119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540144.983151 -93.271314
Neighborhoods: Central, Warehouse District
Poor Management - So-so Food – Just noticed that most of the reviews listed are for Cafe Havana, NOT HauteDish.... anyway....
Went around 5:30 on a Wednesday. Not many people there, in fact looking in the front window we thought they were closed at first. (note: it did get busier over the course of the 2 hours we were there)
Ordered Mac 'n' Cheese (w/ crab), Pork 'n' Beans, TaterTot HauteDish, and Lamb dish. It took over 50 minutes for our first two dishes to arrive, in a mostly empty restaurant. The Pork 'n' Beans was good. The pork belly had this wonderful smokey flavor which more than made up with pedestrian beans. The TaterTot Haute Dish was also good. The Tater Tots are pureed potatoes that are frozen into large tots, then fried with cheese inside. The short rib served with the tater tots was very tender and quite good. The Lamb dish was just ok. The sauce with the lamb was not a good match in our opinion and the lamb was over cooked. Saving the worst for last was the Mac 'n' Cheese. It was cooler than room temperature when it arrived. When we asked about it, our server went to the kitchen to find out... 15 minutes later she came back saying that it isn't served warm (wait, Mac 'n' Cheese that's not supposed to be warm?) but they would take half off for that dish. Considering we barely touched it I would have preferred it being completely removed from the bill, but I wasn't in the mood to argue.
When the bill arrived (after 2 hours) we were already late for a concert so I just gave my credit card to the server. When she got back I took a quick peek at the itemized bill and noticed that 4.95 was discounted off of the $15 mac 'n' cheese. She apologized and disappeared yet again. The manager (well I assume he was the manager, seemed a little young for that role) stopped by and asked what the issue was. We explained the cold dish, was told we'd get half removed from the bill. He said that he didn't realized we had already paid and was there anything else he could do. ??? So you can't cancel the credit card bill charges and re-run the check? In addition to not being of much help, he was also smarmy (my wife's opinion). Seeing we were already late I dismissed him, paid the bill and left.
Based on the food I would give 3 stars, but with the slow service and inexcusable management I would like to give zero, but the minimum is a one.
I miss Cafe Havana...
Fun new restaurant, interesting (good) food – We went to Haute Dish tonight. We had no trouble getting a table for 4 at 7:45pm on a Friday.
The restaurant is quite large with several large spaces. We were in the back, with the open kitchen. Unfortunately there were some issues getting the AC down a bit (although the staff was quick to move us to a table without such a down-draft).
The cocktails were good (Pimm's Cup, MN Mule, Old Fashion). We had 2 "Firsts" for the table - the charcuterie platter (4 house made items including the best chicken liver pate I've ever had). We also had the shrimp cocktail, which was served over a great horseradish sauce with a visually interesting (and tasty) curly crouton.
We had one "Second" split for the table - the Mac & Cheese (with crab). We also had two of the Tatertot HauteDish, which were delicious.
Overall, we had a great dinner. With the moderate pricing, ability to share (many of the dishes are plenty large enough to split) and the interesting approach, we will be certain to visit again soon.
Service was an A, food was A- atomspher was A- Will go back. – Decor was beautiful. Smaller than I thought but it was nice.
Yuca tasted great- the potroast out of this world! The flavors and spices all came together.
Had the same waiter both times we went and he was great- helped us with the menu and
his recommendations were right on. Try the Mojito's - awesome. Will definently go back and
You have to try this place - what a find! – We had been wanting to try this place for a long time. Always looked interesting, but it had not worked out for us to go until this week. We should have definitely gone sooner. It was a wonderful experience. The mojito was the best we had ever had, the staff (especially our waiter from Peru) was super attentive and wonderful, and the food was great. My husband had the tuna and I had the beef roast special and both were seasoned to perfection and tender. The valet parking was a definite plus too! My only regret is that we didn't make it there sooner.
BLAST FROM THE PAST (1900'S) – Last year on a cold snowblown winter night I drove by Cafe Havana for the 1st time and looked through the windows at a most wounderful sight! Here in Mpls. was a place out of the past. Old building,narrow, white tablecloths, candles glowing, I had to go there someday. Well I did this last sat. and was blown away when the vision matched the reality. Service - perfect. Noise level - great ( you could talk to each other). Price - 85.00 for two ( less than I had expected). Parking - Valet ( a real nice thing in this area, the next door bldg. is S-x World ((Citysearch won't let you use the real word)). Food - Interesting ( in a nice way. Very nice flavor. I had expected hot but I don't think anything on the menu was spicey. We tried a lot of things and the only thing I didn't like was the choc.cake, and that is also the only thing I can spell!) Table - I like booths and got one here as the tables seemed too close together.
I loved this place so much that I won't go back there for a least a year. I usually wear out my love for a place by going there too often. Cafe Havana I intend to savor for some time
Fantastic – My wife , son, and I went there last Saturday and it was fantastic. I have many food allergies and the waiter and manager were both very helpful in assisting me. They prepared the ahii tuna steak for me. Everything was very posh and clean. We had a very nice time. There was live Latin music and free valet. The prices aren't cheap, but they're well worth it. For three of us to eat it was less than a hundred dollars. Try the mojito!
horrible customer service! – We were the only party in there on a Tuesday night, which should have been our first tipoff. I had the shrimp w/okra cornmeal (which wasn't fully cooked!) The food was okay at best. The service was fine (but like I said we were the ONLY ones in there)
After a couple of days I was looking at my bank statement and noticed they charged my debit card twice. It's been over a week now, I have called and called and called the restaurant. I finally had to get my bank involved and the Cafe Havana manager is still dragging his feet about refunding my money! This has been one of my worst customer service experiences. I wouldn't go back anyway, but this fiasco has made it even worse!!!
DON'T EAT HERE!!!!!!
The food and the scene at this Washington Avenue joint are as hot as a Cuban cigar. – In Short
The space re-creates old Havana's paradise of privilege through telling details: rich dark wood, smoldering lighting, sumptuous velveteen chairs and curtains, and the whiff of good cigars. The crowd is a mix of enamored dates, talkative friends and big families. Start the meal with a mojito and an order of the unprecedented lobster cakes. You'll never forget the ribs, thick with tender, tender meat and dripping with sauce. Lovely sides include mashed yucca, indulgent fried plantains and hearty black beans and rice, the national dish.
Wonderful – A taste of Old Havana in Minneapolis! From the moment I stepped in, the waiters dressed in white coats went to great lengths to take care of me. I sat at the bar, ordered some great tequila, listened to an amazing jazz band that was playing that night...this place is great. I tried the the pork "viejo" and it was incredible, I would highly reccomend it. There should be more places like this in this world, get rid of the Chili's, the Outback, the Bennigans, this is what life is about.
One-of-a-kind gem – The ropa vieja was lovely, as was the chorizo and plantains. Also check out the mojito martini...And there's live music almost every night!
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