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“Not really happening at Havana Nights”

Havana Nights Piano Bar
Ranked #41 of 321 Restaurants in Vero Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $38
Cuisines: American, Pub, Cuban, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Jasmine Lane
Description: Vibrant and Lively Spirits, live entertainment nightly, Happy Hour 4:30pm-6:00pm Monday-Thursday, full menu available. Doors open at 5:00pm Friday and Saturday
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Not really happening at Havana Nights”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

Vero Beach has many great restaurants. Havana Nights is just not one of them. We were looking for a beachside restaurant with quaint ambiance and a lighter fare. Their website made it sound like just right place. They advertise an interesting tapas menu, piano bar entertainment, indoor and patio seating and full bar. It isn't the easiest place to find. It is located at the top of narrow stairs on the back of the Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel. We braved the dark stairs and entered a door not clearly marked as the restaurant . Inside, we noted about ten tables and bar which was less than half full on a weekend night. We were ignored for at least five minutes and then finally the bartender yelled, "Sit anywhere." We asked about patio seating and he pointed to a door across the room. We headed to the door he indicated and cautiously stepped through. It was dark outside with no lights on the tables. The only furniture on a very small paito of approximately 8x10 feet was an old yellow patio set consisting of a settee and two chairs with one wobbly table between the chairs. We sat down and waited another 20 minutes until finally the bartender who first gestured to us came out and took drink orders. He brought menus, but said nothing about them, just tossed them on the table. I must admit, the menu items looked interesting, but our bartender/waiter never returned for over an hour. We were joined a couple of times on the patio by heavy smokers. We don't smoke, so it was very unpleasant in such a small space. Can't comment on the piano bar entertainment, as we never saw anyone sitting at the piano the whole time we were there.
Finally, we gave up waiting to try their advertised tapas and headed up the road to Waldo's oceanfront dining. Waldo's may not have tapas and a piano bar, but they are consistent and their view is priceless.

  • Visited August 2011
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English first
Vero Beach, FL
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Even the awesome piano player won't bring us back”
Reviewed July 22, 2011

After reading so many positive reviews, we were excited to try it. While the atmosphere is lively and fun, no one in our group of local foodies will go back. It isextremely overpriced for what you get. The food is ok, but not memorable and the prices charged for a glass of wine are more than double what fine restaurants in this area charge. The service was definitely lacking and the bartender was even worse as he could not prepare the simplest of mixed drinks and skimped on the wine glasses. The highlights for us were the piano bar and the inviting decor. It is a shame that the service doesn't match. There are so many better choices in Vero, you need only walk a short distance to discover restaurants where the food and service are much better than this one and you won't feel robbed when you get the bill.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best food- music (bobby and lisa)and bartender( dan) EVER!! a MUST in vero beach”
Reviewed June 2, 2011

we have been going to havana nights for one year and finally got around to this review...
Mon - thurs listen to Bobby on piano and Sat. ( call to check) for Lisa... Same food is available upstairs as in their fine restaurant.... Dan , our favorite bartender is there Wed. and Sat.... as him for fishing tips too!

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4 Thank cathi40
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wether you have you love on you're arm, or you and a couple of friends want a laid back good time.”
Reviewed March 8, 2011

Unfortuanatly when I first heard of this place I was a Lil short on cash, never the less I felt the need to take my baby girl out. A couple of drinks, great music, comfortable seating, perfect service, topped off with and incredibly beautiful second story balcony. Well let's just say we had more than a good time and didn't even get the full experience! Can't wait to take her back!!!

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2 Thank DJRnAMS
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Lexington, KY
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not for a rowdy bunch”
Reviewed July 29, 2010

I recently visited with 5 girlfriends and we were looking for a fun night out. When we walked in it felt like the record skipped. It is adorable but more of a date place. Also, the crowd was definitely over 50. The reviews that are on here make it sound more rockin than it is. I would go back wih my husband on a date--but if you want dancing and music--go to Gloria Estefan's.

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