Havana

Latin American in Commercial Drive
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One of the originators of the Drive's rich international-dining scene. A recent takeover has smoothed the gritty edges of this Cuban-themed restaurant. You'll still find the street's best patio, a tiny on-site theater, plus the old graffiti wall on prominent display. The menu retains lots of hearty Latin-inspired dishes as well as a seriously popular brunch menu (we love the Cuban Skillet).

Reservations are not accepted between Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, when you should expect to wait for a park-view patio table…especially on summer evenings when the mojitos will be calling your name.

Looking for an alternative night out? Check ahead to see what's on at the 60-seat theater where comedy, live music and book launches color an eclectic calendar.