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Alma De Cuba

4.5
4.5
4762 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and Nuevo Latino superstar Chef Douglas Rodriguez pair up in this bold new venture with a Cuban Vibe. Enjoy delicious dishes infused with the sensuous flavors of Cuban cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of Old Havana.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 988-1799

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Douglas Rodriguez

  • Catering

    With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at 215.923.2675.

  • Private party facilities

    Alma De Cuba can accommodate large parties of 12 or more guests.

  • Private party contact

    Marjorie DiGiulio: (267) 886-1401

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    Between 16th and 17th

  • Parking details

    There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.

  • Public transit

    Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station. Walk 2.5 blocks West; <br />The 42 Bus Route Runs on Walnut Street and Locust Street. 17th Street stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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What 4,762 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  2. D

    Disappointed

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    We were not greeted by a server for at least 10 minutes and the restaurant was mostly empty at the time. One entree came to the table lukewarm. We will not go back - very disappointing.
  3. BB

    BrianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The whole experience was terrific. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and were seated right away. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful. Our server made helpful recommendations on menu items. Food was excellent. It was a bit dark, but not so bad that I couldn’t see or read the menu. We were seated on the top floor, so noise was not a problem, but i could see noise being a bit of an issue on the lower levels, especially the ground / bar level. Prices were high but worth it and expected at a restaurant of this quality in downtown Philly. I would return and would recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good experience. Will return there to eat in future.
  5. p

    pmerrity

    Dallas

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The meal was amazing and so was our server. Definitely recommend the ceviche sampler with the rainbow and also the ribeye entree
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time. Great experience, will Be back.
  7. l

    lilpurpletoes

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had two servers and together they made one mediocre server. Drinks weak. Foods were amazing. Ambiance is always great.
  8. A

    Amazing

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife an I had a nice dinner after the flower show. Everything was delicious.
  9. DD

    DinerDude

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I love Alma de Cuba. The food is delicious, and they have some great cocktails. My favorite drink is the Roberto Burns. One of our top ten places to go in Philly.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Popped in last minute for a light dinner & had a selection of ‘small’ plates, the smoked Wahoo Tacos were an excellent punch of flavor & serving size.
  11. MW

    MelissaW

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is still my favorite restaurant for food and ambiance. I introduced Ceviche to my friend and she loved it all. We had 5 different ones and all were good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall1food2service5ambience2
    It’s very noisy place to have a dinner. Pork was overcooked and dry. Appetizer and desert was Ok. Service was great! Overpriced food vs quality.
  13. LF

    LynnF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great night out. Sat in downstairs lounge area ( a bit more casual). Service was very good and so was the food. A little cramped but very comfortable. Will definetly go back!
  14. N

    Nicole

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time, and we were not disappointed. Service was very attentive. Food was delicious and portions are a good size for the price. Great drinks as well!
  15. j

    jimt

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great authentic food and a very nice atmosphere. Great drinks
  16. PZ

    PaulaZ

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and service. I appreciated that the tables were spaced so that there was ample room between tables. The happy hour with $6 drinks was a plus. Delicious sweet plantains. Recommend
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Can be a bit loud at times.
  18. TR

    TexR

    Philadelphia

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great greetings at doorway and accompaniment to second level and seated in nice quiet table area. The waitstaff is the best in the city. Excellent description of specials and super service. Will be returning often to Alma de Cuba. Oh, wonderful flavors in meals.
  19. C

    Cheesie

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a group of 8--folks from out of town/state on business. Happy Hours was fabulous--great drink and appetizer choices at a great price. Then we moved upstairs to a nice table. Everyone enjoyed their meals--something for everyone. So a great choice if you have folks who have a range of dietary preferences (e.g., we have a vegetarian, someone who wanted meat, light eater, hearty eaters).
  20. LK

    LyndaK

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alma de Cuba is one of our "go to" restaurants when we are dining with someone special in our lives. I love the ceviche, the wonderful rolls and the smoked wahoo tacos. I'm thrilled that Alma de Cuba has been open for almost 20 years!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience and even better food!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I have to say the service they provide always consistent ! The food taste better than many more expensive restaurants and bars . The light is dark , make me very comfortable
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Quiet disappointing. Will not be going back.
  24. CM

    ChrisM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the space was fun. Our server was very good as well.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, food and ambiance
  26. BI

    BobI

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere. Will go back.
  27. r

    ravmich

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and it was very good. Staff was exceptionally helpful, but waiter was a bit too much of a salesperson for my taste. Extensive drink menu and a huge rum menu. We shared empanadas as an appetizer. They were larger than we were told, two to three bites each. We did not need two orders. I had the goat which was excellent. The others had the Ropa Vieja, also good, the Vaca Frita, and the Sugarcane tuna. Everything was tasty and hot. The pace of the meal was perfect. I wanted to try dessert, but was so full by the time we finished the entrees that we decided to skip it this time. Definitely worth another trip.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real good restaurant. Food was amazing.
  29. d

    dfc9258

    Philadelphia

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner! The ambiance is just wonderful and the setting really makes you feel like you are in a high end restaurant in a modern day Cuba. Our service was attentive and nice, our food was delicious and we had a great table by the window upstairs. Mojitos are the best!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was great ! And food was amazing ! A+
  31. D

    Donna116

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Great service and ambience but wasn’t impressed with the food at all. We ordered ceviche and octopus, which were just okay. Nothing spectacular about either one. Pork empanadas were next and the best thing we ate. For an entree, I got the seafood rice, which was the blandest Cuban rice dish I’ve ever had. Didn’t even eat half. If you enjoy Cuban food, this is not the place to go.
  32. DM

    DuncanM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, thank you guys so much!
  33. JM

    JonathanM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A lot of fun. Great food! Our server was awesome and he offered mocktails when noticed my wife was pregnant.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Didn’t get seated until 20 mins after our reservation time. The food was subpar and well overpriced for it’s quality.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance were great. Only thing that out did those, was our waiter Tom. Great time.
  36. A

    Andrew

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, and that's coming from a Cuban who grew up in Union City, NJ. The lechon asado was better than even my abuela's (but don't tell her I said that)! Kudos to the chef, can't wait to come back next time I'm in Philly.
  37. G

    George

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. 200$ for two drinks one app and two entrees is very extreme. The “drink experience” for Valentine’s Day was more than my entree...very unnecessarily priced.. would not recommend to anyone, there are other Cuban restaurants in the city that are just as delicious food and service wise but reasonably priced.
  38. AD

    AndrewD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came here for the first time for an early Valentine's Day dinner, and it was phenomenal! Michael was our server, and he made great recommendations. We will definitely be back
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service food and drinks! My favorite place.

FAQs

Alma De Cuba is rated 4.5 stars by 4762 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Alma De Cuba

1623 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 16th and 17th

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.

  • Public transit

    Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station. Walk 2.5 blocks West; The 42 Bus Route Runs on Walnut Street and Locust Street. 17th Street stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Douglas Rodriguez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 988-1799

  • Catering

    With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at 215.923.2675.

  • Private party facilities

    Alma De Cuba can accommodate large parties of 12 or more guests.

  • Private party contact

    Marjorie DiGiulio: (267) 886-1401

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