Habana - Costa Mesa

4.6
1334 reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Habana was established in 1995. We serve Nuevo Latino cuisine which includes some Cuban and Spanish classics. We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Habana is one of the few places in the area serving our full menu until midnight everyday including a late night happy hour served from 10pm-close. We have both indoor and outdoor seating. There is a fun and romantic atmosphere with candle light throughout the entire restaurant. We have a lot of special event celebrations so there is always something new and exciting for our guests to experience.

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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanielR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just I have to say that my service person was awesome she was so nice
Always with smile
BUT your check in girl not happy at all
She doesn’t like that job sorry to stereotype but she was the asian girl
Thank you very much aging for the rest
I had a good time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was a nice ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I know I can give a honest review because I'm 100% Cuban born in the island and transported to the USA at the age of 13. I love to cook and I know know how to cook Cuban food very well. I also know this food isn’t related to the cuisine of Spain because my extended family comes from there and I lived in Madrid for a while.

The food in the restaurant is ok and definitely not Cuban or Spanish. If you advertise the restaurant as a Cuban restaurant as it is listed on Yelp, don't tell me you're Latin fusion. I ordered the Ropa vieja and what a disappointment. Ropa vieja is not watery and definitely should not taste sweet. The moros were not Cuban style by any means either. We also ordered appetizers and what they called croquetas were not it either.

However our server was really good and extremely attentive.

Please do not advertise your restaurant as Cuban or Spanish food because the food is not. Anyone claiming this is authentic Cuban food has never had it before. On another note, I became really sick within a few hours of eating here and I had not eaten anywhere else before to blame other places for my illness

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jgeo
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food and very good company. Service was ok. No refill of water while we are sitting at the end. But overall enjoyable thank you.

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SuzanneJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - my husband and I enjoyed the seafood paella for two. Fantastic service

JS
JulieS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I had made reservations weeks in advance for a special occasion only to be seated in a makeshift dining area in the parking lot next to parked cars!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Father’s Day celebration with family and Pablo gave us amazing service. He made some great suggestions and we are definitely coming back again for our next celebration.

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laurenp
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love it! Thank you for the anniversary surprise 🥰

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RocioR
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Everytime I would ask for something I would get a no response.
No drinks available but open bar?
No steak sauce but you have steak?
Beer was on the menu but not available
Certain foods were not available
Food options were not that great.
Drinks selection on menu were not good either.

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DrewS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always beautifully authentic and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

No one came by our table for like 30 mins. Had to stop the waiter to get someone to serve us. It definitely a beautiful atmosphere but sad for our first time.

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good ambiance and drink menu. The ropa vieja was very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good load music
Good good and cocktails 👍

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Janis
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Cuban food, great service and ambiance. Nice wine selection, too! Beautiful sitting outside in the shade.

JR
JennaR
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing corn ! Amazing steak ! Very flavorful food !

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GabrielC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a nice vibe. Beautiful restaurant. The Mojitos are excellent. Get the Ropa ViejaThey close at 10 for now so it's not fully open yet

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal and service, kudos to the team and Nicholas, the manager for a fantastic experience

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vipotter
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The paella was fantastic. Habana made you feel like you escaped to Cuba or Spain for the evening. Glowing candles everywhere set the stage for a romantic, yet boisterous, soirée.

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isus
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Habana has changed since we last visited. Though we missed the departure of the complementary bread basket at the start of our meal and the removal of the ahi tuna from the menu, we were most disappointed by the loss of the rich flavor we'd come to associate with Habana and Cuban cuisine. The ropa vieja was watery and the sauce on the salmon a la parilla bland. The Kobe burger was a resounding "meh". Our dessert, the flan, had no beautiful caramelized top and wasn't the smooth, melt-in-your-mouth delicious it used to be. It seems Habana's lost their spirit over the quarantine.

Portion sizes are noticeably smaller (although still enough to satisfy), and prices have gone up. If Habana is moving towards adopting the fares of a fine dining establishment, the food should at least keep up. We won't be returning anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was just ok. Nothing special.

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RaymondG
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing the food was great from the presentation to the taste and the portions. Their drinks could definitely be better but over all it was a great experience.

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JamesL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very tasty and the service was very good. The music was a bit loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is where I go when I want to have a special friend gathering . It’s a hidden gem! Such a cool place . I feel like I’m sitting in the islands when I’m there

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BrianB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best breakfast atmosphere I’ve ever had . I really enjoyed myself. Definitely coming back when I visit California. Absolutely loved it.

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CzerT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We decided to go to Habana because you could reserve a table. I have to say it was over the top from my expectation. When I used opentable, I requested patio seating, and they where able to accommodate. The patio was very lovely, candle lit with high energy vibes. The food and drinks were delicious. My wife and I planned to return frequently, especially for specials occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was great. Service was horrible. Appetizers came out before we had plates or utensils and it our server rarely made an appearance. We spent most of the time waiting for him to come by to place additional orders or to get our check.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, atmosphere was fun and the service was great.

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BEEE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved the food, drinks and ambiance. I’m all for splurging on delicious food and dining experience but this was priced a little high for what you get.

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AngieA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Went for our wedding anniversary. Ordered the paella for 2 people. Cost us $68 and later order lobster they was an additional $15. The size 3”.. almost a joke. Had to order some more beans and rice and some empanadas. We got a brownie for our special occasion the size was a little bigger than a strawberry... really. The ambiance was very nice so I enjoyed that more than anything else.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat immediately. The decor is amazing all the way around. Alec our server, was very fast with service and made great suggestions with appetizers. Our drinks were very refreshing. Overall a great dining experience.

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runninggirl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant , great drinks and awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s seriously some of the best food I’ve ever had. The presentation is amazing

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good food. Service was good and interesting food selection

JF
JamesF
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, staff and food. A bit pricey but worth it. Very busy

LM
LoriM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were freezing cold. We asked 3 different people and no one turned the heater on for us. The table next to us got their heater turned on though.

Took longer than acceptable time to get a beer. We tried to cancel b/c we wanted to leave b/c we were too cold. Waiter said he was already getting it....too late.

My first experience was perfect. I will continue to go to this place. Overall really good!!!!

JD
JimD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is fantastic! Just like the mom of one of my Cuban friends used to make. The parking lot is crowded, but accommodating. The OpenTable method of creating a reservation is much better than calling. When we called we were told that they are booked for the evening. However, when we went to OpenTable there were numerous openings. FAIR WARNING: Do not be late. They will give your table away to anybody waiting for an opening.

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Jess
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Drinks were good, but the food was not. This restaurant is okay for a happy hour, but not for a sit-down meal.

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RanjiniV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Patio seating was little over crowded!! But other than that everything else was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food! Highly recommend. Drinks took a little bit to come but the mojito was delicious! Also ordered the Paloma. It was okay. Probably wouldn’t order that again. Must try the chicken and papaya salad and the salmon dish! Excellent!!! Plantains were perfect.

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Pamyla
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The skirt steak and salmon were amazing. Service was okay. It took awhile to bring our initial drinks. Loved the outdoor patio.

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You can order delivery directly from Habana - Costa Mesa using the Order Online button. Habana - Costa Mesa also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 556-0176.

Habana - Costa Mesa is rated 4.6 stars by 1334 OpenTable diners.

Habana - Costa Mesa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/habana-cm-2930-bristol-st/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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