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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
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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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food = great Ambiance = outstanding Service = could be better We had a great dining experience. The only issue that keeps me from a five star rating was the service. We had a party of six, and our server did not write down any part of our order. After a fairly long wait for drinks, our order arrived minus... More 

Thank Tina D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing, amazing Cuban & Caribbean food. The first thing I looked for on the menu was fried plantains. Yes, they had both the green and ripe plantains. Enjoyed and ordered more! Had a refreshing glass of pineapple mixed drink. Perfect for the hot day it was. The food was good, equally was the service. I love the location and the... More 

Thank Newton C
The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I will start by saying I am Cuban and know Cuban food. This is in no way a place to come for Cuban comfort food. It's a very Fufu place with a just a hint of cuban flare. Pros: presentation of the food and located in a trendy place Cons: no Cubans cooking the food, not traditional Cuban food, hostess... More 

Thank Clary7625
Santa Ana, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is decent but can be a bit pricey especially when it's not always consistent. Sometimes it's great, other times it's meh. However, they make up for it with the ambiance and their MOJITOS!!! Hands down, they win when it comes to these delicious thirst quenchers.

Costa Mesa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is an interesting place. Their food is very good in general. I like the way they prepare beef. I have tried different dishes and they are all very nice. It is usually crowded and loud.

Thank DorisV660
Costa Mesa, CA
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Paella A La Habana is my all time favorite, even my husband who is not a big fish/rice fan loves it! Love the patio.

Thank Benterboys
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Talk about ambiance. .. this place has it down !! The food is amazingly yummy ! I always get the salmon .. my favorite salmon anywhere !! I have also tasted the delicious Ropa Viejas and many other items on menu since this is only Cuban food I have had its always fun to share plates here... plates are beautiful... More 

Thank merlesgirl2
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

We had this place recommended to us and it did not disappoint. The cocktails were excellent, you can taste the alcohol and they were refreshing - especially the mojito. We shared three starters and a salad, this was almost too much for two people. The Bocaditos and the red pepper blue cheese salad were my favourite dishes. We had great... More 

Thank Rebecca H
Costa Mesa, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

No, I'm not Cuban, but their dishes have such a nice, home made comfort to them. I loved the Ropa Vieja. I almost cried when I saw they had it on the menu. So yummy, it made me happy.

Thank Lilia W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $22
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
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: 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?