Mediterraneo Havana Paladar and Bar

Just a short stroll away from one of Vedado's main streets, Mediterraneo Havana is a restaurant that has won great acclaim from food lovers in the know. The chequered tablecloths and breezy white-blue interior give the feel of a Greek tavern, but the menu is very much focused on the cuisines of Sardinia and Catalunya. Turning out some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine in Cuba, this quaint two-storey paladar is worth a special trip.

The owners of Mediterráneo Havana place great emphasis on the use of fresh, natural ingredients. In fact, the restaurant relies entirely on local organic farms for its produce, and it even has its own fishing boat. Unsurprisingly, this approach of sourcing the freshest ingredients and serving them honestly has earned Mediterráneo Havana much respect.

By serving wholesome food free of preservatives and additives, each and every ingredient is allowed to sing. And when you ask your waiter about any dish on the menu you’ll be happily told about its origins, which is an impressive feat given the extensive choice of dishes on offer.

The variety of entrees provide instant temptation with inviting options such as house-made charcuterie with cheese plate, the generous chorizo platter and a beautifully cooked octopus genovese.

The main menu is dominated by a wonderful range of fish and seafood options. Highlights include fresh lobster, scallops in a white wine sauce, a delicately prepared fish ravioli and fresh red snapper served with organic vegetables. There’s also a lavish seafood mixed grill for 2 people - which is something of a showstopper!

Other options well worth considering include the tender fillet of grilled beef and the rich cabrito stew cooked with fragrant spices and plump, fresh olives. There are also numerous pasta dishes to take your pick from as well as twelve different choices of pizza. If room allows, the dessert menu offers a small but delightful range of sweet treats including refreshing ice creams, Mediterranean tart and an espresso-soaked tiramisu.

There’s also a special lunch set menu available from Monday to Friday - served between 12am and 4pm. Available on request, the restaurant’s ‘Executive Menu’ includes entrees, side dish, a main, a frozen dessert, coffee and a drink all for just 10 – 15 CUC.

It’s clear that Mediterráneo Havana’s owners are passionate about their produce, but equally passionate about making diners feel truly welcome. The warmth and hospitable service they provide is integral to their ultimate aim – to make every guest feel like family.

With a winning combination of great service and outstanding cuisine, Mediterráneo Havana comes a highly recommended for a sumptuous meal out.


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