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Havana 59

) #108 of 1,260 Restaurants in Richmond $$ - $$$ Latin, Bar, Cuban
16 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219-3608
+1 804-780-2822
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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Latin, Bar, Cuban, Caribbean, Pub
$$ - $$$
16 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219-3608
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rented the balcony for Cinco de Mayo for a post wedding party - not the reception. While in my contract, I went through two different coordinators, who clearly gave me different visions of what the night would look like. Not only was there confusion about...More

Thank Jennifer M
Ashley C, Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Jennifer, I apologize that you felt your experience with us warranted this negative review. I am a little confused since I received an email from you that stated "So, loved Friday evening. It was all that I ever wanted!" The contract lists the Food and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Downtown Richmond has many unique and delicious cafes and restaurants. Among the is Havana 59, which serves authentic Cuban food. The ambience is casual and retro with circa 1959 Cuban decor. The food was excellent, and the service was also. If you know you are...More

1  Thank Kent S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wedding party rented the upper deck for the after wedding celebration. Had mojitos and a buffet of salmon, veggies and more. The venue was cool and open air. The staff were fabulous!More

1  Thank impromptutraveler
Ashley C, Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We strive to provide an outstanding guest experience that stands up to our outstanding offerings from the kitchen, and it sounds like we have met our goal! I am excited to share your compliments with the staff,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended a wedding on the second floor balcony of this restaurant. The event coordinator of the restaurant was working hard. The bartenders were on it. Tables and chairs were swiftly moved out of the way to make room for a dance floor. And when...More

1  Thank ladynfamous
Ashley C, Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We strive to provide the very best service and guest experience on par with such a special occasion, sounds like we have met that goal! I am excited to share your compliments with the staff! Thank you...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017

Loved the open air dining at Havana 59. Staff were attentive and our appetizer & meals were delicious. I enjoyed a Pomegranate Mojito with my rice & pork dinner. the Collard Greens that accompanied the Steak Frites were DELISH. My only small disappointment was no...More

1  Thank Christina H
Ashley C, Manager at Havana 59, responded to this review

Christina, Thanks so much for the compliments! I'm sorry you didn't get your cafe con leche, especially since we have that as an offering; come back again and we will make sure you enjoy your after dinner coffee. Jessica

Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Came across this place and fell in love with the vibe. The pomegranate mojito and original mojito s rock. The nacho appetizer was savory. I loved their use of plantains as nachos. Afterwards we indulged in a sweet cigar. Good times!

1  Thank Cbm364
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Loved the decor and the vibe. It's an indoor smoking friendly bar, so keep that in mind. The mojitos were excellent however the smell in the kitchen area made me not want to eat there. I will likely return for a drink but not to...More

Thank Corey L
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Everything we had was very good, along with the service. Their cocktails were fresh and delicious. We had the mussels and Cuban spring rolls, really enjoyed the taste of the spring rolls. For entrees we had the scallops and pàella.

1  Thank Cindy B
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

One of a kind Caribbean atmosphere with outstanding food. This is a staple of Richmond and has been around for a long time. If you haven't been in a while, you need to come back to the Shockoe Bottom area and check it out! Best...More

2  Thank Jimmy C
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Iconic hit in Richmond. First, this is truly Cuban, as in Cigar Friendly. So if the hint of tobacco turns you off, don't come. You'll get a waft even in the non-smoking section, although it isn't overpowering. The bar is smoking, sells cigars or you...More

2  Thank menckenman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 32
Latin, Bar, Cuban, Caribbean, Pub
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219-3608
    (Main Street)
  • Public Transportation: One block south at Main/N 17th St and two blocks north at E Broad/N17th St
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-780-2822
  • E-mail
Havana ’59 has been a staple in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom District since its opening in 1995. We are proud of the community we have served for 22 years and the loyalty and longevity they have provided us, as demonstrated by our 2017 OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award. We invite you to step back in time to the tradition of excess in 1950’s Havana, when the island city was known as the “Paris of the Caribbean”. The combination of tradition and indulgence cultivate a casual yet elegant atmosphere where the string lights, enormous open windows, crumbling plaster walls, palm trees, and aroma of fine cigars envelope you as you relax and enjoy the tantalizing delights of a bygone era. We proudly offer our guests an unforgettable culinary and cocktail experience delivered with exceptional service, from the fresh juices we press in house for our cocktails, to the locally sourced ingredients utilized in our scratch kitchen.