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Havana Central - NJ

4.2
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1077 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Now open for indoor dining (25% capacity) and dining in our covered porch! Additionally, we offer Curbside Take-Out and Contactless Delivery!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1077 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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vipbianca
Orlando
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went on a tues nite.not crowded,good covid protocols.. Disposable menus, hand sanitizer available..
Started w mesitas de cerdo ,,& empanadas..excellent!
Entrees peril w yellow rice,? Beans..good.
Happy hour is from 4 to 7 the margaritis and guava mojitos were very good. Prices have gone up somewhat, but still a good value. Service attentive.
Will definitely Be back when in the mood for some good Cuban food.

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PrashantJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was just alright. Our server was very good. I don’t think it was so good that we will go back or recommend.

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SherranD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Made reservations, table was ready for us, it was great to be back here, I love this place.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 3 days ago

And we love having you dine with us! Thanks for coming!

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Kimmy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teri, our waitress, was excellent! I had the plantain chips with chimichurri, shrimp sofrito empanada, and the Salmon y camarones. I also had the margarita and pineapple mojito. All of the food and drinks were amazing!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 3 days ago

Sounds like some great ordering Kimmy! Thanks for dining with us!

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Colombian44
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Went with my friend on a Friday, I remember last time I visited I didn’t like their food. I ordered ropa vieja and in fact the carne y arroz were viejos, the meat was dry and the rice hard, sweet plantains were probably Goya frozen ones. My drink and coffee were good. I don’t think I’ll come back. Food was overpriced as well. Sad that this beautiful location does not have good food. Their location in Time Square is a different story!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for dining with us and for sharing your feedback. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy the food. In fact the Ropa Vieja is one of our most popular dishes, as are the maduros. We'd like to be in touch to make things right. Sending a private note now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Restaurant, is very run down, food is turned around as if it came from a microwave, very disappointing, drinks were barley with alcohol.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 3 days ago

We are sorry to see you did not have a good time. All of our food is made fresh daily and we follow recipe protocols to ensure each drink has the standard amount of liquor. That said we are very sorry to hear the flavors were not impressive. We'd like to connect about your visit and are sending you a private note now. Thank you.

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Xavier
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place and great food. I was upset that the menu was cut in half and their famous tres leches cake wasnt available which has always been the highlight of our visit. I ordered La vaca frita and it was a little too salty for my taste but eveything else was great

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 3 days ago

Xavier thanks for dining with us! We are so glad you had a good time! We have shortened our menu a bit right now due to the current circumstances but hope you can continue to discover some of our favorites! We are looking into bringing the Tres Leches back soon, stay tuned!

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. 25% indoor dining followed social distancing requirements and hand sanitizer readily available.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 14, 2020

Michael we are so happy you chose to dine with us and felt comfortable in our space. We take safety very seriously and look forward to serving you again soon!

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Alexander
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great compare to the previous time. The place is good, the service by Alex was stupendous, still the value is a bit high, but overall 4 out of 5. Rachel the manager was very attentive too, so it's always good and refreshing to see managers interact here and then.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Alexander thanks so much for dining with us. We are so glad to hear Alex & Rachel took great care of you. We do hope to earn that 5th start next time around!

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Min42
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My husband and I reserved for outside dining ahead of time using Opentable and didn’t encounter any difficulties while placing our reservation....When we arrived, we were seated right away and saw that the venue placed outside dinning wall dividers between each row of tables in accordance with social distancing....My husband and I felt like it was date night because of the divider setup......We placed our drink order and at some point our order for our meals and we did not have to wait to long......I Love the churros which I had for dessert...My husband had the flan ....The only thing which we’ve noticed at some restaurants is that they have a limited menu to select from which is a bummer...Otherwise, we truly love our experience and food at this location (Menlo)

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

We are so thrilled to hear about your experience. Indeed the dividers do make for a romantic setting! We did trim down our menu due to the Covid situation in order to run more efficiently but we sure hope you come back to explore more of this new menu soon!

