Havana Vieja

4.6
94 reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
We are proud of the specialties our restaurant has to offer. All of our food is freshly made at the time of order. It is a authentic Cuban flavors and everything is delicious to taste. The whole place is decorated to make so that our customers have the best Latino experience. From the music playing in our restaurant to our colorful chairs and orange walls. Our decor. We pride ourselves in our home made dish. We offer the best Cuban Food. To choose our restaurant would be 100% top notch experience. We make sure to bring even the smallest of details from Cuba and South America to our restaurant. Who can forget out delicious options of cuisine. From the most simple of our appetizers to our biggest of dishes, you will leave wanting to come back and enjoy more of our food soon!

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What 94 People Are Saying
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JimmyP
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Would highly recommend the tostones rellenos. Will be going again next time in Miami Beach.

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vipElaineM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

After reading that Havana Vieja was rated as the number 2 restaurant in Miami Beach on Trip Advisorand wanting to have some Cuban food while in Miami Beach, we decided to go here. First, my Lechon Pork was very tasty although salty. And my husband’s dinner Frite Vieta was good. The guacamole was ok.

The worst part was the music was waaay too loud for a restaurant. If we had been in a club, that would have been different. And our server forgot to bring the guacamole before our main courses, even though it is listed as an starter. Maybe if it had come out early we wouldn’t have noticed it took 45 minutes for our meal to be served. They also cram you in with very small tables and people right on top of you. Will never go back here again! And Trip Advisor is not to be trusted.

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Monteirohouse
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average restaurant.
Service was just decent as well as it was the food.

From Cuba it only have the inspiration.

Biggest disappointment: An ‘authentic Classic Mojito’ mix with SODA for $14

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good time and delicious food. Expensive but not for Miami. Standard drink prices

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mojitos. Great authentic Cubans food. Good service and ambiance.

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Victoria
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. I didn’t give the food 5 stars because my food was not hot. It was warm but not hot. Other than that, it was a great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ok good service slow and inconsistent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around!! The food, ambiance and service were excellent. Definitely a must visit! Oscar was a great server with good recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful cuban decor. Our breakfast was delicious and good service. Excellent place to go with family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and authentic the service was impeccable. Will definitely go back.

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Fussy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Too too noisy, don’t go here if you want a quiet dinner. Food was so so.

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vipVilmaC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place when your in the mood for home cooked meal and excellent service 😋

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio, atención y comida.
De las mejores experiencias en nuestro viaje a MIA

Muy recomendable

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vipCarrie
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family while in Miami. Very good Mojitos, loved the grilled octopus and empanadas. Our group shared the garlic shrimp, paella, seafood platter and skirt steak. All were delicious! If you like authentic Cuban food in a lovely setting this is a must in Miami!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice people
Regular food
Paella with rice overcoocked

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for our first night in Miami. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick, easy, and delicious!

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vipCarly
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cute restaurant. Our food and drinks were delicious and the server was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely return.

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vipRonnie
Phoenix
65 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Augustine our server was outstanding. Very attentive and friendly . The food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great overall experience

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vipalvieshowtime1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colorful lively ambiance with great Cuban food staples. The Ropa Vieja and the Cubano Sandwich were both excellent - big flavorful portions.

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Foodie305
27 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience. Real and authentic Cuban food.

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Krizia
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Food is very bland not authentic Cuban flavors, good music and a little slow but good service.

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PeteP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. They were busy and the general manager helped us until our server was available. The food was great, the ambiance was amazing and the service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and location.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette party

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OpenTable Diner
China
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but great

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MelissaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Everything was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible, and they overcharged me. The server brought me different stuff than what I ordered.

