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Latin American Restaurant, Cuban Restaurant, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Costa Mesa
  • Brandi C.
    "The white sangria is the best"(5 Tips)
    Arelys R.
    "Their bocadito and empanadas are delicious."(3 Tips)
    Tiffany N.
    "Plantain Crusted Chicken dish is to die for!"(3 Tips)
    Andrew K.
    "then get the El Puerco Primo."(3 Tips)
92 Tips and reviews
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • bocadito
  • plantain crusted chicken
  • mojitos
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  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    This restaurant features your standard Cuban fare-everything from succulent mango pulled pork to plantain-crusted chicken sandwiches-and more gourmet offerings. Best is the drinks! Read more
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 21, 2014
    Great little gem for dates and is very romantic. Get an outside table and sit by fireplace after dinner. Try the bourbon flight and you can't go wrong with any of the Cuban food or plantains
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrancoSeptember 16, 2016
    Try their Chicken Empanadas served with their banana-jalapeño ketchup, delicious. Also for their cocktails the Templeton Manhattan and Buena Vista are great!!!
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Lovely place, ambiance and service. The food is awesome. You should try the pork belly. Delicious.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Arelys R.
    Arelys RamirezMarch 16, 2013
    The white sangria is MUST! Their bocadito and empanadas are delicious. For the main dish go with El Puerco Primo or the Plantain Crusted Chicken. As for dessert, the banana fritters are super yummy!
  • Rachel R.
    Service was quite friendly, helpful, conversational, and patient. neat thing is you get unlimited rice and beans. sweet bread is delicious. Salmon is tasty, tender but chard, creamy, and flavourful.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 17, 2012
    What a cute date spot! Love the mood created by all of the glowing candles. Try the ropa vieja or the spice-rubbed seared ahi, and pair it with a few glasses of sangria.
  • Chad P.
    Chad PestelosDecember 12, 2011
    Bistecca de navarra - 8 oz grilled flat iron steak, topped with a Spanish red-wine reduction. Served with purple potatoe-goat cheese mashed and grilled artichoke = orgasm in mouth.
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HigginsNovember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great food and service. The patio is a nice spot for date night or a girls brunch.
  • Jimmy Y.
    Jimmy YDecember 12, 2016
    The starters are great, try the gambas with garlic, then the tuna tartare with plantains and finish with the skirt steak entree
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HuynhJanuary 29, 2014
    Recommend the sangria Blanca, seared ahi and the skirt steak! The flavors blew my mind
  • Tiffany N.
    Tiffany NJuly 24, 2011
    Plantain Crusted Chicken dish is to die for! Strawberry Lemondrop - sweet, tart, and delicious. and for dessert - Banana Fritters! perfect meal right there
  • Katy K.
    Katy KarasMarch 13, 2016
    When the sun ☀ is shining, great place for lunch. Great vibe. Food and drinks are creative and yummy, with steep prices!!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    For great service at the Bar- go to Matt (handle bar mustache) - he is quick & efficient w/ great personality #Cheers
  • LauraMarie
    LauraMarieDecember 13, 2010
    Try their signature cocktails... I recommend the Blackberry Mojito or the Strawberry Lemondrop. Oh, and I admire how the restaurant uses candles as their only source of light.
  • Jenn
    JennJune 20, 2012
    Mojito and/or Sangria + Seafood Ceviche with Banana Chips + Lovely ambiance = great date spot Read more
  • Scott F.
    Scott FernandezAugust 2, 2013
    Great food and Great service! Definitely going back! Parking is the only issue. Very limited.
  • Josh M.
    Josh McBrideApril 29, 2012
    Get there before 12:30p on Thursdays for the Kobe burger special. Wash it down with an Arnold Palmer
  • Amara O.
    Amara OmoregieSeptember 8, 2013
    Tried the crab cakes... 👌. Love this place. It never fails. :)
  • Snape D.
    Snape DoggNovember 12, 2011
    If the Jumbo Shrimp Special is on the menu order it. One of the best things I've ever tasted.
  • Angel G.
