Habana-Orange County (Costa Mesa & Irvine)
Where: Orange County (Irvine and Costa Mesa)
For: All Ages
Habana is a Cuban restaurant in Orange County that I was introduced to by my coworkers. I’ve been here a few times, and it not only has authentic décor but the food is amazing. They also make pretty strong drinks!
When you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted with a beautiful authentic Cuban setting. Both indoor and outdoor seating is provided for guests. Although I’ve never been to the Irvine location, I can only imagine it’s just as beautiful as the Costa Mesa location (please note that there is no bathroom in the Costa Mesa location).
A gorgeous bar with dim lighting creates a posh ambiance in Habana. On Friday and Saturdays in the Costa Mesa location, they have ‘Habana Nights’ where live musicians play music for patrons from 10:00pm to 2:00am. The Irvine location entertains from Wednesday nights to Saturday nights.
On Sundays, Habana offers a brunch from 9:00am to 3:00pm with picks of all types of food from seafood to paella. Mojito Mondays offer $6 mojitos all day. Specialty cocktails are also offered. We ordered a ton of different appetizers and entrees, each one seemingly tasting better than the rest.
The food combined with the lush atmosphere of the restaurant really transports you to Cuba. The wide variety of choices for food gives an option for everyone. My favorite drinks were the mojitos that came out in fresh cut coconuts…which we ended up eating after our meal!
I’ve been to Habana for both lunch and dinner, and I can’t decide which time is better. If you go to the Costa Mesa location, beware of parking…you will probably be forced to valet (which is complimentary if you show them your receipt from the restaurant). The crowd consisted mostly of adults, assumingly because of the complexity of the dishes that required a more refined palate.
Sunday brunch is $45 per person with kids under ten years old costing $19. Without drinks, we spent about $35 per person, with drinks costing about $10 to $13 each.
Costa Mesa: 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556- – 0176
Irvine: 708 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 419 – 2500
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