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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
11:00 - 02:00
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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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Dupont, Washington
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

The food was delicious! I ordered the Stuffed Pork Croquetas and Calamari Fritters and both were extremely tasty and bursting with flavor. The texture of the calamari was perfect. I was dining with friends and one ordered the Flan. Best flan I've ever had. I was with a couple and one other friend. When the bill arrived we asked them... More 

Thank Tania J
Hilliard, Ohio
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2015

My boss and I were meeting late and decided to head out from the hotel for something to eat. The concierge at the Hilton recommended this place. It's out of the way and has great ambiance and atmosphere with a great outdoor seating area. I am by far not an expert on Cuban dishes but I truly enjoyed the rum-pepper... More 

Thank Darrin B
Redlands, California
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Food is OK, beware if you are GF, you need to verify everything you eat. Many of the dishes have healthy preparations. Service is satisfactory for a higher priced restaurant. I was pleased with my waitress, however, I heard some of the guests who were in our business group were not happy with their waiter.

Thank Intrepid M
Costa Mesa, CA
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224 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

The outdoor patio seating is great. The menu has a lot of choices and present a good selection of Cuban items. Basic Cuban dish Ropa Vieja is very tasty. The steak is still the best item on the menu. A couple of really nice appetizers but not cheap for the size. Drinks are ok - a little pricey for the... More 

Thank FrankTibackx
Newport Beach
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I love this restaurant and the food! It never fails to provide great service and is very clean. I love the quality of the food, the flavor, and presentation. We have been there several times and always have a different entree. The parking is very limited and difficult on the weekends. make a reservation and come early so you have... More 

Thank Debra F
Sarasota, Florida
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Really, really delectable cuban food. There were 4 of us, we all got something different, and we all loved it! I highly recommend. We sat outside..it was lovely. Very nice waitstaff.

Thank mnhsrq
Herriman, Utah
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

The location is really relaxed and great. It is in an anti-mall if you will called the LAB. The server was awful and very lax about everything, The food was good but not great.

Thank Scott B
Costa Mesa, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Went one day with my boyfriend for dinner, looking forward especially to the mojitos since I heard they were well served not lacking the alcohol. It is a very dark super dim lit place which is ok for me. We started with our drinks I ordered of course the mojito and although it was not lacking alcohol it sure was... More 

Thank Elizabeth R
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

We have been enjoying the great Cuban food at Habana' since it opened 20 years ago. Great service, food, music and atmosphere. My favorite is the Ropa Vieja and my wife's is the Tamale Pie, but we have enjoyed everything we have tried. We are looking forward to celebrating their 40th anniversary.

Thank ChrisandJulieRoberts
Lake Arrowhead, California
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301 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015

A fair selection of items, well prepared. Many of the dishes have familiar sounding names, but the preparation here is likely to be unique. For example, the Shrimp Ceviche included some very flavorful, somewhat spicy shrimp served beautifully in a coconut shell. The shrimp were tasty, and we enjoyed them especially since they were so different in both preparation and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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?