Cafe Habana

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Cuban
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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Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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!

AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

E
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

G
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

MC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service; average food and extremely overpriced.

A
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

S
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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.

SA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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.

S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Horrible they were allowing customers to use vapes

MT
London
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

R
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

RR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

If you are going there for the food, don't. All this place has going for it is the location and ambiance. The food was bland and not really Cuban, with tacos and enchiladas. I had been to the one in NYC and was expecting the same level of food and was sorely disappointed.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were sat right away and served very quickly. Everyone was friendly and helpful! It’s. It pretentious but the staff is knowledgeable. We had enchiladas, a salmon burger and shrimp tacos. All were served hot and as we ordered. The food was delicious! Highly recommend checking it out.

a
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun Malibu hangout especially sitting outside on the covered patio drinking a marguerita

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

we waited over 45 minutes to get seated after our reservation time. Two of our orders were wrong. Forgot our chips.

A
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was good but not at the inflated prices that they came with. I ordered the shrimp dish for close to $30 and at any other restaurant either the shrimp would be larger or at least 3 more would have been on the plate. I had 4 very small shrimps on my plate. Thank God for the chips and salsa . I think they need to adjust their prices, I realize it's Malibu but come on. Total rip off

LP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food and good waiter

SV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a long drive (6 hours) and didn’t make it to the restaurant until 8:15pm, which was unusually late for us for a dinner with two little kids (1 and 3) but our kids were well-behaved, and yet I got the feeling bringing children was frowned upon. The restaurant was loud so we didn’t stick out like a sore thumb with the noise. Our waitress was EXTREMELY slow in serving us, whether it be our initial drinks or refills, etc, and yet I saw her very attentive to other surrounding tables. I was SO excited to eat here (we drove 45 min out of the way to do so) bc I dearly love Cafe Habana in NYC (Soho). The two locations have very different vibes, NYC is a hole-in-the-wall tiny joint that has a cozy feel while the Malibu location is very upscale and has a pretentious feel to it. I ordered the Cuban sandwich and it was brought out on a hamburger bun, not the regular bread I saw it on at other tables, the meat dry and no real sauce to it. The Cuban sandwich at the location in NYC was amazing, this was one I didn’t want to finish. The corn was just as good as I remembered in NYC though. Chips and salsa were delicious and are available upon request! Pricing was good. We most likely will not be back to this location but I dream of the next time I can revisit the location in NYC (have been many times in the past).

LJ
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food quality and taste is awful. Had an awful time. Not going back.

G
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, even on a dark day. New Margaritas with Jalapeños and cucumber. Corn is always fun.

KE
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Habana is a wonderful place to go for a great meal. Excellent location, great food, and skinny margaritas and tacos are out of this world!!

JK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good but not great Cuban and Mexican fare. The Cuban food could be more authentic.

RE
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was terrible - there wasn’t any ... had to ask for everything...

PV
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nothing much to say . Service average , food average. And value average. Over all average

LM
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Seemed like a fun place but then quickly became annoying. They only have 1 bathroom so you get to wait right in a doorway at the bar just to wash up. Servers want to move you along quickly. Food is NOT great, supposed Cuban inspired. Decent cocktails with only Casamigos Tequila for obvious reasons. Good less expensive option if you have kids with you, especially for this particular Malibu location.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my daughters birthday. She always chooses this restaurant for her birthday every year and is never disappointed. Thank you for always keeping the menu, service and environment the same because that is what we come to with the restaurant for.

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had higher expectation - nothing special about the location, definitely didn't get a sense of being in Malibu. Food was average at best and service slow and disjointed. Not going to make a return visit.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Mexican food! Truly the tastiest fish tacos in town, and fantastic margaritas!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The service and ambiance was nice, but the food was bland and not worth the pricing. I wish I could say it was what I was hoping for, but was disappointed. The service was ok although our waitress didn’t really come over to ask if we were ok that often. We asked one of the bussers for the things we needed two times. It was easier than flagging her down.

JF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was very crowded and understaffed. We waited an unreasonably long time for our server, and even longer for our food and drinks to come. One of our orders never came. Not sure I will be going back there, for sure not on a weekend.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They denied us a table even when we had a reservation.

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