Buena Vista Social Cafe in Green Point

Buena Vista Social Cafe in Greenpoint

We met a friend for coffee at Buena Vista Social Cafe, a Cuban-themed restaurant in Green Point. The decor is what I'd expect to find in an old Cuban bar; the best part of all is the old leather couches and chairs - like those you'd expect to find at your grandmother's house - making up a corner lounge-area, where you can enjoy drinks without having to sit at a table.

Buena Vista is a really nice place to visit, and if you've never been there before you should make a turn (and try the lamb and feta nachos!). Just be warned that the restaurant doesn't have a non-smoking section (which I thought wasn't allowed these days), so if you have an allergic reaction to cigars and cigarettes then best check that there aren't too many people smoking when you arrive.

Now that I think of it, perhaps the reason they're able to get away with a fully-smoking restaurant is because of the Cuban theme - you kind of expect to see people smoking cigars in a Cuban bar, don't you?

6 thoughts on “Buena Vista Social Cafe in Green Point

  1. mjw

    I go there all the time (it’s one of my favourite restaurants) but I’ve never noticed the smoking policy (or lack thereof). I’m sure you’re right, though.

    I would like to add that the restaurant has a wonderful (and well-priced) cocktail menu and in summer, especially, it’s great to sit out on the balcony sipping a drink as the sun sets. Also, you should book as the restuarant is very popular and always packed, although you can sometimes grab a small table early in the evening (5pm or so) but, if you do, they will try and kick you out (in a nice way) for a someone else’s reservation anytime from 7pm.

    The vegetarian nachos are also awesome.

  2. Della

    oh the good old days… not to worry..BEUNA VISTA is opposite the road>> Lower Portswood Road << right on top of Casablanca Night Club.

    Its still awesome, but missing you!

  3. Paul

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    Thanks Della – we tried to find it a couple of weeks back, at the end of Portswood Road, but it seemed to have moved. Glad to hear that it’s above Casablanca.

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