El Polinesio

Havana, Cuba
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Calle L e/ 23 y 25, Vedado
Havana, Cuba
Daily 12pm-12am
(53 7) 33-4011

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El Polinesio



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Everyone You
Decor 6.8
Drink Quality 3
Drink Selection 3.9
Food Quality 4.6
Food Selection 4.5
Mood 7
Music 2.4
Service 5.5
Tikiness 7.3
Tilt 9
Vibe 5

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Humuhumu’s description

This government-owned restaurant used to be a Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's
Havana, Cuba
Bar & Restaurant
. It's located in the Tryp Habana Libre hotel, also known as the Cuba Libre Hotel. It's been reported that the decor is still in decent shape. Decor borrowed from the Havana Trader Vic's can be seen in the 1964 film "I Am Cuba."


jonvon has visited El Polinesio.
February 7, 2018, 3:36 PM
An interesting artifact, today trying to get by as a theme bar for people who know nothing about tiki. If you have high standards for drinks or décor you will be quite disappointed, but you should go anyway for the fun of being in a tiki bar in Cuba. Happy hour with a short list of non-tiki drinks at 1 CUC ends at 8 pm and everyone leaves. The dinners are OK. We did not try the appetizers. Tiki drinks for 3.50 CUC are much too sweet and suffer from poor ingredients and Havana Club rum. Football or MTV on the TV screens - ouch !
jmax86lax has visited El Polinesio.
March 7, 2017, 8:58 AM
Glad I went. Osvaldo the bartender, added greatly to my experience by running away to find an original tiki mug from the place when it opened. Then by running away to bring photos of the hotel (and his grandfather the bartender) when it opened. He is very proud of the place and his being connected to it. Decor is great...tiki vibe is....ok.
March 2, 2015, 6:54 PM
My California band toured Havana and western Cuba last week (2/14/15) - one of our horn players is a bigtime Tiki fanatic, so we had to make a visit to this place -it was just two blocks from our hotel.

True, the decor is still pretty good, but the drink menu was very limited. Even though there were quite a few "Tropical" drinks on the menu, they couldn't make ANY of them! No blender! We were reduced to the choices on the standard cocktail menu, which turned out to be basically a G&T or a few variations on a Cuba Libre. Not even a Mojito or Pina Colada - standard drinks in almost every bar in Havana... very disappointed.

It was sort of like the Monty Python Cheese Shop sketch, if you know what I mean.
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