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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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Murphys, California
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank nestingdragons
Laguna Beach, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have dined at Habana for the past ten years and experienced many lovely dinners. As of late (over the past year) I have noticed a declined in both the food and ambience that once made this restaurant fantastic. Sadly my last dining experience convinced me that my time would be better served finding another Cuban restaurant (for which the... More 

Thank Domenick F
Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always my go to when visiting Costa Mesa! Beautiful setting especially outside with gorgeous lighting. Delicious food and amazing cocktails!

Thank kim v
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 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 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, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, 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?