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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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Newport Beach, California
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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175 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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121 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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197 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
San Diego, California
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

My coworker selected this place for our office holiday lunch. It is so close to our office so I can't believe I hadn't been there before. Looks smaller than what it is. We had a reserved area and the service was prompt and efficient without hurrying us. Cocktails are varied and potent. Had the Buena Vista, tasty and refreshing. The... More 

Thank Nalalita
Garden Grove, California
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53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I haven't really gone to many Cuban restaurants before but I was told this was a good place and I guess it's pretty good. Seems kinda overpriced for me but the entrees do come in pretty big portions. Service was good. Good thing is that take reservations and this place gets packed so make sure you make reservations.

Thank Lemonfresh76
South Pomfret, Vermont
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Food is very good. Had Chicken crusted in Plantain it was moist and very tasty. Outdoor area is very relaxing. The whole Lab area is unique and laid back. Appetizers were good as well. We shared three and all were very well executed. Would highly recommend wether you're into Cuban food or not.

Thank TravelerJCB
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The restaurant has a nice vibe, and you weren't rushed into ordering. That's probably the best thing I can say about the restaurant. I ordered a sangria (supposedly a specialty of the house) but it wasn't anything special. We split the roasted red pepper salad with chicken topping--both of which were uninspired. The plantain side dish was OK. I had... More 

Thank Vivet M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$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, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?