Havana Mania

★★★★☆
  • 3615 Inglewood Ave

    Redondo Beach, CA 90278

    Cross street: Manhattan Beach Blvd

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  • 310-725-9075

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I've been going to Havana Mania since it's inseption and I have to say that as a Cuban the food there is very good. Of course I make it better :-) but over all for a restaurant is very good, considering there's nothing around the Bay Area. I've been to a few unmentionable Cuban restaurants that now have closed their doors and I think after 15 years of business Havana Mania needs to take a bow. Here's to many, many more years of great food! Cheers!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Havana Mania since it's inseption and I have to say that as a Cuban the food there is very good. Of course I make it better :-) but over all for a restaurant is very good, considering there's nothing around the Bay Area. I've been to a few unmentionable Cuban restaurants that now have closed their doors and I think after 15 years of business Havana Mania needs to take a bow. Here's to many, many more years of great food! Cheers!

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I am not impressed, in the slightest. I have lived in RB for over 6 years now and have frequented this restaurant a number of times. Most of the time, it's because someone insists. For the life of me, I have no idea why people want to keep coming back. The food used to be good (5 years ago) but everything is either dry or way too garlicky and salty (and, I love garlic).

Take a look at the menu. Almost all of their chicken dishes are exactly the same. The only difference is whatever topping they put on it. How utterly unoriginal and uninspired. I decided to try something different, a ground beef dish (can't remember the name. Must have blocked it out). Gross. Gross looking, gross tasting. It was a beige mess.

The service is lacking. I rarely get a water refill, the waiters keep forgetting orders, sometimes the orders take too long. I don't understand why people love this place. Even there platanos are terrible.

Wishing there was a good cuban place in the So. Bay. This certainly isn't it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am not impressed, in the slightest. I have lived in RB for over 6 years now and have frequented this restaurant a number of times. Most of the time, it's because someone insists. For the life of me, I have no idea why people want to keep coming back. The food used to be good (5 years ago) but everything is either dry or way too garlicky and salty (and, I love garlic).

Take a look at the menu. Almost all of their chicken dishes are exactly the same. The only difference is whatever topping they put on it. How utterly unoriginal and uninspired. I decided to try something different, a ground beef dish (can't remember the name. Must have blocked it out). Gross. Gross looking, gross tasting. It was a beige mess.

The service is lacking. I rarely get a water refill, the waiters keep forgetting orders, sometimes the orders take too long. I don't understand why people love this place. Even there platanos are terrible.

Wishing there was a good cuban place in the So. Bay. This certainly isn't it.

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I came with a party of family and friends from the IE on a Saturday (07-17-09). Havana Mania was recommended by family. The place was empty.

We were all excited to try the menu, being a group made up of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans. It is a rare treat in Southern California to eat Caribbean food.

We quickly noticed that all of our dishes had no flavor. It completely lacked the trademark spices that make Cuban and Puerto Rican food so special.

The chicken was so dry, our friend could not eat it. My wife made the statement that the Cuban sandwiches are better at the Cheesecake Factory. After a half hour after having eaten the lechon, my stomach became bloated, nauseous, and I felt light-headed.

To top it all off, the restroom floor was covered in urine. I was still hopeful and wanted to try a Mojito, but everyone in the party stated the same thing: "If the food is this bad, you certainly DO NOT want to try a Mojito."

Sorry guys, I'm just keeping it real.

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★☆☆☆☆

I came with a party of family and friends from the IE on a Saturday (07-17-09). Havana Mania was recommended by family. The place was empty.

We were all excited to try the menu, being a group made up of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans. It is a rare treat in Southern California to eat Caribbean food.

We quickly noticed that all of our dishes had no flavor. It completely lacked the trademark spices that make Cuban and Puerto Rican food so special.

The chicken was so dry, our friend could not eat it. My wife made the statement that the Cuban sandwiches are better at the Cheesecake Factory. After a half hour after having eaten the lechon, my stomach became bloated, nauseous, and I felt light-headed.

To top it all off, the restroom floor was covered in urine. I was still hopeful and wanted to try a Mojito, but everyone in the party stated the same thing: "If the food is this bad, you certainly DO NOT want to try a Mojito."

Sorry guys, I'm just keeping it real.

Pros: Pretty Plants

Cons: Bland Food.

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What a wonderful Cuban restaurant! I was dragged out on a night when I wasn't really feeling it & ended up having a blast. Probably partly due to the fact that Havana Mania makes a delicious mojito - either way, great food and atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

What a wonderful Cuban restaurant! I was dragged out on a night when I wasn't really feeling it & ended up having a blast. Probably partly due to the fact that Havana Mania makes a delicious mojito - either way, great food and atmosphere.

