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“Fine yet Forgotten”

Havana Rumba St. Matthews
Ranked #13 of 1,785 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Cuban
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: East Louisville
Description: Havana Rumba is a trip to the Caribbean no passport required. Join the Cuban party without having to break the travel restrictions. Buen provecho!
Louisville, Kentucky
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fine yet Forgotten”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

This place get so much positive press in Louisville, and I do not understand why. I have been numerous times for lunch and dinner, always due to my guest's request. The food is fine, the drinks are average. I cannot provide a negative comment, other than Louisville has a tremendous variety of venues that are beyond average. Service is wonderful, but I desire more than service.

  • Visited August 2013
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New Richmond, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“First time Cuban”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Never had Cuban food before. Great first experience! Would definitely return if in the area again. Worth a look-see to anyone wanting to try something different.

  • Visited August 2013
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Louisville, KY
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408 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Best Cuban In Louisville, so far”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We visited the St. Matthews location. We've lived in the Louisville area about 1 year and this is only the second Cuban restaurant we've tried. It was a very good experience overall. We love Cuban food and our standard is Versailles in Little Havana, Miami. My wife and I each had an entree (about $15 each) and ice tea. Total with tax & tip was about $40. My wife had the Pescado a la Parrilla and I the Enchilado de Camarones. Each was served with white rice, a cup of black beans and sweet plantains. The fish was excellent and the shrimp (about 8 of them) were very good. The beans, rice and plantains were also very good. Servings were generous but not overly large. Service was very helpful and mostly attentive. Our waiter did a good job of looking after us during the meal but was a little slow bringing and then collecting the tab. Overall it was very good and we plan to return!

  • Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Food & Margaritas, An Oasis In a Culinary Wasteland”
Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommended for Cuban food. It's hard not to like Cuban food, and people who live in the far east end of Louisville are lucky to have this restaurant because it's the only really good sitdown restaurant in an otherwise barren wasteland of culinary choices dominated by fast food and greasy quick serve chains.

We were a party of four and visited for a late lunch on a Sunday but ordered from the dinner menu. The lunch menu, which is understandably shorter, averages $8-$9. The menu has an excellent variety of traditional Cuban favorites. Hot and cold appetizers average $8 plus a couple of large mixed appeizers for sharing for $19. Salads average $7. Beef entrees from $12-$19. A good selection of sandwiches for $8-$9. Chicken entrees from $12-$14. Two vegetarian entrees for $11.25. Two pork entrees for $13.50. Four seafood entrees for $14 each. The prices are reasonable, and you get a lot of food. The margaritas were well blended, smooth and refreshing. There is an outdoor patio in the front of the restaurant. They have a kid's menu

The Steak Chimichurri ($16.25) was excellent. The meat was juicy, tender, well seasoned and cooked perfectly to order. The portion size was good. It was accompanied by rice, beans, plantains, and two flavors of dipping sauce. The Lechon Asada ($13.50) was pulled pork Cuban style with yucca, plantains and rice and beans. The meat was incredible, moist, tender and well seasoned. The yucca was cooked enough to make the stringy texture palatable and the flavor was mild. The Pollo Asado ($13.75) was a half chicken with rice, beans and plantains. The meat was delicious, juicy and well seasoned with garlic and a tangy orange flavor. The Currasco Chicken Salad (($8.75) was also excellent. For four entrees, one coffee and one margarita was $66.

The service was polite and well paced. The dining room is comfortable.

Visited August 2013
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Venice
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“Worth The High Praise”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have family in the neighborhood of Havana Rumba in St. Matthew's. Startled to see the high praise at this website, rating it # 1 in all of Louisville, we wanted to see for ourselves if the high ranking is deserved.

We did take-out with a granddaughter just two weeks old and not quite ready for restaurants. On the phone the staff person repeated our order and when we took it home, did the same thing.

It was all good and while we have been to Cuba three times with a government license to travel and also visited Calle Ocho in Miami many times, this place can hold its own with the best in terms of inventiveness, freshness, authenticity and value.

Cuban food is often said to be bland and sometimes without flavor; perhaps due to the recently adopted American standard for spicy foods from a variety of countries. I think many people would share this sentiment even here. But we love Cuban food because of our memories of being there and this is the real thing.
Next time, we will eat at the restaurant. We hear the mojitos are fantastic!

  • Visited August 2013
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