Habana

★★★★☆
  • 2930 Bristol St Ste A110

    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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  • 714-556-0176

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Mon - Thur: 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. Fri - Sat: 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Great environment, excellent food, and the servers were so attentive!! If you're looking for a special place to splurge, its a great place. It has a wonderful ambiance . The best one is passionfruit cheesecake topped with icecream drizzled

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★★★★★

Great environment, excellent food, and the servers were so attentive!! If you're looking for a special place to splurge, its a great place. It has a wonderful ambiance . The best one is passionfruit cheesecake topped with icecream drizzled

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Love the restaurant. Bar workers are super friends, and I love the ambiance all around. Tucked behind the Lab "Anti-Mall" so you can image the scene here is pretty trendi, but the restaurant itself is unassuming and a great experience.

2
★★★★★

Love the restaurant. Bar workers are super friends, and I love the ambiance all around. Tucked behind the Lab "Anti-Mall" so you can image the scene here is pretty trendi, but the restaurant itself is unassuming and a great experience.

Pros: Super Mojitos, excellent food

Cons: nada

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Habana is a fun place to go to. The ambiance is great as well as decor inside. The food is great and their mojitos are tasty.

2
★★★★★

Habana is a fun place to go to. The ambiance is great as well as decor inside. The food is great and their mojitos are tasty.

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I've only been to Habana (at the LAB) for lunch, I need to try it for dinner based on the other review. Their lunch menu is sooo good. If you're looking for good Cuban food, and want to go somewhere "un-OC", try this place! Has never let me down. Parking is very limited though.

4
★★★★☆

I've only been to Habana (at the LAB) for lunch, I need to try it for dinner based on the other review. Their lunch menu is sooo good. If you're looking for good Cuban food, and want to go somewhere "un-OC", try this place! Has never let me down. Parking is very limited though.

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Located at The Lab, Habana is a good place for a nice dinner. Inside, the tables are candlelit, Outside the patio has a roaring fireplace. The sangria, red or white, is homemade. The calamari is to die for. I had the halibut cooked in corn husk and it was great. Prices are reasonable, and definitely for adults only.

4
★★★★☆

Located at The Lab, Habana is a good place for a nice dinner. Inside, the tables are candlelit, Outside the patio has a roaring fireplace. The sangria, red or white, is homemade. The calamari is to die for. I had the halibut cooked in corn husk and it was great. Prices are reasonable, and definitely for adults only.

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If you're around the Costa Mesa/Santa Ana/Tustin/Irvine area and are looking for unique OC cuisine, go to Habana! Located in the "Anti-Mall," you'll be treated to great food, drinks, and atmosphere. Parking can be a bit tricky on weekends, but Habana is worth the wait for a parking space!

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★★★★☆

If you're around the Costa Mesa/Santa Ana/Tustin/Irvine area and are looking for unique OC cuisine, go to Habana! Located in the "Anti-Mall," you'll be treated to great food, drinks, and atmosphere. Parking can be a bit tricky on weekends, but Habana is worth the wait for a parking space!

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After arriving at Habana's restaurant in Costa Mesa me and a friend ordered some drinks. I paid for my drink with my credit card. I never got my credit card back from the bartender. After a couple of hours we were leaving and I noticed I didn't have my card. I asked and the bartender said she had given it back to me. Immediately I canceled my card. The restaurant tried to blame me and my friend for the mishap and made it seem like we were trying to eat and run. We paid with another card and left. Three days later I found that there were charges from Habana?s restaurant on my account. I went to my bank and got all the info required to show fraud. I went to the manager, Jeff, and informed him of what had happened. After waiting about 30 min for him, he came back and said he cannot do anything to help. He didn?t take responsibility for the mishap and he didn?t even apologize. Instead he escorted me out of the restaurant like I was a criminal. I will never go back to this restaurant and I will be forwarding this to the general manager of the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

After arriving at Habana's restaurant in Costa Mesa me and a friend ordered some drinks. I paid for my drink with my credit card. I never got my credit card back from the bartender. After a couple of hours we were leaving and I noticed I didn't have my card. I asked and the bartender said she had given it back to me. Immediately I canceled my card. The restaurant tried to blame me and my friend for the mishap and made it seem like we were trying to eat and run. We paid with another card and left. Three days later I found that there were charges from Habana?s restaurant on my account. I went to my bank and got all the info required to show fraud. I went to the manager, Jeff, and informed him of what had happened. After waiting about 30 min for him, he came back and said he cannot do anything to help. He didn?t take responsibility for the mishap and he didn?t even apologize. Instead he escorted me out of the restaurant like I was a criminal. I will never go back to this restaurant and I will be forwarding this to the general manager of the restaurant.

Pros: The drinks are weak and the food is no good

Cons: The service is horrible and the management is the worst i have ever seen

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This isn't your traditional place to hang out. I like that it's close to the lab to go walk around afterwards. The value is good and the food is tasty.

3
★★★☆☆

This isn't your traditional place to hang out. I like that it's close to the lab to go walk around afterwards. The value is good and the food is tasty.

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Habana is one of my favorite restaurants. They have some of the most amazing appetizers, such as the crab cakes, the calamari, crawfish, ahi tuna on plantains, and the fried avocado is interesting. Their dinner entrees are pretty amazing across the board, and i love the seared ahi tuna that comes with mashed potatoes and little fried onions...yummy. The only entree that i have not particularly liked was the Paella. The chicken was REALLY rubbery and dry. But other than that this place is 5 stars accross the board. In regards to their lunch menu, i was impressed. The portions are a little smaller, which is perfect for me, and the prices are a little lower. My cousin and i split the spinach salad with shrimp (excellent), and the plantain crusted chicken sandwich (too good for words). The chicken sandwich comes with really good fries and coleslaw. Another plus for many is that there is outside seating which allows smoking cigarettes, and even cigars (at certain times of the day). This is probably the best chill, hip restaurant in all of O.C. Oh and the drinks are strong too...............i love the sparkling red wine and the sangria is good too (but really strong). You will not be dissapointed.

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★★★★★

Habana is one of my favorite restaurants. They have some of the most amazing appetizers, such as the crab cakes, the calamari, crawfish, ahi tuna on plantains, and the fried avocado is interesting. Their dinner entrees are pretty amazing across the board, and i love the seared ahi tuna that comes with mashed potatoes and little fried onions...yummy. The only entree that i have not particularly liked was the Paella. The chicken was REALLY rubbery and dry. But other than that this place is 5 stars accross the board. In regards to their lunch menu, i was impressed. The portions are a little smaller, which is perfect for me, and the prices are a little lower. My cousin and i split the spinach salad with shrimp (excellent), and the plantain crusted chicken sandwich (too good for words). The chicken sandwich comes with really good fries and coleslaw. Another plus for many is that there is outside seating which allows smoking cigarettes, and even cigars (at certain times of the day). This is probably the best chill, hip restaurant in all of O.C. Oh and the drinks are strong too...............i love the sparkling red wine and the sangria is good too (but really strong). You will not be dissapointed.

Pros: outside seating, atmosphere, flavorful food and good drinks

Cons: parking

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The food is fabulous, the service was good, the atmosphere was the best. My family is Cuban and I love this place. Nothing beats my Abuela's cooking but this comes close.

2
★★★★★

The food is fabulous, the service was good, the atmosphere was the best. My family is Cuban and I love this place. Nothing beats my Abuela's cooking but this comes close.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Cost

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I have now been into Havana three times with my boyfriend and every single time I'm impressed with almost every aspect of the place. By far it is the trendiest place for a romantic dinner anywhere in O.C.
The food is latino imspired dishes and everything I have tried has been exquisite. You cannot go wrong with anything on their menu and this is definitly true with their seafood offerings. Wine list is fun and accessible to less rifined palates (like mine) but there are still a lot of high end wines for the ballers. The staff is young and really chic but still manages to be attentive. Even the bartenders were cool inspite of being busy. ours looked a bit on the young side to be making drinks but then everyone there looks under 21 even the managers. Every seat in the house is dimly with church candles and the whole restaurant is a converted warehouse that manages to look both post-industrial but somehow still upscale. Bottomline; A fun and romantic expirience and always a new surprise from the cool staff.