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vipLVdiner
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked that there were dividers between the tables.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! We are so glad you felt comfortable with us.

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Ozzie
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, been there several times. No Complaints.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Ozzie we are so fortunate to have such great guests! Thanks for dining with us!

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CortneyB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed their “outdoor” dining. It’s full proof regardless of weather and food and service was great.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Yes exactly, we lucked out! The NJ Dept of Health approved our porch as "outdoors" so long as we keep the windows open and A/C off in that room. But it sure comes in handy when it rains :)

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karenC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were great. Our server was awesome and the food soooooo delicious!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Karen we are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Everything was great!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks for dining with us!

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TeresaP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was professional and the restaurant was clean. Food was delicious and drinks were great. Thank you.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 1, 2020

Thank you so much for your support! We appreciate it and look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tasty food/drinks!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks for dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks was awesome as always. It was rather hot and windows were not open wide enough to be considered outdoor dining. The ice was melting from our drinks so fast because of how hot it was. That was the only uncomfortable part of the evening. Other than that I’d still come back to eat.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

So glad you enjoyed your time with us! We are sorry to hear it was so hot on the porch. Good news is we are now open for 25% indoor dining so perhaps an air-conditioned meal is in order next time around!

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Jasmine
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We held a surprise party for my friend and it was the perfect location! Havana really helped to pull off the surprise by placing us in the back of the patio which made it harder from the guest of honor to see everyone awaiting her at the table. Our server Alex was patient and great with accomodating all our requests. They allowed us to bring our own cake which they brought out and sang Happy Birthday to her with. In addition to the excellent and friendly service, the food was AMAZING!!!!! As were the drinks!!! Everyone was a first time diner and we all agreed we would be returning again soon! Thanks again!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 1, 2020

Jasmine it was our honor to have you celebrate your friend's birthday with us! We are so pleased that Alex took such great care of your group. Do come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! They put up nice dividers between tables and take your temperature upon arrive.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 1, 2020

Just the type of feedback we love to hear! We are so happy you dined with us and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was a little slow but I can’t blame them really.
Also def wouldn’t order what I did again, but I mean can’t speak for everyone and don’t knock it til you try it

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 1, 2020

We do wish you loved your dish but hope you can come back to explore more of the menu. We are sure you can find a dish you love next time around!

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vipGisselle
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Was excited to come back to Havana Central...went on a nice afternoon, but regretted it. They removed their lunch menu, and the area where you dm could sit was beyond hot, I would have gotten more air sitting outside. It was dreadful. Also the in dining and to go drinks were NOT of value. Watered down. 53$ lunch for 1 person.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 1, 2020

Gisselle we so appreciate you dining with us but are sorry to see your experience was not what you expected. Due to the current situation we have skimmed down our menu and the lunch special is currently not on it. We look forward to bringing that back when dine-in becomes more available. The DJ Dept of Health permitted us to use the patio as 'outdoor' dining so long as we keep the A/C off and windows open. Unfortunately that can mean it can be warm at times. We do hope you might come back.

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Quest321
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and in spite of COVID 19 we had great food in a setting that was enjoyable.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 1, 2020

Thanks for your support! Come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was great. Waitress was great. Manager was awful. Her attitude was disgusting. She practically kicked us out the restaurant.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 8, 2020

While we're so glad you liked the food we are very sorry to hear about the service issue. Sending you a private note now to learn more and make things right.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience3

The food and server were excellent as usual. What I did not enjoy was they sat 3 people right on top of us. Definitely less than 6 feet apart. They also had oscillating fans blowing in our general direction which defeats the purpose of social distancing. I’m at risk and have dined in several other restaurants with outdoor dining that were well managed and the layout was well thought out. This is not one of those places. While the manager was receptive to my complaint, and very polite, I can tell you I will not be going back while Covid is active or before there is a vaccine. If you are at risk like me I would advise you to do the same.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 24, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We have met the parameters set forth by the NJ Dept of Health under these circumstances but we do appreciate your concern, especially if you are at risk. We look forward to seeing you again when things get better. Thanks and be safe.

