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Sal C.

01/11/2015

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Brought the family and some friends yesterday for our second meal at this fine Cuban restaurant. Once again we were very pleased with the experience. The service was good and the food was excellent. I was raised on Cuban food and have dined at many Cuban restaurants in southern CA and Miami. Bella Cuba is easily in the top quartile. For an appetizer we ordered the Mariquitas with mojo sauce and they were addictingly good--the mariquitas were perfectly crisp and the mojo sauce rich and balanced. My wife loved the Vaca Frita and I enjoyed the Lechon Asado--both were very flavorful and delicious. The accompanying rice, beans & plantains were perfectly cooked. My son enjoyed his Cuban Sandwich but my daughter felt that her Papa Rellenas were a bit over-cooked and I would have to agree. Our friends ordered the Bistec de Pollo Empanizado and the Bistec Empanizado and they both liked their meals. We washed everything down with two pitchers of Sangria which was average but got the job done. I was told that this restaurant has been open for about one year now. I hope they don't fall into the trap of many Cuban restaurants which forget about the importance of good service and marketing. It would be a shame to lose this gem...so far they have the right formula.

donsdish

12/03/2011

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Bella Cuba

The Orange County restaurant landscape has recently been blessed with Bella Cuba. A famous Cuban proverb says, "A love that can last forever takes but a second to come about." I can think of no better way to describe the love affair that your taste buds will discover when they are exposed, if but for a moment, to the incredible flavors being presented at Bella Cuba.



When you work at the most iconic and famous Cuban Food restaurant in Los Angeles, you pick up a few things. Antonio Chaidez honed his restauranteur skills at Versailles for more than 25 years and has brought the flavor, presentation and sense of family that is what Cuban cuisine is all about, to Santa Ana  and located it right across the street from South Coast Plaza.



The roasted garlic chicken is legendary in L.A. and Chaidez hasn't missed a beat with it at Bella Cuba. Practically falling off the bone when you simply look at it, the crispy skin and delectably marinated meat guarantee your palate a love at first bite experience, a mixture of flavors and texture almost too good to be true.



All of the Cuban favorites are on the menu. Ropa Vieja, which is Spanish for "Old Clothes" is true Cuban comfort food, feeling good like a comfy shirt and faded, stone washed jeans. Tender shredded beef simmered in a tempting sauce served , as are most of the dishes at Bella Cuba, with rice, black beans and sweet plantains.



The garlic shrimp is served in a spiced, garlic butter sauce that will have you asking your server for more bread, so as not to miss a drop. I would drink that sauce if it were served in a shot glass.



Bella Cuba also features a Cuban Paella for one or two. Suggest calling ahead for this one as the menu indicates it takes 45 minutes to prepare.



Restaurant is spacious and very clean, there is an ample selection of wines and both bottled and draft beers. Word is spreading fast, restaurant was packed at 6:00 PM on a Friday evening after having been open less than three weeks.



Bella Cuba is located at the corner of Bristol and Sunflower in the Ross Shopping Center. Take out is also available.

Details

Phone: (714) 545-5711

Address: 3940 S Bristol St Ste 114, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Website: http://www.bellacubarestaurant.com/home.html

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Email
Extra Phones

Phone: (714) 280-2534

Payment method
check, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Location
Bristol Sunflower Plaza
Neighborhood
South Coast
AKA

Bella Cuba Inc

Bella Cuba Restaurant

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Other Information

Parking: Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Cuban, Caterers, Family Style, Caribbean, Latin American, Seafood

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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