Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive

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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; Ocean Drive.
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4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orlando
137 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beware that the charge gratuity and do no tell you.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fuimos a cenar por mi cumpleaños y estuvo muy bien. La calidad de la comida es buena y el ambiente animado, quizas el volumen de la musica un poco alto para mi gusto. Me cantaron el cumpleaños feliz y lo pasamos bien, eso si, la tarta en la que pusieron la vela para soplar nos la cobraron.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Great customer service ambience was lacking

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great, ambiance was very tropical can enjoyable, only thing is, our waitress completely forgot that we were celebrating a birthday, after we paid she realized, but it was too late, it really wasn't too busy, not sure what happened. Definitely would go but but not for anything special.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Portion sizes were huge! Very friendly staff.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for leaving your comments. We're glad you enjoyed the service given by the staff. We invite you to join us again soon.

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C
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Es war ein wunderschöner Abend. Personal super freundlich. Essen war klasse. Location mit Flair

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you for your business and for leaving your review, Claudia. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

That meal was absolutely amazing!! From the Cuban dishes to the burger and soup,...we loved it all!! Definitely going to revisit when back in town. Thanks again for a wonderful experience :)
~Lana
Austin, TX

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on 28 September 2019

Thanks to you Lana for joining us and leaving your review. We're glad you loved it here and hope to welcome you again soon.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was excellent! Food tasted great and the atmosphere was fun!
A must return.

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Responded on 18 September 2019

Thank you, Michelle. It means a lot to us to have your recommendation. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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FW
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic and of course it was great to dine on Ocean Drive. But what really made it stand out was the service, our waitress, Elena, went above and beyond. Can thoroughly recommend the South Beach Mojitos plus the salads for a vegetarian were delicious.

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Responded on 29 August 2019

Good morning, FaithW. Thank you for leaving your review. We are happy that Elena made your dinner stand out we're looking forward to serving you again.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and experience. Will definitely go back when I return to Miami

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Responded on 29 August 2019

Thank you very much for your comments. We look forward to your next return!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vacationing in south beach, Miami

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Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you for giving our restaurant 5 stars, We're glad you made us part of your Miami vacation. Come back soon!

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Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Overpriced like everything in Miami and hidden taxes

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Responded on 22 August 2019

We appreciate you leaving your opinion. We strive to be as clear as possible with upcharges and our printed menus contain a disclaimer that informs about the service charge being included on your bill. Other charges include state and city taxes that cannot be left out.

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d
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pricey for portion sizes. Great flavor, ambiance and service.

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Responded on 14 August 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Daniels. We're glad you were delighted with your overall experience. Come to dine with us again soon.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Cuban food in Miami!!

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Responded on 14 August 2019

It honors us that you deem ours the best Cuban food in Miami. Thank you very much for giving us 5 stars. We lok forward to your return.

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Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Part of ocean drive so kind of expected it to be touristy . Nice food , quick service . Band was ok but way too loud and left with ears ringing and we were mid way back. Then the bill > $200 for 4 only mains , and a round of drinks . Had 20% service charge , plus 9% local changes too - seems normal for Miami but not a cheap quick easy meal out

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Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you for your business and for leaving your honest opinion. We will take your comments into consideration and be more mindful of the volume in the near future. We hope to welcome you again if you return to the area and decide the price works for you.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We like to eat here when we are visiting. Like the atmosphere and the music. Would like to see the live music offered on more days of the week.

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Responded on 8 August 2019

We appreciate your continued support, Connie. It's great to know you always enjoy coming to our restaurant.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

The apps
Chicken cooker recommended by the server was basically fried cheese and some sort of purée
Not good
Seafood appetizer warm lobster and a few shrimp
Very poor culinary experience
Drinks good
Stay away

Havana 1957 - Ocean Drive
Responded on 14 August 2019

Your honest opinion is appreciated, ScottB, we're sorry that you felt the culinary experience was poor. We hope to have another opportunity to serve you in the future so we can show you more of our offerings and turn your experience around.

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CG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We ate there twice during our 3 night stay in the area.

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Responded on 7 August 2019

We appreciate your repeat business and the suport, ChrystalG. it's also great to know you enjoyed your experience. Come to visit us again next time you're in Miami.

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JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, amazing service, very enjoyable atmosphere. Just a bit pricey, but worth it if you realize you’re going to South Beach.

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Responded on 1 August 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Jordan. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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TF
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We toured the entire southern part of Florida and definitely felt 1957 as being a tourist trap. I would not recommend this establishment to any of my family members or friends.

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Responded on 8 August 2019

TimF, We appreciate your honest input and regret you left with a negative impression of our restaurant. We aim to deliver impeccable experiences worth the money our guests pay and hearing your opinion is a letdown to us. We offer our apologies for anything that may have caused this impression on you and we hope to be able to turn your experience around in a future visit.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recommend!!

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Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed your visit.

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SP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food.

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Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for your business and review, Steve. We're glad you joined us and enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

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b
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Havana 1957 was a fun spot with excellent food and great live entertainment. It is Ocean Drive, of course. So it caters to tourists like every other spot on the strip does. If your primary concern is "authenticity," then you are looking for a spot about thirty miles across the river. If you are interested in a wide variety of Cuban dishes prepared expertly by an efficient professional kitchen staff, you will be glad you stopped in at 1957.

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Responded on 7 August 2019

Thank you very much for leaving your review, bhr3. It makes us happy that you had a great experience at Havana 1957. Above all else, our main goal is guest satisfaction and we're glad it reflected during your visit.

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JR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service and food, but overpriced on the cocktails.

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Responded on 1 August 2019

Thank you for your business and review. We're sorry you felt the cocktails were overpriced we will take your comments to heart. We hope to welcome you again soon to make your next experience with us worthy of 5 stars.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Authentic Cuban cuisine was delicious! It is a little pricey, but worth it for the food and atmosphere when you're vacationing.

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Responded on 26 July 2019

Thank you for reviewing Havana 1957, Lindsay. It's great to know you enjoyed your meal and the atmosphere. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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VD
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food, great location, great service. wait staff was attentive, food was delicious, large portion size, beautiful presentation

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Responded on 26 July 2019

Thank you very much for your business and for leaving your review, VladiDadi. We are pleased that the service and dishes you tried were to your satisfaction. We invite you to join us again for more fresh and flavorful fare.

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G
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went here during my birthday trip to Miami and the Keys. I'm pretty sure this was one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. Our server was spectacular and so good to my 5 and 7 year olds. The dishes she recommended were so amazing and although I was so unbelievably full from our meal we ate dessert too which was delicious. If you're in South Beach and need to be blown away then please go to this restaurant.

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Responded on 1 August 2019

Good afternoon, Glenna. Thank you for your business and review. It makes us really happy to learn this was one of the best experiences in Miami. We're glad to have earned your recommendation and hope to welcome you again soon.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
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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Responded on 18 July 2019

We're happy to have earned your recommendation, Kris. Thank you for giving us 5 stars. We look forward to your return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
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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Responded on 18 July 2019

We are so pleased that your experience met your expectations on all levels. Thank you for giving us 5 stars! We look forward to hosting you again very soon.

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Philadelphia
76 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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l
Philadelphia
6 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
7 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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OT
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
52 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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