Habanas Cuban Cuisine

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Cuban
At Habanas we have amazing Cuban Cuisine and Award Winning Mojitos. Join us for Happy Hour or come enjoy live music and dancing on the weekends.
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SM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a great time with my family my kids love it.

j
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had the corn Chowder soup that was EXCELLENT. My partner had the bean soup and he said it too was really good. His Kabob was dry but had a good taste. I ordered the Ahi Tuna Carpaccio and it came overcooked and very dry. I didn't eat much of it. The waitress was cleaning off the plates and noticed I hadn't eaten much. I told her I thought it would be raw. She thought I wanted something else. The chef made me another dish and it was EXACTLY what I wanted. She boxed it to go for me. I will definitely go again.

CS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came close to closing time, and the waiter could not have been nicer. Drinks, food order, and wine all happened in a flash. We were not hurried, and indeed we felt completely at ease. Pleasant atmosphere and genuine Cuban food. The array of Mojitos is not to be missed, no matter how you feel about a “conventional” mojito. Lots of character here, and reasonably priced.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff was super friendly thanks!

5
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of the best places for Cuban food. The service was very good. It's a very fun place to eat and/or have drinks. Very authentic.

SW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved having the Ropa Vieja and plantain chips. It reminded me of being in Lain America even the though the food is traditionally Cuban. Service was very nice, and I liked the murals on the walls.

2
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A variety of delicious tapas and entrees to select. Good drinks. Fun and energetic atmosphere.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at the restaurant for my 11 AM reservation and the place was closed. No movement inside and and no one ever called to explain. Beware

t
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to try new things everytime we go. Always great never had a bad meal. Drinks are thr bomb and music on the Weekends.

LM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and great service. Instead of getting my usual lechon stew tried the empanadas and a bowl of chipotle corn soup. That may be my new favorite!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the relaxed yet upscale vibe!! Delicious, great service, wonderful...our family favorite spot

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal. Wait staff very attentive.

YR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food good! Service so-so

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, live music and value!

O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I've been here a couple of times, the food is great! The service has been wonderful until my recent visit (05/25/2019). When it came time to pay, our server never came back with change nor a receipt. While I was waiting for the change and/or receipt, the server never came back to ask if we needed anything else. We were still on our last pitcher of mojito. While we're finishing it we waited about another ten minutes to see if the server would stop by to at least give my receipt for proof of payment. She never stopped by and we left the establishment. I don't recall the server's (female with curly hair) name but this was the same person who was serving drinks at the bar three weeks prior I had visited, which also messed up my drink that day!

CC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great but food was bland and overpriced. Tried multiple items off the menu and nothing was special. Empanadas were cold and undercooked. Cost wasn’t worth the taste. Would recommend possibly since others seem to like this place, but I won’t be going back.

I
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time trying a Cuban restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was colorful and tasty, and the mixed drinks were creative. We started with the beef empanadas, and an order of the calamari. The beef empanadas were bite sized sitting on some lettuce and topped with some sauce. Looked like thousand island dressing, but it matched the warm and crispy empanadas. The lettuce were a bit wilted, maybe it soaked most of the oil from the fried empanadas. We didn't care for it much, as the empanadas were the main attraction. The calamari on the other hand could be a little bit more crispier too, but the light batter was just right served with a side cilantro sauce. Main courses that we ordered, Ropa Vieja (braised beef) with sofrito, Churrasco steak, Paella, Salmon (not in the menu now), and plantain crusted halibut. All were excellent except for the Churrasco steak. It was cooked well done, when we requested medium rare, and the sofrito and bean mixed rice was bland compared to their regular sofrito, which was quite good. There was a DJ playing local music, so it can get pretty loud, but unless you're not looking for a quiet place to dine, this is a lively place to go. We'll go back if we're in the area. $50 per person with 1 drink.

D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great music, fun vibe and very good food and cocktails too.

J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was barely average. Crab cakes were ok but Seafood in paella were over cooked, pork chop was thin and dry, halibut was over cooked. Moscow Mule was diluted or not enough alcohol. Been there twice in 2 mos. Good thing we had a Groupon. Not going there again.

t
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All their food and drinks is excellant and very friendly staff

GJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was not as good as it has been in the past. At first I thought it was just me but we both agreed.

HG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I have been at this restaurant 3 times and this is the first time when I thought the food was just not all that good. My friend ordered crab cakes and mango gazpacho which she liked. I ordered the avocado salad which was good, but the arroz con pollo tasted like nothing. The chicken had no taste. You cannot cook a fresh chicken and have it with no taste, so my feeling is that the chicken was cooked a few days earlier and then frozen and reheated. The saffron rice on which it was served was also tasteless. Another friend and I were here about 3 yrs ago and the arroz con pollo was excellent, so I don't know what happened. It was a very disappointing meal and I doubt I will ever return.

BD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the paella, the version with seafood, chicken and seafood. It was really excellent and the chorizo was the best I've had--not too spicy or salty. My drink, an $8 malibu mojito, was also excellent. I would come back and order the same items!

N
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The colorful decor and paintings had a Cuban ambiance. The food was delicious; there was a good selection. The platanos (plaintains) were so sweet, just the way I like them.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The place was great, but there was a party going on with screaming kids. The distracted from the evening a bit. The food was excellent. The service was very good.

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Service was great, canned music was very loud where our table was but our server kindly had it lowered. The food was the problem. I had adobo chicken which was very dry and bland as was the beans and rice. My husband had fish which was also very dry and a bit bland. Son had Paella which he said was pretty good.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's was a great experience. And it was a great night. It was very lively, people were eating as some people was dancing to the live music.

JF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Friday and the experience was amazing. The Latin atmosphere was refreshing and needed! The live band were very entertaining and bartenders absolutely attentive

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food is highly overpriced for the quality. It was bland with zero flavors. I have had much better Cuban food at far less of a price.

We’ve actually tried this place a couple of times in hopes it would get better - it hasn’t. The best part of my meal the other night was the strawberry mint julip!

JL
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a lot of places still offer a dining experience with Live Music! The food and service is very good as well.

LM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always. Musical guest was a guitarist who strolled through the restaurant.

O
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The mojitos were delicious. Decor is attractive but the temperature was way too cold for relaxed dining. Food was average & I would recommend going there for drinks instead. We were there mid afternoon & looked at dirty plates from earlier diners throughout the entire meal. The hostess apologized but did nothing, and two servers ignored them as well. There was one other table of diners in the restaurant at the time. Either hire an afternoon bus boy or make it part of the job description that everyone buses dirty dishes. Ambiance took a major hit! It’s an attractive place with good potential-just needs some attention to the basics.

JP
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great neighborhood place - the food is good, the service is great, and the ambiance is fun. The only problem with our reservation was that OpenTable overbooked them, and they couldn't seat us when we arrived. Not a big deal, we just waited at the bar & they comped us our drinks. Because it was Valentine's Day, everybody - both my husband & I included - got a rose & a heart-shaped box of chocolate at the end of the meal, which was sweet.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant seemed to be understaffed, especially for Valentine's Day. There were only 1 or 2 servers and 1 bartender for the entire restaurant. Customers were waiting to order, then waiting 30 minutes for drinks, then waiting to pay after dinner.

J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Firstly, the hostess said my reservation was 'overbooked' by Opentable so my reservation could not be granted. The hostess did offer alternative tables, for which I suggested sitting at the bar instead. I first ordered a mojito and waters but I only got the waters. I had to get the bartender's attention again to reorder the mojito. Second, I ordered the Adobo Chicken and my date ordered the Cuban Burger with a side of Platano Maduro. After 30 minutes of waiting for our food, the bar tender finally asked us what we ordered, so I repeated our order to him which he responded "Oh, that's right! We ran out of burgers". My date ordered another thing, and after 20 more minutes her plate comes out while I wait another 10 minutes for mine. Short story long, my plate consisted of a mediocre tasteless chicken fillet, rice (the only thing I enjoyed), and what tasted like black canned beans. My date liked hers (although I think she was very hungry after all that wait and a bit shy to tell me how she felt). I will not be returning to dine at Habanas.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was well flavored and we enjoyed everything we had. However, the medium-rare ribeye I ordered was close to well-done. The service, on the other hand, was very inattentive and slow, resulting on the mediocre rating.

S
Poconos
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food delicious. A friendly helpful server, I will definitely go back and highly recommend.

KN
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to a Cuban restaurant so we were exploring the menu with the help of our server. Lots of Tapas to choose from. The ambiance was great! It’s not a large restaurant and the balance of space, decorations, and tables’ arrangement worked very well so one would not feel crowded but it always felt inviting. We didn’t know love music would begin at 8:00PM so we paused and enjoyed the band for a few minutes on our way out. Highly recommend Habanas for a date or a fun new experience.

CC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu offered a good variety of tapas and entrees. The drink I had was also good. Would definitely return and bring friends.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Enjoyed first time visit.... service was excellent
Food was good....