Havana Central - NJ

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Cuban
Dining at Havana Central transports you to pre-Revolution Cuba, offering swanky décor, live jazz several nights a week, a fun bar atmosphere and most importantly, beloved Cuban recipes. Traditional Cuban cooking is a labor of love: all dishes are prepared fresh daily and made to order, using only the finest, freshest ingredients. Located at Central Jersey’s premiere shopping destination, the team at Havana Central Menlo Park looks forward to showing you a true taste of Cuba, no passport required.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join Havana Central for a Cuban style Thanksgiving! A $49 prix fixe will be available including traditional Turkey & Cuban specials, plus our regular menu. Visit www.havanacentral.com for information. Our Cranberry Sangria is a must!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with Live Latin Music starting at 830pm. Our regular menu will be available in addition to a $59 Prix Fixe featuring a welcome drink, multiple courses, a champagne toast & party props! Reservations are highly recommended. Visit our website for more info.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 954 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was too loud music and which is terrible where people cannot even talk even if you are close.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 hours ago

We are so sorry to hear the sound level was too much during your visit. We've shared the feedback with the team and do hope you might give us another shot!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. I was seated right on time.

OT
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love Cuban food but find a sparsity of restaurants with authentic dishes in Central and South Jersey. Was in the Menlo Park mall and was surprised to find this outpost of a Times Square fixture. The food is authentic and I especially enjoyed my favorite Cuban dish, Vaca Frita, which you don’t find on many menus. Pairing it with a cranberry sangria made for a very festive meal.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded a day ago

First off we are happy you tried our Cranberry Sangria is one of our many tasty drink specials! The Vaca Frita is definitely a favorite and we are happy you enjoyed it as much as we do. Thank you for dining with us, come back soon. In the meantime, we invite you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente Service!! Food was Great!!

TL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great design we ate comfortably for a party of ten. We will definitely revisit. We had a great experience.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded a day ago

Tyler, thank you for dining with us!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing just as good as the NYC location! Can’t wait to go back!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 5 days ago

Lourdes, we are happy we impressed in more than one location. We love to stay consistent with the experience and the food! Thank you for dining with us, come back soon. Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The food was bland. I’ve had better flavorful Cuban food elsewhere for less. Everything else was pretty good. However, I won’t come back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 12, 2019

We are very sorry to hear our flavors did not shine during your visit. We take great pride in our food & hospitality and wish you had a better experience. We do hope you may consider giving us another try!

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RC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner, wish music sets would last a little longer. Food is good quality, although it misses some of the authentic flavor I am used to. Worth visiting, will be back for sure.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first time dining here. We came for a birthday. The ambiance is great and our server Amanda was wonderful. We enjoyed both our meals and cocktails. We will be back for brunch!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 5 days ago

Brooke, we love Birthdays! we are honored you chose to celebrate a birthday with us. Thank you for dining with us we look forward to having you for Brunch. Also, if you haven't already, we encourage you to join our VIP/Birthday Club to receive special perks, including a free entree on your birthday -- details can be found on our page.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was incredibly disappointing. We chose Havana Central to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday and even planned it in advance with their team but it seemed like everyone was lost right from the beginning. Everything took longer than it needed it to, the drinks were all watered down and the sangria was really sweet. They claimed to have been out of their vaca frita dish but two tables who arrived after us were able to order it. Eventually the owner came by asking for feedback, we were honest about being disappointed with the service and his proposal was shots for the table (we had our grandmothers’ birthday cake in front for us). I felt like that wasn’t a sincere or appropriate solution to remedy the situation, so we didn’t accept the offer. The service didn’t get any better after that. They had live music so we decided to listen /dance to some music afterwards to try and stay positive but didn’t stay very long because the area near the band/bar smelled terrible. It didn’t seem like any staff were really concerned about it, they just mopped and left the floor wet and slippery without a sign so it was hard to dance. Would not recommend this place. There are plenty of other Cuban restaurants that offer great service, authentic food and fun ambience.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 4, 2019

We are disheartened to read this review as we want every guest to leave satisfied, especially if you've chosen to celebrate a special occasion with us. We'd like to follow up with you and make things right. Sending you a private note now.

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s
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The server was very attentive. The food arrived quickly and was hot. All items were attractively served and tasted of a high quality. I would recommend this location to others.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 hours ago

Thank you for sharing your kind words. We will be sure to pass along to our staff. See you soon!

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NJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, and the live music was a very nice bonus. We had a great time.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 hours ago

We are so thrilled you had a good visit! Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience is always great at Havana central.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 hours ago

Thanks for dining with us!

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TC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

While I enjoy the food there, the service is horrible!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 28, 2019

Tanya we are thrilled you love our food but so disheartened to hear you've had bad experiences with our service. Sending you a private note now to make things right. Hospitality is our top priority!

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out daughter took us out for our 25th Anniversary. It was a great meal as always.

My daughter had the chicken Soup and we had the fried pork. Each was flavorful and fresh.

Piccadillo all around for Us as we live it here. Authentic, kits of flavor and a nice size portion.

Will definitely be back!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 hours ago

Thanks for dining with us and Happy Anniversary!

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C
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The Chicken in the bucket was very good and the sauces, and the coconut bread pudding was spot on. However, my dish was a disappointment. My black beans lack flavor so did my yuca. The Vaca frita had to much acidity and the cilantro rice was inconsistent infused with the cilantro. Unfortunately was not worth the money.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 28, 2019

So glad to hear you enjoyed our Chicharrones de Pollo and Coconut Bread Pudding. We so wish our signature Vaca Frita wowed you as much as those dish. It is indeed lime forward but that shouldn't overpower the tender beef. Were you able to bring this to your server's attention? While I understand not wanting to delay your meal, we are more than happy to remake anything to your liking. Sending you a private note now.

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w
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Patrick was great, attentive, and energetic. Food was great for our first time. Patrick made very good recommendations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! We ate at the bar and Francis is AMAZING. Super fast, super friendly and even remembered us from last time we were there!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. I enjoyed everything from the appetizers, sangria and entree. Excellent.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice time. Music was a bit loud

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Party of 8 adults and two kids, the server was good however when a mistake was made, was told that the order could not be taken back and instead a new separate order needed to be made that we would be charged for.

Food was good and good portions but it was not hot and was warm, could tell it had been sitting for a while. The drinks were great, no complaints there.

Notified the seater as well as through the app it was a birthday celebration and was told the server would be notified, this never happened and I had to make the request with the server who simply rushed it at the end to get it in. The live music was nice but felt it was a bit expensive for what it was and the service left much to be desired.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. While we are glad you loved the drinks it sounds like you caught us on an off night. We apologize for not being able to accommodate your requests properly and for dropping the ball on the birthday! We take birthdays VERY seriously around here and would like to make this up to you. Sending a private note now.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. I would highly recommend.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 17, 2019

Alexandra, glad to see the food and drinks definitely impressed enough for you to recommend. We look forward to seeing you again real soon.

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WB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great and the menu had new items. Service was excellent and very accommodating. Received meal, dessert, and hat for my birthday. Awesome as always!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 17, 2019

Will, first off Happy Belated Birthday! we are happy you enjoyed your Free Fedora and Free entree. We take Birthday's seriously here and want every Guest to feel special when you celebrate with us. Thank you for dining with us, come back real soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

RC
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, a little loud. Enjoyed the live misic. Keep it up!

JJ
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent place to go and have dinner. The food is great and we love the live band on Friday nights.

d
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Havana Central. The food is DELICIOUS, tasty, fresh. Our waiter JC was on top of it!! And the atmosphere is just lovely, so relaxing and tropical- its always a very enjoyable experience for us when we go to Havana Central. Oh, and the drinks are equally delicious as well, yum-mie!!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 7, 2019

Diana, we are beyond happy your experience was DELICIOUS ad your server was on top of everything. We look forward to seeing you again real soon, thank you for dining with us!

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I've been to Havana Central many times. I love the food. The service can sometimes be hit or miss, but most of the time no issues. You usually get seated pretty quick as the restaurant is a nice size. We've eaten a few different item from the menu and have never been disappointed.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 25, 2019

Antonio, overall every dining experience you've had with us has been a great one. We will talk with the team about the service and we hope to stay more consistent. Thank you for dining with us!

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MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was good. The appetizers were great, my mistake was I ordered a pork trio one of which was one of the appetizers we got. After this and other trips there I now know what I like and what to order. Our waiter was great and was on top of things. I will say I am getting old I guess and the place was a bit loud for me. The table next to us was 5 gentlemen really enjoying themselves which is great but they were loud. It was a special price day for VIP members which was great. I know we will return.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 25, 2019

Michael, we are very happy you enjoyed the food and the ambiance was definitely louder than usual for Guest Appreciation Day. We look forward to seeing you again for a more subtle lunch, thank you for dining with us we hope to see you again real soon!

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SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jackie was wonderful!! Very helpful and knowledgeable about our food selection. Will definitely go back

S
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love the food and ambiance here. The Vaca frita is one of their best dishes. If you don't love cliantro you can substitute the green rice for white. I love it. Never had it anywhere else.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 17, 2019

Seelia, we are very happy to see a guests favorite dish impresses again. Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again!

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RD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Had a live Cuban band that was awesome, baba-lu!!!!

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Live music. A perfect birthday date night. Highly recommend.

LQ
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Horrible...The food was disgusting. The restaurant is pretty but the food is just bad!!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 9, 2019

Laura we are very disheartened to read this. We wish you had a better experience with our cuisine. Sending you a private note now to learn more. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to have a nice dinner with my husband and 2 kids and we loved everything from the music to the staff to the delicious food. Will definitely be back again to enjoy ♥️

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Visiting from Washington, DC. Service leaves much to be desired. Food mediocre at best. There was a billing issue, that I was too drained from it all to address. We hope to forget the entire experience soon.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Second visit, first time was exceptional but this time, service was cordial but apparently poorly trained. Wine served without ice bucket, menus remained on the table throughout the meal, server was pleasant but did not speak clearly, no name tag. I find of late that floor managers do not supervise the employees but rather just count the tables. This Friday visit they were engaged in conversation instead of walking around and inquiring of the customers as to how things are going.

To me, a return to a restaurant is predicated on consistently excellent service and this time they missed the mark 😔

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 9, 2019

Mitch your feedback is very welcomed and appreciated. We are sorry to hear about the service mishaps during your latest visit. We aim for top notch hospitality and always want our guests to feel special and well attended to. Sending you a private note now to make things right.

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SN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really great experience! Food was very flavorful. Our sangria was great! We sat in the booth area with the curtains really Romantic. Definitely recommend.

PE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful time, as always. Please pass along our thanks to our server Jacqueline, who was outstanding.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 30, 2019

Peter, we are happy you had a great dining experience! We are more than happy to pass along the message, pleased to see Jacqueline was outstanding! Come back soon.

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