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A top Cuban restaurant in Redondo Beach, this place is regularly packed during lunch and dinner. Havana Mania has become a highly popular Redondo Beach dining spot due to its amazing Cuban cuisine, fine cocktails and warm atmosphere. Needless to say, it's well worth the wait to experience a famous Havana Mania roasted pork or the Filete de Pollo con Hongos (Chicken Breast filet with Mushroom) and deep-fried plantains. Havana Mania delivers a fun, exciting and delicious Cuban dining experience in Redono Beach.

They have Live music on weekend and checkout their Happy Hour, they must have at least 15 or 20 different flavor mojitos and appetizers. This place is the Best!!!!

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★★★★★

A top Cuban restaurant in Redondo Beach, this place is regularly packed during lunch and dinner. Havana Mania has become a highly popular Redondo Beach dining spot due to its amazing Cuban cuisine, fine cocktails and warm atmosphere. Needless to say, it's well worth the wait to experience a famous Havana Mania roasted pork or the Filete de Pollo con Hongos (Chicken Breast filet with Mushroom) and deep-fried plantains. Havana Mania delivers a fun, exciting and delicious Cuban dining experience in Redono Beach.

They have Live music on weekend and checkout their Happy Hour, they must have at least 15 or 20 different flavor mojitos and appetizers. This place is the Best!!!!

Pros: Great Place, Great Food

Cons: None

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We usually have lunch here with my co workers, everything on the menu is delicious, price is great! Service is very friendly. Definitely would recommend this delicious Cuban restaurant :)

4
★★★★☆

We usually have lunch here with my co workers, everything on the menu is delicious, price is great! Service is very friendly. Definitely would recommend this delicious Cuban restaurant :)

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I live in the area and have visited Havana mania several times, I can honestly say that the taste of the food is not consitant. The only delicious entree I've had was the chicken with Mushrooms out of the classis Cuban chicken, Cuban steak, arroz con pollo, ECT. All of these were all a disappointment. Very dry and lacking flavour. I grew up with home made Cuban food and I know it?s hard for restaurants to compare to that but the food has consistently been below standards. I've read other reviews of how this is family owned & operated which confuses me as the food and the services is bad.
What makes everything even worse is the VERY BAD SERVICE. The servers are PLAIN BAD; they are not cordial nor helpful. We have to remind them for re-fills and have not taken care of mistakes with food or check mistakes in the proper way. Again, it?s just bad; the service doe not feel welcoming
So why do I keep coming back?.......... Well I love Cuban food and this is the closest Cuban restaurant in town. I expect bad service going to the restaurant and hope for the best. Last night our service was good which was surprising but the food was the worst I have experienced (even the chicken w/ mushrooms was bad, I rejected the food) their mojitos are good, Not the best in town as they like to say but good. The restaurant is also comfortable and nicely appointed (except for the bar, it is directly by the entrance and very unpersonal) I hope the owners who do seem to be present standing around the restaurant to get the point & do something.

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★★☆☆☆

I live in the area and have visited Havana mania several times, I can honestly say that the taste of the food is not consitant. The only delicious entree I've had was the chicken with Mushrooms out of the classis Cuban chicken, Cuban steak, arroz con pollo, ECT. All of these were all a disappointment. Very dry and lacking flavour. I grew up with home made Cuban food and I know it?s hard for restaurants to compare to that but the food has consistently been below standards. I've read other reviews of how this is family owned & operated which confuses me as the food and the services is bad.
What makes everything even worse is the VERY BAD SERVICE. The servers are PLAIN BAD; they are not cordial nor helpful. We have to remind them for re-fills and have not taken care of mistakes with food or check mistakes in the proper way. Again, it?s just bad; the service doe not feel welcoming
So why do I keep coming back?.......... Well I love Cuban food and this is the closest Cuban restaurant in town. I expect bad service going to the restaurant and hope for the best. Last night our service was good which was surprising but the food was the worst I have experienced (even the chicken w/ mushrooms was bad, I rejected the food) their mojitos are good, Not the best in town as they like to say but good. The restaurant is also comfortable and nicely appointed (except for the bar, it is directly by the entrance and very unpersonal) I hope the owners who do seem to be present standing around the restaurant to get the point & do something.

Pros: Mojitos,muisc,happy hour

Cons: service, food,bar

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Very similar in menu to Versailles if you have ever been there. The food is well proportioned and moderately priced. I've been here several times and enjoy many plates. The classic arroz con pollo is one of my favorites. Not a fine dining establishment but a nice eating experience nonetheless.

