on a bad night. It did seem that they were very understaffed.

Date of visit: April 2017
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