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Habana Restaurant and Bar

The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
714-556-0176
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Ranked #31 of 412 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $22
Cuisines: Cuban
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Vista
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Lets start with the good...1. Atmosphere. The restaurant is inviting, has a great patio and is located in a wonderful and unique hidden gem of a shopping area and very cool old trailers made into shops 2. The help is very welcoming and makes you feel at home...3. The food is served in or on blue tin plates and pots... More

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Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Food is very good, excellent value and the staff and extremely knowledgeable and always there to help.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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79 reviews 79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Had dinner here January 28 with business friends. The patio area was great, especially to people coming from the cold, snow-covered Midwest. We appreciated the heaters set up around the tables and the many candle displays. We all ordered different dinners--salmon, chicken and the house specialty beef dish. There was something good on each plate, but no one thought their... More

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Long Beach, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This place in attached to a cute shopping area, called "LAB, The Antimall." I will make this review uncharacteristically brief. The vegetarian empanadas lunch appetizer ($7) were delicious. The crust was lightly crispy, yet tender and oh so flavorful. They came with delicious banana-habanero ketchup, not spicy at all. The lump crab cake lunch appetizer ($12) was wonderful. The 2... More

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Garden Grove, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We originally decided to return to this restaurant more because of the beautiful outdoor patio atmosphere that this place offers vs the food we remembered from a few years ago. But, upon returning here, we then discovered a dish that surprised us by how tasty it was: it was the marinated Skirt Steak "estillo Churasco", topped with chimichurri, spanish rice,... More

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laguna niguel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Chose Habana to have a quick Saturday afternoon brunch. The menu was somewhat disappointing, but chose the tortilla potato brunch item, it came with salad on top and a side of some type of red sauce. Overall it was tasty but lacked seasoning and the portion size was small for a $12 item. My friend chose the chicken salad and... More

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Orange County, CA
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99 reviews 99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Went here on a date and LOVED it. Sat inside (never my preference) but the trendy inside was perfectly lit and very attractive. The only down side was that the cement walls didn't absorb sound so it was a bit echo-y. The last two times I sat outside and it was lovely. Down side is that the parking lot is... More

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Westminster, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I've been there twice and the food was ok. The appetizer portions are so little and they are pricey. The lunch dishes were just ok too. The white sangria is good, but the red and the mixed sangria is bad. The waitresses are ok...when you ask them questions about a certain dish, they'll say "its good" or "I haven't tried... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I loooooooooooooooove their crab cake sandwich, but you can only get it for lunch, and only on certain days. But they have a lot of other drool-worthy dishes, like the salmon, and splitting the Paella between friends is awesome too. Love this place

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Anaheim, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I like the ambiance here - a lot. I ate outside on a nice, sunny day. I'm not too impressed with the service, but the food is pretty good. The wait for the outside on a nice day is a bit longer than the inside, but it's well worth it. I had the steak, and it was quite good. I... More

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