La Fontana Paladar
La Fontana is a well-established dining favourite in Havana. One of the first paladares (restaurants based in private homes) to open 20 years ago, it has gone from strength to strength and now warrants its reputation as a great full-service restaurant.
Food straight from the charcoal grill
The big selling point of La Fontana are its grilled specialities. Great for carnivores, meat and fish are prepared on a charcoal grill, giving a special smoky flavour. There is an extensive selection of starters, including cheeses and vegetarian dishes, but don't fill up on the starters because the mains are large! Having gone a long way from the limited selection of Cuban cuisine back when paladares first opened, other recommended main courses at La Fontana include the chicken teriyaki, lasagne and the chateaubriand. And, of course, you can finish your meal with the finest Cuban cigars.
A great space for eating, drinking and enjoying time with friends
La Fontana features a number of indoor and outdoor seating areas. The open air terrace and main room, El Salón Floresta, is very popular and is full of plants and greenery with a series of fountains (hence the name) and fish ponds. Take it easy on the rum so as not to end up in one at the end of the night!
There is often live music and recently there has been an emphasis on local jazz music. The restaurant is arranged in such a way that diners can distance themselves from the music for a more intimate evening. The basement bar has been renovated and modernised and is now a late night venue called "El Edén". It's a contemporary and stylish lounge space which attracts everyone who wants to be seen in right places into the small hours. Specialities include cocktails and tapas.
A further space, El Salon La Estancia, is available for private hire and larger groups.
Consistently great service and atmosphere
La Fontana is regularly reviewed as one of the very best places to eat in Havana. Regular updates keep this venue fresh and welcoming and the service is professional without pretention. International celebrities who’ve been to Cuba have dined here, including the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce and JayZ.
La Fontana is typically open from midday to midnight. The new bar lounge, El Edén, is open until 6am. A cover charge of $5 CUC is levied on live music nights.
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