About Alma De Cuba

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.

1623 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 12:00am

Cross Street:
Between 16th and 17th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 988-1799

Website:
http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Douglas Rodriguez

Private Party Facilities:
Alma De Cuba can accommodate large parties of 12 or more guests.

Private Party Contact:
Marjorie DiGiulio: (267) 886-1401

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Alma De Cuba Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (82)
Special Occasion (69)
Romantic (67)
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Creative Cuisine (61)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Authentic (54)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Fun (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (40)
Good for Groups (35)
Hot Spot (29)
Cozy (26)
Happy Hour (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Casual (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Business Meals (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tapas (13)
Late-night Find (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Spicy (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was outstanding and our servers were so attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great experience. Food was amazing. Top on my restaurants to go back to list.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Dined on a Saturday, and grabbed drinks before our reservation. Black Cherry Capirhinia was excellent and the bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable. The ceviche and vaca Frita were winners! Service wasn’t great, our server disappeared and never came back to close us out, had to wave down the host, and Also never received a glass of wine that was ordered. Would come back though for the great food and drinks

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was ok at best. I ordered roasted pork. Presentation was good however flavor was bland. The meat came out with skin attached. There was much more fat than meat. The pork skin was chewy. The rice was scarce as they only placed a little around the meat. The service was ok. Within five minutes of meal arrival the waitress stopped to check on us. Other than that we didn’t see her and every time we tried to get her attention as she passed she was clearly focused on what she was doing at the time and didn’t see us. Manager did do a table touch near end of meal and asked if we where ok. By then I had eaten what I could and I didn’t respond to the negativity of our meal.

For the price you expect a flawless evening with good food. Unfortunately I will most likely not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Every time we have eaten here the food and the staff impress us. Each staff member seems to truly care that we have a great experience and the food is simply sublime.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was absolutely delicious. Great romantic ambiance, and the service was impecable. Wonderful night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We stopped in early after a matinee at the Kimmel Center. We were seated on the second level, a nice open and airy location. We shared a large salad, thoughtfully split for us in the kitchen. The Lechon Asado was delicious, and much too big to finish at one time. My wife finished her scallops though, also quite well prepared. This was our fourth time in the restaurant. We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Alma De Cuba has some very nice Cuban dishes like Empanadas, Cava Frita and Ropa Vieja. They all pale in comparison to the Ceviche. I tasted four of them the Agua Chile Cobia, Thai Coconut Mixto, Rainbow and Mojito Shrimp. They were all very delicious. Don’t miss the chocolate cigar for dessert.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Favorite restaurant in Philly. Consistent and great ambiance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing, dessert was phenomenal compliments to the chef! Service was outstanding, we felt welcome from entry to exit. Will recommend and come back definitely.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

This is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. It never disappoints. The Ceviche is the best I have ever had!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The ambiance is nice, no loud music. The food was tasty with reasonable proportion, nicely seasoned. It was a very nice experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant has kept up its quality on every level for over a decade. The best Latino Cuban Restaurant in our City

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We honestly love this place and it is our favorite restaurant! We had the same server twice, Thomas, and he was fabulous! Food is wonderful and so is the atmosphere!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was delicious overall, though we were a little disappointed in the rainbow ceviche. Love the variations on traditional food. Main dish servings were very generous!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Waitress was outstanding. Food was delicious but portion sizes were ridiculously small.2 2oz of cerviche. 2inch sized dinner rolls. 4 2" empanadas. 4 fried plantains about 2" in diameter. Beef stew entree in a soup bowl. 4 shrimps. All totaled $115. Drank tap water. Extremely overpriced. Beef stew in a soup bowl was $21. Husband finished it in 4 bites. We actually got dessert at a gelato stop for 1/2 of what I saw their desserts were for $10 to $15. Tiny pieces of cake or amuse bouche.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

All good at Alma after all these years

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Some of the finest food I've ever had in my life. Impeccable, attentive service. Beautifully decorated. Scallops and steak were both cooked to perfection. Sangria and mojitos were delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The whole experience at Alma de Cuba was amazing, but the food was the best part. The seared tuna steaks were hands down the best tuna I've ever had, and the chocolate cigar dessert was creative, ascetically pleasing, and delicious. The whole restaurant team worked in unison to make sure everything was perfect and taken care of without ever being intrusive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazing staff and fast service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We have been to Alma de Cuba several times. On our most recent visit we saw that the menu has changed. There has been several items added and removed from the menu. Our go to appetizer "croquetas" as well as my husband's go to "Vaca Frita", were still on the menu. The croquetas were very good although the presentation was very different. The Vaca Frita on the other hand was just not the same. The beans needed seasoning, and the meat just wasn't the same. The meat used to melt-in-your-mouth, now it was stringy. I had the scallops with quinoa which were very good. We also ordered a Cobia ceviche, it was $16 and was not worth the money there was very little fish/octopus. We had the tres leche for dessert it was very good especially the ice cream. Our server was very attentive. Our overall experience left a little to be desired as it was our anniversary, we were seated next to a party of 25+ women and we could barely hear ourselves talking.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food. Great service. Thanks for making our 5-year anniversary special!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious and the ambiance was lovely. Plus, the cushioned seats were a special touch. Would definitely come back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was amazing. The service was outstanding. We will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing. Fantastic dinner. Ceviche was great and pork the best I’ve ever tasted. Crab empanada just ok, will try another flavor next time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

That’s a great restaurant, I love the elegance of the restaurant and the bar set up. Service and food was excellent, I wish they served us a bit slower just to enjoy better the place . Can’t fail having dinner here

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was amazing. We traveled from Baltimore and New Jersey to experience this restaurant on a Friday evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We were greeted warmly and the host was very nice. We went to the bar for a drink before dinner. The bartenders were all good and attentive. They were particularly interested in the attractive females near us but they never ignored us. Our waitress was either distracted or too busy but she never seemed to be around when we needed her. Service was a little slow. She was helpful when she was there. The food has been better at other visits we have had at the restaurant in the past. It was good but not great. We never heard about any specials so I assumed there were none. They had no whipped cream for our coffee drinks. It was Saturday night so maybe they ran out but it is on the menu. She only checked on drinks once after getting our first which took forever. They may need to refocus if they want to remain once of the best places in Philly. There is a lot of competition and they are not what they used to be from our perspective.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

My favorite restaurant

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I had a good experience and the food was tasty. My only complaint was 3 people were seated on a small 2 person table and it made our dining experience tight with little legroom.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Phenomenal restaurant. Everything was perfect. Service was especially great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This could quite possibly have been the best meal I have ever had. The service was impeccable, and the food was absolutely outstanding. Every order of our meal had an explosion of flavor, from the empanadas to the main course and finally dessert. I shook my head in disbelief every time I took a bite. My only regret is I did not have enough room to keep eating. I will certainly be back for more in the near future.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Celebrated my birthday here and it was amazing a the staff were wonderful with us bringing our own cake. The ambiance was nice and the food was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best meals of my life!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is a nice restaurant, but significantly overpriced for what one gets. $16 for three tiny empanadas does not seem particularly reasonable. I love Cuban food, but this place is too expensive to become a regular destination for me.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I went with my sisters and a friend for restaurant week. We had a great time. Everything was delicious. We all tried something new.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Amazing restaurant week meal!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Love the ambiance did not enjoy the restaurant week food drinks came wrong

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always great! It’s where I got engaged! Will forever be my favorite!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Pork was a bit over done

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