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

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 627-0666
  • 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: Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to the brunch at Cuba Libre many times and it is always excellent. The menu has small changes every so often to keep it fresh while old favorites stay on. The service is great and atmosphere nice for enjoying with a group of friends and family. Also, the drinks are amazing...the sandito mojito is the real deal! I can't say enough great things about this enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "This is my favorite go-to spot in Old City; the atmosphere is always vibrant, and their food is delicious! I could eat the Levanta Muerta soup and Yuca fries every day. The staff is extremely accommodating and always friendly, and their drinks (especially the caipirinhas) are great. I have taken friends and family there numerous times, and also go with my boyfriend on weekends, especially when they have dancing at 11. One last thing to add - that mango butter is seriously addictive!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were a moderate size group. Each group member had different items off the menu and the food was enjoyed by all members of the group. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Requested a quiet table. And they did very good with the request THe service was attentive and helpful without being overdone. The food was great will be sure to return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "going for lunch was extremely pleasant, in large part because it was quiet enough to have a conversation. I would give it outstanding for menu except they don't have ribs for lunch."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The experience was amazing! It exceeded my expectations. The food was authentic and spectacular! Excellent menu tasting and mojito specialty. Very recommended!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food, drinks and service always exceed expectations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We really felt like we were in a square in Cuba eating dinner. The atmosphere was great. Our food was delicious. Had a very enjoyable evening. Would recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very disappointed with the limited lunch menu. I had family visiting from Italy and was hoping to impress them with the usually exceptional Cuban cuisine."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed this place, the food was excellent and the place looked very clean. Great place for a group or for happy hour."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The interior décor is exotic and beautiful. My wife and I went here expecting the place to be romantic. However, the setting is more like a bar and better for groups. It's not very romantic or intimate and tend to be loud. The food was good and well presented. The waitress was very knowledgeable and the service was attentive. I'd recommend this place if you're looking to hang out with your friends or guests but not for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Used to love this place but had horrible service. Waited 20+ min just to get our drinks and order anything. It wasn't so crowded that it warranted that wait."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I dined here with a group of 5 friends this weekend. The atmosphere was great. We were indoors, but since it's so nice and open inside, it almost felt like we were dining on an outdoor terrace. Could be romantic if I just went with my husband. It was fairly loud where we were seated, since there was a bachelorette party literally at the table next to us. The food was pretty bad. We ordered 3 tapas per couple, and only one was fairly good. The empanadas were tasty, the guava rubs had good flavor but had tons of fat and hidden tiny bones to spit out. The meat platter was all fatty and didn't taste very good. The guacamole was the worst I've ever tasted. It was sour and slimy. The mojitos had delicious flavor, but almost no alcohol."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our server was more than helpful when we were making our tapas decisions. All the food came out at a great pace and was delicious. We heard about an "all you can eat" brunch and can't wait to go back and try it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great soup and cheese crochettes, and mango mojito shrimp"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The Mango Avocado Salad & the Bento Boxes were amazing! The service and warm hospitality were equally outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Tapas served quickly, making it easy to linger over each one without feeling rushed. Topped off with a special coffee."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Brunch is tough, filled at most restaurants with look alike menus. Not so at Cuba Libre. The grilled pineapple mojito will break your mimosa habit, and the Coffee with steamed coconut milk will start your day with the right caffeine jolt without being too sweet. The menu offers many tapas-- from breakfast items like a grilled peanut-butter and banana sandwich, to brunch favorites like crabcake benedict, to more conventional tapas, like ribs with guava barbecue sauce-- interspersed with Cuban surprises like the mouthwatering warm spinach and goat cheese balls. Portion size and food quality are uneven-- some dishes are exceptional, while others, like the pancakes, mundane. But a beautiful place to catch a brunch that has no imitators."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Cuba Libre never disappoints - the food is great, and the tapas brunch is a fantastic bargain - and a great way to try some dishes (grilled baby octopus anyone?!) that we otherwise might not be brave enough to order!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The waiter was very knowledgable about the menu choices and made great suggestions. Everything was delicious. Not the first time we have eaten here and won't be the last!