In the early 1950s, an auto mechanic named Armando Pulido migrated to the United States where he found his new home in Jacksonville, Florida. Accustomed to his culture in Cuba, Pulido noticed that Jacksonville was missing a place to enjoy authentic homemade Cuban food and music. With his dream, willpower, and the support of his family, Pulido decided to change his career and become a restaurateur.With only two cooks and a small venue only able to seat 60 people, Havana Jax opened its doors selling simple Cuban cuisine. It became so popular for its delicious food, great customer service, and affordable prices that Jacksonville Magazine voted us “Jacksonville’s Best Cuban Restaurant” five years in a row!
Twenty-three years later, the tradition continues as Rene Pulido carries out his father’s name running the family business. It has grown into a modern Cuban-American restaurant with an onsite bar, full gourmet buffet, and 5,000 square feet of dinning space all while maintaining its authentic roots.
Chef Carlos – Born in Puerto Rico, Chef Carlos developed a passion for food at a young age by watching his Mother and Grandmother in the kitchen creating magic and his uncles roasting whole pigs in the mountains of Puerto Rico. This sparked love for cooking took him to study the Culinary Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. He has worked in the past decade in restaraunts, hotels and resorts all over South Florida, most recently left Gloria Estefans resort Costa d’ Este in Vero Beach, FL. for many years. We welcome him to Jacksonville at his new home here at the historical Havana Jax. – Buen Provecho!