Cafe Habana
Cafe Habana

Cafe Habana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.habana-malibu.com/
  • Phone: 3103170300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Jamaal Taherzadeh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast Hig
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Habana
Cafe Habana is a Cuban/Mexican cafe in Malibu, CA that holds an approachable, community-driven environment. We serve innovated Latin cuisine with a menu drawing specifically on Mexican and Cuban flavors. Our restaurant serves a lunch and dinner menu. As well, we have a full bar with original signature drinks and many wines sourced from California producers.
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Cafe Habana reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (12)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Has potential! Waitress ditzy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    When you ask your waitress what's popular and she "forgets" to tell you about the corn on the cob then you need to train better or fire them!!
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  • Great
    Veejaws
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Came here for bday...everything was sooo yummy...the service was exceptional!!! Especially loved our dessert!!! Friendly and attentive employees!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local Mexican food
    AwinrmVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not disappointed, but we thought it was going to be Cuban food, based on the name. Instead, Mexican food with some interesting twists. Overall, good food, nice patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTS
    Jcjanec
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is my second visit to this restaurant and it was even better than the first. On a busy Friday afternoon for lunch, we were seated promptly (make reservations!) and our server was attentive and very responsive. The food is of a very high quality and is served fast. Their special Habana Iced Tea is an amazing non-alcoholic beverage. If you need to get back to work or on the road, you can dine rather quickly, but they don't rush you out and you are invited to linger to enjoy the lovely ambiance. Highly recommend it as a wonderful Malibu dining spot. While you don't see the ocean, you can feel the cool breezes and the lush green plants offer such a wonderful ambiance you don't really care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad from the start
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Went to Cafe Habana for a late Monday lunch. Upon arriving I asked for a table outside and was told you can only sit outside if you request it in your reservation. That isn't stated anywhere but a bigger problem is during our meal there were always tables outside available. Service was slow but friendly. It takes about 10 minutes to get a mixed drink from the bar. Ordered the blackened chicken sandwich without mayo. When it came out it had mayo. I brought it up to the server and she said that the sandwich has avocado-mayo not regular mayo. Seriously? She finally got us another one but it was really too late for this experience. The tables around us complained as well. Nothing was good, little was average, a lot was bad. Overpriced & bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so Great
    newfinds
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My second time there, lovely staff and very friendly... Food was not good. Guacamole was bland and tasteless, taco salad the same. My friend had the tortilla soup, so full of peppers she could barely eat it.. My first meal there was breakfast which was much better..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Billed as Cuban place however essentially Mexican. Food better than average but very noisy and crowded.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great casual restaurant in Malibu
    vegan4life
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful patio area and great staff. The food is consistently good. If you like a busy bar scene then inside is perfect. Noisy and fun with lots happening. If not, request the lovely patio area. Don't miss the corn-either on the cob or they'll cut it off and bring it to you in a bowl. Great guacamole too. And if you're looking for veggie/vegan there's quite a few options on the menu. The wait staff are nicely attentive and make sure the orders are right. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corn, corn, corn
    Carieb
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    There is no better place in Malibu or LA for corn. This might sound weird, but once you taste their corn, you will be hooked forever
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS!
    Malibudiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best Corn in the world! Hands down. I had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. Very relaxing evening and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Don't miss the corn on the cob, and the pork chop is so tender and juicy you can't go wrong.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    bellsop
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Everything was great! We were on vacation and this was a great spot to go after our long day on the beach!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, yummy, fun!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Good food, attentive service, free valet parking! Corn is my new dessert😜👍
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Cafe Habana reviews archive.
  • Tasty Cuban/Mex Cuisine
    FoodHunterVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We liked Cafe Habana. Good indoor/outdoor seating; cuisine has nice Cuban touch; we ordered salmon and chicken breast sandwiches, both were excellent. They make good margaritas! Portions are generous but not heavy. Service is friendly and responsive. Prices are good too, not pricey for being in Malibu. All in all, a great place for lunch and I am sure for dinner too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wouldn't you know Malibu would have such an unexpected restaurant! Good food and a great staff.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistantly Great
    DbrookmaVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Never a bad meal, always very enjoyable, and a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice - Liked it a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I am on a strict diet this week and even found the brown rice bowl dinner suitable. The rest of my party loved their different orders. We'll be back often. Live here in Malibu for 25 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Chances
    Sandy64
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Overall Cafe Habana is a nice restaurant, great location, good food, fun atmosphere BUT friendly greetings and service are lacking. Do not choose here if you do not have some time to kill. Both times I have been, we have been ignored by bartenders and severs and both times after patiently waiting for initial greeting, we had to flag someone down. I might refer to friends with a caution flag but doubt we would choose to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant for date night!
    fishtacos
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I've been to Cafe Habana for lunch and for dinner, and both have been wonderful. The outdoor seating area is beautiful for afternoons and is lit up at night for a fun atmosphere. The food was perfect! Many reviews said that the menu is ethnically confused; I say there is something for everyone. I've tried the fish tacos, the steak tacos, the chicken enchiladas, and the grilled corn--all have been wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual place in Malibu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Enjoyed a casual Friday night dinner. We all had vafious tacos that were done just right. The fish ones were perfectly cooked, but a bit bland. Steak tacos were quite tasty. The menu has lots of choices of starters (corn w/cheese was terrific), salads, and entrees traditional and beyond. The service was perfect, too. We are water drinkers and our glasses were refilled without being asked. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Love this place...even on a detox! Even tho mojitos are the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Music, & Ambiance
    KatGVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Authentic cuban music is always playing in plant-lined outdoor patio. Food is awesome from the healthy to not so healthy. They have it all! Plus best mojitos in Los Angeles. Never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just not very special
    RoastbeefVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    This used to be better - more glamorous, more vibrant. It has now become quite ordinary. We used to get here once every couple of months. If it hadn't been for my daughter requesting we go this time, I would have quietly forgotten it. I won't be rushing back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten free and organic!
