Habana - Costa Mesa

4.6
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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It’s my wife’s birthday and our first time in this place. Overall, we enjoyed the dinner - ambiance, service, food. The salmon which my wife ordered is a little bland though.

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luv2chow
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only complain is that the female servers were chatting in group of two's or three. I'd been to Habana few times & the server were all chatting. I had to make reservation through Open Table because no one answer the incoming call. They call me to confirm my Open table reservation to call back. I called several times but no one pick up the phone. I hope the manager / owner read my feedback.

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LidiaM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The food, service & literally everything

The seating kind of made it hard to maneuver through to the buffet area but other than that PERFECTION!

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imjeeves
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

My girlfriend and I didn't have a great experience, but I would still recommend Habana - just not for a date night. It's too loud and poorly lit for a date night - better suited for a night out with friends for drinks.

My girlfriend and I checked out Habana for our birthdays (they are a few days apart). We had an evening reservation - 8:30pm - a few days before daylight savings. We both really enjoyed the food and the service was very good. What we didn't expect was how loud and poorly lit the place would be.

We had a table outside on the patio right by the front gate. This was a poor location - every time someone left, they would hit the back of my chair. Quite unfortunate. When we opened our menus, we were unable to read any of the items because of how dark it was - had to bust out the phone flashlight! The music outside (and inside - we checked after our meal) was playing pretty loudly and parties near us were quite loud - I felt like I needed to yell at my girlfriend for her to hear me. We spent most of the evening having to repeat ourselves.

Other than that, the food was great, service was great, and we did like the ambiance, it just wasn't what we expected or wanted for our birthday dinner. We agreed that this would be a great place to come and have drinks with friends, but if you are looking for a nice quiet place to have a romantic dinner, I would definitely avoid Habana. It is too loud and very poorly lit.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

There is no bathroom inside of this restaurant. You have to walk outside.

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SuzanneS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great waiter and wait staff, all food and atmosphere were excellent as well

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Shai
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too many reservation confirmations (text, email, phone call).
Guy calling to confirm kept asking if I want to cancel..!?
Time limit on meal
Food is good but not amazing
Loud
Crowded
Overlooking a parking lot
Server was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Excellent food. Service was friendly and fair. The host on the other hand was cold and not willing to serve the customer. She made me go back and forth too many times to get to my reserved table.

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vipOCMommy
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

First, the parking lot is a nightmare. This alone will keep us from ever coming back. It's just not worth the risk of getting dented. As for Habana .... I don't know, but this was not very authentic, at least according to MY Cuban food knowledge. Food was overpriced, and just average. And, not even traditional Cuban. The atmosphere was kinda fun, but not enough to come back. Sorry.

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vipunity
Sydney / NSW
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I have heard about Habana in Costa Mesa for quite some time through friends but this was our first time there. we happened to get there for the brunch and it was amazing! the food was great, the ambiance was magical and salt of the earth. I feel like they may have needed more servers as it was hard to get someone to help out when needed but they were cordial once we were able to have eye contact. very thoughtful. I will definitely go there again. great great great!

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Maddie
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The brunch was absolutely beautiful! I recommend going to the early bird brunch which is from 9-9:45 because it is $10 cheaper. There is a great variety of food and a good mix of traditional and Cuban foods! Definitely worth the price!

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The appetizers were so tiny. We wanted to share a few things before the entres came. the ceviche was so tiny and the empanadas were as well! Came with three pinky size empanadas. I got the half chicken, has potential but the chicken was so boney and the plantains, one of my favorite additions was dry and hard! two salads were ordered, with a Modelo and sangria. Overall the bill was $141 for nothing. Definitely not going there again. Not to mention, we were outside, music was blasting and the cars that pulled in had their lights blinding us every time. Such a horrible experience on our anniversary.

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vipDonKarlaS
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best Cuban food I know west of Miami - makes it easy to eat great in Orange Co

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we found this place! Kitchen opened late EVERYTHING IS DELICIOUS

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was extremely delicious. Although it is a buffet, nothing was cold and everything tasted fresh. Our server didn’t seem to be too knowledgeable about things and it was quite awkward dealing with her, maybe she’s new? The blood orange Paloma was so refreshing. Only negative thing is that the restaurant told Open Table that I was a no show for my reservation which was not true. I don’t know what the mix up was but that was disappointing to hear. I believe Open Table was able to resolve everything. Anyways, I will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for celebrations.

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Vinnie
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed our Saturday night post-Valentine's dinner at Habana. It was our first time, and we will definitely be returning. We started with a couple cocktails which were excellent. We ordered the calamari/conch fritter appetizer and the sauces, one creamy, one salsa-like, were excellent. My wife ordered the shrimp and scallops served over a bed of rice (risotto?) and bell peppers. It had a delicious spiciness, but was a delicate dish. I had the pork oso-bucco, which was filling and delicious over mashed potatoes. We ran out of room for desert - but they looked tremendous.

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StephanieG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Loved this place, the only thing we did not like was how they moved us from our reserved table because there was already another party waiting for that same table. They moved us after we finished paying.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and also great food! It’s such an intimate place for you and your loved one, and the ambience is just wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was very welcoming at the podium and the host sat us was polite. Our waitress was incredible and very informative about the menu and drinks because it had been our first visit. A band came in later in the night and the Cuban sounds was sensational! Definitely will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure eating at Havana in Costa Mesa. The service , delicious food and yummy sangria are top notch.

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LarryG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for a pre Valentine’s Day dinner, it’s romantic, foods great, amazing waiter service. Will definitely be coming back soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I ordered the Cuban Chopped Salad with chicken and was not really sure if there was any dressing on it - it was very scarce.

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KristenC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Habana is amazing! We had Sam as our waiter and he was great along with the manager, Kayla- so sweet and friendly!

Overall, we would come back again!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the meal and ambience.

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vipShelbs
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So romantic

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vipCarolyn
Chicago
36 reviews