A Piece of Havana
A Piece of Havana

A Piece of Havana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.apieceofhavana.com/
  • Phone: 7045887883
  • 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
A Piece of Havana reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (16)hot spot (11)great for lunch (11)fit for foodies (11)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (9)romantic (8)late-night find (7)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 132 reviews are from the A Piece of Havana reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authenti Cuban
    Finickyeater
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • energetic and tasty
    wineanddineme
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Met my expectations completely. It was like being on Calle Ocho in Miami. The food the latin music...Oh Yeah!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
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  • The food was delicious I had
    Jamgirl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was delicious I had the oxtail and paella..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salsa dancers come all!
    Fitch77
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    GourmetLouVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmosphere and service were
    Papi
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Atmosphere and service were excellent. Great music to be enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Harold
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    First time eating at "A Piece of Havana" and not my last. Unbelievable! Extremely good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I cannot think of a better place for a group to meet or a couple to meet for great night!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Embarrassing decline!
    YankeeFanVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate