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About A Piece of Havana

Awww ... Cuba! Just a mere thought will have your hips swiveling in time to the rich mambo beat, which is only intensified if you happen to be drinking a sweet, rum-soaked mojito. Thinking about jumping a plane to Miami? No need! A Piece of Havana brings the Cuban flavor to your Charlotte stomping grounds.



We reward our guests by combining the native Siboney staples of corn, peanuts, and yucca with the Spanish accents of rice and olive oil. Alongside relocated Floridian Cubans, Belkis and Juan Plasencia, is a chef who together create garlic and herb-infused delights of the empanadas, moros y cristianos (black beans mixed with white rice), and of course the classic Cuban sandwich. Feel free to take full advantage of the take-out and coffee-to-go bar and drop by for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Being our Guest is caliente!

11126 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28273
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Moss

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 588-7883

Website:
http://www.apieceofhavana.com/

Parking Details:
Located in Yorkridge Shopping Center - plenty of free parking

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine

A Piece of Havana Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (11)
Good for a Date (11)
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Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Romantic (6)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

Great Restaurant with authentic menu and good drink selections. Live music can get loud, but it's great. Great food and service always.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Everyone wants to have a restaurant that is consistent with service, food quality, and ambiance. This restaurant delivers on those three factors, every time.

I cannot write an unbiased interview. I love this restaurant.

Its location is convenient. Its servers are friendly. The espresso is wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We chose Piece of Havana for my wife’s 60th birthday after a planned trip to Cuba was cancelled due to hurricanes.
The service was excellent, as was the food and music.
We had the Valenciana paella and it was exceptional.
I will return and recommend Piece of Havana to friends.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This place is perfect for Friday nights. A live Latin band will play, as people dance on the narrow dance floor. Then at 10pm, the dance floor is enlarged and Latin line dancing starts. The food is very good and the Cuban drinks are fresh and perfect. Overall, A Piece Of Havana is one of my favorite places to go on a Friday evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good, waitress was very welcoming. We enjoyed the live entertainment.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, great service I recommend it for all occasions

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a table to 17 people and, for a group that size, the servers did an amazing job of keeping up with our orders and bringing our drinks. The bartenders also did a nice job and the mojitos were fabulous though they could be a bit stronger. Adding more rum would be perfection. Our only complaint was the music. Having a live band is awesome, but they were way, way too loud. It was great for dancing, but awful for conversation. The website indicates that live music is in the lounge next door, so we anticipated great dinner talk, then heading next door for the music, but that was not the case. The manager and band did lower the volume. We loved the music. Just too much, too loud. Overall, a fun night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This was our third time to Piece of Havana. The staff is friendly, the food seems authentic, and we really love the live music. Definitely recommend planning ahead and making a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our family dined here at this restaurant Labor Day weekend for dinner. We sat at a booth & the lighting was terrible. I asked the waitress if they could turn on the chandelier lights that were hanging over the table, but she mentioned lights were on a timer & the lights would automatically come on as the sun set further down???? Well we arrived @ 7:30 pm Sunday @ the restaurant & approximately left around 8:15 pm! The restaurant closed @ 8pm . Lights never came on! I did have a great mojito though! Perhaps management needs to place candles on the tables so that guest sitting at booth tables can see what they're eating! The lighting at the tables in the center of the restaurant is adequate & we did enjoy the food for the price!

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love love love this place!! Food, music, service, everything.. can't wait to go back!!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Need to check b4 you make a reservation to see when the band is playing...the guy singing by himself its ok but WE enjoy the band better 👍

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent service.....excellent food....and the band on Friday nites make it extra special!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Went here looking for good Cuban- the mojito was excellent and so were the margaritas. We ordered an appetizer sampler that was excellent with pork, roauetas empanadas,yuca,tostones and Maduros and a tamal- the tamale was the only thing that was not good. I had the oxtail- not up to Versailles version in Miami, but good. The 3 leeches was just ok. Only 2 choices for dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent food and service!! The Ropa Buena was phenomenal...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I took my bestie out for brunch and we fell in love.. The food wad grrreat. I will be back when the live music starts.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Fabulous food and wonderful atmosphere. It was our second visit. And we plan on making this restaurant one of our regulars.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, People Watching, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was good and music was really good also

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We love this place. The mojitos are awesome and the chicken Hemingway which is chicken wrapped in bacon is our favorite! Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 18, 2017

