This legendary Cuban paladar is located right in the heart of Vedado’s “el Hueco” area. When it first opened in 1995, this family business became one of the first private restaurants in the country, and it has maintained the highest levels of quality ever since. Small and simple with a lively dining room, El Gringo Viejo has the feel of an old-timey Mexican cantina. The owner named the restaurant – and himself – after the Mexican bestseller “Gringo Viejo” (The Old Gringo) by Carlos Fuentes.
The menu is a fusion of Cuban and international cuisine, with elegant, interesting creations that still remain faithful to classic Cuban dishes. Their fried chickpeas, perfectly done and served abundantly, are the perfect starter before moving on to their delicious “aroma del trópico” pargo fish fillet: served with fresh mango and mint sauce. Meat lovers can go with the tender and succulent steak medallions, which come drizzled with a slightly sweet oporto sauce.
El Gringo’s drinks are amazing too, starting with their signature cocktail: a blend of gin and piña colada. They also have a nice wine list.
In addition, if you are a fan of vintage cars, the owner is the vice president of the Cuban Classic Car Association: “A lo cubano”, so maybe he can hook you up with the ride of your dreams.
Calle 21 #454 entre E y F, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba. +537 8311946