Habana’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Habana’s menu features 1995 pricing for these among other dishes, including Vegetable and Chicken Empanadas (both at $4.95); the Cuban flagship shredded beef dish Ropa Vieja ($7.95): Medianoche, the legendary pressed and jamón “Cuban Sandwich” ($7.95); Lechon Asado: slow-roasted pork, garlic mojo, pickled white onions, sofrito black beans, buttered white rice, and maduros ($8.95). The featured cocktails include red and white Sangria, made with red (and white) wine, rum, dark spirits, and marinated fruit. The Mojito a La Habana features Bacardí Superior rum, lime, mint, cane sugar, soda—offered at $5 each all day.
For nearly 25 years, Habana has been the ultimate destination for contemporary Cuban cuisine in Costa Mesa, located in The Lab, a former night vision goggle factory that remains one of the coolest shopping and dining enclaves in the OC. The restaurant is reminiscent of pre-Castro (and post-Castro) Cuba, offering award-winning dining on a heated outdoor patio.
A few miles further down the road, Habana Irvine opened in the Irvine Spectrum Center in 2017. Suited to its expansive location, Habana Irvine sprawls from a massive central plaza, massive chandelier, and bar where Hemingway might have been quite at home, serving its sister restaurant’s selection of Cuban dishes.