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★★★★★

Very similar in menu to Versailles if you have ever been there. The food is well proportioned and moderately priced. I've been here several times and enjoy many plates. The classic arroz con pollo is one of my favorites. Not a fine dining establishment but a nice eating experience nonetheless.

Pros: Modest and tasty

Cons: none

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We have been going to Havana Mania for years now and I have to say, the service has been consistently FLAWED. We don't go there for their service but for their Cuban style Oxtail dish and maybe the appetizer sampler. That's pretty much it! Occasionally, I like to have to a drink there and you can't really mess up a Cuban Mojito, so I would say that's a safe bet. The last time my friends and I were there (which was 3 days ago), we got the staple Sampler, Cuban Chicken, Oxtail, and a Halibut dish. Both chicken plates came as the same dish and way overcooked - with no apologies! We kindly asked for the Halibut that we ordered and it came 15 minutes later, as overcooked and rubbery. We said no more, paid the bill and left knowing that the next time we go there, we can only get the Oxtail plate b/c it is marinated for a long time and always comes out tasting great. MENTAL NOTE: Havana Mania tests my patience w/ their flawed service & food woes. There might be ONE more time I will go there. But w/out improvements, I will make it a point to make my own Oxtail dish and tell friends to come to my house for dinner. I hope you guys are improving as you read this!

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★★★☆☆

We have been going to Havana Mania for years now and I have to say, the service has been consistently FLAWED. We don't go there for their service but for their Cuban style Oxtail dish and maybe the appetizer sampler. That's pretty much it! Occasionally, I like to have to a drink there and you can't really mess up a Cuban Mojito, so I would say that's a safe bet. The last time my friends and I were there (which was 3 days ago), we got the staple Sampler, Cuban Chicken, Oxtail, and a Halibut dish. Both chicken plates came as the same dish and way overcooked - with no apologies! We kindly asked for the Halibut that we ordered and it came 15 minutes later, as overcooked and rubbery. We said no more, paid the bill and left knowing that the next time we go there, we can only get the Oxtail plate b/c it is marinated for a long time and always comes out tasting great. MENTAL NOTE: Havana Mania tests my patience w/ their flawed service & food woes. There might be ONE more time I will go there. But w/out improvements, I will make it a point to make my own Oxtail dish and tell friends to come to my house for dinner. I hope you guys are improving as you read this!

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This place is the best, especially at happy hour when you can get a $3 really good mojito. The pork is amazing and any appetizer with yuca is delicious. The staff is personable and really fun and you can pretty much always get a table no matter what time.

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★★★★☆

This place is the best, especially at happy hour when you can get a $3 really good mojito. The pork is amazing and any appetizer with yuca is delicious. The staff is personable and really fun and you can pretty much always get a table no matter what time.

Pros: cheap mojitos, parking

Cons: ambience

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This is a cozy place staff is friendly and quick to serve.
The food is good and fresh no matter what you order.
Like mom's home cooking if you are Cuban like me who never
learned to make the dishes you loved as a kid.

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★★★★☆

This is a cozy place staff is friendly and quick to serve.
The food is good and fresh no matter what you order.
Like mom's home cooking if you are Cuban like me who never
learned to make the dishes you loved as a kid.

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My family and I love this restaurant! Great fresh cuban food...I especially like the black beans and plantains.The service is great and twe enjoy the live music!

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★★★★☆

My family and I love this restaurant! Great fresh cuban food...I especially like the black beans and plantains.The service is great and twe enjoy the live music!

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Havana Mania is my favorite restaurant in the South Bay. This is a true Cuban restaurant, and if you are lucky, you might get to meet Luis, who was born in Cuba. He is funny, cheerful and has great stories to tell. The food is fresh, and if you have out of town guests, this is an awesome place to take them, since it is so quiet and pretty indoors, and the food is so good. The selection is great, and you don't even need to blow your diet to enjoy this food, although there is plenty of fattening food too. Don't let the outside discourage you. Although this restaurant is along a strip mall and a busy road, they have planted trees all along the busy street side, so once you go inside, you'll feel like you are in a forest.

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★★★★★

Havana Mania is my favorite restaurant in the South Bay. This is a true Cuban restaurant, and if you are lucky, you might get to meet Luis, who was born in Cuba. He is funny, cheerful and has great stories to tell. The food is fresh, and if you have out of town guests, this is an awesome place to take them, since it is so quiet and pretty indoors, and the food is so good. The selection is great, and you don't even need to blow your diet to enjoy this food, although there is plenty of fattening food too. Don't let the outside discourage you. Although this restaurant is along a strip mall and a busy road, they have planted trees all along the busy street side, so once you go inside, you'll feel like you are in a forest.

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This is a great Cuban restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere. The food is very authentic and tasty. The prices are great and the service is great. The servers are very friendly and helpful with recommendations. They even have live music on the weekends.

