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“Authentic Cuban without a long flight!”

Havana Tropical Cafe
Ranked #16 of 34 Restaurants in Highlands
Cuisines: Cuban
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Fair Haven, NJ
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic Cuban without a long flight!”
Reviewed 5 October 2012

Seeking authentic Cuban cuisine we ended up in the Highlands at Havana, We were greeted, promptly seated, and treated like special guests. Our drink orders were promptly presented, enjoyed with the very tasty empanadas we selected as an appetizer (the spinach are especially delectable!) It was difficult to choose from the menu offerings and the eclectic specials for the evening. When the entrees arrived, the presentation was worthy of the food network. Portions are generous and typical Cuban allowing for individual spicing with available spices or sauces. The only thing better than the wonderful food and exquisite espresso was the impeccable service. Under new management it is apparent their goal is to be the strongest contender for excellence in the dining experience. We will become regulars!!

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Roger T
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This place truly has it all.”
Reviewed 14 September 2012

Upon our arrival to the restaurant we were amazed at the ambiance of the outside patio. We sat next to the coy pind and waterful and had an extremely relaxing dinner. It was honestly like being away at a resort for a couple of hours and was very relaxing. The food was absolutly amazing, and the service was outstanding. It is a great place to go out for some drinks with friends, or for dinner with family. I highly recomend trying it out. We will definatly be regulars.

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1 Thank Rborgess
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Highlands, New Jersey
1 review
“Awesome”
Reviewed 8 September 2012

Havana is better than ever! They were closed for a while due to Hurricane Irene and they have been open for a few months and they came back better than ever. Excellent food,drinks and creative specials, can't beat the service. Ralph, Lydia, and Joe are wonderful and so accommodating and not to mention the wonderful hostess Rita. The place is beautiful and the entertainment (live salsa bands) is terrific on the weekends. I would highly recommend it!!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Norma J
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Cranford, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Good Food, Service & Ambience, What Else is There?”
Reviewed 28 August 2012

Havana has changed over the years...for the better. They serve good Cuban food & coffee. Entrees run from about $18-$26, but they also have sandwiches. Also, there is a Happy Hour from 4-7. But what I really like is their addition of the outside fish pond with a smattering of tables. There are about 3 larger wooden tables (maybe seating 6) under a wooden cover (almost like a little gazebo area), and then a few small round metal tables. Just a nice change of atmosphere. My husband is Spanish & he seems to like the food & the Cuban coffee. The service has always been friendly too.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank chatnoir
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Newtown, Pa
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 17 August 2012

We go to this restaurant at least once a week. The food is great, particularly the oxtail, paella, and steaks. Try the appetizer sampler. Their sangria is also really good.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank JBRNewtown_Pa
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