Dona Habana

4.3
443 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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EO
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great, except out waiter was pretty condescending. He was a little rude asking for our IDs (which i understand not wanting to serve anyone underage and feeling the need to be stern about it if unsure) and it felt like he did not treat us with the same respect as he might have had with an older party. Once we finished out meal and were sitting, drinking the last of our coffee and finishing up, he asked for the signed copy of our check which was just an unnecessary thing to do. It just felt like he was annoyed by our presence the entire time and wanted us to leave when we did nothing to deserve it. Otherwise the food was amazing and we had a great time.

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GB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I first noticed the restaurant from driving by. We greatly enjoy tapas and Latinx food. I was glad to see free parking provided and a way to make reservations for even a smaller party of 3. We went for my wife's birthday on a Saturday and arrived promptly for our 6:30 reservations. We saw a limited space with 3 open tables for 4 each, and some smaller spaces in 2 or 3 spots. Despite that where to seat us seemed a challenge that took about 10 min to resolve. When we asked about the open tables we were told they were reserved for a party of 8...?! They found a 3rd bar chair to add to a smaller table, cramped, at the entrance. By the time we were done...great food, great server...2 parties of 4 had been seated, w the 3rd table still empty. Was awkward all around. It was pretty loud...music mostly. Not sure there was the same range and variety offered on the menu as was online under menu.

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MA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was really slow. Waited too long for waiter, waited too long for drinks. Waiter recommended the deep fried red snapper which was a major disappointment. Dangerous to eat full of tiny bones. “Salad” it came with was literally a few scraps of spring greens. We were celebrating a special birthday and they did t even bring over the special firework dessert. Total bust. Will never return

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JJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Had seen other reviews that warned that reservations times are not always met, but was a bit frustrated to splurge on an Uber in order to be on time and then be told to sit in a hallway and wait

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This place is beautiful! Came here with a large party to celebrate my fathers birthday. They were welcoming from the time you enter the reasturant and seated us promptly. The overall ambiance, music and vibe is EXCELLENT!

The downside food is good drinks are GREAT, especially the passion fruit mojito my absolute favorite. BUT 1) you can’t substitute ANYTHING! I mean not even exchange one veggie for another. You get exactly what you order so if you happen to have an allergies, sucks for you. We were told the cook doesn’t like to make changes. I think it’s a ploy to get pple to spend more money on sides! For the price of some of the plates, I’d think you should be able to make some adjustments (I’d pass on the fufu. Came towards the end of my meal and wasn’t worth it) 2) Although the waitress was very nice she wasn’t very attentive and I noticed that it was like that with most of the guest around. No one really checked on their tables to see how people were doing, if we needed more drinks etc. We were asked once if everything was ok. Again, this appeared pretty standard across guest at other tables. Customer service could improve.

I would go back for drinks and appetizers to check out the bar side which had really good music and seemed like a nice vibe. Overall, It’s a nice place.

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NV
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really nice and fast. Plus Yvette was awesome. See you soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

El restaurante es muy bonito, limpio y con buen ambiente, pero tienen que mejorar la atención, llegamos y no había nadie para recibirnos, duramos unos minutos y nadie se acercaba, luego decidimos preguntar y ahí fue cuando nos indicaron donde debíamos ir ya que teníamos reservación. La entrada y el postre estuvieron deliciosas, el plato fuerte no tanto. En tres ocasiones pedí la canción de cumpleaños, nos llevaron la cuenta y la canción no la pusieron, hablé con el mesero, se disculpó y puso la canción y llevaron la vela.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent, food was well presented and very good. Stayed afterwards for the live music.

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n
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dona Habana was the right place to celebrate my birthday...good vibes and food.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good and the staff was nice, it seemed like an authentic Cuban restaurant which I liked. The only issue was there was some problems getting us seated even though we had a reservation and we had to keep going back and forth between different hosts for about 10ish minutes before we finally were able to get seats

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our server was very rude and every time 1 person would give her an order she would peel of and without collecting all of the orders. The drinks were tasty, but not as strong as usual - left with no buzz. The tres leches is amazing!!!

All in all, I’ll stick to going in the evening - the day staff’s service isn’t as great

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

The food and the presentation of the food was outstanding, alitttle pricey but i believe many factors are cause of that. Hope that this restuarant can stay stay arounfd for a long time. Great for a date night!

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TR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Way too noisy/ music too loud. I was sent to front half of restaurant because I was a single. This 55 yo female eating alone did not want to be in a nightclub volume bar area. My order was not taken timely, then drink arrived tasting awful, after meal delivered. Food was great, bar drink was awful and bar tender tried twice, still failed. This was a very disappointing experience.

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe. Service was quick and the music was great. It’s a bit pricey but overall a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went there for a friend’s birthday. Reservation was for 8pm but didn’t get sat until 8:30, we asked for bigger table but they said it’s for VIP only or we’d have to pay $1000 to sit there. Ridiculous, because it was 8 of us and we needed a large table and didn’t want to be squished into a booth which we did. Our server never came, we have to complain. We ordered drinks and apps and it took forever to come. Then we ordered dinner around 9:30 and food didn’t come out until after 11:10pm which then the birthday girl left because she was too upset with the service and having been there for hours and not being able to eat. This was the worst experience Iv ever had at a restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I think that everything is about the restaurant itself and not their guests. The waiter was constantly pushing me to get my order. It was definitely annoying and disrespectful. I won't come back again. The idea if dining out is to enjoy the food and drinks and have interesting conversations. If I want to have fast food or a drive thru, I would have chosen a different option. Very dissapointed.

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The what do leches dessert was not very good. Should have been a better presentation. It didn't look appetizing.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time and won’t be the last.. love the ambience and style, can’t wait to return soon.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, delicious food, great location and Cuban style atmosphere

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JZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu and creative spirits were wonderful. Our empanadas, salads, and seafood were very fresh, crisp, and excellently prepared. The service was excellent and also very helpful in choosing our mojitos and dishes we had not,experienced before. Great value and very warm, comfortable atmosphere. Loved it and will definitely return on our next trip to Boston.

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food. Really enjoy the atmosphere and drinks.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, drinks and ambiance but the price of everything was a lot more than I thought it should be.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks! Great food! Amazing coffee!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Service could’ve been better. Waiter wasn’t really polite and seemed detached. Food and ambiance were amazing though.

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HR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a birthday and the food was great. I had the fried snapper, and it was delicious. The waiter was EXCELLENT, the hostesses were less so, but all in all it was a great time and we will absolutely be back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best time. The food was great. The music was great. The servers were super kind.

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WD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great place for a celebration! We had a very good time. The servers were nice and professionals. We will definitely come back!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I thought service was awful. Being so close to Boston, I thought it would be closer to the service you can typically experience IN the city. It took FOREVER in between courses AND drinks. Our bill could have been much higher if she had been on top of serving our drinks. We did an app & entree each plus a birthday dessert. I probably wouldn’t go here again strictly bc of the service

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time experience and it was amazing! Our waitress was terrific! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was great. Definitely coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a really good vibe. Even when it was 11pm no one rushed us out the door.

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TL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 15, 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 15, 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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N
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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 14, 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 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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