    Angel GarciaJuly 8, 2011
    skirt steak is a savory entree that one cant pass up. Love it and the sides that it comes with. Read more
  • Eric W.
    Eric WeaverAugust 6, 2011
    Used to come here in the late 90s for the Ropa Vieja - had it today and it was still amazing.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillerJanuary 24, 2015
    Pork croquettas are amazing. Portions are lacking. Great atmosphere though.
  • Alexander C.
    Alexander ConroyDecember 2, 2016
    The fish is amazing. Ambiance is good. Drinks a little pricey.
  • Naima F.
    Naima FinnieJanuary 19, 2012
    Try the Mango Bbq Pulled Pork Sandwich - Not too sweet, great portion, soft bun...YUM!
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KissingerJuly 11, 2011
    Start with the delicious Spanish Flatbread, then get the El Puerco Primo. Incredible!!
  • Boutiquing E.
    Boutiquing ErinOctober 26, 2010
    The Roasted Vegetable & Mixed Greens is the best salad ever + add plantain crusted chicken for extra yumminess!
  • Gina
    GinaJuly 6, 2011
    I have been coming here for years and always order the chicken empenadas. I love them!
  • Lily A.
    Lily AdamsNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    White sangria is a MUST! Then get the Ropa Viejo or El Puerco Primo
  • Priscilla @.
    Priscilla @shescookinSeptember 21, 2011
    It may not be as Cuban as other dishes, but the Spice Rubbed Seared Ahi is aahhmazing!
  • Inga T.
    Inga TantisalidchaiAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Wednesday night BBQs all summer long!! 2 tacos for $5 & $4 sangrias!! Starts at 9pm!!
  • Christan Casanova
    Christan CasanovaMarch 6, 2011
    Great food and great Mojitos. Reminds me of my trip to that Paradise Island. Rum in carton box "classic."
  • Paulina G.
    Paulina GuerraJune 14, 2015
    Cuban tamal and the best mojito ever!!
  • Keith B.
    Keith BrowningFebruary 25, 2015
    The Paella is fabulous. Best I have had so far.
  • Cathy S.
    Cathy SunNovember 21, 2013
    Deep fried avocado... Tuna tartar.... Pork croquets... Crab cakes! Y.U.M.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMay 6, 2015
    Get their skirt steak! It's super tender!
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HaniscoJuly 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great here, but the eggs benedict should be rethought
  • tara m.
    tara misiouxMarch 18, 2014
    My favorite restaurant in Costa Mesa, ropa vieja never let's me down
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FluryMay 31, 2016
    A really great place with yummy food!
  • Ms Crystal J.
    Ms Crystal JewelOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all about the salmon dinner plate... OMG. If u want a good appetizer, do the bocaditos!
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ChiavattiJuly 13, 2010
    I have had full meals here but I go back for their Flan and good!
  • Alba A.
    Alba ArroyoNovember 10, 2012
    Omg! They had chorizo Mac n cheese tonight!!!this should be illegal
  • Marco A.
    Marco AlvaradoAugust 6, 2014
    Stuffed pork croquettas is definitely a must! ☝️
  • Inga T.
    Inga TantisalidchaiAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Roasted pig & $4 sangria specials til 4pm every Sunday Funday brunch!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BitangaJune 17, 2010
    My First Time at a Cuban Restaurant .. I tried the Steak .. Was pretty good .. It comes with beans and rice and stuff ..
  • Rich D.
    Rich DNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The sangria has a kick that'll make you wanna slap yo momma - it's that good.
  • Allie K.
    Allie KelleyJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Plantain. Crusted. Chicken. Just do it.
  • Rae G.
    Rae GrossSeptember 30, 2010
    Best Sangria around! Beautiful ambiance as well...
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KimFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    skirt steak churrasco is a must here!
  • Justin M.
    Justin Moore-BrownMarch 23, 2010
    Go on Thursdays for lunch and get the Kobe Beef burger with fries and tropical salad.
  • Karli S.
    Karli ScottJuly 21, 2014
    Try the white wine sangria! It's the best!
