Habana Cuba
Habana Cuba

Habana Cuba

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.998cuba.com/
  • Phone: 4089982822x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch- Tuesday - Friday 11 - 2pm
    Dinner- Tuesday - Sunday 5 - PM
    Closed Mondays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jennifer Echeverri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Habana Cuba has a catering menu available with a delivery minimum (the catering is not full service).
  • Private Party Facilities: For that special occasion, Habana Cuba is the place to be. Our service, food, and ambiance are the perfect receipt for any memorable event. Our restaurant can accommodate up to 70 guests for sit-down dining and up to 100 guests for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres only.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennier 4089982822x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Carlos & Park
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Habana Cuba
Located off of The Alameda downtown San Jose, Habana Cuba's family tradition continues to provide hearty comfort food paired with wonderful Spanish wines. Ranked in the top 50 Spanish Restaurants in the US.

Habana Cuba Restaurant has enchanted locals and visitors with generous portions of authentic, original cuisine. Fine Dining at its best
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Habana Cuba reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (17)kid-friendly (15)special occasion (13)good for groups (13)great for lunch (10)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent food, great service
    CaliBard
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This neighborhood gem never disappoints. Tucked in a nondescript street, Habana Cuba delivers tasty authentic cuisine and wonderfully friendly service. Our party of 2 was served promptly. The mojitos were generous. The lechon dish, served with beans, rice, fried plantains, was well prepared, filling, and yummy. Good value for the $ too. This restaurant is the perfect addition to your casual dining go-to list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great service
    Pattiecakes
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    As always, the food was incredible and the service was remarkable. All of the employees are very inviting and attentive to your dinning needs. Make sure you enjoy a glass of sangria... It's outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Horrible experience and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Overpriced. Paella is mushy and tasteless. Meat very dried out. And they asked us to give up our table of four for other waiting diners. We had only been there for 1.5 hours celebrating a friend's engagement. Shameful!
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  • enjoyable
    lefty11
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    the fish entries listed on the menu....were not available..... dissapointing
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fine meal
    KeithB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I along with another couple had another great meal at Habana Cuba. This time we all had the Paella A La Habana (seafood) along with some appetizers and sangria. We've really come to enjoy Cuban food which was excellent. Great tasking and more than generous portions. The leftovers made for a great lunch the next day. The service was good. Our only complaint is that it was quite a warm evening and the restaurant's air conditioning couldn't keep up. It wasn't too painful but our dinner would have been more enjoyable if the room had been cooler.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Lovely place to bring all our out of town guest! For me the best food around!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Gare
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food, quick service, great waiter. Will go again when in San Jose.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new favorite spot!!
    redchamp
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Love the food, love the service, and the restaurant itself is a great place! Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like the Old Havana Scene
    RogerD
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Coming during FIFA World Cup time added to the excitement and the feel of this old favorite of ours. Tables are nicely laid out, not too close, and the food is kind of Cuban you'd expect at Versailles in Miami, excellent and well prepared. Like a trip to Old Havana, full of the scents and sights of a beautiful Caribbean restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Place for Cuban Food!
    SFeats
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have eaten at Habana Cuba three times in the last 2 months (with a friend, then with a mom's-who-lunch group, and most recently with 2 other couples who get together monthly to try a new restaurant) and the food, service and atmosphere have been consistently great. My only complaint, and it's a very small one, is that they had run out of their guava dessert the last time we were there. This last time we made an afternoon of it, starting with a walk around the SJ Municipal Rose Garden and the Rose Garden neighborhood. Our party came from Cupertino and Los Altos, and the trip was definitely worth it! We plan to take other friends there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cuban Fare in the Neighborhood!
    LoveKahana
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dined at Habana Cuba for the first time to celebrate a good friends birthday, and couldn't believe this little gem, was right here in San Jose! Our Server was so pleasant and answered all our questions! The food was incredible! If you're looking for a little bit of Cuba's cuisine, go to Habana Cuba for a taste of love! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not what was expected
    ive84
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Nice place. But i had the paella seafood. And it had no flavor. 1 spoon full piece of lobster and the rice was really watery. But that was my plate. And the mojito drinks were not good either. I probly wont go back. Nice service though
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  • A Little Cuba in Town
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is traditional Cuban food…no frills or flare, just good tasting food. We've been here a lot…it's our favorite Cuban restaurant in the area. Everything we've ever had has been very tasty…whether it's an appetizer, a traditional Cuban Sandwich, pork, chicken or beef dish. The portions are ample and it's all easy to share if you want to try more than one dish. The mojito is also pretty good and so are the beer choices. Not sure about the wine list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful food and service!
    Tmoxie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was excellent, get the Ceviche!! You will not be disappointed!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining pleasure
    OneTee
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We celibrated Father's Day and a birthday at Habana Cuba. Our party includes a 1 month old baby , that thankfully slept. Our serving team provides a 'basket' to put our baby carrier in, instead of on a chair or the floor. Several servers assisted in requests during the dinner and were always polite and efficient. The appetitizers (sp) and meal portions were enough to fill everyone. The pork dishes were tender and flavorful. If you go during World Cup Soccer, expect some cheering when a goal is scored but otherwise, the noise level and ambiance it great. Did I mention the drink selection?
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great day
    mmjjbd
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a large group of 12 and they accommodated us wonderfully. Had great Cubano sandwiches and sangria family had a great time
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    SFAEVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We were in the area, avoiding the traffic of the drive home. This is a lovely place, with great service and good food. It was fun to try something new. Be careful not to "over order" the portions are huge. We took at least half of our food home. Nice wine by the glass. An affordable and fun evening out.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and True
