Don Cangrejo Restaurant

Run by the Ministry of Fisheries, Don Cangrejo is one of the top restaurants in Havana to enjoy fantastic, locally caught seafood. It occupies an oceanside setting along a picturesque stretch of coastline, which means the seafood can be grilled up and served within hours of being caught. Don Cangrejo also has an outdoor patio area overlooking the sea - a special spot to savour the beauty of the location.

One of the true joys of eating in Cuba is the quality of its seafood. In Havana, the city abounds with fantastic restaurants serving a variety of freshly caught produce. And you don’t necessarily have to book a table at one of the city’s more lavish establishments to enjoy the best of what’s on offer.

A case in point is Don Cangrejo, a state-run establishment located on the seafront in Havana’s Miramar district.

With its prime location overlooking the sea, this specialist seafood restaurant gets the pick of the catch and certainly ranks as one of the more attractive spots to enjoy a meal in Havana. With outdoor seating on a large patio, diners can comfortably grab a table and enjoy the wonderful views, which are particularly magical at sunset.

The indoor dining room is a small but comfortable space. It’s worth booking ahead of time if you intend to sit inside, especially if you want to sit at one of the popular window tables located on the restaurant’s second floor.

Freshly caught seafood

The freshness of the seafood at Don Cangrejo speaks for itself. You can order grouper, red snapper and prawns prepared with minimum fuss and simply served with a side order of rice and vegetables. But a number of dishes also come served in a rich and cheesy gratin sauce.

Favourite options from the menu include the lobster bisque, shrimp salad and a mighty seafood platter, which includes half a grilled lobster, red snapper, prawns and rice. Like many local Cuban establishments, portions are large so you might want to consider sharing dishes around.

Don Cangrejo is one of the top spots in the city for great seafood - an experience that’s enhanced all the more thanks to its picturesque oceanside setting. It’s worth noting that the restaurant also has its own nightclub, which draws a young, party-loving Cuban crowd, especially on Fridays. Nights can get pretty raucous - something to bear in mind if you’re planning on a quiet late night meal.

Don Cangrejo is open daily from midday-12:00 p.m. and the nightclub opens from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

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