Amazing little joint with
Amazing little joint with killer food, good drinks and great staff!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Capacity limited, so good
Capacity limited, so good for small groups only, up to 6 comfortably. Food was tasty with good variety along the Cuban/Mexican cuisine theme. Staff was pleasant and accomodating, and service was great. Would definitely go there again. Loved the ability to reseve via Open Table. It was very seamless and convenient.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food - service ok
Went here to try something new. We got seated quickly but the waiter never showed up. Water was dropped off and we were told the waiter / waitress will arrive shortly to take our order. 15-20 minutes went by and we asked the person (seemed like the GM), she grabbed our drink orders and asked a waiter to come by, he swung by about 5 minutes later.
Food was good overall. Drinks were made stiff. Prices seemed a little high but can't complain... you can get quality Cuban food cheaper elsewhere but location adds to the price as well.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I came in to see BonJovi. We had never had Cuban or other Pan-American food. I Googled and found this GEM of a restaurant. We ordered a total or 4 items (including pitcher of Mojitos @ $20) to the tune of $85. We were not upset at all. The food was fantastic and so was the staff. We came early and was no wait and out in an hour. I can see there may be issues later with waiting though as this is on the romantic cozy side of dining.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service. The menu offers a varied selection. I spent all day telling my co-workers about this place.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ceviche and Mojitos
Excellent food, service and yummy drinks in great ambience!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Cuban Eats
My husband and I are big fans of Cuban food. We took my sister and her husband there when they came to visit us. We tried the Carne con Tequila, Carne Asada, and two of the pork dishes. The chimmichuri was a little spicy which is not how I have had it before. The food was great and reasonably priced. The service was slow as the poor hostess was doing double duty also waiting tables.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Ambience was
Food was great. Ambience was intimate and comfortable. We were there for an early dinner at 6:30pm it was too loud by the time we were ready to go. Called in and EASILY moved our 5:30 dinner reservation to 6:30. Capable and comptent staff good service--food was great--definitely will return and recommend. Thanks.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good was great! Would recommend the empanadas appetizers. Celebrated a birthday & received dessert on the house.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly Enjoyed the Experience
I love the food and the atmosphere was great. A bit dark and noisy for having a conversation, but there was lots of energy. The night I went they were demoing a rum from the Dominican Republic...got a free mojito to try it. Was great, went out and purchased it!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a blast! We drinks and appetizers...chimichangas...empanadas and the fresh guacamole were fabulous. The passion fruit caiprahinhas were the best ever! Gets a little loud but that is because everyone is having a great time! Our server, Omar was very patient and knew the history of the restaurant and helped with our choices.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went with a large party and they did their best to accommodate and ensure a pleasant experience. Everyone's dish was fantastic! The drinks were wonderful! Definitely coming back again!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We like it!
This was our second time dining at Havana. The first time we sat inside, which has a nice vibe but can get kind of noisy. The second time we ate out on the sidewalk. Of course, being in River North, the street view is always nice. The food was really good. For the money, you would be hard pressed to find a better dinner spot in the area. It has all the amenities of a more expensive dining experience (good food, nice atmosphere) at a very reasonable price. My wife and I will make this a regular date night go-to spot for sure.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second great meal this summer!
Had such a great meal in July with friends, so brought my family this month. Food was amazing! All 4 of our entrees were excellent: Havana Roasted Pulled Pork (so good that I had to order it again!), Pollo a la Cubana, Combo Paella Caribena, and Cuban Roasted Pork. Had 2 desserts that were excellent, also: Cuban Coconut Rum Flan and the Guava Cheesecake.
Service was excellent! The noise level is the only thing that could be improved. If you want a slightly quieter dinner than ask to be seated in the lower level.
I will return to Havana and have suggested it to other friends!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ambiance is really nice at Havana. The food is incredibly delicious!!!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service.
The food was excellent, great mojito, and very nice service.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a date night for my
It was a date night for my boyfriend and I. We wamted to try something new. The food was delicious. My only complaint is that it was extremely loud. We could barely hear each other. Maybe just because it was friday night. Good place for a girls night but not a weekend date night.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but too noisy for me.
Our family enjoyed the food and physical atmosphere of the restaurant however it was way to noisy for me. I took away from the experience but that is usually what you get when you dine at a place with alcohol. I am sensitive to noise and will not return because of this. Food was very good . The noise would probably not bother most people.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's a gem!
My husband and I lived in South Florida for a long time and had ready access to good Cuban food. When we found Havana and decided to try it, it exceeded all of our expectations. The food was absolutely delicious, and we will be back often. We have also tried some of the recipes from Havana's website, and they turned out equally well! A success all around!
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place and am a return patron, but unfortunately I found the service was slow this time around. There weren't enough glasses for the margarita pitchers and we waited so long to get them that we simply wound up emptying our water goblets and using them instead. Will return again for the lovely food, drinks, and atmosphere, but service really does need to be stepped up to be less confused and to be more attentive. Had a few newbies in our group for this last visit and they too found the food and drink wonderful, but felt the same way about the service.
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
excellent food, a lot of modern dishes with latin spices and latin infusion
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food and atmosphere
Nice portions of good Cuban cuisine. Mohitos were great, caprinhinos were not. A band tuned up for close to 30 minutes which was annoying and when they played the music was terrible. Yikes, fire them.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was great!!
The restaurant was great!! The food was excellent and the drinks were fantastic!! I ordered the berry mojito and was so good I had two more. I went on a Saturday night so it was rather loud and had live music after 11:30. The place is rather small but very comfortable and would recommend to anyone!!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good but ...
Very good food but their service lacked this day. Ordered food. Very good and tasty as always.