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★★★★☆

This is a great Cuban restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere. The food is very authentic and tasty. The prices are great and the service is great. The servers are very friendly and helpful with recommendations. They even have live music on the weekends.

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Well, there were a lot of mixed comments in the previous reviews I read, but most said the food was good, the major problem was service. I went on a Wednesday at about 7:30PM.. The place still had a pretty good crowd, but was not full so I didn't have to wait for a table. Actually, my service was very good. I was seated, had a drink, had some bread and placed my order within about 10 minutes after arriving. My food arrived promptly, the waiter kept tabs on me, all was good. The food had very good flavor, my only complaint was that the meat I had was a little tough and dry. Very good setting though, for business or a date (although not an intimate setting). I eat out a lot and this place was pretty good overall.

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★★★☆☆

Well, there were a lot of mixed comments in the previous reviews I read, but most said the food was good, the major problem was service. I went on a Wednesday at about 7:30PM.. The place still had a pretty good crowd, but was not full so I didn't have to wait for a table. Actually, my service was very good. I was seated, had a drink, had some bread and placed my order within about 10 minutes after arriving. My food arrived promptly, the waiter kept tabs on me, all was good. The food had very good flavor, my only complaint was that the meat I had was a little tough and dry. Very good setting though, for business or a date (although not an intimate setting). I eat out a lot and this place was pretty good overall.

Pros: I had good service, food had good flavor

Cons: Some previous bad comments, my meat was a tad tough

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I gues everbody with an internet connection is a restaurant critic like this guy before me, this place is being around for over ten years, checkout their website www.havanamania and checkout all their reviews, I have eaten there since they open and never had a bad meal, I don't think this guy knows anything about cuban food, they have the best food and service in town.

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★★★★★

I gues everbody with an internet connection is a restaurant critic like this guy before me, this place is being around for over ten years, checkout their website www.havanamania and checkout all their reviews, I have eaten there since they open and never had a bad meal, I don't think this guy knows anything about cuban food, they have the best food and service in town.

Pros: Rate it as the best Cuban restauant in the South Bay...

Cons: Can't find any.

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Ok, whoever writes that they are Cuban and loves this place has obviously had one too many Mojitos before the food arrived. Granted the Mojitos are very good. What we had was so-so at best. The Papas Rellenos were bland. The yucca with pork and garlic ??? Where was the garlic? The breaded steak was super hard and tasteless and the lechon asado was also bland and tasted like scraps topped with onions.
If you are really looking for authentic Cuban food please do yourself a favor and skip this place.
The service is great. The prices are fair but the food is not good. Sorry.

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★★☆☆☆

Ok, whoever writes that they are Cuban and loves this place has obviously had one too many Mojitos before the food arrived. Granted the Mojitos are very good. What we had was so-so at best. The Papas Rellenos were bland. The yucca with pork and garlic ??? Where was the garlic? The breaded steak was super hard and tasteless and the lechon asado was also bland and tasted like scraps topped with onions.
If you are really looking for authentic Cuban food please do yourself a favor and skip this place.
The service is great. The prices are fair but the food is not good. Sorry.

Pros: Great services

Cons: Mediocre food at best

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I can't comment on the food because we didn't stay long enough to eat. We went after reading some good reviews online. We were seated promptly (party of 2) outside on their indoor patio. We waited for 10 mins and no one came to even ask us for our drinks, although two waiters did come out to serve other tables. They weren't even outside long enough for us to wave them over. After 10 mins a server came over but at that point we didn't feel like eating there anymore. We complained to the manager and he apologized and said service usually wasn't like that. He did seem sincere, but bad service is something I don't tolerate. I won't go there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't comment on the food because we didn't stay long enough to eat. We went after reading some good reviews online. We were seated promptly (party of 2) outside on their indoor patio. We waited for 10 mins and no one came to even ask us for our drinks, although two waiters did come out to serve other tables. They weren't even outside long enough for us to wave them over. After 10 mins a server came over but at that point we didn't feel like eating there anymore. We complained to the manager and he apologized and said service usually wasn't like that. He did seem sincere, but bad service is something I don't tolerate. I won't go there again.

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When there on Saturday night very busy, we waited about 30 minutes for a table but it was worth the wait, we order some mojitos from the bar and listen to the music, they call our name and we sat down in a table for 6 under the coconut tree and we order our food, roast pork, chicken filet with onions, the halibut, garlic shrimp, 1/2 chicken and one kid chicken salad ,and the reason I am tell you this is because I have been in many cuban restaurant and usully we order the same thing if availble and it was very tastee and delicious and I know my cuban food I am from cuba, the service was great , the food was excellent and the music was very enjoyable.

