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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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

Wonderful Cuban vibe and excellent food!

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·Dined on January 13, 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 11, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 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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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 31, 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 27, 2017

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

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very long wait for food.

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·Dined on December 18, 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 17, 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 11, 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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 (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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very good service and menu selections. Great outdoor dining with great serving staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Tapas
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was ok
Definitely not worth it 120$
Not going back

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We certainly enjoyed our food at Havana 1957 but the noise level was too much for our liking. The service was good but the seating was too tight.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We came to Havana 1957 for a birthday dinner. Our server Romel was amazing. He came to our table often to make sure we did not need anything. Every time we thought of something we needed or wanted he was right there. The Havana Cosmo and cheesecake are my favorite. Will definaly stop here for dinner Every time I am in Miami.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great place in grat Espanola Way. Very Good cuban food.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Visited for lunch during a conference in a hotel nearby. My husband enjoyed his Vaca Frita, and I found the House special Pollo al Horno, classic Cuban garlic chicken. The accompaniment of rice and black beans were well made; we would have liked more sweet plantain. The guava lemonade was refreshing. Our only qualm was the very small table for two, and the music and noise level too loud. The service was friendly and prompt. We would go back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I will make my one and only negative comment first, that way I can continue with all the positives. We had reservations for 7:30pm and arrived at 7:33. It had just started raining prior to our arrival and this place has outside seating. Plus, it was packed. Our table was not ready because they had moved some of the people that were seated outside due to the rain. When we inquired about our table, they told us that we would have to wait about 20 min or that we could walk to another location if we wanted to be seated right away. I’m not really sure if the hostess realized that she had just suggested that we walked under the rain to their other location. Needless to say, we decided to wait although I always expect that when I make a reservation 7 hrs in advance, my table should be ready. Eventually we were seated and everything to that point was quickly forgotten. The food was simply amazing!!! This place truly is a Cuban Gem. Their mojitos were outstanding!!! Our entrees were delicious, perfectly seasoned, and I have to admit that it was a lot of food for the money. They even gave us dessert on the house. The seating issue was a minor inconvenience that was quickly made up for with their excellent service and food. We will definitely be back again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

They have a large menu filled with many so authentic Cuban specialties that it's hard to decide what to get. All the items we got tasted great! Service was very friendly and the restaurant looks really nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We had a meal so amazing we returned the following night! The service was stellar and if you like Mojitos you are in for a treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

This place was excellent for a late night dinner with friends. The wait staff was very attentive and the food arrived quickly. The atmosphere was enjoyable and the food was delicious. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Main problem is an inaccurate menu, and not authentic Cuban.
I ordered the Pork chops (Chuleta de Puerco) and instead they bring me a ham steak.

I told the waiter I wanted the pork chop not ham and he said that was their Chuleta. Sux. Too bad.

If at least the menu would have said it was ham, I would have known not to order it.

My daughter ordered Vaca Frita - I have never seen a Vaca Frita like that before. Instead of shredded beef it was like a steak.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

The best spot for Cuban food and live the real Cuba. Good music, good ambience. Service is excellent . The manager and our server were all the time checking around the table. I will comeback soon and will request Romel to be our server again, you can't go wrong with him. Very knowledgeable and attentive .

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Amazing food with great service. The energy level is high and friendly.

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food, but very busy.

It really rained as we arrived so a lot of people stood inside round the tables whilst we were eating. Not ideal but the food quality more than made up for it.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Overall awesome experience. Location was great had such an awesome atmosphere. Best part was the classic and coconut mojitos! They are to die for! So good! Food was excellent as well. We had the Cuban platter which consisted of chicken, beef and pork. So good!

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Love this place, everything about it. Always have a great experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Pros: nice view of SoBe crowd and friendly service. Cons: everything else. Food is airport quality and not cheap. Drinks taste like they were made last week. For Cuban, you can do much better in Miami.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I was told I HAD to visit this historic spot for the best Cuban in Miami. I was told wrong. The food was just okay, the service was awful and the tables were crammed in the restaurant like sardines. I've had better Cuban food in Atlanta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was authentic and delicious. The ambiance was great!

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food is delicious and served in big portions. Our group's favorite dish was the ropa vieja!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

I am Cuban and grew up with my mom's great cooking . If you want cuban home cooking this is the place to eat!!
I loved it! We were on vacation from New Jersey.
We discovered it too late . We only ate there 2 nights. If we would have discovered it before we would have dined there every night!
I've always loved the Versailles restaurant in Miami 's palomilla steak but this one is even better!!! I never thought I'd ever say this!!
If you like steak you'll love their palomilla steak' best it with fries!!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Service was great and Lunch was delicious!! It was the best Cuban meal I've ever had! I would highly recommend this restaurant! We are definitely going back!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We really enjoyed this place as an example of traditional Cuban fare. We started with wonderful Cuban Libres at our outdoor table, right in the middle of all the action. It was a great locale for people-watching, and Miami offers unlimited people-watching. We have the best waiter ever and service was fast and fantastic. Food was delicioso! We would take friends back there in a heartbeat.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food, great service. Went on a night with a live show. Performers were amazing and made everyone want to sing and dance!

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