  • Meg R.
    Meg RosenberryNovember 13, 2015
    Love the Pork belly and sangria's
  • Tony L.
    Tony LeeMay 19, 2013
    Order the pork or paella
  • Dustin N.
    Dustin NguyenAugust 29, 2015
    Everything here is delicious. It's perfect!
  • Linh V.
    Linh VoDecember 10, 2012
    Polenta!! 
  • mikael s.
    mikael sohlenMay 25, 2014
    Fantastic Cuban restaurant.
  • Anne S.
    Anne StrangerSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweetest friendliest bartender in oc.....heather holds it down
  • Alex V.
    Alex VargasAugust 10, 2014
    Yeaaaaaa Rebelution at the Fairgrounds w/ my love irie mon...
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WeaverSeptember 3, 2015
    The patio is cigar friendly
  • Kat F.
    Kat FischmannJune 1, 2011
    Try the salmon.. It's amazing.
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MeyerOctober 22, 2011
    Chorizo Mac'n'Cheese. Bomb dot com.
  • Sam T.
    Sam ThrasherApril 26, 2013
    The bartenders are awesome!
  • E G.
    E GOctober 7, 2015
    Not the best Cuban I've had but definitely not the worst. I'll come back
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Joshua F.
    Joshua FreedmanJune 5, 2011
    Try the caipirinha with the aged Sagatiba velha!!
  • Melvin P.
    Melvin Pérez-CedanoAugust 27, 2015
    Bocaditos are delicious.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AcabSeptember 11, 2011
    Order the Bearfucker and shoot it.
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MonroeMarch 17, 2013
    The food is delicious! White and red sangria is great as well. You must try the avocado fries for the sauce.
  • Paolo G.
    Paolo GutierrezJune 15, 2015
    Everything 🙌🏼
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MitchellJanuary 15, 2011
    Salmon #1. Sunday Brunch #2
  • Brandi C.
    Brandi CloseFebruary 12, 2011
    The white sangria is the best
  • Sri S.
    Sri SwaminathanApril 9, 2016
    Good Food, ambience
  • John W.
    John WickNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    White sangria and empanadas
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GJune 19, 2015
    Rum Shrimp
  • Larry G.
    Larry GAugust 10, 2012
    This place is awful.. and bad/slow service. As a Cuban from Cuba.. save your money and go to Felix at the Orange Circle..
  • Kevino
    KevinoNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Sometimes... I just get lost in Brian's Beard...
  • Claudine C.
    Claudine CPJuly 30, 2013
    Great food
  • Karinna Z.
    Karinna ZarateApril 13, 2013
    Disappointing! No ambiance, no Cuban Latin feel... Watered down sangria. LOL...
  • Ayda
    AydaJanuary 14, 2012
    Best sangria
  • Stacey
    StaceyJune 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the empanadas and maduros, so amazing!
  • Russell P.
    Russell ProdigalidadSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    BBQ Wednesday!!!
  • William B.
    William BrownSeptember 26, 2011
    Sunday funday...dueces
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 8, 2014
    Terrible watery drinks. Sub per food. Terrible service. Avoid and save your $$ - you're welcome :p
  • Felicia O.
    Felicia OlandJuly 5, 2011
    Was not impressed with their sangria, better go for the mojitos.
  • Steven
    StevenMay 29, 2010
    Mohito is a must
  • George M.
    George MetrikMarch 30, 2010
    Eat outside by the fire!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BrowneDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Never tried a croquetta? Oh that must be remedied here!
  • Scott K.
    Scott K.May 16, 2014
    Decent food, but the Caffee Con Leche taste terrible.
  • Angela R.
    Angela Rice ♒November 11, 2010
    Heather is a doll!
  • Gary R.
    Gary RoushSeptember 8, 2010
    Tamale Pie FTW!
  • Kevino
    KevinoSeptember 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Bartender Dave is just so dreamy.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DodgeMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Citrus lechon is meh...
  • Kevino
    KevinoJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    No seriously... Dave = Dreamboat
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