Outstanding. Great environment, excellent food, and the servers were so attentive!! If you're looking for a special place to splurge, its a great place. It has a wonderful ambiance . The best one is passionfruit cheesecake topped with icecream drizzled with passionfruit sauce. This is a wonderful place to hang out with friends and family members. All of their food is great! Highly recommend this place!
Great place for a date or to impress your friends. Love the restaurant. Bar workers are super friends, and I love the ambiance all around. Tucked behind the Lab "Anti-Mall" so you can image the scene here is pretty trendi, but the restaurant itself is unassuming and a great experience.
Great mojitos. Habana is a fun place to go to. The ambiance is great as well as decor inside. The food is great and their mojitos are tasty.
Very Bad Management - Bordering on being the worst! Very bad Service!. After arriving at Habana's restaurant in Costa Mesa me and a friend ordered some drinks. I paid for my drink with my credit card. I never got my credit card back from the bartender. After a couple of hours we were leaving and I noticed I didn't have my card. I asked and the bartender said she had given it back to me. Immediately I canceled my card. The restaurant tried to blame me and my friend for the mishap and made it seem like we were trying to eat and run. We paid with another card and left. Three days later I found that there were charges from Habana?s restaurant on my account. I went to my bank and got all the info required to show fraud. I went to the manager, Jeff, and informed him of what had happened. After waiting about 30 min for him, he came back and said he cannot do anything to help. He didn?t take responsibility for the mishap and he didn?t even apologize. Instead he escorted me out of the restaurant like I was a criminal. I will never go back to this restaurant and I will be forwarding this to the general manager of the restaurant.
Happy Taste Buds. Habana is one of my favorite restaurants. They have some of the most amazing appetizers, such as the crab cakes, the calamari, crawfish, ahi tuna on plantains, and the fried avocado is interesting. Their dinner entrees are pretty amazing across the board, and i love the seared ahi tuna that comes with mashed potatoes and little fried onions...yummy. The only entree that i have not particularly liked was the Paella. The chicken was REALLY rubbery and dry. But other than that this place is 5 stars accross the board. In regards to their lunch menu, i was impressed. The portions are a little smaller, which is perfect for me, and the prices are a little lower. My cousin and i split the spinach salad with shrimp (excellent), and the plantain crusted chicken sandwich (too good for words). The chicken sandwich comes with really good fries and coleslaw. Another plus for many is that there is outside seating which allows smoking cigarettes, and even cigars (at certain times of the day). This is probably the best chill, hip restaurant in all of O.C. Oh and the drinks are strong too...............i love the sparkling red wine and the sangria is good too (but really strong). You will not be dissapointed.
Wonderful!. The food is fabulous, the service was good, the atmosphere was the best. My family is Cuban and I love this place. Nothing beats my Abuela's cooking but this comes close.
Romantic, chic, and ultra-trendy.
I have now been into Havana three times with my boyfriend and every single time I'm impressed with almost every aspect of the place. By far it is the trendiest place for a romantic dinner anywhere in O.C.
The food is latino imspired dishes and everything I have tried has been exquisite. You cannot go wrong with anything on their menu and this is definitly true with their seafood offerings. Wine list is fun and accessible to less rifined palates (like mine) but there are still a lot of high end wines for the ballers. The staff is young and really chic but still manages to be attentive. Even the bartenders were cool inspite of being busy. ours looked a bit on the young side to be making drinks but then everyone there looks under 21 even the managers. Every seat in the house is dimly with church candles and the whole restaurant is a converted warehouse that manages to look both post-industrial but somehow still upscale. Bottomline; A fun and romantic expirience and always a new surprise from the cool staff.
Overrated, Bad Service, Food is less than mediocre. Habanas has gone down hill......
I have always liked Habana but NOT ANYMORE!
I did like it enough to go there for my Birthday a few times. I have visited the restaurant about 7 times in the past few years or so. This is why I am SO Dissappointed! They changed their menu, the service has gone down hill, and the food is just not good anymore. Its like a different restaurant....maybe they changed ownership, I dont know!?
Our Empanads (appetizer) was blan to say the least-and served cold! I ordered the flank steak cooked medium and it was incredibly tough and chewy (hard to eat). The Special of the night was the T-bone Steak which was served to my boyfriend cold and lacking flavor. The fried Yucca tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for years (chewy, cold, and gummy). The fastest we saw our server move was when we put our Credit Card on the table-he was right there to swiftly pick it up! Why was he ignoring us the rest of the night and not bringing us bread (like all the other tables had), not refilling our waters, not asking if we wanted to order more drinks, not asking if we liked our food, etc.......
The best part of the night was my Mojito.
I'm sad that Habanas is lacking the flair, service, and good food it once had......that said I will not ever eat there again.
Its good to go for the drinks and atmosphere, but dont even look at the menu!
Tasty food!. Great entrees and superb wine list but the desserts are weak! I highly recommend the seared ahi. (It has this delicious flavorful rub and is served on a bed of lightly sauteed but heavily seasoned red and green peppers.) As far as the desserts go, the cafe cubano is good (it's super chocolatey) but just not fabulous.
Coolest Place in OC....still!.
We've been visiting Habana for about 5 years and the last 4 or so have been consistently great. I'm so glad they changed it up from what was a bit corporate to the cool spot that it remains today. There aren't enough original restaurants in CA. I don't know what they do to keep it fresh, but it continues to be something we look forward to. On our last trip, we stopped in for a quick lunch and 5 hours later found ourselves still enjoying the spot. We started on the patio and had a great steak sandwich and crab cakes and glass of house sangria. A few tables down was "Big Poppi" and a few Boston Red Sox, who must have been in town to play the Angels. Even with the high profile guys down the way, our server and the manager continued to drop by our table and check in with us - which was nice.
After the sun set, we moved into the bar, where the bartender made us some great Mojitos with a premium Rum... we had a few. We met a few locals in the clothing industry at the bar and after chatting them up, we were sat at an inside booth to enjoy a great dinner. I had a fresh fish which tasted as if it was just line caught and my girl enjoyed the steak special and she couldn't stop raving about the mashed potatoes.
Habana will always hold a spot n our hearts. Love it there!
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