Havana 1957 - Espanola Way

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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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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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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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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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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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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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New York Area
7 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
8 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
26 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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LK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the festive ambiance. Sitting outside and listening to the music and people watching was so much fun. I would go again!

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your review of Havana 1957. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and invite you to join us again soon.

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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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New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Music was too loud where we have to scream to have a conversation. I thought I was in a club!!!??? And food was just mediocre, beer cost a lot more than most places in SoBe espanyola way. I got some bacteria from the food, got upset stomach. Food tastes like they cooked it a day or so ago. Just a tourist joint, not a repeat business place.

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AL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Location is perfect. Espagnola way is really nice and cosy in the evening. But the food is not tasty, it was prepared in 5 minutes, in my opinion it is strangely fast for meat. Sangria is just a wine with pieces of orange, not at all like real sangria.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Good morning, Alexandre. Thank you for leaving your comments about our restaurant. While we're glad you loved the location, We're sorry you didn't like the food. Our guests typically compliment us on our food and we're sorry this was not the case. We hope to be able to show you a true Havana 1957 experience in a future visit. Regards.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Loved the fun music and chill vibe! Food was delicious and large portions at very reasonable prices especially being on South Beach! From the hosts, to staff, to our server, everyone was very welcoming and efficient too!

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, We always love to hear that our guests had a great time at our restaurant and we're glad this was the case. Our team will be happy to hear you enjoyed the experience and we definitely look forward to your next return

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Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a fun place to try authentic Cuban fare.

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Havana 1957 and hope to welcome you back more frequently in the near future.

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TF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was available upon arrival. Server was attentive and informative. Dinner was delicious and the outdoor dining was pleasant.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

Good afternoon, TanjaF. Thank you very much for leaving your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Havana 1957. We hope to see you again soon.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun place, good food but the drinks are too expensive unless they are trying to help people stay sober...I had one drink at the bar a mojito and with tax and the added service fee the drink was 18.95ish that's just crazy talk😬

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Responded on April 3, 2019

Good afternoon, Trish. Thank you for joining us and leaving your review and feedback. We are committed to finding the best price considering the quality of the food, the service and the location of our restaurant. We will take your comments into consideration in order to improve our service where applicable.

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AT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food. Great margaritas, great service, fantastic ambiance.

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Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your review, ALTFoodGuy. We hope to host you next time you're in Miami.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely felt like i was in Little Havana. The ambiance, music, people just makes Esponala Way a lively and jovial experience. Great food and servers were very friendly and brought drinks and food right away.

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Responded on March 28, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your comments. We're happy that you liked everything during your visit and hope you join us again next time you're on Espanola Way.

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined outside on a beautiful evening with a party of 4. A member of the party had dietary restrictions that was handled without issue. Everyone loved the food and the yucca fries were amazing! And the Cafe Cubano at the end of the meal was about the best coffee we had in Miami Beach! The services could not have been better!

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review, Kevin. We're glad that you and your party enjoyed the visit to Havana 1957. Come back soon.

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FB
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I guess I would recommend it, my friends food was delicious, I probably went for the wrong option and was disappointed

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Responded on March 27, 2019

We hope to delight you with other items on our menu next time you visit. Thank you for joining us and leaving your review, Federica.

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Cleveland
62 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat us at a great booth in center of restaurant but partitioned off so it was nice to be out of the hustle and bustle. Lively restaurant, valet available but $40. Damien our server explained the Cuban specialties well. Many different flavors of Mojitos. Food came out in record time. All very good. Gluten free available for grilled items but would have been helpful to have it noted on menu so I would easily know what to try. Couldn’t try some of the items that I wanted to, a but if a language barrier that could be avoided by noting GF on menu. Food was excellent, south beach neighborhood lively to people watch after dinner.

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your comments, Curley888. We're glad you enjoyed your experience at Havana 1957. We hope to see you again soon.

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