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Habana Restaurant and Bar

The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“ropa vieja” (18 reviews)
“plantains” (19 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I've never eat here, and was surprised at how tasty the fare was. We met for a business lunch and ate outside. The weather was perfect and their were no bugs or distractions. I enjoyed the plantain crusted chicken with salad. The flavor was excellent....More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A colleague made reservations here for a business lunch. When I first pulled into the parking lot I was confused at all of the eclectic buildings and airstream RVs. Not until I parked did I realize what a whimsical place. Habana has a great outdoor...More

Thank bballwey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outdoor dining compliments an indoor dining area and small bar. Good food one can't easily find around Costa Mesa/Newport/CDM. Loud, but well worth the trip.

Thank Roseanne E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a neat place! BUT......... My husband and I had the el puerco primo. It was dry and tough. Wonder if it was cooked the day before. Our server was great! He was attentive and friendly.

Thank OKSusan
Reviewed 25 July 2017

We had been going to Habana for years prior to moving out of state, so after several years had concerns that it wouldn't be "the same". We were pleasantly surprised that the menu had changed slightly, but the quality of both the food and beverages...More

Thank Wolverine325
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We were visiting from out of town, and our nephew, who works in the area, recommended we meet him for dinner at Habana Restaurant. What a great time we had! The food was delicious and the menu varied with different takes on foods that we've...More

Thank RosemaryGalette
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Great food with a Cuban flair...steaks are always good. They have a unique menu with unique ingredients. Quaint tree covered patio makes for an intimate date setting or fun to bring a small group for a business dinner. Cocktails are second to none - great...More

Thank Jason K
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Very lively spot near South Coast Plaza and Performing Arts Center. Both the food and presentation are excellent and innovative. We prefer the patio seating which is away from the bar scene and a bit more quiet. Parking is abit of a challenge but with...More

Thank sheila h
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

we incidently came across this place as we did not know the way very well and we looked on google maps for a place to have a drink. This was not on it. The terrace is great, the cocktail and white wines we enjoyed were...More

Thank Leopold M
Reviewed 8 June 2017

My parents and I came here for lunch. We really liked the ambience of the restaurant, however the staff could do a better job of dusting the seats in the booths. My parents ordered the Mango BBQ Pork Sandwich and Ropa Vieja, while I ordered...More

Thank jkanguhroo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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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