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★★★★★

I have now been into Havana three times with my boyfriend and every single time I'm impressed with almost every aspect of the place. By far it is the trendiest place for a romantic dinner anywhere in O.C.
The food is latino imspired dishes and everything I have tried has been exquisite. You cannot go wrong with anything on their menu and this is definitly true with their seafood offerings. Wine list is fun and accessible to less rifined palates (like mine) but there are still a lot of high end wines for the ballers. The staff is young and really chic but still manages to be attentive. Even the bartenders were cool inspite of being busy. ours looked a bit on the young side to be making drinks but then everyone there looks under 21 even the managers. Every seat in the house is dimly with church candles and the whole restaurant is a converted warehouse that manages to look both post-industrial but somehow still upscale. Bottomline; A fun and romantic expirience and always a new surprise from the cool staff.

Pros: Great food and ambiance

Cons: Hard to find parking on weekends.

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I have always liked Habana but NOT ANYMORE!
I did like it enough to go there for my Birthday a few times. I have visited the restaurant about 7 times in the past few years or so. This is why I am SO Dissappointed! They changed their menu, the service has gone down hill, and the food is just not good anymore. Its like a different restaurant....maybe they changed ownership, I dont know!?
Our Empanads (appetizer) was blan to say the least-and served cold! I ordered the flank steak cooked medium and it was incredibly tough and chewy (hard to eat). The Special of the night was the T-bone Steak which was served to my boyfriend cold and lacking flavor. The fried Yucca tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for years (chewy, cold, and gummy). The fastest we saw our server move was when we put our Credit Card on the table-he was right there to swiftly pick it up! Why was he ignoring us the rest of the night and not bringing us bread (like all the other tables had), not refilling our waters, not asking if we wanted to order more drinks, not asking if we liked our food, etc.......
The best part of the night was my Mojito.
I'm sad that Habanas is lacking the flair, service, and good food it once had......that said I will not ever eat there again.
Its good to go for the drinks and atmosphere, but dont even look at the menu!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have always liked Habana but NOT ANYMORE!
I did like it enough to go there for my Birthday a few times. I have visited the restaurant about 7 times in the past few years or so. This is why I am SO Dissappointed! They changed their menu, the service has gone down hill, and the food is just not good anymore. Its like a different restaurant....maybe they changed ownership, I dont know!?
Our Empanads (appetizer) was blan to say the least-and served cold! I ordered the flank steak cooked medium and it was incredibly tough and chewy (hard to eat). The Special of the night was the T-bone Steak which was served to my boyfriend cold and lacking flavor. The fried Yucca tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for years (chewy, cold, and gummy). The fastest we saw our server move was when we put our Credit Card on the table-he was right there to swiftly pick it up! Why was he ignoring us the rest of the night and not bringing us bread (like all the other tables had), not refilling our waters, not asking if we wanted to order more drinks, not asking if we liked our food, etc.......
The best part of the night was my Mojito.
I'm sad that Habanas is lacking the flair, service, and good food it once had......that said I will not ever eat there again.
Its good to go for the drinks and atmosphere, but dont even look at the menu!

Pros: Drinks and Ambience

Cons: The food and service are both horrible. You fel ripped off at the end of your meal.

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Great entrees and superb wine list but the desserts are weak! I highly recommend the seared ahi. (It has this delicious flavorful rub and is served on a bed of lightly sauteed but heavily seasoned red and green peppers.) As far as the desserts go, the cafe cubano is good (it's super chocolatey) but just not fabulous.

2
★★★★☆

Great entrees and superb wine list but the desserts are weak! I highly recommend the seared ahi. (It has this delicious flavorful rub and is served on a bed of lightly sauteed but heavily seasoned red and green peppers.) As far as the desserts go, the cafe cubano is good (it's super chocolatey) but just not fabulous.

Cons: Desserts aren't very fabulous.

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We've been visiting Habana for about 5 years and the last 4 or so have been consistently great. I'm so glad they changed it up from what was a bit corporate to the cool spot that it remains today. There aren't enough original restaurants in CA. I don't know what they do to keep it fresh, but it continues to be something we look forward to. On our last trip, we stopped in for a quick lunch and 5 hours later found ourselves still enjoying the spot. We started on the patio and had a great steak sandwich and crab cakes and glass of house sangria. A few tables down was "Big Poppi" and a few Boston Red Sox, who must have been in town to play the Angels. Even with the high profile guys down the way, our server and the manager continued to drop by our table and check in with us - which was nice.
After the sun set, we moved into the bar, where the bartender made us some great Mojitos with a premium Rum... we had a few. We met a few locals in the clothing industry at the bar and after chatting them up, we were sat at an inside booth to enjoy a great dinner. I had a fresh fish which tasted as if it was just line caught and my girl enjoyed the steak special and she couldn't stop raving about the mashed potatoes.
Habana will always hold a spot n our hearts. Love it there!

2
★★★★★

We've been visiting Habana for about 5 years and the last 4 or so have been consistently great. I'm so glad they changed it up from what was a bit corporate to the cool spot that it remains today. There aren't enough original restaurants in CA. I don't know what they do to keep it fresh, but it continues to be something we look forward to. On our last trip, we stopped in for a quick lunch and 5 hours later found ourselves still enjoying the spot. We started on the patio and had a great steak sandwich and crab cakes and glass of house sangria. A few tables down was "Big Poppi" and a few Boston Red Sox, who must have been in town to play the Angels. Even with the high profile guys down the way, our server and the manager continued to drop by our table and check in with us - which was nice.
After the sun set, we moved into the bar, where the bartender made us some great Mojitos with a premium Rum... we had a few. We met a few locals in the clothing industry at the bar and after chatting them up, we were sat at an inside booth to enjoy a great dinner. I had a fresh fish which tasted as if it was just line caught and my girl enjoyed the steak special and she couldn't stop raving about the mashed potatoes.
Habana will always hold a spot n our hearts. Love it there!

Pros: Service, Ambiance and friendliness

Cons: Parking

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I was really excited to try this place after hearing good things about it, however I was slightly disappointed. I went on a Saturday evening with my boyfriend and our server was not too attentive to us although it was early in the evening and he was not busy at all. I ordered the plantain coated chicken breast, but it was just a friend chicken breast without much taste. I must say that my boyfriend's half roasted chicken tasted better than my dish. Also, the mojitos were overpriced and weak. Overall, it was a let down.

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★★★☆☆

I was really excited to try this place after hearing good things about it, however I was slightly disappointed. I went on a Saturday evening with my boyfriend and our server was not too attentive to us although it was early in the evening and he was not busy at all. I ordered the plantain coated chicken breast, but it was just a friend chicken breast without much taste. I must say that my boyfriend's half roasted chicken tasted better than my dish. Also, the mojitos were overpriced and weak. Overall, it was a let down.

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My bf selected Habana for our first date over 3 1/2 years ago and it's still a favorite. As was mentioned before the Sangria is to die for! As is the Chicken Picadillo. And I have to restrain myself from ordering the crab cake sandwich everytime I go there for lunch because it is absolutely delicious (but those calories don't make it worth it).

Definitely check this place out if you're on a date. It's a great first date spot. Not too pretentious, yet not too grubby either. It strikes the perfect balance of casual hipness.

But like someone else said, parking is an issue in The Lab... and one that doesn't look like it will be resolved any time soon.

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★★★★☆

My bf selected Habana for our first date over 3 1/2 years ago and it's still a favorite. As was mentioned before the Sangria is to die for! As is the Chicken Picadillo. And I have to restrain myself from ordering the crab cake sandwich everytime I go there for lunch because it is absolutely delicious (but those calories don't make it worth it).

Definitely check this place out if you're on a date. It's a great first date spot. Not too pretentious, yet not too grubby either. It strikes the perfect balance of casual hipness.

But like someone else said, parking is an issue in The Lab... and one that doesn't look like it will be resolved any time soon.

Pros: Hip yet romantic atmosphere and great food

Cons: Parking!

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I went on a date here last nite and it was wonderful. I loved the urban trendy deco.... We had some tasty sangria at the bar on the house because we had to wait for our table, the food was delicious and the chef was very friendly and helpful. I had plantain encrusted chicken and my date at the bistecca and both were so tasty, we ate every morsel! lol.....highly recommend it for a date or even a larger party.

2
★★★★☆

I went on a date here last nite and it was wonderful. I loved the urban trendy deco.... We had some tasty sangria at the bar on the house because we had to wait for our table, the food was delicious and the chef was very friendly and helpful. I had plantain encrusted chicken and my date at the bistecca and both were so tasty, we ate every morsel! lol.....highly recommend it for a date or even a larger party.

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The bar is a little small, but the marinated tequila and the mojitos are what Habana is known for. Love the candles and outdoor seating for a hot summer day. Nighttime is the best, though. The shrimp coctail with plantains is devine (albeit a little small). Nonetheless, I plan on returning very shortly for a romantic dinner again.

2
★★★★★

The bar is a little small, but the marinated tequila and the mojitos are what Habana is known for. Love the candles and outdoor seating for a hot summer day. Nighttime is the best, though. The shrimp coctail with plantains is devine (albeit a little small). Nonetheless, I plan on returning very shortly for a romantic dinner again.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Outdoor dining

Cons: Small bar area

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I have gone to Habana for cocktails before. The ambience is intimate and comfortable (the interior is lit with at least 100 candles), but I had yet to dine there. Well IO received my chance and was not disappionted. The menu is spectacular, and the Cuban fare provides a nice change of pace to your average steak and seafood dining. The wine list, while adequate, is lacking just a tad. But hey, just order the Sangria, and savor the food!

2
★★★★★

I have gone to Habana for cocktails before. The ambience is intimate and comfortable (the interior is lit with at least 100 candles), but I had yet to dine there. Well IO received my chance and was not disappionted. The menu is spectacular, and the Cuban fare provides a nice change of pace to your average steak and seafood dining. The wine list, while adequate, is lacking just a tad. But hey, just order the Sangria, and savor the food!

Pros: Ambience, Fantastic Food, Romantic

Cons: Parking, A Tad Loud

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This has the rep of being a good late-night place, so when we were looking for dinner at 11:30 on a Saturday night, this was our choice. Big mistake. We asked if the kitchen was open and got an emphatic "yes of course" and were seated outside. The waitress wasn't particularly friendly or attentive but I guess she was just tired at that hour. That, however, is no excuse for what followed. Before our appetizers arrived we were asked to order dessert as the kitchen was now closing. Was it ever? The dessert actually arrived while we were still eating our appetizers. Followed shortly after by the bill. And not only that, but we were told to "take care of that" as soon as possible.
I won't even comment on the food - it's completely irrelevant with that kind of service.

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★☆☆☆☆

This has the rep of being a good late-night place, so when we were looking for dinner at 11:30 on a Saturday night, this was our choice. Big mistake. We asked if the kitchen was open and got an emphatic "yes of course" and were seated outside. The waitress wasn't particularly friendly or attentive but I guess she was just tired at that hour. That, however, is no excuse for what followed. Before our appetizers arrived we were asked to order dessert as the kitchen was now closing. Was it ever? The dessert actually arrived while we were still eating our appetizers. Followed shortly after by the bill. And not only that, but we were told to "take care of that" as soon as possible.
I won't even comment on the food - it's completely irrelevant with that kind of service.

Cons: rude service

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My wife came here with her family over the holidays and couldn't stop talking about this place. Now I see why! It's a uber-romantic place to dine with sexy food and drinks to boot. Sangria and mojitos are winners, and my wife had their delicious vegetarian tamale. The flank steak was good, but I'm looking forward to having the pork next time! All in all, Habana's got flavor and style for days!

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★★★★★

My wife came here with her family over the holidays and couldn't stop talking about this place. Now I see why! It's a uber-romantic place to dine with sexy food and drinks to boot. Sangria and mojitos are winners, and my wife had their delicious vegetarian tamale. The flank steak was good, but I'm looking forward to having the pork next time! All in all, Habana's got flavor and style for days!

Pros: Romantic setting, Great food and drinks, 'anti-mall' next door

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This is not the typical OC, closed at 9PM, quiet, boring, bland, cookie-cutter joint. This place is original with a good looking & caring staff, amazing ambiance - an 11 - love the music and candles and tables, good food, great bar with a very unique & affordable wine list. I go several times a week and it doesn't get tired. They actually like seeing you!
The parking lot is a mess though - why not build an underground structure?
PS - It's a bargain.

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★★★★★

This is not the typical OC, closed at 9PM, quiet, boring, bland, cookie-cutter joint. This place is original with a good looking & caring staff, amazing ambiance - an 11 - love the music and candles and tables, good food, great bar with a very unique & affordable wine list. I go several times a week and it doesn't get tired. They actually like seeing you!
The parking lot is a mess though - why not build an underground structure?
PS - It's a bargain.

Pros: Staff & Price, Wine and Bar, Ambiance / Music

 

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