Austin >Habana Calle 6 Annex
Citysearch Editorial Review. The bustling Sixth Street locale draws downtown professionals and hotel guests with iconographic Cuban decor and its unique menu. Decidedly not Tex-Mex, it features dishes made with pork, chicken, plantains, yucca and Cuban white rice. Diners enjoy table service inside or on the lush patio courtyard, consuming imported Latin American beers, mojitos, rum and other tropical drinks. The revolution lives on after 10pm on weekends when revelers take over the downstairs bar and courtyard.
I went to Habana on 6th for the first time with a coworker for lunch. We had to sit down stairs where there are atleast 4 large televisions all playing sports. Come to find out from the waiter, they are changing the entire place into a sports bar and changing their menu. They are keeping a couple of dishes but they are making the menu more "American bar-fare." It's a shame.
I ordered the Cuban sandwich which was great! I absolutely loved it. The tostones though were dry, tough and cold, like they were left over from the day before.
The service was VERY slow, but the waiter was nice enough. If you can get down there before they become just another frat sports bar, you should. The Cuban sandwich is something you shouldn't miss!
Fantastic Food, great atmosphere, cool beer selection.
I've been to Habana probably 7-10 times and have had a great experience each time. The food is great, especially the Jibarito and anything with the pineapple salsa.
Service isn't outstanding, but it's not bad either. Sitting out back with the fans on the porch is a great way to sip some mojitos and enjoy your dinner.
They're worth it, give them a try.
Nasty Manager, Lousy Service, Don't eat here. I ordered what was billed as a Pineapple Margarita at the 6th St locale. What I got was half a cup of pineapple juice with a weak shot of tequila and something like looked like half a glass of foam (?) on top - foam? It wasn't sweet, it was bitter. The foam settled. I asked the waiter to take it back and ordered a Mojito. Said waiter charged me for the Pineapple Disaster and didn't bother to tell me it would not be taken off my bill. Talked to the manager who was rude and implied I had drank half the P.D. because I was a cheap drunk - nice. I told him I would not ever come back and did not leave a tip. Had I known they would charge me for the P.D., I would have left before ordering the mediocre food. A while a go they burned down. I certainly hope this never happens again. That would be a tragedy.
Worst so called 'Cuban' food I've had.
This is the worst supposed 'Cuban' food I've ever had. I'm truly amazed the people of Austin give it such glowing reviews. It just goes to show that Austin is completely lacking in Cuban and Caribbean cuisine. And I know, because I am Cuban. The 'Puerto Rican' dishes also leave a lot to be desired. I dined here with a Puerto Rican friend, who ordered what he thought was one of his favorite traditional dishes, and essentially got bland, plain old fried chicken.
Greasy, gross, and bland, bland, bland. I found a chunk of unidentified meat swimming in the greasiest platanos maduros I have ever seen in my life. My rice was undercooked and Uncle Ben's style. Are you kidding me? I even went a second time just to make sure it wasn't an off night the first time. Nope, it just is always that terrible. They told me they didn't have platanos maduros because they 'weren't in season' which is an out and out lie. You can go down to the Fiesta market and buy them fresh or frozen and ready to go year round. You can't call yourself a Cuban restaurant if you're not going to have platanos maduros available and done properly. Seriously!
Their one redeeming point is that they offered Jupi?a, a pineapple flavored Cuban soft drink, but I don't remember having that available on my return visit. Perhaps it is no longer available there? If you want to try Cuban cuisine, don't waste your money or taste buds here. It's not Cuban. It's crud.
one of the worst experiences ever.
I was part of a large party, on a Friday night. Besides the fact that they refuse to split checks, they also decided that you can only pay using 2 forms, and were quite rude about saying so. I have decided that if a business does not want to take my money in whatever form I choose to give it, and however many ways it needs to be split, then they just wont get it, so I choose to not order anything. Actually, several people at our table did the same. It is called the service industry for a reason. As a customer, who has been in the Customer Service industry for 20 years, I am appalled at the attitude so many businesses are taking. I know for a fact that it does not take much more time to split a check, or run several cards, and the dollar in fees that they may be charged by the credit card companies will surely be cancelled out by the $13.50 they could have gotten from me for the dish I was going to order. Especially since the cost of the actual food was close to $4.00, with labor.
On top of that, there was a big brown la cucaracha stuck to one of the menus we were given, and the waiter really did not seem to care.
Additionally, one of the people in our party got tired of waiting for him, so decided to go to the bar for a drink and overheard him complaining about people wanting to split the payment. Very unprofessional, and he was very rude the entire time as well.
FYI- there were maybe 3 other tables filled the whole time we were there.
I think they may wish to re-think their business plan, before they go out of business.
I do miss the Empanada Parlor.
Fabulous Drinks But Food Needs Improvement. I dined here with one of my girlfriends, and we found the drinks made to perfections. I ordered the mojito with coconut rum and absolutely loved it. I eagerly await my next visit for another. My girlfriend enjoyed a few well made mai tai. We ate on the balcony and enjoyed the atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. My only complaint is we both found the food to be bland. There were out of our first two appetizers of choice. We then ordered a total of four other appetizers: Spinach Empanada and Cheese Empanada were well made, but I was surprised you only got one. The Yoca Frita and Mariquitas is what left us disappointed. They lacked flavor. I have heard rave reviews about this place, so I will probably try them again.
Food and Service Leave Much to be Desired.. My two friends and I went on a Thursday night when they have their very much promoted happy hours from 4-7. We sat in the patio, and it took us about 15 minutes to flag down a waiter and order our drinks. He didn't bother asking if we needed food menus. Finally, we had to ask for them. My friend ordered a wing appetizer, and another 15 minutes later the waiter comes back and tells us they are out of wings. That seemed weird since there were not very many people at the restaurant. The waiter suggested that my friend order what I believe was called "pollo asado" or something like that. He assured us that is was a huge serving. My friend believed the waiter's suggestion and ordered. Well, when the plate arrived, it was ridiculous. Even the waiter said, "well, it used to be big!" The order consisted of a piece of chicken thigh and leg...that was it. My friend also ordered a tamal. I am not sure how much my friend paid for his food, but he said it was outrageous. Save your money, you can spend it elsewhere for much better food.
Yummy frozen mojitos and nice patio.... My mom came to visit and we wanted to go somewhere to have some appetizers and drinks. I only wish it weren't so hot out! I can't wait to come back to this place on a cool day. They have a nice patio downstairs and a kind of balcony with tables on it. The frozen mojitos are awesome and I noticed they had great beer specials on certain nights of the week-only problem, how to get home after consumption of such great specials! We had the cheese empanada and beef one, they were awesome, with flaky crust. Definitely will try the spinach and cheese next time. Also got the little disks of fried plantain (forgot the name), they were yummy, as were the maduros(?), the soft, (sauteed?) caramelized plantain. Only downer was that I like sour cream with mine, and they don't carry it. We also split the Cuban sandwich, very good, but it was HUGE! Definitely split it with someone, unless you are really hungry. We did try the rice pudding for dessert, it was kind of bland, will not be ordering that again. But, other than that, will definitely go back, and would also like to try the Congress location.
Editorial Review. This building hosts private parties and occasional special events catered by Habana Calle 6, located across the street.