Dona Habana

4.3
413 reviews
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Cuban
Doña Habana is a tropical paradise in Boston! From the moment you step inside Dona Habana you feel as if you've been transported to the Old Havana, Cuba. Beautiful murals and friendly staff creates an incredible ambiance that makes you forget that you are in Boston.

We offer 53 amazing mojitos among others delicious drinks to choose from. Our delicious Cuban cuisine is a fusion of native Taino, Spanish, African and Caribbean food.

Thursday to Saturday we have incredible live music in our lounge that will make you stand up and dance.

Shake up the weekend with our Sunday brunch and best with mimosas in Boston.

Free Parking at CrossTown Center Garage
2hr lunch | 3hrs dinner

Lunch - Dinner - Cocktails - Lounge - Live Music - Catering - Private Events - Private Room


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TL
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most recent visit was to celebrate my birthday. The food was amazing, the service was exceptional and the ambiance, as always, warm and inviting!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been here four times over the past could of years. It's good fun with nice rum drinks and very good Cuban fare. The ceviche, the fish on a stick, the empanadas and the veg paella. The waiter, Wil, is excellent and I particularly like that he asks / is able to accommodate either English or Spanish. It's a nice touch. Live music on Saturday night, the place was packed.

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AR
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Xavier was a great server. Lovely meal and fun time. Cool spot. Local community folks and hotel and irhercvisitors. Fun and vibrant scene. Go.

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SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Dona Habana can be a fun place to go! Wish other people’s kids were not allowed to watch videos while we’re dining...it’s pretty distracting. Food and drinks were good and we’ll come back another time!

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VM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner, for the second time. Will definitely be coming here again! Reminds me so much of my aunt’s cooking, who was Cuban.

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TN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Every restaurant I goes offers a free piece of cake on a birthday, but they did not.
And the hostess was really rude

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If Havana is actually like this- it's a wonderful place.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was one of my girlfriend's favorite restaurants. She talked about the food all the time. So in the spirit of treating her, I looked to surprise her with a night out at Dona Habana on Valentines day.

The actual night was great. Good service by our waitress. Leading up to the actual was a bit frustrating. I called to check on my reservation several times but most of the servers did not understand English. So it ended up being a case of me having to personally talk to a bar tender to try and arrange a special set up for her. They were unable to arrange anything on their own, which wound up being a personal task I undertook the day of date. Needless to say, I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a typical night out with a group or a low profile date.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The service was great! The food came out quick and hot! I loved it! I will definitely be going again soon!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent! Will go back again , great food and service.

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AJ
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is really great. The place looks great and the service was really nice. Moderately priced.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time going to dona habana the food was good !! The service was slow maybe cuase i guess there was only one waitress but overall great environment .

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M
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doña Habana amazing. El mojito de piña con gengibre estuvo delicioso. El ambiente súper. El servicio excelente.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great experience. The food was awesome, the drinks were great and not too strong but delicious. The food was even better. I would recommend this for anyone!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

After driving 9 hours to Boston, this was a great little place with good food and drinks.

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HR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, delicious drinks, and amazing service!

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C
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible. They didn’t know where to seat me and had me walking back and forth. Ordered food and they forgot stuff.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our first date here. Very nice dining & drink menu.

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Hostess was rude and waiter never walked by to check what we needed (maybe because tip is included in the check). Almost 40 minutes to get drinks, and the appetizers came out with main entrees.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was my second time there. Food is excellent; however service is very slow. We waited a long time at both times I visited to order food. I like the dim lights but was a little to low for me to see menu. I will go back because the food is good even though a little pricey

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

A fantastic menu served with a flair. Mojito bar was extensive.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We alsways have a great time , Andrea our server was excellent no complaints well there is one wish the band started at 8-30 instead of 10 there so good we enjoyed them very much Thank you
Steve p.

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

Great restaurant and staff were terrific. Definitely will be going back again soon.

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TL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and ambiance, excellent food and drinks!

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SW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Great food. Great service. Great drinks. Love this place!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Foood was great, I told them it was a birthday they didn’t sing happy birthday or anything like that

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and vibrant environment, friendly staff. Nice date restaurant or special occasion. Food is delicious.

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FL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything from the ceviche to our, drinks and meal. The only downside about this place is the size. The seats are extremely close and tight

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Drinks were great. Music was fantastic and the volume was just right. Birthdays are treated with extra special attention. We can’t wait to go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I Love the food and live music great drinks also the servers are great

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall it was very good. Wish the food was hotter for such an excellent tasting meal.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Server was cold and abrupt

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

Fun Place... Excellent service, food and drinks!

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OG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Drinks were really good. The ambiance reminded me of Old Habana, which I loved. Service was also quite pleasant. I went on a holiday, so it wasn't packed. I've heard it's usually packed though, which says a lot (that's a good thing).

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

12/31/18- Maitre D has a system based on ? to select who dines in the restaurant and who dines in a noisy cramped bar that we did not request and did not expect. We were very uncomfortable all the time, I asked for a glass of Rioja and the wine was a glass of red vinegar ( bottle evidently opened for several days ). People standing in the bar rubbing my shoulder with every move. The waiter though was excellent!!!. We made a reservation for dinner not for a noisy cramped bar. We will never set foot in that place again

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was unorganized for New years eve night. We had reservation, but the entrance was so crammed and the reservation was not valid when we arrived

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years dinner

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We made advanced reservations to eat at 6:30 on New Year's Eve. When we arrived, we asked to eat in the main dining room instead of the bar area. Although the main dining room had at least 20 - 30 tables empty and the main celebrations were not expected until after 11:00 when a band would play, all employees refused to let us eat in the dining room even though I said we would be done eating by 7:30. None of the employees showed any concern. They just said there was nothing they could do even though they had so many empty tables and it was so early. They said that no manager (nor owner) was present when I asked to speak with one.
They should have told us that we would have to eat in the bar when they called me and asked if we would like to pay $25 more per person to hear the band after 11:00. It was the lack of concern on their part that bothered me the most. The employees seemed to be too young and inexperienced. It's hard to believe a manager was not on duty on such an important night. Plus, when a homeless woman went right through the group of young girls (employees) in the reception area and came to all of the tables literally crying for help, some who looked like managers suddenly appeared to remedy the situation.
I enjoyed my food, but it was a bit pricey for what I received though not that unusual for Boston ($20 for a pastelon type meal made with chicken). My husband had paella ($26). He enjoyed it but said he expected more. The Tres Leches cake was excellent!
The server lost track of us at the end when we wanted to pay. My husband had to eventually bring the bill to the hostess even though the bar area only had 4 parties.
Would I go there again? Probably not. The food was good. The prices were OK. However, the lack of any concern whatsoever for their customers left a "very bad taste in my mouth." There are too many great restaurants in Boston for them to show a complete lack of concern for their customers. The "Customer should be King!"

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everytime my family comes here it’s a great experience. The energy in the room and the service are always fantastic.

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TO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent traditional and new style Cuban dishes. Excellent service by the attentive waiter from Matansas.

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