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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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Caribbean, Cuban
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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
714-556-0176
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
If only they took reservations

Habana has pretty good food, and the ambiance of the restaurant is very romantic. I think that the only bummer is that they do not take reservations, so unless to arrive at 5:30PM to eat during Senior Citizen time be prepared to wait for 1-2 hours for a table.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2015
Jennifer K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Habana has pretty good food, and the ambiance of the restaurant is very romantic. I think that the only bummer is that they do not take reservations, so unless to arrive at 5:30PM to eat during Senior Citizen time be prepared to wait for 1-2 hours for a table.

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Thank Jennifer K
Loma Linda, California
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174 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

My wife and I cam here for dinner and sat in the patio area. A little dark and butted up again the parking lot, so occasional headlights. Started with the cream cheese stuffed lump crab cakes. Highly recommend putting your crab cake on the roll they serve--a delectable combination. For mains: Flat iron steak for me--a perfect medium rare and... More 

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Thank Jeremiah G
Costa Mesa, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Love this place, great atmosphere great food. The bar area is small but quaint. You can sit inside but I prefer outside, especially by the fire pit. I honestly have enjoyed every meal I have had there. They are so full of flavor. They serve both lunch and dinner.

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Thank Janie B
Dupont, Washington
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

The food was delicious! I ordered the Stuffed Pork Croquetas and Calamari Fritters and both were extremely tasty and bursting with flavor. The texture of the calamari was perfect. I was dining with friends and one ordered the Flan. Best flan I've ever had. I was with a couple and one other friend. When the bill arrived we asked them... More 

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Thank Tania J
Dublin, Ohio
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

My boss and I were meeting late and decided to head out from the hotel for something to eat. The concierge at the Hilton recommended this place. It's out of the way and has great ambiance and atmosphere with a great outdoor seating area. I am by far not an expert on Cuban dishes but I truly enjoyed the rum-pepper... More 

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Thank Darrin B
Redlands, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Food is OK, beware if you are GF, you need to verify everything you eat. Many of the dishes have healthy preparations. Service is satisfactory for a higher priced restaurant. I was pleased with my waitress, however, I heard some of the guests who were in our business group were not happy with their waiter.

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Thank Intrepid M
Costa Mesa, CA
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173 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The outdoor patio seating is great. The menu has a lot of choices and present a good selection of Cuban items. Basic Cuban dish Ropa Vieja is very tasty. The steak is still the best item on the menu. A couple of really nice appetizers but not cheap for the size. Drinks are ok - a little pricey for the... More 

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Thank FrankTibackx
Newport Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I love this restaurant and the food! It never fails to provide great service and is very clean. I love the quality of the food, the flavor, and presentation. We have been there several times and always have a different entree. The parking is very limited and difficult on the weekends. make a reservation and come early so you have... More 

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Thank Debra F
Sarasota, Florida
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Really, really delectable cuban food. There were 4 of us, we all got something different, and we all loved it! I highly recommend. We sat outside..it was lovely. Very nice waitstaff.

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Thank mnhsrq
Herriman, Utah
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The location is really relaxed and great. It is in an anti-mall if you will called the LAB. The server was awful and very lax about everything, The food was good but not great.

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Thank Scott B

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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: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
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?