Western Cuba Restaurants
- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
Western Cuba Restaurant Reviews
Dining in the provincial capitals and towns is spotty; some places are acceptable while others seem fortunate to be able to provide nourishment at all. Pinar del Río and Cárdenas, for example, have no acceptable restaurants. Varadero has several good Italian, Chinese, criollo, and international options, though buffets in hotels tend to be mediocre. Look for local staples, such as crocodile tail (said to be an aphrodisiac) at Guamá, roast pork on the Isla de la Juventud, and lobster at María la Gorda.
Reservations aren't necessary, except in Varadero—especially at the Mansión Xanadú and Antigüedades. Tipping is important to Cubans; an extra peso here or there is much appreciated. Credit cards not affiliated with U.S. banks or companies are accepted in most government restaurants and hotels, though never in paladares (privately owned restaurants).
Browse Western Cuba Restaurants
Free Fodor's Newsletter
Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Go List: Fodor's Top 25 Places to Go in 2013
- Hotel Awards 2012: Fodor's 100 Top Hotels
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
- $2199 -- Cuba: 5-Nt. Escorted Havana Tour w/Air, $300 Off Friendly Planet Travel