2
★★★★★

When there on Saturday night very busy, we waited about 30 minutes for a table but it was worth the wait, we order some mojitos from the bar and listen to the music, they call our name and we sat down in a table for 6 under the coconut tree and we order our food, roast pork, chicken filet with onions, the halibut, garlic shrimp, 1/2 chicken and one kid chicken salad ,and the reason I am tell you this is because I have been in many cuban restaurant and usully we order the same thing if availble and it was very tastee and delicious and I know my cuban food I am from cuba, the service was great , the food was excellent and the music was very enjoyable.

Pros: One of the Best Cuban Restaurant that I have eaten

Cons: Very busy

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I read your response to my review, knowing you would LIE, so I decided to stop back and set the story straight. Your customer service is SO terrible that obviously you don't recall me coming up to YOU directly at the bar to inform you of the situation. Myself and another member of my party ALSO spoke directly to your wife, perhaps she doesn't remember because she didn't care. Both of you were rude, you actually yelled at me...FUNNY how you don't remember that!!! Of COURSE you wouldn't want the general public to know how awful you truly are...but I'm sure after dining at your restaraunt they will see your true colors.
The reason we did not leave to eat someplace else was because as I said before we had a DIABETIC 7 MONTH PREGNANT WOMAN and a 2 YR. OLD CHILD child with us, to drive somewhere else would have prolonged the situation further. (Since you probably don't know what the word "prolonged" means, I will help you out; it means it would have just taken longer.)
There were 4 tables (booths) that had an extra chair pulled up to the end...3 of those had been sat BEFORE us. (Meaning, it was our turn to be sat & we were passed up so a table that arrived after us could be seated there). Your wife sat these tables (without a reservation) in front of us just because she knew them. She left a DIABETIC PREGNANT WOMAN & a hungry 2 YR. OLD to stand by the door and wait while she sat friends. How would you have felt if you & your wife had gone out to eat & been treated that way?! Since you yelled at me before for simply bringing this to your attention, I can only assume you would have acted the same way...beastly. We however were raised to be respectful, perhaps that's why we didn't act like monsters. But perhaps that's what someone like you understands, perhaps we should have yelled back.
I work for a large corporation, I know more than a few people who have eaten at your establishment. None of them now care to return, and that makes me very happy!

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★★★☆☆

I read your response to my review, knowing you would LIE, so I decided to stop back and set the story straight. Your customer service is SO terrible that obviously you don't recall me coming up to YOU directly at the bar to inform you of the situation. Myself and another member of my party ALSO spoke directly to your wife, perhaps she doesn't remember because she didn't care. Both of you were rude, you actually yelled at me...FUNNY how you don't remember that!!! Of COURSE you wouldn't want the general public to know how awful you truly are...but I'm sure after dining at your restaraunt they will see your true colors.
The reason we did not leave to eat someplace else was because as I said before we had a DIABETIC 7 MONTH PREGNANT WOMAN and a 2 YR. OLD CHILD child with us, to drive somewhere else would have prolonged the situation further. (Since you probably don't know what the word "prolonged" means, I will help you out; it means it would have just taken longer.)
There were 4 tables (booths) that had an extra chair pulled up to the end...3 of those had been sat BEFORE us. (Meaning, it was our turn to be sat & we were passed up so a table that arrived after us could be seated there). Your wife sat these tables (without a reservation) in front of us just because she knew them. She left a DIABETIC PREGNANT WOMAN & a hungry 2 YR. OLD to stand by the door and wait while she sat friends. How would you have felt if you & your wife had gone out to eat & been treated that way?! Since you yelled at me before for simply bringing this to your attention, I can only assume you would have acted the same way...beastly. We however were raised to be respectful, perhaps that's why we didn't act like monsters. But perhaps that's what someone like you understands, perhaps we should have yelled back.
I work for a large corporation, I know more than a few people who have eaten at your establishment. None of them now care to return, and that makes me very happy!

Pros: Going home

Cons: Havana Mania

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A few weekends ago some friends of ours suggest we go to Havana Mania for dinner. We had 5 people in our party, 4 adults (1 woman 7 months pregnant and diabetic) and one 2 yr old child. We arrived at 9pm and were told there was 1 group ahead of us, and we would be sat promptly. By 9:45 four other groups of 4 and 5 people had been sat before us. When we inquired why we were still waiting and others had been sat we were treated very rudely (yelled at) by the male owner. Basically we were told we had to wait for a table that could accomodate a highchair, -even though we had told the hostess previously that the child was too big to fit in a highchair. They gave us some song & dance about not being able to add chairs to the end of tables, fire code, etc. The female owner was at a loss for words when we pointed out 3 tables currently eating that had extra chairs pulled up to the ends (1 blocking the fire exit). The female owner sat us and went to say a few words to our waiter. Our pregnant / diabetic dinner guest asked the waiter for some bread for the now very hungry 2 year old. We were promptly told that the restaraunt was "out of bread"...right as the table across from us received a fresh basket. Service lagged (possibly at the request of the horrible owners)...we recieved a basket of bread towards the end of them meal and left the restaraunt at about 10:45. Not once did either of the owners apologize to us for making us wait while they sat random people who arrived after us with no reservations. In fact, I've never seen such outright rudeness in quite awhile. Luckily there are many cuban eateries in LA, and I can think of 3 right now that have FAR better fare. Don't waste your time waiting in this cramped restaraunt, the food is so-so and flavorless and the service is definitely AWFUL!!!! P.S. They only scored a "B" from the city...I give them a "F" for customer service.

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★★★☆☆

A few weekends ago some friends of ours suggest we go to Havana Mania for dinner. We had 5 people in our party, 4 adults (1 woman 7 months pregnant and diabetic) and one 2 yr old child. We arrived at 9pm and were told there was 1 group ahead of us, and we would be sat promptly. By 9:45 four other groups of 4 and 5 people had been sat before us. When we inquired why we were still waiting and others had been sat we were treated very rudely (yelled at) by the male owner. Basically we were told we had to wait for a table that could accomodate a highchair, -even though we had told the hostess previously that the child was too big to fit in a highchair. They gave us some song & dance about not being able to add chairs to the end of tables, fire code, etc. The female owner was at a loss for words when we pointed out 3 tables currently eating that had extra chairs pulled up to the ends (1 blocking the fire exit). The female owner sat us and went to say a few words to our waiter. Our pregnant / diabetic dinner guest asked the waiter for some bread for the now very hungry 2 year old. We were promptly told that the restaraunt was "out of bread"...right as the table across from us received a fresh basket. Service lagged (possibly at the request of the horrible owners)...we recieved a basket of bread towards the end of them meal and left the restaraunt at about 10:45. Not once did either of the owners apologize to us for making us wait while they sat random people who arrived after us with no reservations. In fact, I've never seen such outright rudeness in quite awhile. Luckily there are many cuban eateries in LA, and I can think of 3 right now that have FAR better fare. Don't waste your time waiting in this cramped restaraunt, the food is so-so and flavorless and the service is definitely AWFUL!!!! P.S. They only scored a "B" from the city...I give them a "F" for customer service.

Pros: large menu

Cons: bad service

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When to Havana Mania in Brea this is their second location, just as good as the one in Redondo Beach, same music, same happy hour, same mojitos and same Tuesday night Special "roast pork", great service and food, in my opinion they have the best testing food and mojitos in town.

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★★★★★

When to Havana Mania in Brea this is their second location, just as good as the one in Redondo Beach, same music, same happy hour, same mojitos and same Tuesday night Special "roast pork", great service and food, in my opinion they have the best testing food and mojitos in town.

Pros: Great Cuban Food and Mojitos

Cons: Can't think of any!

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Good news is the food. Awesome food. We had cuban sandwich, roasted pork, tostones, rice and beans. All were awesome. I'm Latino and this was authentic. Bad news was the LA health inspection rating: C. The place didn't appear crusty, but I have a very hard time eating at a place rated that low. Update: they improved to an A, but now are back at B. They gotta fix this.

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★★★★★

Good news is the food. Awesome food. We had cuban sandwich, roasted pork, tostones, rice and beans. All were awesome. I'm Latino and this was authentic. Bad news was the LA health inspection rating: C. The place didn't appear crusty, but I have a very hard time eating at a place rated that low. Update: they improved to an A, but now are back at B. They gotta fix this.

Pros: food

Cons: cleanliness

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I love Havana Mania! I go there often and the food is fantastic. It is in a strip mall and hard to find but it is always packed so you know the food has to be good. As far as the bad review I read here there are suppose to be onions and I LOVE ONIONS and the bananas are suppose to be soft. I suppose she just does not like Cuban food.

I have tried everyting but I get the same order everytime now. House Salad with Cilantro dressing Lechon Cubano, and one, two or three mojitos.

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★★★★★

I love Havana Mania! I go there often and the food is fantastic. It is in a strip mall and hard to find but it is always packed so you know the food has to be good. As far as the bad review I read here there are suppose to be onions and I LOVE ONIONS and the bananas are suppose to be soft. I suppose she just does not like Cuban food.

I have tried everyting but I get the same order everytime now. House Salad with Cilantro dressing Lechon Cubano, and one, two or three mojitos.

