Cafe Havana
Cafe Havana

Cafe Havana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafehavanali.com/
  • Phone: 6316706277
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Monday-CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Ramon Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: CAKES/PASTRIES Are Not Allowed To Be Walked In By Our Guest.
    Cafe Havana Offers freshly baked tropical Cakes for any special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ledgewood Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking
A word from Cafe Havana
Imagine being on a tropical island, Listening to Latin Jazz played softly in the background as you indulge yourself in the most exquisite meals and drinks this island has to offer. Well now you can experience the taste of the Caribbean right in your neighborhood. Cafe Havana will transport You there without ever leaving your seat. With the palm trees surrounding you and the wide variety of food to choose from you will feel like you have been transported to a tropical island. The menu consists of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Spanish influences. Come savor all the food we offer and don"t forget to order our famous mojito made in the most traditional way. The warm atmosphere and friendly service will capture you. Once you get transported to the Caribbean you will never want to leave. We hope to see you here soon!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Cafe Havana reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (69)good for groups (59)fit for foodies (57)romantic (57)neighborhood gem (49)hot spot (30)late-night find (25)vibrant bar scene (14)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was excellent, service was awesome even with a party of 25 in my section, they were very attentive. Great atmosphere. I had a 6pm reservation and was seated right away. I will definitely be back with plenty of friends to join in on this wonderful place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service
    hj816
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent choice. The only minus is loud. If you don't mind the noise then this is a home run. Will go back again
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great ambience, excellent service and quality food at affordable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were a party of nine. Everyone had a very good time. It was a birthday celebration. The food was very good and the service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice treat
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When my fiancé and I went there we had a good time. It was very loud though. Seemed like every mom and dad from port Jeff to Smithtown was there in groups. Lol. It was fun though. Just wish it wasn't so loud there. Maybe we would have been better off going earlier. Our reservation was at 7:30. The food was great! Our server was great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service & delicious food.
    Tleeny
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our server was top notch and was very helpful when made aware of dietary requests such a gluten free etc. Looking forward to returning and trying other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food/wait is too long
    CafeHavana
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had an 8:30p reservation which we arrived 5 minutes early. The hostess kept saying you'll be seated in a few minutes. After waiting 10 minutes I asked what's a few minutes and she said 2 more minutes because they are cleaning off the table. Another 15 minutes went by and she said oh they're setting up the tables now. (VERY FRUSTRATING) We didn't get seated until after 9. We placed our food and drink orders 15 minutes after being seated. We didn't receive our food until an hour later, which was after 10pm. Keep in mind that the place closes at 11pm. Overall the food was amazing but the wait time was horrible. It was also my birthday :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I used to come here before it was renovated and when they used to have the live band playing latin music. I now came for the first time since then just to find out they no longer play. Very disappointed, not the same feel. I came on a saturday nite and the noise level was unbareable! We couldn't hear ourselves talk, it was terrible. The food was good, not great and the service, well we waited 1 1/2 hrs for our dinner. Not acceptable!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Crystal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to celebrate with family and choose this restaurant for its delicious menu. Our waiter was very attentive. Service was very good. Would definitely come back and recommend to anyone looking for a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    this was our first experience here. The reception upon arrival was welcoming and the table service was spectacular! The food was fabulous. Will absolutely be back. Planning on bringing friends next time and staying for the lounge experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try this place
    Hgrabkow
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food is "off the hook". Portions are large and service is pleasant. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I took my daughter and friends to dinner and it was wonderful. Food was delicious, drinks were amazing and couldn't beat the service. I will definately be going back and would highly recommend this great restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great good, device
    QuietCoupleVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had dinner on a Tuesday night. Cafe Havana was not at all crowded. The food, Cuban and Puerto Rican, was excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. The only downside: it was noisy. The acoustics are not great and the party at the table next to us was loud. Much improved over the last time (pre-renovation) that we visited. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Going Back!
