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Habana Restaurant and Bar

The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
+1 714-556-0176
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“ropa vieja” (16 reviews)
“plantains” (16 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
££ - £££
The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here for the second time recently and it was just as good second time around. I had the chorizo sofrito steamers to start, they were just divine. For my main I had the rum pepper shrimp, this was another top class dish, bursting...More

Thank phiggs97
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the setting and layout of the lab. It's surprising the scene and retreat behind the more industrial walls. Food at this place was amazing - especially the deep friend avocado. Service was also exceptional.

Thank helenblee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is super cute. The food was great. The service was great. Totally would go back! Parking is the only trouble

Thank Samantha H
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Landed at 7:31 for our 7:30 reservation. They could not find the reservation and made us feel like we were faking a reservation. Had to show them the text. Apparently had a wrong name in their reservation. Were warned that we will have to leave...More

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Thank Rakesh A
Reviewed 28 February 2017 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...More

Thank Roland H
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
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...More

Thank EsmeBennion
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...More

Thank Andrew_A_Brown
Reviewed 1 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...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank RGerman
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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, 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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