Cuba Libre - DC
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Pollo y Waffle
Fried crispy boneless chicken thighs, quinoa waffle, mango salsa, dark rum-molasses syrup
Jumbo shrimp, Maine lobster tail, little neck clams, mussels, squid, baby octopus, saffron long grain rice, roasted piquillo pepper salad
Arroz con Pollo
Saffron long grain rice, boneless chicken, green peas, Manzanilla olives, hard-boiled egg, asparagus, Palacios chorizo, roasted piquillo pepper salad
Nice venue for a business meal while in DC. The service has always been great, as I have been there several times over the last few years.
My platano chips were burned. The DJ was not too good, and it was too over crowded.
Great atmosphere. The dining room makes u feel like ur in Cuba. Great service and prompt. Everyone is super sweet from the host down to the busboy. Exceptionally reasonable for prime dc location. Highly recommend.
Great place for cuban cuisine, definitely going again.
Been on my list for a few years.
WHAT was I waiting for??
great service. wonderful place.
and the food as so delicios and well prepared.
well be back!!
Wonderful food - especially the empanadas and broccolini. Drinks were good and our waiter, Caesar, was great with our picky and chatty 10 yr old! He wanted fruit punch and though the restaurant did not have it, Caesar, offered to make fresh fruit punch and our son loved it! Overall great experience and wonderful food! We will definitely be back!
Cuba Libre offers a good interpretation of Cuban food. A little pricey, but expected because of it’s in the City Center area.
Service was overwhelmed. Entrees came back uneven with some dishes having more vegetables and some having none. We were pleased that the assistant manager gave us credit for a future meal and dessert. That said the servers and food runners were not grade A. This was a bad experience.
The food was good and interesting. Nice ambiance. The reasonable prices excused the fact that the meal was pleasant, but nothing extraordinary.
Awesome food & service!
Great ambiance and tasty food and drinks but terrible service with rude waiters and rushed and un-interested greeters/hosts
One of the best Latin food in DC
Two years in a row we have visited when in town for an annual conference. This is always a highlight of our visit. Must try the mango butter and break. Cucumber mojitos by the pitcher are to die for!
The food and drinks were excellent! Ryan, one of the managers, took great care of us. We stayed after dinner for the lively dance party.
Really, really enjoyed our meal here. High quality, well-prepared, so delicious, high-end Cuban specialties. Excellent drink menu. Rum flights were great. Desserts were fabulous. Excellent Tres Leches and one of the smoothest, creamiest and completely lacking in air-bubbles flans I've ever had. The service was really great, the way service used to be. Highly recommend.
Foot is fabulous. However, If you need a quieter restaurant, this is not the one for you.
Had an amazing time. The food and service were outstanding!
We had a reservation and still had to wait 20+minutes with our party of 9 standing before we were seated. Unacceptable.
The waitress was fantastic. We asked to be seated on a diiferent table because I did not want to deal with the traffic of folks going back and forth but was denied. Something about the servers rotation. The next thing , no tostones in a Cuban restaurant, WHAT?
The when the bill came there was a service charge which ended being the tip. The manager that came to our table has a very abrasive demeanor.
Everything was perfect
Everything was perfect
Grest service and great food!
The food was fantastic! Our waitress was excellent! I can’t wait to come back!
Great food and wonderful and personable service!
Excellent in all respects. Quite authentic!
The service was extremely slow. Our waitress approached the table immediately after we sat to ask if we wanted water, then disappeared for the next 15 minutes. When she returned with the water we ordered everything from cocktails to dinner since we had more than enough time to peruse the menu. Food was delicious but we never saw her again until about 5 minutes after our clean plates and completely empty cocktail and water glasses were cleared away, when we promptly asked for a check while simultaneously handing her our credit card. It then took another 10 minutes for her to return with our card & receipt.
Good quick lunch spot. Solid value. Food is okay, but salads need some help.
Everything was great! And they have lovely decor.
The ambiance is faux Havana. The room was quite chilly for a winter's night. The margarita was good and the corn-crab soup flavorful and plentiful. The main dishes were plentiful.
The service was good except the wait staff forgot a drink order.
Friday evening date night for restaurant week. Reservation at 8:30pm, seated right away...they were busy but not full. The space is really cool inside...like what I imagine Havana to look and feel. Mojitos for drinks tasted good, but nothing outstanding. For apps: chicken croquettes (ok, but not impressed) and baby octopus (terrible...overcooked and rubbery and not pleasant to look at either). For mains: shrimp con mojo y lechón asado. Pork and shrimp were well flavored. Slaw with pork was fresh. Smashed yuca was too dense and gooey for my preference. Cafe latte y espresso y flan for dessert (only one dessert option for restaurant week which was disappointing). The coffee and espresso were the best part of the meal honestly. A little before 10 we were asked to leave our table by 10 as they needed it for bottle service (unless we were planning to stay for bottle service...which we were not). I guess there isn’t really a smooth way to ask that without it being a little awkward, so I get it, but it was just a little off-putting after an already sub-par meal. The idea that this place turned into a salsa, merengue, bachata, etc. dance club at 10 sounded really great, but once it started, it had a very strange vibe...middle school sock-hop-esque. We did not stick around after more than a few songs.
Great restaurant week menu!
Love this place!!!!
Coming from Miami to eat cuban food here and it missed the mark. The vaca frita is not how it is made regularly. I believe the overall taste of all the food this night had a little too much salt. Margarita was too sweet. Ambiance is great staff is busy and manages to get your drink and food out quick.
Loved the brunch specials on food and drinks! Everything was delicious and the mimosas were unique. Would definitely come back!
Hadn't been there in a couple of years and we really enjoyed the food! Wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Food was outstanding and cost reasonable for dinner and drinks.
I love Cuba Libre. I lived in Tampa and this is an authentic Ybor City dining experience with ceviche, plantains, and authentic Cuban coffee. I highly recommend it.
My daughter and I have eaten at Cuba Libre located in Atlantic City, over five years ago and decided to visited the DC location for Brunch. We were quite impress with the service, ambience, and the food. Our server named Ashley was very knowledgeable of the menu and made some great recommendations in food and drinks. We were also told by Ashley that Salsa lessons were also being given at the resturant. We do plan to come again for dinner and Salsa lessons.
I made a reservation at Cuba Libre around 8pm on NYE before their Prix Fixe menu started. I really thought it was going to be packed, but was pleasantly surprised to find that not be the case. I didn’t have to wait to get seated. The atmosphere wasn’t too loud. The food appetizers and main dishes arrived in a timely manner. It was an overall good experience. I also really loved the originality of the decor inside the restaurant. It really made me feel like I was in Havana street. I would definitely come back again.
Food was amazing. I had the Ropa Vieja and there civiche was outstanding.
I got the Chef’s tasting menu. Never got my dessert. It’s a 2+ hrs endeavor.
Cuba Libre - DC is rated 4.5 stars by 3437 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.