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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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$$ - $$$
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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
11:30 - 01:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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Galway, Ireland
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here for the second time recently and it was just as good second time around. I had the chorizo sofrito steamers to start, they were just divine. For my main I had the rum pepper shrimp, this was another top class dish, bursting with flavour. I love this restaurant and if you can get sitting outside, definitely do... More 

Thank phiggs97
Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the setting and layout of the lab. It's surprising the scene and retreat behind the more industrial walls. Food at this place was amazing - especially the deep friend avocado. Service was also exceptional.

Thank helenblee
Laguna Hills, California
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71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is super cute. The food was great. The service was great. Totally would go back! Parking is the only trouble

Thank Samantha H
Tustin, California
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Landed at 7:31 for our 7:30 reservation. They could not find the reservation and made us feel like we were faking a reservation. Had to show them the text. Apparently had a wrong name in their reservation. Were warned that we will have to leave before 9 PM as they had another reservation for the same table. Which restaurant gives... More 

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Thank Rakesh A
Newport Beach, California
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107 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

If you have been to Cuba and have sampled their cuisine then you will know the distinct taste that habana's is lacking. With that said the food was still very tasty. I had the plantain crusted chicken with mash potatoes and my wife had the steak which were both prepared well. We had a taste of all the appetizers which... More 

Thank Roland H
Bronxville, New York
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

While i would in no way classify this as a Cuban restaurant, the food was delicious nonetheless. The Sangria was great, as were our food choices. Shout out to the plantain crusted chicken! Perfect for our girls birthday dinner outing!

Thank Nazrio00
Chicago, Il
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183 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Cuban- no! Putting tough flank steak on a smear of chili sauce doesn't make it Cuban, for example. Too many fries and fatty mashed potatoes as the side. Even the fried banana dessert was not authentic, way too sweet and with ice cream. Plating looked good but disappointment at first bite. Typical California modern pretending to be healthy but loaded... More 

Thank EsmeBennion
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

My third time in this enchanting restaurant, again with work colleagues, it never seems to fail to please. The staff are chirpy and helpful and the decor seems to be in an undefined time capsule of a sort Latin-Caribbean nineteen fifties era or earlier. With the inside a perfect back drop for a Carmen Miranda number and the outside enchanting,... More 

Thank Andrew_A_Brown
Enfield, Connecticut
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124 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Had dinner with a business colleague last week, and while the food was decent, I could detect no Cuban accent to any of the four items we ordered. My salad was basically plain-essentially zero dressing, and the pork belly was barely edible. My colleague enjoyed her meal much more than I did, so I will give it the benefit of... More 

Thank David B
Huntington Beach, California
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201 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Friendly not pushy waiter... had the half chicken dish, nothing really Cubanesque or otherwise intriguing about it... for the quality, too expensive, quantity alone does not make up for it. The place itself displays a cozy atmosphere, but the acoustics get out of control, when the place is busy...

Thank RGerman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 22
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 714-556-0176

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?