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2.5
  • Food3
  • Service2.5
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews68

Havana Restaurant

1212 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3X4
Tel: (604) 253-9119
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin American
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Ocean Wise, Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 11PM, Fri: 11AM - 12AM, Sat: 10AM - 12AM, Sun: 10AM - 11PM
  • The Restaurant offers Nuevo Latino Cuisine and authentic Cuban cocktails in a funky, distressed, casual setting. Havana has a large well-heated all-weather patio that is situated directly across from Grandview Park with a view of the city skyline and the Coastal Mountain Range.

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Great little place on the drive
By orion_pax of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

I was here a few weeks back. I have to say, I was strolling up and down the street looking for a place to eat and saw this restaurant bustling with people and decided to try it out. I found the service to be great, although a bit pricey for the food you get. All in all, it was OK. It's not the first place that would pop to mind if I wanted to take someone to a new restaurant though.

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Terrible Management
By kfoody of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

The best part of this restaurant is the ambiance. They have a nice outdoor patio and the inside is interesting. Everything else about it is pretty poor though, particularly the management. The manager was rude and un-accommodating. I won't go back because of her. The wait staff was also very rude as they wouldn't accommodate seating for five people! Ridiculous. Also, the food is ok, but is over priced for what it is. There are much better choices on the Commercial Drive.

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made the mark
By novano1 of Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

A few people from Vancouver and myself met at Havana to recap a trip where we met (Cuba) just in December. We had reservations but it was very busy and we hung out in the lounge just long enough to order one drink then our waiter seated us. Our group was 8 and our waiter Scott sent us over complementary jam fries to hold us over as a token of appreciation for our patience. Our waitress Natalie was awesome and friendly and served us with ample enough speed and always with a smile. Overall our food was all good. I had the muscles and bread and everyone ordered something different and we all had a great meal., so coodos to Havana Restaurant and know that some of us Vancouverites think you are doing an owesome job!! ns from North Shore

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Good for a cuban on the patio~
By kellbot of West End (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:09am [Dine in]

Yeap. You heard me. Makes me wish it was summer, because of good times sitting on their patio smoking a small cohiba and sippin' sangria specials. But that's where it ends.

The food is nothing worth talking about. Don't know whether it's bad or good. But nothing burnt or stale... so meh

We've had waitresses give attitude on top of ship service. I don't like the food, ok? let that be.

Too expensive for something i don't want to eat. Can't even enjoy their salad.

Great people watching.

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Pleasant Surprise
By miriamj of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

After reading all these negative reviews I went expecting the worst. I hadn't chosen the restaurant; I was just meeting people there for dinner. My whole group (4 people) agreed that the food was delicious and the service excellent. I left a larger tip than I normally do. I have food restrictions, and both the server and kitchen staff were very accommodating to my needs with no fuss. Although the place was full, we didn't wait overly long to order or receive our meals. I found the price reasonable, and I will definitely go back. I should also mention that the outside people-watching patio is covered, and well-heated when necessary. We were inside, but we saw lots of people sitting out there in the midst of an unseasonal snowfall.

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wasn't up to my expectations!
By doglefoxeddy of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

I decided to try this place out tonight and I was a bit disappointed! first of all, the menu selection was small and the only thing that interested me was the ensalata havana! the food portion was so small that I had to order the daily soup before I was a bit satisfied. overall, the ambience was good and the soup was delicious but the entree weren't up to my expectations. If i were to go again, I'm going to try the burgers cause these were a lot bigger(I saw people ordering them beside me and they came on a large plate) compared to my entree, which consists mostly of salad with some measly chicken portions. Not worth the money if you just have entrees.

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Sangria, Sayonara
By Fearlessfilmeddy of West End (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 14, 2006 - 2:53am [Dine in]

First time back to Havana in several years. Lucky to get a patio seat, but that is to be expected in the summer time. The menu had once again changed, and the one beloved crab cakes had vanished from the menu. No matter. A pitcher of the renown Sangria would assuage any menu exclusions. To my dismay, the aforementioned cure, proved more heartbreaking than even the latest menu updates. More water than wine seem to be the order of the day, and as a result, made our trek to this popular eatery, somewhat of a letdown. I hope that this place will remember the trademark concoction that brought me here in the first place.

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i loved it
By tictacOrange of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

Service:
My date and i arrived without a reservation since they didn't take any, so we were seated right away. the hostess was quirky and friendly, easily breaking the ice and making us feel very comfortable. the menu came quickly and our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful.
when we left though, around 7-8, there is a crowd waiting outside, so i believe there may be a waiting time for that time.

Food:
i ordered a seafood linguini (clams, shrimp, in a basil, olive oil, tomato sauce). the clam was the best i ever had, so juicy and delicious. i especially liked how the sauce wasn't too overpowering, like it is at so many other places.
my date ordered the braised pork, which was the delicious fatty part of the pig. while i prefer to avoid these dishes, he really liked it and of the bits that i tried, it was very well flavoured and enjoyable.

Value:
the meal came down to $35 for two people. it wasn't a "deal" or "amazing price" but it was reasonable and fairly cheap, because the portions were fair and we both ended up satisfied and full.

Ambiance:
this was my favourite part of the restaurant. while it was kind of hot, luckily we sat by the door and it was much better than the seat that were deeper inside. with ceiling fans and wooden interior, it gives off a feeling that's not too formal, excellent for catching up with old friends or just hanging out. very memorable

overall
i really love this restaurant and i'm definitely going back there and recommending this place to everyone i know!

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