Casta's Rum Bar
The moment a guest walks in the door, they feel the warmth, spirit, and upbeat energy of Cuba, which has been recreated here. From the visual aesthetic, to the food, cocktails, music, and hospitality culture– every detail has been considered.
Casta’s offers a robust menu of Cuban favorites - a cuisine known for
fresh seafood from the Caribbean, flavorful spices, and a heavy Spanish influence. The star of the menu is the Classic Cuban Sandwich with yellow mustard, roasted pork, glazed ham, swiss cheese and pickles – which Castaneda has spent hours honing and developing. The secret is in the bread, which is flown in from Miami. Additional menu highlights include Empanadas, Croquetas, and Ceviche Caribeno with citrus, mango, pineapple, cucumber
salad, and plantain chips.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
My son took me here for Mother’s Day. The food was good but their dairy free and vegan options are extremely limited for brunch. On the contrast, the pina colada was handed down the best one I have ever had and will be the reason why I return. The service was average; not bad but not great.
My only piece of advice is to clean up and brighten the entry way. It was dark, dank and had cobwebs everywhere. It’s located in the basement of a boutique hotel with a separate exterior entrance and it definitely gives creepy basement vibes when you first get there. Once inside it’s a hip space with cool decor.
Also, their seating is mostly bar stools so if you’re looking for a comfortable sit down situation this isn’t it.
Excellent service, good music and the mojito’s are delicious! I totally recommend.
Every bite and every sip was delicious. Service was great. Fun atmosphere. A different (in a very good way) to experience rum. Can’t want to go back.
This place is super cute! Went for brunch on a Sat and had a good time. The ambience is amazing and there are lots of places to capture iconic photos. The food menu is extremely limited (think tapas, small plates, etc.) so if you're looking for a place to get full, this is not it. The drinks are hella strong and yummy! I would love to come back and check out the dinner menu, but would probably skip it for another brunch. Servers and bartenders were great.
Castas did not disappoint! Very friendly staff.
Cute place in DC, food portions are small. Didn’t have many gluten free options for brunch.
Service and speed incredible; Empanadas, Shrimp were delicious; Pork bites were a bit dry and lacked seasoning.. overall a nice place and I recommend.. It's loud though... smile
Hidden gem!!! My wife and I will definitely be returning.
Great vibe, delicious food and drinks
upbeat atmosphere, speakeasy vibe since the front entryway is so muted. the rum drinks and food are both fantastic!
The waiter was ignored us in the beginning of our visit and then was rude/felt too comfortable around us during our outing.
Service was pretty dismal at best. 20% fee automatically charged to bills is probably the culprit here. No incentive to do well as they get a big tip regardless.
Overall, atmosphere was decent, drinks were better than the food. Our Yucca fries were hard as a rock. Sandwiches were on point though. Drinks were good. With all the other options around the area, we'll see if we go back.
Nice ambience but EXTREMELY loud.
The place is gorgeous! It feels like you are in Cuba! The drinks were amazing. The food took over an hour, the waiter was juggling 6 tables with no help. The food order was wrong and the food was just ok. I would say this is a great place for the views and the drinks.
My only issue was that upon making the reservation, I had selected “outside” (for COVID/pandemic reasons), but this turned out to be an outside patio that was completely enclosed. My group was completely or partially vaccinated, so we decided to stay. But it should be mentioned when making reservations that this is a completely enclosed patio rather than “outside”.
Always a great time at Castas. My go-to spot on a Saturday night.
This was my second time visiting Casta's Rum Bar. The first time was in Feb of 2020 just before COVID & I had a great time. So much so that I reccomended my friends that were visiting DC and I go for Happy Hour. Unfortuneately my second visit left a lot to be desired and was not a great one. 1) On line it said they had happy our on Saturdays from 5-7 however when we got there we were told HH was only M-F contrary to what come up on Google. 2) The area they sat us in was NOT "Non Smoking" and resulted in our eyes burning and a very strong smoke smell through out the evening from the group of 8 behind us. It would've been nice of them to ask us our preference before hand or to at least take that into consideration before seating us in a smokers corner. 3) when the bill came she up charged us for 2 titos shots and 2 extra cocktails what we never ordered, I was the only at the table who ordered a drink and for a table of 4 our bill was entirely too high - when we brought it to the manager he asked the waitress about it and all she did was shrug her shoulders...? Very very rude and apparently assumed we wouldn't notice.
As a whole the empandas and the mojito I ordered where the best parts of the second experience . Sad to say I won't be returning.
This was a great place, with great food and drinks!
A great place to grab some drinks and some great Cuban food!
