Habana- Irvine Spectrum
I’ve been at this location a few times before and always enjoyed it. Not this time. They had a special, three-course, prix-fix menu for Thanksgiving at $60/pp. While we knew going in that it wasn’t inexpensive, we decided to splurge based on previous experiences. We got there at 5pm for our reservation and the place was fairly empty. We were given our choice of table and were promptly seated. Right away they brought us the complimentary glass of sparkling rose. So far so good. We proceeded to order our appetizer, one of three choices. My companion and I chose the squash soup since it was the only one with a Thanksgiving flare. We were told they were out of it. Disappointed, we ordered the pork croquetas (me) and turkey empanadas (my companion). The croquetas were tasty and my companion seemed to enjoy the empanadas. We both ordered the turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing as our entree. Since we wanted a bit more of the traditional feast, we ordered the creamed corn on the side (turned out nothing special). We asked if it was enough to share and we were told that the a la carte sides were individual size. So we also ordered the Brussels sprouts (very tasty). Both sides were large enough to share among 3 people. So we totally over ordered. That was disappointment number 2. Number 3 came with the turkey. Our entrees were cold. We asked for warmer entrees. Second time around they were barely luke warm. By then, the sides had gotten cold. Of the three desserts, I ordered the flan, which was the best part of my meal!!! My companion ordered the chocolate semifredo. The waiter came with a brownie with whipped cream and apologized that they were out of his choice. At least they could have asked him if he wanted to switch it for something else before they decided for him. And the brownie wasn’t even that fresh. I know we are in the middle of a pandemic. But this thanksgiving dinner at Habanas, a place I have enjoyed in many occasions, left us pretty disappointed. :(
Hostess at the front was very rude. Was sat 20 mins over reservation time. The lechon adobo was not worth the price for what it was. Lacked flavor. Lots of mosquitoes!!! Huge ones, too!! Got at least 3 bite marks. I discovered them after my feet started throbbing then spent the rest of the time trying not to get anymore bites and trying to not get my daughter bit. Server was nice, but overall a very terrible experience.
The restaurant is beautiful and the food is so yummy!
Very small food menu. No sure if it was due to the Civid 19. Took a while to get our waiter to place our order.
Everything was delicious! We felt safe from Covid-19, but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the patio ambience! The chicken was INCREDIBLE! We will be back for sure!
Probably go for a special occasion but not for a regular date night. It was still an awesome expirence and the mojitos were on point. The flan was amazing and I recommend the tops vieja.
Unbelievably tasty food and wonderful service. We ordered the pork croquettas and chimmichuri skirt steak. I did not get a pic of the steak.
Amazing food & service. Had the chimichurri filet & it was one of the better steaks I’ve ever had.
What a fabulous surprise. The outdoor seating is fantastic, the service was greatand the food was delightful.
After reading reviews on Yelp, I was nervous to bring my friend here for dinner. We had a 6:00 reservation, and was seated promptly. There is a huge outside patio and great vacation like music. The server provided us with complimentary champagne, and was helpful when we couldn’t decide on a dish (he combined the two). Great experience, definitely would recommend.
It was nice and laid back! We got to the restaurant a bit earlier than our reservation time and they sat us down anyway! Our server was super friendly and attentive the entire time. The food was great and made really well! I would definitely go back! We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and we had such a lovely experience!
Food was terrific and the service was even better. A really nice touch with a small champagne greeting for all guests upon seating.
Im Cuban and it was not authentic Cuban at all. The croquettes were in a tomato sauce? Never have I seen that. The roasted chicken had a weird taste to it. I will not be returning there.
