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Havana Central - NJ

4.2
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1028 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Our Outside Patio will be open for dining starting Saturday June 20th! 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 1028 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great and our waitress was phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service.

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PedroN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very attentive and food was delicious!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 5 days ago

So glad to hear you had a good time Pedro. Thank you for dining with us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I frequent this establishment often times in a year because of its proximity to my family house, great music and positive vibes but my most recent reservation on 7/5/2020 was not a positive experience. Understanding we are experiencing a pandemic and restaurants are still trying to get back in the swing of things, I called to advise of my party coming in. I made a reservation for 6 and my sister did also. Requested if it’s possible we could be seated near each other because we knew the state restriction on having no more than 8 to a table and we completely understood. Upon arrival we were seated on the hottest section of the “outdoor” patio. After almost an hour of sweating I asked the waitress if she could move a portable fan over. The fan was literally on the other side of the room where no one was seated. I went to the bathroom and noticed there was a cooler section of the “outdoor” patio that could accommodate my party and requested to be seated there. After we were seated there we added 2 chairs to make the table of 6 a table of 8 which was fine because we weren’t exceeding state restrictions. The manager Rachel then came over and asked we move the chairs back and take the chairs from a different table. This was extremely rude on her part and if she had an issue with where the chairs were moved from she could’ve asked a member of her staff to add more chairs to the table. She did not do that. The worst part was after we asked her why she spoke to us that way, she became defensive and not in the least bit apologetic nor accommodating. We paid for our drinks and left. There was only 2 other tables being used (both were parties of 2) so the issue wasn’t a space issue. She was being difficult and didn’t exhibit the customer service we expect from this restaurant and it’s staff. Unfortunately this experience has soured our view on this establishment and We will not be returning.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 5 days ago

Let me start by saying we are very sorry to read about your experience. Certainly not the type of hospitality we pride ourselves on and that you should expect. We would like the opportunity to connect about this and make things right. Sending you a private note now.

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Alexander
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Well, due to the coronavirus i guess it is not worth to even leave the house. When you go they check your temperature, yet still gotta wear a mask to walk to the table [what if you're asymptomatic], then you wait there to be served. The food and drinks are too expensive and the menu changed for the worst as well. Not recommended

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Alexander we are sorry you did not have a good experience. Per the NJ Dept of Health we are required to take temperatures at the door (on the forehead) & enforce that patrons wear masks when not at the table. Our staff wear masks the entire time to add to the safety for all. We did cut down our menu a bit due to the current situation but look forward to adding more items once things go back more normal than they are right now. We do hope you might give us another try then. Thank you.

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FERGUSONC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our meals, It was wonderful finally getting out to dine. Empanadas are outstanding as always, just needed sauce for it

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us! SO glad to hear you enjoyed your time!

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JoannaD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

I visited on Friday and the section they had us in was tight for us to move we also had a divided falling on us the whole experiment.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Joanna we are so sorry to hear about this disappointing experience! We do have constraints and restrictions but nonetheless we aim for our guests to still have the same 5-star time as pre-Covid. We are sorry that was not the case during your visit. Sending you a private note now.

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KeeyanaM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Due to Covid guidelines they are only offering outdoor dining under a covered are the air and circulation was very poor making it extremely hot and hard to enjoy the meal. The menu seems to be limited at the moment but the food was tasty.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Keeyana thank you for dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the food! The NJ Dept of Health has permitted us to only use our covered porch for now but under their strict guidelines we must keep the A/C off in that room and the windows open. I understand it can get hot. Nonetheless we are so glad to have you dine with us and hope to see you again!

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DorothyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dining experience despite COVID19 limitations.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Dorothy thank you for your support! We are so glad you felt comfortable and enjoyed your time!

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Nora
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. If you're in the mood for Cuban food and you don't go here, you're doing it wrong.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Thanks for the kind words Nora! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Torres
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The wait was longer then expected with a reservaron established, which I understood due to the precautions that need to take place. However, our server was not so pleasant. When questions were asked, she had no interest in working with us. Her attitude was not professional and she was not attentive. Twice we had to ask the manager to assist us. The food was ok. Would I recommend? No.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on July 6, 2020

Torres thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave your feedback. We are very sorry to hear the hospitality was not more impressive. We aim for 5 stars across the board! Sending you a private note now to make things right.

