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“real good Cuban sandwiches!”
Review of Habana Cafe

Habana Cafe
Ranked #8 of 40 Restaurants in Gulfport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gulfport, Florida
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“real good Cuban sandwiches!”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

good flan, too! the owners are from Cuba so the food is authentic Cuban fare.

  • Visited November 2011
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Brandon, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food... poor service.”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Perhaps we were just unlucky, but on three separate occasions we received our food and were then pretty much ignored by the wait staff (different servers on each occasion.) With that in mind, their cuban is one of the best in town. Good enough that we'll go back, but knowing what to expect... although still frustrated when you know your beverage will never be refilled, and knowing it'll be a long wait for the check. Here's to hoping they read the review and make improvements with their service. Cheers!

Visited June 2012
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Cobham, United Kingdom
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444 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

The glowing reviews drew us to the Habana Cafe like a moth to a flame.
The exterior of the restaurant looks enchanting (or interesting) with an ethnic feel about it.
We went mid-evening and it wasn't that busy (no problem there).
We then had to wait to be seated and the table was sticky.
We had to call for attention and then summoned them back to get a drink!
The food was merely OK but I guess it wasn't overpriced.
we expected alot more from Habana, maybe we caught them on a bad night when they were short staffed but we now just drive by and our memories are of this mediocre experience.
Having read other enthusiaistic reviews i can see if all things click into place that it could be great fun but the night we went it wasn't!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Jonathan C
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great Cuban Food, Great Casual Atmosphere”
Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

If you're on a low-sodium diet, this I probably not the best choice. But for the rest of us, this is a wonderful place for dinner. My wife and I are regulars here; unless there is a big private party, go upstairs, where there's an eclectic collection of art on display, and you can still look out over the dining room and its wall to wall mural.

Food - good Cuban bread, great pork and shrimp dishes, but their chicken palomilla is very good as well, and the black beans are the best we've ever had (unless you are watching your salt intake). Add in the white rice and fried plantains and youve got plenty of food; we've gone to doing appetizer portions of the pork, which is plenty with aside of the black beans. Also, their sangria is good, and it isn't many places where you can get red, white, or sparkling sangria. Their desserts look delicious but I've never had room for them!

If your only experience of Cuban food is the Columbia, you might be disappointed in the salad, which isn't bad but isn't the "1905". But if you'd rather have a low key, tasty dining experience, this is the place to go.

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Thank Drays7
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Storrs, CT
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Authentic Cuban Cuisine”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

A delightful bright casual atmosphere...with authentic Cuban dishes...very reasonable and very friendly service. We will go back again.

  • Visited February 2012
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