Havana 1957 - Espanola Way

4.5
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Cuban
Welcome to Havana 1957, real and authentic Cuban flavors located at one of the most popular corners in South Beach; Española Way.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Saw the good reviews and gave it a try. We really wanted to have a good experience but unfortunately we didn't have a server for 40 minutes after sitting down. We kept trying to get any server's attention but they ignored us and only served the tables next to us. We had to walk up to the host (who sat us down) to take our drink order after 30 minutes of being ignored. Horrible experience. Really disappointed and never want to come back here.

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TR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I think the location didn't work for us. It was very small. While we were eating, people who were waiting to eat were standing right next to us and bumping into us at our table. At one point they moved us and our table over to make room for a bigger party. They gave us a free dessert for the move.

There was never a time we felt comfortable. I think we should have gone to the Ocean Drive location.

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KN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service! Thank you for my birthday song!

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ZT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first encounter with cuban cousine and we really enjoyed it. The place has a very nice atmosphere, the staff is friendly, the food is delicious.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for letting us know we helped to make your first experience with Cuban food something enjoyable, ZsoltT. We're glad you enjoyed the food and the service. Come back soon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service staff - very accomodating! didn't feel rushed and had a fantastic meal! would highly recommend!

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Responded 7 days ago

Many thanks for letting us know how the food and service were. We're glad you enjoyed your experience at Havana 1957 and hope to welcome you again soon.

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NC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, Nadine. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your meal. Come to dine with us again soon!

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RZ
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great at the Espanola location! Wish we could have another meal there before leaning Miami.

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Responded on June 7, 2019

Thank you very much for your comments. RZARCH. We're happy that you liked your experience at Havana 1957 and we hope we will see you again soon.

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Portland
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True authentic Cuban food. The food was amazing!!

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Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you very much for your comment, Paleoeater. We're glad you enjoyed your meal.

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GB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Staff was friendly and helpful providing recommendations on places to see in Miami. Would definitely recommend and go again.

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Responded on June 4, 2019

it's great to have your recommendation, Gabriela. We're glad you enjoyed the service and food recommendations given by our staff and hope to welcome you again soon!.

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The lobster meat is meh...
plz don't order lobster at all

everything else is good

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Responded 7 days ago

AllenW, We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the lobster. It is a popular dish but its success is reliant to the personal taste of our guests. We hope to delight you with other items on our menu next time you visit.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great atmosphere

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Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars. We are pleased that the atmosphere and dishes you tried were to your satisfaction. Come to dine with us again soon!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very very busy and very loud.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Diner, We appreciate your review as it helps us improve our service where applicable. We will try to be more mindful of the volume in the near future and hope to make your next experience at Havana 1957 worthy of 5 stars.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a beautiful place to eat and spend time with friends and family. The food is delicious. The service is great.

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and awesome service by staff. Server was super friendly and attention to detail was great. Food and drinks were great, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Went for the first time for Mothers Day. The crowd and ambiance was horrible. Very low class people. Very loud music. Service was very slow. People smoking marijuana at their dinner tables. NEVER AGAIN.

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Responded on May 16, 2019

Samantha,

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DB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Everything about it was excellent!!! We can’t wait to return!

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Responded on May 13, 2019

We can't at to have you back, DougBolst. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Havana 1957

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. We ate inside and there was live music outside, but we were able to have a conversation without raising our voices. The food was delicious. La Orchestra Cubana was an abundance of flavorful food. Best mojito I’be ever had!

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Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad you enjoyed the food and the Mojito. We hope to host you again soon.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good over all, the best of all was the dessert, Cuban flan, was just amazing. The service was ok. I’ll definitely recommend this place.

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JB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening at the Española location. Our group had a table on the patio- great vibe and energy to this restaurant. All the service staff were prompt, friendly, and very helpful. The passion fruit mojitos were so delicious! Our appetizers were great, especially the masitas de puerco- so flavorful and tender. All the mains were equally delicious, including the Cuban sampler, the grilled salmon, and the grilled chicken dishes. We would definitely go back on a return trip to Miami.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Loud, loud, loud with less than mediocre food and slow service. Nothing great about this place at all.

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Responded on May 23, 2019

Dear customer, we apologize for your less than great experience at our restaurant. We aim to provide excellent food so knowing that you didn't enjoy your meal is a letdown. We hope to delight you with other items on our menu if given the chance and please be assured that we are reviewing the volume matter with our staff and will try to make an effort to be more mindful of it in the future

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SA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were on vacation and wanted some Cuban food. What we got was an amazing atmosphere, and simple but delicious food.

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Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you for making us part of your vacation, SAfoodie. We're glad that both the food and the atmosphere were to your liking. We hope to host you again on your next visit to Miami.

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V
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

You can find MUCH better restaurants on Espanola way for the same price. This restaurant is overrated. We dined on Espanola way for 4 nights in a row and this was, by far, our worst experience.
Food did not look or taste fresh and service (from the receptionists to the waiters was not good). I would choose any of the Italian restaurants in the area over this one and wait to visit Little Havana for a cuban dining experience.

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Responded on May 10, 2019

Valentina, The experience you describe does not match the standards of service our customer have come to know and love from us, We are bummed to hear you had the worst experience with us and we would like to address your comments and look forward to continuing the conversation.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific!!

