Alma De Cuba
Alma De Cuba

Alma De Cuba

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2159881799
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at 215.923.2675.
  • Private Party Facilities: Alma De Cuba can accommodate large parties of 12 or more guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Meg Torpey 2672383649

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 16th and 17th
  • Public Transit: Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station. Walk 2.5 blocks West; The 42 Bus Route Runs on Walnut Street and Locust Street. 17th Street stop.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.
A word from Alma De Cuba
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and Nuevo Latino superstar Chef Douglas Rodriguez pair up in this bold new venture with a Cuban Vibe. Enjoy delicious dishes infused with the sensuous flavors of Cuban cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of Old Havana.
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Alma De Cuba reviews from OpenTable diners
304 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (187)special occasion (173)romantic (149)hot spot (104)good for groups (102)vibrant bar scene (87)neighborhood gem (56)notable wine list (44)late-night find (39)great for lunch (12)scenic view (10)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Will definitely be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great atmosphere, nice food -- and different from typical Cuban faire, excellent service. We are 3 vegetarians and heard that there were some off-the-menu vegetarian entrees -- they did not offer these; however, between the one veg entree and sides/appetizers there was enough. Bread is nice, dusted with flour. Appetizers were small and pricey -- caesar salad was tiny at $14, empanadas only came with 2 (but delicious and fried). Veg entree was a rice and lentil cake with a coconut-y stew -- nice. Sides were tostones (plantains mashed into thin cakes with a lemon sauce), moros y cristianos (rice and black beans) and plantains (plain). Dessert was the chocolate cigar (great presentation, flare) and tres leches cake (delicious).
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  • A great experience
    Anne
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a fabulous time at Alma De Cuba. Our waiter was clearly a professional. He was attentive without hovering and was polite and respectful (i.e. did not call us "you guys"). The food was amazing and very different from what we expected. The Equadoran Seviche was the best I have ever tasted. The Ropa Vieja was a great salty/sweet dish. Our table was on the second floor and we had lots of room around us. The Cuban music was at a perfect level and provided an upbeat, happy background for dinner. We never felt rushed. We definitely will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still one of the best!
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Returned after a few years and now wonder what took me so long. This restaurant is consistently one of the best all around-service, ambience, quality of food, menu choices. The drink menu is fun, creative and large-from cocktails to beer. we split the grilled octupus that was so tender and tasty I had to ask if it really was octupus. For dinner, we had dorade (excellent with wonderful spices and flavors but not to overload the mild fish taste) and calamari (a very substantial portion of tender and tasty fish). For desert we had the rice pudding in a coconut- so big you need to split it but so good you don't want to. You actually feel like you are transported back in time and space. The service is attentive and very polite/professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the inviting ambiance, to the warm service to the "serious" food, Alma de Cuba wins big.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week woes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our first time dining at Alma de Cuba, and it was during restaurant week. It was extremely busy, and we could see the wait staff we're busting their humps taking care of their tables. We made reservations, but we were seated late. The waitress would take our empty glasses away but not ask if there was something else we wanted. It seems that, since it was restaurant week and the prix fixe menu was available, the cuts of meat were compromised. We left there feeling full, but a heavy, greasy full. Might be a while before we try going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT!!!!
