In Santiago you
have the choice between:
A paladar is a
private (non state) restaurant. there used to be a number of them
in Santiago, though now only one or two are operating. There are
more operating in the Playa Siboney beach area.
are allowed to offer meals to their guests. They are not allowed
to receive "walk in" guests.
The hotels have
in general a poll side or lobby bar that offer snacks. They also
have one or more restaurants of varying quality.
restaurants have always proven to be the worst places to eat.
Santiago has some crappy ones. Some are half way decent and all
beat a "Chinese" restaurant I ate in in Camaguey once.
Santiago is not
a culinary haven. You don't go there for the food.