Raúl Musibay: They certainly have one of the largest menus we've seen anywhere.
Glenn Lindgren: From a good selection of tapas (Spanish appetizers) in the Arriba room upstairs to a large selection of desserts, Havana Café has it all!
Jorge Castillo: With a strong local Mexican population in the area, it's no surprise that several dishes have a distinct Mexican influence.
Glenn Lindgren: However, most dishes remain true to their Cuban origins, so most Cuban food fanatics won't leave disappointed.
Jorge Castillo: Start out your meal with an appetizer. Perfectly made yuca frita (French fried yuca) is always a delight to discover on any menu. Here they're called "Calypso Chips."
Glenn Lindgren: We're not sure what these chips have to do with West Indies music, but they do come with a very delicious black bean salsa for dipping – a very nice addition.
Raúl Musibay: The Cuban-style tamales are also very good here. Not hot and spicy like a Mexican tamal, but rich with the flavors of corn, onion, garlic and green pepper.
Jorge Castillo: The mariscos con salsa verde is a nice dish packed with seafood – shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster, and a lot of calamari.
Raúl Musibay: The lechón asado here is called Paradise Pulled Pork – but it's basically the same tender roast pork heavily flavored with citrus and garlic.
Glenn Lindgren: They also do a nice dish with two plump chicken breasts, marinated in mojo, they are very tender and juicy.
Jorge Castillo: Can't make up your mind? Try the dinner sampler for a taste of several Cuban classics.
Glenn Lindgren: Whatever you order, the side of black beans and rice is just about as good as we've seen anywhere.
Raúl Musibay: Be sure to save some room for dessert, they have several very good choices.
Glenn Lindgren: Café Havana also has a second, more spacious location called the Havana Patio Café in nearby Scottsdale.
Jorge Castillo: As the name suggests the big attraction here is outdoor dining.
Lunch: Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Friday & Saturday: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
PRICES: Most dinner entrees $15.00 to $29.00
DRESS: Semi Casual
CARDS: All major credit cards.
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