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
265 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (158)special occasion (149)romantic (135)hot spot (90)good for groups (83)vibrant bar scene (80)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (39)late-night find (35)great for lunch (13)scenic view (8)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
  • Another Ab Fab Steven Starr!
    SallieO
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We first went to Alma De Cuba way back and long ago. This year for my husband birthday I wanted to surprise him and ADC came to mind. Different exotic flavors of both food and decor. Our kids met us there that night for the surprise, and our dinner was a blast. Thanks again, Steven Starr... You know what you're doing and you do it all sooo we'll :0)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Cuban Food : VERY Noisy
    luv2dineinchicsgo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are from Miami, Fl and have had better quality cuban food for less, almost HALF the price! Time between appetizer and main course was too long. VERY noisy and dark restaurant We were considering this restaurant for a 2015 college graduation celebration but quickly took it off of our list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd time Very good, 1st was excelle
    Lori
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Menu changed, portion size seemed smaller compared to last visit. All dishes we had were delicious. Very tasty and different in a very good way. Presentation was excellent and the service was very good. When it got busy in our section the waiter could have used some help. Noise level gets high and you'll need a flashlight on iPhone to read the menu. Appears the restaurant is following others in offering the unusual item here and there (oxtail). The drinks are fantastics, the mojitos especially. I would return for a reasonably priced lunch and nice drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYoutoftowner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Really enjoyed having dinner there. The cerviche was excellent. The only issue I had is that the entrée (Pork w/rice and beans) could have been hotter (temperature). Even though the food was tasty, it was more on the lukewarm side, and I would have enjoyed it better if it was hot. Otherwise, the ambience, menu choices and service were terrific.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    PAFOODIES
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Alma De Cuba never disappoints. The food is excellent and eclectic. The service superb and the atmosphere electrifying. Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The mojitos are strong and delicious. THe food was very good but a little on the bland side. But it is easily fixed with a little salt :) I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Cuban food
    gator1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Stumbled across this restaurant several months back - had a great dinner and drinks. Came back a 2nd time to celebrate birthdays - had another great experience. Appetizers were tasty (would not get the 'shared app for 2 or more at $13 pp - better to just buy separate apps - get more food). Drinks were good, and the dinner was great. Can get a little pricey depending on number of drinks, apps, dinner and dessert... Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The desserts are amazing
    Lucas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was a lovely restaurant. The food was excellent, but the star of the evening was definitely the chocolate cigar, complete with sugar matchsticks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy & Too Dark
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The lighting is very dark for the atmosphere. However, several diners needed a flashlight to read the menu & even at a small intimate table the noise level was such it was difficult to carry on a conversation and we were upstairs in a quieter part of the restaurant. Overall, the food was very good. My scallops and the chocolate cigar desert were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything we ordered was delicious and well presented. However portions were small (other than pork ) do be prepared!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    nblake
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Been meaning to go here for awhile. It's a little on the expensive side but the food is good. At the table behind us a waitress spilled a pineapple drink all over someone, and there was a loud crash that came from the kitchen at some point but those things happen. Two managers came over and asked how our food was. I would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but extremely loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Thai Mixto appetizer was excellent (very small portion). The lettuce in the Caesar salad was brown around the edges and the dish did not live up to expectations from the menu description. All four entrees were perfect -- sugarcane tuna, cilantro honey mustard glazed salmon, sea scallops (very small portion) and skirt steak. For dessert, the roasted strawberry crepes were less than average, but the chocolate peanut butter bombe was out of this world and large enough to split. Service was perfect except when our server forgot to bring our coffee. The noise level was SO LOUD that the four of us had extreme trouble hearing one another. We won't return due to the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time at Alma De Cuba
    MMc9156
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my third time to have dinner at Alma De Cuba. All three have been fantastic! Went with friends that I see about every 7 years, so I'm not sure how adventurous they are in their dining. I think they were a little tentative going to a "Cuban" restaurant; however they left raving about it. We ordered Ceviche, which none of us eat regularly and all enjoyed it. Two had chicken, I had the Skirt Steak and only needed a fork, and my buddy had the fish. All dishes were cooked perfectly and were flavorful. Our server was perfect. Can't wait to get back to Philly and Alma De Cuba!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food and service with a great atmosphere!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely night
    MercuryCT
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the tuna, salmon, fluke ceviche and it was out of this world. Spicy, fresh. The scallops we both had were cooked to perfection. The chocolate cigar was delicious and creative. Our server was excellent, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The surroundings, no matter what section you sit in, are inviting. We sat by the front windows and loved our table. The restaurant was a little chilly; if you are a woman who gets cold easily, bring a light sweater.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PenningtonPop
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Outstanding in every way! We enjoyed the happy hour in the bar area before dinner. The mojitos were the best! With our mojitos we ordered the amazing dates and guacamole. Both were full of flavor. Dinner was very flavorful. The fish was well prepared and the special of the night delicious. We definitely intend to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic restaurant
    OkieStotts
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful meal at Alma de Cuba. Drinks had a Cuban twist and were very good. The food was wonderful, service was also excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious - will visit again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful wait staff, the manager stopped by to make sure we were happy, the food was delicious. The only small criticism I have is that it was quite dim and we (being a bit older) had a very difficult time reading the menu (maybe the print could be slightly larger). Other than that, the food and service was fabulous and we will certainly visit again (but will bring a tiny flashlight!)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting menu..
    PauleeGVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have dined at Alma de Cuba several times and I have previously really enjoyed it. On this occasion, we tried the tasting menu and it may have just been a slow evening but the meal was pretty uninspiring.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Ideal Dinner
    Yumtown
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've dined at Alma De Cuba twice and I adore this restaurant. Being both enamored with Caribbean food and culture as well as being gluten free, this spot could not be better for me. The ambiance of the tiered dining levels is wonderful, and the food, delicious. The Yuka (GF!) rolls are to die for, and the majority of the menu is gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    MDT1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The service was outstanding. Very attentive, friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. The managers stopped by to say hello and make sure everything was to our satisfaction. The menu was interesting and the food was excellent. My friends raved about the black bean soup appetizer. We all enjoyed our entries. I had the flank steak which was beautifully presented, very tender and tasty. The others raved about the scallops, presentation and accompaniments. They serve these small gluten-free rolls which were wonderful. We didn't try the desserts as nothing appealed to us. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This restaurant was truly a great find. We are not local to Phille and had several recommendations for this restaurant. The food was amazing, the menu very original, the drink list was excellent and the service was superior. We all enjoyed our meal and were very surprised to receive a visit from both the manager and assistant manager to ensure that we all had a wonderful dining experience. We will certainly go back whenever we are in Phille and look forward to enjoying meals at other restaurants owned by this fabulous chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alma de Cuba delivers!
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had a change in the number of people and let Alma know ahead of time. The folks at Alma de Cuba were exceptionally helpful and found a way to accommodate the larger group. The service was stellar at the reception! We had mojitos as we waited to be seated; we had a variety of cerviches, which were excellent as was the octopus; the dates with bacon and cheese were also excellent. The mashed and fried plantains were the lest spectacular of the appetizers. Our group varied in their entrees from the salmon, to the pork; everyone raved. We had a Malbec with dinner. The only challenge was that we had a really noisy group next to us so it was hard to hear one another.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You gotta experience Alma de Cuba
    tuffcritic
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a fabulous meal. The food was excellent. I am vegetarian, but eat fish. There were numerous choices that I could choose from. The staff was attentive and the assistant GM took time to speak with is when we were leaving. Overall it was a wonderful experience. Portions were just the right size. We each ordered a drink, appetizer, entree and split a desert. We have recommended to our friends. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious
    Citygirl2301VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It had been a few years since we had been here, but it was a welcome return. The menu has changed a bit, but the favorites are still there. My personal favorite is Carnes Asado - crispy beef with amazing flavor. I would have been disappointed if it wasn't available. The Rainbow ceviche was outstanding and a bigger portion than I was expecting. My husband had the Monkfish special which he enjoyed. There was no room for dessert. Wine and drink selection always a high point. Don't miss a chance to dine here. Only downside was the very low chairs which my 6'2'' husband had a hard time getting in/out of, but once seated were fine. Bon appetit!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • August 1, 2014
    drj6VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went to Alma De Cuba before a shown a Friday evening. We had been to Alma several times before but not for several years. The appetizers were excellent especially the Alma special three tier appetizers. The main courses were average - my tuna was kind of rubbery. one of my guests had the calamari and did not finish it - it was nothing like what he expected. Two of my party had the chicken - they both said it was OK. Our waitress was excellent and attentive.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost Great.....
    SavannahJack
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was awesome, the service superb, ambiance was outstanding, BUT it was not handicap accessible. Our party of 9 came with our grandmother who could not climb the steep stairs to the bathroom (she had to use the kitchen bathroom), didn't have an elevator (our table was on the 3rd floor) so we had to switch to the first floor area where our party of 9 had to be split into 2 tables. Not what we intended for such a special occasion as our daughter's graduation from PCOM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We took my son there for his birthday. He had been raving about it for 10 years, since he was last there. Felt it was risky because it is hard for anything to compare to the legendary food he remembered. It did and more, actually exceeded expectations. He is the "foodie" and felt it was one of the best dinners he has ever had. My husband and I are not very adventurous when it comes to food and we both loved it. The service was better than I have ever experienced, really know their menu. Wholeheartedly recommend it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Birthday21
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fantastic food, artfully displayed! Great waitress service! Would and have recommend to anyone for a special occasion!
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hit the spot
    misskate314
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I love Cuban food and Alma de Cuba hit the spot! Their mojitos were excellent as was all the food. Our party of four ordered several appetizers, two entrees to share, and desert. When the coffee was as a little delayed to the table, the manager swiftly brought it and took it off the bill--very nice. The manager came over to our table more than once to check on us and he was great. I made a reservation well in advance but the restaurant wasn't too crowded. In a great neighborhood within walking distance to many other spots. I would definitely revisit Alma de Cuba.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great service
    bphili
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was excellent! Be sure to get the chocolate cigar at the end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork tacos!
    Expectedmore
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The pork tacos were amazing... The best I've ever had!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining
    Eatndrink
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Amazing meal and excellent service. Our server knew the menu inside and out and provided wonderful suggestions. The was food unique and fantastic. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Meal!
    Anna
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food at Alma De Cuba is fabulous! Everything we had was absolutely exceptional and memorable, particularly the scallops, the plantains, and the tuna taco appetizer. The happy hour deal made it pretty reasonably priced, as well. My only complaint would be the noise level at the bar, but it wasn't nearly as loud in the restaurant proper. This restaurant really enhanced our visit to Philadelphia, and I would enthusiastically recommend it! I only regret that we live too far away to visit it again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was okay
    yesse17
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I loved the decor, the drinks, the ambiance but the food was just ok. I would go back for drinks/dessert but not the food.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    robbVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food always very distinct--innovative, flavorful. well-presented. Service very attentive.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, fun atmosphere
    CookinMa
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We ate at Alma de Cuba on a Friday night. Food was outstanding - fresh, inventive, and well-executed. The waiter - who said he had worked there for 13 years - was attentive, informed, helpful, and enthusiastic. It was a bit more expensive than some other places, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate