Havana Koi
Havana Koi

Havana Koi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://havanakoi.com/
  • Phone: 9739988939
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Fields
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available. We offer a full selection of catering options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pine Street
  • Public Transit: The restaurant is right off of the Morristown train station stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Havana Koi
We are an upbeat friendly, casual Cuban-Fusion Restaurant, located right in the heart of Morristown, adjacent to the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
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Havana Koi reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (13)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Not worth going.
    daveVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service was adequate. Food was totally bland and tasteless. Portion size was small for cost and presentation was ordinary. Take your money somewhere else. There are many terrific restaurants in Morristown. This place will be gone before too long.
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  • Great Concept. Poor Execution.
    HoneymoonerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great concept b/c there isn't much competition for a Cuban style eatery in the Mo-town area. Nice decor helped to heighten my anticipation. We ordered a variety of tapas, empanadas, & skewers which were mediocre at best. Pork belly was at temperature (safe to eat) but very much undercooked w/ the top layer being excessively chewy/tacky. The rest of our plates were far from cult status leaving plenty of room for improvement. Next, we ordered the tempura whole bass, but were told that they didn't have it in stock (on a Friday night??). Then we ordered the Miso crusted fish & were again disappointed that there was none in stock. That's when we started doubting the freshness of our tapas (tuna crudo & scallops). They need a better chef.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very inconsistent
    2ndbreakfastVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We've eaten at Havana Koi twice now. The first time the food was excellent: interesting choices, and everything we tried was really good. We especially loved the mango and Asian pear salad: crisp, delicious, with clear flavors of mango and Asian pear. The second time was a strong disappointment: we shared 6 of the smaller dishes (a mix of salads, small plates, and sides); two were good, three were so-so, and the mango and Asian pear salad was dismal: a barely detectable trace of mango, a slimy dressing, and so much raw onion that we couldn't taste the Asian pear at all. We'll wait a while and try them again -- maybe this last time was the chef's night off.
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  • Great to try
    Reviews
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our waiter was very pleasant. I liked the fusion. Menu was a bit small. Loved the flank steak appetizer. Would go back for those.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Alfresco at Havana Koi
    SusanG
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had dinner on the outside terrace the other night. The appetizer lettuce wedge salad with chorizo and blue cheese, crackling pork and miso fish entrees were fabulous! For dessert we tried the dulce de leche cheesecake which did not have any caramel taste. When we told the server, she brought a flan in its place which was wonderful! The setting was nice, although the table was a bit rocky and unstable. One recommendation is to have candles or lighting of some kind as it gets dark. It was very difficult to see what we were eating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some small plates before the show!
    foodiegurl56
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A refreshing change from the usual Italian or Steak house in Morristown! Great to sit outside on a nice summer night and enjoy some interesting Cuban style small plates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor
    Et123
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The employees were so nice I'm sad to write a bad review. The food was terrible fried calamari was the only edible item, even the virgin mojito and desert was not good.
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  • ApkmVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If going on a show night, be sure to let your server know immediately and get there earlier. We observed many disgruntled patrons who were still waiting for food and had a show to get to. The arepas and empanadas were good. I wouldn't recommend the crispy beef appetizer. It had an unusual texture and flavor. The ropa vieja and braised chicken entrees were both enjoyable. Great red sangria. Service wasn't very attentive. Overall it was a decent experience and would consider returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat!
    TheTomten
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We took a chance on this one after reading mixed reviews. Three of us filled up on tapas, sitting outside on a beautiful night. We arrived at 7:30, with a reservation. It was crowded but the service was just fine. We were visiting from out of town and wish this one was closer to our home. The only glitch was it doesn't serve alcohol, but they volunteered to run out to the store down the street for wine or beer. Ove of our party ran out instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    LW07
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Horrible service which ruined the experience. Food was ok but the horrible service ruined everything. The sangria was awful as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun!
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The appetizers where very good - angry clams and beef kebab. The pork shank was very good, but the creole chicken was just OK. We would not recommend the Cuban fries. limp and sugary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun but not romantic
    Savortheflavor
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Delicious food, proficient staff, but we went on friend's referral and booked for romantic night out. This is more a place for groups, we'll definitely go back though
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    Huhttev
    Dined on 5/31/2014
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    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 9 reviews are from the Havana Koi reviews archive.
  • Always Fun
    jmmM
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is my third visit. The food and service have been consistently good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice addition to Morristown
    hhmag
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I ate there last Sat night and was over all pleased. Unfortunately, it was a bit too cool to sit outside, and with the dining room packed its a bit loud, but folks are enjoying themselves. We had Angry Clams, a wedge salad, Ropa Vieja with a side of black beans, and Pork Shank. All very good, but really liked the clams, and Ropa with the beans. Would definitely go back especially to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I t was very crowded and noisy because people were there for dinner before going to a performance in the theater next door.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot, great location
    LL318
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Really cute restaurant in a perfect location! The staff was super nice and attentive. Food was very good and nice size portions. Appetizers are a good size (enough to share with someone else). Sangria was ok. Desert (flan) was amazing! Cuban coffee is so good! Wasnt really a fan of the seating in the back, but everything else was awesome!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Head Chefs Matter
    SamchildVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was our second trip to Havana Koi, the first earning the newly opened restaurant strong admiration from my family. The second time around, things were a bit different, although, as I later discovered, for very understandable reasons. On our first trip, food was prepared by the restaurant's executive chef, and the experience was very impressive -- food quality, flavor and texture combinations, preparation, plating, service, overall ambience. This time, as it turned out, the executive chef was out due to a death in his family, and the restaurant fell down on service (substantially), preparation (somewhat) and plating (moderately). We will return, but only after checking to make sure the chef is in town.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who would have thought?
    SamchildVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Cuban fused with Asian really works! After overcoming an initial inability to work the OpenTable system, the team at Havana Koi made our evening very pleasant. I had the mussels and the grilled romaine salad, Linda had the Asian pumpkin and chicken spring rolls and the beef picadillo empanada. Flavors worked together -- sauces complimented rather than dominated, food was perfectly prepared (except for the mussels which could have been served warmer) and very well-plated, and an inventively-designed interior finished off the effect. I must say the grilled romaine salad was the best I have had anywhere - a real treat if you are enticed by the fusion of pineapple, mango salsa and roasted garlic. Strong launch bodes well for future visits.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diverse Menu
    Easy2please
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    There is a wide selection and every menu item is well presented, prepared, and tastes good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for a 1st time, will be back
    prm8VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Restaurant is just 3 weeks openned. Many good things going for them and a great potential due to the incredible care of the owners and wait staff. Our food came out on the cold side and way too fast (most restaurants ask you how you want the food to come out, we were not but we should have asked....my bad). When ordering, tell them how you want food to come out and insist on it being served hot. The Tres Leches and the Flan are incredible.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not very good at all......
    sbrandano
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I took my 5 year old daughter here after a show next door. Ordered calamari with sweet sauce which my she loves and got calamari with some sort of vinegar flavored salsa/salad on top of it. It was horrible and made the calamari soggy and inedible. The sauce was spicy hot and not sweet. I ordered churrasco skewers and shrimp/scallop skewers. They were not bad, but both had very, very small pieces of meat. I ordered the $30 skirt steak as an entree and after 40 mins. got 5 very thinly sliced pieces of skirt steak, paper thin maybe 1/8" thick on a plate with 2 cheese and bread puffs of some sort. The food was very disproportionate to the pricing. $100 meal for 2 was expensive and very disappointing. Service was ehh..would not recommend.
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