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Havana 1957
Havana 1957

Havana 1957 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havana1957.com
  • Phone: (305) 503-3828
  • Hours of Operation: Daily Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 9:00am - 1:00am; Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am
    Breakfast 9.00 - 11.45 am
    Lunch 11.45 - 5pm
    Dinner 5pm to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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  • Parking: No
A word from Havana 1957
Welcome to Havana 1957, real and authentic Cuban flavors located at one of the most popular corners in South Beach; Española Way.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We had reservations and arrived a little early so we had drinks at the bar. We waited at the bar endlessly and would probably still be there now. Thank goodness We left and had dinner somewhere else. From what I observed the service is very slow as well. The restaurant is extremely small inside if you don't want to sit in the sidewalk and Inhale car fumes while eating or getting wet when it rains. I would never ever go to this place again, not even for drinks."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Havana 1957 was a great find for us! We loved everything about it from the neighborhood, ambience, service, host, food -- all PHENOMENAL!!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was amazing!!! The best Cuban food I have ever had!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding, but at one point I noticed the manager gesturing to our server about our table...it was packed and they were looking to turn it over. At that point we opted to hold off on dessert and move on."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Good was decent , my steak could of been seasoned better . Shrimp were good . No effort by the staff to check me in on my open table reservation"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I wish we could fly to Miami every weekend to eat here!! Food and service were both above my expectations"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "On a visit to South Beach with our grown sons had a terrific dinner at Havana 1957. Loved sitting outside though the inside looked even more authentic. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were seated outside and the staff were friendly. It was great people watching. But the food was so-so. I had the Cuban steak and, while I didn't expect a choice cut, it was very tough and hard to chew. If came with a pile if rice and some plantains. Nothing to write home about. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Abbiamo mangiato benissimo, il personale è stato carinissimo, gentile e disponibile...trattati come a casa di amici! Mariana è stata squisita!!! Per non parlare poi della musica...io e mia moglie non riuscivamo a non ballare, anche con la forchetta in mano! Fantastico...e abbiamo speso il giusto...meno di 100 dollari per un antipasto misto per due e due piatti completi di carni, fagioli, riso, e una caraffa di buonissima sangria! Imperdibile!!! Grazie. Stefano e Giulia."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "If you drop a napkin or finish a dish... it's gone in 30 seconds or less. Quite an operation and great food. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were excited to try Havana 1957 and were told that this was the original location. The food was good, but the service and experience was lousy. Our waitress wanted only to push the specials and then be done with us. We were rushed from one course to another and then ignored when we turned down dessert to finish the sangria we barely had time to drink with the rushed food. Espanola Way has many restaurants and I would not return to this one."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We added a child to our party at the last minute and the stuff was wonderfully accommodating. Set us up with a table on the Española side with a high chair so we weren't in anyone's way. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We each ordered sandwiches which were way overpriced even for Miami Beach standards. Aside from our server, no one seemed to be very welcoming or friendly. I loved the name of the restaurant and was very hyped about going here, but we've had far better cuban food. They now have 4 locations. I'm wondering if this is having a negative effect on this location."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Havana 1957 was a great find really close to our hotel in South Beach. The neighborhood feel is great and even eating inside you feel like you're out by the street which is busy with walkers but not cars. The food is wonderful and very traditional Cuban. We had a combo appetizer that gave us a chance to taste many options. The fried plantaines and tamal were especially good. We followed that with the chicken special which is marinated for a day and cooked four hours. It was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Cute liitle place on pedestrian street Espanola Street. It's a small place with amazing food! The inside loos like a Cuban restaurant/bar and they also have tables outside, they play nice cuban music, and the food was really good, we had the "Lechoncito" (pork) which comes with rice and sauteed onions and it was DELICIOUS!! the "Mariquitas" (plantain chips with a garlic/lemon sauce) and ahi Tostones were really good too, not to metion the Mojito pitcher. I hear they are famous for their "Vaca Frtia" but we couldn't eat anymore so we'll have to go back :) Desserts are nothing special, but who has room for it anyway when the food is so good!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "From the drinks to the food.. Delicious. Only thing is that my table was ok most on the street, but none the less best date night ever. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was my first visit to this establishment. I found it through an online search of best Cuban restaurants of Miami. I was pleased I could book a reservation through "Open Table." Nestled in the heart of Little Cuba, this restaurant offers a great view of the feel of Miami. The location is prime. The good is authentic and the ambience is fantastic. Definitely a winning restaurant. One thing that I did not like was the 18% gratuity already added to my bill. That automatic service charge does not give customers the option to leave a tip based on traditional service."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "A bit disappointed that rum and cachaca were the only alcoholic libations but if you like those, the list was fantastic. The chicken soup was delicious, flavorful, lots of shredded chicken and veggies. The meat was greasy but tasty but caused some serious stomach upset - I'd been on the islands for a week without any repercussions from the food. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Perfect setting. Attentive waitstaff. The special chicken dinner needs to be shared. Too big. Came with plain rice. Gravy on chicken was good but I only needed one not two pieces so it's a value for 2 ppl. Nice cup of beans with it. It was same as husbands Black bean soup appetizer. The pork he had was wonderful. Plantain chips and yucca were great. My meal has sweet fried plantains that were like a dessert! Didn't order Mojito but they really push these - expensive but looked good. All the Cuban locals at our Hotel still say this is a good place - just a bit expensive since for tourists. Also told us of David's or Davis Cafe so look at that one in South Beach to compare. It's where Cuban locals eat, less expensive and great food."