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
The service wasn’t really good at all. The food didn’t taste good and took a long time to come out. The menu is limitless and cigars are over priced.
Great patio, great drinks, good food and service. Festive ambience. Feels like a hidden gem...
Very good vibes and great for night life, & Latin music. Had a blast dancing with friends!
Food was okay and the atmosphere was amazing. What made this experience bad was the drunks. The drinks were horrible! For 12 dollar cocktails, the quality was much better.
Took a while for someone to come and take our order so I flagged down a guy who ended up being great.
Food was amazing.
Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 45 minutes for a table. The atmosphere is very fun and drinks are delicious. Only downsides: empanadas were dry and the waitress was not too friendly.
The staff is friendly. The drinks were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place. The location is discreet.
Great food and drinks! Very busy, so just keep that in mind if you're looking for something intimate. Seems like fun late at night.
Delicious drinks and the ceviche did not disappoint! Was able to have a conversation with my friend across the table and our server checked on us multiple times. The patio area is actually covered—great for inclement weather but in the heart of summer it needs either fans or AC please! Definitely a bit warm and humid 😅 Will be back regardless!
My husband and I loved it! From the service to the ambiance to the food! Everything was amazing!!! We’ll definitely be back
Outdoor tables only seat 2, basement with hard walls increases the noise level, no entree’s just a few small plates and sandwiches
Arrived at the exact time of our reservation but had to wait over 40 minutes for our table to be “available” so they were clearly overbooked. We were then seated outside in the 90 degree heat and our waters were only filled up once over the 2 hours we sat there despite us repeatedly asking for more.
Honestly, amazing. The food was so good the atmosphere was amazing. The hostesses we not the friendliest. But the food made up for that greatly! I’m def going to be coming back. One of the beat restaurants in DC!
Service and food was excellent. Great vibes friendly environment. I must go to.
Great date night restaurant or girls night. I will definitely be going back. Drinks are awesome
Excellent food and service. Great place to smoke a cigar!
Service was terrible, had several issues at the time of closing with Zoe. The manager Imani offered very little help (even she was confused herself). Food selection was limited. It was humid and hot. Price of drinks were average for DC. The music was great. I don't think I will be returning. At the end of our reservation we were told by the host who was accompanied by security that we had to leave. Not a pleasant experience for my party and I.
It was a great experience
A friend found this hidden gem on TikTok. It really was difficult to find as a driver and pedestrian! The lack of parking made it really difficult for our third person who was meeting us there. I made a note about accommodations and they sat us at a table right near the restrooms and bar, which was helpful. There are no stairs, which was also helpful. The service was really slow. We had many different waitstaff and it was difficult to understand them because of the loud energy of the restaurant (even though there were only two seated tables inside!) The menu was the most difficult thing to read. The print was smudged and unclear and the paper was dark in an already dark restaurant. I would absolutely recommend printing clearly on white paper, if not just resorting to online menus. The food and drinks, however, were all delicious and perfectly portioned for one person. We all completed our meals and were satisfied. Prices were also reasonable. I would return for the drinks, food, and energy, but if I wanted good service, I would not return.
Service was very slow for Sunday brunch-although, we did arrive at 12:15 when they just opened so it’s understandable. The food menu was very limited and not that impressive however, the food/drinks were delicious. No real drink specials except $50 pitcher that served 4 ppl. Pretty over priced overall. Very cool ambiance and environment but wouldn’t return for brunch. The DJ was decent but not that exciting. Have had great bottomless brunch/drinks for $35 a person else where. Would come back to try their regular menu and happy hour on Wednesday’s. Also their tables are way too small and couldn’t comfortably fit our food and drinks on the table
Love the guacamole toast, ambience was OK as well as service. I'd visit again in the future.
Although our overall experience was fine because we were in great company, our server was the worst. Her name was Zoe and she couldn't even smile. She seemed as if she was having a hard morning and taking it out on us. She didn't talk to us and she didn't give us any help or suggestions about food or drinks. l understand that she may have been busy or whatever but if you can't or don't want to work with the public, there are a lot of other jobs she can do.
It was very hot and had a real bad odor. You couldn’t substitute flavors in the Mojitos.
The noise level with music was overwhelming- not sure if it was trying to be a nightlife destination or sit down restaurant
The bar looks amazing it gives you the feeling of being in Cuba. It is definitely loud and noisy but it fits to the location. Food was okay but again it is a bar. Overall, definitely worth going!
The drinks were good, but nothing special. My sandwich was dry, but edible. The ambiance inside is nice, however the patio area has only bar height seating...not great it you're short. Overall the place was okay.
Great food, great service. Chairs were very uncomfortable and it was way too loud to talk, something about the acoustics. There was also water dripping on me all evening from the rain outside and the air conditioner. Overall a fun place, just don't go there if you want to have a good conversation.
Casta's has an excellent selection of craft rums. The cocktails and food are also very good. However, their "outdoor" seating is completely enclosed by solid walls. Someone was smoking at one of the tables, so we opted to sit inside instead. Inside, it was very noisy with very loud music. Still, we enjoyed our dinner and drinks so much, that we would return, just not on a Friday evening.
I made a reservation for an outdoor table, but wound up having to sit at an indoor table next to the bar. The service was ok. but a little slow. The food was good.
The ambiance was great ! Drinks were good. Food was mediocre except for ribs. The ribs were juicy and tasty. We enjoyed them.
The environment made me feel welcomed. The choice of music had a large variety of classic songs from salsa to reggaeton. I have a full review of what I ordered on Instagram @deja_darling. Thank you for having me!
Casta’s was AMAZING!! My boyfriend and I both got sandwiches which were fantastic. The cocktails were delicious and fun, the cigar was fab, and the churros were yummy. But the icing on the cake here was the espresso we ordered after our meal, which was just out of this world. On top of the great food, the atmosphere was so extraordinary. I cannot wait to go back.
Very good. smoked cigars with good mojitos to drink during our meal, the best cuban sandwich in town.
Service was very slow but servers & staff were friendly. Food is great
Great atmosphere! Had brunch there last Sunday and I was very pleased with the experience. The food was amazing. Loved the music! I will go back :)
Loved the vibe of this place. Invited a few friends out to grab drinks. The service was terrific, drinks were good, and the ambience was fantastic. Even got a really good cafecito to end the evening. Will definitely be going back many times!
We LOVED the food, drinks, service and overall vibe. My one disappointment was that the seating we reserved was for "outdoor" but it isn't really outdoors but rather an entirely enclosed patio area- not open air. This mattered mostly because of cigar smoke- which was relatively moderate but still would have been way better in a fresh air environment.
We will definitely be going back for late night since there is live music! Very nice place!
The restaurant is definitely an entire vibe on a Friday or Saturday night. They have a DJ and the indoor seating turns into a Dan floor at 10pm. The food was fantastic: I had the garlic shrimp, ribs, empanadas, and ceviche. Had the mojito, canchancharra, and Cuba libre for drinks. I can’t wait to visit again.
Casta's Rum Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-3877.
Casta's Rum Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 225 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.