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Habana SoCo

#369 of 3,027 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish, South American, Central American
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2728 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
+1 512-443-4253
11:00 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Austin, Texas
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If this was Cuban cuisine it was nasty street Cuban cuisine of some sort. No culinary expertise whatsoever. The food was dull like cans of things just thrown together.

Thank CharlotteAmalie
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

We actually use really authentic methods and ingredients in all our dishes here. If your meal wasn't up to par, we would have liked to have known about it in the moment so we could have made things right. I know we can do better, and I hope we get a chance to show you that soon. Best, Erik Driskel,... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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546 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Our son recently moved to AUS and this was referred to him by a coworker. Started with mojito and sangria - both good. Loved the food...so many choices! Excellent pork dished and beans. Loved the plantains! We sat outside in one of the 'cabanas'; there is also a bar area, restaurant, and a small outdoor patio. Would definitely go back,

Thank dkm57
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

I'm glad you were sent to our place for a delicious meal! Anytime you're in town visiting your son, we'd love to see you again soon. Best, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

Miami, Florida
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Went only for a order to go and ended staying here for an hour, amazing Pan con Lechon and a really nice atmosphere. The restaurant is so well stayed that looks like you are in Cuba. We were talking whit the owner a cuban girl which is very nice and made us the best cuban cafecito, highly recommended this place.... More 

Thank abelcuba
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

Thanks for hanging out and enjoying the space with us! I really appreciate the kind words, and I hope you'll come visit next time you're in Austin. Best, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend this restaurant for authentic Cuban food, we went in our trip to Austin and was a very nice surprise

Thank Marimer R
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

Marimer, thank you for the solid review! Austin's full of amazing food, so it's awesome you chose to check out our place. Hope to see you next time you're in town! Take care, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

San Antonio, Texas
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108 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Habana was actually my first taste of Cuban food years ago before the had a now fabled fire. The food can be that hot. Not really, but its always incredibly tasty. And the Mojitos and Martinis are great, too. Do not leave without plantains. Seriously.

Thank guitarspeak
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

I'm honored your first taste of Cuban food was with us! Here's to many more years of mojitos and plantains together. Thanks, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

Austin, Texas, USA
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117 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We love Cuban food & decided try try a different place since we had a less than desirable experience at their competition. They both serve these 2 signature Cuban dishes, but I must say the flavor was so much better here. The prices are a little higher, but the food quality is much better. Both dishes were served with rice,... More 

Thank MPH200
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

Thanks for comin' by and checking out our two best dishes! It's awesome to hear they both hit the mark for you. Looking forward to next time, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

Austin, Texas
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Three of us just had lunch at Habana SoCo. I had their lunch portion of roasted pork, with a side serving of 'congri', a mixture of black beans and rice. The pork was outstanding! Moist, succulent and very flavorful, the lunch portion was quite ample. And as good as the pork was, the congri was even better! In fact, I... More 

Thank dwgibbs
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

So glad to hear you thought of our place to bring the crew for lunch! It sounds like everyone made some great choices, and I hope y'all will be back in the near future. Thanks, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

G-Patch, Texas
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458 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Habana always delivers solid Cuban and Latin American food so authentically and deliciously! Surprisingly, outside of Tampa or SoFlo, this type of amazing cuisine isn't easy to find. My kids are always begging for empanadas and tostones every time we cross the Travis County line, and yesterday, my daughter and I dropped in for dinner. It amazes me that Habana... More 

Thank P5_Crazy_Train
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

This really made me smile today. I'm honored you think to come to our place anytime you find yourself in Austin. Hopefully we'll have plenty of paella left for you on your next visit! You're always welcome to take a piece of tres leches home with you, too. Either way, I'm excited to see you again! Best, Erik Driskel, General... More 

Real de Catorce, Mexico
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Had a long wait. It was my fifth visit to the place at the behest of a group of friends that love the place. As it turns out Cuban food is not on my A list. It is very bland and starchy. Not terrible but verges on tasteless when you are a lover of picante food. I decided deep fried... More 

Thank Stiglitz11
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

I'm really glad you gave us a chance, but I'm sorry to hear Cuban food just isn't quite your taste. We know the cuisine isn't suited for everyone, but our meals should never be lacking in flavor, so I'll look into the dishes you mentioned. No matter what, though, I'd love to see you back someday for the chance to... More 

Bishop, Texas
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

We keep coming back for more almost every time we go to Austin! All choices are good choices as far as we are concerned. Specialty drinks are an added bonus as are deserts including the 4 leche cake we shared.

Thank Uniqueplaces2stayrus
Ron F, Owner at Habana SoCo, responded to this review

I'm so glad you think to come see us whenever you're in Austin -- that really means a lot to me! Thanks for the great review. I look forward to seeing y'all next time you're in town. Best, Erik Driskel, General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2728 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-443-4253
Where Austin meets the Islands. Delicious Cuban & Caribbean food & drinks!

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