Habanas Cuban Cuisine

3.9
89 reviews
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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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

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.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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!

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JL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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O
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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JP
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

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S
Poconos
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KN
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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NC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food very very good. Loved the house soup. A bit drafty in January. Nice specialty drinks.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very delicious food. Everyone enjoyed the appetizer, their entrees, and the breaded pudding dessert. The server was friendly and provided information and suggestions for the entrees. The service was a bit on the slow side though.

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

Went with my Cuban friend. We both really enjoyed it. Great tapas, halibut entree good, but lacked the crust that was advertised. But still was tasty. Lived the live music on Friday night. We are going back

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t
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service will be coming back.

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Cleveland
109 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lively atmosphere. Delicious tapas & drinks.

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Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Maduros con crema!
Mojitos were good, the beer was cold, the lamb was great. The veggies that accompanied the chicken were tasty but the half chicken itself was poorly reheated (cool in the center, not very moist, nothing special as far as seasoning). Service was attentive and live salsa (Cuban style, with a bit of cha cha cha) was super fun. During sets, reggaeton played overhead. Next time, we will order a different dish than chicken but were quite pleased overall with the food

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OH
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

As noted, the service ambiance and value were very good. Our server and the kitchen accommodated our request for quick service as one of our party had to leave earlier than planned. The tapas items were well made and the pork stew was good also but the tuna dish was a bit overcooked and tasteless as were the sides of rice and corn. We noticed that they were going to have live music in the bar area later and many people were there to hear it and have the excellent cocktails offered.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was disappointing, but the drinks were excellent. Service was good. Would go back for drinks, but would skip the food.

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HS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was good and the food are terrific. It met our expectations compared from the last time. Big improvements on everything.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Very poor service. Added a soup on my bill which I didn't order.

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LM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and just as good as the first. Had the lechon this time and it was so moist and yummy. Waitress was so friendly and did not try to rush us. Great value for what you get.

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VS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great friendly place!!! Great servers and the tapas are sooooooo tasty. The bar is great too..Love the live music!!!!

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local spot in downtown Alameda. Mojoto Mondays & Seafood Paella is all you need with a shrimp ceviche for starters. Yumola!!!

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WE
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant should be removed from OpenTable due to poor management. We made a reservation with OpenTable at 11:30am. We arrived early and the restaurant was not open yet so we waited. Around 11:30am we saw staff inside but still the doors were not open. At 11:40am we called the restaurant twice from outside and they did not answer. At 11:45am we left to have lunch at Trabacco at South Shore, a much better and well managed restaurant. OpenTable has been good for reservations at some of my favorite places. However, I will never go back to Habanas in Alameda due to terrible management that would take reservations and then not open the restaurant on time. It is completely disrespectful of their customers and a sign of very poor management.

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r
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Cuban food and the music. There was a live band which added to the night. The drinks were not the strongest but they were still good. Not sure why there are two different paellas but the one I ordered was delicious. We will back.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute local restaurant, good menu options and extensive drink menu. Had several items from tapas menu - plantains (would not recommend, bland), shrimp cevice (good), cuban ham sandwiches (just so-so) and beef empanadas (the best of the group). Mojitos were pretty good. Fun band playing in the bar area. It is a low-key place, service was ok. Good enough that I'd be fine coming back, but wouldn't go out of my way to make sure I visited again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good flavors. Steaks dishes were great. Yuca was delicious. Tapas all around, plenty of choices for picky eaters like me.

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WS
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tasty Mojitos! The food was prepared well, slightly bland flavors though. Ceviche had beans in it that took away from the fish and mango flavors. Plantains could have been served warm and lightly salted.

They were out of empanadas and dessert on the night we had a 7:00 PM reservation. That was a disappointment. My dinner date said that he would not eat there again, but I would give it a chance.

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Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately they had wait staff that didn't show hence, the service was a bit delayed. Wonderful food - limited wine list - but if you like Mojitos...a MUST visit!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was extremely slow and the place was not that full. It was not clear if they were short staffed due to the holiday weekend, or we were just unlucky and had a new waitress.

The restaurant decorations are lively and festive and give the place a good vibe.

The food was OK overall. We ordered 4 appetizers to sample different items. The one standout dish was the lamb lollipops were exceptional, tender and flavorful. The grilled shrimp was good, but not exceptional. The beef The Ahi Tuna Tartar was bland at best. The Beef Empanadas were also OK. The Ahi Tuna Tartar was the big disappointment it was bland at best.

The desserts took forever to arrive. We had to ask for the check and pay before they even arrived in order to make it our appointment after. The flan was good, the plantain delight was not worth the wait. It would also have been nice if we had been told it would take over 15 minutes to arrive.

We did not have cocktails and most guests seemed to be enjoying them, so this could be a great place for drinks.

The band was also setting up while we were there, which made for some ear piercing moments when they were plugging in the equipment. Not sure if this also contributed to the slow service.

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o
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

casual Cuban. Mojitos galore. Live music. Nothing fancy, but decent steak and flavorful beans. Would go back for a casual evening with friends.

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HL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I typically don't write reviews however I am prompted by the unprofessional behavior of the gentleman who answered the phone on 5/15/2018. I had called earlier to solve the problem of not receiving my points for a meal with family and friends on Mother's day. The restaurant had sent me an email stating that I was a no show and canceled my reservation. I was told that the manager was in a meeting and to call back in an hour. At 4:30 I called back only to be told that the manager was to busy to speak to me. I then told the gentleman that I would file a complaint with Open table. He then stated "go ahead" and then hung up on me. Least to say I will never return.

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Habanas is a hidden gem in Alameda. I hear there are lines out the door on Live music nights- Fridays?
We have been here several times and I steer towards sugar glazed pork chops(still a delectable treat), but the skirt steak was also outstanding! Such deliciously beefy flavor I haven't tasted in a long time at home or out! Actually, ever since we found the best cuban beans in Ibor city , FL, it has been a goal of mine to find them here at home in the Bay Area or recreate them. The beans at Habanas did not disappoint! In fact, every dish we ordered was fantastically tasty in addition to a pitcher of original Mojitos. Did we have room for dessert? I don't even remember :)

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S
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My coworker and I both enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere that allowed for ease of conversation and our incredible entrees. The flavor of bother we’re absolutely amazing and having me looking forward to a return visit.

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N
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff very friendly and accommodating food was great

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