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Bella Cuba

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3930 South Bristol Street, #114, Santa Ana, CA 9270
714-280-2534
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Decent food, clean place

I haven't eaten much Cuban before. All my friends seem to really like this place though. It was cooked well and we had good service but to me it just seemed in the middle of the road. Menu was also a little limited.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Kyle W
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Orange County, California
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Orange County, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I haven't eaten much Cuban before. All my friends seem to really like this place though. It was cooked well and we had good service but to me it just seemed in the middle of the road. Menu was also a little limited.

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Tucumcari, New Mexico
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have no idea if it was authentic, but it was great. The service was way above average and the food was plentiful and great. Will be back next time we are in town.

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Santa Barbara, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A group of us went here for dinner when the Red Robin had too long of a wait. Boy were we ever lucky. Most of the Cuban food I have eaten is in South Florida, and it has been very good, but not nearly as good as Bella Cuba. The food, the service, I wish I could go every week!

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Santa Ana, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have hosted several group lunches and dinners at this place. Everyone comes out happy. Many of the people that I have brought here had never been before, and say they will come back. The Rabo Encendido is my favorite and everything is reasonably priced. Large tasty portions!

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Buena Park, California
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184 reviews 184 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We have been to this restaurant twice now. Each time we were greeted nicely, seated right away, and served fantastic Cuban food. We ordered rabo encendido (oxtail), pollo asado (garlic chicken), ropa vieja (shredded beef), vaca frita (flank steak), chilindron de cordero (sauteed lamb) and shared all entrees family style. I thought all the entrees were full of flavors and... More 

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Excellent Cuban restaurant. Not sure about how "authentic" it really is but nonetheless as a restaurant is very very bueno!!. Try the Ropa Vieja and instead of sweet plantains ask for the "tostones" (green fried plantains). Awesome dish. Flavorful and messy the way it should be.

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Mission Viejo, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We have been to Bella Cuba 2 or 3 times and always want it to be better than it is. The garlic sauce on the Garlic Chicken lacks a strong garlic flavor. The Arroz Con Pollo was OK but was also pretty bland with a disappointingly meager portion of Chicken. Our server was inexperienced and did not remember our order... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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219 reviews 219 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Never had Cuban food at a restaurant so this place was a nice change. I ordered the Bistec Sandwich which comes with a side of fries and the portion is huge! There was nothing too crazy about the sandwich..meat and bread. To tell you, it was kinda salty, the fries are nothing crazy...fries you know. All in all, the place... More 

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Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

I went with a very good friend and colleague and his girlfriend. We really enjoyed the food. The main dishes are excellent. We tried the liver, chicken, mahi-mahi. And they were all extremely tasty and well prepared. I rate the atmosphere as average, since there's TVs on the walls, and that's not my type of restaurant atmosphere. Desertsare not very... More 

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Fountain Valley
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I took a friend here for lunch and it was just so, so. Nothing jumped out as being great. There are other better places to eat in this same center. I felt the lunch was a little too much for what I got. Service was just so, so, too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3930 South Bristol Street, #114, Santa Ana, CA 9270
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: 714-280-2534

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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