Where the Obama’s had Dinner on their First Night in Cuba

Table at the San Cristobal private restaurant in Centro Habana.
Table at the San Cristobal private restaurant in Central Havana.

HAVANA TIMES — President Barack Obama had dinner Sunday evening with his family in a “paladar”  (private restaurant) in Havana, one of the small business owners that have begun to flourish in recent years on the socialist island, reported dpa news.

The restaurant chosen by the Obamas for their first dinner on the island is called “San Cristobal” and is located in Central Havana, a neighborhood of narrow streets and colonial buildings, some of them badly damaged.

Many onlookers lined the streets to watch the US presidential family and their group’s arrival.

The restaurant specializes in Cuban food with Spanish elements and caters mainly to tourists and foreign visitors as the prices are too high for most locals.

The “paladar” is one of the highest rated in Havana. Like other private restaurants, the local has been installed in a private home.

The old house with spacious courtyards and high ceilings has a unique decor with religious elements on the walls and antique furniture from the colonial era.

30 thoughts on “Where the Obama’s had Dinner on their First Night in Cuba

  • July 5, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Nice to see a sensible reply

  • March 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Oh I’m sure ya’ll have the best seafood. I was just hoping that our POS POTUS choked or got a bad one down there. Nothing against ya’ll, trust me.

  • March 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

    No wife, I am female, try again.

  • March 22, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Okay then ply em with some of that famous toxic Cuban rum.

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    There are so many new paladares sprouting up in Cuba; most have not even made it into the pages of the Lonely Planet, Rough, or other guides. Just ask the locals, or walk around, and try. Favorites during my latest visit were Mango Habana (Industria #352, Centro Habana), Florida Blanca, (Ave. 38, # 3720, Cienfuegos), Dona Nora (Calle 37 #4219, Cienfuegos), Guitarrra Mia (Jesus Memendez #19, Trinidad), Litoral Mantancero (Manglar #12115, Playa, Ciudad Matanzas), and D’Lirios (Dragones y Teniente Ray, Habana Vieja), but find your own.

  • March 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Although I didn’t drink the tap water, during my last visit (late Sept.-early Nov.) some of the veggies or fruit must have been rinsed in tap water, resulting in me loosing 7 lbs. If you need to lose weight, this is the right “elixir!” By the end of my trip, I was afraid to eat!

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