Havana

4.6
1336 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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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SP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
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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M
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 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
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 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 May 4, 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 May 4, 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 May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good experience

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BR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 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 May 4, 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
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 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 May 2, 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 April 27, 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 April 22, 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 April 19, 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 April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Not how I remembered it. Cuban sandwich was very good, but the rest of the food was just ok. And get ready for a very noisy meal!

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing live music and DJ on Saturday nights.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

and those guava mojitos... fantastic!

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TC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great and the live band was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food!

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c
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have dined many times at Havana and was expecting that I would again be satisfied with the evening. Unfortunately it was not. I arrived a little before 5:00 pm so the restaurant was empty. I was seated waiting for my friend when I watched a woman come through the door who immediately went straight behind the bar. Initially it thought she was stopping to talk to someone. Well I was wrong, she immediately took off her coat and bag, stuffed in a space at the bar. She did not miss a step; she with her nasty hands proceeded to dig into the ice and proceed to making a drink at the one person at the bar. She never once washed her hands. I was disgusted and mentioned it to my server. His response was that he didn’t see it, but would have someone else our drinks. I wanted to leave, but was waiting for my friend. My evening was ruined as I could only think of what other nasty people were preparing food. I WILL NEVER GO TO THE RESTAURANT AGAIN.

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MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I am a fan but a little perturbed by the "nickel and diming" done by the restaurant. They charged me 75cents/each for 2 little cups of hot sauce and $1.50 for bread. I like the food and drinks but those additional charges are petty and cloud my intentions about returning.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Love the food and the sangria. A little noisy but it's a go to place when I want to get a group together to celebrate.

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FA
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were on a short Spring break trip with our children (ages 2 & 10). The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing and they were so kind and accommodating with our children and stroller storage while dining. Much appreciated and we will be back!

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KB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

I love this restaurant, and come here quite often. We were done eating and waited HALF AN HOUR just to get our bill, which we had to request. Our waiter was watching TV, not busy at all. No apology, nothing for making us wait so long. Very disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good vibe. Good food. Excellent for couples or a small group. Prompt and friendly service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were late , still able to be seated and accommodated, happy they had valet parking, because it was raining, food was amazing had 2 seafood dishes, ate it all, had a picture of pomegranate margarita and a flight of anejos tequila, overall had a good time, and music and lighting topped it off...

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Havana was our favorite restaurant in Chicago. Can’t wait to come back in our next visit.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great food and Mojitos! We will be back.
The service was average which was weird because it was not crowded. Last time I was here it was packed and loud, but that was a Friday after work. Thanks so much for the birthday cake!

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N
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The wait time does not coincide with Open Table. I was told 45 minutes to wait yet I was able to book a table on the app within a 20 minute wait time. The staff was nice, however. The food was good, especially the fish tacos. I would say that the tostones were not amazing, but fulfilled the need for an appetizer. The mojitos has too much lime. I would be willing to try it again.

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KN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great service great mojitos and fantastic music

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BS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Great service with an attentive waitress. Despite the busy holiday, the staff was great & did their best to keep up. Food was served slightly luke warm, seemed it was left out a while before being bought to the table. Fudge cake was still somewhat frozen from the freezer. Flan was the highlight for dessert. Appetizers were delicious & entrees as well.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was super busy for st patricks day and a friend waited 20 minutes to get their drink after we got ours but the food was amazing and best mojitos I've ever had. 5 stars for food and drinks.

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j
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

You have to get the pulled pork on jalapeno mashed potatoes. The white gravy with that was superb. Calamari was a little overdone and not spicy as I expected it would be. Very inexpensive alcohol. Don't waste time on desert looks like these are brought in from somewhere else.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Food was horrible. Poor presentation, flavor wasn’t there. Great looking restaurant, service was great but food was bad.

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AC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic vegan meal!

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The menu has a nice variety of appetizers and main entrees. Waiter was very attentive. I had the Paella which was delicious.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & yummy drinks. My coworkers and I had a great time & would love to come back. Definitely an awesome first experience!

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food was great the service was poor. Also if you’re not Spanish you get the bare minimum of customer service. At least on this Friday night. I probably won’t ever go back.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Hreat food and personalized service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Disappointed, food was decent and the only saving grace. We waited for 40 min for our 8:30 reservation only to be sat at the two person table we were standing in front of the entire time which was EMPTY.

Got the drinks mixed, waitresses took forever to come by and take our orders

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