Havana

4.6
1362 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Located in the popular River North neighborhood of Chicago, Havana features a unique 1940s art-deco themed interior and large windows that showcase Clark Street. Along with the large variety of Cuban-American cuisine and specialty drinks, Havana also offers many delectable Cuban desserts and coffees to complement the perfect meal. Whether you're interested in trying the fresh Ceviche Mixto, or just want to share a night out with friends over our mouth-watering mojitos and live music, Havana is the perfect restaurant for you.
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always phenomenal and a fixture in river north!

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M
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious...but my Rollitos Manchegos ($19) was reeealllllyyy small for the price! My boyfriend got the Pollo a la Cubana, which was quite large. Both good but I was hungry after.

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RC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Latin food

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

This is my 3rd time visiting Havana and definitely was dissapointed by the service which was extremely slow considering that it was almost empty. The bottleneck was with the server, not the kitchen. Food came out quickly after we order but for the server to come take our drink and dessert menu it took at least 15 minutes from the moment we got seated and after we finish our dinner. Not sure if I'm coming back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious, authentic Cuban food! It does a get a bit loud in here

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The last time we went to Havana we were disappointed with the quality of the food but decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, we were equally disappointed this time around. The rice was totally mushy and the pork chop was dry. They did offer us a substitute for the rice so I chose Maduros (sweet plantains) which were only marginally better. I wish this wasn’t the case. I love the atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and attentive. The food quality is what did this place in for us. We will not be back.

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JP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food was exceptional. Service was slow and on the hot, summer day we were there, the air conditioning was not working and it was unbearably hot in the restaurant.

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SB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing food and great service. Absolutely my favorite restaurant.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Restaurant name is Havana but the food is nothing close to Cuban food, it’s more like a fusion Mex-Cub food.. average quality.

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

Havana is a must for any occasion! The ambiance is great inside or outside. Downstairs has a romantic feel too it which was perfect for my occasion. The food is very fulfilling and you get more than expected. You will not be disappointed at Havana my date and I had the $25 Guava Mojito very tasty was able to taste the tart of the guava but the Minton was from the fresh mint. The staff has excellent hospitality and made sure we were pleased. Highly recommend!!

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RT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There empanadas were fantastic as usual and the seafood dish with coconut milk and rice was so delicious! It was my first Tim trying it and I’m so glad my waitress suggested it. I love this place and they’re cocktails too!

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L
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was delicious and authentic. It was a little pricier but definitely worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Rude staff and then two days later, they charged us double what we spent.

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K
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved everything we had. The pulled pork and halibut were excellent.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Interesting mix of Cuban and Mexican cuisine. Service was awful. Despite being seated well before those around us, we were served long after and only after we inquired about the status. We ordered standard menu items, nothing custom. People came in after us, were served, paid the bill and left while we were waiting.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambiance and good drinks. Food is standard but good!

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S
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food,service, location and ambience was quite good.Would highly recommend Cubans.

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SL
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent- tons of options and variety. Large group (10) so we shared a bunch of plates and then everyone ordered a main meal. Very loud but not terrible.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The pulled pork signature dish went from my favorite to unpalatable. Seems the pork came from a can, the potatoes and the corn sauce were room temperature.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing Cuban food rivaling the best we’ve had anywhere else. Service was a bit slow but it was a Friday night and quite busy. Amazing mojitos

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the dinner here! Prices are great, food tastes authentic, and service is excellent.

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was solid. Compared to the other neighborhood restaurants it seemed pretty quiet inside, but that works if you want easy access to a table and to hear what your fellow guests are discussing.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really delicious place!!!

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SG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a terrific meal and great service at Havana. We love Cuban food and have tried it in several cities. Havana holds its own with the best.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. The entire staff was friendly. It's like eating with family!

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SP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

We didn’t order a pitcher of mojito but they brought And charged us for it when I questioned it on the bill they called me a liar and still charge me for it. the service was very bad.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING food, wonderful service, and just an overall great time. 2nd time here, 1st time with my husband & we will *definitely* be back! The food is seriously amazing--the presentation, the flavor, the creativity behind the dishes. And they all pair beautifully with Havana's great drink menu.

My husband thought I was exaggerating about how great the food is before our visit but he tasted the magic of Havana for himself and loves it just as much as I do! I usually don't get the vegetarian option, but took a chance last time with coworkers (stuffed peppers) and was HOOKED. Loved it so much that I got it again when I went with my husband but I vow, next time, to try something new. In sampling everyone else's dishes I've eaten with, I can tell you that you CANNOT go wrong. It's also very reasonably priced & the ambiance is in the middle of classy and casual, making it very accessible as well.

Dress up, dress down, alone, with coworkers, friends, or a spouse--HAVANA is a hidden gem!

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was great as was service. Just way too loud for we "older" folks. We couldn't hear each other.

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TR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great small plates the plantains and avocado mash was great. The drinks are very good and our sever did a great job even with a few kitchen mix ups. Will go again

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h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Great food. Lively room. Terrific staff

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night out! Food was delicious. Service was prompt and friendly. Would definitely go back.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good experience

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BR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food is very good. We arrived at lunch time and had to wait a little to long for our food order to be taken.

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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

If they like Cuban food then it would probably be a good place. I didn’t like the food. I’m sure it was prepared great. Just not my thing.

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TJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for an inventive, reasonably priced lunch. The El Almuerzo was described as two eggs with a side of steak fajitas. Sort of, but the sauce was much more flavorful- sort of citrusy with a kick. Steak sandwich was great as usual. Service was a bit slow but we were not in a hurry.

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NH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really attentive, friendly staff who gave us great recommendations. Empanadas and mojitos were great. Fun atmosphere!

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JS
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

However, we did not enjoy the table size; cramped and hard to place any jackets or anything anywhere.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Loved it! Food was very good and tasty.
A nice spot that I definitely will come back to.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Too loud... and if you really want to be authentic to the cuisine, add pallomilla steak to your menu and include white rice with your dishes.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place has a great vibe, drinks, and food. Highly recommend.

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