The Hotel Nacional has two restaurants and a cafeteria

  • The Veranda buffet restaurant: A 268-person capacity, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of the best national and international food around. At the entrance notice the original silverware from the hotel’s first years.
  • The Aguiar Restaurant: This exquisite spot is named after the Havana defender Don Luis Aguiar who forced the British back from the bluff now occupied by the hotel during their invasion in the 18th century. Perhaps the most elegant restaurant in town, its finely crafted ceiling, beautiful vases and hanging lamps are testimony to the fine design of this exceptional setting. The cuisine is equally impressive, with dishes like the Langosta Nacional (lobster) with almond sauce or perhaps Algarabía del Mar (Seafood Mélange), including shrimp, lobster and fish. For dessert try the Dulce a las Tres Leches (Triple Milk Treat), Guava Cheesecake or oft-requested Crêpes.
  • The Rincón del Cine cafeteria-bar: Created in recognition of the hotel’s more than 20 years of sponsoring the New Latin American Cinema Festival, it has contemporary decoration and a permanent photo show of outstanding figures from the film industry. Cuban films can be seen while enjoying food and drink. Open 24 hour

The hotel has five bars distributed over diverse areas

  • Vista al Golfo: Found in the Hall of Fame, it is entered through the Vedado salon. A tranquil spot to have a drink and talk about the Nacional’s history. The walls are covered with shots of better-known guests like Benny Moré, Betty Grable, Frank Sinatra, Francis Ford Coppola, Gabriel García Marquez, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean Paul Sartre, Spencer Tracy and many, many more.
  • Los Jardines: If you keep going through the main entrance doors you come out into the gardens, where the huge Spanish-style arches open onto an elevated and lovely view of the sea. A beautiful fountain with peacocks prancing about make for a relaxing environment, and there is top-notch entertainment, including weekend fashion shows, barbecue specials, live music and a mini-version of the hotel cabaret show. The cocktail special called Jardín Nacional is a lovely rum and fruit combo, and fits in perfectly with the garden’s atmosphere.
  • Aire Mar: Next to the Aguiar restaurant, with a wide selection of domestic and international wines. The star of the former is San Cristóbal, a superb dry wine with the first name given to Havana in the 16th century.
  • Havana cigar bar
  • Snack Bar