    Mikea168
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went there for Restaurant Week to try it & now I am hooked!!! I loved the Atmosphere, food, staff & drinks. I Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food good service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food here is sensational! It doesnt take long to get your food after ordering. Literally before you know it, they put the food on the table. I love the skirt steak. It is so tender it falls apart without the use of a knife. Drinks are really good! Love the happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharon
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went on a Friday night....the last night of Restaurant Week. We saw the reviews that were not so good regarding some of the Restaurant Week menu so we opted for the regular menu. The food was delicious. We were not rushed and service was fabulous. We would defineatly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went for restaurant week. Food was amazing, one of the best meals I've had in the city in awhile. Service during dinner was great! Got there early to grab a drink at the bar, only one bar tender, waited 10-15min to get served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, good food, great service
    051959VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Warmly greeted. Reservation honored on time. Energetic scene with emersive latin music playing. Low lighting for a candle light atmosphere. Good service with waiters clearly looking to please. Delicious cocktails. Ample portions of well prepared latin fusion served in an unhurried pace. Dont expect it to be a fast dinner. Price on the high side but not much more than some other places with far less service, energetic atmosphere and food. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was my second time dining at Alma, but my first during restaurant week. I vaguely remembered my first experience there, so I decided to try it again. The service left much to be desired. Our server was not very warm or gracious- giving us short answers to all of our questions. The restaurant week menu was not impressive, nor was the food. The "bread" that came to the table tasted like sweet balls of floury cornmeal. The chicken empanada was salty, and the bronzino "entree" was as filling as an appetizer. The alfajores cookie dessert consisted of 3 or 4 dry floury cookies and the TINIEST scoop of ice cream- which you needed to be able to swallow the cookies without choking. I'll be sure to remember not to come back this time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early dinner
    Fatguyluvsfood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I know I'm close to 40 but I felt old going to dinner at 515pm. The place was empty. The service was wonderful. The food was very tasty. The moijiotos were super minty. The people were amazing. Good happy hour special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Junebug
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It was a great time second time going and it was amazing
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Havana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The environment reminds me of little Havana. It is very cozy and the food was delicious. I had dined with a group of my friends for restaurant week and the options were decent. I had the ceviche, which they are known for, as my appetizer. My entrée was their brisket and it was delicious. Very tender and moist. The service was very friendly and attentive. I would go back with friends or on a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Finally tried Alma de Cuba for restaurant week and we were a bit disappointed by the quality of the food. Ceviche appetizer wasn't very flavorful, but we did enjoy the chicken empanada appetizer. The rope vieja itself was well seasoned and delicious, but was plated with white rice and black beans that did not taste fresh. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent service here. Would consider trying again and skipping the restaurant week menu
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  • Restaurant week disappointment
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    You usually get what you pay for on the restaurant week menus--but unfortunately Alma de Cuba did not deliver. On Sunday night of restaurant week, the dining room was full--typically a good sign. The rest was downhill. Thai basil margarita came out quickly but was underwhelming--for $14, I expect more than 3 sips of a cocktail. The coconut curry soup was under seasoned and came out lukewarm--surprising given it was from the restaurant week menu and should have been on hand hot. Wife had shrimp appetizer which was alright but also under seasoned. Wife's whole branzino was also bland. Braised beef had nice flavor, but just served with white rice. Plantains ordered came after entrees finished. This place is running off of previous success.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Dswrht
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I like to try restaurants I've never been to during restaurant week and so we went to Alma de Cuba. Loved it! The food, the drinks, the service (waitress Joan M) were both excellent. Our waitress was very attentive, very knowledgeable, very friendly, she was just a gem. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I did not like it at all !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Bad service, overpriced, very small portions, long waiting, the 28$ 3 ceviches portions are made of three tiny little bites- good in taste but really too small, this stands for all the appetizers and starters. good cocktails but again we had to wait too long. overall I would not recommend it and not go back as the service is not good enough and it all very chaotic and not cosy. you are not made feel welcome...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hasn't changed a bit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our last visit to Alma was about 5 years ago because we left the area. We were in town for a special occasion so decided to return to an old favorite. We found it completely unchanged, from the drink menu to the food menu to the decor. This was great for our trip down memory lane, but not sure what it means in terms of culinary innovation for the restaurant! Also, a small thing perhaps, but I made sure in advance everyone knew of our special occasion-- both when making our reservation and on the phone when confirming it. Not one person acknowleged it while we were there. Poor attention to the details that make people feel special and want to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was outstanding. The Alma appetizer sampler was perfect. The skirt steak was an excellent recommendation by the waitress. The only minor complaint was that it is very dark which makes it a little challenging to read the menu,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went in restaurant week and decided to choose the restaurant week manu, which was a wrong choice. The shrimp ceviche was pretty good. However, my main course level was way below what I was expecting… I order the pork dish. Althought I know that pork is always fatter than meat this one was 80% fat. The rice and beans underneath weren't that good as well. Luckily, the tapioca pudding was delicious, and somehow made me forget how bad the entrée was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Erane
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fabulous as usual but we did feel rushed. Bar area was rockin. We ate downstairs and it was awesome
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    ana123
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was an amazing birthday dinner I had here the food was so good the waiter was so nice and cool the drinks were amazing and everything was wonderful I'm coming back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So yummy!
    VegetarianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had a favorite Cuban restaurant in Palo Alto, and Alma De Cuba has topped it. Great ambiance, excellent service and the food and mojitos were delicious! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience, like quick trip
    Mimmie51
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We first hung out at happy hour in the bar where the drink values and quality were excellent. Proceeded upstairs to a delightful table at the window, service was very smooth between several servers, food delivered to person who ordered without any questions. Taste was wonderful, sights and sounds of Cuba indeed. Went during restaurant week, what a deal ,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went here recently during restaurant week, but did not order from the restaurant week menu because it wasn't impressive. The service was great, the staff were lovely, and the drinks were great, but the food was so very disappointing! The carne was 90% fat and inedible. When you actually found meat, it was dry and unseasoned. Even the fois gras wasn't great. I have had much much better food for much much less, but even if it was less expensive, the food was so terrible that it wouldn't have been worth any price paid. Next time, we'll stick to happy hour and eat elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Best lechon north of Rio Grande. Fantastic, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    Danno316
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wonderful experience! Had cocktails in the lounge area and went " upstairs" for dinner. Food, service, and drinks all excellent! Staff was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating, and the meal provided three separate experiences; from the (slight) spiciness of the appetizer, the excellently prepared combination of the entree, to the decadence of dessert. Thank you for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    chrisfilippone
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My girlfriend and I went out and had an exquisite meal here. Ambience, service, and meal was excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was okay. Expected better.
    RobSVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Tried it out over Restaurant Week. Had high expectations which were not met. It was good, but not great. The biggest disappointment was the classic Mojito. I can make a better one than those we had. Also, the place is way too noisy to have any kind of conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    BJane
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went during restaurant week and enjoyed a memorable meal. All the food was excellent and the service was the best I have ever had anywhere. Our waiter was incredibly attentive and pleasant without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I docked a star because they removed my favorite dish from the restaurant week menu (Vaca Frita), but the Ropa Vieja was also delicious. Definitely check it out for restaurant week. The ambiance is great too!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take your ear plugs
    Sunny
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a restaurant I always visit on a trip to Philly. However, this time the noise level and service were such that I probably won't return. We were seated under the lowered ceiling in the back corner. Our waitress seemed to avoid our table, leading to less than stellar service. We complained about the music level, and the restaurant lowered it. Then, our waitress told us that our table was the only one where she couldn't even hear herself. Unfortunately, we could hear the table two away more clearly than ourselves. Food - as always excellent. Love those dates, love the lechon, love the scallops. Love everything on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    michaelbierman
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The waitstaff was suburb. I enjoyed the meal very much.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ceviche, horrible service
    PhillyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food - consistently so for the last 4 years. Table service is great. Hostess and bar/lounge service is bottom quartile. Took an hour to get seated despite a reservation made ahead of time. Snarky hostess experience. And really slow bar/lounge - couldn't help but get the feeling the hostess was trying to keep us downstairs. When we finally got seated upstairs the dining room was only half full. That said, food was good and once we started eating, I remembered why I chose this place for a work dinner. Would highly recommend the ceviche and the tuna entree. Drinks are stiff. Overall, it's pricey but a good experience. I'd go during a slow night, and if they force you into a holding pattern downstairs, order drinks directly from the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban Find
    luvsouthernhospitality
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Flavors of food true to Cuba. Excellent! Cigar Cake dessert- very artistic and tasty chocolate treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    bleucheese
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Delicious food, try the stuffed dates appetizer and the empanadas. The pork entree was incredible and the plantains were the best I ever had. Service was also excellent. Professional, friendly staff. We were a party of six and everyone said they would come again. The room is beautiful and even though it was full, the noise level was low. You could talk without having to raise your voice to be heard. We will be back. Also the mango martini is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great time!
    jazwood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I went to Alma De Cuba to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we had a delightful experience. The food was outstanding, the service was friendly and attentive and the ambience helped make for a memorable evening. This was our third time dining at Alma De Cuba and we've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wissahickon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was creative and fun. Appetizers were great. The grilled octopus perfect. Lighting made it difficult to read the menu. Table spacing and noise level great for dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wonderful way to experience Cuban food and ambience. Sample a lot. Wish we had room for dessert! Cafe' Havana is unreal!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.