Havana Carolina Restaurant and Bar

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$30 and under
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Cuban

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Havana Carolina Restaurant offers a little taste of Cuba presented in a lively-classic setting with Happy Hours and live music. The Cuban Paradise focus on customer satisfaction.

Our distinctive Cuban cuisine is a fusion of many varied elements of Native American Taino, Spanish, African, French, Arabic, Chinese and Portuguese spices and food techniques. Our blend of Caribbean ingredients is added to elevate each unique dish to a different level. The most important ingredient in each recipe is “love”.
Havana Carolina Restaurant & Bar is Cuban family-owned and operated. It flaunts the endeavor, the courage and the strength of those who look for success in new places. At Havana Carolina, we focus on creating a unique dining experience which allows each one of our customers to travel in time and spend a day in our old and glamorous Cuba. This “Cuban Paradise” is not just a restaurant or a business, it’s an experience and a feeling. It’s Cuba in its essence.

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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EM1969
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from their friendly Staff, Clean and well maintained.Food was exquisite,authentic and served in a timely fashion. Will be returning on a regular basis!

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BarbieA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

No pricing on there menu so u don’t know what prices is

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KyaR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Great food, great place. Drove from SC for my dad’s 65th bday. He’s Cuban and he loved the place. Only con unfortunately I hate to say was server. She got most drink orders wrong, my husband food order wrong and we brought in a cake 🎂 for a surprise. So instead of her bringing for desert. She comes to the table and says “you guys ready for the cake now” which ruin the surprise for my dad. She even couldn’t ring up my food correctly when it came to payment. But other than that I’ll drive there again bc that service didn’t even matter when it came to the other OVERALL ENVIRONMENT.

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RickB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. You could not ask for a better dinning experience!

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FrankR
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service real Cuban food awesome bread drinks prices parking and extremely clean

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SimplyHonest
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Overall it was a good experience. The drinks were amazing but some of the dishes were just ok. I would return again if I happened to be in the area. The server was nice but it was just average. I would recommend giving it a try at least once to decide for yourself.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Cuban food! Great service - We felt like we were in Cuba!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Husband and I had a fun date night. Food was good service was good. The band was good and alot of fun. Cant wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our very first visit to the restaurant and it was GREAT!!! I had originally planned for reservations at 8pm on Valentine's Day after work. Yet the wife and myself felt te hunger emerging from our long day at work. So we felt compelled to try to get in to eat at the restaurant a bit early (6:30 PM-ish early) unfortunately a bit of a crowd at the door. The host at the door asked if anyone had reservations for the evening and I advised "Yes, but not until 8pm." He responded with, "Why so early?" in a jokingly manner. My response back was, "The reviews online said the food was so good that we couldn't wait any longer for the reservation". Lol. He then took care of others that had placed reservations and stated, "I'll see if I can get you a table earlier". Now that's great restauranteur!!!! And he kept his word, so Thank You!!! The food was AMAZING!!! First time ever eating Cuban / Brazilian cultured meals. But JUST AMAZING!!! Now, don't ask me how to state the names of the dishes but I read the overview of what tge meals entailed and it stood up to what's was on the menu and I was in awe!!! Now about our waitress, TIFFANY WAS FUN, GREAT AND UNDERSTANDING!!!! She helped on advisement of the dishes a whole lot as my wife has seafood & nut allergies. Tiffany is very sweet, nice, helpful and honestly a true pleasure to meet. Ohhhh, and she has a wonderful smile to go along with her shining personality. Great job Tiffany!!!! Overall it was an amazing experience and we enjoyed and will return in the near future. Ohhhh and the live band was great too!!! I was just bongo-ing along in my seat while enjoying my meal. Lol

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vipTBRICK
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered this gem after booking concert tickets nearby. The menu is authentic and extensive. I had the whole deep fried red snapper and it was amazing! Great drinks too!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my daughters birthday. Our server Manny was so attentive and kind. The food was delicious! Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. It’s actual authentic Cuban food. Great customer service. Not hard to find the location. Will be coming back real soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was awesome. Great food, music, and ambiance!! I will be back!

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REGINAH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great coffee, food was so so flavor we were expecting more seasoning

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic Cuban food! Reasonable portions and the vibe is truly Little Havana.

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ScottV
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice little spot. Good food. Friendly waitstaff. Live band when we were there on a Saturday night. The tamale appetizer was big enough to be a meal.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Cuban food! Service was a tad slow on appetizers, but terrific overall!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Authentic! Had live music the night we were there, added to the fun.

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vipniteout
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food

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Orenaj
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration at a new restaurant it was great.

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Pappatim
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is very good. Great tastes of traditional Cuban food. This visit was a little off because of unknown reservation. Got a table in the bar. Bar tender waiter was a little put off with questions we were asking. Not sure what was going on there. This place is worth the visit for the food. We've been there many times.

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vipniteout
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place
Great food
Great atmosphere
Great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great people!

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mikek
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good and the food was tasty. Price was reasonable as well. Would like to go back for the music some Saturday.
Good value!

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dms9604
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This restaurant is somewhat hard to find. It's inside of an old retail building off of Union Street in the back. But once you find it, you're warmly greeted by the staff. The food is decent and so is the sangria. My husband and I didn't have the best service, but it was terrible either. We would go back again.

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vipfastfreddieb
Charlotte
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food is delicious at least what we had. Only problem with this place is it lacks management. I not sure but it looks like a family decided to go into the restaurant business because mom/dad/brother/whomever whips up food at home that is awesome and everyone kept telling them they should open a restaurant! Woe nelly; more to it than delicious food but yet here we are. I’m sure they’ll figure it out hopefully and hire a professional manager who can help them get things running smooth and teach them so they can fly on their own. I could be totally wrong, but I didn’t see anyone who looked like they were “running the place”.
Two waitresses, young ladies who you could tell were giving it the yogi bear “pick it up as we go boo boo” were so sweet and kind, but within a few minutes of us being seated and ordering the place filled up and they became overwhelmed quickly. We ordered the sampler appetizer (12.99). Two entrees that came out within a decent amount of time but brought with them the realization that the appetizer wasn’t going to make it. We didn’t get drink refill until the very end when we asked for the tab. I noticed the two girls talking by the register station the one pointing out to our waitress that she had in fact forgotten our appetizer so I made a point to check the tab since it was a discussion topic. I noticed she had not changed for the drinks so I brought it to her attention that it was omitted. She said “no problem, it is ok, you two made my day”. HUH?! Unspoken compensation for the forgotten appetizer is more likely. When you look at it, they cost themselves 12.99 and then tossed in two free teas. We felt bad, so we added the tea to the 20% gratuity and said thank you.
We enjoyed the whole deal, screw-ups and all. The food is great and we want to try other dishes. I giving it a 4 star as it isn’t fine dining and who cares about the service! Be interesting to watch the place mature. We’re going back!

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JustinE
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great little place with great food and great service. Definitely going to come back.

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MichelleA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had never had Cuban food before, but I found it to be very flavorful and tender. My picky husband loved everything we got to eat.. from appetizers to main course!

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tomdalton
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was great (except the Margarita) and the authentic family feel was refreshing. Great service with a smile.
Quirky little bar area with live music on a weekend night. “Hidden gem”

FAQs

Havana Carolina Restaurant and Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Havana Carolina Restaurant and Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 793-4233.

Havana Carolina Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

Havana Carolina Restaurant and Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftfly.com/shop/havana-carolina-restaurant-and-bar.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.