Taste of Havana

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$30 and under
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Cuban
A restaurant in Downtown Chicago celebrating the great cuisine of Cuba!
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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for my birthday! Quaint, authentic and wonderful service! They sang me happy birthday and enjoyed doing it! Loved it!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

l
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They need to add an option for vegetarians. Papa rellena of rice and cheese, tofu. Rice options not made with chicken or beef broths and/or meat chunks. Tostones stuffed with spinach, cauliflower etc. Just some ideas I'll definitely be back

c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was good and the restaurant is nicely decorated. However, the food is marginal at best. I ordered the breaded steak (a cuban cuisine staple) The steak was tough and the breading was so thick that it peeled off. My husband ordered the Guajirito (believe this is a take on the Puerto Rican Jibarito sandwich) which did not taste very good since it was made with platanos that were as we call it Cuba, pinton, meaning in between green and ripe. Would I go back to Taste of Havana? That is a resounding NO.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My Cuban GF and I walked here and she and I loved it. Get the sampler platter. It as awesome and a great value! Definitely coming back here.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The customer service from everyone was tremendously overwhelming. Great food and drinks. Definitely will be back. Great vibes. This is a hidden treasure

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely amazing. Highly recommend. Great mojito selection.

n
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and cozy ambience. Delicious authentic Cuban food and huge portion at a very reasonable price. Excellent service. We are so glad to have found this wonderful restaurant through Open Table. We will definitely return many more times.

c
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing service, and very friendly staff! The food was great as well

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It wasnt anything as fresh and as good as my cuban grandma would have made.

RB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was attentive. The margaritas were fabulous!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff. The mojitos were great and the food tasted amazing. Would definitely go back

CD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

We asked for a reservation at 7:00. When we arrived, on a Friday, we are the only folks in the restaurant. The hostess asked if we had a reservation. There was literally one name in the book, ours. At her station, there was an annoying bell that rang incessantly that disrupted our conversation.

The food was fair and the wine pour was good. The most impressive thing about Taste of Havana was our server. She was excellent! She gave just the right amount of attention and described the dishes beautifully.

Beyond that, it was just "meh." Perhaps this is more of a late night spot.

b
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed myself and the staff was very efficient and friendly.

KG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at Taste of Havana! They serve authentic Cuban food which is very hard to find in Chicago. The food was delicious and they were also very generous with their portions. Their mojitos are the best!!! I would definitely recommend this place to others.

LM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food here at taste of Havana was excellent! However, we most likely won’t be back due to the poor service. We were there on a Monday and it wasn’t terribly busy, but the service seemed chaotic and disorganized. After ordering an appetizer and our entrees, we waited about 25 minutes before flagging down our waitress, who said they were ‘working on it”. So we ordered another round of drinks. Ten minutes later I look, and every member of the staff was in the kitchen; no one was even making drinks. So 20 minutes after ordering our drinks we get them. Then came out entrees, but they were just starting the appetizer because they ‘put the ticket at the end’. Their excuse was that they were working on another order...a restaurant has to be able to work on more than one order at a time!!! So we told them to forget the app.
When we got our checks, (which they had offered to split 3 ways) 2 of us got a correct bill, but one got someone else’s. (Which by the way, ended up being charged to me after all) Not sure how all that happened, but when I spoke to the manager the next day he said he would look into it. Not quite the response I expected, but I’ll take it up with my credit card company.
The menu should also offer more pork dishes, but since this restaurant is very new, they may be working on adjusting their menu. Desserts were fabulous, but you need more than great food to make it in Chicago. You need the service to match. Paladar is also in the neighborhood, and is also excellent, so that will be our regular ‘go to’ for Cuban food.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Beautiful atmosphere.