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Havana Central - NJ

4.3
1284 reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Real Cuban cooking in a fun & lively setting. Featuring indoor dining, private parties, catering, curbside pick-up and delivery (through 3rd party apps!). Reservations are recommended.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1284 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first visit to Havana Central and we will definitely be back. The food and drinks were very good.Our server Jamiah (hope I spelled that correctly) was phenomenal. She was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

Well thank you for giving us a try! Makes us happy to hear you enjoyed your first visit!

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DianeN
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This place is short staffed and can tell employees over worked. Overall bartender and waiter were nice. Food was great.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

Diane thanks for dining with us and sharing your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the food! We are in the process of expanding our team!

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ShamitB
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Courteous service and friendly place. Great place to go and relax.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

Shamit thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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Jacey
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Disappointed that patio was not open due to shortage of staff however staff that were there worked hard to pick up slack including manager who served and bussed tables. Food as always was delicious!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded 7 days ago

Jacey we are so glad you enjoyed your meal! Thank you for understanding about the seating limitations. We hope to serve you again soon!

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vipChillB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service here is always good. They always accommodate our special requests. Really good food. Drinks are pricey - best to go during happy hour. They need to bring back the lechon bar special (better yet, as a regular entree).

Havana Central - NJ
Responded a day ago

We are glad you stopped by and happy to hear you enjoyed your meal! We hope to see you again soon!

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CRYSTALB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. The service, the ambiance, especially the food and cocktails!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 12 July 2021

Crystal it was our pleasure to serve you! We are so glad you enjoyed!

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vipJerseyGirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I have always liked Havana Central. I know some menu changes have been made that I do not like. They no longer have Yucca - strange move for a Cuban restaurant. Also, the chips from the chips and guac appetizer were stale. They used to have plantain chips which were much better. Also, the vegetable paella is gone too. The ambiance and location are the best thing I can say about it. I used to come here often but no so much anymore because of the changes. I do realize the restaurant industry has been hit hard by COVID so I can somewhat understand.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 12 July 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We truly appreciate and understand your feedback. We were forced to trim the menu due to Covid to make things more efficient. That said we understand people miss some of their favorite items so we've started adding a monthly special, which started this month with the Pineapple Chicken. We hope to bring back some favorite items and will surely keep your comments in mind!

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vipTheresaT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Decor was nice and service okay but knew they were short staffed like most restaurants at this time.
Enjoyed the sampler appetizer especially the empanadas and sweet plantains. Meal was good but I felt it was a bit overpriced for what it was. Most likely wouldn’t go back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 12 July 2021

Theresa we are so glad you dined with us and appreciate your feedback. The sampler is a great option so you can try a bit of everything. We do hope you might consider giving us another try in the future! Cheers!

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LisaKS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Went to celebrate a friends passing the Board exam. There were 10 of us and it took a while to get our drinks. The restaurant wasn’t too busy but still left like we were waiting a while.

The bill was more than I expected it to be and the food was decent, but not worth the price.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 5 July 2021

Lisa we are so glad you joined us for a celebration! We apologize for the wait on the drinks. We're in the process of amping up our team size in hopes of ensuring smoother service all around. We do hope you might swing by again sometime as we know we can impress much more. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Second time at Havana Central after a great experience the first time - was not disappointed

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 5 July 2021

Thanks for dining with us again! So glad you had a good time!

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Kimmy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sophia the waitress was excellent! The food was very tasty and the drinks were great!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 5 July 2021

Kimmy we're thrilled you had a good visit and that Sophia took such great care of your table. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been here before but this was my husband’s first time accompanying me. As always, the server and the food did not disappoint. We will definitely be returning and I highly recommend!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

Thanks so much for introducing your husband to Havana Central! We are so glad you had a good meal!

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EdwardR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food will go there to eat again
Love the look

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 30 June 2021

We're so happy you enjoyed your meal and look forward to serving you again soon!

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Tony
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My family and I used to love this place. Unfortunately, the menu has been trimmed down significantly from what it was before. Three out of 7 were extremely disappointed that they were no longer offering Mofongo or their famous plantain chips (Mariquitas).

Also, the tostones in my sister in-law's meal were not fully cooked.

