Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (407) 226-1600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday and Saturdays 5pm-10:30pm.
    Happy Hour Everyday 5-6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Guillermo Pernot
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: On Fridays, Saturdays and for special events, Cuba Libre turns up the Latin rhythm as professional salsa dancers, musicians and other entertainers perform floor shows in the dining room. After dinner hours Cuba Libre clears the tables allowing guests to dance to a DJ spinning tropical dance, salsa, merengue, bachata & Latin house.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar-Orlando offers Complementary Valet Parking.
A word from Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando
Cuba Libre features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cuban cuisine & a broad base of authentic Cuban cocktails, including an extensive rum selection highlighting our signature mojito. Passing through the doors of the restaurant, guests are transported to Havana, Cuba, circa the 1950s. One-of-a-kind mill work & architectural salvage including unique doors, gates, cabinetry, furniture & accessories help capture the essence of old Cuban architecture. Our name is our hope for the future of the treasured island nation of Cuba. Cuba Libre will not accept reservation from diners under the age of 21 after 9PM on Friday & Saturday, & the dress code for Friday & Saturday is upscale casual. Complimentary valet parking available for your convienence.
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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Orlando reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (71)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (47)hot spot (39)vibrant bar scene (35)romantic (34)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (22)neighborhood gem (12)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (6)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Sabor
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food is good, the churrasco was excellent however the Mahi Mahibis two small for the price less than2" overprice
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An overall experience not to be missed!
    simmojb
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We sat outside, thanks to perfect weather, and I ordered the Vaca Frita. I received a dish that was an elegant take on a classic, featuring beef that was perfectly seasoned, and was the glue that held together a dish that was awash in tantalizing flavors. Most places will serve you meat that is dry, bland, or otherwise unpalatable--not at Cuba Libre! Our meal was a fine testament to a skilled chef! Our server, Jorge, was attentive, professional, and as knowledgeable about the food (not just what the menu *said*) as it gets. He answered every question we had, and we were 100% right in following his recommendations. Even the drinks we ordered from the bar were the best I have had in Orlando--which is saying something for a city that seems to have a huge number of bartenders! It was a great meal that you expect to receive in the heart of International Drive. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Vibrant
    Carolron
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Excellent food and has a very hip vibe. Great for group events!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bachelorette Bash
    Seraphim3
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We drove up to Orlando for a friends Bachelorette party. Being from Miami (and Cuban) I thought this would be a great place for dinner and dancing. The food wasn't my mothers cuban food, more like Cuban with a twist. If you are looking for homestyle authentic cuban, this isn't the place for you BUT, with that said, the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Vaca Frita! It was sooo good. The atmosphere is what really sold it for us. The staff was really friendly and super attentive, dinner was nice and quite but after dinner the place turns into a club and it is perfect, great mix of salsa and contemporary music. The DJ was exceptional and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuba Libre Disappointing Night
    Disapointment
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time in the place and we din't knew nor we were told that at that at 10:30 PM the restaurant turns into a night club with selected VIP seating. We were forced move or leave since in order to stay we would had to buy a botttle of Champagne, at least, so we opted to leave. We felt that we were treated as second class customer. Unfortunately, people who have asked about our experience that night, we have no choice but to mention how disapointing was our dinning experience at Cuba Libre Restaurant. Don't think we will ever return or recommend.
