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Havana Bar & Restaurant

4 star rating
19 reviews

Cuisine: Bar Food, A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish

32A-34 Wigan St
Wellington Central
Wellington City
04 384 7039


  • Mon – Fri 11:30am – Late
  • Sat 3pm – Late
  • Facilities/Features:
    • 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.

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19 Reviews for Havana Bar & Restaurant

27th April 2014
2 star rating
Came to Havana Bar just after 10pm on a Saturday night were seated and given menus as we wanted to purchase food. After deciding on our order we waited for 15 minutes to have our order taken. We were then informed that there was only one menu item available to us which was misleadingly described and then served to us cold. When this was brought to the staffs attention they immediately got on the defensive and wouldn’t accept that this is not good enough. There was no attempt to resolve the situation and we had to argue to get a portion of our order taken off our bill. I usually have a great time at Havana Restaurant but this experience was very off putting.

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23rd March 2014
4 star rating
Took hubby out for suprise birthday dinner. Tables were full when we arrived and was a bit of a wait. Was advised to order drink next door. Drinks was amazing and table didn’t take too long. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Love the menu and decor. 4/5 lamb was bit overcooked and didn’t like how waiters took plates away when we just finished and one time before I had finished. Also tried to take my drink when it wasn’t finished.
overall a great night. Thanks

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19th March 2014
4 star rating
I absolutely love this place, service is always great and the food is presented beautifully! It’s hard to fault it, keep up the great work.

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29th December 2013
3 star rating
We visited last night, (our second time for this restaurant ), and were again very happy with the tapas – a great taste experience. The only negative was the waiter who hung around – nearly obtrusive – whisking our plates away as each tapa was nearly finished. So we were quite unimpressed with this. Other staff were professional.

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16th June 2013
4 star rating
Been a few times. Restaurant food and service both good but very busy. Good for groups but time consuming. Would recommend intimate dinners at the bar. Food great. Atmosphere also good.

Visited May 2013

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19th May 2013
2 star rating
When you’ve worked hard all week and simply want a quiet corner to relaxing Havana is great, shame you need to put up with bar staff think there too cool to serve somebody willing to spend money in this venue, maybe the owner is making so much cash he doesn’t give a dam about his staff throwing drinks around the bar and acting like it’s their own living room. I liked the spot but hate 21 year olds thinking there all it when really they don’t have a clue about service, is it a job or a hang-out? It’s a job not an excuse to hand out free drink to there friends while paying punters wait. I won’t be back and if there was more competition this like many places in Wellington would struggle.

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26th March 2013
5 star rating
A nice quiet place with a homely ambiance, I really enjoyed dinner at Havana. The kai was delicious and the service was excellent. We had a couple of tapas each and shared them around the table, so we all got to try a bit of everything. And dessert was just ‘melt in your mouth’ fantastic. Tino pai! I can’t wait for my next visit there :)

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9th February 2013
5 star rating
Had a girls night out here, and we could not find fault with any of the lovely tapas dishes. Two stand-outs were the aged beef skewers that were super juicy and flavourful, and the blue cheese and walnut heritage carrots that melted in our mouths. On the merits of the meal we decided to go for dessert, and that was amazing as well, particularly the chocolate sorbet. I’ve always loved Havana’s cocktails, but now I’ll be coming for dinner rather than just drinks.

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26th January 2013
4 star rating
Thoroughly enjoyed. Had Tapas and cocktails, was beautiful. The prawns tasted like I was in Argentina and the accents and service of the staff to boot…. suitable for any occasion. Can’t wait until I come back.

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10th January 2013
5 star rating
I love this place, the food is delicious, the setting comfortable and stylish and the staff knowledgable, friendly and professional. They have a tapas menu as well as an alacarte. I enjoy their lunch special menu, it’s good value and if you go with a friend or two you can really sample the delights. I highly recommend this place.

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11th December 2012
5 star rating
My partner and I came here over the weekend to celebrate two years together.
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.

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22nd September 2012
1 star rating
I was really hoping for a great evening after everything I had read about Havana and booked for our wedding anniversary. Imagine my surprise when we turned up to find a sign on the door saying they were shut for the evening, was it too much to think that someone might have called and let us know? My husband called and left a polite message asking them to call as maybe there were extenuating circumstances, but one month later we still haven’t heard back. That’s just bad customer service whichever way you look at it.

Visited August 2012

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12th December 2011
5 star rating
This is probably the best service I’ve had all year… not to mention fantastic food and a kick-ass wine list with some interesting Old World options. Great decor, and food-wise the beef with ras el hanout and the goat’s cheese salad were both stunning… but, hell it was all great.

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8th September 2011
5 star rating
As vegetarians we chose this as it had options for us and we found the food generous, delicious and interesting. Was worth the 30 minute walk and we would return. It also has a great atmosphere and has an excellent range of cocktails.

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Paul K.


7th August 2011
5 star rating
A group of six of us had lunch at Havana last Friday, and Havana put on a great performance for us.

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.


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23rd July 2011
5 star rating
Everything was amazing! I’ve been to Havana a few times for drinks and love the vibe and atmosphere there, but this is the first time i’ve eaten there..and it was incredible! The service was wonderful, very helpful and easy going. It was such a difficult choice deciding between the shared tapas but the ones we settled on were delicious. I wish my stomach was big enough to have tried more! I will definitely be heading back to Havana to try more dishes! Such a lovely warm, relaxed environment to chill out and enjoy amazing food with friends.

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21st July 2011
5 star rating
I walk past this place just about every day and finally got around to going. The service was excellent the decor extremely comfortable especially with the open kitchen. The food was with out a doubt nothing short of amazing. If I could I would have eaten everything off the menu. I could not pick a dish which I would label as favourite.

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27th June 2011
5 star rating
I cant fault my evenings I have had at Havana bar recently. I love the new restaurant and they change the menu weekly with inspired seasonal fresh dishes. I had a wicked girls night catch up here, and it was so nice to be able to drink really good wine with fabulous food and feel safe an relaxed. It’s not a rowdy boys hangout, this one is for the girls no matter your age.

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28th April 2011
5 star rating
I adore this place and visit as often as I can – and not just because of the wonderful decor that I find rather interesting (check out the canoe). The tapas menu is delicious, I’ve not found a dish I don’t like and it’s consistently high quality, tasty tucker. The service is always impeccable and the wine list has something for everyone. Go, eat, enjoy!

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