With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate of the Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Cuban fare at Habana Cuba on Race Street. This Groupon is only valid during dinner hours.
The lengthy dinner menu of traditional Cuban cuisine brings island-approved fare stateside. Appetizers offer portions that fit the stomach's odd shape like culinary Tetris blocks, while still leaving room for dinner, with selections ranging from the breaded, fried potato balls of the papas rellenas ($5.25) to aguacate y camarones (an avocado stuffed with shrimp, $12). Dinner entrees are served with white rice, sweet plantains, a high-five, and either chicken soup or mixed salad. The signature dish, zarzuela de mariscos, invites sautéed prawns, lobster, Chilean sea bass, crab claws, and clams to roll around and party in a sofrito sauce ($28 for one, $48 for two). Vegetarian options like the tamal vegetariano ($13.25) offer suppertime sustenance to purveyors of plant-based protein.
Habana Cuba's ambience is largely defined by its warm, friendly staff, who happily deliver wines by the bottle or glass to parched diners. Break up bites while cleansing the palate with distinctive red and whites, all while enjoying the authentic atmosphere that can spice up any sadly plantain-less night.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only, and it is not valid with happy-hour specials or other offers. Reservations are recommended.
Habana Cuba is a Diners' Choice Winner according to OpenTable reviewers, who give it an overall rating of four stars. Over 290 Yelpers have voiced their opinion, giving an average of 3.5 stars, and over 45 Citysearchers give it an average of four stars.
- Habana is a wonderful neighborhood restraunt.. [sic] Great tasting food, presented well with considerate wait staff and a nice nice [sic] atmosphere with very fair prices. – CAGOURMET, Citysearch
- Despite a wife and son who are the king and queen of picky, everything was a hit. The black beans and rice brought back memories of friends homes in Miami. – An OpenTable.com user who dined on 06/12/2010
- The food was also excellent, and veggie options are clearly marked on the menu. Portion sizes are pretty generous, so we all took boxes of leftovers home with us. – Heather P., Yelp
Cuban herbs and citrus juices marinate slow-roasted pork, one of the many traditional Cuban dishes found on the menu at Habana Cuba. The cooks also fry omelets filled with plantains or potatoes, stuff avocados with marinated shrimp, and craft gluten-free items such as rib eye topped with onions. Bartenders complement meals with specialty cocktails, beers from all over the world, and imported coconut sodas made from the liquid that coconuts naturally excrete when placed next to a shipwreck survivor. Feasts unfold on Habana Cuba’s dog-friendly outdoor patio or within its two-level restaurant, which hosts private sit-down dinners for up to 70 guests.