El Romero

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

Rue Moka, Las Terrazas, Pinar del Rio (at Las Terrazas eco village), Candelaria, Cuba, 24700

El Romero means "rosemary". This vegetarian restaurant offers mostly organic cuisine made from locally produce ingredients. English menu available. Confirmed open Sep 2016. Make a reservation for the terrace. Open Mon-Sun 9:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Organic, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Caribbean, Cuban

5 Reviews

First Review by TofuCelt

Fresh and flavorful - Edit

We stayed a night at Las Terrazas and had dinner here. All the food was delicious and fresh. We ordered several dishes and enjoyed them all very much. I was disappointed that they were out of seitan though. They had a delicious bread but after i had told them i was vegan, and then taken a bite, the waiter came back to the table to inform me there was "a little bit of egg" in the bread. Also, the flies were a bit of a nuisance.

Pros: Varied menu, affordable, delicious

Cons: out of seitan, no highchairs, some flies

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Excellent food - Edit

I have known Tito, the owner, for years, and he is a huge advocate of a healthy plant-based diet, one of the few advocates in Cuba. His food is delicious and beautifully prepared. It's a bit pricey, but totally worth it, especially if you are a vegetarian in Cuba (it's not too easy to find good vegetarian food).

Pros: Organic, Delicious, Great owner

Cons: pricey

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Superb! So glad to find this gem in Cuba! - Edit

I visited Las Terrazas in January 2013 and was so excited to have the opportunity to eat at El Romero! The owner, Tito Nunez, has been serving vegetarian food in Cuba since the 1990's, and promoting plant based diets. This is not an easy feat in Cuba! He is so warm and welcoming; it was such a pleasure to meet him. El Romero has been open since 2003.
This was by far the BEST meal I ate in Cuba. After several days of mostly rice and beans and pathetic salads, the creative options at El Romero made my taste buds so happy! Sure, the food is pricier than other restaurants in Cuba, but it is very much worth every cent - and priced at about what I would expect to pay for a decent meal in North America.
I also love that they care about being eco-friendly and grow much of their own produce. They also reserve 2 tables for locals and offer meals at low price for them. I think that is wonderful that Tito makes sure that locals can afford to eat there! I happily pay a little more so that the restaurant can keep going and help the local community while also promoting plant based food.

Pros: delicious, eco-friendly, creative

Cons: a little pricey (but worth it)

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Closed? - Edit

I went there last Thurday 06/05/2010 and it was closed, it didn't say anything on the door though. In fact all the cafes and bars were also closed, the day before they didn't have water or electricity supply for the whole day, so god know the state of the food in that heat without a fridge!

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Not worth it - Edit

Most of the ingredients are from the town area itself. The restaurant tries to stick to vegan diet and is mostly organic. Although the food here is fairly good, there is a huge abuse of the prices, and EVERYTHING is charged for. For example, if you order a dip, you must also pay for the crudites or bread to go with it. The sugar and milk for the coffee is also charged. You only get exactly what you ordered and no more. Although nice ok, there is an abuse of veggie tourists here. Not worth it. Better to go elsewhere. Not only was it the most expensive place I ate in Cuba, but the most expensive place I've ever eaten in the world and I've been all over the world. And they have the cheek to ak for a 10% tip. Needless to say, as we had to pay European prices (and more) for a smaller meal and wine, and pay for even the extra bits, we did no leave a single cuc (Cuban money for tourists). In short, nice restaurant, ok food, ok staff, but extremely expensive. Not worth it.

Pros: Nice decor, Food ok, Staff ok

Cons: Extremely expensive, A Charge for Everything, Asked for a Tip

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