Havana 1957 - Espanola Way

4.5
798 reviews
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Cuban
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Welcome to Havana 1957, real and authentic Cuban flavors located at one of the most popular corners in South Beach; Española Way.
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall, the food and atmosphere is amazing. We were seated in a busy thoroughfare section of the restaurant which resulted in a number of waiters/staff bumping my chair. Our waiter and another waiter also got into a small verbal argument over an unrelated matter which delayed our check by 10 minutes.

Upon grabbing receipt, we saw that the service charge was added (as customary in Miami) and normally leave a higher tip. But given the above, we decided on keeping it at the 18%; the waiter came to pick up the check, leaned down in my wife's face at eye level, examined the check, turned to her within a foot of her face, and muttered something.

We are out of towners and its not our first time there; usually a must go to when we visit Miami. Definitely will be back but hope the restaurant can make some changes/trainings on the above.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Juan did a fantastic job making sure we had everything we needed. For how busy they were our food came quick, hot and tasted great.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The mojitos were great and the food was delicious! I would definitely recommend!

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Brett. Thank you for recommending us. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to welcome you again soon.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We loved the food so much that we went back twice during our vacation! The food is delicious!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you very much for your repeat business. We're glad you loved the food and hope to welcome you again next time you visit Miami!

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DT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never a disappointment. Always stop here when in south beach!

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Responded 4 days ago

We're lucky to have your continued patronage, DesireeT. Thank you very much for giving us 5 stars!

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1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Casual atmosphere. Fun, outside atmosphere. Food and drink were decent. Service was marginal. It seemed as though wait staff was annoyed with the customers.
We might return due to its location.

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Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you or your feedback, We are always striving towards 100% guest satisfaction and we're sorry if we gave this impression to you. We will review this with our staff and hope to hit that 5-star mark on your next visit.

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1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Cuban spot in Miami! Felt like we were almost emersed in the culture. Everything was excellent! We will be back next Miami trip!

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Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you kindly for reviewing Havana 1957. We're glad we caused such an impression. We are looking forward to your return!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Horrible place, drinks suck, food sucks, expensive, bad and slow service like really slow, bad food that wasn’t cooked, too loud to talk to someone across from you. DO NOT GO HERE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

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Responded on 8 July 2019

Mohamed1, We are discouraged to read your comments about the food and the service at Havana 1957. They are extremely surprising to us and differ from the usual feedback we receive. We hope you can give us another chance to turn your experience around. Thank you for your business

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JD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great service thanks Jamie

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Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, Juan. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was INCREDIBLE, a little tight, supper fun waiters, great music, deff a repeat ...

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Responded on 18 June 2019

We look forward to your next visit. Thank you very much for giving us 5 stars.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Saw the good reviews and gave it a try. We really wanted to have a good experience but unfortunately we didn't have a server for 40 minutes after sitting down. We kept trying to get any server's attention but they ignored us and only served the tables next to us. We had to walk up to the host (who sat us down) to take our drink order after 30 minutes of being ignored. Horrible experience. Really disappointed and never want to come back here.

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Responded on 28 June 2019

Dana, We're disappointed that you felt that the service was anything less than great. The experience you describe it's not in line with the standards of service we want to show our guests.I hope you consider giving us another chance or we can show you an improved service experience in the near future.

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TR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I think the location didn't work for us. It was very small. While we were eating, people who were waiting to eat were standing right next to us and bumping into us at our table. At one point they moved us and our table over to make room for a bigger party. They gave us a free dessert for the move.

There was never a time we felt comfortable. I think we should have gone to the Ocean Drive location.

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Responded on 28 June 2019

Tina, We would like to apologize for any inconvenience with your seating at our Espanola Way location. We're sorry to hear it didn't work for you and hope to have another chance the show you an improved service experience at any of the rest of our other locations.

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KN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and service! Thank you for my birthday song!

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Responded on 18 June 2019

Thank you for your business and comments, KeishaN. We're glad you enjoyed celebrating your birthday at Havana 1957. We hope your future plans include our restaurant. Regards!

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ZT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first encounter with cuban cousine and we really enjoyed it. The place has a very nice atmosphere, the staff is friendly, the food is delicious.

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Responded on 13 June 2019

Thank you for letting us know we helped to make your first experience with Cuban food something enjoyable, ZsoltT. We're glad you enjoyed the food and the service. Come back soon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service staff - very accomodating! didn't feel rushed and had a fantastic meal! would highly recommend!

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Responded on 10 June 2019

Many thanks for letting us know how the food and service were. We're glad you enjoyed your experience at Havana 1957 and hope to welcome you again soon.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food here!

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Responded on 10 June 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, Nadine. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your meal. Come to dine with us again soon!

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RZ
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were great at the Espanola location! Wish we could have another meal there before leaning Miami.

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Responded on 7 June 2019

Thank you very much for your comments. RZARCH. We're happy that you liked your experience at Havana 1957 and we hope we will see you again soon.

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Portland
17 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

True authentic Cuban food. The food was amazing!!

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Responded on 4 June 2019

Thank you very much for your comment, Paleoeater. We're glad you enjoyed your meal.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious. Staff was friendly and helpful providing recommendations on places to see in Miami. Would definitely recommend and go again.

