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“Craft Cocktail Cuban Favorite”

Habana Restaurant and Bar
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Ranked #19 of 514 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Price range: US$7 - US$22
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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 was still top notch! The ambience is fantastic providing both indoor and outdoor seating and a wide, excellent selection of Cuban and latin-inspired fare. The drink menu was the same and they didn't skimp on the drinks! Location is good in the "Anti-Mall" across the freeway from the famous South Coast Plaza. Warning that parking can be very difficult...we used Uber in deference to the aforementioned cocktails, but carpool for sure! Get a reservation on weekends or you will have to wait. Mid to Upper mid level prices, but the quantity and quality make it worth it! Ropa Vieja with plantains was a favorite and we split a Paella that was good not great...needed a bit more saffron, but there were generous portions of seafood, sausage and chicken. Definitely a must visit when in the area. Close to the Westin SCP and South Coast Rep Theater!

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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 been used to seeing in more ordinary ways. The plantain coated avocado was a terrific appetizer, and others in our party had equally delicious main courses. Mojitos were excellent. The restaurant is located within a nest of other shops and food shops. It reminded me of places I'd been overseas where innovative, young restaurants offer a casual but quality experience.

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Thank RosemaryGalette
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Reviewed 12 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 mojito! Enjoy!

Thank Jason K
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Reviewed 27 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 patience you will find a spot.
Good vibes and good food.

Thank sheila h
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Reviewed 15 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 perfect. The staff was very kind.

Thank Leopold M
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