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Havana Restaurant #2


based on 11 reviews

1 Battle Square
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-1611


Category: Restaurants
Tags: cuban, havana, ahsville, cuban cuisine havana asheville

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Price Range: Moderate, $11-30
Accepts Credit Cards: yes
Parking: Street
Wheelchair Accessible: yes

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11 reviews for Havana Restaurant #2

Havana Restaurant #2
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Sadly, this is a very poor attempt at Cuban food. The staff is extremely friendly from the moment you walk in, but the food is surprisingly dissapointing. Maybe I'm a bit picky, but as a Cuban who grew up and lived in Miami for 25 years, I know my Cuban food. From the moment our group set eyes on the menu we could tell that this would not be authentic.

The "Ropa Vieja", a very traditional Cuban dish, was probably the best thing anyone in our group had, but it was somewhat dry; it could have used a little more tomato sauce and garlic.

For the the Cuban sandwich they use a very wet shredded pork--that does NOT belong in a traditional "Sandwich Cubano". It should be sliced, roasted pork. If you've ever had a REAL Sandwich Cubano you know what I'm talking about.

The fried plantains were waaay too green and should have been used for "tostones" or mariquitas (plaintain chips). They should let the plantains ripen so that they are sweet when fried.

We expected the yucca to be traditional Cuban yuca with mojo (an AWESOME garlic/lime sauce), but instead got yucca fries. That said, the yucca fries were VERY good.

The empanada that comes with the sampler plate is stuffed with cheese (absolutely NOT Cuban) and was not particularly tasty. The dough was very good, although a bit over-fried, and it was difficult to taste it because of the cheese. They also have ground beef empanadas (much more traditional Cuban fare), but we did not try them.

In conclusion, according to one of the servers the owner is Colombian. Maybe he should either stick to Colombian food (some patacones with a little garlic aioli for dipping would have been great), or get an experienced Cuban cook. I would almost bet my life that the person who cooked our food is NOT Cuban, and we could tell.

We were visiting from Raleigh and are not familiar with Asheville, but the location seems awesome. Unfortunately, the food at this restaurant does not do its location--or Cuban food in general--justice.

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Every one is a expert when it comes to food if a restaurant did what everyone wants they would be out of business We at Havana have tried several cuban food recipes but in the mtns of Western North Carolina
We like pleasing the taste buds with great flavors . all our food is cooked fresh daily not out of a can we take pride in serving fresh food daily WE have visited several cuban restaurants in Florida
and we are pleased with he flavor and quality our restaurant offers. Thanks for visiting and we hope your visit will be an enjoyable experience
The Havana team


I agreed with the review by mistake.... I was agreeing with Ziggy. :)
Fabulous Food! We had a wonderful dining experience!


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