Cafe Habana

4.3
385 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban

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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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3.9
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4.2
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vipStephluvsfood
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go to restaurant in Malibu especially if you have shopping or hiking plans in the area

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RandyW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here fairly often and love it every time!! The food, atmosphere, service is all top notch!!!

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vipNormT
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and always great service from Israel and Oscar.

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SyuzannaS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fun ambiance!

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vipmadison1223
Seattle
160 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant sadly isn’t the same anymore. No iced tea at a Cuban place in CA. Mildewed odor and poor servixe

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Terrible service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great family dinner tonight. Drinks were awesome- skinny margs were the best we’ve had. Tacos, enchiladas, corn, queso and guacamole were all excellent- great dinner - ambiance was festive and inviting!! Can’t wait till next time

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Service was really poor. They sat us next to a drain which really stank a lot! And were mopping the floor as we were singing happy birthday - had to walk through a wet floor on the way out. Food was excellent.

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vipNmskies
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We made a reservation for 230 p on New Year’s day for party of 2 and arrived on time and were ask to wait at bar for table. Then while at bar many who arrived after us were seated before us.

After 30-45 minutes I finally had to get manager involved to seat us. Food was good. Very, very crowded. Was it worth it? Maybe...

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Dave
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Service was great. Food is consistently very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was really mediocre - have always been a fan but corn was cold, steak over cooked, rice was greasy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious, fresh and full of options.

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viprosesRred
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everyone loved their food. Cocktails were yummy too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that they are dog + kid friendly!

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vipTmarian
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was average the best thing were the fried plantain.

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AlexisC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It’s a fun vibe, great location but looks rundown inside and sandwiches were dry

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WendyL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was great! I totally enjoyed every aspect of my visit. The noise level was low!

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JamesW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu items! Great Atmosphere. Don't miss the Churro desert!

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
415 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio, great professional friendly service, consistently good food. Try the guacamole, corn on the cob and skirt steak tacos. All delicious

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GaryG
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Lettuce wrap fish tacos were good as was the brown rice bowl with steak. The bottled beer was not served cold and when I requested a cold glass the glass received was warm. Guacamole was very bland.

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Shannon22
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I fly to LA Cafe Habana is my first stop! I love the food and the atmosphere!

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vipAmber808
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

There was a lot of confusion when it came to being seated. The staff was over whelmed when we arrived and the sat us in a table that was about 2 feet from other tables and right in the middle of servers so we were moved. Our water didn’t seem to be quite with it either. The food was good and the drinks were fantastic!

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AnthonyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Restaurant hard to locate. Need of signage . Food was delicious.

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vipElle
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Going to Malibu on a Sunday afternoon is always amazing but this restaurant needs to figure some things out. The screaming hot plates and the solidified beans would seem to indicate a microwave in use. The main course food had no flavor. Appetizers and desserts were the best part. Waitress was classic...like a satire of a spaced out beach girl; completely inattentive. The worst thing was watching the table of three next to us order more alcohol than could be reasonably consumed by a party of six and then see them walk to and get into their car to drive. This restaurant really needs to take some responsibility for the amount of alcohol consumption under their roof.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Greatly disappointed with service and food! Missed delivery of appetizers completely! Sent one dish back because it was rubbery. Even cafe leche was not good. Overall surprisingly disappointing and overpriced. Will not be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as usual. We ordered the shrimp tacos, quesadilla, cubano sandwhich with fries and the chicken enchiladas. Everyone’s meal was served hot and was flavored well. Nothing was too spicy or bland. Flavors were on point as was the service. Ambiance was casual but upbeat. We will be back again!

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Glassy
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty Latin fare, always good and fresh with attentive staff and a restaurant that is consistently good.

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MattC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service; average food and extremely overpriced.

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Arlyb
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our service was so below standard. I will be sending a private message to the restaurant... The food was good and I a girlfriends reunion so that is what made it so nice.

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Steven
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

There is nothing Cuban about this restaurant. It is a Mexican restaurant. The overall feel was that it was dirty. We were seated right next to the kitchen even though we had a reservation and a walk-in was seated in the more cozy looking booth ahead of us. Full giant trays of food were whisked over my head on the hurried way out of the kitchen. A dirty broom was propped up against the wall outside the kitchen and in the kitchen which we could look right into, a filthy mop was visible. The music was very loud and did not contribute to the ambience of the themed restaurant. I think they were playing punk rock. The thought crossed our mind that perhaps our waiter was high on something. Forgotten drinks mediocre service. The bill was just plopped down on our table with no follow-up after dinner. I have to say the food was pretty good. I ordered steak tacos. Nothing special. Overpriced, but decent. The rice was tasty. Overall this place needs an overhaul. I will not go back.

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SARAF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uno dei posti migliori in cui sono stata. Cibo ottimo e servizio impeccabile

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MichelleA
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this restaurant because of the combination of the ambiance, location, and prices!

Although there is nothing Cuban about the food here (it's Mexican), the carne asada is AMAZING.

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nigelc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and good service, great place for lunch or dinner

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PatrickS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of food has gone down in quality since a visit from a year ago. Our tortilla chips were all crumbs, like somebody poured out the bottom of a tortilla bag. The salsa was just bland and awful. A Latin themed restaurant MUST have good chips, salsa and guacamole. The enchilada was under cooked, the tacos were average but the tortillas had the texture of rubber. Overall we were most definitely not satisfied with the food. The server was nice, but he seemed a bit overwhelmed with the Sunday crowd, we had to repeatably as him for better chips, refills,etc. The price of all this? Expensive, like Javier's expensive with a sub par El Torrito quality food. Would not recommend to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food fair. Hostess was wearing cut offs, flip flops, bare midriff top and hoodie, not the first impression I expected. Restaurant was in need of maintenance. Seats in our booth were torn and taped together, window shades in need of repair.
Last time I was here it was run better and food was better. Are they under new management? Very disappointing.

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Sofie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The name Cafe Habana is sooo misleading. There is nothing Cuban about the restaurant except the name and the pictures on the wall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Horrible they were allowing customers to use vapes

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vipMrTee
London
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our waitress was very hard to find and when she finally arrived to take our order, she was very uninterested and seemed ore-occupied. We had to ask other staff members for additional service.

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vipRimzak
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We’ve been twice at different times and both time busy or slow service is terrible. Order your bar drinks two at a time. Servers are never to be seen. We had ordered a marg right when our food came and didn’t get it WELL after we were done eating and that was after we reminded the server about it. I don’t know if the servers don’t want to sell drinks and only want to serve you one and done, but the service both times feels like that “island life” service you get on vacation where no one cares and is never in a rush for anything, including bringing you the check. You are sitting in front of a table full of finished plates waiting for your bar drink that would be your second drink and no one comes and busses the table even after you ask for the check. Food is good and that’s what we would come back for, maybe just Togo food because the service is so slow and lacking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crear good justbas The venue i visited un NY 15 years ago.

FAQs

Cafe Habana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 317-0300.

Cafe Habana is rated 4.3 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.