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Havana Central - NJ

4.3
1260 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Open for indoor dining (50% capacity, socially distanced)! We also offer Catering, Curbside Take-Out and Delivery (through 3rd party apps)!
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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1260 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great.

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Hermindaf
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome the food, drinks and service the atmosphere was great

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Keyla
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I understand that the restaurant may be understaffed but we went at a slow time and it still took almost an hour to get our food. Once we got the food it had no flavor and it wasn’t even hot. I was excited to try a new restaurant but I was disappointed overall.

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NY2NJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food is always good. Server was sweet. Drinks took very long, but they comped them.

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TahneishaJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The environment was ok the seating is tight our server was friendly yet the shrimp portions are very small however, the happy hour red sangria was good. It was my first time there not quite considering returning.

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LeslieP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server Teri was amazing ! Very friendly and always followed up with us . Food came out hot and fairly quickly . Had a great dinner with my family ! Highly recommend!

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DrWalcesPI
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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vipItal2696
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food was adequate at best which is not typical. The place was dirty which is unusual . Was expensive .

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. We want for all of our guests to leave happy & full! :) Sending you a private note now.

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JLala
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was first time at Havana Central. We loved everything about our visit! The food, ambience, and even the sanitizer. We will definitely be back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

We are so glad to have you dine with us! Come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was terrible, no water or silverware and plates served even after food was served…cannot believe this. I had to go to the hostess and request for plates…appetizers and main course was delivered together so my dinner was cold by the time my appetizer got over

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

We are so sorry to hear about your experience. This feedback is not typical for us and we certainly wish to make things right! Sending you a private note now...

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Jacey
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great and food was delicious, making for an excellent evening.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for dining with us Jacey! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and that Ada took such great care of your table!

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Denise
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was a little pricey for 4 people.
I may recommend it depends.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 7, 2021

Denise thank you for dining with us. We try to keep our prices competitive for the value and area. We do hope you might come back again though to experience more of the menu.

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Cecilc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waitress lost initial food order, had to place order again

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 7, 2021

Cecil we apologize for the service mishap. Certainly not the impression we wanted to make. We do hope once it was corrected the meal was enjoyed though. If there's anything else you want to share we always appreciate the feedback. Thank you.

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JohnL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Sophia is one of the best. She has served us before and it gets better every time we go back. She even remembered our dog’s name. Excellent service without question.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 7, 2021

John we're so happy to hear Sophia took great care of your table! We'll see you again soon!

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JamesJ
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoy the food and appreciate how kind the staff is. It’s a great date night out.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 7, 2021

James thanks for dining with us!

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LG2021
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was delicious. However, service was rushed, waitress was not attentive, bought check before getting cocktails that were ordered. I have decided to pay with cash and after 20 minutes, waitress stated they had no change so I will have to give another form of payment. Overall disappointed, will not go back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for leaving your feedback. We are so glad you liked the food but truly apologize for these service issues. Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really tasty food and awesome deserts!!!cuban

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

Fabulous to hear! Thanks!

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JAMESDABOUNCER51
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Was seated at a table that was completely unstable food and drinks would have spilled on me and my wife, we requested to be moved to a another table, which our server complied he came back with our food and i said to him this is our new seats because we did not want to begin our meal and be asked to move. As we are eating and in discussion we are interrupted by a manager who says that we can't stay at this table because it's reserved and we have to move, at that point she calls over the general manager who trys to seat us back in the same seats with the unstable table. We decided that we had had enough and walked out of the restaurant, it was our first time in there establishment and it was a complete disaster no communication between staff and not organized we travel and frequent all levels of restaurants to date this was no doubt our worst.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

James we are truly sorry to hear about your experience. We reached out to you on Facebook as well. Please share your email address. We hope to make things right. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Havana - loved it and will definitely got back

Foot was fresh and generous size

Service was terrific - our server was attentive and very accommodating

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

We are thrilled to hear you had a good visit! Come back again soon!

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DawnC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely phenomenal and our waiter Chris was polite and sooo professional….. had an amazing time and the red sangria was beyond good. Can’t wait to go back again.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for dining with us Dawn. We are happy to hear Chris took good care of your group!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers went above and beyond.
Thank you Trevor for great service.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for dining with us! We are glad Trevor was able to take good care of your group!

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kali
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Eaten here several times. Food is good. Hard to find for people not familiar.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thanks for dining with us again! We are so happy you enjoyed your meal.

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jenniferm
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Understanding Covid restrictions we made our reservation weeks in advance. When we got there we were seated in a non air conditioned room off the main restaurant. After 1 drink and some appetizers my husband and I were sweating so bad we were ready to leave. We asked our waitress if e we could move to the main restaurant because e we were very hot. She moved us right away and continued to serve us awesomely!!!! Other than that experience it was very nice and would go back again

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

Jennifer thanks for dining with us. We're so glad to hear we were able to change your table to a more comfortable room. We look forward to serving you again sometime!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris the bartender was great!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thanks for dining with us! We'll be sure to share your kind words with Chris!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great as usual

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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Jacey
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Table was not ready despite reservation, had to wait 10+ minutes, apparently several staff had called out. When seated by manager, she pleasantly apologized for delay but disappointingly didn't offer complementary beverage or appetizer. Food and service were top-notch which is why we will return.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

Jacey thank you so much for dining with us and sharing your feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your meal but do apologize for the wait. We try our very best to seat reservations on time and are sorry that was not the case for your group. We hope we have another chance to serve you again.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Food was good a bit salty but the wait was terrible. It took a little more than half an hour to get our orders in when we were already seated. I asked For 2 glasses of water and they came in an hour later

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

We're sorry to hear about your experience but glad to hear the food was good. Sending you a private note now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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JoseA
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, wanted live music. They did not have any

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thanks for dining with us Jose! Our live music has been on hold due to Covid but we look forward to re-introducing some nights soon! Stay tuned to our website for updates.