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  • Great food experience
    Andres
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Cuba Libre has a nice ambiance, for either a small gathering or romantic dinner. The decor simulates that of the Hemingway era in Cuba. Staff is knowledgable about the food and drink selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • everything good
    Nick
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food was very good, service was good. Would return next time in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    ctbrubakerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Was in town for a convention. Had dinner and drinks. The food was good but not great. I did really enjoy the empanades. They were hot, perfectly fried and good flavors. I had the vegetable paella and thought for $20 it wasn't stellar. Good vegis but the flavor was just nothing to write home about. The drinks were good and service was attentive. Nice sitting outside. The plantain chips were really good. I think I would go back for drinks and appetizers but maybe skip the overpriced dinner plates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Vnessa
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Thank you for a wonderful evening and for letting me set up the area and bring cake for the birthday girl! You guys rock! Service was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IT IS MY NEW FAVORITE
    MCB2VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great quality. Huge portions. Exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long live Cuba Libre
    ChucknBonni
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Wonderful experience!! Our Waiter was fantastic and made the night very memorable for us. We listened to his suggestions and they were spot on for us. The food was very good and plenty. No one went home hungry, that's for sure. If it were closer for us we would visit all the time. A GREAT experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic food -
    CatMann
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Not your "run of the mill" restaurant. Staff was very accdomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Goodandhealthy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Really wanted to love this place, but it didn't happen. The only entree choice for vegetarians was mainly composed of rice and it was on the salty side; artichoke hearts seemed to come right out of the jar. The ambiance was nice. Service could have been better, delay in serving bread, soup served without spoons, meals from another table brought to our table; served a meal before realizing the food was not ours, check re-calculated 3 times. A member in our group was celebrating a birthday, the staff did not even say 'Happy Birthday' when we sang or as we were getting dessert. No personal attention, very mechanical, seemed the server and crew just wanted to take orders, serve and clean up without paying attention to individual table details.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our food-it was delicious! Portions were ample and service great! We will gladly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    DaisyAcosta
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were more than pleased with this restaurant and with the service! The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First but NOT last visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food, atmosphere and service were outstanding. Had heard great things and Cuba Libre lived up to them!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    Maria
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We will definitely go back. Food was very good, service was great, everyone was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super
    ysrivera
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Really good place to have fun with friends and family
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never again.
    Orlandolocal7
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything about this place is a big MISS! I am from Miami and know good Cuban/Latino food... so if you want a good experience go to Bongos and you will get better food and service.
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  • Poor Service, Poor Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It took a very long time to get service, even though we had reservations. We understand being patient on a busy weekend night, but it doesn't excuse poor service. Add to that that the food was mediocre. We had to send back items multiple times. The overall experience was not pleasant. We did not feel like we were attended to properly. We do not recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban Sandwich Spring Rolls
    KeepUrBalance
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    These were my favorite - could've just eaten these all night for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, slow service
    Lovemyfood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Ambiance was fabulous. Food was delicious. Our server was attentive and very informational. The kitchen was exceptionally slow so be sure you have a lot of time to relax and you will enjoy. The mojitos were nicely done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timers
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We haven't had much exposure to Cuban food, this was awesome! We had the 15 flavors special and all was great. Wait staff was attentive and courtious. The background music was nice without being too loud. Prices were what I had expected for a restaurant like this. Will make the 80 mile trip again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Good ambience
    TheresaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was fantastic. Somewhat different than typical Mexican fare. very flavorful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Table4Two
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were looking forward to eating at this restaurant. Unfortunately, we left disappointed. We are familiar with the style of food; therefore, we can honestly say that it was extremely overpriced. The food was average. The service was ok. Portions were small, especially dessert ( served in a container slightly larger than a shot glass). We will not return!
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  • great restaurant
    gemsd
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    we sat outside, very cozy. Service was great our waitress knew the food and was able to make recommendations based on our questions. Our food was delicious, great seasoning not over the top. coconut mojitos were great. I would highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Cuban Food!
    NameVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We always visit Cuba Libre when visiting Orlando. Consistent great service and the consistent delicious food. Caipirinhas are a MUST! If you get there for happy hour, they're only $5. Value!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuba Libre
    Viszla
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We visited Cuba Libre on a Monday evening. The restaurant had a good crowd. Our wait staff was very knowledgeable of the menu and made excellent suggestions for both drinks and dinner. I had the grilled pineapple mojito which was the best mojito I have ever had. Our meal was equally delicious. We left full and satisfied and will definitely stop back on our next trip to Orlando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good was amazing!
    Kris
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here with a group of 6, great size booths along wall. Waiter had good suggestions and ended up with pitcher of sangria (half price during happy hour!) and most of us did the Magical Dining menu, choosing 2 tapas, an entree, then mini dessert.. The tapas were a large portion so we couldn't eat much of the entrees, but had great leftovers the next evening!! Everything was flavorful and melted in our mouth.. We ALL will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome islander visit!
