Havana Bar & Restaurant
Wellington City 04 384 7039
- Mon – Fri 11:30am – Late
- Sat 3pm – Late
- Live Music
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
An exotic world on Wigan St, Havana is a haven for lovers of great food, drinks and music. The Cuban themed bar and restaurant is located two historic Wellington cottages, providing an escape from pretension and the work-a-day world.
Havana’s eclectic mix of music and personalities has made it a bit of a local haunt. Experts in the Cuban specialities, the bar has a wide range of beer, wines and spirits, both Cuban and otherwise.
The restaurant serves Spanish inspired tapas and a changing weekly menu of seasonal plates.
The staff are professional, friendly and more than happy to facilitate you in having a great night out.
Having grown in increments over the years, Havana is a perfect haven for smokers. The outside courtyard’s are also an ideal late afternoon suntrap. Live music Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Wellington’s finest DJs taking you to the wee hours on the weekends.
15 Reviews for Havana Bar & Restaurant
We had been to Havana before as part of a very large group, and left rather unsatisfied, as we felt that we hadn’t eaten a thing, even though the food was lovely.
We had later been advised to come as a pair by others, and were assured that we would have a better time of it. It was certainly true. The food, service and decor of the iconic little Cuban-style cottage combined to create a great night out. We were impressed by the high quality dining that went alongside an easy-going, casual, unpretentious atmosphere.
You cannot make reservations on Fridays and Saturdays, so we turned up around 7pm hoping for the best. To our surprise the extremely friendly hostesses were able to usher us to the ‘date table’ – the table near the window.
After we were given a generous amount of time to choose dishes, we ordered. The warmed olives, Kashmiri prawns, aged beef, roast potatoes, harissa lamb, eggplant & persian feta, and grilled haloumi were all selected, and each was a delight, and were perfectly complemented by one of Havana’s amazing cocktails.
Also, the service was impeccable; we were served by about three different people (the food is tapas-style and each dish is served one by one as soon as it is cooked), and they were all polite and bubbly and made us feel so welcome. Our water was constantly being filled as we consumed it.
At the end, our opinions of Havana were changed: it made for one of the best dinner dates my partner and I had been on together, and set the mood for the perfect way to celebrate two years together. We loved every aspect of this experience and will definitely be back again.
Visited August 2012
The lunch menu really is a series of small plates, and we had at least one of EVERYTHING from the menu – no complaints at all.
The chillied Prawns earned a repeat order (or two), and it all went down very well with a couple of beers. The wine / beer list is good, and we spent a couple of hours at Havana enjoying the tastes on offer.
Price was $82 per head, half of that was alcohol, and seemed very good value for money to us.
Havana is a bit out of the way and it’s surrounds are a bit bleak on a cold windy day – but once you get inside then you will be very pleased that you went.