Had a wonderful time at Casta’s. The food and the drinks were delicious and reasonably priced. Loved the ambiance too. The patio/outdoor section is covered which is nice.
Everything was really good (food, music) they even let us go in with our dog but the service was a bit slow. We waived like 20 minutes for the check and asked 3 people to get it.
My second visit, food and drinks are wonderful, however, we sat close to the speaker. I could barely hear my friend, I had to read her lips 👄
Drinks and food were great. Our server particularly wasn’t the greatest.
No service at all and everything was so rushed. Lack of staff. I have to stop then to get help to order.
Nice vibe, good music, drinks and food. However, there’s no designated smoking area so by the end of my dining experience, every table around me was smoking which completely killed the vibe for non-smokers. The windows open, but it’s not enough to ventilate. They should have the smoking area completely separate from non-smokers.
Great space and ambience with sometimes slow service and ok food. Menu descriptions don’t exactly match the plate you get. I ordered the pork with yuca and got a pork sandwich with a salad. They gave me the yuca but I didn’t know I ordered a sandwich. Also the outdoor space is NOT outdoor. It’s a skylight area with two windows open and low overall ventilation. Pretty space but not as expected
We had an incredible evening. Our waitresses were wonderful and the food and drinks were so good. Only downside was the table next to us was smoking so it was a little off putting. But besides that we had a great time.
The ambiance is great and the wait staff is very attentive. However the menu is really limited and leaves you wanting more options. I’d still go back but more likely for a happy hour and not if I was really hungry.
This place is listed as having outdoor dining but it is enclosed. They allow smoking in the dining area which really put a damper on the experience. Drinks were good, food was fast and decent but the smoke was pretty heavy.
I was really excited about choosing this place for one of our first nights out since the pandemic. Food and drinks were okay, although some of the plates came out delayed. The real problem was that an hour and a half into our service the waitress came and told us we needed to vacate the table for another reservation within 5 minutes. We weren't finished with some of our food and drinks. I told her that I wasn't aware of a time limit and she said there wasn't one but that they needed the table. After which she asked for payment, telling us that the 20% service charge was automatically added. What's worse is that of all the tables of White patrons around us, many of whom had been there much longer, ours, the only table of Latinos, was the one that was asked to leave. Needless to say that's the first and last time I will go there. And if you're considering making a reservation, you're honestly better off supporting the authentic mom and pops Latino restaurants in Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights, Hyattsville, etc. where you won't just get great food but you will receive good, respectful service.
There was someone smoking in the enclosed “outdoor” area that took away from their unique space
The Menu is very limited, expected more for a Cuban restaurant at this price point. Patio is really nice.
Amazing spot. Definitely in my top 2 and it’s probably not 2.
The service was so poor. It was really frustrating to have to continuously have to ask our server to take our order no silverware or napkins. Cigars arrived; no ashtray for almost 15 mins. Just a sad experience overall.
Also, don’t attempt to give this place a call. No one will answer & their voicemail is always full!
Drinks are fantastic, pricey for happy hour but worthy. In terms of food, they can do better. The happy hour appetizers are too small to share with the group.
This was my first time at Casta's Rum Bar and I couldn't wait to go to celebrate a friends birthday. It is quite tucked away and if you blink you may miss the entrance. Once inside the atmosphere is fun and authentic to Havana. However, it was clear the kitchen was not prepared...they ran out of many of the items on the menu and we were disappointed we could not get the food we wanted. Imani was excellent and took great care of us. We got moved from our table because one of the owners came with his party. That wasn't necessary a problem but we had to ask to be moved to the lounge set up. While back there it was cold with only one heater. We did get a chance to express this to one of the owners who came to our table upon our request. While there were some missteps we were there for about 5 1/2 hours so it's clear we enjoyed ourselves and made the best of it. I will definitely go back but I hope they can improve on their kitchen service and overall customer service. This bar is too good not to have both.
Our reservation was at 1:15pm and we were seated on time. The food was good but the service was TERRIBLE!! I liked our waitress but it just took TOO LONG ago get our food, drinks. We left the place at 6pm. I don’t understand since it didn’t seem so busy. We were seated near the door and it was really cold. We had a small heater but it didn’t do much. I would not recommend this place.
For being the first time there, me and my fiance had a great time!!! As a matter of fact we are booking a reservation for his birthday in 2 weeks...
Amazing drinks but be careful if you’re allergic to the smell of smoke. People can spoke at the table next to you so be prepared. Also 20% is added to your bill automatically. Very Cuban vibes and good music. Waiters/waitresses were very professional and paid great attention to our table.
Casta's Rum Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-3877.
Casta's Rum Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 136 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.