Havana

4.5
1293 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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Chicago
114 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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DH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 16, 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 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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BT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 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 10, 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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n
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Restaurant was absolutely freezing. Asked staff if they could turn up heat and they replied that it was on. Had a salad, tomatoes were favorless--disappointing experience overall.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation here for a weeknight and read that there was valet parking; was told there is no valet parking on weeknights so had to go park car in freezing cold. Despite having a reservation, we were seated at a table by the door and all had to wear our coats because it was so cold. Food was nothing special and service was rather curt. Definitively not worth visiting again.

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DL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was better than expected and the food was cooked well and well presented. Had the pulled pork with creamed corn sauce and literally finished everything on the plate.
Would definitely come again to try other offerings.
The drinks were fairly priced compared to other restaurants in the area ($10 cocktails), but were very strong and not 90% ice.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The customer service was excellent. I was seated right away upon arrival. Food was perfect.

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EL
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such wonderful service and the food was amazing!! We had the salmon and pulled pork. Thank you!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Havana. We had the pulled park on mashed potatoes and Cuban sandwich. Both were delicious. Service was excellent as usual. Highly recommend this North Clark St. restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was so delicious! Just what we were looking for in a varied menu!

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r
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Cubano Steak and Tortilla soup were both phenomenal. The Sangria is a bit on the sweet side but also tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food , space is tight but ambiance is great

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very authentic Cuban food, great rum & tequila list. Service was awesome!!

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Havana for a ladies night out with friends from out of town. The food and drinks were amazing and the music and dancing were so much fun.

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G
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PHENOMENAL. SERIOUSLY. MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN CHICAGO. get the crab cakes and chimis. thank me later.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been coming here for years! Best place for a fun, group dinner / night out. The best mojitos! Chimichangas are a must try! Love planning nights here because I know they'll always been a great time!

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MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Best Cuban food in the city.

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

Great food and ambiance for casual dining experience.

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LG
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Havana on New Year’s Eve with our daughters, ages 9 and 12. All of us loved our food and the service was great. We will return for sure! We ordered based on our servers recommendations, and we’re very happy that we did.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service, awesome live music, and great vegetarian options.

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BC
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A River North Gem. Food was delicious. We had the jibarito steak (steak sandwich served between two friend plantains) and the pernil (slow roasted pork) - so very flavorful. The flan dessert was out of this world (perhaps could give my mom's a run for the money) and the cafe con leche brought tears to my eyes because it made me so homesick. If you are craving exceptional Cuban / Puerto Rican food in downtown Chicago that reminds you of the home cooked meals you had back home, this is your place. Also, the rum and mojito flights that we enjoyed were quite lovely and fun too!

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SS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cubano in Chicago! We will definitely go back when we’re in town again! Wished we would have found this place sooner on our trip because we would have gone back again the next day but they are closed on sundays

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GK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service. Accommodated a change in party size, no rush even with a late arriving guest, split dishes...just great overall service. Delicious sauces on a variety of dishes. Don’t miss the chimmies for an appetizer. Can get a bit loud when super busy, but was not that night.

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J
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We made a last minute reservation for Christmas dinner due to travel plans. The restaurant was clearly understaffed. Our waitress seemed highly stressed. We did everything we could to be flexible and calming to her. She tried her best. While everything was just ‘okay’ as at least one of our dishes was cold by the time it came out the really upsetting issue was the bill. It was over twice the accurate amount. There were four drinks we didn’t have at all and two of our entrees appeared FIVE times! So there were a total of nine entrees on the bill for a four top. Thankfully we looked at the bill closely as we were in a hurry at the end to leave. Once we pointed it out it took a really long tine to get an accurate bill. Plus, the reaction of the error was not what one would expect for being over charged to that extent. If anything f it is a reminder to look at the details on a bill.

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RP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Delicious mojitos, fresh ceviche and crab cake appetizers along with excellent guacamole. Entries were fantastic. Plantain encrusted halibut, Cuban steak sandwich, fresh salads, and a tasty chicken and spinach dish. Classic flan for dessert was a nice finish. My only complaint is that the tables are a bit small. Looking forward to going back for sure. Make a reservation or you will be waiting a while.

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OT
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good... Pork, chicken, fish all tasty

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have a great dinner staff was great good vibe in the city. Can’t wait to go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food is VERY BLAND. Service is ok. Very small , limited seating. I feel my local taqueria is better, with actually real flavorful food wouldn’t waste my time going back.

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TE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fourth time at Havana and can’t wait to go back. Inventive drinks menu and excellent food. Top choices this time were the Rollitos Manchegos -chicken breast stuffed with spinach and cheese, and Jalea Mariscos, kind of a creamy version of a seafood paella with a very generous amount of seafood.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Jalea de Mariscos and peach mojito were excellent.

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GK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a great meal with dependably good service, especially early in the evening. Noise level can get a bit high but it's always been "happy" noise. We have a couple favorites on the menu that are soooo good it's hard to order anything else. When we have explored the menu the dishes have been great as well. Good value and portions are large enough to share. It remains a "go to" for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks (try the Mojitos)! Food was awesome as well!

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ME
Pittsburgh
124 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

There were two of us. My meal was great. My friend's was not. He sent it back and got a salad which also was not great. After that he gave up. To the restaurant's credit they tried to make it up to us.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and food.

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DA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Skip the appetizers and save your appetite for the mains. Vaca Frita was amazing.

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