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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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
Between 16th and 17th
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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.
There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Alma De Cuba can accommodate large parties of 12 or more guests.
Private Party Contact:
Marjorie DiGiulio: (267) 886-1401
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Alma De Cuba Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special place for memorable meal. So many kinds of ceviche! Great mojitos, creative dishes with authentic flavor, and great service. Only downsides: stairs make it not so accessible, and it was quite loud (to be expected on Saturday night of Restaurant Week, I suppose).
It was restaurant week: 3 courses for $35. The food came out a little faster than we expected/wanted, probably because everything was prepared in advance due to the pre set menu. Service was caring and quick, but slowed immensely as the night went on. It’s very dark. Overall a quality experience.
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