Havana 1957
Havana 1957

Havana 1957

  • 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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Havana 1957 reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (22)hot spot (21)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (13)great for lunch (6)special occasion (6)scenic view (6)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Why is there always a crowd here?
    dms11VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Havana 1957 on Espanola is definitely a hot spot...always a crowd and a wait for seating. I am at a loss to understand why. I have eaten here twice now and the food is mediocre at best. The first time I had the "house specialty" roasted chicken. There was nothing special about it. This time, I decided not to let the server talk me into anything and ordered polla plancha. Again, rather tasteless and dry. My wife was talked into ropa vieja, a pork dish that tasted as bad as it looked...a slop of pork on her plate. She could not eat it. Plus, the noise level here is so loud you can hardly hear what the person across the table is saying. This place is basically a tourist trap for those who want Cuban food, but I would avoid it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not my Choice
    culinarykitten
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was not my type of restaurant or food. The flavor of the yucca root was off-putting. I'm also not a fan of chains. It was my fault for taking the easy solution. Other people seemed very happy with it.
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  • Thank You.
    JPNC
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We visited this restaurant on the recommendation of a colleague. It was really great. Ambulance, the service and the food were top notch. I would certainly recommend their "Specialty of the House" (chicken) as well as their Mohitos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place for Cuban food
    Bdd1989VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was really good here especially if you like Cuban cuisine. They have all different flavored Mojitos at the bar and The food portions are very generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    When we first arrived, they took us to a poor table inside which we refused (was surprised as we had made the reservation thru Open Table) We wanted to sit outside where most of the tables are -- we were told there was a 20 minute wait -- we started to take a walk & another sweet hostess came over & said to wait they would have a table in a few minutes which they did -- the food was very good -- pork much better than @Lario's & less expensive -- shrimp & chickeb dishes all good --mojitas were also quite good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun resturant on Espanola Way
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was just OK. I realize this is somewhat of a tourist destination, but the vibe seemed so fun that we had to try it out. Service was terrible-- our waiter disappeared after taking our order. Other waiters would make eye contact with us but quickly rush past the table when we tried to get their attention for a second drink or our check. We had to go to the hostess stand to obtain our check, which had 18% gratuity added. It was so frustrating because we were only in town for the weekend and just wanted some big mojitos before going out on South Beach!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Authentic Cuban
    KARANDTARVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We didn't want much for lunch, so we split a Cuban sandwich and got the yucca fries and tostones. Everything was delicious. Wish we had tried the specialty chicken. We saw several orders go by our table and it looked delicious. If there is one drawback it's that the inside seating is tight. We were seated near the door and the servers walked in and out the door right behind me, oftentimes bushing my chair to do so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 93 reviews are from the Havana 1957 reviews archive.
  • 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
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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.
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    kid-friendly
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  • 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
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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
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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
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    good for groups
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  • 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.
  • 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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    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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    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
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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.