Havana 1957 - Espanola Way

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$30 and under
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Cuban
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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome. I love everything about this place. The staff are amazing, the food is delicious and the experience was one of a kind. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.

JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Get the house special chicken! The atmosphere is so lively and fun.

AG
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Authentic Cuban, great service. Recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and authentic Cuban cuisine. Excellent service.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, for your business andreview. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Overhyped place, lousy service, ridiculous prices, unacceptable mandatory 18% service charge applied to any number of diners.
This is the perfect example of a ripoff of ignorant tourists and the epitome of an unauthentic cuban restaurant. Their star drink at $13.99 a piece was an abysmal failure: they short-changed me of the amount of rum and the club soda in the drink was flat (no bubbles). The only redeeming feature is that the food was tasty, although not very plentiful.
In summary, avoid this place at all costs and patronize real cuban places in Little Havana

HH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This was a very vibrant dining experience; just what you would expect from a Cuban restaurant. The food was great and the servers were friendly. Overall, a great experience!

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, Hannah. Thank you for reviewing Havana 1957. We're glad you enjoyed your experience.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I will admit I was skeptical about this place because it had so many locations in the Miami area but WOW! Endless amounts of flavor. The appetizer was recommend by our server and was spot on for what we were looking for. The pork cubes were fried but still very moist. My entree was to die for. The rice and beans were seasoned to perfection. In the middle of the entree there was what I suspected to be crispy pork skin and it was delicious. The slow oven roasted pork was juicy and packed with flavor and easy to tear apart. The entire meal was packed full of nothing but flava. Ever bite was much better than the last. Highly recommend this entree and sitting outside to people watch.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 9 November 2019

Hello, and thank you very much for leaving your comments. We're happy to learn you gave us a chance and enjoyed your meal so much. We hope to welcome you again soon for more fresh and flavorful Cuban fare.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Whenever we visit Miami Havana 1957 is a must to dine at!

CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience when visiting Miami Beach!

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and drinks. Great service. Interior of restaurant was so small that we would have waited another hour after our reservation time to get a seat in there. Since it was as hot and muggy as Hades that late October night the outdoor table was uncomfortable. An oscillating fan overhead provided minor relief. He area is extremely loud and busy, that might be good or bad depending on your preference. This Espanola Way location is in a small but charming tourist area and very close to the famous Art Deco drive in South Beach.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

I’ve been to this place several times and have always enjoyed the food. I visit every time I’m in town, this time I got a waitress that wasn’t very happy to be serving. The appetizer was really good we got the platter with a taste of everything. My main dish was the sampler of meats and rice and beans. The Ropa Vieja was not tender enough so I took a bite and left it. The lechón was salty, and the chicken was good. The black beans were so salty I couldn’t even enjoy the rice and beans with the chicken.

One of the things I truly dislike is when they come by your table and ask if things are good but leave so fast you’re unable to answer the question. I got that a couple of times.

So this was a pretty disappointing visit, I’ll have to think twice about visiting again and instead find a new place.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 2 November 2019

Your feedback is appreciated. We value you as a guest and we're sorry this occasion the service did not meet your standards and ours. We hope to have another chance to make up for the experience in the near future.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. The food and staff were amazing! If I lived in miami I would definitely return.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 7 November 2019

We look forward to your return. Thank you for giving us 5 stars.

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j
Raleigh
61 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

service was worst we've had all week. our reservation with the birthday specification was ignored. we chose this place thinking it would be special on my wife's 54th. she's in a wheel chair so we sat back next to the handicapped sign but she could not even wheel out to get to a restroom due to so many other people being seated almost on top of us. my wife was in tears when she left due to her birthday being ignored. i pointed out to the waiter that the lunch special specifically stated unlimited soft drinks but he charged us anyway for drinks we did not order (tonic water) so i kept the receipt to prove it & asked him to look at the menu. he discussed it with someone else but did not correct the wrong charge so i can appeal to the credit card & ensure we do not eat here again.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 6 November 2019

jeffm, We would like to take a moment to apologize for the less than a great experience. It is not common that we ignore a guest's birthday. We hope to have another chance to make up for this an make your next visit worthy of 5 stars. We also left a note to address your case more personally. Thank you for your business.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing place but people can smoke outside. We had 4 heavy smokers next to us who kind of killed our fun, food was amazing.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 24 October 2019

Thank you for reviewing Havana 1957. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve our service and we hope to make your next experience with us even better.

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C
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience with even better food! Can't wait to go back!

KS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Miami.
Service was great.
The Street is full with people
Music
People dancing
Food is great
Service was fast
Mojitos were amazing

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 24 October 2019

Many thanks for joining us and leaving your review, Kaomy. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and deemed us the best restaurant in Miami. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, brilliant Cuba libre couldn’t fault the experience

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 3 October 2019

We're glad you enjoyed the food and the Cuba Libre.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience!