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PedroN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good service, with social distance I feel that the patio area was still a bit to crowded.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

Pedro thank you for dining with us! We take your concerns seriously. We have spaced out each table by the mandated 6 feet (from chair to chair). That said next time certainly please talk to the host team upon arrival and we'd be glad to see if we can accommodate you with a corner table.

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QUADIQUAHS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was excellent!! Food was great. They even took temperatures. Left Bahama Breeze because the service was horrible. Went to Havana instead. Very satisfied

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

So glad to hear you had a good time! We are taking every precaution as mandated by the CDC and so glad to hear you felt safe in our space. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipLovestoeat
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Creative drinks, great appetizers, entrees not so great..Don’t know if they are just ‘out of practice’ due to Covid....willing to try again!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

Thanks for dining with us! While we are happy you enjoyed the drinks and appetizers, we do regret to learn you were not thrilled with your entrees. Please know we would be happy to remake or replace your dish so please be encouraged to let your server know should you be dissatisfied again. With that said we look forward to welcoming you back for a more impressive visit next time around!

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MichelleC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for today, 6/21/20, for Father’s Day for my daughter and I to take my hubby out! Given the COVID situation we were happy to get a reservation to their so called outside dining! Girls greeted us at the desk when we walked in, no problem!
Waited about 5 minutes while they claimed they had to wipe down tables! Got seated, and tables were super sticky still!
Ok, no problem! We’ll go with it for now! No server greeted us!!!!!! Girl who was the server passed us by to go to another table!!!! She never even said “hi, I’ll be right with you all”!!
About 10 minutes later she plops down two plastic cups of water!!! There are THREE in our party!!!!
Then we get handed paper menus and again it’s only TWO, and not THREE!!!! I asked for a wine list, server had no clue what wines they had on hand! An older gentleman came over to advise what wines they had!
I eventually get the third water and menu!

I ask for a margarita but, they don’t ask my hubby or child why they are having! Guy comes over and he’s NOT our original server and I ask for my daughter’s drink, he corrects me on the type of soft drink she wants in an obnoxious way! My hubby inquires about the mojito(which he has had many times at other places), and he is met was sarcasm from this guy!!!!

We are still waiting for our original girl server to come and take at least the appetizer order! Mind you, it is now about 1/2 hour we’ve been sitting there!
I get up to talk to a manager or hostess or just SOMEONE!!! I find a hostess and I’m expressing my dissatisfaction! A lady manager comes and interrupts and is ABRASIVE AS HECK!!!! I told her my experience so far and that we have been waiting to just simply order some appetizers and she gets very abrasive and does not act like I’m a customer and is very rude and curt and says well you can order with me! Keep in mind I’m not at my table! I’m inside by the bar as this is not the normal set up for them considering the COVID situation

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

Michelle once again we are very sorry for your experience. We have reached out over email and look forward to connecting directly and making things right. We truly do appreciate your business.

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YasdellM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ropa vieja was a little salty
& the mojito taste like there was no alcohol

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

Thank you for dining with us! Please know it would be our pleasure to remake any dish or drink to your liking. We'd so much rather you leave fully satisfied. We hope to see you again soon!

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Sexylady
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

Thank you for dining with us!

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MariaS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience1

Decided to have dinner here with a friend. Menus are now limited due to COVID. Service was slow and food wasn't so great.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 29, 2020

Maria we are happy to have you dine with us. We only wish the experience was more impressive. We did have to reduce in the first phase of opening post Covid but we are adding more dishes on a gradual basis and do hope we can welcome you back for a more impressive visit soon!

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ShaW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I expected the food to be much more tasteful. My rice was very mushy as if it was warmed up from the night before, and the shrimp were rubbery. The empanadas were mediocre and could have DEFINITELY been much more authentic to the nationality! It took EVERYTHING in me NOT to request a REFUND.

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AllisonR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food sucked and although my fiancé ordered it DF the gluten free menu, his food came out with gluten filled garnishes. They didn’t even take it seriously when we said it was an allergy. Also. We waited an hour for crappy food. The drinks are decent and that is the nicest thing I can say.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Sunday brunch. Waitress was great, food was amazing as always, live music was excellent.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 13, 2020

So glad to hear this! Come again soon!

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francesc
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very attentive and the food was delicious will definitely go back

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 10, 2020

We are so glad you had a nice time! Looking forward to your next visit!

