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

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (63)
Creative Cuisine (58)
Special Occasion (51)
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Fit for Foodies (50)
Romantic (44)
Authentic (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Fun (27)
Good for Groups (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Hot Spot (23)
Happy Hour (21)
Cozy (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Business Meals (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Casual (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tapas (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Scenic View (6)
People Watching (5)
Spicy (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Been here about 10 times and it never disappoints. Food is always great, good drink list, excellent service and a very nice vibe in the restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing as always!

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·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful meal and experience here. We needed to wait for 30 minutes for our table despite having a reservation, however we were able to have a few drinks at the bar and we were given a complimentary guacamole and plantain chips starter which was sooo delicious and unexpected. All of the staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful. On top of all that, the food and drinks were spot on.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Caribbean)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was excellent. Food was just ok. Nothing to write home about.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to Alma for a birthday. The food was excellent and service impeccable. Ceviche is amazing. Black bean soup is a must. The skirt steak was so tender.A drink was spilled at our table and after cleaning up, without asking they replace the spilled drink. When we ordered dessert, knowing we were there for a B-Day, they put a candle and spelled Happy Birthday in chocolate; nice touches. The only drawback is the way they have the tables and chairs set up, very tight, our knees kept hitting each other. Overall, a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

One of my favorite places in the city🌟 Best mojitos, delicious food .. great atmosphere! Love this place!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

All selections were a flavorful take on Cuban-Fusion cuisine. Enjoyable place for a lively get-together.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Yummy food. Started with the coconut ceviche. It has beautiful chunks of lobster and shrimp. I had a salmon and quinoa dish that was outstanding. My colleague enjoyed her pork dish. We had a side of tostones with a bright limey vinegrette. Food was delicious, ambiance was very nice. Mojito went down too easily. My only negative comment was the staff was almost too attentive and several people stopped by to make sure we were good. There are worse problems than being too attentive. Overall highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is always amazing, one of my favorite restaurants in Philly! Already can't wait to come back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not good. Won't return

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful place. Had a bad experience .. won’t go there again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We like Alma de Cuba. We've been several times. I'll only mention 2 cautions if you know and like Caribbean/Latin food. While the guacamole was good, it doesn't quite taste like guacamole--you can hardly taste the avocados. Second, I usually expect a Cuban style yucca to be a little heavier on the garlic, maybe too heavy (which is how I like it), but it wasn't as garlic flavored as I'd expect--although perhaps their version might taste a little more palatable to more people. The food here is great. I would encourage everyone to go. I would also encourage you to consider Mixto if Latin food is your thing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I remember this place being much better than it was tonight. Very expensive for the portion size and the food was 'meh.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is my 2nd time there for dining. We were served burnt rice and a lot of it with the Imperial Chicken. The seafood I ordered had ZERO flavor with no lemon. All seafood comes with lemon, right. The soda (coke) I had was flat. The ambiance is stellar, but the food has taken a downturn.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our family of five had a terrific meal to celebrate our youngest daughter's birthday. Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating by suggesting vegetarian and dairy free options. The tuna and skirt steak were delicious. Our daughters loved the black bean soup and seafood ceviche. The chocolate cigar was a fun dessert complete with matches that burned!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic food. Absolutely amazing!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have dined at Alma De Cuba many times over the years and have always loved it - this time was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the food and service were amazing, plus we were surprised with champagne and dessert! We really had a fantastic time, and now I always say that ceviche is favorite type of food because of the richness and complexity of flavor in each of the different dishes - thanks for a great night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went here on our first trip to Philly as it was recommended by a friend for us foodies. Definitely inspiring food, especially loved the ceviche.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great! I am writing more words to reach the mandatory minimum of writing a review because all I care about is getting points.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Some dishes were nice, but my fish was served cold, and the sauce tasted like dishwasher water.
Would not recommend the Branzino.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was so much nicer than I expected. The waiters were very attentive and there wasnt a long wait time for your food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Celebrated my loves 50th bday. Our meal was delicious. Our server was attentive and well versed on the menu. Our courses arrived to the table in timely and well paced fashion. GREAT mojitos, there were several options. Ambience & music were spot on. Full house that night yet able to have engaging conversation. Looking forward to our return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was average to slightly above average depending on the dish. Appetizers were expensive, but entrees seemed to be fair. Drinks were fairly expensive ($14 for a mojito with very little alcohol in it??? C'mon!)

Seems to be the trend with a lot of Stephen Starr restaurants these days. Food has fallen off a little over the years, price has risen a bit, meanwhile there are a ton of amazing choices throughout the city that I would recommend first.

I'm certainly not rushing to go back, but I'm sure I'll give it another chance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was mediocre. The service was average and the restaurant was too loud to hold a relaxing conversation. The chicken dish was good. The other dishes (scallops and steak) were fair and the meal was not worth the price. Will not be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very good food. But the seats are very tight so if you are overweight not a great restaurant to come to.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Not good Cuban food, not by a long shot. It’s like they are trying too hard to be chi-chi. Rice especially not appetizing—soggy, bland, blah. Poor cuts of meat, not good quality and not prepared well. Too much sweet stuff in savory dishes. Black beans not tasty. Yucca is heavily deep fried, not at all good. Needs better quality ingredients and simpler, more authentic preparation. It’s not that hard. Any regular family Cuban restaurant in Miami serves far better food at a fraction of the price. Very expensive here. However, our waiter was excellent, very quick and attentive. The entree portions are good-sized, I’ll give them that. I would not go back to Alma, nor can I recommend it. It’s a shame, because I was so looking forward to a good Cuban meal here. Heavily disappointed!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service is always great. Anything on the menu is great. The empanadas is new to the menu. I had the crab empanadas. The pastry shell was light and the crab was moist. I also had the black bean soup. I enoyed how they put rice balls in the soup. My boyfriend had the steak which is never a disappointment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

With no Latin blood in my veins, I sure as heck love Latin food! This place was LEGIT! it is pricy, but you pay for what you get. Thomas was an unbelievable waiter that was able to tailor dinner to dietary needs (along with the accomplished chef). Cuban empanadas over the carnitas, Vaca and mufungo were excellent! Plan on coming back.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything and everyone was just lovely from start to finish.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

On Saturday, October 21, my husband and I dined here to celebrate 5 years of dating. This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend. We were seated on the 2nd floor and we had a great host and server. Our server recommended the Thai Coconut ceviche and it was such an amazing choice. So fresh and light. Then I got the scallops and my husband got the short rib ropa vieja. Upon arrival of my meal, I was surprised by there only being 3 scallops. Every time I've ordered scallops, there have always been at least 4/5 but then I started to eat the crab, corn, and ham quinoa and realized why there were only 3. You fill up on the quinoa. Both were very good choices. To complete our meal, we had the chocolate cigar. We loved the presentation. Also, since Alma de Cuba is known for their mojitos, I had a mango mojito. Very tasty.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dark,sexy ambiance on Phillys restaurant row. My favorite appetizer, stuffed dates, the fruit , not the person with me! Cuban salad with creamy yogurt dressing,yummy. Then a melt in your mouth portion of skirt steak topped with red peppers and served , with white rice and black beans, a little side of avocado and tomatoes with vinaigrette. Then fried plantains. This was really good.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and great music !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

great! relatively quick service allowed us to get to our evening meeting on time! very good vegetarian offerings

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We went for happy hour and LOVED it. The food was delicious, a great value and very filling. The restaurant is beautiful, too. We will definitely go back.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Went there for a special night out. Had tremendous food, both the Ceviche and short ribs were fantastic. The wine selection was good as well. We has someone with dietary restrictions in our party and received alot of attention to work out the right food for her and all of the service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We come here often. First time we were seated at a table on first level. Bar area. Would not do that again. We had reservations but were seated there any way in the back by the swinging doors. Very loud. Very dark. Took forever to get our entres.
Food was excellent though. Will be back but won’t take a table on first level again unless with a large crowd

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been going to Alma de Cuba for special occasions, such as birthdays, for several years. This time, it was a slight disappointment, because even through I requested a birthday acknowledgement for our guest with dessert, it was overlooked. We had an additional guest, a first-timer from Spain, with us, as well. She attempted several times to speak to the waitstaff regarding the menu selections, and they apparently speak little, if any Spanish. Another disappointment for our table. When I brought this up at the end of our meal, with the manager, as we were exiting the establishment, she asked if we ordered dessert - as if it were our fault and that was a requirement to receive a Happy Birthday greeting (we had ordered dessert regardless). Overall, the food was satisfactory, but a little extra touch in customer service would have made a decent meal into a special occasion. I will think twice before returning.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The service was slow took about 15 mins to get our drinks. The food was definitely forgettable. We came here a while back and the food was only ok but we figured we would give it another try. Unfortunely it was still the same. We will not be returning

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Alma de Cuba exceeded my (high) expectations! The menu was varied and there were also unusually and appetizing specials. I had the dinner special which was excellent. For appetizers my friends and I shared 3 different ceviches. I usually can't do ceviche because of a sensitivity to cilantro but our server,David, was pointed out which could be done without that herb. David was professional and knowledgeable. He recommendations were perfect for us. The desserts were incredible - chocolate cigar with cookie matches that were lit and spiced chocolate chili custard with churro bites!!! This is definitely my new favorite restaurant

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Julia was great friendly server and food was delicious

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