Havana Grill (Restaurant, River North)

Location: 412 N. Clark
Phone: (312) 644-1900
Website: havanachicago.com
Cuisine: Cuban
Reservations: Accepted

The chic River North neighborhood boasts over 100 restaurants of differing global flavors. And if Cuban zeal is what you’re searching for, Havana Grill on Clark Street tops the list. From the leafy ceiling fans to the Frida Kahlo Tequila on the menu, the Latin grill provides the atmosphere you’re looking for. Huge front windows open on to Clark Street, making this a great place for a summer lunch date or afternoon mojitos with friends. And with nightly drink specials that compliment its classy Cuban cuisine, live music on the weekends, and spacious booths and tables, Havana Grill is a prime spot for a late night out.
Live music is advertised every Friday (10:30 pm – 2 a.m.) and Saturday (11 p.m. to 3 a.m.).

When I was there on a Wednesday night, I was treated to a Cuban soundtrack from a guy sitting by the front door picking at his guitar. That night turned out to be a great choice, too. Pitchers of Sangria are half-priced with the purchase of two entrees Monday through Wednesday. Thursdays offer the same special but with margaritas, and Friday with mojitos. The menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options, and the drink selection is a Latin lover’s dream. Havana offers several types of blanco, reposado, and anejo tequilas as well as a variety of both golden and dark rum. And of course don’t forget beer, wine, mojitos, and martinis. Prices are what you should expect in an upscale neighborhood grill. Lunch average around $9 and dinner ranges from $15 to $20 an entrée. But for a special occasion or a fun dining experience, Havana Grill is a great choice.

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About Cheryl Thomas

Cheryl grew up in rural northern Indiana, where everyone is somehow related to a farmer and horse and buggy stations are in the Wal-Mart parking lots. She moved to Chicago a few months after graduating from IU and has since fallen hopelessly in love with the city. She likes trying new deep dish places, exploring used bookstores and dive bars, chatting with strangers on public transit, and all sorts of writing - especially fiction and playwriting.

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