Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2156270666
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sat -Sun 3:00pm - 11:00pm

    Late Dining: Friday & Saturday until 11:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 1:30pm (all-you-can-eat available for $26). 1:30-2:30 à la carte only.
  • 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, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: After dinner hours, on Fridays, Saturdays and for special events, Cuba Libre clears the tables and turns up the Latin rhythm as professional salsa dancers perform choreographed floor shows in the dining room. Between shows guests dance to a DJ spinning tropical dance, salsa, merengue, bachata & Latin house.
  • Special Events: Consider Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum the destination for your next social or corporate event.Whether it’s an intimate party of 15, a grand event for 400, a themed cocktail party or an elegantdinner, Cuba Libre is the ideal setting for an unforgettable private party or special event.


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Market & Chestnut Streets
  • Public Transit: Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Cuba Libre is located on Second Street at Market Street in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Street parking / meter parking may be available in the neighborhood. Several paid lots are close by, and valet parking is offered by a private company Wednesday through Saturday.
A word from Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Cuba Libre features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cuban cuisine and a broad base of authentic Cuban cocktails, including the largest selection of rum in Philadelphia. The restaurant’s interior has a beautifully weathered historical feel. The materials combine warm mahogany and oak, cracked tile, painted plaster, exposed concrete and brick, and iron railings. With iron balconies overlooking a courtyard, a dramatic 30-foot ceiling, and paddle fans turning lazily, the space looks and feels like a street in Old Havana in the mid 1950s.
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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)good for groups (81)special occasion (79)neighborhood gem (72)hot spot (70)vibrant bar scene (66)romantic (52)great for outdoor dining (48)late-night find (43)great for brunch (40)great for lunch (31)scenic view (15)kid-friendly (13)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I booked a Saturday night dinner for 3 for 8:00pm. We were not seated until 8:45pm though there were open tables. I had requested through Open Table to be seated in a central location so that we could have a great view and feel for the place. We were seated upstairs against the wall with very little to look at. Next to us was a very loud obnoxious group of 20-somethings who acted like elementary school kids which added to the disappointment. The food was overpriced and was not any where near as palatable as Jummy Buffet's Margareta Ville. (sp?) We did not order alcohol because a very small bottle of beer costs $6.00. Save your money, pass on this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B-Day Dinner
    Sixer1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant is beautifully decorated. My wife and I had a wonderful dinner, celebrating her birthday. The staff was extremely attentive, at times seeming to go out of their way to make our evening more enjoyable...( we were seating near the 2nd floor server station, which occasionally proved a distraction). Would recommend this restaurant, and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant, not so great club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place was sold to me as a place to dance salsa. The food was good and they had food options which the waitress made sure to confirm as vegan. The tostones were crispy as they should be, the house salad was pretty big and filling, and the mushroom ceviche, while not my favorite, was interesting. The reason I give this place 3 stars is because they played literally 4 salsa songs in the entire night, and I can really say this because I was there from the time the dance floor opened to the time they kicked us out. They played some bachata and merengue, but the overwhelming majority of the songs played were electronic or hip hop. Don't call it a salsa night if you're just going to play the stuff every radio station and club plays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont waste your time or money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I expected so much more. The ratings online raved about this location, I will truely say it was a first and last for everyone in my party.Overall I was very disappointed.We were there an hour before getting our main course and then the food was cold.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, could have been better
    WeAreDiners7
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was great. The service could have been better. We felt rushed in & out of there. Didn't even get their signature bread. The waiter spoke so fast, you could barely keep up. But that was outweighed by the entree which tasted amazing. Our seats sucked because they were in a busy area, but I know the ambiance away from that area is great, so I'd definitely recommend this restaurant for some decent Cuban food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blah
    MsLadyDinesVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was my second visit to Cuba Libre. I don't know if it was due to it being RW or not but I was not impressed. I had the same dishes before but they weren't good this time. The waiter wasn't very attentive at all. I was with 4 friends who also said they wouldn't be returning unless it was a majority pick. I had the tostones, grilled baby octopus salad, suntanned salmon and a virgin mango mojito. The tostones were good (with the dips), the octopus was meh (flavorless), the salmon was ok (with everything else on the plate but bland by itself) and from the dessert sampler the flan was really good. I more than likely won't be going back to Cuba Libre. Nothing stood out to anyone, oh wait except for the seafood soup, which even smelled yummy.
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  • Food was awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Not sure if it was just the restaurant week menu or what but the food was terrible. The only thing I finished was my mojito and the bread was good. I left hungry. Even dessert was pretty awful. We were seated in the back right by the kitchen. The service wasn't great either. Took a long time and the waitress took forever to bring me a fork after they accidentally took it. I'd go for drinks and dancing, but food, never again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place!
