Casta's Rum Bar

4.5
136 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Casta's Rum Bar offers a lively indoor-outdoor bar atmosphere serving up flavorful cuban cuisine, and rum-heavy cocktails.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 136 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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.

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Kliz
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, good music and the mojito’s are delicious! I totally recommend.

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vipRyanS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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reneesofly
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Castas did not disappoint! Very friendly staff.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cute place in DC, food portions are small. Didn’t have many gluten free options for brunch.

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vipRagins
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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PabloR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem!!! My wife and I will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe, delicious food and drinks

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RachelC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

upbeat atmosphere, speakeasy vibe since the front entryway is so muted. the rum drinks and food are both fantastic!

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anon
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The waiter was ignored us in the beginning of our visit and then was rude/felt too comfortable around us during our outing.

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RyanW
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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vipJohnR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambience but EXTREMELY loud.

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AshR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

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.

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Samm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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”.

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vipLexC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great time at Castas. My go-to spot on a Saturday night.

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Annon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

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Raveen
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place, with great food and drinks!

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GregoryS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to grab some drinks and some great Cuban food!

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vipBylaw
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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NataliaC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

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.

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kendras
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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 👄

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Drinks and food were great. Our server particularly wasn’t the greatest.

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Luke
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

No service at all and everything was so rushed. Lack of staff. I have to stop then to get help to order.

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GM00
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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.

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vipFoodlover
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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

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vipBriannaB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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FoodPornKing
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

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AaronA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

There was someone smoking in the enclosed “outdoor” area that took away from their unique space

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Lilly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The Menu is very limited, expected more for a Cuban restaurant at this price point. Patio is really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot. Definitely in my top 2 and it’s probably not 2.

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AmbriaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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!

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Annie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

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.

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AmandaD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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AnaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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ElviP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

FAQs

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.