Habana - Costa Mesa

4.5
678 reviews
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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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JE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Will be back.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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AR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
Las Vegas
4 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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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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DB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place with great ambience! The salmon is fantastic and we love the sangria tasting.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service is accurate and prompt
food is good size and spectacular
with every dish, flavors and spices are exciting

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DC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I met my son and his friend for dinner. I had such high hopes as I love Cuban food! Sadly, the noise level made conversing/hearing challenging and my food order was incorrect as the server misheard due to the noise. Also, the food was expensive and underwhelming. We sat on the patio to watch the rain while we dined. Unfortunately, the patio’s roof leaked and soaked my back. Color me disappointed as I thought I’d finally found a Cuban restaurant closer to home. I guess it’s back to Felix’s in Old Town Orange.,😞

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DD
Orange County
301 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They started us off with a complimentary small glass of sangria, then had appetizers of crab cakes and empanadas, main course was vegetarian tamales and dessert was the chocolate mousse in chocolate cup. Very good service in a beautiful setting.

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AL
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Habana is a highly valued member of the restaurant community in Orange County. They do Cuban well and everything is delicious. I’m giving them four stars for packing in patrons like sardines. The back of my chair was touching the chair of the guy behind me and we moved like unsynchronized swimmers through the meal. (We were both thin people.) Our guest that night is an Iraqi war vet and almost had to leave due to the crowd and tight quarters. We were lucky that our table was close to a wall even with the lovely low lighting and outdoor seating. The commercial development of this area is really cute and makes great use of space that otherwise could have been lost on a busy street. In the future, I will try to go at lunch rather than dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food like always but their dessert cart needs a little help but was not very good.

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P
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for thanksgiving dinner. Great staff & food

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ZA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great food..
The place is a bit dark, bring a flashlight if you want to read the menu

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Very cool ambiance, attentive server, and delicious mojitos!

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam and Destiny were fantastic service staff. They were personable and generous. We enjoyed the fruit desert stand.

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LD
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing find. We ordered 4 small meat plates and 3 vegie small plates between my son and I and we were stuffed but still had the large pork plate coming. Should've cancelled the pork because we were full but also because it was just ok not great. I'd recommend staying with the small plates as you'll get a great tasting with unique flavors and textures. Service was also excellent with great attention and explanations of the dishes. The pork was also seared tableside on a hot volcanic rock then finished in the kitchen. Nice touch.

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SQ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The empanada and other appetizer were expensive and very disappointing. Microwaved croissants blech! The entree were very good.
I had the pork and my friend had the flank steak.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience. The salmon was amazing. Soo good.

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BC
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I love Habana and try to get there as often as possible. The food is always excellent and The Lab is a fun place to hang out before & after dining. Sean is a great server... always informative and enjoyable to chat with.

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C
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Slow service but overall pretty good. A few vegan options but very spicy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing out of this world but the ambience was nice out in the patio area. The food was good.

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RH
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The seating outside it great and if you are lucky you gat a round table which was great for our group. Unfortunately, the noise level was more than energetic and it was difficult to hear anyone talk. Portions are big but not to big soy can share some starters and main courses. The srimos in garlic were outstanding as well as the Osso Bucco entree. Wine list is good but not extensive. We idd not have any Cocktails this time but heard they are good.

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AS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten here before and have always enjoyed our meals. My only complaint, minor, is that the lighting is so low that you have to use your phone to read the menu, but, then, that is part of the ambiance. Otherwise, all was good.

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CM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both orders were fabulous. Love the outdoor patio ambiance.

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BC
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Habana is one of our favorite restaurants in OC. The food is excellent and The Lab is a such a fun place to explore. Sean is an awesome server.

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M
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Habana was recommended to us by a colleague. We were visiting from out of town and decided to make a Friday night reservation. We were not disappointed. Great cocktails, solid wine list, great food. Would definitely return if we were in the area. The ambiance was great. Both the inside and outside spaces were comfortable and different from other restaurants. Great service too.

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HG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Haved dined at Habana Costa Mesa many times over the past 15 years. The food is always excellent as is the service. If the weather is nice, sit outside if possible.

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DD
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Catfish Sandwich! Nice outdoor patio. Friendly Service

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, we will be back again!

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MB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. A hidden gem xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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