Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Mostly wonderfulDespite an unpleasant run-in with the maitre-d at our arrival to the restaurant, we had a lovely meal. We were a party of five and the one person missing upon arrival was parking the car in a crowded lot and was delayed for some time. We wanted to go ahead and get seated, as the bar was completely full to overflowing and there was nowhere else to stand other than the doorway. When we were FINALLY seated, the server was great, the cocktails very well done and the food impressed everyone. Our server saved the evening, as she was efficient, helpful and on top of everything. I would return in the future but I do not like that rigid policy of only seating complete parties.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMOur group had four people,Our group had four people, so we chose to eat from the tapas menu. Malanga Fritters, Crisp Pork Belly Pinchos,
Camagüey Meatballs, and Crab Ceviche (tiny portion!) were delicious. Grilled Baby Octopus was tasty enough, although it was tough. Cuban Sandwich Spring Rolls, Croquetas, and Grilled Mushroom Escabéche Salad were just OK -- not bad but not worth having again. The server was nice enough. The restaurant was LOUD, so don't go if you want a romantic dinner or to catch up with a friend you haven't seen for a while.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMCuba LibreThis was the best Cuban food my wife and I have had outside of south Florida. High quality ingredients and classic dishes along with a few modern takes. I would recommend and will visit again.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat brunch experienceI went to Cuba Libre with a friend to try their brunch on Saturday. We got the unlimited Tapas option ($26), and I must say, it is totally worth it! The food was excellent, the ingredients tasted fresh and unique. We truly enjoyed ourselves and I strongly recommend this experience.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Cuban Food and DrinksParty of 5 all went for a birthday dinner with 4 first timers and 1 repeat diner. Great cuban style ambience and everyone really liked their entrees and their cuban drinks (Mojitos and Caipirinhas).
for appetizers we enjoyed the guac with pineapple and the plantain chips and salsa, and the spinach and cheese puffs.
Our entrees included ,the marinated skirt steak, shredded beef with rice, the cuban sandwich, the chicken and rice....all were given thumbs up and no complaints from the table.
we passed on desert and coffee so for 5 people with drinks around $200, not cheap but an overall good meal and good value.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM$26 Tapas Brunch is amazing!All-you-can-eat tapas dishes from their brunch menu for $26 a person. A great way to get a group of friends together and share a bunch of great dishes!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMDelectable Treats in Old CityWe took a party of 6 to Cuba Libre for brunch - handicapped and brought one more than our reservation and they were very accommodating. All of the food was delicious and presented with a flair. They even accommodated my teen by Americanizing their brunch dish. We tried french toast, pancakes, eggs, pork fried rice and a selection of vegetarian dishes. The others said the Bloody Mary's were really good too!
We will definitely go back the next time we're in Philly!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFeels Like You're Outside in HavanaBeautiful decor; like being in a country in Disneyworld's Epcot! Everything we ate was different & delicious--tapas, entrees, drinks, dessert & coffee. Drinks were amazing & dessert (the flan) was heaven. We will definitely return!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was amazing my waitressFood was amazing my waitress was amazing and the sangria red or the white is so good6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely makes you feelDefinitely makes you feel like you are in a different city. Great spot!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFun night outWe had a great dinner for 9 Saturday night. Great food. No trouble accommodating a group our size. Love that they now have a kids menu, and its not filled with chicken fingers and Mac and Cheese.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMTastingWe went to taste appetizers for an upcoming party we are having. We ordered about seven different appetizers, but no entrées nor desserts. Overall, the food was fine. Our group has some extensive diatary retractions, so working with those, we were having difficulty agreeing on selections for the party.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMCuba Libre is a fun, vibrantCuba Libre is a fun, vibrant place to go. The interior decorations and table settings definitely set an energetic mood. Our meals were very tasty, and did indeed remind me of the Cuban food I used to get in south Florida. One very nice feature was the option of getting multiple small plates for dinner as opposed to a single entrée. Our service was astonishingly good.
