Casta's Rum Bar

4.3
225 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 225 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.5
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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vipBethChch
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great patio, great drinks, good food and service. Festive ambience. Feels like a hidden gem...

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DemiR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very good vibes and great for night life, & Latin music. Had a blast dancing with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

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.

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DerrickDavis
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

LF
vipLeiaF
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience5

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.

LA
LATASHAG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The staff is friendly. The drinks were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place. The location is discreet.

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Kate
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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TonyaP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved it! From the service to the ambiance to the food! Everything was amazing!!! We’ll definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Outdoor tables only seat 2, basement with hard walls increases the noise level, no entree’s just a few small plates and sandwiches

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RS1728
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food was excellent. Great vibes friendly environment. I must go to.

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DishoP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night restaurant or girls night. I will definitely be going back. Drinks are awesome

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EllisF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great place to smoke a cigar!

CE
CrystalE
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a great experience

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SARsonder
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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EmBa
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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

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Jai329
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Love the guacamole toast, ambience was OK as well as service. I'd visit again in the future.

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Noneofyourbusiness
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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Tiffany
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was very hot and had a real bad odor. You couldn’t substitute flavors in the Mojitos.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The noise level with music was overwhelming- not sure if it was trying to be a nightlife destination or sit down restaurant

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JKai
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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DeirdreO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vipIlona
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was great ! Drinks were good. Food was mediocre except for ribs. The ribs were juicy and tasty. We enjoyed them.

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DejaDarling
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MeghanW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good. smoked cigars with good mojitos to drink during our meal, the best cuban sandwich in town.

JP
JoyceP
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow but servers & staff were friendly. Food is great

MC
MariaC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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dianad
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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GenieO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CindyA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be going back for late night since there is live music! Very nice place!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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 4.3 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.