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Bella Cuba

Map & Directions 3940 S. Bristol St., Ste 114
Santa Ana, CA 92704
  • Cuban
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Free, Lot Available


OC Weekly's Description

Bella Cuba in Santa Ana is simultaneously nice and fast, doing massive lunch business, but caring about the quality and presentation of its product. Tellingly, the lunch menu stocks those few Cuban dishes that have penetrated the American mainstream and described them in English—ropa vieja, rabo encendido and a media noche sandwich become “shredded beef,” “sauteed oxtail” and “Cuban sandwich,” respectively. But the flavors aren’t mitigated at all: the ropa vieja is a thicket of cow, assertive and silky; the oxtail is savory and reeks of Calle Ocho. But it’s dinner when Bella Cuba lets its inner Beny Moré out and brings forth the rarities: fat empanadas, a briny arroz con calamares (squid cooked in its own ink), even a massive offering of paella that can feed you until the start of the baseball season. It’s that rarity in Southern California: an honest-to-goodness Cuban restaurant that attracts exiles and non-Cubans alike, all searching to fill their yen.

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Tips from foursquare

  • OC Weekly on 06/04/13

    Try the pork!

  • orangecounty.com on 02/14/12

    If you can't head to Cuba this year, there's a new place in town to get the flavors without the flight

  • Carlo A. on 04/12/12

    Ropa Vieja is great! And make sure to get the Platanos Maduros (sweet plantain)

  • Melissa B. on 01/12/12

    Don't forget the plantans!

  • Miko P. on 12/01/11

    Crispy Fried pork chunks ftw!!!!

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