This was my second time there, and I will definitely be going back. Prices are typical of Center City- $50/person and up.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe environment is great andThe environment is great and the service exceptional...yet I felt as though the actual quality of food has gone down a bit.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFun, fun, FUN!The food and service were superb. The ambiance is electric.The staff both at the bar and on the floor were for the most part courteous and knowledgeable. My only complaint was my seat near the aisle which caused staff to constantly bump into it (without acknowledgement or apology). This definitely causes me to give Cube Libre an 8 out of 10 rating. Nevertheless, I definitely would recommend your restaurant to friends.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food!Great food! Great drinks! Affordable for type of cuisine!
Gets a little loud after 11pm because it turns into a club
which looks like a lot of fun! Played variety of music.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMNever Disappoints!I love Cuba Libre. It is the perfect place for an intimate dinner date or for a fun group of girls for brunch. Their tequila and rum lists are renown, and the food is always fresh and cooked perfectly. The waitstaff is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. I am never disappointed at Cuba Libre!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, attentive serversWe chose Cuba Libre for Mother's Day brunch. I'd been before, my fiance hadn't. We were served drinks immediately upon being seated, then the server explained how tapas-style dining works: you order 2 to 3 dishes at a time, and they come out as they are prepared. The kitchen timed it perfectly, even on busy Mother's Day, so that each dish came out as we finished the one before it. Highly recommend Cuba Libre!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMCuba Libre Mother's Day BrunchVisited this venerable Old City Cuban restaurant for Mother's Day. Service was excellent and the food was unsurpassed. Their Sunday brunch special allows visitors to pay one fee and have virtually free reign over the entire menu by sampling, tapas style, various and sundry Cuban delicacies. Due to the great variety and succulent selections on Cuba Libre's menu you can enjoy a true taste of authentic Cuban cuisine at a very decent cost. It was clearly one of the best brunch experiences I've had in quite some time.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAlwaysI've been here numerous times and have te to get service that is less than excellent. Each time I think that I'm just going there for
Cuban fare, I'm pleasantly surprised at just how refined, flavorful and well prepared the dishes are .5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMTasty tapasWe enjoyed a delicious tapas brunch, including some vegetarian options. The place is cheerful and festive. We sat near the open front windows. Our server was very attentive and courteous. The food was served promptly even though it was a crowded Mother's Day. I would definitely return and recommend it to others.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat brunch!We went to Cuba Libre for brunch on Saturday and had a great experience! Food and drinks were terrific - great tastes made with fresh ingredients. We sampled lots of dishes as part of the brunch menu and everything was delicious! Have already recommended it to multiple friends and I can't wait to take my husband there.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMCuba Libre - PhiladelphiaI had an amazing time at this location. I've been to the location in Washington D.C. No comparison to the experience I had in Philadelphia. Megan was awesome, request her as a server if possible. My friends and I dined during brunch hours, the food was great as was the service. Highly recommmended.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFantasticThe food was great, the decor was great, even the cigar boxes the checks come in were a nice touch. Vaca frita was to die for.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food and service, evenGood food and service, even for a party of 6! Be sure to make a reservation for Friday and Saturday night a few days ahead! Oh, and have a few Mojito's while you are there!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMI arrived on time and wasI arrived on time and was seated right away. my waiter (james) was fantastic he suggested a wonderful drink and I loved the vibe of the place. I would tell a friend about this place!!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff was excellent andThe staff was excellent and the food was delicious. Nice selection of margaritas. Will definitely be dining there again real soon!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent choice in Philly!The food was very good overall with some dishes simply excellent! the service was excellent and I loved the atmosphere. I would highly recommend Cuba Libre to my friends and co-workers. It is definitely on my list of restaurants in Philadelphia to frequent.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've never been disappointedWe've never been disappointed with the brunch at Cuba Libre. The food is good and the price is very reasonable. We'll be back!!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingI OrderedThe15 TradesAmazingI OrderedThe15 Trades Of Cuba The Food Was Amazing. I Also Ordered A Cafe MochaWithDessert.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe receptionist could haveThe receptionist could have been more personable - a smile would have been appreciated.