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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
11:00 am - 2:00 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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44 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had such a wonderful visit to this gorgeous restaurant over the Labor Day weekend for brunch with a few friends. The weather was lovely, so we opted to dine in their courtyard area. The staff was very friendly, and attentive. Our server was Galvin. I was so impressed with his knowledge of the menu, and how passionate he was... More 

Thank jackiep183
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a romantic sexy date. Very dim lighting, staff hardly ever come by to check on you, good music. Hard to find at first but it's at the back of the anti mall. Was seated quickly but took forever to get drinks. They were not too busy but the bar was packed which apparently is in charge of... More 

Thank Jen C
Irvine, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My dining partner and I listened to other reviewers about the crazy parking situation so we made an early reservation on a weekday. Several reviewers indicated that there were many veggie options, but in actuality the menu is meat heavy with only two vegetarian dinner options, and only one without cheese. My companion ordered a beef dish and I had... More 

Thank Louise B
Murphys, California
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Five of us had a lovely meal here last weekend. Michelle took care of us very nicely and the patio ambience was great. Highlights included the skirt steak, the little empanada appetizer with jalapeno crema, the chocolate dessert....well, all of it really. Even our vegan diner was raving over her roasted vegetables and plantains! BTW, if you like cheese, the... More 

Thank groguet
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

The comfortable ambiance made for easy conversation, and the service was very good. The server suggested a Tempranillo wine that was excellent (El Coto), and the appetizers were plentiful for sharing. I recommend the empanadas-- we had both the veggie and the chicken-- and the crab cakes. The sauces were spicy and perfect! Habana is hidden off the main road,... More 

Thank PJG66
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here last month and really enjoyed the service and atmosphere. The food was very grwat too although I was a bit limited in what I could eat as the gluten free options were quite limited. What I did have I really enjoyed. Would recommend a visit here as the standard of food and service is high. Would love... More 

Thank DEire
Orange, CA
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112 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

As always, Habana excels! The spinach and shrimp salad was fantastic and the chocolate bread pudding was excellent. Everyone at the table enjoyed the food; I never have to worry about bringing folks here - never ceases to satisfy! Service was great.

Thank Melissa M
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

Was visiting the area and looking for good Cuban restaurant. Was kinda disappointed that Habana was not a traditional Cuban restaurant. Dont get me wrong, I truly enjoyed my lunch - skirt steak. Perfectly done and really delicious but this place leans more towards fusion. So why the 2* rating? The name and the expectation does not match up. I... More 

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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
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
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?