    FoodieCouple510
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Everytime we don't know where to dine out, we say, "Habana?" and we can always agree and have a great place to visit. Just don't forget to make your reservations. Sometimes they tend to run out of the tres leches cake...but usually by desert time, we're stuffed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Consistently Fantastic
    CaliBard
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Habana Cuba is one of my "go-to" restaurants because it always delivers courteous service and terrific food. It's a true neighborhood gem. The staff is attentive and friendly. Menu choices are Cuban favorites and the preparation traditional. I started with the fresh and zesty Ensalada Tropical–the house balsamic vingarette gives it a great punch. Next I opted for the traditional and hearty Lechon a la Cobana. It's slow roasted pork marinated in citrus and herbs, served with rice, black beans and delicious fried plantains. More than enough for one person, the meat was perfectly prepared and the beans were slightly-salty-good. I'll go back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Caribbean joint!
    thebilou
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    There are not that many Caribbean restaurants in the bay area, and I am glad I found this one. Authentic Caribbean food, great cocktails, and very-friendly waiting staff. Will definitely go back again!
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    very nice place. I enjoyed it. Very much. I'll most likely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 305 reviews are from the Habana Cuba reviews archive.
  • Have been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Have been to this restaurant many times over the years and this Is the first time we were not crazy about our meal. Everything was just mediocre. Portions were adequate and the service was very good. Maybe it was just an off night.
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  • Boyfriend and I have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2011
    Boyfriend and I have been going to Habana Cuba for a few years now. We've never had a bad experience. I'm in love with their Paella a la Habana and he always gets the Vaca Frita. Can't go wrong with their Sangria either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    The food was excellent and I would definitely come back here again. I'm just sad to read that you will no longer be able to make reservations via OpenTable after October 1st...however, just call them and make reservations! A definite must try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We truly enjoy Habana Cuba
    Jude
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    We truly enjoy Habana Cuba and heartily recommend placing it on your "must dine" list! This time, we had the Sangria (yum!) with our Tapas (the cuban sampler: MASITAS, YUCA FRITA,TOSTONES, PAPAS RELLENAS AND CROQUETAS!) and the Vaca Frita was an excellent choice (superYUM!!). We were seated immediately and our servers were very attentive! We'll be back (of course!!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • if it's just the two of you,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    if it's just the two of you, the surtido is a great entree. it comes with soup (chicken noodle with corn on the cob) or salad plus sweet plaintains (yummy!), white rice & black beans. surtido is a sampler of chicken with onions, amazing pork & beef with green olives & potatoes. although it's meant for two, the bf & i always leave enough leftovers for a sizeable third meal. they carry a large selection of non-alcoholic beverages, especially regional sodas & fresh fruit juices. i'm usually too full for dessert, & they've added several items. with tip & a soda, the bill was left than $50. when you consider that you can spend the same amount at the counter for burgers, i'd much rather eat at habana cuba.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and nice change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2011
    Great food and nice change of pace from the usual Italian, Thai, Chinese places.
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  • My husband and I have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2011
    My husband and I have been to Havana Cuba several times already and each time we enjoyed our dining experience. This time we were celebrating my sister's birthday and the waiter even brought out a special birthday cake for her. The tres leches cake was really good. The best that I've tasted. The service at Havana Cuba is always excellent and not to forget to mention that the food is really tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Very good seafood entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    Very good seafood entrees and sangrias. The turkey croquettes and the Tres Leches were yummy. However, the cocktails could have been better.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I took some out of town family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2011
    I took some out of town family members & all enjoyed food & ambiance there...will go back...recommend to others!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food every time! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2011
    Great food every time! Service is always outstanding too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2011
    Excellent food and service - try the Lechon ala Cubana.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Really enjoyed the appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Really enjoyed the appetizers and the drinks. One of the few places where the Mojito tasted good. And the fried yucca and sweet plantain fritters were delicious. Will go back for their drinks and starters. Main course, tried the seafood paella. It was decent, but not one of our favs.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • I have always enjoyed Habana's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    I have always enjoyed Habana's but since they got a new chef a yr or two ago there food is heaven and a special spot I like to take friends from out of town.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing Plantaines
    MorganHillbille
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Always good for a Cuban food fix; however, the plantaines were very disappointing. They were not sweet and kind of hard.
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  • Authentic Cuban home-cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    Always a pleasure to have a quiet dinner at this Cuban based restaurant. Waiter remembered us and was quick to accommodate our needs. Not a huge menu offering- 5 or 6 each of beef, pork, seafood and chicken entrees, but all authentic presentations with black beans, rice, plantains. Salads and soups are tasty and fresh.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A very good cuban menu with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/30/2011
    A very good cuban menu with great flavors. Service is good!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • A Bite of Cubana in San Jose!
    ElvesOfACertainAge
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    We're so glad to have such a wonderful Cuban hot spot nearby. The food is always incredible and the service is magnificent. Our group had traditional Cuban roasted pork, oxtail, and a fried beef dish with garlic and onions. We started with plantain chips. It was all fantastic. The portions are incredibly hearty, so it's easy to share. We'll definitely be back again with more friends!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Always a goodly amount of
    Hawkeye
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    Always a goodly amount of quality food for a reasonable price. The pork, chicken and black beans and plantains are especially tasty. Salads are so-so. Service is adequate, but not exceptional.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • We attended, but they marked
    MariadawnpVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    We attended, but they marked my opentable account as not attending. Frustrating.
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