    146restaurantssampledVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    great food, interesting décor and good drinks! what's not to like. the brick chicken was cooked perfectly and was juicy and delicious. this will become a regular stop for me.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls day
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Tried this for restaurant week and was pleasantly surprised. The food and drinks were great.i especially like the seafood soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The staff was very attentative and friendly. Waiter was knowledgable about everything on the menu and made recommendations. All the food was delishous. Cuban meat balls, grilled octopus, steamed mussels and more for first course. The 3 entrees were very good. Salmon, pulled pork and grilled lemon chicken plates (forget the actual names of the dishes). Then dessert was a nice trio of rice pudding , flan and coconut macaroon. All very tasty and a nice finish to a very nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Cuban Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ate here for Restaurant Week--great selection of food--two tapas plates, an entrée, and sample of two desserts! Very pleased with my experience--will come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Visited for lunch with 2 friends. Lots to talk about. We received our food timely and we never felt rushed to leave. As a matter of fact, we were the last ones there from a 12:30 lunch at 2:45! Atmosphere was great. Food was excellent and the waiter was wonderful! He had great suggestions for us but never pressured us to choose anything specific. One of our requests was mango butter and bread which they do not have at lunch. He was
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Transported to Cuba
    TomEBoy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The ambiance was as if you are sitting in a Havana restaurant. The food was spectacular. Service outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I usually love it more
    ShareegVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Let me just say I have been here several times. I did restaurant week here last year and again tonight. They have the best restaurant week menu because they always have the best options, variety and food. The reason I'm not as happy as usual was service, we went late we had a 9:30 PM reservation. The staff seemed over it and ready to go and the service told you that. It was like reject service because we were there for a late dinner. It made the night less fun, when your spending your money you want good treatment. How they feel should not show. Normally I get good service here, but tonight was bad. It put a damper on the night, they just seemed so over it. I was shocked, I have never gotten such horrible service here. Disappointed-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Emptynesters
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The menu was familiar but unique with ingredients and presentation. We loved both the amount and quality of the food and mojitos
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great Atmosphere
    sj03
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for restaurant week, so I can only speak to that menu, but everything was amazing! I am a vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a meat lover with dairy allergies. We were both able to find things that we liked. The first few things they brought to the table, we commented to each other how delicious it was, then after a while it just be came a given that anything that touched the table would be delicious. Even simple easy to make foods like the tostones were cooked especially well. We were blown away by the mango butter served with the free bread. They also even brought him out a special fruit plate since all of the dessert options had dairy in them. Our server was great and it was overall a really nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Lovefood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Me and my boyfriend went for restaurant week because we both have not been to the restaurant before. The food was incredible and our waiter was very helpful and friendly. I recommended to my dentist the next day that he should definitely try this place out it is awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem in the city
    Sarge
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice restaurant in the heart of Philly. Great food and service. Whether you want tapas, full dinner or just drinks, it is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Fun
    FoodieAtHeart
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Went here for restaurant week and the food was delicious. They give you so much that I could barely finish everything. We ordered their white sangria and that was also very good. The waitress let us know that they host salsa dancing twice a week after 11:30, which I thought would be a lot of fun to do.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed...
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband and I, both very familiar with Cuban food given our families, were so disappointed. Thank goodness we had the restaurant week menu because the food was no deserving of full price at all. We had the lechon asado and ropa vieja - two of THE most traditional dishes and they were bland, boring, seriously lacking flavor. Somebody's grandmother is rolling over in their grave because these were so bad. Appetizers are not even worth mentioning as chips and salsa at home would have been more inviting. Our server was overbearing. She checked on us every 5 mins and it got annoying as she kept interrupting our conversation. Only thing that was good was my mango mojito. Hubby had the sangria & it was boring. Sadly, we will never be back.
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  • Fantastic
    EpicurianDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'm so glad we went to Cuba Libre. We were looking for a place that's fun, has great food, and is open late. The service was amazing. Ryan, our waiter, was a perfect mix of friendly, professional, highly knowledgeable about the menu, and funny, and helped us make the perfect choices. Ambiance, decor, and music is very upbeat, and fitting with the a "nuevo cubano" latin cuisine. I must say that the "Levanta Muerto" (raise the dead) seafood soup was "increible". ...delectable flavor that defies description.. manchego bunuelos, awesome. Brick chicken over kale and carmelized shallots and suntanned salmon over couscous.. amazing. Spiced rum with cafe cubano chaser, perfect finish. Compliments to Chef Guillermo Pernot, and thanks Ryan/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good 2 Go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The bread and mango butter starts the evening off nice. The paella reminds me of Spain.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodlover
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I really enjoyed the selection and the amount of food for restaurant week. this has always been one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with great atmosphere
    dining1
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I took my son and his girlfriend here a few nights ago. The service was great, the atmosphere and visuals are a treat. I felt like I was in Miami again. The food was very good for the most part, though some dishes were certainly better than others. Meat and (some) seafood dishes stick out. But drinks were watered down and somewhat tasteless. As for me (the vegetarian), I found my food really bland and boring for the most part. Even after requesting something to spice it up, all they could come up with was sriracha sauce. An Asian condiment, hardly Cuban? Hmmm.. In any case it was an enjoyable night. But I think I'll search out another place to explore Cuban food. At least, vegetarian style. If you eat "anything" you might enjoy this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tastes and abundant too
    JAF62
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had friends from out of town (San Fran) who were duly impressed. Restaurant week gave us a tasting menu for reasonable price ($35 each) so we tasted almost everything on the manu (and took home much of it). Service was impecaable and drinks were interesting and tasty - not too much alcohol. The octopus was a bit overcooked but everything else was pretty much as you would want it. If you don't like fried stuff you can still find enough on the menu but it may be a bit more difficult.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice staff and atmosphere.
    luv2trynew
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was good but not great and was rather cold in the place.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Teta
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My first experience with Cuba Libre was during restaurant week. It was the perfect pick. Although the menu during restaurant week is typically scaled down, they still had so much to choose from and you got a lot more for your money compared to some other restaurant week menus. The food was delicious, I will absolutely be back again! I loved the decor and ambiance especially, it actually made you feel as though you were away in Cuba on a beautiful retreat. I would reccomend to anyone and look forward to trying Cuba Libre again, possibly at one of their other locations. Orlando here I come!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was ok but the service lacks
    Brunchees
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had brunch here. The food was worth one visit but the service definitely lacked. The server never checked on us and I actually had to get up and deliver the check so we could leave on time for our show.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I brought my friend here for her birthday, and we all had a great time. The restaurant is decorated floor to ceiling, and the entire experience felt very authentic. Our server was helpful and friendly. The food was great. We sat upstairs, where it was much quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Birthday
    Rob1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    5 of us came to celebrate my father's 83rd birthday. The service and food were tip top and made for a memorable occasion. We'll be back! Chau is one of the best waitresses I have ever have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Love2eat
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was excellent, definently going back. The main entre was a little expensive but it's worth the money
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was excellent, as always. It was a little too noisy to have a conversation. Our waitress was good, but after we had ordered, we overheard the waiter from the table next to us describe the specials and the taster option (smaller portions of a variety of foods) which we would have ordered, had our waitress informed us of this.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    diningdiva
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was excellent. The ambiance was authentic and tropical. The food was mouthwatering and savory and the service was on point
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Cuban Food in Philly
    danirose
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A friend suggested we go here and I am very glad we did. The food was absolutely incredible. I enjoyed everything we ate, from the ceviche tapas to the chicharron, to the skirt steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was amazing! And the drinks were delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love their soup!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We go there before the movies, mostly for the Levante Muerto soup! Cheese empenadas are good! … and I tried the ceviche in a coconut shell, but they took too long and we had to wrap some things… and I was soo sad, because I was so excited about spooning out the coconut, since there was almost nothing inside and they THREW OUT MY COCONUT!! It was a bummer! I had like 4 tiny pieces of squid in a box, and we paid 95 $ for dinner! Note to self, don't do that again ;-( The soups were great and the main server is always good to us…
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    With unlimited brunch tapas dishes, and some of the best ceviche I've ever had, I can safely highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is really fun as well. Enjoyable all the way around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frolichhaus
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our family dinner. The food was unique and excellent. Drinks were also excellent. Service was attentive. We would have preferred to sit upstairs but that was full for the night. Although there is a parking lot across the street, we parked closer to a prior activity and used Uber to take us right to the door. Cuba Libre is definitely worth a second, third and more visits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Loucifer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Me and my wife love Cuban food, so when we heard about this place we had to try it. So glad we did, the mojitos, empanadas, and main courses were outstanding, but the bread comes with a mango butter it was soooo good. Highly recommend this place I know I will be back many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch tapas are awesome!
    CYP27VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I highly recommend coming here for the Brunch All-You-Can-Eat Tapas. For $26 per person (all at the table must participate), you can order and order and order and... you get the picture. Be sure to get the bread basket: two different types of muffins, banana bread, a churro, and a filled croissant-like pastry served with a trio of spreads. The cornmeal panqueques (pancakes) are a nice change from your typical pancake and come with mango butter and bacon. Almost every dish came out appropriately hot (or cold) and was delicious! Even if you're not hungry enough for AYCE, the tapas portions are not so small (or overpriced) that you wouldn't be happy to just order a couple for yourself and leave completely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet