Havana
Havana

Havana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havanachicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 644-1900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday -Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm



    Friday 11:00am to 11:00pm, Music & Cocktails 11-2am



    Saturday 12:00pm to 11:00pm, Music & Cocktails 11-3am

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Cuban
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We cater to your home or office, private events and business meetings.

    For more information visit:

    http://havanachicago.com/site/private-parties
  • Private Party Facilities: Warm, cozy, and inviting private room available for special events, meetings, and all other occasions. Our space can accommodate small and large events with space for 45+ people.
  • Private Party Contact: Sabrina Baker-Ball 3126441900
  • Entertainment: Join Havana every Friday and Saturday for cocktails, dancing and live music from your favorite Chicago bands. No cover charge, music starts at 11pm and ends at last call!
  • Special Events: From making formal business proposals to clinking glasses with friends, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining special event.



    Our management team has extensive experience, and the ideal materials to work with a warm and inviting setting, distinctive food and unmatched service.



    Havana's event room can accommodate up to 45 people and is ideal for gathering around a pitcher of our famous mojito's! Guests may order à la Carte or work with us to create their own customized menus.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Hubbard & Kinzie on Wells
  • Public Transit: Blue/Orange/Green line: Clark & Lake

    Red line: Grand

    Brown line: Merchandise Mart

    Bus 22 South Bound: Clark and Hubbard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet services on weekends only, street and private lot parking available any day of the week.
A word from Havana
Located in the popular River North neighborhood of Chicago, Havana features a unique 1940s art-deco themed interior and large windows that showcase Clark Street. Along with the large variety of Cuban-American cuisine and specialty drinks, Havana also offers many delectable Cuban desserts and coffees to complement the perfect meal. Whether you're interested in trying the fresh Ceviche Mixto, or just want to share a night out with friends over our mouth-watering mojitos and live music, Havana is the perfect restaurant for you.
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Havana reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (27)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (17)special occasion (15)great for lunch (14)hot spot (14)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    MoniqueM
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Excellent meal and service. Cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food for reasonable price
    Lkc1
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    River north Neighborhood gem Good food selection at reasonable prices, including delicious black bean soup, great burger, salads, skirt steak to just mention a few. In addition for you coffee drinkers that too was yum yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great energy!
    Nacho
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was outstanding and the portions were not crazy-big. We had the traditional Ropa Vieja and it was delicious, we also tried a skirt steak that was marinated in tequila. Everything was fabulous including the mojitos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • riveras2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was good and the service outstanding. Good environment and great location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    LovelyMsMinoe
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The ambiance in the restaurant was dark and inviting for couples or anyone attempting to get cozy across the dining table. The food selection was great and for once my date did not have anything to complain about. Service was ok not stellar just suitable for the environment. Portion sizes were nice as well as the drinks! I would recommend this place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicioso! .
    songsiren
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Sabor a Cuba right here in Chicago. Highly recommended. I eat vegan and rate the yucca and the fried plantain appetizers 4.5 out of 5. Also had black beans and rice that were quite tasty. My dining companion, who hails from San Juan, said it reminded her of home. She enjoyed the crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum! One of our favorites!
    sarita
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I love the seafood mix paella.. And the mojitos!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to place...
    Bear
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I have been going here for 5 years now. Love the consistency and portions. Drinks, especially the mojitos, are wonderful. Dessert selection is also very good! Not uniquely Cuba only, but nonetheless excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    wealan
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Three of us met for dinner. Started with Ceviche and Guacamole as appetizers, both were delicious. The main courses we ordered were Pulled Pork, Pork Chops, and the skirt steak. Everyone was totally satisfied. As always a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Ichiban186VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Delicious variations on the theme; not Miami Cuban..Had the Havana Rosted Pulled Pork; it was a crispy shredded pork stacked atop jalapeño mashed potatoes, nestled in a cream corn- black bean sauce. Just the right blend of sweet, salty, and a slight bite. I could have taken it a little spicier, but most cannot. Service was terrific. It was very busy, but the staff was efficient, worked as a team, friendly and attentive. We had been here 2 years prior and had an excellent experience. They have kept up the same great standards. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Cuban food
    AuroraMomVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal here. The atmosphere was very relaxing and very Cuban. The drinks were awesome. Delicious Caipirinhas!! The service was excellent. We ordered the empanada appetizer, the Cuban salad and the Cuban sandwich and got the chocolate cake for dessert. Every was very tasty and generous portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok for drinks and apps
    Pippin
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We stuck to drinks and apps due to reading previous reviews. Shared the plantain chips with black beans and salsa along with the grilled calamari. Food was ok but nothing special. Portions were large, so this was more than enough for a meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paladares
    Shabba70
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This past weekend went to Chicago, and came across this great restaurant. I found it to be rather small but none the less a great place for something different. I've never had Cuban food, and was really impressed. The food was fantastic and the service was great. The menu is great and reasonably priced for what you get. I highly recommend this place for a romantic evening out and or a social outing with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tropical spot in Chicago!
    Jackiemr91VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The coconut mojitos here are fabulous! I love the ambiance here on the weekends as they have live music and makes you feel as though you are outside the cold/windy city of Chicago! This is a great place to come with a few friends for a light bite, good mojitos, and some dancing. The food here is also wonderful! I haven't tried a single thing I didn't enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The vibe in this place was energetic and the food fantastic. I would have scored it higher but our appetizer (calamari) was served lukewarm and the waitress took too long to handle that. Otherwise she was great and the food was great and we received a complimentary dessert. Terrific band too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go for the Roast Pork
    KCBluesAndFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The dining experience was a mixed bag. Very good service and the type of ambiance one imagines you would have in Cuba. The big disappointment was the food. We started out out meal with some chips with/pico, guacamole and a green sauce. The pico was to die for while the guac was ok. We must have gotten the bottom of the bag as 50% were crumbs. Very difficult to eat as finger food. Our guests shared the calamari salad which they raved over. For entres we had the chills relleno, empanada appetizer and the roasted Pork. The biggest disappointment was the pork. It was served luke warm and was both stringy and loaded with gristle. Cubans are known for their pork so this disappointment ended our meal on a down note.