    Delicious
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was a first for our family. The Food was great and the atmosphere was unique with lively music. More importantly the service provided was over the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gomeserika
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food (could be better), expensive drinks (with almost no alcohol), cool ambience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Started so well...
    TeddiMill
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went to Cuba Libre on a Tuesday night; the restaurant was busy but not packed. We ordered from the Magical Dining Month menu, and it started so well. Our tapas were exceptional (particularly the mussels and the malanga fritters). Unfortunately, despite our 8pm reservation, it was 9.30 before we got our main courses, as the kitchen lost our ticket. I ordered the citrus grilled brick chicken, which was overly salty and the black bean croquette and kale were soggy, limp and chewy. My wife's paella de la huerta was so salty as to be inedible. In the end, neither of us ate more than a few mouthfuls of our mains; had we had more time, they would have been sent back. Desserts, however, were lovely, so the meal ended on a high note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban fusion Food
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We tasted the Magical dinning menu and it was a great value. you choose 2 appetizers, 1 entrees, and 1 dessert. We like the steamed mussels, yuca fries, and the pulled pork. Waiters were friendly and helpful, and the service was great. The only negative notes are the music was too loud, and they should go light on the sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    Latingrl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I went for a dinner date night. I am Latin by blood and was looking forward to this meal. Everything at CubaLibre is authentic!!! From the atmosphere to the food is pure Cuba. We had a reservation so there was no wait. The waiter was extremely attentive. Food was delicious, from the pressed Cuban bread to the malanga fritters to the ropa vieja. New modern twist to old Cuban classics. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatDon
    DrDon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I will start with the free valet parking!! That is real plus in the Orlando International Dr. entertainment area. The service was informative and attentive. We choose to eat inside because the sun was strong on the patio when we arrive, but by the time we left I could see that the patio ws the place to be. I held back a star for ambiance because my chair and table "rocked back and forth. The food was good and was not some fare that you could not pick up in your neighborhood bar and grill where everybody knows your name.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Dining
    Misbja
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My family and I dined, choosing the Magical Dining menu. Our server was very good. We chose 2 tapas each to start and shared, they were really taste Nd quite large. Main course was very large, too much for us. The desert, was a choice of 6 cream based in small glasses. The Tiramasu was the best. We ordered a bottle of red wine, but would not recommend to do this as it did not go with the high spice food, water would have been better. There was a $5 that could be ordered with this menu, we had one to finish, but we're charged the full $10 price, spoke to the server and this was quickly rectified. Would visit again, but probably only order some tapas and waster, as we are not big eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, disappointing dancing
    RichardL
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have had dinner before at this place and the food is superb. Service is good. No complaints here. On the weekends there's latin music and dancing and we wanted to do that. Starts around 10:30. To my disappointment all they played was bachatta music. I like bavhatta, but not good at dancing it. I would think that latin dance would entail salsa, merengue, maybe even samba, rumba, or tango, but we stayed for 45 minutes and left as nothing but bachatta was being played. That was anticlimactic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anniversary dinner
    larafl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we went and got the September dining menu for our 50th anniversary. the choices were good and we ordered from the menu and also had a bar drink, WOW. Server was attentive and one of the items ordered 'fried green plantains' was not what we expected, we told her and she immediately talked to her manager and got us a replacement, bravo. for anniversaries, they usually give you free dessert, but since dessert was included in the price of the dinner, we opted for free coffee, and got the Cuban style, which was also wonderful. we had enough food to take home and will have another feast tonite. this is a great restaurant, and they validate parking !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Experience
    LLB7
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere was fun - like you were in a Cuban village. The mojitos were fresh and delicious and the service was great! The waiter was so helpful on explaining the items on the menu. Two lively salsa dancers gave a preview of what the dancing would be like later in the evening, which was fun to watch! I only wish we could have stayed to part of the nightclub scene!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fusion
    Colewa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cuba Libra is a great fusion restaurant. Successfully they have fused together traditional Cuban flavors with the modern flavors of today. Served in a beautiful setting of the courtyard brought indoors this high energy restaurant is a great night out on International Drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.