Where to Eat in Cienfuegos: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 27, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Cienfuegos (American Spanish: [sjeɱˈfweɣos]), capital of Cienfuegos Province, is a city on the southern coast of Cuba. It is located about 250 km (160 mi) from Havana and has a population of 150,000. The city is dubbed La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South). Cienfuegos literally translates to "one hundred fires"—cien meaning "one hundred", fuegos meaning "fires".
Things to do in Cienfuegos

1. Palacio de Valle

Calle 37 esq. a Ave.0, Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos 10471, Cuba Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Cuban Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$16 - HK$157 +53 24 51226
Excellent
40%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 286 reviews

Palacio de Valle

Reviewed By rayele - Madison, Wisconsin

When our driver recommended that we have lunch here while driving through Cienfuegos, we had no idea what a beautiful place we were going to be visiting. There's quite a wow factor to this building, and we had no problem waiting for our tuna sandwiches to be delivered. We were glad to have time to look around and admire the architecture. The lunch menu wasn't huge, but our tuna didn't taste as if it had come out of a can, so we were happy. The dining room wasn't crowded, and service was actually quite speedy. We made a little time to walk around outside and admire the views across the bay. We would love to return and see more of the building-and check out their dinner menu.

2. Club Cienfuegos

Calle 37 | Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Cuban, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks 51-28-91
Excellent
30%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 324 reviews

Club Cienfuegos

Reviewed By Charlotte H - London, United Kingdom

We spent an unintentional day at Club Cienfuegos, we paid to get in so why not make the most of it, also we’d basically done everything the else the day before.
Lunch was on the downstairs Terrace, we sat outside away from the bus loads of package holiday makers who were hitting the buffet, there was an a la carte option so we opted for that.
As a vegan, and it being predominantly seafood, there wasn’t a great deal for me so I just ordered a couple of side dishes, all fine, the daquiris were the best part. The view of the harbour is a nice setting for lunch, and after lunch we had a wander around the building, most of the rooms were closed
We spotted the nearby pool and decided to get our swim suits to sunbathe. They are missing a trick with no loungers, but awkward trying to relax on a chair.
We then came back for a pre dinner drink and to catch the sunset over the harbour, again daquiris were just as good, and the house band was very lively and had almost everyone up dancing.

3. Restaurante Dona Nora

Calle 37 | #4219 E/ 42 And 44, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +53 5 2903019
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 381 reviews

Restaurante Dona Nora

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Walking up the stairs there was a atmosphere of its own. Sitting on the small but beautiful balcony. Good food. Good service and a flan if its own world!

4. Paladar Ache

Avenida 38 No 4106 e/ 41 y 43 | Avenida 38 No 4106 e/ 41 y 43, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$78 +53 43 526173
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 496 reviews

Paladar Ache

Ache Paladar.Bar Restaurant founded in 1996. Built as a native shack decorated with natural elements.The epistemology of the word is related Ache merging two cultures, African and Cuban. Hence the meaning of Welfare, Good Fortune, Good Luck, Health, is given from folk and religious imagery.We offer local and international food. Our main dishes are based on seafood prepared to coal immediately. We have a wide range of cocktails with extra rum you want.We are distinguished by excellent service, cozy atmosphere and comfort.We are at your service from Monday to Saturday from 12 m to 10:30 pm on Avenue 38 # 4106 between 41 and 43 in Cienfuegos, Cuba.You can find us in several international guidelines.Paladar Ache.

Reviewed By Egw87 - Lausanne, Switzerland

Atmosphere is very nice here, restaurant is well-decorated, staff are extremely fast and attentive. Piña colada in a real pineapple is amazing (may be seasonal, not sure).
The food is very average even by Cuban paladare standards, so I'm a little surprised this is the highest-rated Tripadvisor restaurant in Cienfuegos, but maybe the food scene there is more diminished than other mid-sized Cuban cities. It's the standard rice & beans + meat + a couple small vegetables that you would get in any randomly-selected tourist restaurant.
The pictures that other users have posted is very representative of the meal, and it tastes as bland as it looks. Not -bad-, just bland. The setting, the waiters, and the décor are so nice though it kind of makes up for a average meal. Prices are the same as in essentially every other tourist-oriented paladare in Cuba, e.g. ±3 CUC for a normal cocktail, ±10-15 CUC for a main plate.

