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About Havana 1957 - Espanola Way

Welcome to Havana 1957, real and authentic Cuban flavors located at one of the most popular corners in South Beach; Española Way.

405 Espanola Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban

Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 9:00am - 1:00am; Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am
Breakfast 9.00 - 11.45 am
Lunch 11.45 - 5pm
Dinner 5pm to close

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 297-9895

Website:
http://www.havana1957.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
For 12ppl. o more please contact to Nora Tharpe 305.297.9895
nora@verestaurants.com

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Fun (11)
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People Watching (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Authentic (8)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing service! Food was great. We went there for brunch and OMG those coquetas were delicious. For dessert, we tried guava cake and it was perfect

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Nice atmosphere and great food. Lovely outdoor patio on Espanola Way

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Mandatory service tip and resort fee. Slow and poor service. Food was fine.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

Biggest issue was seating for two..on corner of pedestrian
Way and very busy traffic ..if eating here either sit inside or demand seating far away from Washington..down Espanola Way..really killed any ambiance sitting on that area too close to busy street
Great service ..very good food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Sangria was fruity but seemed watered down.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Sat outside very crowded street corner. Food excellent service excellent

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We celebrated my husbands 40th birthday @ Havana 1957 which was recommended to us! WE love Cuban food but thus was by far best Cuban restaurant we ever dined in! Loved it wish we lived in Florida id be there all the time lol. We need one in NJ :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We sat outside on a beautiful day, highly recommended! The food was very good but I wouldn’t say amazing. I thought that the custom mojitos (I had the Guava and my wife had the Kiwi) both were delicious.

I do want to say that the service there was amazing! I don’t remember her name but our waitress was very knowledgeable, warm and entertaining. All in all, you should make it a stop.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food and service was excellent!!! I would definitely go back and recommend to others. The only negative was I needed more table space, it was a bit cramped. I had the roasted chicken, beans and rice which was so tasty. Fresh fried plantains was so good. I was really pleased overall with my experience at Havana 1957. Our waiter was so friendly and helpful in explaining the different things on the menu. A must while in Miami...

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great Cuban dinner!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was authentic and tasty, as was the house sangria. However, it was frustrating to make a reservation and be told to sit at the bar with very little space and uncomfortable seating, just because I was there alone on a business trip. I should have lied about another person... I would have preferred a table, especially for the price of 2 drinks and dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Definitely not worth the cost. Was overcharged and food was average. Had high hopes but didnt deliver.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Nothing special - but adequate - would not rush back

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Average experience. Food was good. Service was terrible!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Delicious food in a funky old Cuba ambiance. The water was very attentive. The shrimp with garlic was probably the best I have had. The other items were fine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Family reunion

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was wonderful from the moment we were seated until we left. Our server Romel O was fantastic with recommends, etc. I would 100% return here and recommend my friends and family to come here. Not to mention Espinolla way is absolutely adorable! We were there on a Sunday night and it was hopping- Saturday the plaza must have been really jumping!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Unbelievably fun atmosphere, great drinks, and good food

Life really doesn't get much better than sitting outside with someone you love, drinking tasty mojitos together as the world walks by. That you get to enjoy some yummy food while you are doing it makes the experience all that much better.

Tasting a variety of dishes on a previous visit with a larger group taught us some of the high and low points of the menu. The Masitas de Puerco (fried cubed pork and onions) is delicious as is the Pan con Bistec. The latter is a delightful blend of textures and flavors as the steak plays off the tomatoes, tiny fries, and Cuban bread. We had these along with a perfectly fine Ensalada de Estacion and some OK shrimp cocktail. But the Tirasela Tu (a Cubano coffee poured over tiramisu) that finished our meal was staggeringly good. Our previous visit revealed that the 'specialty of the house' - roasted chicken - and the Tostones are both very bland and so we avoided them this time.