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    All was fresh, many organic foods, and gluten free calamarii! Anything can be made with corn tortillas on request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weeknight Dining
    Wonka
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Had the corn... of course... always have to. Though not quite as special as the last few times... The guac was great as were the fish tacos. And my cocktail was outstanding. Blanking on the name... but it had agave nectar and ginger beer... Delicious. Just a nice comfortable spot where you can usually sit and linger. I thought they had taco specials on Tuesday... but I guess I was wrong. May have to brave the Karaoke night on Wednesdays...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything we ordered was
    Yakker
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Everything we ordered was only semi warm. We even sent things back to be reheated. Four of us ordered margaritas and the waitress failed to infirm us we could order by the pitcher which made us feel she wanted to overcharge us. Food was not even average that night.....will not be returning anytime soon.
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  • Don't risk without reservation
    Scott
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Wife and I went Friday night (with reservation), were seated right away, and enjoyed dinner. Food and service was fine. Saw two other families we knew--one brought child and one did not. We returned the following night with our daughter (without reservation) and were told there was a 30 minute wait. After 30 minutes, I checked with the hostess, and was told wait would be another 30 minutes. Our 5yr old was getting tired and we decided to go across the street. Although we had a nice experience the first visit, I was disappointed that we wasted time waiting for a table we never got the next visit. We will go to Taverna Tony's or Marmelade Cafe instead.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    yummy
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We love Cafe Habana! The food is awesome and you can sit outdoors under their covered patio without getting cold. We like sitting outside best since it's much louder inside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Haunt
    garyf
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    When we don't know where to go for a nice Sat dinner but want to keep casual Habana is always our number one choice. Nice to see Rande and Cyndi there also.. Service is sometimes iffy but food, drink, and people watching make it all worth its while. Sat we had a sweet 16 party next to us so it got a little loud but we still love the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always good, atmosphere
    TKOSCOTT
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Food is always good, atmosphere is always hopping and the service is good. You have to try the corn on the Cobb. Wish they had a Gluten Free option, but can always find something to good eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe-not-so-Cuban Habana
    JdSB
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    For the prices this restaurant charges, the food was only average. Small portions and over-cooked shrimp and fish were rather surprising, given this is a sea-side casual dining establishment. Also, there didn't seem to be much in the way of authentic Cuban food choices. Felt more Mexican. I won't be going here for dinner again. The location is better for an early drink and snack in the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    That's the problem with this place! Host or hostess usually have one and don't make you feel valued even with reservation and forget it without reservation. As far as service, excellent waiter this time but everyone was trying extra hard as Cindy and family were there! No effort is made to accommodate local clientele and court a group of loyalist.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious burger!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    We frequent often for the burger and fries! Grass fed, only meat I will eat. Salads are great too. Cute place, comfortable and relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Showed up on time for reservation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Showed up on time for reservation. Had a request to be seated outside. They told me that it would be a 10 minute wait. I sat inside at a table while waiting. Table didn't become available for 45 minutes, and well after we had ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food...we love the
    LoveItaliaVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Delicious food...we love the corm on the cob! Grilled shrimp, enchiladas, best chips ever, and yummy margaritas! Plus great service and fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food but Grumpy Waitress
    PMDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    My girlfriend and I use to visit Cafe Habana in NYC when we lived there and enjoy going to the Malibu one as well. The food and drinks are good as is the art produced by Shepard Fariey that lines the walls. They have a great outdoor patio and are extremely kid friendly providing crayons and even etch a sketches. We did however have a grumpy waitress that made unnecessary remarks throughout our brunch on Saturday which was disappointing but we didn't let it ruin our meal. Hopefully she's in a better place next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cocktails with the Beautiful People
    BethCK
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Located in the Malibu Lumberyard, Cafe Habana is a great spot to rub elbows with LA's upscale beach crowd. A group of girlfriends joined me for birthday lunch and cocktails after a nearby dance workout at Juicy Athletic Moves. Cafe Habana has an interesting Cuban/South and Central American inspired cocktail list with excellent margaritas, mojitos, capirinhas, and my drink which featured muddled jalapenos with rum and grapefruit juice. Order the grilled corn with cotija cheese, lime and chile for starters. The menu includes some lighter salads including a kale caesar as well as fish tacos and a decent coconut flan.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    I guess I expected more, so I was a bit disappointed. This is a casual restaurant with Cuban inspired fare. There is a kids menu, which was great. But the service was not great. Refill of coffee and water not offered. Portions were good and prices fair. I just wasn't bowled over.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Viva Cafe Habana!
    BadgersrockVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    A fun relaxed vibe with good well priced Cuban/Mexican cuisine. The guacamole and chips are additive and there is enough to take home for to next day. We are working our way through the inviting menu....so far everything has been tasty and the portions generous enough to provide lunch the next day. The only negative is parking is challenging especially in spring and summer...lots of people in Malibu!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take a Pass!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    This was my 3rd time here - the first two times, the food being average, I thought that maybe I ordered the wrong things. It appears in general, the food here is simply mediocre. I ordered steak tacos this time. There was VERY little meat, and of the meat there was, three pieces were just chewy fat and I had to discard them. Their Tortilla chips are also mediocre; light but flavorless. There are just too many other restaurant choices within walking distance to pay over $20 (with tip/tax) for this small and fatty dish. Either they need to use better quality meat or marinate it for much longer. There is really no reason to try this place again...I'd hoped the third time would be the charm. I'll give them credit fir a nice outdoor patio
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate