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.
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