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“An Authentic & Tasty Cuban Restaurant”
Review of Havana

Havana
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“An Authentic & Tasty Cuban Restaurant”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

What a find & we're not even from the area!

We were getting a late start for dinner & beginning to run out of restaurants to dine @ with the exception of fast food. No thanks! A short twenty minute drive south on I95 landed us in West Palm Beach, FL & home to many good eateries but we had our sights set on Havana.

The inside dining room was vibrant with activity from both customers & staff. We had to get back to our hotel making a sit down dinner a little longer than we wanted to spend. No problem. Havana has an extensive walk-up window menu right on the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. & Dixie Hwy. & it's open 24/7. After studying the menu board & asking questions about certain items, we decided on their giant Cuban meatballs, meat empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, & "Flan de Caramelo" for desert. The giant meatballs were made with spices & just enough binder to hold them together while being deep-fried golden brown & delicious. The empanadas were stuffed with a spicy meat & vegetable filling in a triangular shaped pastry shell, & closed all the way around. The classic "Sandwich Cubano" consisted of ham, pork and Swiss cheese, steamed and hot-pressed to perfection on Cuban bread. Topped with pickles and mustard upon request. These were the best Cuban sandwiches we've ever had. It was a meal in itself & a great bargain for less than $6. The Flan de Caramelo was a creamy homemade caramel custard drizzled with a rich caramel syrup.

I'm glad we found Havana. It was a bit of a drive from where we were but well worth it. The food was outstanding with a natural freshness about it. The ladies were very helpful & understanding. They answered all our questions while giving us an education on Cuban Cuisine. I can't wait to revisit Havana again & this time enjoy our meal in the main dining room.

  • Visited September 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“The REAL DEAL Cuban restaurant”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Generally i prefer my restaurants with a little more humility than when they put "The Best....." in the their signage. With one taste of the tamal, this was forgiven, as it was not bragging, simply stating. I am just saying.

Having eaten Cuban food all over south Florida, I stopped on a whim having seen the sign on I-95 heading south.

While the Sangria was so - so, the tamal was a delight. PERFECTLY cooked in its husk, it achieved tamal nirvana as just barely firm enough to stand on its own and mot disinigrate at a touch. The garlic and tomatoes accompanying it we delicious. An excellent appetizer.

The hit of the evening however was the Fricasé de Pollo. Slow cooked chicken with potatoes and olives in a secret (I am sure) house sauce. This dish came with a choice of beans, (I had negro) and rice, (I had the arroz amarillo - cuban yellow rice) and a large soup spoon. You only need the spoon for this dish ! The chicken falls off the bone ! And it is super super yummy. I could not get enough of the sauce even as i could not eat any more of the chicken.

The cordadito was sublime, slightly frothy, sweet and just, well, perfect.

Eat here. Buen prevecho.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank FLYBOY888PK
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Gainesville, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Excellent Service”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I have been to this restaurant many times and the consistency of great food and gquick and friendly service makes it stand out in S. Fla. the parking situation leaves a little to be desired
But everything else makes up for it. The take out stand is awesome for Empanadas and other quick foods. Try it!!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Harold P
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Greenacres, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food and superb service!”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

The best Cuban food, excellent staff and service. Prices are excellent. Portions are large, you can bring home leftovers and have another meal! We love this place, cannot get enough of it!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Renee E
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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“Outstanding Cuban food”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

We dine at Havanas every 4 - 6 weeks traveling approx. 15 miles to enjoy a great authentic cuban meal. The service has always been exceptional and the food outstanding. The restaurant is always clean.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Michael C
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