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Havana Cafe and Catering

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1200 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3Y1, Canada
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 16:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

This gem of a restaurant is right around the corner from my place and we must do family dinner there again! They set us up in a private room in the basement, the service was friendly and attentive, and the food was scrumptious. Ropa vieja means "mess of old clothes" and the dish consists of shredded stewed beef with peppers,... More 

Thank Kelly M
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We asked if they could accommodate 15 people for a Saturday dinner, and they set up their downstairs room for us. Despite having to walk through the kitchen, down the stairs and past the single bathroom, we were quite pleased with it - quiet and exclusively for us. The service was good, although there were a few hiccups: the mains... More 

Thank Tim M
Gloucester on
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103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were in Ottawa South and I wanted something simple that was not "another Bistro or Pub" and especially a franchise. I saw this little place Havana Cafe and Catering and loved it's unique decor and the warmth of the staff who welcomed us. We had lunch and the service and cuisine was so good we will definitely try again.... More 

Thank Cher H
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Havana Cafe is lovely! Cuban restaurants don't seem to be that common in Ottawa, so I'm happy that this place does good Cuban food. I've been here a few times and it hasn't disappointed me. I find the portions filling and very flavourful. I definitely recommend giving this place a try.

Thank Queenbri
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
245 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This place is a gem. It's small and cosy with a good menu of fresh items. The staff are friendly and efficient. Our lunch was outstanding. The sandwiches were filled with tasty ingredients served on fresh rolls. The sides of citrus salad and yucca fries were great as well. Fish sandwich was excellent as was the chicken. Prices are a... More 

1 Thank chillwills
Ottawa, Canada
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I wanted to give this place 4 or 5 based on the food, but the place looked dirty (especially the menus) with sticky tables, spotted glass wear, cobwebs. They definitely need to clean and renovate. As for the service, the chef apathetically served our food and the waitress was awkward. As I had mentioned, our meal was yummy. The tostadas... More 

Thank SiamesePrincess
Barrie, Canada
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441 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The owners have managed to get the atmosphere just right although the night we were there it was uncomfortably hot inside - although not outside - but as my dinner mate said, it's hot in Havana! We enjoyed both our dishes - nicely spiced and presented and we'd happily return. Although we didn't try any - they were offering barbecue... More 

1 Thank Peytonsage
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

I went with a friend Friday night at 6:00. The entire restaurant had 1 waitress who also seemed to be the waitress. Very slow service. She took almost 20 minutes to come and take away our finished plates and then another 15 min to bring the bills. I think on a Friday and Saturday night they should have at least... More 

Thank Elena V
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

My husband and I met up with four other friends for brunch on the weekend. None of us had been there before but we all agreed that we would definitely return. Everything was delicious, so tasty and we would highly recommend it.

1 Thank Haywan F
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Havana Café has a nice ambiance and charm to it, with Latin music playing and kind of a Cuban-themed old-world decor happening. Random scribblings from previous patrons are written all over the wall, giving it a bit of an irreverent flair too. The food is good but if you really observe what's coming out of the kitchen, it appeared to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:30 - 16:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3Y1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-733-1200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?