Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive

4.4
521 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Authentic
  • People Watching
Welcome to Havana 1957, real and authentic Cuban flavors located at one of the most popular corners in South Beach; Ocean Drive.
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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great find. Will definitely come back when I’m in the area. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place has the three things that every restaurant should have. Great food, great service and an awesome atmosphere!!! I love it and will visit again!!!

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Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic Cuban food close to the beach

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Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your rating. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again next time you are on Ocean Drive.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food is awesome! We loved the tamale, empanadas and the chocolate cake so delicious!

Oh and the Mojitos and Cuban coffee a must to drink 😉

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Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and leaving your rating. It's great to know you enjoyed the items you chose from our menu :) . Come back soon!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Location great

Food ok...chicken was dry and pork was fatty on the sampler
Service good

Merchandise selection limited ... did not have sizes needed to purchase polo shirt

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you for your comments, leee. We will take your feedback into account to see where we can improve in the near future. We hope to hit that 5-star mark in a future visit.

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DP
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good. Had the Cuban sandwich and a few Mojitos. Service was good w/the exception we ordered 'sweet plantains' and never received them. I'm not certain if the Ocean Drive location is the 'can't miss' spot, as there are several locations. Might do some research before making a final selection. Definitely worth the stop for some authentic Cuban food.

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Responded on 10 July 2019

Thank you for leaving your feedback, Doug. We're glad you enjoyed the overall experience and look forward to hosting you at any of the rest of our locations. Regards!

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Baton Rouge
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time eating here this week. Loved it both times

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Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you for your repeat business. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit. Hope you join us again a thrid time.

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RB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We thought the food here was just OK. My husband ordered the picadillo and it had no olives or raisins. We thought it tasted like chili and rice.🤢 He didn't finish it and we won't return.

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Responded on 8 July 2019

Rachel, We deeply regret that you and your husband found the food to be less than excellent and hope to have another chance to turn your experience around.

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Baton Rouge
8 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ask for Hector. Hector recommended we try 2 different dishes and all of the food was great.

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Responded on 4 July 2019

Many thanks for your business and review, We're glad you enjoyed the service given by Hector. Come back soon.

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1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and drinks were great!

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Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars. We're glad you enjoyed your meal.

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J
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was expecting a tourist trap and was pleasantly surprised by the great Cuban food. The pork appetizer was great and the Ropa Vieja the best I’ve had in years.

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Responded on 27 June 2019

Jilestal, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your great experience at Havana 1957. It's always great to hear a guest say that we pleasantly surprised him/her. Our team invites you to return soon for another lovely meal.

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Miami
48 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was very tasty but definitely a little expensive. I would recommend it as a nice higher end cuban food place. Loved the empanadas, whole snapper and the classic mojito.

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Responded on 27 June 2019

Thank you very much for your business and review, Simonee. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and invite you to join us again soon for another lovely experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Food quality very poor, food not fresh, steak was cold, rice cold, beans cold, frys soggy and cold, drinks watered down, even the water tasted bad!! Horrible service and very overpriced. Stay away!!! We went for a birthday and No one at the restaurant acknowledged that we were celebrating

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DS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Thanks to Alan for making my birthday celebration so memorable!!

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Responded on 27 June 2019

We're glad you decided to join us to celebrate your birthday and that the service given by Alan made it memorable. Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars, DeirdreS. We hope your future visits will be just as memorable and delightful.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A must visit if you want a high energy, people watching restuarant that serves good Cuban food. Stick with the pork dishes, they are superb!

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Responded on 27 June 2019

It's always wonderful to hear a guest encouraging others to give us a try. Thank you kindly for your business and review. We hope you come back soon!

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H
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. We had the Ultimate Mojito, signature chicken and skirt steak. The food was delicious!! I’d definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Responded on 19 June 2019

Thank you for joining us and letting us know how your experience was. Hzleyes. We're glad you stopped in and enjoyed your experience and to have earned your recommendation. Come back soon!.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

All around terrible. Worst tiradito I’ve ever had and you include 20% service which is insane for quality you provide.

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Responded on 28 June 2019

Kaena, We apologize for your less than great experience at our restaurant. It is not in line what does standards of service we are proud to display. We want you to know that we would welcome another opportunity to show you a true Havana 1957 experience.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super nice staff. Tasty food. Excellent music.

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Responded on 18 June 2019

We're glad you stopped in and enjoyed your experience. Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars,

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Très sympa. On a mangé à l extérieur : moins de bruit. Mais apéro à l intérieur au bar au top avec super groupe cubain. Bonne nourriture

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Responded on 13 June 2019

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and leaving your rating

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1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is expensive (like everything in South Beach).
Food was excellent (almost as good as what we had in Cuba the 2 days before).
Staff was great.
Entertainment was great.

Be forewarned, like most restaurants in the area, they add a tip before giving you your bill.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on 27 June 2019

Thank you very much for your business and for giving our restaurant 5 stars. We're glad you can share the word about the authenticity of our cuisine. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Miami.

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S
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great day in South Beach great food great service great location made a prime for any foodie to experience. Visiting Miami for the first time after a cruise what a wonderful experience a little Havana without being in little Havana. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting South Beach Miami.

