Habana- Irvine Spectrum

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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.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time a Habana...amazing service and food!

OM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I set my reservation on OpenTable, although the seating wasn't what I was expecting, everything else made up for the "ok" seating. Our server Manuel made my wife's and mines 3-year marriage celebration awesome!

PS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

If you’re looking to go out with friends and catch up, this is not the place! The noise level is horrendous. Have to yell to have a conversation. Would not go back.

MJ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun choice, authentic Cuban cuisine and something new to try for everyone.

RU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good foods. Excellent customer srvc.,price,ok

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

Had a great time! Food was fantastic and with our reservation we were seated quickly and service was on point!

JU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place a little hot but that's not the restaurants fault. Our servers was amazing he did a great job and made the experience for me and my fiances birthday even better. We even came back later for the live music and dancing

AP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a great find. Fun, yummy and relaxed atmosphere. Lots of little rooms. We had the weekday lunch buffet, which was so good!

JD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, great music and fantastic service!

EM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Place was very busy, we were outside, so it was not too loud.

Food was good, service was slow, probably they were too busy

SP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time to this restaurant, only second time eating Cuban food. Fabulous atmosphere, great for a special occasion such as entertaining international guests like us. Great service, quick to get meals- almost too quick, wanted to enjoy our time a bit linger but think they might be about getting people in and out. Food simple but tasty. Would go back.

LL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant has really gone down since opening. The food and service are not as good as when they first opened. Very disappointing.

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

I loved the decor SOO MUCH! Day and night compared to the Costa Mesa location. Then there was the food, AHHH!!! So delicious. Stellar experience.

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

The weather is too hot and we were seating outside

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is absolutely delicious! The service is great, but they need to make to the place more cooler during the summer. We were seated inside and there was no air conditioner, just fans and it made the place so uncomfortable to dine in.

ML
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

we go to habana often and especially to celebrate special occasions. this last visit was not so great with service. the waitress ignored us when we first got seated. we had to ask someone to help us and then another waitress had to be assigned.
maybe they were short staffed, but at least some sort of geeeting from the waitress would have been nice.

TW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place. Excellent food and service. The only draw back is the electric hot plate being used to prepare the omelettes. A gas cooktop would be much quicker.

n
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

First thing we get there and even though we had a reservation, we had to wait almost 15 minutes to be seated. When they finally seat us its a cramped out side table with no sun coverage. Waiters, diners bumping into our chairs. When we asked for an inside table they told us we would have to wait 1 hour, two minutes later a party is seated next to us and they realized how cramped it was outside and asked to be seated inside and were, and when we looked inside the dining room, there were several empty tables.
Second, I asked our waiter if any of their beers were Cuban, he said no but pointed out a Peruvian beer that he said was similar to Cuban style beers. Now he was a nice guy, but he had no knowledge of the beers on the menu. He serves me a beer, and my wife looks at the bottle and it says "Cuban Style Ale made in America".
Third, the food was really bland, the potatoes, the black beans, plantains no seasoning at all. The Brussel sprouts were just deep fried, no flavor. The serving of Paella that I was given had one mussel and one shrimp and tasted fishy!
When my wife went to get some seafood, the server gave her four small shrimp and that was it.
Dessert table looked like a total mess, the deserts such as the chocolate pudding cup and the key lime were warm, sitting in the sun, not chilled at all.
For the price of $49 per person, this was a total fiasco! Would never go back or refer anyone to this restaurant.

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

Great food, we had reservation but was seated outside in a very hot day. Took the extra fan we had away because not enough fans for other customers.

DP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The price point was more than double the value. The quality of the food was very average and not at all worth them money!

V
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Restaurant really good food and good Salsa music!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrant Latin atmosphere with great service and excellent flavors. Outstanding rum selection.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very attentive. Great food

LR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner!

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

The music is nice but a bit loud for conversations while dining.

RA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun evening, good entertainment and good. We will definitely return

J
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a place with great food and a wonderful ambiance, this is the place for you. It is a little noisy if one wants to hold a conversation, however it's still a great place!!

QK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, I recommend trying Habana. Great, unique (to Irvine) food, a bit overpriced, but we knew that going in. The atmosphere is stunning! Service was mostly good. We made a reservation for dinner on a Friday night. Most of the restaurant was a patio, which is not so good during the summer. The waitress sat us a table partially in the direct sun - it was so hot we asked to move. They walked us back and forth a couple times through the whole restaurant before finding us a table inside (only half full). That was strange, but after that experience we had a wonderful dinner and the drinks were tasty as well! We mostly ordered appetizers and drinks, and enjoyed trying different types of empanadas and a couple other dishes. The birthday dessert they brought was excellent (if it's your birthday, let waitress know). We will be back another time, but probably not for a while - lots of other choices in OC.

J
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly, attentive and professional. Appetisers were terrific. Dinner was terrific.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was slow considering it wasn't busy. Food is good as always. Desserts are really amazing.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was knowledgeable and very welcoming. We celebrated a friend’s bday and we all had a great time.

K
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server came up to us right away and explained the items available on the buffet . The food was fabulous and the server was very attentive

CD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the restaurant for lunch, but the interior noise level made it very difficult to converse with our guests.

S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our experience at Habana. Such great service and the food was great, especially the bbq-ribs!
The only thing that needed improvement was that there were flys in the food areas because the doors were opened to the outside the whole morning. It was a sunny day and the food attracted flys like a magnet - very unhealthy. Just keep the doors shut and the ambiance would be perfect. Everyone at the restaurant was exceptionally cheerful and helpful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and fun and delicious

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations 🥳

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Management and servers made our experience alot of fun

BM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is outstanding. Place has major character, feels like you are in Cuba. Well done!

CP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is immaculate the Don y Dona drinks are phenomenal. The dry aged steak was delicious but the best meal is the Tamal! Thanks all!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is very cute. Food is really delicious! The only challenge we had was that we were meeting up with friends that we hadn’t seen for several years and with the volume of the music we had a really hard time carrying on a conversation. It would be so much better if they could find a balance with providing the Cuban musical ambiance at a volume where you can hear and enjoy it while still being able to hold a dinner conversation.

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