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Cuba Libre- the last time years ago. We just weren't that impressed with the food. The appetizers that we ordered weren't great and two people got steak which was fatty and hard to cut. We did have a great waitress though."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had dinner with a friend who grew up in South America and has traveled to Havana a number of times. She acknowledged that many items on the menu were very much like the food offerings found in Cuba."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Everything was jam packed with flavor! I really liked the mango butter served w/ bread."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great looking restaurant with Cuban theme. Menu looked interesting but the items we had were small servings for the price. Ie. 15.00 for 3 small empanadas. $9 plus for a small mojito of mostly ice. Hostess was distracted. Server was always rushed although serving few tables. Whole evening could have been better. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Very good food and drink. Music was too loud in the bar area so it spilled out into the dining area. Tables are very tightly packed "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a special-occasion dinner with four people in our party - we had all been to Cuba and thought this would be fun. The menu offers so many different options - small plates or large, traditional or modern. All our food choices, which we made from all over the menu, were delicious. And so by the way were the mojitos, made from scratch as they should be. The decor is fun too."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "awesome Mojitos and Sangria, you can eat just tapas or try their entrees, the waiter Ryan was awesome steering and recommended several on target plates. the after dinner coffee with coconut milk and a shot of spiced rum perfect compliment. can't go wrong"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "great food and atmosphere. plus our waitress was awesome too!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The soup is like HEAVEN :-) But, we were in a hurry to make it on time to a show, and so had to ask to have our dinners, wrapped. I asked 5 times can they make the paella without peppers, as I am very allergic, and he said yes every time and even made sure with the kitchen. Sure enough, later on, I open the container to find a BOATLOAD of PEPPERS! :-( This is NOT the first time that if you ask for anything particularly omitted, that it DOES NOT HAPPEN> If you are allergic to anything, don;t expect them to remember to take it off. Just a warning."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My family and I went there for brunch on a Sunday to celebrate my graduation. It was a great experience … we enjoyed the food, the ambience and the beautiful decor. Service was good as well. I was especially happy to see my parents enjoying the food, since they rarely eat cuisines outside Indian and Chinese."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Authentic Cuban dishes, plus additional new offerings. We had a lovely dinner and will return."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had reservations for 6 people but showed up with 9 and they accommodated with no problem. Impressive for a small place. We ordered tapas of all sort and each dish was delicious. Will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "All the food was outstanding, my favorite place to eat in Central and Old City Philly"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "There wasn't a food we ordered that we did not like. The suprising favorite was the Mango-Cinnamon Butter that came with the bread, it was SO GOOD!! We really enjoyed the tapas plates, and the ability to share many different food types with each other. We will definitely be returning in the future!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Treated my wife to Cubra Libre for brunch and she loved it. The food and the service were outstanding. The interior is quite interesting though a bit over the top. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed it and plan on returning soon for dinner."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a great Mother's Day there but it was more because of the company than the food. Service was its usual level. It had been a while since we came and we usually do dinner; this was our first brunch. Some of the menu items did not appear as described on the menu so that was a little disappointing. I guess I am being harsh because the experience here is usually wonderful in terms of the food. I understand now that there might have been some changes in the kitchen. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We forgot how much we loved this place. Food is amazing. Unusual, creative, sooo tasty. All 3 of us were blown away with our meals!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Came here for mother's day brunch with my wife and daughter... The food was amazing and the service even better. Certainly not cheap but fair prices for tapas, but for a special occasion you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant with a better combination of ambiance, service, and adventurous menu items. They even removed a menu item from the bill after we had eaten half and decided we didn't like it. We will most definitely be back"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurnat has excellent food , great customer service. Restaurant is very clean and elegant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I've been to Cuba Libre several times for brunch and it never disappoints! I'd go there just for the Cafe Cuba Libre (coffee with coconut milk--yum!) and mango butter, but the rest of the small plates don't disappoint either. We did the unlimited tapas brunch and some of the highlights were: Crab Cake Benedict Croqueta, French Toast a la Cubana, and Cuban Sandwich Spring Rolls (a new and interesting addition). I was a little underwhelmed with the guac but, heck, with all the other choices, who needs it? It was also a lovely day out so the front patio was open for "outdoor" seating. Overall, a fabulous brunch experience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014