Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive

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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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SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place is a bit of a tourist spot but the atmosphere was fun and food was delicious. Definitely a good spot to stop in if you want good food and drinks and a seat right hip

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was great

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your comments! We're glad you enjoyed your experience.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The sidewalk seating was great but the party that was happening inside was EXCITING! WEPA ..... The food was ok... chicken could have been seasoned a little more. But overall this establishment captured the essence of Havana down to the cigar girl that came by our table. Will definitely be returning in the future!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious and drinks were exactly as I expected. The mojitos are bomb I highly recommend getting a pitcher to share with a love one or a friend. The atmosphere is gorgeous and staff was very nice.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great dining experience. They take customer service to another level. I’m still dreaming about the ropa vieja!

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on November 7, 2019

We're glad to hear you enjoyed our Ropa Vieja. Thank you for giving us 5 stars. Come to visit us again soon.

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FD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I reserved a table inside and, upon arrival, was told that there were no available tables inside due to a birthday. We were requested to take a seat outside. I went to the toilet and noticed that there were available tables inside and requested to be moved inside. With some difficulty, we managed to get a table inside. Make sure you insist to get a table inside because there is live music and the ambiance is much much better than outside. By the way, there was no birthday inside ...

C
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice spot...food was good. Band that was playing very good quality music

W
Orlando
142 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beware that the charge gratuity and do no tell you.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on October 19, 2019

Your feedback is appreciated Webberwarrior. We strive to be as clear as possible with any upcharges and our menus contain a disclaimer that informs about the service charge being included on your bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fuimos a cenar por mi cumpleaños y estuvo muy bien. La calidad de la comida es buena y el ambiente animado, quizas el volumen de la musica un poco alto para mi gusto. Me cantaron el cumpleaños feliz y lo pasamos bien, eso si, la tarta en la que pusieron la vela para soplar nos la cobraron.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great customer service ambience was lacking

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was great, ambiance was very tropical can enjoyable, only thing is, our waitress completely forgot that we were celebrating a birthday, after we paid she realized, but it was too late, it really wasn't too busy, not sure what happened. Definitely would go but but not for anything special.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Portion sizes were huge! Very friendly staff.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on October 12, 2019

Thank you for leaving your comments. We're glad you enjoyed the service given by the staff. We invite you to join us again soon.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Es war ein wunderschöner Abend. Personal super freundlich. Essen war klasse. Location mit Flair

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on October 3, 2019

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

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LL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That meal was absolutely amazing!! From the Cuban dishes to the burger and soup,...we loved it all!! Definitely going to revisit when back in town. Thanks again for a wonderful experience :)
~Lana
Austin, TX

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thanks to you Lana for joining us and leaving your review. We're glad you loved it here and hope to welcome you again soon.

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you, Michelle. It means a lot to us to have your recommendation. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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FW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacationing in south beach, Miami

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cuban food in Miami!!

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall2food4service3ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend!!

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great service and food, but overpriced on the cocktails.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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l
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
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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