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Havana Tropical Cafe

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409 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732-1427
+1 732-708-0000
17:00 - 00:00
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Hazlet, New Jersey
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best Cuban food in the area! The food is cooked to order and comes right out of the kitchen once it is done. Everything I have ever had here is delicious. You can't go wrong! My friend and I split the sampler appitizer and the cuban sandwich. Both were so delicious!The drinks are amazing too! They have delicious mojitos and... More 

Thank EThompsen23
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying the new management is terrible!!!. We waited to be seated for 10 minutes before we gave up and just found 2 seats at the bar. After having a couple of FABULOUS mojitos we started enjoying ourselves as we got to know the new bartender Charles. He was very attentive and made awesome drinks. He seemed... More 

1 Thank Linda78711
Level Contributor
54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I heard about this place and was dying to try it. There aren't many places to eat around here. This is such a cute place. I loved the atmosphere here and the staff was great. We went on a Thursday night and the place was busy for the staff of "2" plus the cook. Lol They were very nice and... More 

Thank claudia p
Middletown, NJ
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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We loved this restaurant. Now probably won't go back. On a Saturday night we were seated in the lobby bar. The whole back dining room was closed. Once we got over waitresses constantly bumping into us to take a short cut between rooms, each time ignoring us for any drink order. the band played practically on top of us and... More 

Thank IsleMon_Bob
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Why my wife and I never came here sooner is beyond me. We came in tonight for dinner and had the sampler platter. It had so many things, empanadas, chorizo, pork chunks, yucca, croquettes all were delicious. My wife have the steak sandwich, I had the Cuban sandwich...both were delicious and were more than enough for two meals. We both... More 

Thank michael c
Red Bank, New Jersey
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped on a rainy Friday night. Got a table outside on a patio, perfectly protected from the weather. What a treat! Reasonably priced and very tasty food. There was a band so we even got to dance. Everyone having fun, lots of good energy! Try it, you will not be disappointed.

1 Thank ladyj083
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Wanted something different and found it here! In the mood for a drink and a few appetizers on hubby's birthday. It was packed and the band was great. Found a spot at the bar. Had to wait to Oder but it was worth it! Staff was so nice. Met Carlos who was a gem and had a great talk with... More 

1 Thank Suzanne Q
Hazlet, New Jersey
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

This past Saturday three friends and I decided to have dinner at Havana. Since it is winter you get to beat the crowds that come in during the summer. I decided on the Paella which has rice, mussels, shrimp, scallops and calamari. I am not a huge mussels fan, they were very accommodating and let me trade the mussels out... More 

2 Thank EThompsen23
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Had ordered take out a couple months back and food was ok. Decided to give it another chance and order take out again yesterday, since we had a craving for Cuban, and this is the closest. My husband ordered the Rabo, and they said they were out. So then my husband ordered the breaded steak and the person on the... More 

1 Thank Ana R
Middletown, New Jersey
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

Best Cuban food ever! Twice cooked pork melts in your mouth atmosphere is light and find with Cuban music playing feel like you're on vacation. If you love Cuban food you have to try this

1 Thank johomes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732-1427
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 732-708-0000

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