Pros: food and mojitos are fantastic

Cons: none

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When back on Monday Night for the Happy Hour and Live Music, the Mojitos are $3.00 and $3.50 and Appetizers about half price. We had a group of about 12 people and we sat by the music we ate and drink all night it was the best time I had in a long time with my friends. The Food and drinks were fantastic, we all had a great time, hope to do it again soon!!!!. Must try if you want the best cuban food in town....

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★★★★★

When back on Monday Night for the Happy Hour and Live Music, the Mojitos are $3.00 and $3.50 and Appetizers about half price. We had a group of about 12 people and we sat by the music we ate and drink all night it was the best time I had in a long time with my friends. The Food and drinks were fantastic, we all had a great time, hope to do it again soon!!!!. Must try if you want the best cuban food in town....

Pros: Best on Food and mojitos

Cons: Very busy

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Took myself and my children there last night ... food was very blan ... I tried the combo plate (Chicken / Pork and a Ham Fried thing) ... All the meat tasted the same ... except the ham fried thing which was not good at all ... My guest had a chicken dish .. my 3 boys (12/11 and 9) had a chicken dish , garlic chicken, and the kids shreaded beef dish. (the kids meals only go up to 10 years of age) (I don't know any 10 year old who eats an full adult meal) . I tried them all ... again blan tasting mush ... the garlic chicken was burned ... the plantains (spelling) were soft and mushy ... the only thing good I can say about the service is the busboy was very good ... My first Mojoto was all water .. the second one was good ... we got no bread like the other tables did ... we had to order fried bannana chips to nibble on waiting for the food ... all of the dishes were filled with onions ... to the point that it was all onions and a few pieces of meat. My dish had two bites of pork and 1/2 a chicken leg ... and again that fried ham thing ... the rest was all onions ... seriously ... the 5 of us got out of there for JUST under $120.00 ... way over priced .. blan food and no service what so ever ... don't waste your time here ... even with the cheap water cocktails .. they are not worth $3.00-$3.50 .... PS my 9 year old asked for a small bowl of beans (which doesn't come with the kids meal) ... an extra $4.00 charge for a bowl that had 3 tablespoons of bean in it ...

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★★☆☆☆

Took myself and my children there last night ... food was very blan ... I tried the combo plate (Chicken / Pork and a Ham Fried thing) ... All the meat tasted the same ... except the ham fried thing which was not good at all ... My guest had a chicken dish .. my 3 boys (12/11 and 9) had a chicken dish , garlic chicken, and the kids shreaded beef dish. (the kids meals only go up to 10 years of age) (I don't know any 10 year old who eats an full adult meal) . I tried them all ... again blan tasting mush ... the garlic chicken was burned ... the plantains (spelling) were soft and mushy ... the only thing good I can say about the service is the busboy was very good ... My first Mojoto was all water .. the second one was good ... we got no bread like the other tables did ... we had to order fried bannana chips to nibble on waiting for the food ... all of the dishes were filled with onions ... to the point that it was all onions and a few pieces of meat. My dish had two bites of pork and 1/2 a chicken leg ... and again that fried ham thing ... the rest was all onions ... seriously ... the 5 of us got out of there for JUST under $120.00 ... way over priced .. blan food and no service what so ever ... don't waste your time here ... even with the cheap water cocktails .. they are not worth $3.00-$3.50 .... PS my 9 year old asked for a small bowl of beans (which doesn't come with the kids meal) ... an extra $4.00 charge for a bowl that had 3 tablespoons of bean in it ...

Pros: Bus Boy was filling glasses right and left

Cons: Blan Blaw food over priced for what you get ....

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The mojito happy hour here ROCKS!! Every Monday, happy hour is 4-10pm. There are $3 original mojitos that are the BEST!! The bar staff is attentive, the atmosphere is intimate, and the drinks and food really are the best. Go Cubano for the best Monday night around!!

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★★★★★

The mojito happy hour here ROCKS!! Every Monday, happy hour is 4-10pm. There are $3 original mojitos that are the BEST!! The bar staff is attentive, the atmosphere is intimate, and the drinks and food really are the best. Go Cubano for the best Monday night around!!

Pros: Best Mojito around, great location, easy parking

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My boyfriend had mentioned he wanted to go out for Cuban food- I found this website and decided to give HM a try. We ate there last night and couldn't be happier.

Nice atmosphere- dimmed lighting/intimate even w/ large parties & families around us. We both had Shrimp dishes- he had Arroz con Camarones and I had Saltado de Camarones. Mine had big chunks of onions and bell peppers. I also had a mojito- BEST I've ever had.

An appetizer, 2 entrees, soda, and mojito cost $41 (w/out tip). We brought home BIG doggie bags that we'll eat for dinner tonight. In the future we could skip the appitizer and still be very full.

The bartender and host were very energetic when we walked in. Our server was quiet and not too full of personality, but she was attentive and helpful with menu selections. I would DEFINITELY go here again!

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★★★★☆

My boyfriend had mentioned he wanted to go out for Cuban food- I found this website and decided to give HM a try. We ate there last night and couldn't be happier.

Nice atmosphere- dimmed lighting/intimate even w/ large parties & families around us. We both had Shrimp dishes- he had Arroz con Camarones and I had Saltado de Camarones. Mine had big chunks of onions and bell peppers. I also had a mojito- BEST I've ever had.

An appetizer, 2 entrees, soda, and mojito cost $41 (w/out tip). We brought home BIG doggie bags that we'll eat for dinner tonight. In the future we could skip the appitizer and still be very full.

The bartender and host were very energetic when we walked in. Our server was quiet and not too full of personality, but she was attentive and helpful with menu selections. I would DEFINITELY go here again!

Pros: Food/Taste, Good Value, Parking

Cons: Location/View

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We went on a Friday night with a bunch of friends.... we had some of the best mojitos ever! The food was delicious! They also had live music which was great. The service and price were worth every penny. The only thing I would suggest is making reservations.

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★★★★★

We went on a Friday night with a bunch of friends.... we had some of the best mojitos ever! The food was delicious! They also had live music which was great. The service and price were worth every penny. The only thing I would suggest is making reservations.

Pros: Great prices, awesome mojitos, live music

Cons: wait

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While on jury duty a couple of years ago, I met a woman who was married to a Cuban man. We talked, and shared our favorite restaurants. Hers was Havanamania. She raved about the food, so I had to see for myself what the hype was all about. From the moment my boyfriend and I took a look at the menu, we fell in love. Not only does Havanamania have great food, but the prices are great, too. If you want to eat good, and not break the bank, Havanamania is the place to go! As for location, I do not think it is "too damn close to Inglewood and Lawndale." I think the location is fine; and it really doesn't affect Havanamania's great food and service!

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★★★★★

While on jury duty a couple of years ago, I met a woman who was married to a Cuban man. We talked, and shared our favorite restaurants. Hers was Havanamania. She raved about the food, so I had to see for myself what the hype was all about. From the moment my boyfriend and I took a look at the menu, we fell in love. Not only does Havanamania have great food, but the prices are great, too. If you want to eat good, and not break the bank, Havanamania is the place to go! As for location, I do not think it is "too damn close to Inglewood and Lawndale." I think the location is fine; and it really doesn't affect Havanamania's great food and service!

Pros: inexpensive, great food, good parking

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We found this place in 1998 and have been regulars since. My partner ALWAYS orders the roast pork which is covered in onions and garlic. I enjoy the pork also, but occasionally try a seafood or chicken dish. The black beans are, hands down, the best I've ever tasted. I've turned a lot of friends on to Havana Mania and all have loved it. In terms of atmosphere, this place has come a long way. The food has always been and remains outstanding. (If you like your food more spicy, ask for a dish of the green chili salsa. YUMMY!) From easy parking, to great service, to friendly owners, this place is GREAT.

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★★★★★

We found this place in 1998 and have been regulars since. My partner ALWAYS orders the roast pork which is covered in onions and garlic. I enjoy the pork also, but occasionally try a seafood or chicken dish. The black beans are, hands down, the best I've ever tasted. I've turned a lot of friends on to Havana Mania and all have loved it. In terms of atmosphere, this place has come a long way. The food has always been and remains outstanding. (If you like your food more spicy, ask for a dish of the green chili salsa. YUMMY!) From easy parking, to great service, to friendly owners, this place is GREAT.

Pros: FOOD, FOOD, Service

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Luis and Alicia, the owners, make you feel like a member of the family AND a guest! Great prices, and music to boot!

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★★★★★

Luis and Alicia, the owners, make you feel like a member of the family AND a guest! Great prices, and music to boot!

Pros: Great value, Easy parking, Casual dining

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This resturant is very high in quality. It's food is finger licking and so good!!!! Plus im cuban and they have the greatest cuabn coffe.

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★★★★★

This resturant is very high in quality. It's food is finger licking and so good!!!! Plus im cuban and they have the greatest cuabn coffe.

Pros: Not alot of people, Inexpensive, Quik Service

Cons: Only one location

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This place is great - wonderful food and great atmosphere! Not as greasy or as cheesy as Versaille - really friendly staff.

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★★★★☆

This place is great - wonderful food and great atmosphere! Not as greasy or as cheesy as Versaille - really friendly staff.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Food

 

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