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A Piece of Havana
A Piece of Havana

A Piece of Havana Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Price, food quality, decent entertainment. Don't expect server to explain menu. Good for family or group. We enjoyed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A Piece of Havana here in Charlotte! Wonderful waitstaff who always take care of you..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful! Everything was scrumptious. Great service and live music. Great drinks"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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"
    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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food it was our first time experience tasting Cuban food and it was awesome loved it"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Once again a fantastic night we had 19 people and all had a great time.. Thanks."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm very familiar with Cuban food and can attest to it authenticity. The '"congri'' was excellent, and so was the "vaca frita." The mojitos were good. also. We went on a Saturday night and they had live music. The music was also very good. I enjoyed the food and the ambiance. I will return and recommend the restaurant. Thanks for keeping it real. It's hard to find good Cuban food outside Miami."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Met my expectations completely. It was like being on Calle Ocho in Miami. The food the latin music...Oh Yeah!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Its seemed the waitress had no idea what she was doing. Their was four of us. First I ordered a platter that they had on the menu that it was for two people and she told us that they don't have everything that is on that platter so se couldn't order it. Ridiculous! We ordered our food and she came back twice to comfirm what we ordered. When we got our food their was stuff missing. We ordered extra fries and yucca. Those never came. We let her know that we would still like the yucca but not the fries. She said ok but we still never got the yucca. I ordered a mimosa and what I got was pineapple juice. When we received our check she had on there the items we never received so she had to fix that also. Not a good expierence at all."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was delicious I had the oxtail and paella.."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "So we decided to give this place a third chance but as I suspected it was a "Third Strike"! To begin our evening, the beef turnover (empanada) we ordered was frozen in the middle. When we mentioned it to the server she acted as if she didn't care. We got the turnover after our meal arrived and she didn't bother to apologize. Once our meal arrived, we realized that that this visit wouldn't be any different from our previous ones... My wife had the oxtail and I had the skirt steak. The oxtail was tough. The sauce was also a dark black as if it was burnt. The red beans had a watery broth. They left the bay leaves in our beans (big no no )since we each had at least 2-3 leaves in our beans. Uninspiring food. We will not return!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My party of 4 went with the goal to dance and have a few drinks on a Friday night. We had some awesome Mojitos and Margaritas with some very tasty Cuban appetizer platters. The empenadas were so full and flavorful! I truly wanted to have a full dinner however we came for the dancing and drinks tonight. It was a real treat. The culture is true to it's Cuban origins from the service staff down to the authentic Cuban band playing in the center dining area. This place is a real hidden gem in the South Charlotte area."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Atmosphere and service were excellent. Great music to be enjoyed by all."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "First time eating at "A Piece of Havana" and not my last. Unbelievable! Extremely good."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I cannot think of a better place for a group to meet or a couple to meet for great night!!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I am a second gen Cuban American and I wanted to share this with my Cuban father! When we arrived there were several over long tables set in front of the music, as if they were expected two large parties. The normal furniture was extended by very cheap looking folding tables and chairs. We didn't get offered drinks until we finally flagged a server down. There were many servers congregating together outside the kitchen. When we finally ordered, our meals were inconsistent. The chicken Hemingway was really dry, no sauce. The chicken Barcadi is a tasteless chicken breast on top of pasta Alfredo. We asked for extra Alfredo sauce which arrived more than ten minutes later. The empanadas, mariquitas, and Ropa Vieja were good. Music was good."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant for the first and we had a great experience there. The food was good, the atmosphere was fun and relaxing. I will definitely go back and recommend it to family and friends."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This is a Cuban restaurant but the food was more South American (Argentinian). Not bad but a little bland for Latin tastes, but this far North I guess it is to be expected, not authentic Cuban for sure. The service was inconsistent, slow and he forgot my drink order completely and had to be reminded several times for other items, it seemed just to be our server as others seemed to be quite attentive to their patrons. The live music was wonderful and added the right atmosphere to the place. We would return just for the music."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This was a disaster. Nothing on the menu was available. Didn't have ox tail stew, Cuban or miami sandwich or meatballs for the spaghetti. We even called to ensure they still had spaghetti and meatballs (very picky child eater). I will never dine here again. The server was the worse. We never got a refill and he never checked on us. We had to ask a hostesses for our check and pay with her. Just terrible."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We chose this restaurant for this year's office party. We have a colleague who plays in the jazz band on Friday nights. It was a wonderful setting, with delicious authentic food. The music was delightful and just the thing to put you in the holiday spirit. Everyone complimented the night and have requested to do it again next year. Perfect for an evening out!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The food here was completely underwhelming. I got some sort of chicken with plantains and yellow rice with vegetable. It was SO mediocre, I cannot even begin to describe. If I wanted a piece of chicken the size of my face with a pile of fried onions on it, I would just make it myself. This is NOT a place for foodies."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Great place to celebrate, enjoy dinner, and dance the night away. We had a great time."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "A Picece of Havana is a great place for yummy Cuban food, delicious (adult) beverages and good local entertainment. Don't let the location fool you. Park. Go inside and enjoy. My family and I plan to visit often."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The service was very good, always available when needed and friendly. I had vaca frita, which is supposed to be beef that has been boiled and then grilled but it was very greasy. I chose ripe plantain/maduros and black beans, the beans were great and the 4 pieces of maduro were tasty but scarce. My husband had mahi filet which was mostly good with fried yuca (he got only 3 pieces!) and congris (beans and rice mixed) which was good. Their cuban coffee is really tasty. The music was very good, the band went on until 10pm and then the dj mixed music, about 50 per cent latin, a lot of fun! I wouldn't recommend what I ate this time but their Ajiaco soup is to die for. I'd recommed it for latin music lovers."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food was good but far short of what Cuban cuisine is like. Not that I expected it to be like the ones in Miami, but I expected better. I would definitely recommend it and I will go back, but not any time soon."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "If you love seafood paella, you need to go to A Piece of Havana. Having tried the paella at all of the Spanish restaurants in Charlotte, I can say without a doubt that this Cuban restaurant serves the best Valencia-style paella in Charlotte. My wife, who lived in Spain during her teens and whose father is from Spain, wanted to have a large paella for her father's 80th birthday celebration. After some web searching, we found A Piece of Havana. We went to try out the paella in the restaurant prior to buying a large amount for the party, and it was fantastic. We also tried the yuca, the tostones, and black beans. Everything was excellent, and, yes, we did order the large paella for the party - which was also excellent. Everyone loved it."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "This is really good restaurant tucked away in a strip mall. Food/ambiance very good, very authentic. Service pretty good, waiter very attentive at first but towards end of meal sort of ignored us. No one waiting so we didn't feel we had to rush out. Very open restaurant so little noisy but not annoying. Music started at 7 and was nice touch, not overbearing. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "This is my 3rd visit to this restaraunt and have not been let down once. The food is awesome and the service is just as great. If you are thinking about dining here I would definitely say give them a try. Do not forget to try out the Sangria, it is the best around."
    Dined on 10/26/2013