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWow!Second visit to Cuba Libre - it's hard to discount fantastic service, great food and a friendly atmosphere. Seems to be a real hot spot for friends of kids turning 21 to bring their friends for a first drink! The waitstaff knows their stuff, the manager works the tables and pays genuine attention to the comments of those dining. It'd been nearly 12 months since our last visit - I expect to be back well before another year passes!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMy group of ladies had a blastMy group of ladies had a blast at Cuba Libre, Drinks and food was amazing..Will always recommend to anyone.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI was here for brunch aboutI was here for brunch about 8 yrs ago while on vacation. It was so good I had to drag my partners to it while we were on a business trip last weekend. It was the same great service, same great ambiance,and even better food!!! One of my partners is the epitome of a picky eater. We hardly heard a word from him the whole meal. He was too busy eating everything in sight. A true testament to how delicious the food is. And they couldn't get over how wonderful the place looked. It was a home run for Cuba Libre and a home run for me to see the delight on their faces!!!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food alone is enough toThe food alone is enough to keep me coming back for more. However, adding in the excellent service and exciting ambience brings this resteraunt over the top in my book.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSeasfood soup was best I everSeasfood soup was best I ever had. Skirt steak marinade is execellent.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was fantastic, aThe food was fantastic, a bit noisy, but the food was so good it overshadowed any negative. Great tostones and the mojitos were the bomb.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI would say our experienceI would say our experience was a 4 until my husband was asked to take out his I.D when he gave the server his credit card. Never ever happened before and we have been to many finer restaurants and never experienced this. Did the server think the name did't fit the face??? Not sure what the deal was.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service, went forExcellent service, went for me and boyfriends anniversary dinner! Highly recommended this place specially because of the perfect environment!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service wereThe food and service were great. We had a nice leisurely brunch without feeling pressured to give up the table for the next diners. I would highly recommend. The unlimited tapas option for brunch is a steal!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMBetter than the last time....My second visit and it was even better than the first time. This time order from the entree list and wasn't disappointed. The roasted pork on a bed of mashed yuca was awesome. Yuca if not cooked correctly tastes as if you were eating paste, by the chef nailed it. It had a nice bit to it and still maintained that hint of yuca in it. Wish we would have gotten a later reservation we would have stay for the floor show and the dancing. Thats for another visit.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Birthday CelebrationWe celebrated my sister's birthday and we really enjoyed ourselves. The 15 tastes was "da bomb"!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAte here upon recommendationAte here upon recommendation of a friend. Food was very good and restaurant is really unique in its interior.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was honestly better thanIt was honestly better than what I thought it would be. I grew up in a Cuban family so I frequently have Cuban food, so unfortunately it's automatic to be biased and believe home cooking is better above all the rest. But it was AMAZING. All the food was astounding. We had the pork skewers, empanadas, mojitos, the tres leches cake for dessert and I honestly can't remember the name of our entrees but one began with "La Churrasca" I think and my boyfriend had a flank steak entree. The mango mojitos are phenomenal and they do put a good amount of alcohol in them! Overall it was a great experience.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food! Always loveExcellent food! Always love coming here. It can get a bit pricy, but I love the food and atmosphere.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMMy friend & I had a lovelyMy friend & I had a lovely time at Cuba Libre! The food, the ambiance, and the service were just wonderful! We look forward to coming back again and dancing the night away!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!!!Took my Cuban boyfriend here for a nice romantic dinner during our weekend getaway. The food was absolutely amazing. It was very authentic. I would absolutely come back!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's a bit pricey for a largerIt's a bit pricey for a larger group. The atmosphere was built for a couple because of the noise tight confines. The food had a nice variety. They had many options on the wine/beer list that seem to satisfy everyone. Valet parking is key for this area and evening reservations.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMNever had a bad meal here.Never had a bad meal here. Always exciting We love the tapas type plates. Yummy! Best French toast ever!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMPleasedEverything was perfect! The waiters suggestions were wonderful!!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM