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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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Cuban
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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
714-556-0176
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent food and service

Excellent. Will definitely be back. Ate outside. It was very atmosphere. It was chilly but they had plenty of heaters and pretty lights. Two of us had the skirt steak and one had pork belly. Everyone was very happy with their choices. Large portions and delicious. Yummy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
JLS123
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MN
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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99 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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MN
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Excellent. Will definitely be back. Ate outside. It was very atmosphere. It was chilly but they had plenty of heaters and pretty lights. Two of us had the skirt steak and one had pork belly. Everyone was very happy with their choices. Large portions and delicious. Yummy!

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Costa Mesa, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I especially love sitting outside with all the cool lights. The food is very tasty though a bit pricey in my opinion.

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Costa Mesa, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

the food here is so delicious and very unique - i had never had cuban food, but it is GOOD! such a perfect atmosphere for a date night or evening out with friends. my husband and i keep coming back!

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Costa Mesa, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I love the environment in here! It's very romantic inside and out. The decor is edgy and unique. The food was also an eclectic portrayal of cuban. Some of the food was just ok, and other things were delicious... so it's hit and miss in that department. But this is a great location for a date or evening out.

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West Hollywood, California
Top Contributor
242 reviews 242 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My husband read lots of favorable reviews for this "authentic" Cuban restaurant. We eat out 5x a week so decided to try it. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekend. After almost 25 years together we still like a restaurant with romance and this is packed with it; low lighting and candles lit everywhere (kids beware). Reminds us a bit... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Having traveled to Cuba, the food at Habana was just perfect. Bocaditos and Ropa Vieja hit the spot and the mojito was pretty potent! Check out the rest of "The Lab" shopping area when you visit Habana for some funky stores.

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Sumter, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I loved habana! the bar area is warm and inviting and the food was AMAZING. I don't normally order fish dishes but I did and don't regret it ... as it was amazing!

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

We relocated from Florida to California last week, and was told about the Lab Mall. We visited and found Habana, and assumed it was an authentic Cuban restaurant. It was not. The menu had maybe 5 entree choices. To play it safe, I ordered the Roasted Half Chicken.... It was absolutely horrible. It tasted like baked chicken soaked in lime... More 

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Riverside
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was a beautiful summer weather evening so we sat outside, lots' of people but service was excellent and so was the wine they had available.

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Avon, Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I went with customers who are familiar with the area and had been to Habana a few times. It was very unique with an upscale flair yet casual. We were able to be seated immediately and the restaurant was quite empty. My customers were very surprised because they said there could be an hour and a half wait on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: 714-556-0176

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 22
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?