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Cuisine type

  • Latin American,
  • Spanish,


  • Restaurant With Party Services,


  • Family,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Sangria,
  • Mojitos,
  • Theatre,
  • Latin,
  • Cuban,
  • Commercial Drive,
    • Art Gallery,
    • Good For Groups,
  • more...
  • less...

Languages Spoken

  • English,
1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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In an industry where longevity is not the norm, award-winning Havana Restaurant is bucking the trend. Since it opened in 1996, the lively eatery has been a constant hotspot on Commercial Drive, not just because of the Latin-inspired food, cocktails and ambiance, but because the space also contains a gallery and a theatre. As general manager Gina Ness says, “You can make a night of it here. Have dinner, check out the gallery and take in a show. That’s not something you can do anywhere else in the city.”

Havana is very much a part of the vibrant Commercial Drive community. “We’re Ocean Wise and get all our seafood from Daily Catch, our coffee from Continental and our buns from Elizabeth’s bakery – they’re all just up the street from us,” Gina says. They’ve also seen the community change quite a bit during their tenure on the drive. “There are more young families and young professionals,” Gina explains. “There are also interesting restaurants, great boutique shops and lots of independent businesses.”

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Best breakfast restaurants on Vancouver's Commercial Drive

Best breakfast restaurants on Vancouver's Commercial Drive

Theatre, gallery and restaurant may seem like an odd combination, but at Havana, it works. After enjoying your free-run eggs done to order, browse the art exhibit or schedule a movie for later. Breakfast is available until 2 pm with plenty of veggie options. If the Belgian waffle Benedict doesn’t strike your fancy, then tapas, soft tacos, sandwiches and sustainably sourced mussels – all on the breakfast menu – surely will.

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Best spots to drink wine on Vancouver's Commercial Drive

Best spots to drink wine on Vancouver's Commercial Drive

Canadians love to vacation in Cuba, but if you don’t feel like packing a suitcase, then Havana on The Drive is the next best thing. The owners have decorated in the shabby chic style of the Cuban capital. Skip the mojito cocktail and order a glass of wine instead – it’s how Cubans break the rules.

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Why should Saturday have all the fun? If you're in the mood for a giggle on a Sunday, check out the Instant Theatre Company at Havana Theatre. Quick-fire improvisational routines showcase the chops and creativity of the lively cast and audience participation is not only encouraged but often required! Different early and late evening shows (7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.) are offered and tickets are just $8 at the door.

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