Cuba Libre - DC

4.5
3437 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cuban
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar features classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine by two-time James Beard award-winning Chef Guillermo Pernot. Pernot's menus feature tantalizing tastes that are derived from the exotic island"s culinary traditions, which include Spanish, African, Creole and Asian influences. The restaurant's atmosphere transports guests to Old Havana circa the 1950s. One-of-a-kind millwork and architectural salvage including unique doors, gates, cabinetry, furniture and accessories help capture the essence of old Cuban architecture. Colorful exotic foliage and large potted palm trees add to Cuba Libre's open-air, tropical ambiance. Featuring a selection of over 70 rums, Cuba Libre's uniquely refreshing house specialty, the mojito, is made from the authentic Cuban recipe of combining rum, fresh lime juice, fresh mint leaves, a splash of soda and most distinctively, guarapo, sugar cane juice pressed daily on site.
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Jerry
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My platano chips were burned. The DJ was not too good, and it was too over crowded.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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FredH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for cuban cuisine, definitely going again.

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eric
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipAmyB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipRobO
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuba Libre offers a good interpretation of Cuban food. A little pricey, but expected because of it’s in the City Center area.

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vipDavidW
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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vipstudaddy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good and interesting. Nice ambiance. The reasonable prices excused the fact that the meal was pleasant, but nothing extraordinary.

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MarkT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food & service!

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vipMiguel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Great ambiance and tasty food and drinks but terrible service with rude waiters and rushed and un-interested greeters/hosts

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Latin food in DC

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!

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Dario
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipAstrosfanmd
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Foot is fabulous. However, If you need a quieter restaurant, this is not the one for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time. The food and service were outstanding!

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vipElizabethW
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We had a reservation and still had to wait 20+minutes with our party of 9 standing before we were seated. Unacceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipdrsilz
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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vipdrsilz
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grest service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Our waitress was excellent! I can’t wait to come back!

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DavidM
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful and personable service!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects. Quite authentic!

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vippartychick
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

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vipSportsBrunchSearcher
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Good quick lunch spot. Solid value. Food is okay, but salads need some help.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! And they have lovely decor.

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Robby
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

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LAsia
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant week menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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.

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vipb2k1973
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the brunch specials on food and drinks! Everything was delicious and the mimosas were unique. Would definitely come back!

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IUDad
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Angela
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LindseyQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Reynaldo
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. I had the Ropa Vieja and there civiche was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I got the Chef’s tasting menu. Never got my dessert. It’s a 2+ hrs endeavor.

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Cuba Libre - DC is rated 4.5 stars by 3437 OpenTable diners.

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