Habana - Costa Mesa

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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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CK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. GREAT food! Dishes all had a bit of a kick, but server fairly warned about anything too spicy.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Arrived 5 minutes later, reservation was fine and we were seated right away. Great ambiance, completely packed. Drinks were great: lady had the paloma and I had the hell's blossom (I think that's the name). Food was good, we had the veggie empenadas, spinach salad, and plantain crusted chicken. Service was OK and our waitress didn't bring back the change. We had to ask her for our change. Overall great though

LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drink were excellent as always

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, the restaurant was very accommodating and our service was excellent. I will definitely be back.

GB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance. The lighting was way too dark. Couldn't read the menu but the food was amazing. The table bread was impressively delicious.
My girlfriends caipirinha was too strong she couldn't finish it.
Our waiter seemed overwhelmed with all the tables he had to attend to. He forgot get my girlfriend her birthday dessert and I had to remind him. Jaja.

JN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Customer service was terrible overall. Server just ignored us and didn’t help us for an overall hour. Had to ask another person to hep us. Just terrible experience for all of us.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were sitting outside & the music was too loud we couldn’t hear each other talking.

M
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Ambiance, ambiance, ambiance. That's the seller here, especially on the patio. The appetizers are great (empanadas, and pork to be specific), but very small in quantity, can't really share with more than 2 people. The actual mains left something to be desired though, and its pricier than it should be, so I'd go here just for drinks and apps again.

S
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Went out tonight for our once a month date night. Our service was terrible - she barely stopped by our table. My boyfriends food was cold and the meal was overpriced. We will not be back.

CR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé finally took me to Habana because I have been wanting to go for the longest time ! We loved the environment and the attention. The reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because the crab cakes were not worth the price for only 2 of them. Also, we did not like the after taste. The entrees, however, were delicious but my fiancé got sick in the middle of the night. He was up all night in the restroom and the only thing he had eaten that day was the shrimp scallops entree he had . We would probably not come back.. it was good for the experience though!

S
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the absolute best time. Kimberly was an awesome server that was super attentive. We can’t wait to go back.

m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Habana. We arrived early (5pm) so that we could eat and get to a concert on time. We were seated immediately in the outdoor patio. Loved the ambiance! The margaritas were delicious and so was the food. Highly recommend!

A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a nice experience ! Food was great! Definitely recommend to anyone who wants to feel a bit of Cuba vibe

OC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great ambience. Great service.
Sat on the patio for lunch and it was just delightful and delicious

l
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the lechón asado — nicely presented, and the black beans tasted genuine. We will come back as the service was also great.

OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From a first date to a night out with friends this candle lit restaurants ambiance is as good as the food, and if you are into homemade Sangria there is no reason not to give them a try!

SS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since finding out about Habana Sunday brunch, each time I have visited the Costa Mesa area we dine with them. This is my absolute favorite brunch. The food, staff, decor, music, patio seating is all wonderful! Make sure to make reservations and then enJoy!

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

We were glad to find out the buffet was open, because in the website only gives pricing for brunch.
We enjoyed the picturesque, charming place and we LOVED the delicious, tasty, feel-like-home food!
I feel bad I didn’t learn the nice cook’s name that prepared my omelette, but shout out to him for making a simple dish taste so delicious!
Overall a great experience!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Didn't really special or recognized for an anniversary. Food was good but just felt like a regular dinner.

ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Habana doesn't reimburse 100 points for an Open Table reservation. They are noisy (not energetic) but service was pretty good. Hard to find parking in their parking lot during the week. Must be real hell on weekends. Food was outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very accommodating! Food was good, portions small for sharing, but delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a date night for my wife and myself, also our first time at Habana. All I can say about this place is outstanding! The food was delicious and the service was great! The street corn was unbelievable delicious! We will diffenatly be back!

K
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Habana but not gonna be the last. Loved the attentive and friendly service staff, meals were outstanding and loved the atmosphere. Our party of 4 all give Habana 👍🏽👍🏽 Thanks for such a great 1st experience

GT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, attentive service, hip atmosphere! Osso Buco was outstanding, as were the Shrimp and Scallops. The chocolate cake dessert is a winner of the 3 we ordered. Will definitely go back!

RF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family anniversary lunch

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been looking for my go-to brunch; I found it!! I love the ambiance and the food is amazing as well. The service was very very good! The fresh coconuts are amazing!! I recommend 10/10 :)

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food & atmosphere! Thanks Habana for a fun night!

AM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband's birthday party with our friends, waiter kept the drinks flowing! Food was great & ambiance on the patio made the night special!!

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food here is always great 5 star all the way. Little disappointed in the service this time around. Our waitress wasn't as attentive to our needs this time around. Had to ask for bread from a bus boy, when it was time to pay for the bill, I had to give the bill to another waitress cause our waitress was no where to be found.

OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at 5pm this Sunday evening and it was certainly a treat since our friends hadn't been before. We had a couple of appetizers to share, the chicken empanadas and their lightly shallow fried calamari, shrimp and conch fritters with yummy dipping sauces.
Entrees were all amazing, the skirt steak, plantain crusted chicken, peppered rum shrimp and scallops and the succulent pork belly ..delicious.
Dessert was sinful, the flan, chocolate bread pudding with ice cream and the sweet fried plantains with vanilla ice cream.... all very good. Service was spot on and our waiter was very helpful in some of the decision making.
One negative, but no biggy ....I did mention we were celebrating a birthday in my reservation notes as well as the mention that I was the restaurant manager at Antonello Ristorante at the South Coast Plaza Village and thought the front desk would alert the waiter of the birthday and the manager to maybe drop by and say hello. Neither occured but maybe next time! Cheers! Steve 😊😊

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent buffet brunch. Great selections of food. Service was superior. Everyone working was happy to help. Had an amazing meal.

GC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really fun place and very good food. Service was excellent. It felt like we were in Miami......
Recommend for festive night out.

VW
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Went for pre-concert drinks & appetizers. When they called me to confirm earlier in the day, I asked a few basic questions since this was our first visit. Hostess “didn’t know” & had to put me on hold twice. Really..? They should train their staff to have better knowledge of the establishment if they’re going to actuality be making calls...🙄 (-1 point).
Then - upon arrival which we barely made on time as the navigation didn’t make it easy to find as there are several establishments in the same area with miserable parking.
The host (this is the part where they normally say “hi”, “are you ready to be seated”....or any sort of welcome greeting) instead grabs menus, looks at me & says “you have until 7 pm, then we need to table”. Uhhh...ookaaay. We were a party of 2, WITH RESERVATIONS. This is how you treat customers?! I could see them saying that to a large party that arrived w/o reservations, still rude but at least more understandable. My reply to the host: “Don’t worry, we have somewhere else to be!”

Food is okay, waitress was mediocre as well. Won’t return 🙌🏼

CN
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, love the vibe there. Great flatbread pizza , although I wouldn't recommend the brussel sprouts

VS
San Francisco
190 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch on Sunday. The spread of food was fabulous! The presentation of food was great! Food was wonderful. The waitstaff was super.

RJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun ambiance. Not your run of the mill meal or restaurant. It's worth it - Go!

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great Cuban/Spanish foods. Ambience and service we're right on point. Value was very good too. Staff members were all very kind.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience for brunch. I felt like I was on vacation. Loud and Live music; water misters to keep people cool; fresh food, and excellent service

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