Habana - Costa Mesa

4.4
738 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Habana was established in 1995. We serve Nuevo Latino cuisine which includes some Cuban and Spanish classics. We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Habana is one of the few places in the area serving our full menu until midnight everyday including a late night happy hour served from 10pm-close. We have both indoor and outdoor seating. There is a fun and romantic atmosphere with candle light throughout the entire restaurant. We have a lot of special event celebrations so there is always something new and exciting for our guests to experience.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Habana will be offering a Delicious Cuban Brunch Buffet on Mothers Day. Early Brunch Reservations from 8am to 8:45am $55 per person & Reservations after 9am to 3pm $65 per person. Due to high demand we require credit card information. Cancellations may be done 4 days before the May 12.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 738 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food , great drinks, nice place to dine outside with out much work.

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IG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this experience was excellent. A couple recent visits to Habana before this one were disappointing, so we were pleased to see it return to its prior form.

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F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we had been to Habana, and the food was as delicious as we had been told. The kitchen was very accommodating with my husband’s dairy sensitivity, and their recommendations regarding specific selections were spot on.
The bar drinks were generous and delicious!
The only negative was that We are outside on the patio, and it was rather noisy which made it difficult to hear at our table.

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IF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always amazing ! the food is always great and the special as delicious. The Paloma was a great drink choice

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Ambiance and food and $5 mojitos were amazing! Our waitress however, hardly ever came over and was quite unfriendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

One meeting was a Business meeting and other was dinner with a friend. Neither Experience was as good as it used to be there years ago. Brought out wrong meal last time. Brought wine out for one when we ordered two glasses. Just not paying attention. Staff do not look neat and clean. Service slow. Food tastes not as good as it used to be. Just used to be better all around in the past. Last two visits have not been impressive. After second dinner, it wasn’t a fluke. Just Taking Habana off my list of go to restaurants. Too many other choices in OC to get marginal food and service. Not sure what happened to the place. Too bad.

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L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

We started with Mojito’s that were terrible, worst ones ever. You would think a place named Habanas could serve a decent drink, WRONG!! Awful. Cheap rum and Tonic water. Food had Jalapeños and jalapeño sauce on everything. Not Cuban at all. Anyone that has any idea of Cuban foods know this is wrong. I was asked at the time of maki g the reservation if this was a special occasion and I let them know it was our 19 Anniversary and I wanted to be special. The lady said they would make it special. They did, they ruined our Anniversary with lousy drinks, food we couldn’t eat and bad seating. Thanks Habana for ruining our 19th Anniversary.

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T
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was a bit difficult on my first try to get a reservation at this place, but went the following weekend. Food was under-whelming, they seemed to be understaffed (although our server was good), bathrooms are located outside in a different building, absolutely nothing special about this place except it does have a nice patio area.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As usual excellent food and ambiance, this time service was not as attentive as normally is. First we asked for straws and our server forgot, then We ordered two identical plates and one came with black beans and one without , when we brought it to the server attention , she did apologize as in script and our water was never refilled. All other times has been a great experience and we will be back.

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MB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Habana's. I have going to your restaurant for at least 15 years. I ordered the Pork Croquetta's, Ropa Vieja and Key Lime Pie. The Pork Croquetta's were a little overcooked. The Ropa Vieja was delicious, but the plantains were not ripe enough and the Key Lime Pie was very tasty. The meal was brought out at the same time as the appetizer which was a little off-putting. It felt like we had to hurry. The waiter was very friendly.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance as usual!

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very wonderful lunch! The food was incredible and our waiter was extremely attentive.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for lunch on the patio on a nice day.

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal out we’ve had in a long time. Great variety on the menu, excellent service and ambiance was super fun and romantic. Will be back for sure!

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KC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and drinks were delicious. Loved the ambiance of the patio. Our server was terrific. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ran a little late, called to let the hostess know and they were super accommodating. Food and service were excellent! Had a wonderful time!

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ET
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

My meal was salty and undercooked. This is not good Cuban food. Over priced too. It was also very loud! Impossible to hold a conversation.

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LR
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular! The meal started off with a basket of delicious rolls and a sip of complementary sangria. We ordered two different cocktails (the Hells Blossom and the Caipirinha both of which were delicious! We ordered two entrees (Citrus Marinated Pork belly and the Spice Crusted Ahi) and a sampling of their sides for three of us to share (Tostones, Papas Rellenas, Brussel Sprouts). All of it was so amazingly good and the portions were huge! We still ended up taking food home! Their cocktails are a little pricey and the parking was really difficult but aside from that the ambience was fabulous and the experience was great. To top it off, we went to celebrate a birthday and they brought out a mini key lime pie and a mini flan with candles in them for dessert. Such a nice treat. The only complaint was that their entrees were a little on the pricey side. Not that they weren't good, but $30 for a slightly well done seared piece of ahi over some mash was a little extra.

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AV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Great drinks, and good service. The noise level is very loud so that took away from the experience. Would definitely go back!

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h
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food and ambiance. But the server obviously had too many tables and the service was very slow. He forgot about it being a Birthday celebration tho he had been told and there were gifts on the table

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N
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the funky location but parking is ridiculous. Plan to valet park or hire a ride service. We went for lunch. Menu is somewhat limited but has the most popular Cuban food items like ropa vieja (shredded beef), lechon (pork) and roasted chicken with lemon garlic sauce. The lemon garlic sauce was a little bland for my taste but it was definitely good; probably ideal for people who don't like intense garlic or lemon flavors like me. Service was great. Sangria, capiranha (I know I botched the spelling!) and champagne by the glass were excellent accompaniments.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! From the complementary sangria to the amazing atmosphere, Habana is a step into Cuba itself! I can’t get enough of the delicious food and the awesome people!

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Habana. I used to go more frequently but hadn’t been in a while, so I took my boyfriend who had never been. Needless to say he was in love with it, and I’m glad it’s back in my date rotation! The food is incredible, and good sized portions. Cocktails are also amazing. The best part is the amazing atmosphere outside- perfect setup with super nice mood lighting. It’s a bit loud, but personally I really like that! Makes it feel more vibrant and fun. Overall one of my favorite places to get some “nicer” food and drinks. :)

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic my server was amazing.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really good but parking is horrible but around the corner they have three dollar parking

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JE
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. We have become regulars.

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C
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Our first time and not impressed. Based on reviews, parking was very difficult to find if you plan to be there during the prime dinner hour of 6:30-7:30. It is very loud and dark but that doesn't bother me as much as the slow service and marginal food. It took over an hour to get our dinner. The waitress did come and tell us that the kitchen was slow. I had the pork ossobuco and it was very dry and salty. My husband had the skirt steak which was also very salty. We started with the heirloom tomato salad with fried goat cheese- it was described as having raw garlic and it was very overwhelming, especially when put dry on top of tomatoes without much olive oil.

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F
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun environment! The food was like a party in my mouth, and our server was awesome.

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DP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & atmosphere! Loved the ambience & decor. The room had great energy!

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KS
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio is the best! Our food was special and tasty. Cream cheese stuffed crab cakes were heavenly and the Spinach Salad was lovely with fried goat cheese croutons. YUM Had a great cocktail with Mezcal in it that was delish as well.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beside the for being good the service was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were great! Excellent place for a friend’s get together.

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I think they were very unstaffed that evening, but we had horrible service. Water was not re-filled and we were never asked if we ever needed something else. We ordered apps & food, but when the food came it took 20 minutes to get big plates to actually even eat our meal. The food was pretty mediocre, nothing special but with the bad service it led to a very poor experience. Might be different if the service is spot on!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with great food and service

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. I arrived and within the minute I was taken to my table. 10/10 recommend

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DR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Something has changed at Hanana. I’ve been going there for years. Not anymore! The Caesar salad we ordered was wilted and was flavorless. Our waiter was inattentive. The overall quality of the food was not as it has been in the past!

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SH
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cool and lively place with good value food and cocktails.

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T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Habana is located in a unique outdoor retail area, a small fun place to shop while you wait for your table. The ambience was fun, staff very attentive and happy, which I always appreciate. Food was amazing, great flavor, good portions and came out in a timely manner. We are looking forward to coming back and trying other items on the menu.

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