best cuban food, favorite cuban restaurant, best original mojitos, great place, bad customer service, friendly cozy place staff, great prices
Skip it .... Not authentic at all..
Ok, whoever writes that they are Cuban and loves this place has obviously had one too many Mojitos before the food arrived. Granted the Mojitos are very good. What we had was so-so at best. The Papas Rellenos were bland. The yucca with pork and garlic ??? Where was the garlic? The breaded steak was super hard and tasteless and the lechon asado was also bland and tasted like scraps topped with onions.
If you are really looking for authentic Cuban food please do yourself a favor and skip this place.
The service is great. The prices are fair but the food is not good. Sorry.
Didn't stay long enough to eat. I can't comment on the food because we didn't stay long enough to eat. We went after reading some good reviews online. We were seated promptly (party of 2) outside on their indoor patio. We waited for 10 mins and no one came to even ask us for our drinks, although two waiters did come out to serve other tables. They weren't even outside long enough for us to wave them over. After 10 mins a server came over but at that point we didn't feel like eating there anymore. We complained to the manager and he apologized and said service usually wasn't like that. He did seem sincere, but bad service is something I don't tolerate. I won't go there again.
Very nice Cuban Restaurant. When there on Saturday night very busy, we waited about 30 minutes for a table but it was worth the wait, we order some mojitos from the bar and listen to the music, they call our name and we sat down in a table for 6 under the coconut tree and we order our food, roast pork, chicken filet with onions, the halibut, garlic shrimp, 1/2 chicken and one kid chicken salad ,and the reason I am tell you this is because I have been in many cuban restaurant and usully we order the same thing if availble and it was very tastee and delicious and I know my cuban food I am from cuba, the service was great , the food was excellent and the music was very enjoyable.
RUDE owners...with very bad memories.
I read your response to my review, knowing you would LIE, so I decided to stop back and set the story straight. Your customer service is SO terrible that obviously you don't recall me coming up to YOU directly at the bar to inform you of the situation. Myself and another member of my party ALSO spoke directly to your wife, perhaps she doesn't remember because she didn't care. Both of you were rude, you actually yelled at me...FUNNY how you don't remember that!!! Of COURSE you wouldn't want the general public to know how awful you truly are...but I'm sure after dining at your restaraunt they will see your true colors.
The reason we did not leave to eat someplace else was because as I said before we had a DIABETIC 7 MONTH PREGNANT WOMAN and a 2 YR. OLD CHILD child with us, to drive somewhere else would have prolonged the situation further. (Since you probably don't know what the word "prolonged" means, I will help you out; it means it would have just taken longer.)
There were 4 tables (booths) that had an extra chair pulled up to the end...3 of those had been sat BEFORE us. (Meaning, it was our turn to be sat & we were passed up so a table that arrived after us could be seated there). Your wife sat these tables (without a reservation) in front of us just because she knew them. She left a DIABETIC PREGNANT WOMAN & a hungry 2 YR. OLD to stand by the door and wait while she sat friends. How would you have felt if you & your wife had gone out to eat & been treated that way?! Since you yelled at me before for simply bringing this to your attention, I can only assume you would have acted the same way...beastly. We however were raised to be respectful, perhaps that's why we didn't act like monsters. But perhaps that's what someone like you understands, perhaps we should have yelled back.
I work for a large corporation, I know more than a few people who have eaten at your establishment. None of them now care to return, and that makes me very happy!
Bad customer service. A few weekends ago some friends of ours suggest we go to Havana Mania for dinner. We had 5 people in our party, 4 adults (1 woman 7 months pregnant and diabetic) and one 2 yr old child. We arrived at 9pm and were told there was 1 group ahead of us, and we would be sat promptly. By 9:45 four other groups of 4 and 5 people had been sat before us. When we inquired why we were still waiting and others had been sat we were treated very rudely (yelled at) by the male owner. Basically we were told we had to wait for a table that could accomodate a highchair, -even though we had told the hostess previously that the child was too big to fit in a highchair. They gave us some song & dance about not being able to add chairs to the end of tables, fire code, etc. The female owner was at a loss for words when we pointed out 3 tables currently eating that had extra chairs pulled up to the ends (1 blocking the fire exit). The female owner sat us and went to say a few words to our waiter. Our pregnant / diabetic dinner guest asked the waiter for some bread for the now very hungry 2 year old. We were promptly told that the restaraunt was "out of bread"...right as the table across from us received a fresh basket. Service lagged (possibly at the request of the horrible owners)...we recieved a basket of bread towards the end of them meal and left the restaraunt at about 10:45. Not once did either of the owners apologize to us for making us wait while they sat random people who arrived after us with no reservations. In fact, I've never seen such outright rudeness in quite awhile. Luckily there are many cuban eateries in LA, and I can think of 3 right now that have FAR better fare. Don't waste your time waiting in this cramped restaraunt, the food is so-so and flavorless and the service is definitely AWFUL!!!! P.S. They only scored a "B" from the city...I give them a "F" for customer service.
One of the Best Cuban Restaurant, Food, Mojitos and Service.. When to Havana Mania in Brea this is their second location, just as good as the one in Redondo Beach, same music, same happy hour, same mojitos and same Tuesday night Special "roast pork", great service and food, in my opinion they have the best testing food and mojitos in town.
Great Cuban Food. Good news is the food. Awesome food. We had cuban sandwich, roasted pork, tostones, rice and beans. All were awesome. I'm Latino and this was authentic. Bad news was the LA health inspection rating: C. The place didn't appear crusty, but I have a very hard time eating at a place rated that low. Update: they improved to an A, but now are back at B. They gotta fix this.
The rating had nothing to do with the food or cleanliness, it was cooler temperature and water temperature because it was few degrees off and it has been fixed, they will not change the rating till next time they come around. They rated B.
Best Cuban Food I Have Had Anywhere!.
I love Havana Mania! I go there often and the food is fantastic. It is in a strip mall and hard to find but it is always packed so you know the food has to be good. As far as the bad review I read here there are suppose to be onions and I LOVE ONIONS and the bananas are suppose to be soft. I suppose she just does not like Cuban food.
I have tried everyting but I get the same order everytime now. House Salad with Cilantro dressing Lechon Cubano, and one, two or three mojitos.
Best food and Mojitos. When back on Monday Night for the Happy Hour and Live Music, the Mojitos are $3.00 and $3.50 and Appetizers about half price. We had a group of about 12 people and we sat by the music we ate and drink all night it was the best time I had in a long time with my friends. The Food and drinks were fantastic, we all had a great time, hope to do it again soon!!!!. Must try if you want the best cuban food in town....
Very Hard to find ... one small sign on street .... service good at best. Took myself and my children there last night ... food was very blan ... I tried the combo plate (Chicken / Pork and a Ham Fried thing) ... All the meat tasted the same ... except the ham fried thing which was not good at all ... My guest had a chicken dish .. my 3 boys (12/11 and 9) had a chicken dish , garlic chicken, and the kids shreaded beef dish. (the kids meals only go up to 10 years of age) (I don't know any 10 year old who eats an full adult meal) . I tried them all ... again blan tasting mush ... the garlic chicken was burned ... the plantains (spelling) were soft and mushy ... the only thing good I can say about the service is the busboy was very good ... My first Mojoto was all water .. the second one was good ... we got no bread like the other tables did ... we had to order fried bannana chips to nibble on waiting for the food ... all of the dishes were filled with onions ... to the point that it was all onions and a few pieces of meat. My dish had two bites of pork and 1/2 a chicken leg ... and again that fried ham thing ... the rest was all onions ... seriously ... the 5 of us got out of there for JUST under $120.00 ... way over priced .. blan food and no service what so ever ... don't waste your time here ... even with the cheap water cocktails .. they are not worth $3.00-$3.50 .... PS my 9 year old asked for a small bowl of beans (which doesn't come with the kids meal) ... an extra $4.00 charge for a bowl that had 3 tablespoons of bean in it ...
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