3979 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032933.859198 -84.310058
An Atlanta favorite for years, they didn't let a little thing like a fire at their old Druid Hills location get in their way. They've got fancy digs in a new shopping center, but the Cuban sandwich and black beans are just as delicious as before
Cuban food???? Be real – Ok, I'm Cuban and that was no food that a Cuban would call decent or even mediocre Cuban food. A bad imitation with central American flavor (all the employees are from Central America or Mexico). Was it good? Tasted good.
Wast it Cuban food? No, it tasted good but it's no the type of food that a Cuban would eat.
Black beans had no flavor; yellow rice had no flavor; the boliche had no flavor and was hard. If it had not been for the cooked onions and bell peppers, it would have been a disaster. My daughter's Cuban sandwich was a really bad imitation of a real one. Burned on the bottom, not toasted on the top.
Recommended to it? Yes. Recommended as a Cuban food restaurant? No. more lie Mexi-Guate-Cuban food.
The staff was mediocre, the place is not attractive. I actually did not wanted to eat there, but my daughter insisted. My wife held back and did not eat. My son-in-law left 3/4 of his sandwich. An I eat it all because I was hungry and frustrated at not getting what I was expecting.
Not worth the trip – I was disappointed with my experience at Havana Restaurant.
I found the food to be adequate, but unremarkable. I had a Cuban sandwich which was dry and a little bland. The tostones were good, but I prefer the sauces at other places.
Unfortunately, the food can't make up for the rude service and the poor management. It took a long time for the woman at the counter to acknowledge us and, when she did she was brusque and rude. I had decided to try the restaurant because of an online coupon. However, I was told that they were no longer accepting the coupon. If the management has decided not to honor the coupon, they could have contacted the site and had the coupon removed. There is no excuse for them not to have.
In the future, I will not be returning to this restaurant and will encourage others not to go.
Havana sandwich shop/havana restaurant – the review posted by Stop Drug violence is referring to the co/owner of Havana Grill...Shafiq Matani is NOT associated with Havana Restaurant/Havana Sandwich shop located at 3979 Buford Hwy in the Crossroads Village shopping center. The owners are Debbie Benedit and her son Eddie Benedit.
Please DO NOT confuse the two restaurants. Havana Grill is located in Northeast Plaza shopping center and has no affliation with the original Havana that was destroyed by fire in Oct.2008.
NOT CUBAN FOOD!!! – What a disappointment...I took my parents thier for cuban food and atmosphere and I got Mexican music and food...the cuban sandwich was just a sandwich the black beans were from a can with bits of onions and I just did not understand why they were playing Mexican music...I have nothing against Mexican people or music but they need to change the name of this place, and the price was CRAZY we ordered 2 1/2 cubans with rice and beans...tostones and a turkey sandwich during lunch time and it was $$$$$ 29 ....what a crock of crap....never NEVER EVER will go thier again and I am CUBAN!!!!!!!!!
It was okay! – First time I went there i was amazed; i thought it would be so-so, but the food was great!
Best Cuban sandwich in Atlanta – I work off of Buford Hwy, so have frequented the old one before burned down and the new one just north of intersect with Clairmont. I know of at least 20 people in my office that have been going for years and years, and we all were very excited that it has reopened in its new location. The cuban with rice and beans can't be beat. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!! Definitely recommend.
Hope it's better this time – I haven't tried either of the dueling havana's but whoever is responsible for the unbelievably bad sandwich I had there back in 2006 or 2007 might need to revamp abuela's recipes. I was shocked and so disappointed because I had read all of the rave reviews. I also wondered how the health dept let them get away with putting the hot sauce in the dishwashing liquid bottles on the tables! we just left our food on the table and went over to Coco Loco for a halfway decent milanesa. you can create a whole new following by focusing on the quality of your food and less on your embarassing family feud.
Atlanta's old Cuban sandwich champ, different address. – In Short
After the original location burned down in 2008 to the dismay of their massive and loyal fanbase, owner Debbie Benedict re-opened Havana in a new location on Buford Highway in 2010. And lucky for Atlantans, they didn’t miss a beat. The line still goes out the door at lunch, you’re still expected to sit with a neighbor if there aren’t enough seats and beverage options still include glass bottle Jarritos. Piled high with ham, pork and gooey Swiss cheese, the signature sammie looks like a NY deli sandwich doing a Cuban impression. It’s hands down our city’s best Cuban sandwich. Empanadas are flakey, buttery and crammed with the likes of chicken, beef and cheese, a must try for under $2. The black beans are onion-heavy, making rice or plantains a better side call. They might have lost the original location, but they didn’t lose the magic.
New Location Coming Soon – Too bad that the restaurant burned, but one of the original founders is opening up a new place at 3373 Buford Hwy, right in front of Northeast Plaza. Can't wait to get another sandwich, just like they used to make!
Best Cuban Sandwich in Town – You should definitely check out the new original Havana sandwich shop on Buford & Clairmont.
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