Dona Habana

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$30 and under
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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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UH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fun and lively, the food was delicious and the service was prompt and helpful. We had a great time and will definitely try to make it part of our itinerary the next time we are in Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and overall service was great. My only issue is when making reservations there is no clear distinction between the Lounge and the Dinning Room. When I arrived I was told that my reservation was for the lounge although I did not chose that area. It was very frustrating to be told that when I made the reservation I should have put in the comments that I wanted to be seated in the Dinning area. How would anyone know that? It makes zero sense. There needs to be a clear option of which area you will be seated in BEFORE you arrive.

a
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went to see Cuba at the IMAX theater at the Museum of Science and this was the perfect place to go afterward. The atmosphere is fun and the food is delicious. Our waitress was friendly but didn't offer to refill drinks or check on things after our meal was delivered. I was also disappointed that I wrote "Birthday" on the reservation but no one checked in with us about it. Especially once we heard the fun birthday song that the staff sang. Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend it as something fun and different to do.

MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went to Doña Habana last Saturday night. Loved the cozy ambience. The food and the drinks were great. My favorite part was the band...those guys do an amazing job. The music was lovely. The service was a bit slow, (I hope they improve that) but will definitely recommend. Planning to return pretty soon.

PF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I ate here on a visit to Boston. The food was excellent and the service was very good as well. I will come back when I visit Boston again.

Y
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great. I arrive a bit early for my reservation but staff was able to accommodate me. Food was amazing. Waitress was really friendly . Overall experience was great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere, music and food

FO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Every Bostonian should be bursting with pride at the very existence of this landmark in the cultural diversity of the region. Dona Habana is beautiful and so are the people from all backgrounds who always fill the seats and the bar - and the staff. You cannot say that about every place in this town. The food and culture experience are really excellent - and it's inspiring to be there. I will be back!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional Cuban food. My wife and mother in law are Cuban and think the food is authentically prepared. Food was very fresh, served hot and ingredients highest quality. Nothing is over-spiced or over-salted. Much like home cooking. True to Cuban cuisine. Ropa vieja is wonderful, and wife had the bistec encebollado...amazingly tender and perfectly cooked. Mojitos were perfect. Service was exceptional. Always has been...this was our third time at Doña. Awesome, lively atmosphere. Best Cuban restaurant perhaps in all of Northeast ...we have been around. Highly recommended.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there and I have to say my guest and myself enjoyed it a lot and plan on attending the restaurant again soon.

A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday, and it was a wonderful experience! Now our teens wants to go to the restaurant for their birthday dinners, too! :)

PL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

It was my mom's birthday so I was hoping she got to experience the band play but unfortunately they told us at the last minute they had an event and were hoping people would leave by 10pm. Go figure!!

They only have two bartenders so they are extremely busy. Not only did we have to wait until the waitress acknowledge us which was too long a wait but now we waited even longer to get our first drinks. Very slow service! Next time I would just go for drinks and appetizers.

KD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was flavorful and delicious, the atmosphere was fun and vibrant, and the service was absolutely friendly and wonderful!

j
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Era nuestra primera vez y lleno nuestras expectativas es un lugar muy acogedor y el ambiente latino espectacular, la comida deliciosa en fin quedamos matados pronto volveremos 100% recomendado

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida aunque un poco costosa ya que el sitio no es muy elegante

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a great fan of this restaurant and recommend it regularly to my family friends. Service and food are both impeccable. Keep up the great work!

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I went there on my Bday 9-25, I've known about this place for the longest time but I'd never been. Finally I wen there on my birthday. The food was really delicious, I got the Fried fish, with plantains and avocado on the side. For a drink I got the passion fruit, that was also good, to top it off I had the vanilla Flan!

The food can be on the pricey side, but it's all worth it!!!!!

AB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a bit slow - waitress took forever to check in

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks are really good!

HM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The Website should be more specific. We had an outside reservation for 12:30, when we arrived we were notified that outside seating did not start until 2PM and that the menu was limited until then. Food and service was ok, definately not as expected.

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you guys for making my birthday a wonderful one!! I wish we had one in Birmingham, Al I would eat there everyday!!! Loved everything about the restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They did a whole group birthday song when they brought out the dessert with the candle. It was festive!