Unfortunately - my water was never replenished, i placed it on the edge of table and throughout the whole meal it stayed. Our check we had to ask for twice as it was never given when requested the first time.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was fantastic, service
Food was fantastic, service was poor. The music in the restaurant was very loud, which lead to customers having to yell at the different tables.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We share our wedding anniversary with another couple and usually try to find a nice spot to celebrate. Well, our experience at Havana was outstanding. I read several reviews beforehand and found that just about every one mentioned the noise level. it was noisy, but not unbearable. We were able to carry on a conversation. The funny thing that happened was my husband found out he LOVES mojitos...LOL
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never lets me down!
Great place, with great food and vibrant scene. I will always send my friends to Havana!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Cuban Food
It's hard to find a good Cuban restaurant outside of Miami but Havana comes very close tote real deal. It puts a bit of a twist on a few standard favorites, but overall it delivers.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place was a great fund. We loved the food and the mojitos.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well developed flavors
My wife and I chose beef dishes, both had entirely different sauces and sides which provided us with a broad range of tastes. Service was great and helpful in selecting items and explaining how they were prepared.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time at the restaurant and we brought family. Everyone loved the food! The service was wonderful and very helpful. Best drinks as well. Would definitely go back!!!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cuban in the Heart of Downtown
Very good Cuban food and amazing atmosphere. Great spot if you want flavorful food, good music and a calming atmosphere.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The seating for two was poor.
The seating for two was poor. We asked to sit in a booth but they wouldn't allow it because it was just two. of us, so we were sat between two larger tables. It was crammed. Otherwise, the food and drinks were great.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, great atmosphere,
Amazing food, great atmosphere, strongly recommend
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Havana for my birthday.
Went to Havana for my birthday. A great restaurant for special. Delicious food. Highly recommend the Pork Chops! :)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Little Cuba in Chicago
I thought I was in Cuba in 1950. Great cocktails, delicious food, excellent service. Exceptional décor inside and out.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've eaten at havana many times now, and the place is just awesome. The food is fantastic and slightly different from anything else around, and the service and ambience make for a great setting. I highly recommend the empanadas and chimichangas. Never a bad choice.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Havana is our favorite restaurant downtown Chicago for Cuban/Latin food. There menu and food is like no other restaurant, absolutely delicious. The service is great, the food is delicious, and we always look forward to eating here. We've been going to Havana for many years. Enjoy!!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cuban food, awesome mojitos!
Love the mojitos here and what a great excuse to try some Cuban food! Watch out for the incredibly spicy habanero sauce, but if you come on Friday, you can drown it out with 1/2 price pitchers of delicious mojitos! Been here 2x and can't wait to go back!
The only negative - not many vegetarian choices. The chile replenishment are awesome though :)
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try The Pork
Be sure to try the Cuban Pork. It was wonderful. The service was great and fast. It was a bit noisy, but we were fine with that. Their sangria was also tasty.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A tasty little surprise
I'd passed Havana a few times on my walks home and thought it looked interesting and Cuban cuisine isn't something I get every day. So, when it came to me to choose a place to take a friend for a birthday lunch I suggested Havana (stipulating that I meant the restaurant, NOT the city). His response: "If they have plantains on the menu, let's do it!" Well, they do. And we did.
His lunch, actually, was a steak sandwich ON plantains (subbing for bread). Mine was a more standard Havana Steak Sandwich on onion ciabatta. Both were delicious. The service was very friendly and, for the most part, very attentive. We finished off our too-short lunch with an order of sweet plantains fried in honey and, I think, brown sugar. Mmm.
We'll be returning.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great times, great place!
Went there for an early evening birthday party with a group of 7 and were promptly seated. The entire group loved the delicious $20 mojito pitchers(my husband knows his mojitos and he thoroughly enjoyed these) and enjoyed a 'family style' dinner with an assortment of apps and entrees. Everything had a distinct flavor and everything was very shareable. I'd recommend family style to larger groups so you're not staring at the person next to you drooling over their dish wishing you ordered that. Top 'must come back again for' dishes: halibut, hongos and the chimichangas, but everything we had was tasty. Definitely will be back...hopefully we will stay long enough for the live music.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We came for a birthday celebration we were sat immediately and the meal was good, service was good, the only complaint was the dessert took some time to come out. No birthday singing I think they forgot!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was awesome!!! Some of
Food was awesome!!! Some of the best Cuban food I've had. Loved the atmosphere and ambiance.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Cuban/Latin choice
Tons of good choices for Latin cuisine and great rum and tequila menu also. Cuban food isn't that easy to find in some parts of the city so Havana is a great restaurant to put in the rotation when you want something a little different. Very reasonable for the value also and nice feel to the space as well.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Desiring a more traditional Cuban meal, we asked for a somewhat novel combination of items. The waitress (who was utterly charming and completely excellent….intelligent, responsive without being obsequious) consulted the manager who was quick to approve the menu change we requested.
Result? A delicious meal that was exactly what we had requested, down to the olive oil and fresh lemons!
Also, we requested passion fruit mojitos, also not on their standard menu. They were able to produce them, and they were also delicious…perfectly made.
We will definitely return!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful flavors, very energetic and delicious cocktails! Get the mojito pitcher, you'll regret it if you don't!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional Latin Food
From the moment you walk in the vibe is amazing. Great Salsa music playing and a friendly face welcome you into this fantastic restaurant. The menu is diverse, very reasonably price, and the flavors are both authentic and incredible.
A must visit for those in or around the Chicagoland area looking for a real taste of Caribbean cuisine.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Cuban Restaurant
Consistently great food & service! One of my neighborhood favorites!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice music, great for groups and for a romantic date.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM