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Havana 59

16 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219-3608
804-780-2822
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Ranked #83 of 1,364 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $14 - $28
Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Cuban
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Transit: One block south at Main/N 17th St and two blocks north at E Broad/N17th St
Description: The glorious days of the 1950's in Havana were spent basking in the sunshine alongside the ocean, pools of posh resorts, and on the grounds of the Havana Yacht Club. Enjoy our home made mojitos or one of our specialty cocktails paired with our daily made entrees.
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband raves about their Mojitos so of course any chance we have to get down to Richmond warrants dinner and a drink at Havana 59. I love the atmosphere (makes me want to visit the real Havana in Cuba) and the food is superb. They have two sections--inside with air conditioning and smoking with the full-length windows open to... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Susan, We are so glad that you and your husband enjoy our fresh Mojitos and our delicious food. We are thrilled that you recognize the hard efforts of our Staff and appreciate your kind words of encouragement. We hope to see you again real soon! Thanks, Mark, GM More

Blackstone, Virginia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

From the ambience to the great service to the unbelievably great food, this restaurant is a MUST!! Our waiter was a gentleman named James and he was a superb server, whose recommendations were greatly appreciated. We had the swordfish and the marlin (James's favorite) and they were both delectable. Also, the Havana Sunrise from the bar was superb. Oh, and... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Shelli, Thanks so much for the kind comments. I have already passed those along to James and he was quite pleased. It's great to see when our guests notice the hard efforts of our staff here at Havana. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your experience and we hope to serve you again soon! Gratefully submitted, Mark Perkinson GM More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Excellent atmosphere in a great old style building with lots of open patio seating. Awesome Cuban food that is fresh, plentiful, and easy to share, but you not going to want to share! great service AND you can smoke cigars in the specially ventilated smoking area. Excellent drinks also.

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Lolalima, We are thrilled that you enjoyed our ambiance, fresh food, excellent drinks and great service. It's nice to see when our guests notice the hard efforts of our staff here at Havana '59. We appreciate your comments and hope for the opportunity to serve you again real soon! Thanks! More

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We frequented this restaurant years ago when it was new and "The Place" to eat in The Bottom. We were looking for a spot to have a drink and snack before dinner and dropped in after walking around downtown. It was the perfect choice. The restaurant is "open air" but is well air-conditioned so even the hot, humid Va. climate... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Teressa, We are so glad you got to experience the Havana '59 Happy Hour once again. We love it when "old friends" return and have a great time. Our Mojito's are the "Best in Richmond" and we think our food is as well. Please don't stay away so long as we hope to serve you again soon! Thanks! More

Patchogue, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great Mojitos at a great price during Happy Hour! ($4). Appetizers were excellent - fried calamari and the " Cuban Sandwich" Spring rolls were an awesome mix of favors with a yummy mustard dipping sauce. Server was attentive and friendly. Although smoking (of cigars) was permitted in the contained bar area - we did not experience any smell of smoke... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Kathy, We are so glad you enjoyed our "Cuban Sandwich" spring rolls, fried calamari and our Best in Richmond Mojito's. Happy Hour is a great deal, huh? We are happy that you recognized the hard efforts of our staff and were not able to smell the cigar smoke from our Cigar lounge. We hope you will try a few... More

Waynesboro, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our husbands enjoyed smoking cigars after a great meal (and the ventilation is excellent) and fabulous cocktails. Service was good and he place was busy on a Friday night after music on Brown's Island

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello 1MizChiz, We are so glad you had a great meal with good service and were able to enjoy a cigar after dinner. It's great to see when our guests notice the hard efforts put forth by our Staff. Thanks for the ventilation comment as we strive hard (with 8 smoke eaters and 8 ceiling fans) to eliminate any smoke... More

dnpinva
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199 reviews 199 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The space is pretty cool and trendy, and the wait staff is good. I don't have many other good things to say about this restaurant, however. A major problem is the smoke smell throughout the restaurant, including in the non-smoking section. We were told there is a separate A/C system for the smoking section, but this problem simply shouldn't exist... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello DNPINVA, We are happy to hear that you were able to see how cool and trendy our building is and were given good service. Our drinks are good and the Salsa dancing on Thursday nights is exceptional. You should come for the lesson at 8pm or DJ dancing at 9pm. I am sorry that you did not appreciate our... More

Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

we had appetizers here and pear mojitos, both excellent. the appetizer menu is varied and all are delicious. you can enjoy a cigar after your meal and not annoy your fellow diners. the place is airy and open. don't forget dessert!

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Rogerwilco123, We appreciate the kind review and are thrilled that you enjoyed the drinks, appetizers and desserts. Did you get a chance to smoke one of our many cigars yet? And how about eat dinner? We thank you for being a guest and hope to serve you again soon! More

Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Havana 59 is a fun spot. I ate there twice during my stay in Richmond. Both meals were excellent. I had one of the chef's specials each time. One was an aged steak and the other was duck. Both were great. The bar is a fun scene as well. But you'd better like or tolerate cigars as most people are... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello Rogerwilco123, We wanted to say "thanks" for the great review and are glad you got to experience our food, service and ambiance. Is our Chef not amazing with what he can do with food? Thanks for noticing the efforts we have made in having a virtually smoke-free cigar lounge. Salsa dancing happens each and every Thursday. Be sure to... More

South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Last ate here about 13 years ago BC (before children)! Were passing through and made special stop for dinner. Everything was tasty. The mango mojito and sangria, the Cuban nachos (fried plantains with beef and black beans and toppings), the sampler platter with Ropa Vieja and more. Sat on roof last time, which is still neat memory. This time, sat... More

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Mark P, General Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Hello TwinMominSC, We are so glad you made an effort to stop at Havana '59 for dinner. It's great to see that you still enjoyed our food and adult beverages. Sorry that you couldn't get upstairs but we do host a lot of private events up there, such as the one on Saturday night. Please come back and visit again... More

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