Havana 1957
Havana 1957

Havana 1957

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havana1957.com/
  • Phone: 3055033828
  • 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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Havana 1957 reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (25)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (14)hot spot (14)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (8)scenic view (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • fun & funky at reasonable prices
    HollyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    You do not come to Miami and skimp on the Cuban. The whole experience was made brighter by our friendly and endearing waiter who walked us through the menu like we were his new best friends. The food was stellar, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Debbie2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Walked here (just a couple blocks from Loews Miami) and dined on some of best Cuban we have ever had. Mixed appetizer platter fantastic. Ropa Vieja and Signature Chicken Dishes were plenty to split among 3. Dont miss out on drinks - mojitos in every flavor - husband had watermelon and I had an original and my daughter had a non-alcoholic. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for South Beach
    Mary
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant is in a good location for strolling and people watching, located three blocks from Lincoln Road Mall. Service was prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. The food was good--nothing extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed it
    Kjvaca
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. This was my first Cuban meal. Didn't love the food, but maybe Cuban food just isn't my favorite. I expected stronger spices and seasoning, but what do I know? Again, we enjoyed our time at Havana 1957.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The House Special Chicken
    Wanderman
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Chicken so soft mulch like butter in your mouth. I was almost convinced I could cut it with a fork! Great food in the heart of South Beach, a trip back In time. Great for local dining and The perfect winter formal evening out for when you have guests in town. A true flavor of the American Caribbean. Five star casual Cuban evening out for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a small group
    Katrina
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We wanted to try Cuban food and loved this place. The mango mojito was the best :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    newrestaurants
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My friend wanted to take me to a good Cuban restaurant while in South Beach, and the front desk of the Betsy Hotel recommended Havana 1957 at 405 Espanola Way--just walking distance from the hotel. What a wonderful treat this restaurant turned out to be! They serve cold water and delicious crisp plantain chips to start. I ordered their Havana 1957 Specialty which was a traditional roasted chicken in their wonderful Cuban gravy served with white rice, black beans, salad and sweet plantains and it was out-of-this-world delicious. The chicken was so moist and tender and delicious that if fell off the bone. DO NOT miss having dinner here while in South Beach! A real treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelent food!
    Vinimehl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere and great spot right on the corner of Spanola. The place is always packed, make sure you make a reservation before showing up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Lino62
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were advice to take the house specialty and it was just a regular chicken not even tasty. It is a really commercial restaurant.
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  • Not what we expected
    Ldiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went here with our kids the other night. Service was good and the food was fine but it wasn't the Cuban experience we were hoping for. Very touristy street and the restaurant was part of this. Depends what you're looking for.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bazildog
    Bazildog
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food, little pricey but very energetic and dynamic touristy environment. Do not expect a quite romantic meal. Sit on street with high foot traffic or in small compact dinning area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and kid friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nice restaurant. It is cozy (read small) but very cute. We were traveling in town and wanted to try some Cuban food at a place where we could take our 6 year old. We have this place a try and it didn't let us down. They have a kids menu of three items but really that's all you need when you have a little kid dining with you. If you go definitely try their chicken special. It's delicious. Their Moros is fantastic too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy
    Matt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This Havana was located at the corner of Espanola way. Price was discouraging and their thin steak was awful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had such a good time!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great ambiance and great food. Came here with a group of 10 girls - many of us trying cuban food for the first time and we absolutely loved it. Service was great and we all enjoyed our dishes. Plus, the location of the restaurant was perfect. Espaniola way was such a cute and vibrant street. We'll definitely be coming back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific Cuban food
    MattVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A great selection of Cuban cuisine at very reasonable prices. Portions are good size. Service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Havana 1957
    Bettyfdz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Havana 1957 was a great restaurant to dine in. The place is small, and it was too hot to sit outside, but the waiter and the ambiance made the dining experience outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Havana 1957 too institutional!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Unfortunately, our experience was underwhelming. The food seemed pre-prepared and reminded us of a cafeteria. Too bad because the concept is terrific.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • buen restaurant comida cubana
    EXCELENTE
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    bien ubicado, buen servicio, precios un poco caro porque la comida no es excelente, es buena nada mas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    Kevin
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I was disappointed and felt let down after all the reviews I had looked at. Maybe just not my style. Food showed no passion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Judi
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our last night in Miami and we hadn't had any Cuban food? Impossible! We went online a did a search for the best Cuban food in Miami and the name of this restaurant kept coming up at the top of everyone's list, with not a single poor review to be found. The food here was impeccable. Huge portions served very casually, very friendly and helpful service, great sidewalk cafe seating in the heart of buzzing Washington Ave., and a perfectly curated selection of aged rums. I ordered the Lechon Asado, a slow-roasted pork dish smothered in sau·téd onions and served with moro rice and soft, unctuous yuca. Comfort food at its best! My husband ordered Churrasco a la Cubana and cleaned his plate! Get the flan for dessert- thick, rich and creamy!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best food in town
    mikesantadumit1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    my wife and I love the food, we sat out side no issues , the service is great. I had the panonillas and wife had the chicken Classico. The mojo is excellent the wife had the white sangria- could be a little
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly disappointed
    Buba12
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
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  • 2ND TIME, Food and Service was ok
    Luv2spoil
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Visit NY again and decide to go back to Havana. As always this is a laud place so if you want to chat, you better be ready to scream. which had no taste and was cold. Service is always slow but that is a known issue so they met expectations
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Cuban Food!!
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My partner and I recently dined here and I must say the boiled yuca is excellent there, best I ever had. I had the fish of the night and my partner had the bife, a thin but large slice of great beef. Both were very good and came with authentic rice and beans. The mojitos are totally necessary if you've never had sugar cane before, although I think they were a bit overpriced for the size. I guess that's South Beach for you, though. Española Way is excellent for people watching. We actually saw Jason Mamoa (who played Khal Drago in Game of Thrones) walk right by our table to get a cigar next door, totally star struck! We highly recommend this place, great location and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FIND!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Havana 1957 was a great find for us! We loved everything about it from the neighborhood, ambience, service, host, food -- all PHENOMENAL!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!!
    Atomicjh
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was amazing!!! The best Cuban food I have ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 82 reviews are from the Havana 1957 reviews archive.
  • Good food , room for improvement
    Angst
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Tillmoore2014VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I wish we could fly to Miami every weekend to eat here!! Food and service were both above my expectations
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dinner
    ColoradoDave
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun area but lackluster food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meraviglioso!
    StevieB
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    jivewrh
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating for Kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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  • A bit rushed...
    2dinersVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but not awesome
    karenandgrady
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood Cuban
    DrChris
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioius Cuban!!
    Bombi
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best authentic Cuban food ever!
    Datenight
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
    Zonk690VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.