Habana - Costa Mesa

4.4
704 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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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with great food and service

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location and wonderful food. The outdoor patio seating was nice, and the food was delicious.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was very busy and it took the server quite awhile to get to us and get our orders. My friend ordered a drink and they forgot it but to make up for it they still got the drink but gave it to us on the house. I’m always a fan of this place but I usually go on slower days so it’s not as loud and we get quicker service. I still definitely recommend.

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Long story short: Reservations at 6 but arrived early and got seated at 5:40 (per hostess' notes) it was 6:50 and we asked for dessert menu, and our waiter comes back and says our time limit was running out and if we wanted to sit at the bar.
1 hour? Our check came at 7, and we kept getting stared down by our waiter! When we left I asked the hostess what exactly is the "time limit" and she said 2 hrs. It was a bit over 1 hour when we were told our time was running out and no time for dessert. Are you kidding me?! NEVER AGAIN. Food was good but not that great.
We drove 45 minutes for a date night that really wasnt worth it for the service. You should NEVER kick your customers out from a table!

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k
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good was great. Service was a little slow at first and then was too fast (we received our salad at the same time as our entree). I will most likely eat there again

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m
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I think the food is not as tasty and inventive as it has been in earlier years. I recall getting a fish dish served in a banana leaf that was unique and tasty. Is the ropa vieja the same recipe as in the past? My fish dish and accompanyiamints seemed kind of mushy with no distinct flavor. Sitting outdoors was comfortable enough but no ambiance compared with the inside. Nothing special at all, everyone was disappointed.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. 1st round of drinks were brought to table and never again asked if we wanted another one. I put on reservation notes it was for a Birthday celebration and that was never addressed. I was hoping to make that a surprise. Appetizer were served and in between appetizers and meal arriving it took way to long. We sat with no food and drinks almost gone for a good 15 to 20 minutes. First there and don't think I will go back. Server was very sweet but service was horrible.

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

Pretty much perfect

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

Service was exceptional and Santiago was very nice. Food was delicious, drinks were gooood! Thank you!!

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RD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Had my boss in from out of town. He likes unique places. This was perfect. Service was great. Food was good.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

On line it said this was a great place for a date night and that it was romantic. Not true, it was your typical loud urban restaurant, not romantic at all. Our server said none of their menu item were really spicy. Again
not true, just about everything was very spicy although very good not as the server represented. It was rather hot inside too, so I would suggest sitting on the patio. Much better for friends get together rather than a romantic place.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation to eat before theater show. The waiter was super fast, knowledgeable, worked with our very short time frame, less than an hour. The food was amazing and we definitely want to go back and enjoy more dishes!!! BRAVO!!!!!

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KS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall Habana is a nice restaurant and I would go again. The food is great, but this night the service was a little off. It was hard to even get ahold of our server to let him know we have theatre tix and need to keep it moving along. Ambiance is night, only a little on the dimly light side.

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b
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice!! We all enjoyed the food and ambiance.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was excited to try Habana. It was fabulous. So much flavor in every bite. The Sangria was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back!

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have gone to this restaurant many times and always have a great experience. It is expensive, but very much worth it based on the amount and quality of food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service horrible
Music very loud
Food not as good as the Irvine’s location

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently good

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JE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Will be back.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for family celebrations. Took my daughter for her Birthday

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AR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great reference from Yelp, ambiance was great, had a wonderful luncheon with old friends just to catch up with our lives, it was cozy and homey that we stayed for a couple of hours. We are not Cuban to be able to critic the food but it was delicious, we finished our dishes with hardly a left over. Churasco was to dye for according to my friend the Cuban salad with shrimp and another one with seared ahi tuna was delish and my paella, well what can I say, it was one of the best I've ever had, but I had to have some help. Our server, who I cant remember his name now, was so friendly and attentive. Thank u. All I know is that he was burned in Mexico and raised in Oaxaca. Thank you to all who made our lunch experience so wonderful. I'll be back♡

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z
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and Ambiance were great, service was slow but friendly. Server forgot to bring Birthday cake which we had to remind him (?). the rest of dinner was great.

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FB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Habana is great place to dine and enjoy the company of someone special. The food is amazing and the ambience is very unique and fun!

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JE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. Love it.

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FK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. We went there for the New Year's Eve celebration. The food and service was awesome as always. They had a special menu but you could also order from their regular menu which was great because I was able to order the salmon once again! Drinks, appetizers, and deserts were really good too. They also had a DJ and cleared an area so people could dance. It was really nice and fun!

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i
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We ordered 4 entrees, and only one person liked his meal.

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KB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We went here for dinner, we made a reservation that same day with no problem. My husband and I shared a couple of appetizers and an entree, one of our appetizers was ceviche which was a little bland so we were disappointed. However our other appetizer and entree were pretty good. Service was not good though, our waitress never really checked on us and didn't even offer us bread that we saw on all the other tables, overall we'd probably come back if we got better service.

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JR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this location so many times, and each time the food has been exceptional. However, they have change the quantity of their desert menu. For the same price, I got less desert. I asked the waiter and he said that the management decided to do so. The taste was the same but definitely the quantity was much less to what I was used to!

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ST
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas dinner with friends

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Habana's Christmas Day event. Food was tasty and plentiful, service was friendly and accommodating and we truly enjoyed ourselves.

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L
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here with kids after show at segrestrom. Such a fun atmosphere! Food was super delicious and flavorful. Cocktails were great. Service was excellent. I hope we will be back soon!

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The salmon was to die for! So are the crab cakes.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, albeit pricey, but it is Costa Mesa. Service was great. Ambience was good, but a bit too dark. I thought I was the weird one for wanting to use my iPhone flashlight just to read the menu, but saw two other groups do it. I settled for putting the candle right up to it like I was working in a copper mineshaft.

Their menu was a bit lacking, but the food was awesome nevertheless.

I would definitely come back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was above par but entrees were all cold.

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