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MariaP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu has been reduced but the options and portions are still very generous and delicious

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 24, 2020

Maria thanks for dining with us! Yes we made the decision to trim down the menu during this time to help keep our reduced operation efficient but we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Come again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I normally eat at the location in the city. This was my first time in NJ so I was a little disappointed with Some of the appetizers not being on the menu and it was a lot that was missing. The food was overall ok. My waiter was nice. So overall not too bad.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 24, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and giving our NJ location a shot! Under the current circumstances we've had to trim down our menu to make it more efficient. We continue to evaluate and add when we feel it's appropriate so we certainly hope to bring back your favorite items in due time! Cheers!

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and food was excellent..Would definitely go again!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 17, 2020

Sharon we are so happy you had a good time! Come back soon!

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EileenP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken and garlic was delicious!! I can't wait to go back!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 17, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! So glad you enjoyed your experience!

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Service was excellent with Amanda but the food was not very good the pork was cold and the shredded beef too the cilantro rice was cooked thoroughly and it was very warm I honestly think you need more fans and also our lunch came out in an half hour and it was not busy at all I checked and there only three tables

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 17, 2020

Sandy while we are glad to hear Amanda took good care of your table we are sorry that your meal was not up to par. Certainly we had hoped your food would have been more enjoyable and served properly. Were you able to speak with a manager so that we could accommodate a fresh dish? I realize that would take more time but we are grateful to remake any dish more to your liking. Sending you a private note now.

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DesiG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an overall great experience and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 17, 2020

Desi we are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for your support!

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AntonioW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Their food is always delicious! They could do a little better with the attempt at social distancing. The dividers that they are using are really inadequate to protect you from other diners. The are simple folding dividers that you would use at home. They provide no protection. I was also a little upset that they had no chorizo! I know they modified the menu, but no chorizo!!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 10, 2020

Antonio thanks so much for the support! We did have to trim down our menu to make things more efficient during this crisis but certainly will note your request for chorizo! The room dividers we use are approved by the NJ Dept of Health as adequate dividers but certainly we appreciate your concern and want nothing more than for our guests to feel safe. Will be sure to share your feedback with the team.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for my 34th birthday celebration with my boyfriend and cousin ,food was great and I had a great time .

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 24, 2020

Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating at Havana Central! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Drink

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thanks for your support! We were so happy to see you and hope to serve you again soon!

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MercedesG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expelen service ! Thank you ✨My favor place in town 💖

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 3, 2020

Thank YOU for dining with us Mercedes! We are so glad to serve you and look forward to seeing you again.

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TierraW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our server TATIANA took 20 minutes to come to the table before we sat down she also forgot appetizers and a drink and till later she also did not come back to the table for a long time but other tables were getting service quicker than us that she was serving .. Personally thought they overprice bill was almost $300 for 5 people I will not be going back there

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 3, 2020

Tierra we are very sorry to hear about your experience. This is certainly not normal for us and we would like to make things right. Sending a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service, and great drinks😊...

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on August 3, 2020

So glad you had a good visit! Come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

There is a rat that made its way during dinnef

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 27, 2020

We take cleanliness and hygiene very seriously and bring in professionals as a proactive measure on a regular basis as that is a necessary part of operations for the entire restaurant industry. Sending you a private note now to update you on what exactly happened but can assure it was not a rat. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to making things right.

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Puffs33
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The tables were dirty around my table. I would have liked to have an more overall feeling of cleanness.
The staff was great!
Food was fresh and delicious!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 27, 2020

So glad our staff took great care and you enjoyed your meal! We do take great efforts to keep a very clean space and apologize if that was not the case during your visit. We will strive for a better impression next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris our waiter was great.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 27, 2020

We are very glad to hear Chris took great care of you. Come again soon!

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Havana Central - NJ does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Havana Central - NJ also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 906-5708.

Havana Central - NJ is rated 4.2 stars by 1077 OpenTable diners.

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