Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive

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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; Ocean Drive.
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MP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was excellent! Food tasted great and the atmosphere was fun!
A must return.

FW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and of course it was great to dine on Ocean Drive. But what really made it stand out was the service, our waitress, Elena, went above and beyond. Can thoroughly recommend the South Beach Mojitos plus the salads for a vegetarian were delicious.

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Responded on August 29, 2019

Good morning, FaithW. Thank you for leaving your review. We are happy that Elena made your dinner stand out we're looking forward to serving you again.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and experience. Will definitely go back when I return to Miami

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you very much for your comments. We look forward to your next return!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacationing in south beach, Miami

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Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars, We're glad you made us part of your Miami vacation. Come back soon!

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Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overpriced like everything in Miami and hidden taxes

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on August 22, 2019

We appreciate you leaving your opinion. We strive to be as clear as possible with upcharges and our printed menus contain a disclaimer that informs about the service charge being included on your bill. Other charges include state and city taxes that cannot be left out.

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d
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey for portion sizes. Great flavor, ambiance and service.

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Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Daniels. We're glad you were delighted with your overall experience. Come to dine with us again soon.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cuban food in Miami!!

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Responded on August 14, 2019

It honors us that you deem ours the best Cuban food in Miami. Thank you very much for giving us 5 stars. We lok forward to your return.

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Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Part of ocean drive so kind of expected it to be touristy . Nice food , quick service . Band was ok but way too loud and left with ears ringing and we were mid way back. Then the bill > $200 for 4 only mains , and a round of drinks . Had 20% service charge , plus 9% local changes too - seems normal for Miami but not a cheap quick easy meal out

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for your business and for leaving your honest opinion. We will take your comments into consideration and be more mindful of the volume in the near future. We hope to welcome you again if you return to the area and decide the price works for you.

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We like to eat here when we are visiting. Like the atmosphere and the music. Would like to see the live music offered on more days of the week.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on August 8, 2019

We appreciate your continued support, Connie. It's great to know you always enjoy coming to our restaurant.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The apps
Chicken cooker recommended by the server was basically fried cheese and some sort of purée
Not good
Seafood appetizer warm lobster and a few shrimp
Very poor culinary experience
Drinks good
Stay away

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on August 14, 2019

Your honest opinion is appreciated, ScottB, we're sorry that you felt the culinary experience was poor. We hope to have another opportunity to serve you in the future so we can show you more of our offerings and turn your experience around.

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CG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We ate there twice during our 3 night stay in the area.

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Responded on August 7, 2019

We appreciate your repeat business and the suport, ChrystalG. it's also great to know you enjoyed your experience. Come to visit us again next time you're in Miami.

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JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service, very enjoyable atmosphere. Just a bit pricey, but worth it if you realize you’re going to South Beach.

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Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Jordan. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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TF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We toured the entire southern part of Florida and definitely felt 1957 as being a tourist trap. I would not recommend this establishment to any of my family members or friends.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on August 8, 2019

TimF, We appreciate your honest input and regret you left with a negative impression of our restaurant. We aim to deliver impeccable experiences worth the money our guests pay and hearing your opinion is a letdown to us. We offer our apologies for anything that may have caused this impression on you and we hope to be able to turn your experience around in a future visit.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend!!

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Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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SP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food.

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Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Steve. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

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b
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Havana 1957 was a fun spot with excellent food and great live entertainment. It is Ocean Drive, of course. So it caters to tourists like every other spot on the strip does. If your primary concern is "authenticity," then you are looking for a spot about thirty miles across the river. If you are interested in a wide variety of Cuban dishes prepared expertly by an efficient professional kitchen staff, you will be glad you stopped in at 1957.

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Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you very much for leaving your review, bhr3. It makes us happy that you had a great experience at Havana 1957. Above all else, our main goal is guest satisfaction and we're glad it reflected during your visit.

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JR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food, but overpriced on the cocktails.

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Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you for your business and review. We're sorry you felt the cocktails were overpriced we will take your comments to heart. We hope to welcome you again soon to make your next experience with us worthy of 5 stars.

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LS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Cuban cuisine was delicious! It is a little pricey, but worth it for the food and atmosphere when you're vacationing.

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Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you for reviewing Havana 1957, Lindsay. It's great to know you enjoyed your meal and the atmosphere. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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VD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great location, great service. wait staff was attentive, food was delicious, large portion size, beautiful presentation

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Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you very much for your business and for leaving your review, VladiDadi. We are pleased that the service and dishes you tried were to your satisfaction. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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G
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here during my birthday trip to Miami and the Keys. I'm pretty sure this was one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. Our server was spectacular and so good to my 5 and 7 year olds. The dishes she recommended were so amazing and although I was so unbelievably full from our meal we ate dessert too which was delicious. If you're in South Beach and need to be blown away then please go to this restaurant.

