Havana

4.5
1309 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuban
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
What 1309 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
T
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

Report
Helpful
N
Chicago
16 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.

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

Great food great service great mojitos and fantastic music

Report
Helpful
BS
Chicago
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
j
Miami
15 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Fantastic vegan meal!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
C
Chicago
3 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!

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
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.

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

Hreat food and personalized service

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
RJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the dinning our nights I had, will bust again and again

Report
Helpful
h
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there but not the last. What an awesome experience. The food was amazing, service very attentive and the place was just plain fun. Try the roasted pork or the empanadas. And the tortilla soup is killer. Enjoy!

Report
Helpful
H
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great cubano sandwiches. Very nice staff. Flan was delish! Cute atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was amazing. Staff was friendly and helpful in deciding what we should try on the menu. I will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
s
London
122 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Good food, good value and great service.
Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
DH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food at Havana is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The empanadas and mojito flights are a must have!! The ambiance is nice and authentic Cuban. The host and wait staff are extremely accommodating and kind. Thank you for a great experience...we’ll be back soon!!

Report
Helpful
VC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the first time I went to Havana. It was great. The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend the tequila steak.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

Report
Helpful
BT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my girlfriend and parents here for my mom's birthday after having been to Havana once before. It didn't disappoint. Given the occasion, I had left a note on my reservation asking that a dessert be brought out for my mom. At the end of the meal the server brought out a delicious piece of chocolate cake with a lit candle - free of cost! My dad mentioned to the server that steak on his jibarito was slightly overcooked and the meal was immediately taken off of our bill. All other three meals (and appetizers) were tasty and exceeded expectations. Food was flavorful and the service was EXCELLENT. Havana has gained a loyal customer!

Report
Helpful
SS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall experience was amazing!!! Service was on point and recommendations were so delicious and glad we listened to him!!!

Report
Helpful
CL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little place with amazing food & Mojitos!!!! Definitely a great spot for a quick bite or to take you time and enjoy!

Report
Helpful
n
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Restaurant was absolutely freezing. Asked staff if they could turn up heat and they replied that it was on. Had a salad, tomatoes were favorless--disappointing experience overall.

Report
Helpful
j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Made a reservation here for a weeknight and read that there was valet parking; was told there is no valet parking on weeknights so had to go park car in freezing cold. Despite having a reservation, we were seated at a table by the door and all had to wear our coats because it was so cold. Food was nothing special and service was rather curt. Definitively not worth visiting again.

Report
Helpful
DL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was better than expected and the food was cooked well and well presented. Had the pulled pork with creamed corn sauce and literally finished everything on the plate.
Would definitely come again to try other offerings.
The drinks were fairly priced compared to other restaurants in the area ($10 cocktails), but were very strong and not 90% ice.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The customer service was excellent. I was seated right away upon arrival. Food was perfect.

Report
Helpful
EL
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such wonderful service and the food was amazing!! We had the salmon and pulled pork. Thank you!

Report
Helpful
MM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Havana. We had the pulled park on mashed potatoes and Cuban sandwich. Both were delicious. Service was excellent as usual. Highly recommend this North Clark St. restaurant.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was so delicious! Just what we were looking for in a varied menu!

Report
Helpful
r
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The Cubano Steak and Tortilla soup were both phenomenal. The Sangria is a bit on the sweet side but also tasty.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

good food , space is tight but ambiance is great

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very authentic Cuban food, great rum & tequila list. Service was awesome!!

Report
Helpful
KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Havana for a ladies night out with friends from out of town. The food and drinks were amazing and the music and dancing were so much fun.

Report
Helpful
G
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

PHENOMENAL. SERIOUSLY. MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN CHICAGO. get the crab cakes and chimis. thank me later.

Report
Helpful
D
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Been coming here for years! Best place for a fun, group dinner / night out. The best mojitos! Chimichangas are a must try! Love planning nights here because I know they'll always been a great time!

Report
Helpful
MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Best Cuban food in the city.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and ambiance for casual dining experience.

Report
Helpful
LG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came to Havana on New Year’s Eve with our daughters, ages 9 and 12. All of us loved our food and the service was great. We will return for sure! We ordered based on our servers recommendations, and we’re very happy that we did.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
33

Tweets by Havana