Just noticed that most of the reviews listed are for Cafe Havana, NOT HauteDish.... anyway....\r
Went around 5:30 on a Wednesday. Not many people there, in fact looking in the front window we thought they were closed at first. (note: it did get busier over the course of the 2 hours we were there)\r
Ordered Mac 'n' Cheese (w/ crab), Pork 'n' Beans, TaterTot HauteDish, and Lamb dish. It took over 50 minutes for our first two dishes to arrive, in a mostly empty restaurant. The Pork 'n' Beans was good. The pork belly had this wonderful smokey flavor which more than made up with pedestrian beans. The TaterTot Haute Dish was also good. The Tater Tots are pureed potatoes that are frozen into large tots, then fried with cheese inside. The short rib served with the tater tots was very tender and quite good. The Lamb dish was just ok. The sauce with the lamb was not a good match in our opinion and the lamb was over cooked. Saving the worst for last was the Mac 'n' Cheese. It was cooler than room temperature when it arrived. When we asked about it, our server went to the kitchen to find out... 15 minutes later she came back saying that it isn't served warm (wait, Mac 'n' Cheese that's not supposed to be warm?) but they would take half off for that dish. Considering we barely touched it I would have preferred it being completely removed from the bill, but I wasn't in the mood to argue. \r
When the bill arrived (after 2 hours) we were already late for a concert so I just gave my credit card to the server. When she got back I took a quick peek at the itemized bill and noticed that 4.95 was discounted off of the $15 mac 'n' cheese. She apologized and disappeared yet again. The manager (well I assume he was the manager, seemed a little young for that role) stopped by and asked what the issue was. We explained the cold dish, was told we'd get half removed from the bill. He said that he didn't realized we had already paid and was there anything else he could do. ??? So you can't cancel the credit card bill charges and re-run the check? In addition to not being of much help, he was also smarmy (my wife's opinion). Seeing we were already late I dismissed him, paid the bill and left. \r
Based on the food I would give 3 stars, but with the slow service and inexcusable management I would like to give zero, but the minimum is a one. \r
I miss Cafe Havana...
Pros: Good bartender, Tater Tot Haute Dish, ambiance
Cons: Management, wait staff