Havana

★★★★☆
Spice Up Your Night at Chicago's Havana Pan-Latin Grill & Mojito Bar!
  • 412 N Clark St

    Chicago, IL 60654

    Cross street: Kinzie Street

    Map & Directions
  • 312-644-1900

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I love Cuban cuisine and Havana does not disappoint! I recently attended a business luncheon at Havana and left very impressed. Feeding a large crowd is no easy task and Havana got it right. Everything served at the correct temperature and delicious.\r
Kudos!

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★★★★★

I love Cuban cuisine and Havana does not disappoint! I recently attended a business luncheon at Havana and left very impressed. Feeding a large crowd is no easy task and Havana got it right. Everything served at the correct temperature and delicious.\r
Kudos!

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This place is gross. The service is terrible, the staff is rude and the food quality is terrible!

Don't bother!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is gross. The service is terrible, the staff is rude and the food quality is terrible!

Don't bother!

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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Ive only been to Havana for lunch and it is really close to my office. The food is very very good. Every time I come I get the Torta Cubana. I want to try out the dinner/drink menu sometime. Even though Latin food/Cuban food is not my favorite type of cuisine, I recommend this place.

2
★★★★☆

Ive only been to Havana for lunch and it is really close to my office. The food is very very good. Every time I come I get the Torta Cubana. I want to try out the dinner/drink menu sometime. Even though Latin food/Cuban food is not my favorite type of cuisine, I recommend this place.

Pros: food, atmosphere

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There are two types of restaurant management philosophies: wanting to say yes and wanting to say no. Havana Grill wants to screamyes at the top of its spacious lungs.

The former Mambo Grill space has come along nicely. Much more muted and stylish, Havana was nearly empty on Thursday evening with 3 or 4 people at the bar and no more than 3 tables in the dining room. A poor turn-out even by recession standards. But thetrue measure of management is whether the restaurant treats the few patrons it has with the utmost attention rather than pretend its poor attendance is a mark of exclusivity.

Anyone who has tried to order egg whites at Twisted Spoke or make a substitution at Orange understands the no philosophy of management. This discipline teaches that we have more than enough business and if you dont like our menu please make room for those who do. Spoke, Orange, the Soup Nazi and virtually every restaurant in the UK make for exhibits in the first camp. In the second is the Gibsons family ofrestaurants, Red Light and now Havana.

The selected appetizer for the evening was chips and guac with the probability of ordering more since we were a party of 3. No more was needed. For $6.95, Havana gives a mountain of chips, 2 different salsas and a healthy heap of guacamole. Great start. Until we ran out of guac while still looking at a slightly smaller chip mountain. The server happily refilled it and didnt charge us anything. THIS is what service is all about. Do wait staff not realize that nickel-and-diming customers will always reflect poorly on their tip? Whereas this kind of thing could easily double the jar. And this wasnt all. My two companions, in no mood for giant entrees wished to order from the lunch menu where all the goodies like enchiladas and quesadillas hide. No problem. Happy to accommodate. And we were happy to be accommodated and tip accordingly.

Thefood itself was a winner for two out of three dishes and even the third was probably a winner save for my personal prejudice against sweet sauces with cheesy dishes. I had the Chiles en Nogadas which were get this really spicy! 9 out of 10 chilies will be so oven-neutered that virtually no hints of capsaicin could survive so this was a refreshing little nip. However, that sweet sauce bathing them I just could not find the complement. But the other two diners loved them and accused me of not being open to variety. Perhaps but much better did I like the portabella quesadillas which were filled with thick, meaty chunks of the venerable fungus, not like most places where they presume that just because the mushroom will be covered in cheese, its own quality does not matter. And the best dish of the evening was the enchiladas. Perfectly seasoned and huge, their great taste made onewant to ignore sharing-etiquette and grab larger portions before anyone saw.

Also worthy of praise is the peach daiquiri which was absolutely delicious. It could have been just a little stronger though but then it probably wouldnt have tasted as good and I would not have had 5 of them. (Yes Iwould have.) The Mojito, however, was so sweet that drinking it quickly could very well have caused a sugar high which makes for a contradictory effect with booze. And the key lime pie although not spectacular was worth every penny of the $4.95 it cost. All told, Havana is a great deal withexcellent service. We be come again soon.

Love,

Mealschpeal com

2
★★★★☆

There are two types of restaurant management philosophies: wanting to say yes and wanting to say no. Havana Grill wants to screamyes at the top of its spacious lungs.

The former Mambo Grill space has come along nicely. Much more muted and stylish, Havana was nearly empty on Thursday evening with 3 or 4 people at the bar and no more than 3 tables in the dining room. A poor turn-out even by recession standards. But thetrue measure of management is whether the restaurant treats the few patrons it has with the utmost attention rather than pretend its poor attendance is a mark of exclusivity.

Anyone who has tried to order egg whites at Twisted Spoke or make a substitution at Orange understands the no philosophy of management. This discipline teaches that we have more than enough business and if you dont like our menu please make room for those who do. Spoke, Orange, the Soup Nazi and virtually every restaurant in the UK make for exhibits in the first camp. In the second is the Gibsons family ofrestaurants, Red Light and now Havana.

The selected appetizer for the evening was chips and guac with the probability of ordering more since we were a party of 3. No more was needed. For $6.95, Havana gives a mountain of chips, 2 different salsas and a healthy heap of guacamole. Great start. Until we ran out of guac while still looking at a slightly smaller chip mountain. The server happily refilled it and didnt charge us anything. THIS is what service is all about. Do wait staff not realize that nickel-and-diming customers will always reflect poorly on their tip? Whereas this kind of thing could easily double the jar. And this wasnt all. My two companions, in no mood for giant entrees wished to order from the lunch menu where all the goodies like enchiladas and quesadillas hide. No problem. Happy to accommodate. And we were happy to be accommodated and tip accordingly.

Thefood itself was a winner for two out of three dishes and even the third was probably a winner save for my personal prejudice against sweet sauces with cheesy dishes. I had the Chiles en Nogadas which were get this really spicy! 9 out of 10 chilies will be so oven-neutered that virtually no hints of capsaicin could survive so this was a refreshing little nip. However, that sweet sauce bathing them I just could not find the complement. But the other two diners loved them and accused me of not being open to variety. Perhaps but much better did I like the portabella quesadillas which were filled with thick, meaty chunks of the venerable fungus, not like most places where they presume that just because the mushroom will be covered in cheese, its own quality does not matter. And the best dish of the evening was the enchiladas. Perfectly seasoned and huge, their great taste made onewant to ignore sharing-etiquette and grab larger portions before anyone saw.

Also worthy of praise is the peach daiquiri which was absolutely delicious. It could have been just a little stronger though but then it probably wouldnt have tasted as good and I would not have had 5 of them. (Yes Iwould have.) The Mojito, however, was so sweet that drinking it quickly could very well have caused a sugar high which makes for a contradictory effect with booze. And the key lime pie although not spectacular was worth every penny of the $4.95 it cost. All told, Havana is a great deal withexcellent service. We be come again soon.

Love,

Mealschpeal com

Pros: Service, Enchiladas

Cons: Not enough Scene. Yet. Let's get on that.

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Havana is a great new addition to downtown Chicago's great restaurants. Try the guava mojito, cevice and calimari - what I have had thus far. Another plus is it's affordable. good date place and good for groups.

2
★★★★★

Havana is a great new addition to downtown Chicago's great restaurants. Try the guava mojito, cevice and calimari - what I have had thus far. Another plus is it's affordable. good date place and good for groups.

Pros: drinks, food, location, decor

Cons: parking

 

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