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Havana Restaurant

#308 of 2,865 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Commercial Drive
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1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
(604) 253-9119
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Havana restaurant continues to be busy and that's interesting when you find that the food still disappoints. The plantain chips were the best thing - crisp, warm and light we all liked those and ordered a second batch. the mediterranean salad was okay, but the jambalaya was really off putting - a high concentration of garlic and flavourings to the... More 

1 Thank krayon59
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time visit and was great service was prompt and food very good. Fantastic location and setting. Very Cuban feeling. Surprisingly to learn this has been here for 19 years. Also has a Threatre. Will try it one day. We will be back.

Thank Manjait D
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Fish burger was bad with no flavor, and the bread was breaking a part making impossible eat the burger with my hands. Maybe better luck next time.

Thank Brancao D
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

bad food bad service weirdo mix of people, try to make dishes fancy by adding sides of lettuce spices or extra ice in drinks. it al taste bland and gross. a place for people who think they are fancy. im from the ghetoo and am not a good cook and i can make better food

Thank jade s
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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256 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

It was our first visit to Havana Restaurant, fairly busy on a Saturday night with the patio full so we sat inside. The menu has a good selection, many Mexican sounding dishes, but all with a Cuban twist to the flavours. I had the pulled pork tacos which were very tasty, my wife had the quesadilla, filled with sun dried... More 

Thank DJ_World_Traveller
Tallahassee, FL
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Havana is a solidly good Cuban restaurant with a nice street side patio. It was very busy when we arrived so we sat at the bar which worked out great- we got super friendly and attentive service from the bartender. The vegetarian tacos were awesome! We also stayed on for the $5 comedy show after dinner which was very funny-... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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176 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

As the name suggests this is Cuban cuisine. The décor is kind of urban plaster with Cuban photos. Entertaining in itself, one could spend hours if not days just extracting the wisdom carved into the plaster by who knows who. The first thing I noticed was the most of the dishes are served on one of my least favourite foods,... More 

1 Thank Larry B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Delicious truffle fries topped with Parmesan and a side of jerk aioli. Great streetside patio looking over Vancouver's Commercial Drive aka 'The Drive'.

Thank Arnie M
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

I have been here a few times and recently visited for a patio sangria. It's definitely a place you can count on for delicious drinks. Our service was so quick we joked that it was like being at a fast food joint. I hadn't been in awhile and was happy to see many male servers compared to Summer's before! I... More 

Thank LindseyRoss87
Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Love the brunch selection at Havanas. Also been here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the food and presentation. This place is a must if you like great food and atmosphere.

Thank Global_Jatt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighborhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: (604) 253-9119

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Staying in Commercial Drive

Neighborhood Profile
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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