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Cafe Habana Malibu

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3939 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu Lumber Yard, Malibu, CA 90265-4995 (Pacific Coast Hig)
310-317-0300
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 17
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  • 8
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Took the bus from Santa Monica to Malibu and ate here as my wife is Cuban. Place was clean and waiter/service very friendly. The guy who I think was the owner seemed to take pride in his business and was correcting things at every opportunity. Food was lovely, I had a Cubano Sandwich which was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
mitchandsheyla
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Midlands
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Midlands
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73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Took the bus from Santa Monica to Malibu and ate here as my wife is Cuban. Place was clean and waiter/service very friendly. The guy who I think was the owner seemed to take pride in his business and was correcting things at every opportunity. Food was lovely, I had a Cubano Sandwich which was nice and the pulled pork... More 

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Castaic, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I expected to see cuban food on the menu but only saw one item the Cubano sandwich and it wasn't the way they are usually made. I am Cuban, so I know a little about cuban food. The food wasn't bad, it was mainly mexican food.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

By the name, you would expect Cuban food..not so. It's just kind of bland Mexican. I always start rating a restaurant by it's soup & bread. Their Toriilla Soup was OK and not inspiring. I did not see any cubano dishes on the menu. I may go there again to see if their other dishes are better,,,

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

After doing a little research at nearby Zuma Beach we came across the menu for Cafe Habana. The menu looked great and being that I had a pocket full of Opentable dollars this would be our venue of choice. Cafe Habana IS on Opentable after all. We arrived and were barely greeted by a hostess who was staring off into... More 

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Todos Santos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Every time I've been to Cafe Habana, I've had an entirely different experience. The food has not been consistent, unfortunately, but I keep going back to give them another chance. This last time the Cuban style chicken I ordered was not cooked enough and had very little flavor....nothing like the authentic Cuban lemon chicken of the Versailles...which is the best.... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This place is really letting its self down by the fact it looks dirty, we sat down and the seats had food stains all over them , the floor was really dirty and the place smelt of sick. we were with friends and as they had booked it and are Locals we would just go with it. The food was... More 

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Malibu, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Nothing Cuban about this place...even our food server admitted when I asked. Plantains-- ok. Black beans-- dry. Fish tacos--average. Shrimp tacos-- average Service was friendly but average. Atmosphere was nice and noise was right on the edge. No reason to return. Everything is average.

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Los Angeles, California
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a usual meeting place for dinner with friends who live north of Los angeles. It's a fun place. Foods good but this last dinner was shockingly horrible. The server Christina was abrasive, rude, hostile, and overall the worst server I have ever in my entire like experienced. It was shocking. It was unbelievable. We were a friendly group... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I heard great things about this place. Very excited to stop in and try any dish Cuban inspired. The service was great, the restaurant has a nice ambiance, unfortunately the food was very average to blah. It was very Mexican American and the only thing remotely close to Cuba were the pictures on the wall. I mean nothing was Cuban,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Stopped for late lunch there. Service was good. Attentive, nice, and helpful. Decor nothing to remember especially. Some interesting artful photographs on the walls but that's about it. Food nothing special. Spicy calamari was not spicy. Guacamole pretty good. Goat cheese quesadilla uninspired. Fish tacos-- the broiled/grilled spice variety, not the deep fried nugget wrapped in a tortilla variety-- pretty... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Habana Malibu

Address: 3939 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu Lumber Yard, Malibu, CA 90265-4995
Phone Number: 310-317-0300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Cuban

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3939 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu Lumber Yard, Malibu, CA 90265-4995
    (Pacific Coast Hig)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu
  • Phone Number: 310-317-0300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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