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  • Great food!!
    TXFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent variety of options and the flavor of the food was awesome. Don't miss the pitcher of Mojitos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mojitos
    jkczyk
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Mojitos are the best! My pulled pork as a little dry but the mashed potatoes and sauce were outstanding. Good atmosphere. good service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sensational
    Suztastic
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and service were superb! An easy, fun environment that was perfect for a Friday night out for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual.....
    GordonScot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I hate to write this but Havana is just outstanding.....why do I hate to write that, because I'm afraid it will get so crowded we won't be able to get in. Our only complaint on this visit is the food service was slow and everything seemed a bit "off". Now our waiter was very attentive and checked on us regularly but the food took a while to come out and we ordered coffees with dessert but had to ask twice for them. We were in no hurry though so all was good. The Halibut was outstanding as usual and we ordered the Tilapia special that we hope becomes a mainstay on their menu, very good. Have to have the Guava Mojito.....melts in your mouth!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice & kinda authentic
    Jiggy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Being from Miami there are certain dishes you come to expect in a Cuban restaurant - and Havana doesn't have them all, but what they do have, they do well. The drinks are very tasty and the service is excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for Food but Noisy
    ChristyViewpointVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was excellent. The staff were well trained and very responsive. The decor is clean and refined. The motion are perfect. The only issue is the noise level. Very difficult to carry on a conversation with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Popular spot
    Conventioneer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife an I were in town for only 1 night and found this hotspot. Made a reservation for 930 but arrive at 8 to sit by the bar and enjoy freshly made mojitos. We decide in a pitcher which had a special price of $20. Appetizers and food was authentic and delicious. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waiter was an awesome guy, but he could have been a little more attentive. Outside of that, the food was phenomenal and a great date spot. Live music too. I've already recommended it to others. It is a little small on the inside, but no biggie. Get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Conan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Delightful meal at very reasonable price. Will definitely go back. Try the traditional Cuban fare. Terrific service. Staff are knowledgeable and really cared about our overall experience. The restaurant is noisy when full of happy people with pitchers of mojitos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not exactly Cuban but good food
    LizzyK
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is more of a combination of Mexican and Cuban but overall it's a nice place to get a feel for the Cuban food experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Havana!
    Travelingfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The only thing that would make it better, would be to a special for the night. Presentation was great, food was amazing but the capringa wasn't that good. It was ok but lacked the sugar taste and texture. We were seated fast and perfect weeknight dinner choice. I wish there was valet parking so we could have gotten there faster. So far my favorite Cuban place I'm the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DillPickleVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was so fantastic Saturday night that we are going back tonight, Monday. Many delicious items on the menu to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too good for words
    NotARealFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This food was so GREAT. Everything tasted so fresh. I'm originally from Miami and while I wouldn't put it up to par to that because it's a different type of Cuban (everyone makes things differently) it was great. It'll hold me off until I can find my way back. You've got to have one of their Mojitos. Each one was mixed perfectly. Not too much sugar, not too much/little rum and just enough lime juice. I had the Ropa Vieja. Probably one of my favorite Cuban dishes and it was fabulous. Seasoned perfectly. I wish I could've finished it all. And apparently it has live music until 3am. What more could you ask for? This has definitely become a favorite for me when I visit Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food. If you like flavor, this is your spot. Fun neighborhood gem. Really liked the appetizers, mojitos by the picher and all the entrees. Everyone in our party left full and happy. Definite thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Cityguy007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Havana capped off a great week in Chicago. Excellent service coupled with amazing food proved to be a wonderful choice to eat. I look forward to my future travels to Chi-Town which will definitely include a stop in Havana.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food and drinks were good. Waiter slower than slow for place that wasn't crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 712 reviews are from the Havana reviews archive.
  • tasty
    Rebeccaz74
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was very good, the drinks are to die for, mojitos are their speciality. limited dessert menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChicagoRed
    ChicagoRed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The drinks were delectable, food was delish and service was friendly, informative and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT Cuban!
    CS440VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    WOW! Haven't had Cuban this good since I lived in Florida. Great atmosphere as well. Nice for a date night, and I did see a couple groups of friends sharing pitchers of mojitos. Also, this place was a GREAT value. Tons of food for not very much. The "half" order of guac came with 2 different salsas as well! Will definitely be returning ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely Go
    paulebnj
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It is so refreshing to find a restaurant that does not have the same old food. Havana is a unique experience with dishes that you won't ordinarily find anywhere else. The food is fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good Cuban food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a very nice dinner at Havana. Our waiter was nice and attentive. The food was excellent and the various kinds of Mojitos tasted refreshing. Fidal and Raul would feel right at home having a Cuban meal here at Havana. I will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    foodiefest
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went here for lunch for the first time and it was really good, we got the empanadas to start and they were tasty, then of course the Cuban sandwich and Cuban Roasted Pork both were delicious and one of the few places that makes congri the right way. Service was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Lively Environment
    ehp23VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I love Havana! The food is always good (we had the halibut, salmon and guacamole) and I've always loved what I've ordered. The drinks-especially the mojitos and margarita- are delicious. At night, they often have great music which tops off a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phenomenal food!
    sarita
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The only thing lacking was service. We didn't have a server. The bartender (who was excellent) had to come from behind the bar to serve us so it wasn't as speedy as we hoped given as we were starving. But the food was worth the wait and the drinks were on point!! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.