It was maybe 20 people in the entire restaurant yet service was very slow. There were stretches of 10 minutes where we not see an a waitress on the floor at all. When our waitress did come she was super nice and gave honest suggestions on food choices. Food was good.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The service was good. Slow at first but good. The food was cold. It also lacked flavor. My wife ordered Pan con bistec. (Steak sandwich). It looked like jerky. The portion of meat was weak. She only ate half of her meal. I ordered the same and was not impressed. We have eaten at different Cuban restaurants throughout the country by far this was the worst. We had 10 guests total. The kids meals were fine. (The kids did not know any better) My father ordered a churrasco and It was coolant had no flavor but the sides were hot. We all basically ate what we did because we were hungry and had waited almost an hour for our food. I would not recommend this place. I grew up in Miami for over 15 years and go there about 5-10 times a year so I know Cuban food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Always great food. The service was slow for a slow night, but it was not unbearable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great food, live music on Friday nights with dancing. Good time!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Had the combination meal for 2 - pulled pork, Chicken, skirt steak and plantains - black beans and rice. Very good portion size - had enough leftovers for another meal. Excellent red Sangria

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This was an excellent suggestion by an American Airlines employee that we try this very authentic Cuban Restaurant, and it was awesome ! Best mojitos for sure. Highly recommend this if you get to Charlotte, NC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was excellent. We are not Cuban so we cannot comment on The authenticity. But there were a lot of Latinos there who seem to be enjoying themselves as much as we were. It was a Friday night and they had entertainment. It was pretty good and not so loud as to be overwhelming. Our waiter was excellent. The place is decorated nicely, but not overdone. We will be back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Had such a great time! The band, the food, and the service was absolutely awesome!!

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had a wonderful time and everyone LOVED the mojitos and food. We had 6 people in our party and split the two appetizer platters. The Empanadas were to die for. We also got the Pallela and then the Meat Platter for all of us to share and it was so much food. There was plenty left over and our 3 husband's do not eat light. Highly recommended - we will be back for sure!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent food and service! Very entertaining atmosphere with live music and dancing.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The ONLY place to get great, authentic, Cubin food in Charlotte. We've never been disappointed. We've taken many people here and they all rave. Our kids love it too!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Live Music, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I have looked for a good Cuban restaurant since I moved to Charlotte and may have finally found it. It reminded me of the places I used to enjoy in South Florida where Cuban food is a mainstay. The food was good. The service was okay. I was there on Saturday evening when they had a Salsa band. It was a lot of fun.

Try this place. I think you'll like it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Amazing food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I was in Charlotte on business, grew up in Miami. This was the best Oxtail I have ever had in any restaurant ever. On par with home made. Excellent mojitos, too!! Will definitely be back before I leave town.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Live Music, Business Meals, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Everything was excellent at the table. Went to the bar and the bartender was the worst!!

Tags: Spicy, Live Music
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food is delicious and very authentic tasting. The service was a little slow upon arrival but picked up a little as the meal went on. The live music was very nice and authentic as well. I would suggest this restaurant if you want good food and aren't in a hurry.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 2, 2017

It was an ok experience. First time having Cuban food and I liked it fair enough. I didn't like how close the band was to the tables, because we had to shout in our conversations just to hear. The waiter wasn't helpful at recommending food for first timers and when the empanadas came the middle was cold. The avocado dipping sauce, mango margarita and the plantains were really good.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I always bring my out of town guest to the resturant as part of their queen city experience and they always enjoy the atmosphere and food! This time was no exception.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Fun place to go with friends, on weekends recommend getting a reservation, we were seated quickly, drinks were great, food was filling!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great place to go with friends for a lively evening. Good food and fun at a fair price. A bit noisy due to the live band but we were still able to talk. The service was very good even though it was busy. We would go back for sure.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Unfortunately, we did not have an opportunity to enjoy a full dining experience here. So I can't I provide a proper review on the food and value. Before I made a reservation for Mother's day, I called the restaurant the Thursday before. I was told there was no Mother's day menu, regular menu only would be available. I had daughter review the menu before I made a reservation. It was good for her, so reservation made on Thursday. I arrived with my two kids, my wife and mother-in-law Sunday. When we arrived, we were told that only a special Mother's day menu was being served. Outside of that, they offered a very limited kids menu (3 different items). It was primarily seafood and unfortunately my mother-in-law was allergic to seafood. And my daughter could not find anything for herself on the new menu. The original waiter explained this was a menu that was already scheduled to be offered. I explained the call I made prior to the reservation and asked to speak with their manager. After a few minutes, second waitress came to our table. She was very polite and apologetic for the mishap, but re-stated what was said by the first waiter, they are only offering what is on the menu. The menu was a $65 2 course meal for 2. I explained I was willing to order the 1 course for 2, for my wife and I, but asked they provide other options for my mother-in-law and daughter. And again, asked to speak with the manager. The waitress left, a few more minutes later she returned (no manager). She stated the manager was very busy and unfortunately, the kitchen was unable to accommodate anything outside of the menus that had prepared for that day. We had to leave, it was a bad experience.
It was difficult to find another place that would accommodate in such short notice. I understand mistakes happen and I was willing try to make it work. But I was very put off by the reluctance of their management to put any effort on their end and even show themselves.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day Menu 2017 was perfect for us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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