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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.7

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Fun (6)
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Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Romantic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Business Meals (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Such good food. We have only been for lunches but always leave happy. The grilled corn is great. I always order the Cuban sandwich and it's a serious contender.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It’s a regular favorite. Food was great but lousy service from a waitress with a bad attitude.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food quality seems to be lacking since last visit 6 month's ago. Meat seems to be of lower quality and smaller portions of chicken enchiladas

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Cafe Habana Malibu was easy to find but there aren't many parking spaces in front of the restaurant for customers. The Cubano sandwich was delicious although the Ultimate Margarita was just okay. (But that may be because I ordered it without any alcohol.) Great ambiance and good service too. I'd like to visit again to try a different menu and would recommend the place to my friends as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food & drinks are good-great(somewhat inconsistent). Fun vibe, great people watching. Service is poor-fair. You always kind of get the feeling your inconveniencing your server. Yes, it’s Malibu, but your still in the service industry. Get over yourselves. If you can bring your sense of humor with you about the service, you’ll be fine.

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Although the food was good, the service was disappointing. We heard great things about their guacamole and ordered it but couldn’t eat it because they ran out of Corn chips. It took 40 minutes to get the chips. Very disappointing. The waitress neglected to notify us of the delay on the chips when we ordered the guacamole and didn’t come back to fill water or provide drink refills.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

hostess was rude when we said we had an Open Table reservation and 'rolled her eyes' at us
However our food server was wonderful and he deserves 5 stars! The food was EXCELLENT on all levels

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I had fortunately made reservations at this popular spot in Malibu, so we were seated promptly. It was quite noisy and busy, but our servers were attentive. I was disappointed that the menu was primarily Mexican fare and would have liked a more Cuban experience, but everything we had was tasty, with generous portions.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The grilled corn is amazing!! The mojitos are very fresh and refreshing!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Well decorated. Popular. Perhaps we ordered the 7 worst things on the menu.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service is far from good, the restaurant feels run down and dirty. I hope they get it up and running again.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

6 stars only because you don’t offer more. A must stop every time we pass through this area.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing service from Halu. Food was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I love Cafe Habana - but this particular night i was really disappointed with the service. When I walked in it took 10 minutes for someone to help me, when it wasn’t busy at all and the staff was just sitting at the dining tables laughing. Our waitress wouldn’t give us the time of day and was very rude. She left before taking our whole order, didn’t even give one of us the chance to order.

I love Cafe Habana and their steak tacos are one of my favourite meals anywhere but this last experience really left a bad taste in my mouth.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Overpriced for wonderfully mediocre food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

One down side No Valet at least not in December when I went. Otherwise cool spot.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food! Excellent service!! Terrific place to hang out and feel welcomed!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 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 13, 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 21, 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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 20, 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 16, 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 16, 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 13, 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 2, 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
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 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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vip
 (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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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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