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NiteOutWOKids
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Going to Miami, you have to try Cuban food. Havana veija had a nice Cuban vibe in their cool outdoor seating. My wife and I enjoyed the plantain chips. The drinks were okay - The mojito needed more mint. As the the food, it was mixed. We shared the meat for two, which was a lot of food. The chicken was excellent and had a unique flavor. The pork was good as was the moros (black beans and rice with bacon). I found the steak a little dry but my wife liked it. The sausage was okay but there is definitely better elsewhere. Maybe we should have tried the seafood instead. Overall, the food was okay but a few things were less than excellent.
On the bright side, the servers were very attentive, which for the slow, laid-back beach was a surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best Tres Leches!!

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CynR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The lechon was very salty which was disappointing. We sat there for 20 mins without anyone coming up to us and asking to take our order. When she finally did come she took our order, they brought our food and she never checked if we needed anything else after that. The only good thing was the stuffed tostones they were very good. We were really looking forward to this place because the reviews seemed to all be good but it was a huge disappointment. We won’t be coming back here on our next Miami vacation.

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vipHammy
70 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome local spot. Food is excellent

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MariaF
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While looking up Cuban restaurants to try, Havana Vieja Restaurant popped up and after looking through Yelp I had to check them out! The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Chelsea Hotel South Beach. The main seating area is on the outside with very limited seating inside by the bar. There is one restroom inside the lobby of the hotel for guests of the restaurant and hotel to use.

You can't help but notice the cozy and laidback outdoor atmosphere/ vibe with beautifully decorated walls lined with various Cuban art, music and signs of the different providences in Cuba.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the hostess and sat right away. Then we were greeted by our waitress Gisela with a warm welcome and big smile. She immediately brought us water and complementary plantain chips.

We wanted to keep things as traditional as possible so we started with their mojitos. We had the traditional and passionfruit mojitos. They were both very delicious!

For appetizers we ordered their homemade empanadas. Each order brings two and you can choose from either chicken or rope Vieja. We asked for one of each to try them both out. They were so delicious and the meat was so juicy inside. You will not be disappointed if you order! The aioli sauce that comes with the empanadas is AMAZING!!!! The empanadas taste good on their own but this elevates their flavor even more.

For our entrée, we ordered the rope vieja and vaca frita. Both plates were so delicious and packed with so much flavor and really good genorous portions of meat. I honestly felt like I was eating at my grandmother's house of how delicious the food is and so flavorful. Meats were juicy, beans were so good and the sweet plantains were perfect. I couldn't put put down my fork!

Overall, I enjoyed the vibe of the place and how cozy it felt. The decorations and artifacts throughout the restaurant is what I loved about the place.

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vipDanielK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, phenomenal food, authentic Cuban vibe and feel. Very enjoyable! Paella was off the charts, the Ropa Vieja was delicious, Pina Coladas flavorful, frozen, and not too strong, and the empanadas were awesome. Service was a little slow, but that's Miami Beach area for you. Couple streets West of the beach, so not as loud or expensive as the places right on Ocean Drive. Would highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad rude service.
#1 hostess gave us small table in the middle and when we ask to change to bigger table she wasn’t happy with that. When restaurant was empty! She said we are only 2. Lol what’s the matter of you have empty restaurant???
I really came here because of Cuban sandwich in menu and tar tar with salmon and good price for whole branzino
#2 their menu online isn’t same as in restaurant. Online they don’t write that Cuban sandwich only until 4 pm lol while the actual restaurant menu says sandwich only until 4 pm

#3 nobody served us, no water, no nothing for 15 minutes so we left. Don’t want to pay for sloppy rude service.

PS we specifically took Uber there but since they were ride end up walking 10 min to 1957 Havana. Was much better choice!!!!!

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williamy
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant away from ocean drive noise. Service was very good even though it’s very busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff goes out of the way to welcome you, we had Franco and he was amazing with reccomendations

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BassamG
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good food, great service, home made pasta was really good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular, as was the service. Highly recommend to anyone in the south beach area. Lovely ambiance outside. Food was very flavorful. We got the empanadas, ropa vieja, croquetas, and the pork and it was all fantastic.

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Havana Vieja is rated 4.6 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.