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My husband and I were on a short vacation in South Beach. Found Havana 1957 on Open Table from home. Then our hotel recommended it as well. Great outside table for people watching. Food was fantastic - both dishes recommended by waiter. Signature chicken and shrimp dishes. Delicious and not as pricey as many of the South Beach hotel restaurants. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Authentic Cuban dining at friendly outdoor restaurant on quaint Española Way in South Beach felt like we were having dinner in Havana. Romel, our waiter, was the best!!! He was enthusiastic and very helpful with food suggestions. The mojitos were out of this world! The martini was worthy of James Bond! The lechon asado and the churrasco were terrific. The chicken special was tasty but a bit dry (sorry...). The flan was just like my grandmother used to make. And the wonderful Cuban coffee... what can I say... topped off the great meal perfectly. My best dining experience in South Beach during our vacation. Gracias, Romel!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our service was wonderful, and the food was great. What a fun place!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is definitely a nice place for some authentic Cuban food. We asked to sit outside and they felt badly for having us wait at the bar for 20 minutes. For somebody who is used to 30-60 minute waits in DC I was unfazed. However, do ask to get an outside table on Espanola Way and not along Washington Ave!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The ambience is perfection: 1957 in Havana! :-) The food - skirt steak (exquisitely seasoned), white rice, black beans, and fried plantains - was delicious! Lots of activity with high noise level, but that is no doubt normal for most any evening on South Beach. Inside, where we ate, is small and "tightly packed," so not much room at our very small table for four. Waiters/waitresses brushed past me as they moved about doing their work. Still, a great experience! (One huge distraction for us while dining was that patrons at the table next to us ignored their small child who wandered around taking pictures, oblivious to the waiters and waitresses carrying heavy trays laden with dishes. Several times, waiters had to dodge the child!)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was so fast it was most certainly previously prepared. We had it before our sangria that we ordered at the same time! Regardless, it was delicious and this place is amazing."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Everything we had was good. There was an automatic gratuity added to our bill and this did not prevent our server from giving us great service. We checked in on four square and got 10% off our bill!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great server that explained all the dishes and gave good recommendations that we ordered. The appetizers were the absolute best (we shared the appetizer sample- highly recommended!)"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food is not South Beach's strength, but here and there you find a good place. This is not one of them. The food is expensive, in keeping with the neighborhood, but even a simple steak sandwich left a lot to be desired, price aside. The mojito is good, but probably not worth the price when you can twice as much at a happy hour. Go elsewhere. Espanola Way is charming, and the service was fine. This was my least favorite meal during a four-day trip."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I had a wonderful time at Havana 1957 on a recent trip to Miami Beach. The food was great and the cocktails were delicious. It was great to sit outside and be transported to Cuba with the rich flavors of the dishes."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Havana 1957 truly has to be visited at least once when in South Beach. It's a shame we left it until our last night!! We booked a table outside, which added to the whole experience. Our waiter was really helpful and gave us some great recommendations.. The best of which has to be their Mojito using one of their top rums, $2 extra, but the best $2 you're spend!! Great scene, great staff, great Mojitos, great food.. That sums it up really.... GO"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and the recommendation made by the waiter staff. My only minor complaint was the gratuitous 18% self tip. Other then that I would still recommend it."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent cuban food with a good vibrant ambiance on Spaniola Way! Great place highly recomend it!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Charming Cuban restaurant in a trendy neighborhood of Sobe. Wonderful ambience and terrific people watching on a busy Saturday evening. We had a great waiter and tried several of the Cuban specialties. Loved the Sangria!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were seated in the corner by the food pick up window which was not ideal. The waiters were hovering at our table, not to help but to pick up orders. The Tamale was excellent."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Our favorite place to eat in South Beach. The first place we eat when we arrive and always come back for more. The service is always friendly and fast. The special chicken is the best chicken anywhere in the world (IMHO). Try to get a table outside on Espanola Way to get away from the traffic noise on Washington St."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We think that we could take an experience to travel cube staying in Miami. Waitres service is outstanding... he has recommended as "Pollo especial de la casa" & "Lechon asado" two typical Cubean disches... of cour sharing with a nice Mojito"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I. always, stop by Havana 1957 for dinner when I'm in South Florida. It is one of the highlights because the food is delicious and very consistent. Lots of energy and great atmosphere on the street."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I selected Havana 1957 for a recent bachelorette party dinner based on the reviews, and was pleased with the selection! The location and ambiance were great, very vibrant and it was fun to be on Espanola Way. Our party split a couple of appetizers and then shared 4 entrees across 6 people and left full, but not stuffed. The "especial" combo with chicken and plantains was a hit with our group, as was the grouper with lime rice. The only complaint we might have is that the servers seemed eager to turn over our table, quickly gathering up our plates while some of us were still eating and finishing our drinks. That being said, I would recommend for groups of 6 or less!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was very good, we all enjoyed our entrees Service was fair. Waiter and other staff were very friendly. He forgot our appetizer completely and we had an inordinate wait to order coffee and desert. To top it off, they forgot we checked in so Open Table thought we no-showed. Oh well. I still liked the food but don't expect a lot from the service"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "In a city with a large Cuban population, this neighborhood gem is an easy walk from our South Beach hotel on Ocean Drive. We sampled from across the menu and enjoyed the variety of flavors we tasted. We asked to be seated on the sidewalk because it was a pleasant weather night to dine outside. Service was frequent enough to not be bothersome. The meal was enjoyable and relaxing. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/2/2014