A Piece of Havana
A Piece of Havana

A Piece of Havana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.apieceofhavana.com/
  • Phone: (704) 588-7883
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Moss
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located in Yorkridge Shopping Center - plenty of free parking
A word from A Piece of Havana
Awww ... Cuba! Just a mere thought will have your hips swiveling in time to the rich mambo beat, which is only intensified if you happen to be drinking a sweet, rum-soaked mojito. Thinking about jumping a plane to Miami? No need! A Piece of Havana brings the Cuban flavor to your Charlotte stomping grounds.



We reward our guests by combining the native Siboney staples of corn, peanuts, and yucca with the Spanish accents of rice and olive oil. Alongside relocated Floridian Cubans, Belkis and Juan Plasencia, is a chef who together create garlic and herb-infused delights of the empanadas, moros y cristianos (black beans mixed with white rice), and of course the classic Cuban sandwich. Feel free to take full advantage of the take-out and coffee-to-go bar and drop by for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Being our Guest is caliente!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
A Piece of Havana reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (11)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (9)romantic (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Terrific Cuban Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Authentic Cuban food, friendly service, live music Fridays and Saturdays at dinner, followed by DJs and dancing after 10. Just be sure to make reservations...it fills up fast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cuban Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place has great authentic Cuban food. We had lunch at a Cuban restaurant in Key West last summer and when I found this place on OpenTable we decided to try it. The food was fantastic, service was great, and they had a live acoustic band playing when we were there. We will definitely be back and also recommending it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ever
    donald
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Been there several times and this was the best ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    EnjoyDining
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great music! Friendly, fun atmosphere! perfect for families and groups! Service ... questionable. Our eyes were itchy all the time because of the 'onions being cut in the kitchen'. It was seriously uncomfortable. We ordered one of the most expensive dishes in their menu - the Argentinian parrillada. We are Argentinians and we were hoping for a real treat. The meat was not cooked the way we requested and a meat cut listed on the menu was missing. We were never informed about this in time for us to decide if we wanted to change our order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Dinning Experience GREATFOOD
    MommaKayo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful restaurant, EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC Cuban food. Nicely decorated, Great service, Great Prices... We had a group of 25 people and this was NO Problem for the wait staff... we all had an experience that will last a LONG time... SUPERB !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Music
    LoveFood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We really enjoyed the music. This created a wonderful atmosphere. The band is fantastic! If you like mojitos, they have the best in town! The pulled beef was excellent. I recommend that dish. My friend got small pieces (bite size) of pork, but it was very dry and came with no sauce. It wasn't a good choice. The atmosphere was so much fun, we will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    estim8or
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food. We had empanadas and a chicken dish. The mojitos were just about the best we've had in Charlotte. Can hardly wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food here is amazing. From the appetizers to the drinks. Mojitos, Sangria, Empanadas, Crispy Beef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not our taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We didn't like the dry, stringy meat in either of our two dishes. Definitely will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic food, pricey drinks
    Patti
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was my first intro to Cuban cuisine. Wow. Amazing blend of flavors and if you like garlic, this is the place for you. Nice menu variety. only complaint was my mojito. This classic Cuban drink is one of my favorites, so I was confident it would be as fantastic as the food particularly since they charged $14 for it. Instead, it tasted like it was made with grocery store pre-mix out of a bottle vs. fresh ingredients. A little stingy on the mint which was good in this case- the mint was clearly past its use by date. And the very efficient waitress cleared dishes from the table, including the other half of my drink! Didn't ask if I was done with it esp with half of it left. I'd been sipping on it while talking and suddenly it was gone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Coletta was the best waitress of all time.... friendly , entertaining, the orders was right, and she never pressured us to leave.. awesome all round....
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlos
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is supposed to be a Cuban Restaurant, I was born in Cuba and lived in Miami for many years. We had the Lechon Asado and Bistec Milanesa, neither dish was made the traditional Cuban way and neither tasted very good. I would never recommend this restaurant if you are looking for traditional Cuban food. The waitress was not very attentive, and basically disappeared towards the end of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Cuban Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A Taste of Havana has the best Cuban food I have had since moving from South Florida. I would recommend it to anyone looking for great Cuban Cuisine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Miro
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I heard about the restaurant and I had to try it and I'm glad I did. Variety of items to chose from on the menu, nice atmosphere and music. Awesome Food. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really like this place
    KeninCLT
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good Cuban food is hard to find in Charlotte. I have to give A Piece of Havana credit - the food is good and it is always consistent. I think if they were closer in to town they would be much, much busier. Service for our lunch group was awesome - we went for a special occasion and the appetizers were amazing, as were the entrees. The only complaint I had was my black beans & rice side was really dry - I'm not used to that. But overall, a good experience. I've eaten here several times and it's always been good, as has the service. They are doing something right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very happy
    happy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    this was one of the best places i been to and i love the hosts they was really good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Treat
    famfun
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is as real as it gets here in Charlotte! The Cuban vibes were everywhere. The live music very invigorating. The service never missed a beat. Crowded with people having fun. Drinks, Mohito and Wine were promptly delivered and were super. My seafood expertly cooked. The steak sweet and moist. Sides were fresh and tasted like they were just cooked. Overall, this is a fairly priced dining experience, a hidden treat off the beaten path and from the looks and sounds a most popular place for the locals. Kinda like Cheers, everybody knows your name. I am certainly coming back, soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 148 reviews are from the A Piece of Havana reviews archive.
  • Tropical Steak
    Gibby13
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I got the Tropical Steak with yellow rice & green beans. Steak was very good, flavored with tropical juices in some kind of green sauce on top. The yellow rice is filled with chopped vegetables & is a must side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Main Atteaction: FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The chicken wrapped in bacon was dry. The white rice and beans were cold and the dark rice with beans and pork tasted as though it was cooked a day or two ago and microwaved. Everything else was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good fun place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great Cuban food! Staff is very friendly and helpful. Live music and dancing was so much fun!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!!!!
    Sunnyd720
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time there, everything was delicious and brought in a timely manner. The service was great, we went on Saturday night so they had live music, the guy singing was awesome and the athmosphere was fun and like a Latin, family party . Great for families, there where couple of large celebrations that night and the big groups where greatly accommodated. They sang me happy birthday and received a flan! :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salsa Salsa
    mrstatt
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Came here on a whim because I was craving mojitos and found this place on Yelp. It delivered! Fresh and consistent mojitos and some of the best Cuban food I have EVER eaten. Can't wait to go back for the tamales and mojitos!! Salsa dancing on Fridays at 10pm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Price, food quality, decent entertainment. Don't expect server to explain menu. Good for family or group. We enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mojitos in town!
    Food4us
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Always have such fun here. Food is great, service and ambience too. Started with Mojitos and appetizer platter. Followed by yummy entrees and finished with the flan (also best in Charlotte) and cafe le leche. Wonderful! :-D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Cup and Cuban Food
    VegasFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Finally a real mojito!! I got the coconut version and it was muddled just right and tastes great. I got a family platter and shared with my husband and kids. It was a great way to sample everything. The World Cup was on a big screen and we had a lot of fun playing 'guess that flag'. It was definatly worth leaving Charlotte and driving out there!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Name fits perfectly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A Piece of Havana here in Charlotte! Wonderful waitstaff who always take care of you...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wonderful! Everything was scrumptious. Great service and live music. Great drinks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Cuban food
    Finickyeater
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I'm Cuban and I declare that this restaurant has genuine Cuban food. They also have very good music on Saturdays. Been there twice while visiting Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Nightout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    As always, the service is awesome and the food is amazing. Love going for the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Cuban food!
    Tjgagg
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My family thoroughly enjoyed our meals. There is something on the menu for everybody from the pickiest eater to the try anything. Food was authentic and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    DREW
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Was recomended by my son and his girlfriend. A great surprize so near to my home. I had the Ox-tail which was excellent and my wife had the Mahi-Mahi which was just as good. We will return for lunch to try the Cuban sandwich, my son said it was one of the BEST sanwiches he ever ate. DREW
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • littlepiggy
    littlepiggy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My husband and I went to see the movie CHEF and watching the food preparations and presentations made my mouth water. I decided I must try Cuban food. Taking to the internet, I found A Piece of Havana. Both my husband I and sampled new-to-us dishes. I found the plantains pleasantly sweet and the fried yucca similar in texture to American home fries. My shredded pork had a tang of vinegar that was not overwhelming and there was a to-the-side container of additional sauce to add as I wished. Lots of families showed up. We intend to return for lunch and try a Cuban sandwich.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer
    TRsc
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was good, service was not (our waiter was not attentive in the least amount), and the music was great! We'll definetely be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very nice restaurant, music and singer was on the money. Waitress nice but had a little bit of an attitude with one of the guest. Food very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased!
    Gregory
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Server was extremely accomodating and attentive to our every need. Food was great in taste and portion. The group of 6 of us all left full and happy. Be sure to order dessert. I highly recommend this restaurant and am planning my next visit already.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IlikeCuban
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I'm sorry to say this visit was much less satisfying than our previous two. The black beans and rice was mediocre. The chicken with rice was a dish weak on chicken and overwhelming on rice. Sorry, but even a Cuban restaurant needs to serve regular coffee. I hope the minimal traffic was not indicative of the norm, but the food might be the reason. The highlight was the guitar player.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Suprise in South Charlotte
    Philly515TravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Very good Cuban cuisine in south Charlotte. I went there with a group of co-workers and we all had a good, inexpensive meal....and we were all very full. Portion sizes are easily worth double the price. I will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was something new
    Marsha
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This place was something new for me and my friends and an absolute pleasure for us . We had never had Cuban food before but because of this restaurant we are hooked. The food was delicious, the band was great, the waitress were very helpful but the only suggestion was that their website needs to be updated with their sitting for available tables because the website said they had available tables but when we got there they did not, but the hostess apologize and we had to sit at the bar but not for too long. I would highly recommend this place and we will be back again when we are in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food
    Denzi
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We enjoyed the food it was our first time experience tasting Cuban food and it was awesome loved it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Once again a fantastic night we had 19 people and all had a great time.. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic