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Habana Restaurant and Bar

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The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
11:30 - 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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Costa Mesa, CA
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224 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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296 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Fountain Valley, California
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429 reviews
362 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

Located in a bohemian anti-mall. Ambience was great. Parking sucks. Food was not as good as we hoped. Had the mango roast pork sandwich ($12) which was akin to a pork sloppy joe. More pork would hace helped. Came with fries and coleslaw. Fries were not hot and fresh. Girlfriend had empanadas ($9) which were short on fillings and high... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

If you're looking for some small plates, I think this place would be just fine. My girlfriend and I stopped here with the intention of eating dinner, but after looking at the menu decided to leave. The prices were just too high for the type of food that I saw coming out of the kitchen. It was a fun place... More 

Thank LizSBoise
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

Fresh & unique menu. Hip and casual new-urban environment (exposed concrete floors, surrounded by trees, shrubs outside. Nice patio area...try to get a seat next to the building. Somewhat pricey...entrees $20-$26 and wine in the $10-$14 range.

Thank Joe P

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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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?