I hope they go back to their full menu. Otherwise, I will probably not be returning anytime soon.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

Tony thanks so much for dining with us and sharing your feedback. At the start of Covid we were forced to trim down our menu for efficiency. This new version is sticking around but we are launching monthly specials in July, where we hope to bring back some missing favorites on a rotating basis. Stay tuned to our website for more info. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Expensive. You could get bigger portions, better quality, for less at plenty of Cuban restaurants in NJ.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

We are sorry to hear you were not impressed with your meal. If there's any additional feedback you'd like to share please email us at info@havanacentral with more details. We always welcome the chance to connect with our guests. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

We're so glad you had a good visit!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went at 2pm on a daytime date with my husband. Nice vibe, low music good service. Food was good, drinks excellent!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

Thanks for stopping by! We are so glad you and your husband had a good meal!

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TonyD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

This is a restaurant that “feels” tired and disappoints.
Crooked plastic barriers remains between tables.
Many tables are poorly cleaned with food remains on them and chairs.
I ordered the combo ribs and wings with all the sauces on the side. Came out covered in sweet sauces.
Chicken dishes were bland.
One bright spot were the Mojitos.
Service was average but after dinner the table was never cleared prior to dessert.
Poor training, poor cleaning and poor food. Avoid this place until management decides to try harder.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

Tony we are very sorry to hear about your experience. Cleanliness is one of our top priorities and we apologize if that was not felt during your visit. We are sharing this feedback with our team and will ensure all issues are addressed. Sending you a private note now as we'd like to make things right.

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AlricC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

The service was horrible. The waitress was acting like she was scared to take orders or interact with us. She had on her mask which was fine but the plastic gloves… looked so tacky and dirty. She stood like 10 feet away from our table to take our order. She took forever to bring our drinks and appetizers… which were cold by the time we got them. It was a Father’s Day gone so wrong. We asked for a manager and he came out and spoke with her and went back inside. What was messed up is that we heard him say to her …your table asked for a manager and she said she didn’t know anything about it. Which she didn’t because she never came back to check on us. Long story short our food wasn’t the best and mine was under cooked . So another manager came out and tried to make things right but by then the whole mood and experience was ruined and my family had already eaten and I was waiting for my food to be recooked for the third time…

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

Well first please allow us to apologize for your experience. We are touched you chose our restaurant to celebrate Father's Day and only wish we showed you a better time. Sending you a private note now in hopes of making things right.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience5

I made a 6:30 reservation for Father’s Day but we ended up not being at the mall as long as planned. I went in to see if they could let me in early around 4:30 (place was not full). Was told they would mark me as present and could get me in around 15 to 20 minutes. I called back 30 minutes later to ask where I was and they told me another 15 to 20 minutes. By this time my husband is fed up so we walk in and see all these people getting seated. About 5 min later after my husband talks to the hostess we finally get seated. Hostess had an attitude. The dinner started off on the wrong tone. Waitress was really nice though and I enjoyed my food, my husband not so much. I think he already had a bad taste in his mouth (no pun intended) from the seating situation

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

We are touched you chose Havana Central to celebrate Father's Day at. We truly apologize for any confusion with the host stand and as you said, for kicking the night off on the wrong foot. We do wish your husband enjoyed his meal more and would welcome the opportunity to make this right. Sending you a private note now.

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Antoinette
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

It was our first time visiting this restaurant, as we made reservations for Father's Day. To be honest, I was not impressed at all. The food was just okay. My husband was being greedy and knew we went there with "no budget", so we ordered a few different things off the menu to try it all out. The chicken chicharrons were the exactly the same as the chicken wings (which weren't even wings, just jiggly chicken thighs). If they were out of something on the menu, the waiter should have warned us the exact item would come out twice instead of us order 2 servings of the same thing. The food and drinks were paced very poorly. The appetizers took forever to come out, but then our entrees were ready 2 minutes after the appetizers. I wasn't impressed with the food at all. If I were to go back, it would be strictly for a cocktail. No complaints with our drinks.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

Antoinette thank you for celebrating Father's Day with us. We were happy to serve you but do wish the food was more impressive. Sending you a private note now. Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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Hermindaf
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was awesome the food, drinks and service the atmosphere was great

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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Denise
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

I had chicken and rice the rice over cook and it taste little burnt.
2nd time there first time the rice and chicken was good.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

Denise we do wish the arroz con pollo was as good as the first time you visited! We hope to impress you even more sometime in the future. Thank you for your feedback.

