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404 West Chatham St, Cary, NC | Directions 2751135.787040 -78.788457
Tues - Wed:11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thurs:11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sun:11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Havana Grill in Cary! – This place, Havana Grill, is my favorite resturant in town! If you havent tried cuban food, or have, than this is the place for you! The owners are incredibly nice, and the food is AMAZING!I love going on Saturday nights and dancing or hanging out. I am half cuban, so I grew up eating cuban food, and this the best! when I go I have the steak with white rice, and plantains. The bread is THE BEST! I cant wait to go back!
Ok Food, not my favorite – This was the first time eating at this establishment. The food was OK. I guess Cuban cuisine is not my thing. I had the Cuban sandwich which was my first Cuban sandwich. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was OK.
Great Food,Fresh and great service.Very Authentic Cuban food. – My husband and I have become regulars since we first discovered this small, casual, cozy restaurant that is hidden away in Downtown Cary. We tend to go on weeknights or Saturdays for lunch when it is not quite so busy, which gives us the opportunity to visit with the lovely owner.- this is the type of place where it is like a visit with friends. We have enjoyed everything we have tried on the menu. Favorite lunch is a Chicken Imperial Rice. The Cuban Bread is fresh and homemade. Favorite dinner is the Roasted Pork which perfectly balances the sour orange and cuban mojo. Portion sizes are filling but might leave you room for dessert ? which given the Flan is a very good thing. The rice pudding and 3 milk cake are tasty too. All in all, Havana Grill is a friendly restaurant, with fresh, well prepared food.
Great Food, authentic, clean. – My husband and I can't wait for date night at havana Grill...this is by far our favorite restaurant for all the right reasons!!! I don't know what my favorite dish is b/c it's all so amazing!! If you're going for pork, you've got to try the tender and juicy Lechon Asado...for chicken, try the Pollo Empanizado (hubby's favorite)...for fish, try the Salmon!! WOW! We usually order extra to take home to the kids...they LOVE it too and they can be picky eaters! This place is large enough for family gatherings and my husband and I plan on having our 15th Anniversary celebration here. The staff is super friendly too...very attentive! We've even seen the cook come out on several occasions to speak with the customers...he's stopped by our table before too to make sure everything tasted great...now THAT'S SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE!! WE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!
I don't know about Cuban food, but I know this tastes good!! – I cannot review Havana Grill as someone that has any idea of authentic Cuban food, but I know this place has some tasty, reasonably priced food. It reminds me most closely of the Puerto Rican food I've had while visiting that island. the food has a lot of flavor from nice spices, almost a rich taste, and the ingredients have been of good quality. The chicken soup has huge chucks of meat in the savory broth, the picadillo is my favorite beef dish and the Cuban sandwiches have any sub or burger beat by a mile. I especially enjoy the daily specials that are served from large pans behind the shield of the open counter because I can see how something looks to learn about the food before I order it. I can agree the plantains have been underripe a couple times, which was disappointing but not a deal breaker when everything else is good. As I said at the beginning of the review, I don't know if this food differs from what is considered authentic Cuban food, but it's too tasty to miss!
GREAT CUBAN SANDWICH – I WAS SURPRISE WHEN I GOT MY SANDWICH, FRESH ,REAL CUBAN BREAD.I GROW UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND HAVANA GRILL WILL DO THE JOB UP HERE.SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND VERY , VERY CLEAN PLACE.
Great Cuban sandwich , the news and observer was right on!! – Always trying to find good food and expanding our borders we saw the article on sandwiches in the N&O on 8/8/08 and went to Havana Grill, They were baking the bread on premises the smell was out of these world, Just like waking to a cuban bakery down in florida, great sandwich very nice place and VERY CLEAN..
Go to Carmens instead – I must say, I was VERY disappointed in the food here. It was almost as bad as another "Cuban" restaurant we went to in downtown Rakeigh years ago. That place even got their bread from the Italian restaurant from across the hall!!!! Anyway, I degress. I had very high expectations for Havanna Grill since Cuban cuisine is my fovorite food out there. We even make it a lot at home. Having lived in Miami for many years I had the privledge of eating some very good food on a very regular basis. This place was a joke to say the least. I did not even finish my meal! The food was cold. The bread was so dry and hard that it was like chewing sawdust. We purchased three meals and the only one that was even half way finished was my husbands (he was hungry). Go to Carmens off of Airport Rd in Morrisville (across from the little outlet mall). They have worked very hard to get their bread as close to the real rhing as possible and their food is 100% better. The atmosphere too!
GREAT CUBAN SANDWICH – i HAVEN"T TRY ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE SANDWICH IS THE BEST FROM AROUND HERE, I'M FROM TAMPA AND THIS PEOPLE MAKE A REAL GOOD SANDWICH I WAS TOLD THEY BAKED THEIR OWN BREAD AND THAT IS THE KEY.
Not quite – I am not sure what the other reviewers rave about when it comes to this "Cuban" food. Either those folks don't know what Cuban food should taste like of the friends of the owners are posting on here. I was born and raised in Miami by Cuban parents and my Cuban grandmother so I definitely know what Cuban food should taste like.
I ordered a palomilla steak with white rice, black beans, and maduros. The steak was served with sauteed sliced onions. Huh? The true palomilla comes with chopped onions...raw. The white rice had a bizarre flavor to it. I'm not sure what spices they used or didn't use but it certainly wasn't anything that I've tasted before. I can't complain about the taste of the black beans because they didn't have any taste to them whatsoever. They might as well have thrown chewable fish pellets in a black sauce and called it black beans. The maduros were the biggest disappoint of all. They were neither sweet, soft, or edible. The plantain had not been allowed to ripen enough and thus what they served was somewhere between a toston and a maduro...yuck.
I won't go into the plastic utenstils and the such. I could have dealt with that if the food had been good. Sadly,the food was a flop. So save your money and spend it elsehwere unless you don't mind a rather non-authentic version of Cuban food.
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