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Responded on 7 June 2019

Thank you very much for your business and for leaving your review, Sirlove. We're happy to have earned your recommendation and hope to welcome you again on your next visit to Miami.

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J
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a romantic or group dinner . The atmosphere is great, good vibes. Delicious Cuban Food with great flavor/seasoning. Empanadas were delicious & so was the entree. Pineapple Mojito was shareable and great. Service was outstanding. Loved it! Definitely returning!

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JS
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really great experience! My wife and I were new to Cuban cuisine, and our waitress, Lisa, was amazing.. walked us through the menu, made great recs. The place isn’t mom and pop, and I can’t speak to authenticity, as it is a little touristy (it’s Ocean Blvd so what do you expect) but for the novice it was great! Chicken was a tad dry, but otherwise the food was delicious, as was the sangria.

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Responded on 7 June 2019

Thank you for letting us know how the exérience was for you and your wife, Jordan. We're glad it was great. please be sure to think of us anytime you're in the area.

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

Great content.

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Responded on 4 June 2019

Thank you kindly for your review. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the location and atmosphere of this restaurant, the food and service was excellent. Would highly recommend!

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Responded on 4 June 2019

Thank you kindly for your business. Our staff will be happy to read your comment. Come to visit us again

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

Service was great and the food was delicious!

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on 4 June 2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating. We hope to delight you with other items on our menu next time you visit.

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1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were meet with a gracious welcoming! Our service was top notch. This menu could get complex, our sever guided us with complete care. The food, oh what you say? Amazing, authentic, delivery was spectacular! A must for the night...

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Responded on 31 May 2019

Thanks a lot for your comments. It pleases us to know that everything during your visit was on point. We're glad to have your recommendation and look forward to your next return.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant that makes you really feel like you are living the Miami lifestyle. A bit pricey for what you get, but nothing outrageous compared to other places.

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Responded on 31 May 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Samantha. We're happy to hear you felt this way when visiting our restaurant. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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BE
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was awesome, servers and hosts were so friendly and helpful. The patio was cool and nice atmosphere... loved it!

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Responded on 29 May 2019

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

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We needed two tables next to each other on the patio, since I was unable to make a reservation for 7. Went to the restaurant an hour ahead of time to make sure. They said yes and even suggested a table for 7 on the sidewalk, which was fine. We showed up at the reservation time, and there was only one table for 4 for us. After a lot of switcharoos, we finally got two adjoining tables on the patio. It just kind of takes away from the experience when logistics are that hard.

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Responded on 13 June 2019

Thank you kindly for your business and comments. We always appreciate your feedback and any recommendations in order to improve our service. We're pleased you enjoyed your overall experience and invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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JF
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were both outstanding. We highly recommend and will return!

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Responded on 29 May 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, Jennifer. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Havana 1957. We look forward to your next return.

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AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious. Big portions. Friendly service
Location was in busy area

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Responded on 29 May 2019

Thank you for joining us and leaving your rating, Annette. Come to visit us again soon!

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is AMAZING! The service and friendliness of everyone was beyond expectations, and the food was amazing! Very authentic, and great price for what you get. The entire vibe of the restaurant was amazing, and I would recommend anyone coming here. They accommodated my party of 8 with no problem, and overall was a great experience.

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New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What's better than a mojito and a huge Cuban sandwich? Well, a view of beautiful South Beach of course!
Sitting outside with the tropical vibe in the air, a succulent mango mojito in hand and huge portions of slow roasted pork with black beans and rice and a Cuban Sandwich big enough for 4 is the way to relax and take it all in.
Staff was super helpful and friendly and location was primo!

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Responded on 7 June 2019

It's great to know you enjoyed the view as much you enjoyed the Sandwich and the Mojito. Thank you very much for your business and review. We hope to host you again soon.

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time! Croquettas, some kind of stuffed potato ball in red sauce, and the pickled seafood and veggies was AMAZING!! Very nice server who was both friendly and well versed on the menu! They automatically add 20% gratuity, and server still was wonderful which is rare for places that add it automatically. All we saw working today were very nice, and the food was delicious!!

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Responded on 24 May 2019

Many thanks for giving us 5 stars. It really means a lot to us that you can praise our service. Please be sure to join us again soon.

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P
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere with the live music. Nice service as well. The appetizers were not that good but the entrees were superb. Highly recomendable.

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Responded on 24 May 2019

Many thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your overall experience and hope to welcome you again soon.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love the service and atmosphere.

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Responded on 4 June 2019

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and leaving your rating. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and prompt service. A little bit of Cuba in the states!

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Responded on 24 May 2019

Thank you for giving us 5 stars, Morgan. We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere. Come to dine with us again soon.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Touristy trap. 25% tip is included. Food is average.

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear customer, We're sorry you had a negative experience at our restaurant. An 18% service charge is included on your bill as a common practice in the area. This is specified on our menus. We hope to have another chance to turn your experience around in the future.

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1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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Responded on 24 May 2019

Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars. We're glad you stopped in and enjoyed your experience.

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