WB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I made a 8:30 reservation I got there at 8:25 I wait at the bar like 45 minutes until there was a table available. The tables are so close, we were in the middle on the right side a girl flipping her hair for side to side I can feel the wind on my face everytime she flipped on the other side a guy eating fry fish some of the fish jump on our table. I asked for a Caleta the shrimp one was salty and the Pernil one was dry, the plantains was hard like a rock you can tell it was no fresh. The drinks were good I dont know how much was the Mojito because in the from of the menu said $25 but inside there one another price for the same mojito $13 (coconut mojito)

JF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Meeting friends, sat in lounge for dinner. Great drinks especially Cienfuegos Margarita. Always have the whole fish & loved it as usual. Elena, our waitress, was awesome. Great atmosphere & decor

SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and authentic Cuban cuisine. Good ambiance and excellent customer service. You won’t regret it!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The slow inattentive service we got from our waitress ruined a potentially good experience, the seafood empanadas were good, even though it was cold, but within the hour we were there we saw our server twice. Once to order the apps and then to pay the bill. Didn’t get to order entrees or drinks so we went to ZC Boston sushi bar next door.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambiance is great and our waitress was very attentive.
I was disappointed when I walked in and in front of my family was told that despite making a reservation though open table I should have called and requested the regular dining room vs. the lounge area, (there is no way to know during booking) They ended up accommodating us in the end but good for others to keep in mind.

GM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing ambience. Outside seating was cute. Their cocktails are amazing and I highly recommend their mojito sampler!

VB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My second time there and the Food was not good at all.... the first time the food was great. Not sure what happened....

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at a Cuban restaurant. Absolutely loved the flavors ! Loved the banana mojito and spinach goat cheese empanadas

G
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived 6:30 on a Thursday. Sat at the bar and enjoyed 4 Tappas with several margaritas each. Noise level was low, although restaurant was 50% full. Food and drinks were very good. Have never been to a Cuban restaurant before and the experience was quite enjoyable. My wife and I plan on returning again when ever were back in Boston which could not be too soon to return to Dona Habana

SW
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have been to this restaurant several times for the year and always had a great experience. This time, it was a little different. First our waitress, did not seem to understand what we were requesting and was not empathetic when one of the entrees was not to our liking. At the end of dinner, we requested to have both entree leftovers to go, but only received one. We then asked about the other and she told us since we did not like that entree, the chef would redo it and for us to take home. I think she did not hear us when we asked to have it wrapped to go. That aside, the birthday celebration was fantastic and the drinks are always excellent. I just wish our interactions with the waitress was better. Thank you.

WP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always. Simply Amazing!!!! Staff Rocks!!! Out Waiter was Amazing... forgot her name... she’s from Venezuela 🇻🇪...
keep being Spectacular!!!

PS the birthday song... is the coolest ever!!! I believe they played it twice for us!!! ❤️❤️❤️

IG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant Mami was happy! Her Birthday Celebration with a song and the waiters singing to her was the best and the desserts delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere with a huge variety of mosquitos (about 50). Had the passion fruit and it was very good. Will definitely return soon!

EX
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place to eat with family and friends. Also good for celebrate special occasions. The service have to be improve. They have live music in the first room on weekends The food it's good. The decoration it's pretty and joyful. Overall I will recommend it.

c
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

As a friend shared with me go for yourself and see how you like it. The ambiance was fantastic. However the service was extremely slow. 3 tables were seated after me, all 3 received their drink orders and two received their food. I ordered the fish (most popular dish) it was hot but lacked and seasoning or spice as expected, my rice was barely warm and the beans were lukewarm as well as overly sweet. My companions lobster was undercooked and desired more spice/seasoning. Almost forgot, our appetizer came out after our main course and was barley warm, I thought empanada's were supposed to be hot.
Would I go back MAYBE on a slower day/night but that won't happen anytime soon!

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good and drinks were excellent, but the time to wait for the food was long. Other than the wait, I’ll be back again.

NI
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was wonderful, the food was exquisite and the service was outstanding.

Cant wait to go there again.....

I
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went for anniversary dinner, but nothing came of it. No special welcome or nothing. Started good then great music went silent at first then on/ off for a while. At least music frowns out street noise and it keeps u in a good mood for drinking. Food and drinks were good and timely. After we were offered the dessert menu, which we ultimately declined, our server disappeared and it took us like 20 minutes to get the check. Apparently they decided to put her outside to work and we kind of got forgotten about. It was also a parent that we weren’t the only ones since two tables nearby were complaining of the same thing. Other than that everything went pretty good.