Habana- Irvine Spectrum

4.5
1966 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed

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ReneD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service.
Table next had a child a very noisy. :(

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OpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! The service was great definitely going back soon

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Rachywoods
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Arrived very early for reservation; hostess was able to get us a table and was very friendly. Server was less than attentive. Offered complimentary champagne that never came and later asked us if we wanted a refill. Was there for a birthday that was notated on the reservation and confirmed by a phone call we received. Never mentioned by anyone when we arrived.

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VicL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant! The outside patio was delightful, servers were nice and cordial, food was good; my plate the lechon was spectacular! Unfortunately the filet mignon that my husband ordered was a tad overcooked.

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MinaH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was AWESOME! Perfect customer service and very friendly!

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Danl
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Over-priced and got kicked out promptly at 10pm. I won't go back since they can't spectators the diner's experience let alone let them finish a glass of wine.

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AlysonR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Will be back for sure!

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ChristopherA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food (I had the rum pepper shrimp), good mojitos and red sangria, nice staff, pleasant outdoor seating

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JacobR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the complimentary sparkling wine. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful Cuban restaurant with a touch of elegance! Love the food, beverages, ambiance and excellent customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wedding at the courthouse at Habana. Truly memorable experience to make our special day even more special. The staff was so sweet congratulating us and giving us such a nice service. I really appreciate the extra care in handling safety precautions during this time. Super accommodating as well. Thank you for such a special lunch.

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vipJosh
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and great unique food! We loved every bit of it!

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Shaunc
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here a few times. The food is always good and the service is great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Starting with the empanadas all the way to me Kobe beef burger it was a fantastic lunch. The gesture of welcoming us with champagne was just pure finesse. Most importantly my man Tony the OG is a class act and a wonderful wonderful part of our experience at Habana. He made our first experience memorable and fun. I highly recommend!

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MS1277
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I’ve been at this location a few times before and always enjoyed it. Not this time. They had a special, three-course, prix-fix menu for Thanksgiving at $60/pp. While we knew going in that it wasn’t inexpensive, we decided to splurge based on previous experiences. We got there at 5pm for our reservation and the place was fairly empty. We were given our choice of table and were promptly seated. Right away they brought us the complimentary glass of sparkling rose. So far so good. We proceeded to order our appetizer, one of three choices. My companion and I chose the squash soup since it was the only one with a Thanksgiving flare. We were told they were out of it. Disappointed, we ordered the pork croquetas (me) and turkey empanadas (my companion). The croquetas were tasty and my companion seemed to enjoy the empanadas. We both ordered the turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing as our entree. Since we wanted a bit more of the traditional feast, we ordered the creamed corn on the side (turned out nothing special). We asked if it was enough to share and we were told that the a la carte sides were individual size. So we also ordered the Brussels sprouts (very tasty). Both sides were large enough to share among 3 people. So we totally over ordered. That was disappointment number 2. Number 3 came with the turkey. Our entrees were cold. We asked for warmer entrees. Second time around they were barely luke warm. By then, the sides had gotten cold. Of the three desserts, I ordered the flan, which was the best part of my meal!!! My companion ordered the chocolate semifredo. The waiter came with a brownie with whipped cream and apologized that they were out of his choice. At least they could have asked him if he wanted to switch it for something else before they decided for him. And the brownie wasn’t even that fresh. I know we are in the middle of a pandemic. But this thanksgiving dinner at Habanas, a place I have enjoyed in many occasions, left us pretty disappointed. :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, Amazing food and the waitress was super nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Hostess at the front was very rude. Was sat 20 mins over reservation time. The lechon adobo was not worth the price for what it was. Lacked flavor. Lots of mosquitoes!!! Huge ones, too!! Got at least 3 bite marks. I discovered them after my feet started throbbing then spent the rest of the time trying not to get anymore bites and trying to not get my daughter bit. Server was nice, but overall a very terrible experience.

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Diana
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is so yummy!

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vipMichael
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Very small food menu. No sure if it was due to the Civid 19. Took a while to get our waiter to place our order.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We felt safe from Covid-19, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the patio ambience! The chicken was INCREDIBLE! We will be back for sure!

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JacobH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Probably go for a special occasion but not for a regular date night. It was still an awesome expirence and the mojitos were on point. The flan was amazing and I recommend the tops vieja.

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CharK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably tasty food and wonderful service. We ordered the pork croquettas and chimmichuri skirt steak. I did not get a pic of the steak.

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ReneeS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service. Had the chimichurri filet & it was one of the better steaks I’ve ever had.

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PhyllisL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous surprise. The outdoor seating is fantastic, the service was greatand the food was delightful.

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading reviews on Yelp, I was nervous to bring my friend here for dinner. We had a 6:00 reservation, and was seated promptly. There is a huge outside patio and great vacation like music. The server provided us with complimentary champagne, and was helpful when we couldn’t decide on a dish (he combined the two). Great experience, definitely would recommend.

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SergioC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great coming here again best Cuban restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and laid back! We got to the restaurant a bit earlier than our reservation time and they sat us down anyway! Our server was super friendly and attentive the entire time. The food was great and made really well! I would definitely go back! We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and we had such a lovely experience!

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ToddV
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific and the service was even better. A really nice touch with a small champagne greeting for all guests upon seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Im Cuban and it was not authentic Cuban at all. The croquettes were in a tomato sauce? Never have I seen that. The roasted chicken had a weird taste to it. I will not be returning there.

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Helloleo
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Habana has always been amazing overall. The only thing I can recommend that needs to change is the option for standard or outdoor seating for reservations through open table. On my recent visit I specified on my open table reservation for standard seating, which means indoor since the other given option is outdoor. That's the whole point of making reservations, to reserve for a time and preference. When I checked in at Habana for my reservation, the hostess proceeded to direct me to an outdoor table. I mentioned this isn't what I specified on my reservation and she replied that all the reservations that come through to the restaurant don't indicate standard or outdoor on the reservation placed. If that truly is the case, that needs to change. I drove out to Orange County specifically to have a nice indoor dining experience with Husband. Thankfully, the hostess was nice and obliged to my reservation request but better options to select from in the future to make reservations through open table would be indoor, outdoor, or no preference.

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vipMcGee
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

had a 6PM reservation for 2, requested booth and was seated at a table at 6:30PM. Manager at the restaurant indicated that it was a result of Covid....hmmm

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Questnav
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We made a reservation for 6 pm but weren’t seated til 6:40. It was clearly overbooked and understaffed. When we were seated it took about another 10 mins for our waitress to even get to us. Afterwards another 10 mins to order our food. If you’re coming before a show for dinner, beware of the wait times!

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AnitaF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Handcrafted Mojitos need improvement

Ambience, Food, and Service are worth it

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JoiF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I went here for my sister’s birthday. The server wore mask, there was plastic plexiglass up due to the close proximity. The Habana platter was a great starter. I got the lechon asado. It was good. There were a nice amount of options. I would go again and try the bakery.

MD
vipMicheleD
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pork croquettes were mediocre at best. I ordered the roasted pork dish. It came out like a pork chop, not shredded like I’m used to in other Cuban restaurants. It was tender but not what I was expecting. Cuban espresso was basic, not the strong coffee I was expecting. So everything was ok and tasted fine. Just not good enough to warrant a return. Definitely didn’t leave wanting to return soon.

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JeseniaS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Recommend making reservations

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vipKatherineS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Ropa vieja was so yummy ...highly recommended

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rosam
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, loved the atmosphere, will definitely do it again, customer service was excellent

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AshleyW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods were delicious, we liked shrimps appetizer.

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Habana- Irvine Spectrum is rated 4.5 stars by 1966 OpenTable diners.

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