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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a late, dinner at Cuba Libre, but we were not impressed with the food. The ropa vieja, which is a Cuban dish, was not authentic nor did they serve Cuban bread. But, the mojitos were delicious. We stayed after dinner, to enjoy cocktails until the "club" opened. Great music and scene, but by midnight felt very crowded."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We love going to Cuba Libre every chance we get! I have food allergies so I know exactly what I can choose on the menu and not have issues! The marinated skirt steak is to die for and the classic mojito tops it off! Will always be one of our Philly favs!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Person 1: My Arroz con Pollo was as authentic as I've ever had it at a restaurant. Person 2: We were walking by and found it..turned into a Hispanic club scene during late night. While waiting for our food, we enjoyed the bread and Mango butter. It tasted AMAZING! Ingredients include whipped butter, cinnamon, mango purée, and pepper and it was smooth and delicious with the bread. For my entree, I enjoyed the Suntanned Salmon! I don't like yuca products, so I skipped the yuca couscous. Our waitress allowed us to swap yuca for a side of plantain (which were also very good) with no issues. Sangria was also very good. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Cuba Libre is by far my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The food and service is amazing. The 15 Tastes of Cuba was incredible. This restaurant is the best for special occasions. This past visit was for my birthday. It was also the restaurant we went to the night we were engaged to be married (pre-proposal dinner). Needless to say, I would recommend Cuba Libre to anyone who visits Philadelphia!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "All of our meals and apps were excellent. I can't remember all the names of the dishes but the seafood soup, vecca frita(flank steak) ropa veijas(beef brisket). Our friends had also enjoyed their dishes and apps."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I loved the atmosphere and ambiance. Was not impressed with the mixed drinks or the locations of the bathroom. First floor bathroom opened up to the dining room. I felt embarrassed coming out of bathroom in full view of others. I was thankful I was not on first floor and request other seating next time I come. Overall, my wife enjoyed the Caribbean flair. We will go back great location. Valet parking a little steep $18 but if you there all night, it's a bargain."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times. It is wonderful. We loved the bento box for lunch and the selections. We recommend it to everyone we know."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Liked the food very much. However service and food preparation was very, very slow (this was on a Tuesday for dinner)."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "dudes and dudettes, just go to this place and experience!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, the ambiance was really nice and the music was great. I made the dinner reservation specifically mentioning it was my boyfriends birthday and was asked if we wanted a candle with his dessert I said yes expecting a nice surprise for him. Only to be disappointed when his dessert was brought out not by our server but some random guy and he placed the dessert next to him and lit the candle right then and walked away. No singing, no surprise just plain rude service. I trully expected a better birthday acknowledgement from the restaurant, guess that's not what they like to do."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and always seem to have good food. I realized the entire resturant experience isn't worth the price. Guacamole and mojitos are delicious but extremely expensive. If you charge $10 cocktails and $26 meals then my table should be wiped down when I'm finished eating and my water should always be refreshed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Never disappoints! Really not much more to say! Great food, drinks, atmosphere, staff, experience... every time!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have been a frequent visitor to Philly spots for thirty years and this was the most awesome meal I have ever had in my life. Service was beyond great and the food was to die for. We will be back and back often. John Sherwood DMD"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went here with my mom and girlfriend. Food was fantastic. Very busy."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great atmosphere with a definite Cuban style. The food was excellent and they provide many drink and food options. The staff was excellent and his (Ryan) recommendations were spot on. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Awesome staff, terrific food, decent pricing...will definitely be back. Also, they filled my request via Open Table...I was impressed."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I absolutely love Cuba Libra, the food, service and ambiance are all to my liking. Good spot!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We were first seated next to a large group party and it was loud in that back corner. Upon request, the hostess moved us to a quieter location in the main dining room with an excellent view of the incredible interior that looks like a street in Havana! Thank you! We chose to go the Tappas route - allowing us to have six different menu items. All the items were excellent - but almost all seemed overly salty to me. I had three different flavored mojitos, all of which were excellent. The main dining room really makes you feel like you are eating outside on a street in Havana. Excellent atmosphere, although the dining room is loud. This is not the place for a quiet, romantic dinner. I highly recommend Cuba Libre."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service was great and so was the food. Our server Ryan was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and recommendations. Definitely will be going there again! !!!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food, drinks and service always exceed expectations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great soup and cheese crochettes, and mango mojito shrimp"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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