Habana has always been amazing overall. The only thing I can recommend that needs to change is the option for standard or outdoor seating for reservations through open table. On my recent visit I specified on my open table reservation for standard seating, which means indoor since the other given option is outdoor. That's the whole point of making reservations, to reserve for a time and preference. When I checked in at Habana for my reservation, the hostess proceeded to direct me to an outdoor table. I mentioned this isn't what I specified on my reservation and she replied that all the reservations that come through to the restaurant don't indicate standard or outdoor on the reservation placed. If that truly is the case, that needs to change. I drove out to Orange County specifically to have a nice indoor dining experience with Husband. Thankfully, the hostess was nice and obliged to my reservation request but better options to select from in the future to make reservations through open table would be indoor, outdoor, or no preference.
had a 6PM reservation for 2, requested booth and was seated at a table at 6:30PM. Manager at the restaurant indicated that it was a result of Covid....hmmm
We made a reservation for 6 pm but weren’t seated til 6:40. It was clearly overbooked and understaffed. When we were seated it took about another 10 mins for our waitress to even get to us. Afterwards another 10 mins to order our food. If you’re coming before a show for dinner, beware of the wait times!
Handcrafted Mojitos need improvement
Ambience, Food, and Service are worth it
I went here for my sister’s birthday. The server wore mask, there was plastic plexiglass up due to the close proximity. The Habana platter was a great starter. I got the lechon asado. It was good. There were a nice amount of options. I would go again and try the bakery.
Pork croquettes were mediocre at best. I ordered the roasted pork dish. It came out like a pork chop, not shredded like I’m used to in other Cuban restaurants. It was tender but not what I was expecting. Cuban espresso was basic, not the strong coffee I was expecting. So everything was ok and tasted fine. Just not good enough to warrant a return. Definitely didn’t leave wanting to return soon.
Great food and service. Recommend making reservations
Great dining experience! Ropa vieja was so yummy ...highly recommended
Food was delicious, loved the atmosphere, will definitely do it again, customer service was excellent
The foods were delicious, we liked shrimps appetizer.
Ambiance was great. We opted to sit at the bar for our bday dinner and we were not disappointed! Service was GREAT! Daniela was our bartender and she was AMAZING! We will return!
Food was amazing
Our waiter Mario was excellent! Great service and made our evening special
This is a very nice place to gather and enjoy good food.
Incredible atmosphere and the food was perfect. Great service. Definitely will be back
Great food and service loved the atmosphere!!! Taste of habana is amazing
I was fascinated with not only the amazing customer service but the ambient, food, and cocktails! I will definitely be coming back; it is worth worth every penny.
Was notified that the kitchen was short staffed and was offered a free glass of champagne which was nice. 2 guests out of our party of 8 had to send their food back, one dish was cold the other the meat was poor quality and inedible. Our server seemed to rush us and was slow to refill our bottomless bellinis.
Our waiter was perhaps the worst we have had in a long time If we go back and he is assigned to us, I would request another
Our server was excellent! Food was amazing! Best time to go would be night time.
Overpriced food, not the same as it was. Poor quality food now and simply not the same.
Thank you so much for all the hospitality and the birthday fun
The hostess was absolutely rude, we had a reservation, arrived early and she still quoted us a 45 min wait. We waited because we requested to sit inside as the weather was poor. They still sat us on the patio (covered), the only thing that redeemed them was our server Shaun. He was so incredibly sweet and took great care of us. The overall appeal of this restaurant is now lost on me and I will probably not return. Also if you get the salmon be prepared to know it is farm raised and they have to cook it well done. It's over priced cheap food.
Less food options offered and they don't offer the tostones with the difference souce like before. Our meals were missing flavor, the table was not set up for our full party of 4 and our table was exposed so it rained on us and food....
Food was great, regardless of COVID forcing a limited menu. Wait staff extremely and properly attentive. Special recognition to GM Tyler for facilitating a great evening.
Excellent food, great drinks, and a super friendly and attentive waitress named Sarah. Beautiful restaurant. Had no problem with my reservation and the Lechon Assado was amazing.
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OpenTable ダイナー1949名によるHabana- Irvine Spectrumの評価は4.5☆です。