O'Reilly 304 Paladar
Though the name written outside on a slate board often reads "Irish pub" or "Gin Bar" O'Reilly 304 is an international fusion restaurant serving maybe the most exciting cuisine in Old Havana.
If you're having trouble finding O'Reilly 304, don't fret-the exterior is famously understated and it's not hard to miss the place even as you walk right by it. That being said, don't embarrass yourself by asking for directions-the address is right there in the name!
Though "O'Reilly 304" might immediately conjure up images of a classic Irish pub, this Old Havana eatery couldn't get much further away from the concept. In fact, this is one of the most exciting and innovative restaurants in Old Havana through and through.
Entering from the bustling streets of Old Havana, stepping into O'Reilly 304 almost feels like visiting another world. First of all, the split-level construction is very well air-conditioned-not even the hottest of Havana summer days seems to be able to thwart the AC here.
Then there's the fact that the restaurant almost looks like an art gallery, with canvases, lithographs, and creatively framed photographs lining the walls. When you find out that the owner dabbles as an artist as well, things start making sense.
Despite the feelings of intimacy and exclusivity offered by O'Reilly 304, many customers are surprised to find their menus marked with truly reasonable prices! For these reasons O'Reilly 304 is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after dining spots in Old Havana and dinner reservations are highly recommended. They might not be a bad idea even for lunch, actually.
Food and Drinks
As cool and and comfortable as the environment here is, the real draw at O'Reilly 304 has always been the food and drink.
The menu is compact but features a wide variety of cuisines and influences. From innovative takes on Cuban favourites like sauteed malangas to international dishes like Mexican tacos and South American ceviche and even extending to offerings like cream of pumpkin soup that frankly shouldn't work on a hot Havana afternoon, there are simply no misses on the menu at O'Reilly 304.
Finally, it would be amiss not to mention the equally bold and inspired cocktail menu featuring drinks like the "Samurai Bloody Mary" and the "Kentucky (Jack Daniels) Mojito" in addition to the more standard mojito and daiquiri varieties.
At the end of the day, O'Reilly 304 has without a doubt earned its spot on the list of the best and most exciting new restaurants in Old Havana-or anywhere in Cuba, for that matter. If you can find or reserve a spot, both dinner and lunch here come highly recommended.
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