JP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Great atmosphere in arguably one of the cooler areas. However the cocktails were mediocre at best. Mojitos were average but not what one would i expect from a true Cuban establishment. Plantain chips were good. We ordered appetizers as we were not sure we wanted to stay for entrees. Ordered three of them, yucca fries with truffle oil. They were okay but not truly a wow. The seafood was something you could buy at a grocery store so don’t go there. The croquettes were tasty but again not a true wow. It is not bad but definitely not worth your time. Server was poor but really would not have mattered if the food was better. FYI, be aware there is plenty of folks smoking outside so if you are smoke adverse maybe find a better table.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 28 September 2019

Your honest comments are appreciated, Jack. We're sorry you felt the experience, in general, was less than great. We hope to have another opportunity to show you a true Havana 1957 experience.

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place with a really lively atmosphere - waiters are incredibly welcoming and the food is great

h
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so good we had to go back a second time

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thank you, Happy. It really means a lot to us to have your repeat business and your note. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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h
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This location is spectacular. Food was bomb and atmosphere was amazing

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, happy. We're thrilled you enjoyed and praised our food and atmosphere. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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DT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Totally awesome! Our waitress, Darling, was outstanding! She was kind, attentive, professional, respectful, and very knowledgeable about the restaurant and what our options were. I would go back there in a heartbeat!

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 26 August 2019

Thank you very much for your awesome comments. We're happy to hear that Darling's service was outstanding. We hope to welcome you again soon!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, delicious food and attentive staff.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you for your comments, Suzi. We're glad everything was on point during your visit. Come to visit us again soon!

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SD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Different cuisine but really nice food, service needs to improve. I will be back.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 22 August 2019

We always appreciate your feedback and any recommendations, Radamel and we'll take your comments into consideration in order to improve our service. We look forward to your next return!

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had a delicious dinner at Havana 1957!

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you very much for your comments, Anna. We're glad you and your husband enjoyed your experience at Havana 1957 and we invite you to join us again for another lovely dinner.

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HB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff and food. If you want a fun dining experience with good Cuban food this is the place. Every staff person made us feel so welcome and took care of all our needs. I broke my foot and need extra space with 8 people in our party. We were never rushed even though people were waiting for tables. Make reservations.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you for your business and review. It's always wonderful to hear a guest saying our staff was able to offer great service. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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OT
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Autherntic Cuban feel and great food!

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 14 August 2019

Thank you for leaving your comments, We're glad you can give testimony of the authenticity of Havana 1957. We look forward to your next return!

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NB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with an even greater atmosphere. I will surely be visiting again!!

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 14 August 2019

We're looking forward to your return, Nikki. Thank you or giving us 5 stars.

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JN
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I'd say that the only slightly disappointing part of the experience was having to sit at the bar even with a reservation. Other than that the service was fast, the food was amazing, and the drinks were strong.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 14 August 2019

Thank you for giving your honest feedback, Jameel. We're sorry about this inconvenience and will review with our staff to ensure we can correct what's wrong and avoid it happening in the future.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Most of the staff were incredibly rude, wish we hadn’t wasted our last night eating there. Very bland food, plenty of great places to eat in Miami, this certainly isn’t one of them!

HC
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal-excellent food and service-energetic atmosphere

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 14 August 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars HCHC. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We ate at the bar and were taken care of Jose and Davis. They were excellent. Great service and very friendly. When I’m in Miami Beach, I will go back. Great drinks and the food was delicious. Can’t wrong with the Cuban Sandwich.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 7 August 2019

Thank you for reviewing Havana 1957. We're glad you enjoyed your experience with the food and the service given by Jose and Davis, and look forward to your return!

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CA
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

Can't compare to Larios on Ocean...food and value
Server was OK but English/noise problem...I complained about no seafood in t he Grand Eschabe
Ceviche...he said tank you!!!
Two entrees came out cold...they were replaced but one diner was finished with her dinner when
we finally got ours...food taste good...table/plates very small/hard to eat comfortably
do not like South beach policy of 18-22%Most service should be 15% max
John Augustine

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 14 August 2019

Catherine, We appreciate you let us know how your experience was and also what our staff did in order to compensate for the inconvenience. We regret this was not enough. The experience you describe is not what we want to show our guests and we hope to have another opportunity to serve you in the future and show you a true Havana 1957 experience.

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MF
Italy
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful restaurant in a crowdy street in Miami Beach. Very good Cuban food. Mojito was great. Staff was kind and efficient. Not so cheap, but it was worth.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, Marco. We're glad you enjoyed your experience at Havana 1957. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service (although very busy), great Cuban atmosphere, and their desserts (Tres Leches) and coffee (Cuban coffee) are AMAZING. This was a recommendation for a friend for the Cuban coffee, and I’m happy to pass on that recommendation. Great place!

CA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 23 July 2019

Good afternoon, Carlos. Thank you for your business and for having taken the time to leave us a review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience at Havana 1957 and will take your comments into consideration in order to improve where applicable in the near future.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 23 July 2019

We're glad Juan helped to make yours a 5-star experience. Thank you for reviewing Havana 1957. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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B
Miami
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 18 July 2019

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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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

Havana 1957 - Espanola Way
Responded on 18 July 2019

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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