Havana

4.5
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visiting Chicago for the weekend. Delicious food. I would definitely come back. We got a bunch of things and shared everything

JG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

SO delicious! Food was timed out perfectly and the pitcher of margarita was so delicious and such good value. Took my parents here and it was so refreshing compared to a boring steakhouse :) Will definitely be back, we loved it!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fast service, good food.

MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Amazing drinks and great food.

DH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The flavors in the food was amazing . Recommend the Cuban pork dish Delicious

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super great food! Great price.
We were in Chicago for 3 weeks setting up for a show. Ended up eating tons of places and this was one of the best we found.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was me and my girlfriend night out for our one year anniversary. The place is really amazing, staff was on point, and the food was incredible! I really recommend this place to have a wonderful night out and enjoy a different atmosphere! The vibe is outstanding! Lastly, the prices are very affordable!

AM
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is delicious. The service is a bit relaxed so expect to have to wave down the servers if you need anything. The food is amazing.

DT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very impressed. Service was outstanding. Dancing was great! When I made the reservation I put in special instructions that it was my friend birthday. The hostess said happy birthday to him at the door which was a nice surprise. And I didn’t even ask for a birthday dessert but they brought him one with a candle on it on the house! We will be back again!

AT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great prices! The servers are super friendly and the drinks are delicious!!

SP
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Stopped in on a Friday night for dinner. We had 3 adults and our baby. Was sat immediately upon arrival from our reservation and the assistant staff was immediate to filling water. They didn’t keep the high chairs accessible and had us wait a few minutes for them to bring us one. Not a big deal since the establishment is not overly large as they would take up space.

Started with the Empanadas and Ceviche for appetizers. The chicken empanadas were the best in my opinion but the maza was too thick so you tasted a lot of the maza more than the meat filling. The ceviche was really standard and nothing to write home about. Not full in flavor and rather boring.

Since it was a Friday, we ordered the pitcher of the House Mojito which was nothing more than a minty sprite. Lacked flavor and wasn’t anything special as well. I’m sure since it’s the Friday special they don’t put equal parts alcohol so it was extremely weak.

For the main course, we had the Jibarito Steak Sandwich, Jalea, and Cuban Sandwich. The Cuban Sandwich is the only reason I gave at least 2 stars for food. It was good and had some flavor. The Jibarito sandwich was terrible. The steak was tough and the plantains were overcooked, dry and hard. The Jalea was from something I’ve never seen. It had terrible flavor and I’ll stay eating Jalea from Peru. This Jalea has no place on the menu.

Lastly, I’ll talk about the service. It was a big fat zero. Our server came to our table 2 times during the 1 hour visit. She took out drink order and our food order. That was the last time we saw her.

The overall experience was terrible and we will not be returning anytime soon. The manager brought me our check where we informed him of our dining experience and he promptly tried to make it amenable. I did appreciate his attempt but the damage was done.

If you’ve eaten in the Havana 90 miles south of Florida, then make the trek back cause this Havana is nothing like I’ve eaten.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Service great. Food underwhelming, not as good as other Cuban places and a bit overpriced.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and great food. The service was amazing. The valet was slow when leaving. But overall great dining experience. Their mojitos are to die for.

EG
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good! Everyone in our party really enjoyed their food (Havana pulled pork, carne de tequila, baby back ribs and another roasted pork dish). Would recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

not really cuban taste

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday and she absolutely enjoyed it

c
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ordered the Chiles rellenos for lunch thinking I’d eat one and take the other home and my friend there’s the enchiladas. We ended up swapping a Chile for an enchilada and they were so delicious that we both ate every bit! Love the atmosphere, love the reasonably priced food, really nice service, too. I’ll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and quick service

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food and service

OT
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Empanadas were delicious! Definitely recommend the mojito flight, also the roasted Cuban pork was amazing!

r
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

we have been here several times. the noise in the room is lively but not terrible. service was good. no problems with service.

KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second time coming and the other 3 people in my party their first time. Everybody enjoyed their food, the music, the ambience and the service. We will definitely be going back!

MH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible. Friendly. Tasty. My go-to for friends who visit the city and stay downtown.

AL
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We celebrate my wife's birthday. Food was good. Drinks served fast and service was professional and curious. Overall we had a great time at Havana.

M
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food is Cuban with a twist of Mexican. I should know as I am Cuban. The food was still tasty and good for the location. The desserts were really good and made in-house.

BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food, drinks, and service are amazing . The mojitos are some of the best I’ve had. However, the bathrooms are always disgusting, they need better cleaning and upkeep.

DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Friday has mojito pitchers for $25.
Food is solid. Typical Cuban dishes. Would recommend

TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The owner was very pleasant. The food was very tasty. Will return

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Friendly staff and very attentive to make the experience wonderful. We’ll definitely come back!

SP
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and atmosphere

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious! Best sweet plantains and slow roasted Cuban pork. Great service.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

We popped in just by chance. It would have been helpful if hostess gave us the heads up that they would be turning into a more noisy, dance atmosphere, since my friend and I just wanted to chat over dinner. Food was good. Service was mostly ok. When it came time to pay, we split the bill between 2 credit cards. 1 - we didn’t like the mandatory gratuity added, it was only 2 people. 2 - the way they rang up/printed out the receipt made it look like we both were paying the max gratuity. Was a crappy way to end the evening trying to straighten it out.

O
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time to Havana. Great Chicago restaurant. If you’re feeling lonely and bored, head here. Great crowd, food, and ambience. A little on the loud side, but it’s all good. My dish, the pulled pork was remarkable. It was fresh and the sauces were delicious. When my friends and I left at 11:00, the joint was still jumping. You’ve just gotta go.

j
Omaha
67 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Try the mango martinis!

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great time spent with friends and service was helpful making sure everything was just right

Great time great place

MO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I just love this little River North restaurant. While so many in the area have turned into "see-and-be-seen" pricey hotspots, Havana remains true to it's roots with affordable and delicious Cuban food done right. The atmosphere is terrific, and sitting in the front by the large open windows gives you the best of indoor and outdoor dining. Plus, on Monday nights they have a caipirinha special. Awesome!!

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Cuban restaurant. Loved the food, service was excellent and mango mojito was superb!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect dining experience and service

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. The food/service was great. We will definitely come back!

LR
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Although weI had reservations, we still had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. We were seated in the basement where it was extremely loud. We waited an additional 20 minutes for the waiter to take our order. The food was good but, the service was extremely slow! It even took a long time for us to get the
check.

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