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Habana Restaurant and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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San Diego, California
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My coworker selected this place for our office holiday lunch. It is so close to our office so I can't believe I hadn't been there before. Looks smaller than what it is. We had a reserved area and the service was prompt and efficient without hurrying us. Cocktails are varied and potent. Had the Buena Vista, tasty and refreshing. The... More 

Thank Nalalita
Garden Grove, California
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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

I haven't really gone to many Cuban restaurants before but I was told this was a good place and I guess it's pretty good. Seems kinda overpriced for me but the entrees do come in pretty big portions. Service was good. Good thing is that take reservations and this place gets packed so make sure you make reservations.

Thank Lemonfresh76
Santa Ana, California
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Food is very good. Had Chicken crusted in Plantain it was moist and very tasty. Outdoor area is very relaxing. The whole Lab area is unique and laid back. Appetizers were good as well. We shared three and all were very well executed. Would highly recommend wether you're into Cuban food or not.

Thank TravelerJCB
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

The restaurant has a nice vibe, and you weren't rushed into ordering. That's probably the best thing I can say about the restaurant. I ordered a sangria (supposedly a specialty of the house) but it wasn't anything special. We split the roasted red pepper salad with chicken topping--both of which were uninspired. The plantain side dish was OK. I had... More 

Thank Jaqueen2016
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I brought my daughter to Habana for the second time and we still love this place. It's in a funky location called The Lab with several other shops like Urbanoutfitters and restaurants. It's worth it to arrive an hour earlier to walk around before the stores close. My go-to Cuban dish is ropa vieja and it is absolutely delicious at... More 

Thank Betty W
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

ceviche platain crusted chix all the drinks you stick with that and you won't be disappointed. you go all the way to costa mesa for the vibe. they have maybe top 5 out door patio/bar areas around. plus the great food. plated speculator. everything at this place works. all the pricey side but then again it fits costa mesa

Thank Ttmac21
Surrey, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Love this place - go every time im in town. Nice outside patio to dine on. Food is excellent - whether you like meat / fish / veggie options there is something for you. The empanadas to start are well worth a look!

Thank Jon H
South Coast, NSW
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111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Great location, slightly secluded, with great ambience. Menu was quite substantial with a good variety for most diets. Part of a large group which included vegetarian, non red meat eaters, fish and seafood only of which the menu ticked all boxes. Good variety of local and imported wines and beers. We all ordered mains only for as anticipated there was... More 

Thank Shudjan
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45 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Beautiful place on a nice location, The Lab. You can walk around after your meal and everything is beautiful and really nice for pictures. Very small parking but the valet is only 3 dollars and they validate with your receipt, so no problem there. The food was just ok, I can't say I disliked it but nothing I would rave... More 

Thank Kiararamirez
The Woodlands, Texas
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for a quick bite. Lively place. Great location. The shrimp and ahi ceviche was fantastic. I had the Ropa Vieja. Oh so flavorful. I will be back next time I'm in So Cal.

Thank stevetsmith

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $22
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 714-556-0176

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