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About 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.

3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Pacific Coast Hig

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 317-0300

Website:
http://www.habana-malibu.com/

Executive Chef:
Jamaal Taherzadeh

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Cafe Habana Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.8

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
Fun (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Healthy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Romantic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Waterfront (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Yummy food and great servers! We decided to go for the Elotes off the cob, as recommended by our server, for the appetizer. As well as splitting the taco soup. I opted for the mahi mahi Fish tacos for my main, and my guest got the Cubano sandwich. We left with full and happy bellies, and are already planning our trip back!!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Organic, Business Meals, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Not what I would say is authentic Cuban food - more like SoCal Cuban mexican with a delicious overall quality. If I lived locally, this would be a go to place. We went on a sinday afternoon with on an OT reservation asking for outside. We were seated immediately. Drinks were pricey, but way delicious.

Shrimp tacos - yes. Cubano - yes. Grilled corn - yes. Shirt ceviche - eh (leave off the lettuce - then Yes.

Our 9 month old loved it all.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I go to Cafe Habana pretty regularly, because of the food and usually great service. I have to say that Friday night's service was atrocious. Took an extraordinarily long time to get our drinks, we had to ask for more salsa and water refills three times before someone actually helped us out. Food was great, though!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was not good or authentic. It was also overpriced. The service was extremely slow and it wasn't even busy. Our waiter kept disappearing. We will never go back. We were very disappointed.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We ate out in patio area in relaxing setting and had some margaritas's after a hard days work and we started with hot goat cheese quesadillas. Our entrees were sizzling hot and cooked to perfection. We had carne asada and enchiladas both outstanding. Were sad to here the owners are getting a divorce. Our waitress was excellent and patient.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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food5
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 21, 2017

A very comfortable environment to sit in . I felt as though I was on vacation. The menu had many choices to pick from and the quality of the food was very good. Someone is paying attention to product for quality and health consciousness.
Dale Rot

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This restaurant has excellent Mexican food with a California beach-style setting. The atmosphere and ambiance are key too the success of this fun establishment.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

fun Malibu resto, nice looking, good food, fun crowd, easy atmosphere

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I always enjoy our time and food at Cafe Habana. With a full bar and fun cocktails, and delicious food options, it never disappoints.

The grilled Mexican corn, tortilla soup , fish tacos and raw veggie salad are my favorites!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Such a disappointment. Lunch here is fine. Waitress acted like she was doing us a favor by taking our order. Not enough wait staff for sure. The whole evening was unorganized and rushed. And we sat outside but it was too loud and chaotic. When I go out to eat with friends we like to visit and enjoy conversation. This evening felt hectic, rushed, chaotic and bad.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Hostess said she gave away my reserved opentable after 13mins being late

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice local spot- our table was not ready when we arrived but the restaurant made it up to use by proving a free round of drinks and eventually a very nice table. Lovely outdoor seating and friendly waiter, good food and fun drinks.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The outdoor ambiance is typically worth the slow service. Attention to detail isn't a strong suit but if you eat here enough, you lower your expectations. One thing that was so disgusting this last time was dining next to a table of two women and their dogs. Watching dogs lick food off of the dining plates on the table was enough to make anyone sick...understand dog lovers but honestly, there should be some common sense of decorum when dining at a restaurant. Why the restaurant allows this is beyond me. Seems like is a health code issue.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

We loved it. The service was fast and I couldn't find a problem with this restaurant

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Service needs to improve , food was delicious. We were back the next day

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The setting is lovely. We ordered guacamole which arrived after our main courses, and only when I asked (also it was pretty much just squished avocado and needed lemon juice and some flavour)
Generally the service was quite slow and intermittent. We went on a Sunday for brunch but when we arrived were informed they don't have a brunch menu and never have, despite there being one on their website. Our bill arrived and it was wrong and for the wrong table (in our favour) which we informed them of even though they hadn't noticed and we paid the correct (much higher) amount - but they didn't really seem to appreciate we had been so open and honest...plus I felt sorry for the other table who had apparently received our bill, which was much higher than theirs, and paid it then left their table.
The staff were very polite and friendly and the food flavours and presentation were great, but at $90 for two adults and one child for a casual brunch it also seemed expensive compared to other casual Mexicans. Had they done an epic brunch I'd have thought it worth it, but it was just tacos and salads, as you can get anywhere...but slower.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Carne Asada Fabulous and my friend had a Chicken Enchiladas double fabulous. Fantastic atmosphere and drinks out of this planet

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The food was fine, the service was a little slow. I would probably go to Cafe Cubano again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We waited almost an hour even though we had a reservation. The server was rude and barely said hello. Great atmosphere and food but the service was among the worst I have experienced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 1, 2017

fun place! the craft margaritas are excellent! the watermelon mint and the cucumber jalapeno very refreshing The gaucamole is one of the best I've had and the corn and cheese salsa is yummy as well. Shrimp Taco's were a hit- steak taco's good, but not outstanding. Service acceptable, but drinks took longer than we would hoped. all and all- it was great and we would return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Super fun atmosphere and really yummy mexican food too. I'd recommend it for a girls' night or even date night!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

A friend suggested this restaurant, so we thought we'd try it. The food was surprisingly good and our service was excellent. The outdoor dining area is wonderful for this time of year. The menu includes vegan options too, which for me is a plus!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Great place, great food and love their tshirts! Loved the outdoor seating and nearby shops. We even saw Rande.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Spicy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Food is less than ordinary. Ambiance is excellent. Service leaves a bit to be desired.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

This is the West Coast bro version of a very well executed concept in NYC. Sad to see that this did not translate well at all to Malibu. Fraught with mediocrity from top to bottom.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food, great drinks, excellent service and lovely outside ambiance.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We came from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit the Golden State for college visits, sight-seeing, and a quick family get together. We made a special trip here so my daughter could see where Harry Styles ate a few meals. Oliver took care of us and catered to our needs. He was accommodating and very fun. We enjoyed his quick-wittedness and great smile. I highly recommend the pork chops, to say they were succulent would be an understatement. When in Malibu, do your taste buds a favor and stop in.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Disabled Access
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 9, 2017

If you can eat outside we think it's nicer. Looking be the Shrimp Tacos!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Amazing food as always! Love the chips and salsa and the Habana Tea! Best salad and tacos around too!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We loved the food but the menu had very few true Cuban
Options. I just returned from Cuba and I was so excited to eat Cuban food. They need more choices.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I was so insanely stressed because this resturaunt did not accomadate to my large parties needs. We were 17 people, and our food came all at different times, some even 45 minutes later. Splitting the bill was very stressful, and the manager did not care about the issues that they were having despite our complaints. We requested a piece of cake for the birthday girl three times, and still did not recieve it.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Food flavors were somewhat Bland. Good cocktails and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 22, 2017

The food is great; the service is not. We were charged for iced tea that was never served. I sat with an empty water glass for 15 minutes. Details matter as much as food.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I love the corn! Great outdoor patio, especially at night.

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Service was not what it usually is- waited 45 min for a refill and had to flag someone down just to order and then again just to pay and get out of there. They failed in every capacity this time around. With so many options it's time to rethink this dive.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2017

This restaurant is amazing! The food is delicious and the staff is the best! My absolute favorite place to eat!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Very good place to come and just relax and enjoy a great dinner with friends. Nice atmosphere and employees are all very kind.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Always healthy, diverse menu that remains fresh, great people and friendly "locals" vibes

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We went for dinner since my sister was visiting. My kids love it and so did we. It was busy and service was a little slow but the food was great as usual!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Not Cuban food. This is just an average Mexican restaurant

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