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Havana Central - NJ

4.2
1344 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Real Cuban cooking in a fun & lively setting. Featuring indoor dining, private parties, catering, curbside pick-up and delivery (through 3rd party apps!). Reservations are recommended.
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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

Featured specials

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ring in the New Year at Havana Central! Our NYE party begins at 830pm (3 rez times available) and features a $89 5-Course Feast complete with a welcome drink, party favors & a midnight champagne toast. Fan favorite Brisas del Caribe will be playing live Latin music all night long! Rez required!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Join us for a Cuban inspired holiday dinner! Offering our regular menu plus our restaurant is available for private & semi-private parties with custom menus and bar packages. Happy Hour drink specials from 4pm - 7pm! Cheers!

What 1344 people are saying
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NelsonH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The slow roasted pork was warm and not hot. In addition the pork was not well seasoned. The rice And beans were good. The meal was ok but not great. I felt like the food should have been hotter. The Mojitos on the other hand were very good. The service was pretty good no complaints there.

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SaminaS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious but the service was a little slow

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Cheryl
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waitress was not engaged. Upon being seated at a table, she didn’t come to our table for 15 minutes. Took our order and submitted wrong order. After receiving different entree than ordered, I had to wait for a new meal to be made and ate 15 minutes later than my husband, so he ate by himself and then I had to eat by myself. Waitress neither apologized nor checked on our table to see if we needed anything. Horrible experience!!!

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vipFoodie57
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the caipirinhas and therefore we are unable to enjoy any other restaurant we’ve tried to meet at…😍

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 4 days ago

Oh we are so glad to hear you enjoy our Caipirinhas! Come by anytime! :)

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is good but it is pricey. The drinks are also good. Went on a tuesday evening was not busy at all.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 19, 2021

Rachel we are glad you had a good meal. We hope to serve you again sometime soon!

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RedSonia
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service1ambience3

Server never check on us during meal. Had to shout to get her attention.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

Sonia we are glad you enjoyed the meal but very sorry to hear about the service issues. We strive for top hospitality and apologize for anything short of that! Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The waitress was extremely inattentive and was not familiar with the cuisine. All questions asked were answered with “I don’t know”. The food runner did not speak English so while one part of what we ordered was missing, we were left without. Our waitress never came to ask how our meal was after we were served. The manager came around and asked about the experience and comped our $9 appetizer but with the whole experience being so awful, it didn’t matter. When we left the waitress dropped the check and was not at all apologetic about all the mistakes. We didn’t even get a “have a nice night”. I will not be returning to that establishment.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

We are very sorry to hear about your experience. This is certainly not the type of hospitality we strive to achieve and wish we could have accommodated your questions better. Sending you a private note now to make things right.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here several times and again hands down my expectations were met as it relates to food and drinks. I decided to meet my friend for lunch and it was her first time eating here. She absolutely loved it and even purchased meals tMy only issue was a person entering the restaurant with a dog. This person walked with the dog on a lease with the person with him had the actual dog stroller. It was not a service dog there were no tags because I sat 2 tables away. It interrupted my dinner listening to a dog barking and these people finally put the dog in the stroller only to take the dog out of the stroller and it was almost on their table. I do not want to dine at restaurants with pets. For this reason I will have to rethink visiting this restaurant.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you so much for dining with us and sharing your feedback. We are so glad you and your friend enjoyed your meal but do want to apologize for the disruption you experienced during your visit. Sending you a private note now to learn more and make things right!

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Marisa
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great as usual. Drinks were good too! Server was good. Very attentive. However Even though, I made reservations to sit at a cabana table none were available. And wait would have been very long. Which was a little disappointing because I did ask for one 2 days prior. I really thought making reservations would have saved one for us. They put us in the “patio” room and it was bit chilly. Kinda put a damper on our special night out. Didn’t want to complain but why make reservations you can’t keep. we won’t be coming back for a while...

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

Marisa thank you for dining with us! We are very glad to hear you enjoyed your meal! We do wish we were able to accommodate your seating preference though. Sending you a private note now to learn about how the reservation was set up. Thanks!

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vipFoodie
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doesn't have the bustle of the Times Square location, but the food is just as good!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

So glad you enjoyed your meal! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time here and the food was great with large portions and the service was great as well.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

We are so glad you joined us! Looking forward to serving you again sometime!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was okay. The drinks were horrible and watered down. An $18 hurricane tasted like juice and had no liquor. Tostones were stale. I just wasn’t a fan. Wasn’t really fresh. I probably wouldn’t go again.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 8, 2021

We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear your visit was less than impressive. Our Hurricane ($16) is actually one of our top sellers so we do apologize if the one you were served was not up to par. We truly wish it packed more of a punch :) We'd welcome the opportunity to show you a better time. Sending you a private note now.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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vipEdwin
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The masitas are great, so are the empanadas, enjoy. I'll be back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 8, 2021

Edwin we're happy to hear you had a good meal! Cheers!

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tanial
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, great drinks and beautiful ambiance!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 8, 2021

Tania we are thrilled you had a wonderful time! Cheers!

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Chrissy
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jorge our server was amazing. The food was wonderful.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thanks for dining with us! We are glad to hear Jorge took great care of your table!

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DenessaE
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was a 10/10 I will definitely be going back

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thrills us to hear you enjoyed your meal! See you soon!

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RobinC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trevor was our waiter. He was Absolutely amazing, efficient, fast, caring. Food was fast, delicious, would recommend!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 3, 2021

We will be sure to share your kind words with Trevor! Hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Not sure if it’s how it’s managed or the staff just being aloof. But I literally had to ask a server walking by for the 4th time to take our order. It wasn’t busy or understaffed. It was just very inattentive servers. Do better!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 3, 2021

We are very sorry to hear about the service issues during your visit. Sending you a private note now to make things right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My first time here with my family. The service was just okay . They warned us they were short staffed but it did impact our first time here . Food was mediocre.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 16, 2021

We appreciate your feedback and are glad you dined with us for the first time! Yes we are in the same boat as many restaurants in terms of struggling with staffing. That said we truly wish it did not negatively impact your first visit with us! We do hope you might come back again and sending you a private note now.

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ChristinaM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to enjoy Spanish food and the setting was excellent

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 3, 2021

Christina we're glad you enjoyed your visit!

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DennisD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service
Appetizer sampler was a good choice

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 19, 2021

Dennis we're glad you had a delicious time!

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Tiffanyr
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The vibe was very dead for a Friday night, my dish came out wrong and when my correct dish came out it was cold so made the meal not enjoyable. Tasted like it had been sitting out and placed over warm white rice. Not good

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on November 3, 2021

Tiffany we are sorry to hear about your visit. Sending you a private note now.

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Toni
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great drinks and entrees. The mojitos were great!!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 11, 2021

Toni we're so glad you enjoyed your visit, cheers!

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IngridP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Food was not good. Drinks looked beautiful but did not taste good. Overall would not go back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 11, 2021

Ingrid we are sorry to hear about your experience. Sending you a private note now to learn more.

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JefersonG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place to enjoy with the person you love special moments ❤

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 4, 2021

How lovely! We are glad to serve you anytime!

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RainaV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food when I come

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 4, 2021

Raina we are happy to hear that and look forward to serving you again soon!

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MeghanW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I made the reservations because it was a promotion for half off food but I didn't get half off! The food was good but not great. I would go back but not going out of my way.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 4, 2021

Meghan thanks for joining us and bringing this to our attention. We are glad we were able to make things right after the fact and look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific atmosphere and delicious food!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thanks for the kind words. We hope to serve you again!

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AmericanDream
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Guest Appreciation Day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food for the most part was on point and the service was excellent as well.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for joining us for the promo! Hope to see you again sometime soon!

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EdwinT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was good, appetizers and drinks were very good. Definitely will be back!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 27, 2021

We look forward to serving you again!

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RosieP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Alex was very attentive and personable. Both the food and service was amazing. My favorite dishes were the appetizers. Will definitely be back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 20, 2021

Rosie we are so happy you had a nice visit! Cheers!

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Weeatfish
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Menu was changed , seemed ran down , not really dirty, but neglected . Entree was just ok ….. I was disappointed considering the hype friends gave

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thanks for dining with us and sharing your feedback. We are sorry to see you did not enjoy your experience. We take great pride in our appearance and certainly would like to address any issues you saw during your visit. Sending you a private note now to learn more. Thank you.

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AliciaV
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great servers were in masks. I will definitely be returnjng

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 20, 2021

Alicia we look forward to serving you again anytime!

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BBTS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing as usual. Rianna was kind and attentive.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks for sharing your feedback! Come visit us again soon!

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vipJustinaT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Overall, the food was good. We had:

- the sampler, which was 8/10
- guac was 7/10. It was a tad salty IMO
- ropa vieja 8/10
- vaca frita 9/10 - cilantro rice was amazing
- stuffed peppers 8/10
- steak - 9/10
- chimichurri sauce 12/10 - order extra and put it on everything!

Our server was great. He was attentive and friendly.

However, the table we were at looked like it wasn't cleaned as there was leftover food on the table and seats. Also, there were leftover items from the previous patron and utensils on the floor. Also, we noticed that majority of tables were not cleaned. However, I loved the hand sanitizer on the table. I understand that during the pandemic, the staff is limited as a result, the cleaning is lacking.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 14, 2021

Justina may we say how much we appreciate your detailed feedback! Makes us happy to hear you enjoyed the food - especially the chimichurri! We apologize for any lack of cleanliness you noticed. Yes we are short staffed but that does not mean you should have to witness anything like that. We've shared this with the team to ensure we pay more mind to this issue but do appreciate your patience. We hope to see you again soon!

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DannyC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It seemed they were very short handed and took a long time for food and drinks to come out. Food was very good unfortunately it was ice cold when it came to the table. We didn’t send it back only because it took so long to come out

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 14, 2021

Danny thank you for sharing your feedback. Yes we are incredibly short staffed due to the current situation but we are very sorry if that impacted your experience. Cold food is unacceptable no matter what! We do wish we could have fixed that for you but certainly understand you did not want to wait any longer. Sending you a private note now to make things right. Thank you.

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Danny
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely excellent food and drink and amazing service. Definitely returning.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 14, 2021

Danny we are so happy you had a great visit! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipCindy
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and so was the service!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 14, 2021

So glad you enjoyed Cindy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our food was cold. We were offered replacements but those were cold as well.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on September 10, 2021

Very sorry to hear about this! We would welcome the opportunity to connect directly and make things right as we know we can impress much more. Sending a private note now. Thank you.

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FAQs

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 1344 OpenTable diners.

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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