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Responded on August 1, 2019

Good afternoon, Glenna. Thank you for your business and review. It makes us really happy to learn this was one of the best experiences in Miami. We're glad to have earned your recommendation and hope to welcome you again soon.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Will definitely come back when I’m in the area. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

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Responded on July 18, 2019

We're happy to have earned your recommendation, Kris. Thank you for giving us 5 stars. We look forward to your return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has the three things that every restaurant should have. Great food, great service and an awesome atmosphere!!! I love it and will visit again!!!

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Responded on July 18, 2019

We are so pleased that your experience met your expectations on all levels. Thank you for giving us 5 stars! We look forward to hosting you again very soon.

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Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Cuban food close to the beach

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your rating. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again next time you are on Ocean Drive.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is awesome! We loved the tamale, empanadas and the chocolate cake so delicious!

Oh and the Mojitos and Cuban coffee a must to drink 😉

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and leaving your rating. It's great to know you enjoyed the items you chose from our menu :) . Come back soon!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Location great

Food ok...chicken was dry and pork was fatty on the sampler
Service good

Merchandise selection limited ... did not have sizes needed to purchase polo shirt

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for your comments, leee. We will take your feedback into account to see where we can improve in the near future. We hope to hit that 5-star mark in a future visit.

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DP
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Had the Cuban sandwich and a few Mojitos. Service was good w/the exception we ordered 'sweet plantains' and never received them. I'm not certain if the Ocean Drive location is the 'can't miss' spot, as there are several locations. Might do some research before making a final selection. Definitely worth the stop for some authentic Cuban food.

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Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for leaving your feedback, Doug. We're glad you enjoyed the overall experience and look forward to hosting you at any of the rest of our locations. Regards!

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Baton Rouge
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time eating here this week. Loved it both times

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Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you for your repeat business. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit. Hope you join us again a thrid time.

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RB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We thought the food here was just OK. My husband ordered the picadillo and it had no olives or raisins. We thought it tasted like chili and rice.🤢 He didn't finish it and we won't return.

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Rachel, We deeply regret that you and your husband found the food to be less than excellent and hope to have another chance to turn your experience around.

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Baton Rouge
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Hector. Hector recommended we try 2 different dishes and all of the food was great.

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Responded on July 4, 2019

Many thanks for your business and review, We're glad you enjoyed the service given by Hector. Come back soon.

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1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great!

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Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars. We're glad you enjoyed your meal.

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J
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was expecting a tourist trap and was pleasantly surprised by the great Cuban food. The pork appetizer was great and the Ropa Vieja the best I’ve had in years.

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Responded on June 27, 2019

Jilestal, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your great experience at Havana 1957. It's always great to hear a guest say that we pleasantly surprised him/her. Our team invites you to return soon for another lovely meal.

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s
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very tasty but definitely a little expensive. I would recommend it as a nice higher end cuban food place. Loved the empanadas, whole snapper and the classic mojito.

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Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you very much for your business and review, Simonee. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and invite you to join us again soon for another lovely experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food quality very poor, food not fresh, steak was cold, rice cold, beans cold, frys soggy and cold, drinks watered down, even the water tasted bad!! Horrible service and very overpriced. Stay away!!! We went for a birthday and No one at the restaurant acknowledged that we were celebrating

DS
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanks to Alan for making my birthday celebration so memorable!!

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Responded on June 27, 2019

We're glad you decided to join us to celebrate your birthday and that the service given by Alan made it memorable. Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars, DeirdreS. We hope your future visits will be just as memorable and delightful.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A must visit if you want a high energy, people watching restuarant that serves good Cuban food. Stick with the pork dishes, they are superb!

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Responded on June 27, 2019

It's always wonderful to hear a guest encouraging others to give us a try. Thank you kindly for your business and review. We hope you come back soon!

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H
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. We had the Ultimate Mojito, signature chicken and skirt steak. The food was delicious!! I’d definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you for joining us and letting us know how your experience was. Hzleyes. We're glad you stopped in and enjoyed your experience and to have earned your recommendation. Come back soon!.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

All around terrible. Worst tiradito I’ve ever had and you include 20% service which is insane for quality you provide.

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Responded on June 28, 2019

Kaena, We apologize for your less than great experience at our restaurant. It is not in line what does standards of service we are proud to display. We want you to know that we would welcome another opportunity to show you a true Havana 1957 experience.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nice staff. Tasty food. Excellent music.

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Responded on June 18, 2019

We're glad you stopped in and enjoyed your experience. Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars,

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Très sympa. On a mangé à l extérieur : moins de bruit. Mais apéro à l intérieur au bar au top avec super groupe cubain. Bonne nourriture

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Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and leaving your rating

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

It is expensive (like everything in South Beach).
Food was excellent (almost as good as what we had in Cuba the 2 days before).
Staff was great.
Entertainment was great.

Be forewarned, like most restaurants in the area, they add a tip before giving you your bill.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you very much for your business and for giving our restaurant 5 stars. We're glad you can share the word about the authenticity of our cuisine. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Miami.

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