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“Good food and drinks in a fun atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Havana Bar & Restaurante

Havana Bar & Restaurante
Woodvale Grove, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 4450653
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Ranked #97 of 338 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Grill, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Siaya, Nyanza, Kenya
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food and drinks in a fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

First of all, the environment here is pretty awesome. Very welcoming and comfortable, easy to spend a few relaxed hours with friends getting caught up, away from the hustle of Nairobi. The food is good, although I found it a bit tricky to know what to expect. Definitely recommend the fajitas, although if you're looking for something authentic, this may not be the best bet. Also, be understanding of the Kenyan culture and don't be afraid to ask for extra sauce/more drinks, the bill, etc. It's not poor service, it's cultural differences.

Visited November 2013
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English first
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A place not to be missed on a night out in Nairobi...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This place is very popular with expats and is located in a great location in westlands. Not far from other great pubs like gypsies and black diamonds.
A busy place where you always end out on the street, chilling and meeting people.
Differently on my hit list when I visit Nairobi.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Cool vibe, but food was not great.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Ordered the rack of lamb and the meat tasted like it was a day old and was very tough. The mojito was watered down and had to send it back.

Visited February 2014
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Amsterdam
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Delicious Mexican Food / TexMex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Havanna is a bar / restaurant with a lively atmosphere in the front bar, and a cozy, perhaps romantic even, restaurant area in the back. The bar often has loud music, or live bands, but the restaurant area is well protected from it. They have a range of food, but I love the Fajita´s that come on a sizzling platter: Highly recommended, and the advantage, you can stay till very late!

Visited January 2014
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Nairobi, Kenya
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Known for bar scenes, but come here for the food too!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

This place is popular place among the expats on Thursdays and weekends, walking distance from Gipsies, where crowd can spill over till the other side of the street as mentioned by some staff.

But, I have been here several times for lunch. They have good selections on the menu and would recommend their quiche with mushroom ( we had second order for this) and chicken quesadilla for starter and their curry chicken on their main dish. I am always craving for seafood so I always order any fish on the menu which is also tasty.

Staff are attentive and friendly. And the kitchen staff prepare your order quickly at-least during lunch time (between 1-3pm there are few customers). If you're planning of paying using credit card, ask if their credit card machine is working before placing your order (this applies anywhere I supposed) The last time we came, I have to withdraw and come back again to settle my bill as their machine had some issues. Though, I wish they could have mentioned it earlier.

Cozy set up where tables are set up way back from the main road that makes it conducive for conversation. Every time I visit here for lunch, I've seen couples who are obviously on an early date. Certainly a great intimate place to start within the CBD (Westlands) where everything is centralized.

Visited October 2013
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HabanaGroupGM, Manager at Havana Bar & Restaurante, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Thanks for the encouraging review. We apologise for the snag with the credit card terminal, we have a new wireless device and this works a lot better.
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