How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Version 1: touts entice you with a cheap set meal option (oferta) but once you enter, dishes are either unavailable or you are charged a la carte prices for each dish.
- Version 2: serving you more expensive Heineken although you ordered the cheaper Hatuey beer with the excuse that it is unavailable.
- Version 3: not providing a menu, providing a menu without prices, or reflecting different prices on your bill compared to the menu.
- Version 4: charging for items which you did not order; not serving items which you ordered.
Places to beware:
- Havana: Central Havana
- Santa Clara
- Santiago de Cuba: Granma Island (Cayo Granma)
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like AlaMesa) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.