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Habana Restaurant and Bar

The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not many Cuban places in California, so took advice of a local and went to "The Lab" (a non-mall Mall)..went twice ..first had the RUM PEPPER SHRIMP. Amazing flavors and presentation. Second time had EL CHURRASCO...wow...skirt steak with chimichurri, street corn, rice, plantains, and sofrito...More

Thank Virago750
Reviewed 1 week ago

A large group of my friends and I ate here all the time. Birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings, couple's night out, etc. The food is Americanized Cuban, but pretty good. Drinks are okay, but they had a good rum selection. The best part was you could...More

Thank gardderek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, myself and my sister came here for lunch today. We didn’t have a reservation, but we were able to get in right away. Once we placed our order, the food came out very quickly. Our waitress was very nice and made suggestions. My...More

Thank Rachel T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service, friendly staff. Make sure to make a reservation as this place is very popular. Habana offers a Sea Food Heaven; wide seafood variety and excellent quality. The paella? Well ...THE PAELLA ...was delicious! My wife is not a seafood fan; however she enjoyed...More

Thank LinchyTica
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little funky decor, but not inconsistent with scenes of Cuba that we saw in the Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit. Good sized parking lot in the back. Restrooms across the parking lot serve all of the restaurants and stores in The Lab. Service is...More

Thank randylee223
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

I love the vibe here. I first came for restaurant week a few years ago. Last night I had the rum pepper shrimp and sangria. My friend had the salmon. They both had unique wonderful flavor. They also have a vegetarian tamale which is really...More

Thank Evelyn M
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Visiting in the area we went to Habana for dinner. The weather was moderate so we sat on the patio, which ended up being a very good thing. The ambience is terrific (better than inside). We had a great server, a drink a piece and...More

Thank mrliterature
Reviewed May 28, 2018

For more than 20 years, this restaurant has served consistently delicious Cuban food - I'm addicted to the hearty tamale pie! The best OC patio dining around with a long menu of favorites not to be found elsewhere.

Thank Lindamom
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Loud inside due to the cement walls but very trendy and interesting. I loved outdoors even though it was right next to the parking lot. Small but tasty menu. Average prices and good service. Would recommend!

Thank alimariew
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

My plantain encrusted chicken breast sandwich, my daughter’s Cuban take on a Philly Cheesesteak, and my son’s crusted ahi were all excellent. My wife’s ceviche appetizer was also exquisite, but since it arrived at a time more appropriate to desert than as an intended appetizer,...More

Thank abacusz
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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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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