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Responded on 4 June 2019

it's great to have your recommendation, Gabriela. We're glad you enjoyed the service and food recommendations given by our staff and hope to welcome you again soon!.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The lobster meat is meh...
plz don't order lobster at all

everything else is good

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Responded on 10 June 2019

AllenW, We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the lobster. It is a popular dish but its success is reliant to the personal taste of our guests. We hope to delight you with other items on our menu next time you visit.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great atmosphere

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Responded on 31 May 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars. We are pleased that the atmosphere and dishes you tried were to your satisfaction. Come to dine with us again soon!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very very busy and very loud.

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Responded on 24 May 2019

Diner, We appreciate your review as it helps us improve our service where applicable. We will try to be more mindful of the volume in the near future and hope to make your next experience at Havana 1957 worthy of 5 stars.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is a beautiful place to eat and spend time with friends and family. The food is delicious. The service is great.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and awesome service by staff. Server was super friendly and attention to detail was great. Food and drinks were great, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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S
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Went for the first time for Mothers Day. The crowd and ambiance was horrible. Very low class people. Very loud music. Service was very slow. People smoking marijuana at their dinner tables. NEVER AGAIN.

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Responded on 16 May 2019

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DB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic! Everything about it was excellent!!! We can’t wait to return!

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Responded on 13 May 2019

We can't at to have you back, DougBolst. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Havana 1957

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. We ate inside and there was live music outside, but we were able to have a conversation without raising our voices. The food was delicious. La Orchestra Cubana was an abundance of flavorful food. Best mojito I’be ever had!

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Responded on 13 May 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad you enjoyed the food and the Mojito. We hope to host you again soon.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good over all, the best of all was the dessert, Cuban flan, was just amazing. The service was ok. I’ll definitely recommend this place.

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JB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic evening at the Española location. Our group had a table on the patio- great vibe and energy to this restaurant. All the service staff were prompt, friendly, and very helpful. The passion fruit mojitos were so delicious! Our appetizers were great, especially the masitas de puerco- so flavorful and tender. All the mains were equally delicious, including the Cuban sampler, the grilled salmon, and the grilled chicken dishes. We would definitely go back on a return trip to Miami.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Loud, loud, loud with less than mediocre food and slow service. Nothing great about this place at all.

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Responded on 23 May 2019

Dear customer, we apologize for your less than great experience at our restaurant. We aim to provide excellent food so knowing that you didn't enjoy your meal is a letdown. We hope to delight you with other items on our menu if given the chance and please be assured that we are reviewing the volume matter with our staff and will try to make an effort to be more mindful of it in the future

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were on vacation and wanted some Cuban food. What we got was an amazing atmosphere, and simple but delicious food.

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Responded on 9 May 2019

Thank you for making us part of your vacation, SAfoodie. We're glad that both the food and the atmosphere were to your liking. We hope to host you again on your next visit to Miami.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

You can find MUCH better restaurants on Espanola way for the same price. This restaurant is overrated. We dined on Espanola way for 4 nights in a row and this was, by far, our worst experience.
Food did not look or taste fresh and service (from the receptionists to the waiters was not good). I would choose any of the Italian restaurants in the area over this one and wait to visit Little Havana for a cuban dining experience.

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Responded on 10 May 2019

Valentina, The experience you describe does not match the standards of service our customer have come to know and love from us, We are bummed to hear you had the worst experience with us and we would like to address your comments and look forward to continuing the conversation.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was terrific!!

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Responded on 9 May 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your comments, Kate. We're glad you enjoyed everything during your visit.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was authentic and the staff went above and beyond. I want to personally thank each and every staff member for shining bright.

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Responded on 2 May 2019

Thank you for sharing online your great experience at Havana 1957, JacobM. It pleases us that you have enjoyed so much your meal as well as the service given by our staff. Come to visit us again soon.

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Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great value. The food was delicious, we had the Lechón asado with Moro rice & yuca. Others had masa de puerco, Cuban sandwich and vaca frita. We had the mojitos they were good. The serving size is big. Ambiance was pleasant very festive atmosphere though if you are looking for a quiet place this is not it. We enjoyed our time there... highly recommend.

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Responded on 30 April 2019

Good afternoon, Justmiriam. Thank you for giving Havana 1957 5 stars. It makes us happy to hear you enjoyed your time here and appreciate your recommendation. Please be sure to join us again soon.

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TD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

We watched as two waterbugs ran passed our feet. My girlfriend killed one that got too close. It laid there squished for 20 minutes. We asked the waiter to pick it up and he kicked it away. Not a single item was comped off of our bill and the gratuity was automatic.

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Responded on 25 April 2019

Thank you very much for bringing this matter to our attention. We sincerely apologize for this negative experience. It does not match the standards of service we are proud to display and we will review this with our staff so that we can improve our service in the near future.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was fantastic except for the leaf blowers and mowers going while we tried to enjoy our meal outside.

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Responded on 25 April 2019

Thank you for giving us five stars. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and we will try to be more mindful of this matter in the future.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good and flavorable

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Responded on 22 April 2019

Thank you for leaving your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your meal.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The gold standard in Cuban food! Note that the one on Ocean drive is much more noisy.

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Responded on 22 April 2019

Thank you very much for your comments, BerendM. It truly honors us that you deemed us the gold standard in Cuban food. We hope to see you again soon.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for outdoor dining. Service was excellent, drinks were tasty, and food was amazing.

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Responded on 22 April 2019

Thank you for rating our restaurant. We are glad that both the food and the service were to your liking. Come back soon.

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