    Gina
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was outstanding! From the moment we entered until we left, the staff was attentive, informative and professional, yet personable & friendly. It was a great gastro-experience. One flaw in my opinion - their Mango Mojito wasn't as fabulous as expected, their base recipe can use "fine-tuning".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food
    Timb516
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great tasting food everything is delicious nothing over seasoned or too salty, not the cheapest restaurant but definitely worth the money
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was great, the service was great and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cookie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The waitress was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu. The food was fresh and delicious. The Fire Clams and Pinapple Pinchos appetizers were a great way to kick off the meal. Our entrees were cooked perfectly to our specifications. The Red Sangria is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our party of 5 enjoyed our meals and thought the food was delicious. The presentation was impressive and our waiter was attentive. We all agreed we would come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Ambiance
    Chloej
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went here for the first time since the renovation for a friends low-key Bachelorette Dinner. Requested a corner table (quiet) and it was perfect. The food was excellent - everyone enjoyed everything especially the coconut shrimp, Paella, Steaks, salads, etc. Service was attentive & the ambiance was nice - it is Cuban themed by not overdone, very classy. And the downstairs dancefloor sounded like a lot of fun, but we didn't get to check it out. Will definitely be going here again for a nice night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luna51
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was excellent. We started with the coconut appetizer and beef empanada, delicious! Our main entrees were great too - Shrimp Ajillo, Shrimp and Scallop special with Chipotle sauce, Shredded Beef with sauce and sweet plaintains - so good! The Havana Bananas dessert was incredible! The presentation of the food was wonderful and the cocktails were good - geat mojitos. Very comfortable environment, loved the decor, service was great - definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Envy244
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service was amazing! Good service and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timer
    missfete
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had dinner here last night for friends birthday. Great Cuban food, Cool ambience...loved the conga bar stools! Service was decent, food reasonably priced. After dinner went downstairs to party for free, nice space, bartender made fresh mojitos $10/each. DJ wasnt bad, top 40 mixed with classic party music. Only downside really was the crowd, not enough people. I recommend this spot on a Friday or Saturday night to people in their late 20s-30s who are looking for a nice local spot. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic and casual
    lito
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The staff was very friendly and accomodating, the food had a nice presentation, and it tasted very delicious. Mostly groups and couples are seen, if you dont mind the noise, then its ok. Our server was amazing and very friendly. Overall it was good
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dianacecc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very good food and the personnel were great. There were a couple of big parties there that slowed down the delivery of the meal but the servers told us about it which was no problem because we were having a great time as the drinks were very tasty. The only negative was it was a little loud in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Rico
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My wife is part Cuban, and we took her mom who is Cuban here. She thought it was great. Food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Susie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Really nice for special occasions, good service. Love it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Willbeback
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've been there three times since they reopened and everytime its been a great experience. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves great food and service. Good variety of food and its not done half way just to fill a menu. Chef is great and the food is cooked and prepared just right. Keep up the good work everyone who works hard at makeing it happen, we will definitely continue going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    alwayshungry
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food is delicious, especially the appetizers and the portions are very generous. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Different
    Adrock0017VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Rarely do I indulge in Cuban or Puerto Rican cuisine so I don't feel comfortable commenting on authenticity. That said, I love that this place exists here on the Island. The restaurant itself is well appointed, the menu well thought out, the staff well educated, and the complimentary fried plantain chips...YES! I went with just a basic Cuban Sandwich which have been hit or miss with me at other Cuban restaurants in the past. This one was certainly a hit. Served as two monster halves this sandwich is more than enough for most to bring home leftovers. I on the other hand couldn't resist from finishing the whole thing. For a guy like me who doesn't often stray from the LI norm Cafe Havana is a great refreshing spot offering something different
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My New Favorite
    NewFav
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was amazing. Great food, Great Drinks, Great waiter, will definitely be going back with a group of friends!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Rich
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my fourth time here. Everything I have ever ordered at this place has been absolutely delicious! Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    TirednessVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our daughter suggested this restaurant. What a find. The food was wonderful. So good in fact, we were sampling each other's. We did share an appetizer-although the portions are quite large & no need to add. Already decided what I'll try next time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love Cafe Havana
    EchevarriaTravel
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We found this a few years ago. We own Echevarria Travel in Brentwood, and have many friends in the music business that we come and hear like Sammy Gonzalez, Jr. Mambo Loco and Elegancia De La Salsa. We took our good friends and clients out for my husbands 64th birthday. And will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise
    fivestargem
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I Love Salsa music and a friend recommended we try this place. We expected good food...but upon the first bite....we fell in love. The atmosphere was great...The food exceptional and the service was great. We ended the night with a little dancing and it was so much fun. I wish the DJ would play more Salsa as that's what the crowd wanted...but it was still an AWESOME experience. We will be back very soon.....and with friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    NYJoe
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was very good, although not traditional Cuban. A bit pricey for what it was. The dessert was overpriced and not as good as I have had. Would recommend for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood find
    GinaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    If you are looking for a different style of cuisine, I would recommend trying Cafe Havana. The restaurant interior has appearance of a refined Latin/Caribbean. The service was good, food was good- although my mofungo was a bit dry, portion sizes were fair, however prices were overpriced for what was given (i.e. crabcake appetizer = $18).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food!
    JenH
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Although a bit pricey, this place was awesome! I can't wait to go back for more! The food was delicious and the portions sizes were huge! If you like Cuban food, this is definitely the place for you. Words cannot express how good the pork mofongo was. Superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    dchoy316
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was Great! Service was Great! Didn't wait long for our food.. definitely a place I would come back to and recommend to others!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not come back
    Cin427
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Completely disappointed. Food was great but waited over 1 hour to ger entrees. Once we were finally done eating waited another 30 minutes for the dessert MENU. Needless to say to get the check was another nightmare. Would not come back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MOFONGO
    Lovemofongo
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Churrasco mofongo was amazing!! & their mojitos are great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate