Habana- Irvine Spectrum

4.4
1133 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Originally opened in 1995, Habana has become an Orange County staple, offering the coastal community a lush Cuban and Pan-Latin experience through its authentic cuisine and cocktail program. Spanning 20 years as a favorite culinary destination, Habana lends itself perfectly for date night, celebrations and simple moments that have created memories for many.

Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails and celebrated dishes will mix classic Latin favorites as well as Habana’s own take on specialties.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Habana will be offering a Delicious Cuban Brunch Buffet on Mothers Day. Early Brunch Reservations from 8am to 8:45am $55 per person & Reservations after 9am to 3pm $65 per person. Due to high demand we require credit card information. Cancellations may be done 4 days before May 12.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 1133 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good experience!

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A
London
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My kids have been talking about bringing us here for the last year when we came from out of town. Food was good but the service was quite poor and seemed confused. We couldn’t get water when needed and then when someone came they’d only fill some of our glasses not all five. We kept asking for things that we needed. The lack of attentiveness made the whole thing a distraction.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great customer experience, love the ambience, feels like you are on vacation

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything

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1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, We absolutely loved it!!service was very attentive, Rey (manager) make us feel like home, he is the man!! Great food, absolutely a must.

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BD
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really pleased with our first time to brunch here. Service was fantastic, the buffet selection was wide, the restaurant's Cuban-style atmosphere was cute and lively (we sat outside), and the food was outstanding - everything we ate was quite tasty and flavorful. It's not the cheapest brunch, especially if someone in your party doesn't eat a lot; however, it was quite good, and we definitely will be back, either for brunch again or to explore dinner.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

food was GREAT! but for the price, I would have expected drinks to be included.

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EA
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, server very friendly, attentive. Food was to die for!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was interesting, very lively, had great food and drinks. Would definitely recommend.

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J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Despite having a reservation for 3, we were seated at a table for 6. We immediately told the hostess this was not going to work, as we did not want to be at a huge table trying to talk to each other. As punishment - they sat us in a tiny corner table, for 2, outside in the furthest corner of the "bakery". My back was against the refill station and I had waiters constantly in and out of the area bumping into me and reaching over me to get their things. I am truly disappointed by this entire experience. Food was "so so" at best, and we left feeling unwelcome and unsatisfied.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good. The only thing I did not like was the Caipirinha. The Cachaça was not good at all and I've had good Caipirinhas.

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e
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious! We tried the ceviche tropical, tamal and a fish dish and they were all fantastic. I was drooling at the dishes that were being served at nearby tables. Everything looked so good.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is hit or miss. Tonight’s dish was under seasoned and bland. It’s so loud in there I had to shout to my table mates.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service is always slow

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j
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good decor and great service from our waiter Ryan. Ryan was able to recommend excellent entrees as well as our two rum cocktails. This is one of my favorites to go to close.to home.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I ate here for lunch once, thought it was just ok. Decided to give it another try for dinner, was just meh. For the price, I’d rather gone to Bandera’s or Javiers.

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing, attentive service AGAIN. great food with a great ambiance

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious and the service was great.

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Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Over priced food and weird decor in the dining room. Mojitos were the best part of dinner.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were outstanding. Beautiful decor, great music and amazing service. Definitely returning soon.

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L
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I love Habana, but this time the food was awe good. The pork shank which usually the meat is falling off the bone was tough and crunchy!!! Way over cooked and my boyfriend got the T-bone steak, he asked for it medium rare and got it well done! I don’t know if they have a new chef or not but the food was not prepared well at all. The original experience with dining and food was awesome this time the food was terrible. Hopefully the next time it will be better because overall I like Habana!

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's possible that a diner's experience at Habana-Irvine would vary according to what area of the restaurant they dined in. The main room, is quite lovely, with a huge thematic chandelier but also quite nosy. The Rum bar area is pretty and excellent for bar dining. We ate in the outdoor patio area, and it was just ok. The area was very crowded with multiple heaters, over storage of umbrellas and quite honestly needed a good cleaning.
Our waiter, Tim, was excellent, and although only on the job for a week or so, well informed. Food service was quick. The Complimentary "root chips" were a real nice touch.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Jimmy was awesome, so attentive to our group, very friendly and accommodating. Everything was overpriced especially the drinks. I would only recommend this to To someone who doesn’t want to have a conversation while there.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic waitress gave great friendly attentive service. Staff at front were also friendly and helpful.

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B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was Slow

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ML
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Does not even come close to what cuban food is. The place is gorgeous and if the food were to match it would be unstoppable.

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V
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very attentive with the endless mimosas. Wait staff was quick to clear plates and answer any questions. Food was amazing.

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F
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Paella was awesome and loaded with seafood.

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BB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I would frequent the COSTA mesa location when we lived in Huntington Beach. We moved to lake forest and were surprised that there was a Habana at the Irvine spectrum. Overall it was very good. Great service. After dinner we sat at the bar for a couple drinks. The bartenders were very nice and answered all the questions we had about Cuban drinks. We will for sure be back.

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R
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and drinks were tasty! It was a little bit loud but for the atmosphere

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CJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place! Yummy food! Delicious drinks!!

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GA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the Cauliflower lentil dish, it was very salty to the point it was bitter. I asked for a piece of bread to cut the salt taste down, I was charged $4 for the bread. First time and quite possibly the last.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good, and they had pretty good options, but i was most impressed by the fact it doesn’t feel like you’re in a shopping area, they did a really great job with the ambience.

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IC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our dishes!! Ropa Vieja, Shrimp plate and the steak with chimichurri sauce were all
wonderful!! Mojitos on Monday, $6!! All were amazing! We were celebrating our sons 27th birthday they brought out dessert and sang happy birthday!!! Made for a fun evening

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and tasty food

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OC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great restaurant with a very strong Cuban vibe. I'm Cuban so I know very well what I love most about my culture. The food was good but came out a bit cold and the waitress disappeared and looked frustrated when she noticed my date and I were not going to order any more food and just drinks. I had to ask one of your waiters to help find her towards the end so I can pay the check. Other than that, the restaurant is beautiful and the band that was playing was very good as well. I am a Cuban percussionist so I can appreciate good Cuban Son Music when I hear it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was nothing special. Sea bass and other meal was boring

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Great atmosphere with great food options and drinks

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DR
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top Notch !!

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LR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

First, the service was excellent. We had vegetable chips and dips...amazing! We also enjoyed the crab cakes. Drinks were on point. We had the old fashion and blackberry mojito. However, the main course was not so great. The salmon dish was good but the halibut was over cooked and you couldn't even taste the wine sauce with the capers. The main dish should have been much better considering the price. We'd go back but just for appetizers and drinks.

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