Habana- Irvine Spectrum

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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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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Havana was everything I expected and more . I’m looking forward to dining again for their fabulous brunch.

GM
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Friend visiting from out of town

S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In loved with the Costa Mesa location ! We went in to celebrate a bday, our waiter Tony was fantastic he definitely made the experience great . (Loved the uniforms waiters and waitresses use, hosts need to dress up more for the occasion) Food , drinks and desserts were yummy , will be back !

DB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall good experience. When we arrived there was socializing going on between the wait staff and the hostesses so they made us stand there awkardly for a bit until the manager had to come over and get them to seat us. We had a reservation for outside, they tried to sit us inside and when we requested outside they stuck us at a table that was by the wait staff water station, flatware and napkin station AND right by a door where the wait staff was in out and throughout the whole dinner. Weird. Our waiter was great, the food was delicious and the overall ambiance fun and different. The prices were a bit high for the level of food, but it was really good. The Key Lime Pie dessert was to die for and I have the Shrimp and Scallops with the Red Pepper Cream Sauce which I could have drank as a soup! So good. We will be back but would hope for a better table.

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

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere is very nice but the band is way too loud (deafening) and you can’t enjoy conversation with your dinner guests because of the band. They need to tone it way down.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out and listen to live music but it is extremely loud. Food and drinks were fantastic. Can be good for kids.

GM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great, our waitress provided excellent service and explained the menu to us and checked on us often. The food was not as described in the menu. The chopped salad did not contain all of the items described in the menu and the a lot of the lettuce was brown. For the price I would like fresh lettuce. Also the fish was dry most likely over cooked, the rice was white rice with few pieces of fruit but not cilantro lime as described. The entree was $36 and that's fine but the quality of food is not up to par with the price. The ambiance is fun and the music is great as well as the appetizers. I would give it another try.

RQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This was the first time I went for Lunch Buffet and I regret it! Although I was not a big fan of Habana but hoped they provide variety to their buffet.

Food quality for Buffet was SO BAD! Flies were all over the food and room was extremely hot for lunchtime. Half of my time wasted in the line waiting to get food.

The steak was too rare for me and when I asked for Medium/Well that's the only thing they have.

NL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere. Definitely makes you feel like you’re on vacation. Live band was awesome

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

BD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I took a friend who was from out of town. We loved the food and the decor. The only down side is that it very noisy inside so it is hard to have a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the paella. It was $55 but it filled us up and was really good! Would 100% recommend. The complimentary chips tasted so good with the sauces provided as well. Best to book earlier to avoid lines

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grave Sunday music in outdoor bar. Who doesn't want to get the full cuban vibe! Not to mention all the decoration and and the inside bar great vibe!

MH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

JS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had an appointment for over 1 weeks. When we got there about 15min earlier, one of the host wouldn't give us the outside table, I Saw there was plenty and I believe one of them was mine anyways and it was not crowded that Sunday at 1 pm. She said was going to take another 40 min to seat us. Why we have to make appointment for? We drove 1.5 hours from Pasadena.
She gave us a horrible table next to the bar counter....I wished I had her name down.
After seating, I asked the waiter if she can help us to seat outside. So she did help. I appreciated that.

TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Did not know that the buffet was the only option on Sunday morning. I received a call to confirm the reservation so why could they also not mention this? The value for the $49 brunch (not including coffee, mimosas) was really not worth it.

OC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch had very little options. And they ran out of tri-tip at 11am. Set-up was not conducive to food safety. Not enough serving utensils for things so lots of cross contamination and people using their fingers. On a positive note the service was amazing and it was a cool ambiance.

LR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The brunch (food) at this location was excellent; however, the hosts did not seat me until 20 mins after my reservation time and it wasn’t busy. I asked and she said there were people ahead of me to be seated while I watch her not seat anyone and there were at least 30 tables open when I walked inside. I’d say inexperienced and no clue at getting guests seated. I was frustrated!

SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is amazing. All the staff is very friendly and helpful with any questions you may have. The brunch food selection is great. There definitely is something for everybody. The only downfall is the food display as it is in the open air. Not all of it is attended by someone and we found flies lounging on several of the food items.

DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I prefer the location in Costa Mesa. The spectrum location is WAAAYY too loud and the food does not seem as good. My dish was cold. Server was great but probably not coming back to this spot again.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for my brothers! We really enjoyed this restaurant! 👍🏻

AP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a dinner meeting and trusted Habanas to help make a great impression... and they fail. Ambiance, Food & Service were all exceptional.

LT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with a girlfriend. The atmosphere is so cool! It really makes you feel like you’re in Cuba. The service was spot on and they were patient with us because we had never been there before. We had the Ropa Vieja and the El Puerco primo. I have to go back to this restaurant so that I can try other items on the menu. Everything was delicious! And they make a really good Mojito. I would like to stay next time for the entertainment or even try their brunch.

JK
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my friend’s birthday. We sat inside at first but noise level was very high so we moved to the patio...so much better! Our server, Samantha, was excellent; very nice, polite, very accommodating & gave us a perfect amount of attention during our 2 hour lunch!!!
Staff is friendly, look forward to our next lunch!😋

VS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The live music was loud. At some point it was hard to talk. I was here for a date.

L
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 40th anniversary Friday and it was wonderful! They even gave an anniversary dessert with a sparkler in it! Than you so much!

MF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, friendly staff. I would definitely go back and try the bar.

SL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Summer buffet lunch with friends was a pleasant experience. Food was fresh and delicious. The dessert buffet had 3 yummy items and fresh fruit. Service was attentive and the atmosphere was pleasant.

DD
Orange County
313 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I've been here many times and it's one of my daughters favorite restaurants, this time was not as good as times past. We were seated right away and given menus and proceeded to wait. We decided on the buffet so we wouldn't have to wait anymore, we ordered the watermelon juice just before going to the buffet and were looking forward to the delicious chips and trio of salsas, the food was okay but the buffet is not restocked often enough and a lot of the dishes were empty or almost empty. Some of the hot dishes were cold. Anyhow back at the table and finished with the first plate and still no drinks or chips and salsa's. I had to ask 3 times and finally it arrived. Poor service this time around. I guess we were not a priority. Won't be back for awhile if at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

We tried the weekday lunch buffet for $ 22. Nothing special with the food. Poor service, we have to fetch our check from the front because the servers are not attentive. The table cleaners are not helpful, too. It's either they simply ignore our requests or they do not understand English.

TH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

great atmosphere and the food can be good...but around lunchtime service has been really slow. hopeful this can improve because the rest of the experience is good!

GK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Expensive but food was good.

We went for the $50 Sunday Buffet. Food selection is great.

DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Went for brunch and it was spectacular. Right in the Spectrum Mall but there is so much foliage around you wouldn’t know it. Wonderful variety of food from Cuban to yummy French bread French toast and on to bagels and fresh fruit. A bit pricier than expected but I would be a regular if we lived down here.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a night out with family. My mom loved the food and ambiance. My brother also like Habana. Both said they would return for a night out.

MA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere! This place is Great! Nice service as well- get a res as this place gets booked up! Order a monitor and relax :)

EV
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for a girls night dinner. Loved the vibe from the moment we walked in - the decor and atmosphere felt like we were being transported right to Cuba, and the outdoor patio was like an oasis. Service was superb, drinks were excellent, and the food was fantastic. Great experience all around.

KK
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skirt steak has everything you want. Even the rice exceeded our expectations

DT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sam, she was super accommodating, quick, sweet, and nice.

AH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has wonderful food and even better attention to detail. The drinks are wonderful and the service is great as well. You can sit in the patio, or in the coffee shop, bar or restaurant. There are many options and all of them are incredible.

j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were excellent. Tons of outdoor patio seating options. Highly recommend

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