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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 11
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    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Never Disappoints

I love the Lechon asado of pork item #1. It is marinated chunks of pork in some type of lemon/lime garlic sauce. Served with sliced onions, white rice, black beans and fried plantains (similar to sweet bananas). Always a basket of toasted garlic bread on the table. Complete delicious meal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Priscilla G
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English first
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I love the Lechon asado of pork item #1. It is marinated chunks of pork in some type of lemon/lime garlic sauce. Served with sliced onions, white rice, black beans and fried plantains (similar to sweet bananas). Always a basket of toasted garlic bread on the table. Complete delicious meal under $15. Cuban music and waiters.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I'm a creature of habit and almost always order #6 - Garlic Chicken. I like my onions grilled and rice / beans mixed. Everyone at Bella Cuba is so friendly, helpful and prompt. The Garlic Chicken is my favorite dish although many of my friends and family members rave about so many other dishes. The homemade Sangria is wonderful.

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cozad nebraska
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77 reviews 77 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We met with friends on a warm evening and found a lovely outside table. We had two waiters taking care of us and they were very good. The food was wonderful and everyone gets the rice and black beans which is a meal in itself. Will go back if we get the chance!

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Orange County, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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?