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Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your comments, Kate. We're glad you enjoyed everything during your visit.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was authentic and the staff went above and beyond. I want to personally thank each and every staff member for shining bright.

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Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you for sharing online your great experience at Havana 1957, JacobM. It pleases us that you have enjoyed so much your meal as well as the service given by our staff. Come to visit us again soon.

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J
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great value. The food was delicious, we had the Lechón asado with Moro rice & yuca. Others had masa de puerco, Cuban sandwich and vaca frita. We had the mojitos they were good. The serving size is big. Ambiance was pleasant very festive atmosphere though if you are looking for a quiet place this is not it. We enjoyed our time there... highly recommend.

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Responded on April 30, 2019

Good afternoon, Justmiriam. Thank you for giving Havana 1957 5 stars. It makes us happy to hear you enjoyed your time here and appreciate your recommendation. Please be sure to join us again soon.

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TD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We watched as two waterbugs ran passed our feet. My girlfriend killed one that got too close. It laid there squished for 20 minutes. We asked the waiter to pick it up and he kicked it away. Not a single item was comped off of our bill and the gratuity was automatic.

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Responded on April 25, 2019

Thank you very much for bringing this matter to our attention. We sincerely apologize for this negative experience. It does not match the standards of service we are proud to display and we will review this with our staff so that we can improve our service in the near future.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic except for the leaf blowers and mowers going while we tried to enjoy our meal outside.

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Responded on April 25, 2019

Thank you for giving us five stars. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and we will try to be more mindful of this matter in the future.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and flavorable

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for leaving your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your meal.

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BM
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gold standard in Cuban food! Note that the one on Ocean drive is much more noisy.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you very much for your comments, BerendM. It truly honors us that you deemed us the gold standard in Cuban food. We hope to see you again soon.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for outdoor dining. Service was excellent, drinks were tasty, and food was amazing.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for rating our restaurant. We are glad that both the food and the service were to your liking. Come back soon.

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SB
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Wish I had read more recent reviews before coming. We thought service was poor (we had a reservation and felt like the bottom of the barrel) and food was bland and warm, not hot. Wish we'd gone elsewhere!

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CC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Located in a busy touristy street but that’s ok. Expect lots of people. Food was average, although portion sizes very quite large. The moquito for happy hour was good value.

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your comments about the food and service at Havana 1957. We're glad that you enjoyed your overall experience and hope to host you again to make your next experience with us a 5-star one,

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent mojitos, great service, very good food : we had a great time!
If you're looking for a relaxed (ie. not uptight) and festive place with good food, this place is perfect !

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Responded on April 22, 2019

Good afternoon Marie thank you for giving us five stars. We are very happy to learn you had a great time at our restaurant. Please be sure to visit us again next time you're in the area.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and authentic Cuban food!!! I hate eating Cuban food with no flavor, but this place was amazing. Loved the atmosphere too. Would definitely come back!!!

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Good afternoon, JPArrastia. Thank you for joining us and leaving your review. It's great to hear you loved the flavor at Havana 1957. We hope to see you again soon.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ambience was just what we were looking for; Miami/Havana night vibe. Totally would recommend to a friend.
Ps. Their mojitos are A-MA-ZING!

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Good afternoon, Jazlin. We're glad you enjoyed our mojitos and look forward to your next return.

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B
Key West
27 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced. Ok food but not worth the money.

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Good afternoon Billy. We're sorry to hear that your impression was that the food is not worth the money. Our customers usually compliment us on our food and we are committed to find the perfect balance between quality and price and be as competitive as possible given the area. Will help you can give us another chance in the near future to turn your experience around.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation in Miami

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for giving us five stars. We are glad you made us part of your vacation in Miami.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience and very tasty food! The ambiance is fun and service was excellent!

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Responded on April 25, 2019

Thank you for giving us five stars. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and the experience in general and hope you can visit us again soon.

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok but not at all worth the extortionate prices!

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Every time we go to Miami we plan a visit to this restaurant. It's a real must!!!! from the outdoor scenic seating to the ambiance to the quality of the food. We have never had a negative experience like we did this past Sunday. Food was on point as was the ambiance. The service we received from our waiter was what really surprised us and had us question if we would return. From the moment we sat, we knew what we wanted to order and yet he proceeded in telling us about the specials... we listened figuring that it was part of his job. When we ordered their delicious cubano sandwich, he answered "that's all you want, a sandwich?"... wow, did that just happen? I thought to myself looking at my cousin, who was seated across from me.

We went about the evening and enjoyed every minute. Once the appetizer and sandwich done, he doesn't offer to show us the desert menu and brings the bill. 30 seconds later, returns and sees that the money hasn't been put in the little "bucket" with the bill and throws it back on the table.

Apparently, when I stepped to use the facilities, he returned twice to our table to see if payment was ready. Truthfully, I am surprised in this service. It is the first time in the several times that I have been to this restaurant and really has me questioning if I will be returning the next time I am in Miami.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Melina. The last experience you had does not match the standards that our customers have come to know and love from us and we sincerely apologize for the service being less than excellent. We hope you can give us a chance to turn your experience around in a future visit.

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