We had been to Habana many years ago and were not really impressed but we decided to give it another chance on Friday. Habana is located adjacent to the Great Outdoors Nursery which is a rather quaint, beautiful, peaceful place itself. We parked in the front of the parking lot and my wife wanted to walk around the nursery so I went ahead and seated myself at one of the outside cabanas directly in front of the restaurant. Several folks were leaving the inside area and I waited for a server. No luck. Ten minutes later, still no server showed up. I got up and headed to the main entrance and a friendly young lady came out of the "employees only" door and asked if I wanted to order. Hmmm, duh, yeah.
I asked about their mojitos and she tried to explain something about a new rum they were using and "would I like to try that?" I inquired about the price difference between the regular mojito and this new rum. "Oh, I think it's about 5 cents." she replied. Sure, I will try that. So I went in, checked out the inside. It was empty of customers and I saw not a single soul. No tender at the bar, no wait staff, no one. I went back out and seated myself in the same spot and waited. And waited, and waited. Finally, the server returned with my drink and asked if I would like to see a menu.
I told her yes and that my wife would want a mojito when she came back from Great Outdoors. She acknowledged that and left. She did return with a menu within a few minutes. When my wife returned, she looked at the inside as well and asked about the drinks. Little did I know that happy hour was just 10 minutes away and that I had ordered my drink too soon. Shortly thereafter the server came back and asked to cash out because she was leaving and did not want to turn over the tab to the oncoming server. I paid her ($8.50 for a unremarkable mojito is simply too much) and reluctantly gave her a tip. Supposedly, the other drink would arrive promptly at 4 PM, when happy hour kicked in. It did not arrive. Again we waited and agreed if it did not come within another 5 minutes we would leave.
We also noticed how trashy the cabana area was. Building material on the ground, some litter strewn about and just generally unsightly. We moved down to the outside patio area which at least was clean but somewhat run down as well. The new server came out and we ordered two more mojitos at the reduced price of $5.50. Then as I was looking at the bar menu, I noticed that the standard mojito at happy hour was $4. So, not only did I get misinformation on the price difference, I got no mention of an approaching happy hour. Whatever "Pirate Rum" is, it isn't worth $5.50.
As I mentioned, the food looked interesting (except for all the plantain related items) but we had already had lunch and just wanted to relax with some cocktails. We picked the wrong place. We agreed that we will not return to Habana. Way too many good service places with good food and decent prices to come back here.
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