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Keyla
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

I understand that the restaurant may be understaffed but we went at a slow time and it still took almost an hour to get our food. Once we got the food it had no flavor and it wasn’t even hot. I was excited to try a new restaurant but I was disappointed overall.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

Keyla we are so very sorry to read about your experience. Sending you a private note now.

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NY2NJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Food is always good. Server was sweet. Drinks took very long, but they comped them.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

Thanks for dining with us! We're glad to hear you had a good time and any issues were handled. We hope to serve you again sometime!

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TahneishaJ
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

The environment was ok the seating is tight our server was friendly yet the shrimp portions are very small however, the happy hour red sangria was good. It was my first time there not quite considering returning.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

We are so glad you stopped in and gave us a try! Sounds like you enjoyed some things but wished others were more impressive. We know we can show you a 5 star time and do hope you might consider stopping by again!

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LeslieP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server Teri was amazing ! Very friendly and always followed up with us . Food came out hot and fairly quickly . Had a great dinner with my family ! Highly recommend!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 21 June 2021

Leslie we're so happy you enjoyed your meal!

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DrWalcesPI
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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vipItal2696
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Food was adequate at best which is not typical. The place was dirty which is unusual . Was expensive .

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 14 June 2021

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. We want for all of our guests to leave happy & full! :) Sending you a private note now.

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JLala
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was first time at Havana Central. We loved everything about our visit! The food, ambience, and even the sanitizer. We will definitely be back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 14 June 2021

We are so glad to have you dine with us! Come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Service was terrible, no water or silverware and plates served even after food was served…cannot believe this. I had to go to the hostess and request for plates…appetizers and main course was delivered together so my dinner was cold by the time my appetizer got over

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 14 June 2021

We are so sorry to hear about your experience. This feedback is not typical for us and we certainly wish to make things right! Sending you a private note now...

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Nene1019
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Birthday. Our server Teri was pleasant, funny and a great server. Although she apologized for any delays, they were minimal considering she and only 1 other were waiting on tables in the entire restaurant!

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 28 June 2021

Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating with us!

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Jacey
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was great and food was delicious, making for an excellent evening.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 14 June 2021

Thanks for dining with us Jacey! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and that Ada took such great care of your table!

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Vickic
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Very delicious food and drink. Was hoping you had mofonga. I had it in the NYC restaurant.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 5 July 2021

Thanks for dining with us Vicki! We did remove mofongo from the menu during Covid but look forward to bringing back monthly specials starting this summer and will keep that item in mind!

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Denise
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It was a little pricey for 4 people.
I may recommend it depends.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 7 June 2021

Denise thank you for dining with us. We try to keep our prices competitive for the value and area. We do hope you might come back again though to experience more of the menu.

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Cecilc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Waitress lost initial food order, had to place order again

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 7 June 2021

Cecil we apologize for the service mishap. Certainly not the impression we wanted to make. We do hope once it was corrected the meal was enjoyed though. If there's anything else you want to share we always appreciate the feedback. Thank you.

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JohnL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Sophia is one of the best. She has served us before and it gets better every time we go back. She even remembered our dog’s name. Excellent service without question.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 7 June 2021

John we're so happy to hear Sophia took great care of your table! We'll see you again soon!

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JamesJ
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I enjoy the food and appreciate how kind the staff is. It’s a great date night out.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 7 June 2021

James thanks for dining with us!

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LG2021
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was delicious. However, service was rushed, waitress was not attentive, bought check before getting cocktails that were ordered. I have decided to pay with cash and after 20 minutes, waitress stated they had no change so I will have to give another form of payment. Overall disappointed, will not go back.

Havana Central - NJ
Responded on 1 June 2021

Thanks for leaving your feedback. We are so glad you liked the food but truly apologize for these service issues. Sending you a private note now.

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FAQs

Havana Central - NJ does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Havana Central - NJ also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 906-5708.

Havana Central - NJ is rated 4.3 stars by 1284 OpenTable diners.

Havana Central - NJ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/havana-central-new-york/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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