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lovetodance
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wish the food came out to table quicker but overall, I've eaten there several times and the food is always great! The wait staff is also very accommodating and helpful!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 10, 2020

We are so glad you enjoy our cuisine! We do wish the timeliness could have been more impressive during your most recent visit but please know we always do our best to make each experience a seamless & delicious one!

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Oksdd
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The live band was nice but a too loud. Service was ok, it was quite a while before someone came to greet the table. Felt rushed everytime the server came by. The food was a bit overpriced for the portion

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for dining with us. This feedback is disheartening as we aim for top hospitality and never want our guests to feel rushed or underappreciated. Sending you a private note now to make things right.

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ThalitaM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I had a reservation for my birthday and they just canceled it. My friends and I had to wait more than 1 hour and 40 minutes. We just got a table because I asked and pointed that there were a free table. Really bad service. The host and also the management were very frustrating.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thalita we are very sorry to hear about this mix up. We're not certain what went wrong but would like to look into it and make this right. Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice , the service was very good, and the food was excellent. From the portion size to the taste to the price.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 2, 2020

We are so glad you dined with us, thanks!

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happymom
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The hostess had on pants that would not stay on and walked around with her pants both unzipped and unbuttoned obviously so. We were placed at a table that rocked the entire time and the manager himself did not fix it adequately. The waitress was super slow and would disappear when we needed something. the food was filled with grease and under seasoned. My husband handed her the check and credit card to pay. When she returned, she came around the table and handed it to me. Everyone was given a Havana carry out bag for leftovers and we got a cheap grocery store take out plastic bag. We will not waste our time there again.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on March 2, 2020

All we can say is this is not a typical experience and we are so very sorry to hear about these issues during your visit. Sending you a private note now to learn more and make things right.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual. Great service.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

So glad to have you dine with us. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and so was service. Would go back

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

Can't wait to welcome you back! Thanks!

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AngelaA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I usually dine at there for lunch. I went for dinner instead. Proportion was small for the price. Express lunch is a better value.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

Angela we are very happy that you tried out dinner but sorry to hear it did not impress. Sending you a private note now to learn more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for my sisters birthday... The service was very quick and the food was delicious... Everything I wanted I got it... Was very impressed by the courteous and friendly customer service... Thank you for the great experience I'm sure I will be back again 😊

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you for choosing Havana Central for your sister's birthday celebration! We are so pleased to hear your experience was great. Come back again soon!

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viptina
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always...I’m always happy. Great food, drinks, service and I always love the live music!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

We are so pleased to have you dine with us Tina!

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LBNJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The garlic shrimp with yellow rice & black beans was excellent. I would definitely order that again. We also ordered the empanada appetizer and chocolate cake & tres leche cake for dessert. Both were very good.
There was also live entertainment.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

Sounds like great choices! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you.

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Ceeminor
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing but the service was slow. The waitress was very nice but the food took forever to come.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 25, 2020

We are so glad you liked the food but do apologize for the wait. We assure you that is not the norm and do hope you might visit us again soon.

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vipTwanJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friends gathering for Brunch. Brunch menu had a variety of items from breakfast to lunch with a Cuban flare. Drinks was good. Live band added an extra element to brunch .

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for brunching with us! We were so happy to have you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Havanas is nice but the service was horrible

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 18, 2020

We are glad you enjoyed the restaurant but sorry to hear the service was not up to par. Sending you a private note now to learn more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good, but garlic chicken was dry and tostones was undercooked. The garlic chicken was a lot better eaten with the red beans and yellow rice. The chocolate cake was excellent. Our server provided excellent service.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 18, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! But we apologize for those dish concerns. Our Garlic Chicken should indeed be moist and juicy. We hope you might consider dining with us again as we know we can impress!

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Wilsond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Plastic old dirty looking water cups , they gave me plastic spoons with my dessert. Server put check on table without even knowing if we were done not knowing if we wanted antlything additional or anything, My family and i drove 2 hrs from east stoudsburg PA and it was a horrible experience. I was embarrassed i out my family throw this experience. I thought the restaurant was a nice casual place but servuce and food wasnt the best.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 18, 2020

We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. Sending you a private note now to learn more. Thank you!

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Eri42
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The live music is a lot of fun to listen to but can be a little loud. Thankfully, they take breaks. The food is AMAZING! I can’t wait to go back to try more dishes.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for dining with us!

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AlexanderT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent drinks. Great service. Good time

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for dining with us!

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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 1028 OpenTable diners.

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