Havana

4.6
1325 reviews
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Cuban
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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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Loved it! Food was very good and tasty.
A nice spot that I definitely will come back to.

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DJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Too loud... and if you really want to be authentic to the cuisine, add pallomilla steak to your menu and include white rice with your dishes.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has a great vibe, drinks, and food. Highly recommend.

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s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not how I remembered it. Cuban sandwich was very good, but the rest of the food was just ok. And get ready for a very noisy meal!

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TA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing live music and DJ on Saturday nights.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

and those guava mojitos... fantastic!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the live band was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food!

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c
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

I have dined many times at Havana and was expecting that I would again be satisfied with the evening. Unfortunately it was not. I arrived a little before 5:00 pm so the restaurant was empty. I was seated waiting for my friend when I watched a woman come through the door who immediately went straight behind the bar. Initially it thought she was stopping to talk to someone. Well I was wrong, she immediately took off her coat and bag, stuffed in a space at the bar. She did not miss a step; she with her nasty hands proceeded to dig into the ice and proceed to making a drink at the one person at the bar. She never once washed her hands. I was disgusted and mentioned it to my server. His response was that he didn’t see it, but would have someone else our drinks. I wanted to leave, but was waiting for my friend. My evening was ruined as I could only think of what other nasty people were preparing food. I WILL NEVER GO TO THE RESTAURANT AGAIN.

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MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I am a fan but a little perturbed by the "nickel and diming" done by the restaurant. They charged me 75cents/each for 2 little cups of hot sauce and $1.50 for bread. I like the food and drinks but those additional charges are petty and cloud my intentions about returning.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the food and the sangria. A little noisy but it's a go to place when I want to get a group together to celebrate.

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FA
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a short Spring break trip with our children (ages 2 & 10). The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing and they were so kind and accommodating with our children and stroller storage while dining. Much appreciated and we will be back!

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KB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I love this restaurant, and come here quite often. We were done eating and waited HALF AN HOUR just to get our bill, which we had to request. Our waiter was watching TV, not busy at all. No apology, nothing for making us wait so long. Very disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good vibe. Good food. Excellent for couples or a small group. Prompt and friendly service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late , still able to be seated and accommodated, happy they had valet parking, because it was raining, food was amazing had 2 seafood dishes, ate it all, had a picture of pomegranate margarita and a flight of anejos tequila, overall had a good time, and music and lighting topped it off...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Havana was our favorite restaurant in Chicago. Can’t wait to come back in our next visit.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and Mojitos! We will be back.
The service was average which was weird because it was not crowded. Last time I was here it was packed and loud, but that was a Friday after work. Thanks so much for the birthday cake!

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N
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The wait time does not coincide with Open Table. I was told 45 minutes to wait yet I was able to book a table on the app within a 20 minute wait time. The staff was nice, however. The food was good, especially the fish tacos. I would say that the tostones were not amazing, but fulfilled the need for an appetizer. The mojitos has too much lime. I would be willing to try it again.

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KN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great mojitos and fantastic music

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BS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service with an attentive waitress. Despite the busy holiday, the staff was great & did their best to keep up. Food was served slightly luke warm, seemed it was left out a while before being bought to the table. Fudge cake was still somewhat frozen from the freezer. Flan was the highlight for dessert. Appetizers were delicious & entrees as well.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was super busy for st patricks day and a friend waited 20 minutes to get their drink after we got ours but the food was amazing and best mojitos I've ever had. 5 stars for food and drinks.

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j
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

You have to get the pulled pork on jalapeno mashed potatoes. The white gravy with that was superb. Calamari was a little overdone and not spicy as I expected it would be. Very inexpensive alcohol. Don't waste time on desert looks like these are brought in from somewhere else.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was horrible. Poor presentation, flavor wasn’t there. Great looking restaurant, service was great but food was bad.

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AC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic vegan meal!

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu has a nice variety of appetizers and main entrees. Waiter was very attentive. I had the Paella which was delicious.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & yummy drinks. My coworkers and I had a great time & would love to come back. Definitely an awesome first experience!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great the service was poor. Also if you’re not Spanish you get the bare minimum of customer service. At least on this Friday night. I probably won’t ever go back.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hreat food and personalized service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Disappointed, food was decent and the only saving grace. We waited for 40 min for our 8:30 reservation only to be sat at the two person table we were standing in front of the entire time which was EMPTY.

Got the drinks mixed, waitresses took forever to come by and take our orders

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the dinning our nights I had, will bust again and again

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h
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there but not the last. What an awesome experience. The food was amazing, service very attentive and the place was just plain fun. Try the roasted pork or the empanadas. And the tortilla soup is killer. Enjoy!

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H
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cubano sandwiches. Very nice staff. Flan was delish! Cute atmosphere.

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LD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. Staff was friendly and helpful in deciding what we should try on the menu. I will definitely be back.

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s
London
123 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, good value and great service.
Will definitely return.

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DH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Havana is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The empanadas and mojito flights are a must have!! The ambiance is nice and authentic Cuban. The host and wait staff are extremely accommodating and kind. Thank you for a great experience...we’ll be back soon!!

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VC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I went to Havana. It was great. The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend the tequila steak.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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BT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my girlfriend and parents here for my mom's birthday after having been to Havana once before. It didn't disappoint. Given the occasion, I had left a note on my reservation asking that a dessert be brought out for my mom. At the end of the meal the server brought out a delicious piece of chocolate cake with a lit candle - free of cost! My dad mentioned to the server that steak on his jibarito was slightly overcooked and the meal was immediately taken off of our bill. All other three meals (and appetizers) were tasty and exceeded expectations. Food was flavorful and the service was EXCELLENT. Havana has gained a loyal customer!

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was amazing!!! Service was on point and recommendations were so delicious and glad we listened to him!!!

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CL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place with amazing food & Mojitos!!!! Definitely a great spot for a quick bite or to take you time and enjoy!

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