5. Restaurant Villa Lagarto

Street 35, No. 4B, e/ Avenue 0 y Litoral | La Punta. Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Grill, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +53 43 519966
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 380 reviews

Restaurant Villa Lagarto

The exquisite restaurant on the sea offers the traveler a unique and personalized service thanks to a friendly and available staff, offering delicious menus rich in fruits and vegetables of organic origin and owns production, as well as the meats all perfumed soft minds with olive oils and Fine herbs cooked to taste either grilled, steamed, or simply charcoal.

Reviewed By GregFirth - Croydon, United Kingdom

Great view if you're sat upstairs overlooking the sea. Set menu for 20Cuc I believe, you get a fair bit of this but we certainly ate better for much cheaper in Cienfuegos. Includes a starter, main, dessert and coffee. They didn't have quite a few...MoreDear Customer. We appreciate your opinion about our Restaurant. We will take into account your dissatisfaction in order to improve our services. Best regards Jehnny Lleonart

6. Restaurante Bahia

Ave 40# 3713 e/ 37 y 39, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Cuban, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$47 +53 43 516971
Excellent
62%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

Restaurante Bahia

Reviewed By Locombiano14 - San Jose, Costa Rica

Everything in this place is perfect. The decoration, the service, the music and obviously the food. We will highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. Bahia is another reason to fall in love with Cienfuegos.

7. Casa Prado

Calle 37 Nro. 4626 E/ 46 y 48, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Cuban, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$157 +53 5 2623858
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

Casa Prado

Taking as a reference the pride that we feel the cienfuegueros to own the emblematic and distinctive Paseo del Prado, we opened the doors of our modest restaurant in the No. 4626 of that street the 4 of February of 2011. The uniformity and rectilinear lines of our ART DECO style decoration identifies our three salons, where a la carte service is offered with a great diversity of dishes in which the Gourmet style is incorporated and a varied offer of wines and refreshing cocktails like sangria With fruits. All our work has been possible thanks to the collaboration of people who are prepared, enthusiastic, responsible and willing to work, who form a great team that the client sees as a whole. "Casa Prado where taste and elegance have their place".

Reviewed By PierreTraveler - Ellensburg, Washington

you ring the bell to have the door opened. The place has no windows which is fine on a hot day, but otherwise not great. Very plain. Food is quite good and fair value. Service is okay, but not outstanding.

8. Las Mamparas

Calle 37 # 4004 | Entre 40 y 42, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +53 43 518992
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 379 reviews

Las Mamparas

Reviewed By travellingtash - Brighton, United Kingdom

Cienfuegos has a main street that leads onto their malacon, Las Mamparas is ideally situated towards the busier sea end and certainly popular in a town with limited restaurants its worth popping in earlier in the day to reserve for the evening. we didn't and ended up 'having' to while away time in a cocktail bar until 9.30pm. terrible hardship! We tried a selection of starters and dips followed by the cheapest and yet cheesiest lasagne in the world, very nice but a cheese overload, my partner had the ropa vieja which was also very good. It definitely recommend this place and it was nice to see that somewhere so busy still had such low prices. A tip just in case its full is try Bang Bang just up the road, it has the same menu and some of the staff we recognised popping between the two so it appears to be its less well known and equally good sister.

9. Finca del Mar

Calle 35 Entre 18 et 20 | Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Cuban Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 0115352824133
Excellent
43%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 303 reviews

Finca del Mar

Reviewed By ZurichSwisspaar - Milos, Greece

Nice location with seaview and calm (fortunately). Outstandig seafood, shrimps, lobster but also regular spaghetti. Salat can be eaten without hisitation. For dinner, reservation suggested. Proper restrooms. Quiet impressive wine list. Very professional staff, extremly friendly. Overall wonderful experience.

10. D'Carmelina

Calle 59 #402 e/4 y 6, Cienfuegos 55100, Cuba Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Latin, Cuban, Caribbean Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$196 005343521938
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

D'Carmelina

Reviewed By JEMAltitude - Colorado

As is typical in Cuba, we were served abundant amounts of tasty food - some of the more creative dishes, during our tour (Road Scholar). The service, spacious dining area and accompanying music, made this a very pleasant lunch experience.

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