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NJKat
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

This was my 3rd and FINAL visit to Havana Central @ MenloPk Mall. My husband and I do not dine out very frequently, but we were extremely disappointed with the poor service and poor quality of food we received on this visit. To add insult to injury, it cost us $93 for the experience. Starting with the service - we arrived in time for Happy Hour on a very NON-BUSY Fri night. We ordered 3 glasses of wine, which took a very long time to arrive. In fact, we had to ask what happened, and we were told by the person who brought our beverage order (NOT our server) that the tray was just left sitting on the bar. After our food order arrived, I had to tell the person who delivered it (also NOT our original server) I never received my appetizer. During our meal, our server never came by to ask how our food was. After we finished eating, we asked for some containers for leftovers to take home. She brought the containers, but never asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. She then brought over the check and that was the last we saw of her. For the poor level of service, we left only $10 cash as a tip on an $83 meal. The restaurant was still very far from being busy when we left. Now for the food review -- I had ordered the appetizer called Mazorca Estilo Havana (Havana Street Corn). The menu description was "zesty corn on the cob dusted with Latin cheeses & Cuban spices". It was basically 4 mini chunks of corn on the cob sitting on a plate. The "dusting of Latin cheeses and Cuban spices" coating on the corn seemed odd. It was a coating that should have been deep fried or roasted, but instead was left raw. I only ate 2 of the 4 pieces and I took 2 home. My entree was the Churrasco al la Parilla (Grilled Skirt Steak) with mango salsita, crispy onions, and chimichurri sauce. I ordered the steak cooked Medium. It was tough & greasy. Mango salsita was good, but xtra small quantity. Husband had Vaca Frita (crispy shredded steak) which was dry and flavorless. We won't be back. Sorry

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 24, 2021

Kat we are so sorry to hear about your experience. We want nothing more than for our guests to have an enjoyable time and delicious meal and are sorry that was not the case for you this time. Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service could have been better. Food was decent

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

We are sorry to see your experience was less than impressive. Sending you a private note now to learn more. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my sisters college graduation here was the best choice! We thoroughly enjoyed the food and drinks. Our server Terry was super sweet and the whole restaurant was a vibe. Will definitely be coming back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Congrats to your sister! We are so glad Terry took such great care of your table. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Since we enter the restaurant the customer service from the host was terrible, our waitress didn’t put our order in time and we had to reminder she had our order already. Got the wrong drink with my order, instead of a passion fruit margarita I gota regular one and the food was terrible.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

We appreciate you sharing about your experience and apologize for the experience. We are sending you a private note now to connect and make things right. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaceful and perfect.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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GracieM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our server was friendly but kept disappearing. Our appetizers came and we had wait a long time bc our entrées were not taken ahead. When our entrées came. They were wrong and we were missing a spoon for the only soup we had order which was my 6 yr old. We had to ask the runner for water bc our server was chit-chatting and laughing on the server station. To get the check was also a chase. I made my mom come all the way to NJ bc I wanted to give her an awesome experience and we left pretty disappointed.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Gracie we apologize for your recent visit. We want nothing more than for our guests to feel well taken care of us and leave fully satisfied and are sorry to hear that was not the case. Sending you a private note now to make things right.

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LilyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter Ada was amazing. She was so friendly and very alert on when we needed things!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Lily we are so glad Ada showed your table a good time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were good. I went for Mother’s Day and they were super organized. Food came out fast 👍🏼

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thanks for spending Mother's Day with us! We are so glad you had a good time!

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TomB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great ambiance, service and food. Love the mixed drinks there.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thanks for dining with us Tom!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The service was very slow. Our appetizers were going to come out after our entrees so we ended up just canceling the appetizers that we waited a while for. We weren’t really checked on. I had to ask twice for a knife for my churrasco which at that point it was cold. They should’ve brought it out with the meal. The waitress was nice and friendly, just not really attentive to us.

The food was definitely not what we expected. I’ve been to ALOT of Cuban restaurants and I was excited to try this one because I read the reviews but it wasn’t what I expected. The churrasco had no seasoning. Not even salt and pepper. The beans didn’t have seasoning in it AT ALL just chunks of onions and the rice was dry and looked like it was the last rice of the batch. I had a few hard pieces which I do not like. My wife ordered the vaca frita and she swallowed a bunch of oil which each chew and again there was no seasoning at all. Just taste like meat and that’s it.

Overall, the atmosphere was great, beautiful restaurant, and good vibe! I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt because it was Mother’s Day (it was not packed) and I’ll try it again.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

We absolutely appreciate your feedback and we're glad to have you dine with us on Mother's Day! That said we do wish the flavors stood out more. Believe us we aim for nothing but bold and fresh flavors and apologize if those fell flat during your visit. We do hope we have another chance to serve you as we know we can impress much more. Thank you.

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AWilliams
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I blame it in covid, but some of the items previously on the menu were no longer available and some that were still available were scaled back. Flavors were still there and our server did her best to accommodate our requests.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on May 17, 2021

We are so glad you dined with us! Yes due to the covid restrictions we did have to slim down our menu a bit but we are sure glad to hear you still enjoyed our flavors! What dish are you missing the most?

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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 4.3 stars by 1260 OpenTable diners.

Havana Central - NJ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/havana-central-new-york/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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