310 E. Main Street, Durham
(919) 593-4006
Hours 11:30AM-2:30PM Tue-Thurs
11:00AM-3:00PM Fri-Sun

Old Havana Sandwich Shop

  • Farm to Table Cuban Fare

    Farm to Table Cuban Fare

    Proud to partner with more than 10 local farmers and food artisans Read More
  • First Saturday Salsa Social

    First Saturday Salsa Social

    Dancing from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm with a lesson at 7:30 pm. Serving a limited menu, wine, and beer. Read More
  • Voted Best Cuban in the Triangle and Best Caribbean in Durham

    Voted Best Cuban in the Triangle and Best Caribbean in Durham

    Serving farm to table Cuban fare Read More
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Our Menu


  • Ellis Island +

    A classic grilled ham and cheese sandwich made with our house-cured ham, cheese, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $8.25
  • Havana +

    This classic from Cuba’s capital city features slow roasted pork, house-cured ham, cheese, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $9.75
  • El Caney +

    Named for a Cuban town renowned for its avocadoes, this twist on a Cuban sandwich brings together our slow roasted pork, avocado, cheese, a touch of mustard, and mojo sauce. $9.75
  • Santiago +

    Hailing from Cuba’s eastern capital, this sandwich highlights the best of slow roasted pork, topped with a little mustard and mojo sauce. $8.50
  • Tampa +

    Created by the Cuban immigrant community in the Floridian city, this sandwich brings together slow-roasted pork, house-cured ham, cheese, salami, pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce. $9.95
  • Veracruz +

    Named for a town in Mexico with a strong Afro-Cuban population, this sandwich offers slow-roasted pork, pork skin cooked in tomato sauce, cheese, mustard, and mojo sauce. $9.50
  • Saigon +

    A Cuban spin on the beloved Bâhn Mì sandwich with slow-roasted pork, house-made pate, fresh pickled veggies, mustard, and topped with Sriracha sauce. $9.50
  • Not so Cuban +

    We’ve combined all-natural roasted turkey and cheese, avocado, a touch of mustard, and mojo sauce to create a delicious, if not Cuban, sandwich. (Pork-free.) $8.95
  • San Fernando +

    This sandwich features roasted chicken simmered in a rich tomato and white wine sauce with sauteed onions, olives, and paprika. (Pork-free.) $8.25
  • Cienfuegos +

    Named for the seaside town, this sandwich features tuna salad with house-made aioli*, roasted red peppers, pickled onions, and a sprinkling of capers. (Pork-free.) $8.25
  • Camaguey +

    This generous grilled cheese sandwich, which includes pickle, mustard, and mojo sauce, is named for the Cuban town and province known for its cheese. (Vegetarian.) $7.75
  • Baracoa +

    This sandwich, filled with black bean paste made from organic beans, is topped with mustard, pickle, and mojo sauce. (Vegetarian friendly; Vegan.) $7.75
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  • Sampler Plate +

    Get a taste of Old Havana with a generous serving of slow-roasted pork, tender rice, slow-cooked black beans, and our much-loved maduros. $10.50
  • Luncheon Plate +

    Enjoy the best of our slow-roasted pork with rice and our famous maduros. For an extra special treat ask for our pork drippings drizzled on your rice. $8.25
  • Vegetarian Plate +

    You don’t have to eat meat to have an authentic, satisfying Cuban meal. A combination of our rice, slowcooked black beans, and a full order of our famous maduros. $8.50
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Tapas & Sides

  • Croquetas +

    Hushpuppy meets pork in this classic Cuban fritter that has deep roots in Spain. $3.75
  • Maduros +

    These oven-roasted, ripe sweet plantains have delightful crispy edges. 2 for $0.80, 8 for $3.00
  • Papas Bravas +

    Potatoes fried in our house-rendered lard, served with paprika and a spicy aioli* dipping sauce. (Vegetarian & gluten-free by request.) $3.50
  • Plantain Chips +

    These thinly-cut fried plantains make a tasty alternative to potato chips. 1 bag. $2.00
  • Frijoles Negros +

    Our traditionally slow-cooked Cuban-style organic black beans are vegetarian friendly and can be eaten alongside white rice or as a soup on their own. $3.00 cup / $4.50 bowl
  • Arroz +

    This moist and tender white rice is the perfect pairing to the Frijoles Negros. For an extra special treat ask fora spoonful of our pork drippings drizzled on top. $2.50
  • Cuban Toasts +

    Tostada (Cuban Toast with Butter) $2.00; Pan con timba (Toast with Guava) $2.50; Tostada con queso (Cheese Toast) $3.00
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  • House Sodas +

    Enjoy one of our house-made sodas made with fresh, all-natural ingredients. Includes 1 refill. $2.00
  • Iced Tea +

    Enjoy a glass of iced tea made with whole leaf, fair trade black tea. Includes 1 refill. $2.00
  • Bottled Drinks +

    Select from one of the refreshing bottled drinks in the cooler. $2.00
  • Juice +

    Choose from a glass of orange juice or mango nectar. $2.50
  • Milk +

    Enjoy a glass of local milk from Maple View Farms. $1.70
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  • Wine +

    House Red, White, and Sparkling wines. Served by the glass. $5.00
  • Local Beer +

    Ask for this draft beer week’s selections from Fullsteam Brewery. $5.00 pint
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  • Mantecaditos +

    Traditional Cuban cookies. (Made with house-rendered lard.) $0.75 ea; 3 for $2.00
  • Natilla +

    A traditional Cuban vanilla custard. $3.50
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Cafecitos & Teas

  • Cafe cubano +

    Rich espresso with a traditional sugar infusion. $1.50
  • Cortadito +

    Cafe cubano with a dash of warm, frothed milk. $1.65
  • Cafe con leche +

    Cafe cubano with two parts warm, frothed milk. $2.15 reg / $3.15 large / $2.65 iced
  • Americano +

    A rich, flavorful cousin to American style cofee. $2.15
  • Teas +

    From Mighty Leaf Teas: Organic Black Tea, Green Tea, Chamomile, Ginger $2.50
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Terra Sacra – Sacred Earth

  • Healthy Soil
  • Healthy Plants

Old Havana owners Roberto Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull have started Terra Sacra, a sister farm in Hillsborough to produce many of the ingredients used at Old Havana.

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Offering house-made sodas & classic Cuban cocktails

  • Fresh ingredients
  • Local fruits in season

We offer house-made sodas in a rotating variety of flavors based on what's fresh, seasonal, and just too good to pass up. We also make classic Cuban cocktails and are growing our cocktail list.


Papa Bull Hot Sauce

  • Made in-house
  • Family recipe

Using the recipe from Elizabeth's father, known affectionately as "Papa Bull," we use fresh habanero peppers, sourced locally whenever possible, to create this spicy, zesty sauce. Makes the perfect accompaniment to our slow-roasted pork!




  • Catering & Special Events
    Book a private event or let us come to you for your party, office meeting, lecture, or other event.

  • New Hours
    We have new hours beginning 2016:
    Tu-Su 11am-3pm
    First Saturday Salsa 6pm-10pm
    Third Friday Special Menu 6pm-9pm





Upcoming Events

  • 04 Aug
    First Saturday Salsa Night 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Free lesson at 7:45. $5 cover. Hosted by Rueda RDU. Featuring

  • 01 Sep
    First Saturday Salsa Night 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Free lesson at 7:45. $5 cover. Hosted by Rueda RDU. Featuring

  • 06 Oct
    First Saturday Salsa Night 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Free lesson at 7:45. $5 cover. Hosted by Rueda RDU. Featuring

Featured Dishes

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  • Praise The Lard
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    • Praise The Lard
    • Sweet


    Traditional Cuban cookies. (Made with house-rendered lard.) $0.75 ea; 3 for $2.00

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Our State

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"In Durham, a city of dreamers and doers, Elizabeth Turnbull, Roberto Copa Matos, and their sandwich shop, Old Havana, represent both categories." –Katie Saintsing, Our State

Originally published February 17, 2015
 Full article available from Our State 
Article by Katie Saintsing. Photo from Our State

"Cuban Soul in the Heart of Durham"

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"I watched Roberto under a tan fedora,in a light blue collared shirt and white apron as he placed a small ceramic bowl onto a scale and meticulously weighed out salt for each piece of meat."

Read the full article on La Buena Vida Magazine.

photo courtesy of Toriano Fredericks

News and Observer

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Named one of 'Triangle's Best Restaurants You Need to Taste in 2014' by Greg Cox

Read the full story

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  • The flavors were excellent. Even something as simple as rice and beans really tasted like a treat. We will be back!
    Elizabeth S. - Durham, NC Review from Yelp
  • Durham just keeps cranking out fantastic new food places, and Old Havana certainly adds one more dimension to the variety and flavors we have on offer.
    Christina G. - Durham, NC Review from Yelp
  • One word for this place: LOVE. Somehow it's managed to take me this long to actually get over to downtown Durham and try Old Havana, but oh boy, I am so glad I finally did.
    Samantha B. - Durham, NC Review from Yelp
  • Very tasty sandwiches! Ordered the El Caney and really enjoyed it.
    Matt T. - Durham, NC Review from Yelp
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