All in all, you come here more for the atmosphere and the drinks than for a fine dining experience. If you are OK with that you will be in no way disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great restaurant/food, only thing I will say was the lack of seating for a party of 5 and how crammed we were with no where to move our plates or have leg room.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We’re from out of town and always have to come to this restaurant when in Miami. Great food, great service! Thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Tasty food, great service, bustling but not in a bad way. Definitely worth a look. I'd recommend booking in advance to get a nice seat outside

Tags: People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was exceptional! Truly appreciated our lovely waitress, Darling!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The service was excellent but the food did not have the flavor I have tasted in Cuban dishes from lesser known Cuban restaurants.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very crowded inside, lots of seating outside. Service quick, waiter recommended the "special of the day" Chicken in gravy, black beans, rice and plantains. It was served almost immediately! It was tasty but nothing special, think it was what was already cooked!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Wonderful Cuban vibe and excellent food!

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Met some friends who were staying on south beach from out of town. Great convenient location. Reasonably priced, good food. Sat outside -was great location and people watching. After dinner walked up Espanola way for some gelato.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, People Watching, Live Music, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We are here our first night in Miami. The food was great, the service was wonderful and the restaurant is super cute. The little street it’s on is lively and fun.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was good and authentic. Server was very attentive and patient. Reception was confrontational as they thought our reservation was at a different restaurant as the phone number for Havana 1957 - Espinola Way was actually for a different location for Havana 1957. The restaurant needs to update their numbers and addresses with Open Table to ensure they are correct for their respective restaurant locations. Once we identified the problem, the staff tried their best to be accommodating.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was good, but the portions were small. I felt cheated.

Tags: Organic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was touristy and loud, but that’s what I expected and wanted on New Years Eve. Patio was great for people watching. I expected the food to be so-so but was happily surprised by how great it all was. We had croquettes, a sandwich, a chicken dish, and a steak and everyone was happy. And we are picky.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I really love this restaurant my favorite dish is the house specialty roasted chicken

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food wasn’t good, very expensive, and slow service. Stay away! Waste of money.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The sevice was below standard - the food ordinary - the place a rip-off. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 22, 2017

After visiting Cuba earlier this year and feeling like I didn't get to experience Cuban cuisine, I was excited to check this place out. I actually made reservations not knowing how busy dinner would be, but they were not needed. We got seated outside fairly quickly. My husband and I each ordered a Cuba Libre. I am not sure what the cost was, but they do come in a fairly large wine glass and were tasty. I did not like that they served them in such a way, it seemed more gimmicky than sticking to how a Cubre Libre should be served. The server pointed out some of the favorites that were more traditional Cuban favorites, which we tried. I ordered a sampler of the 3 different options, so it came with beef, chicken and pork samples with rice and beans and a side salad. It was tasty. The chicken was nothing more than a piece of fried chicken really, but the pork and beef was nice. I love plantains, so having those as a side was also nice. My husbands dish was more like a ground beef stew of sorts. He said it was tasty, but I obviously got the better dish. Service was fine, but being in a prime tourist spot, they are just as busy trying to rush people in as they are serving those that are there. It is more a tourist spot and I would not go back. If you want tradition Cuban and to not feel like you are just sitting in a high traffic, tourist area, then try and find something off the beaten path.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent food and service. The pineapple mojitos were a huge hit and the house chicken special was outstanding! Recommend!

Tags: Spicy, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very long wait for food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service and superb food. It was the perfect spot to celebrate a 1957 birthday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was great and what made it even more wonderful was the attentive service provided by our waiter.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great spot for an authentic Cuban dinner experience. Our server, Juan Carlos, was fantastic! Valet parking was very convenient on a crowded Sunday night in South Beach.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Breakfast option staying at Clay Hotel.
Surprise: fresh squeezed OJ! Large heavy 3-egg options with Cuban bread toast. Huge strong Cuban Coffee! Yogurt was a nice option to split with cereal.

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