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For 2
7:00 PM
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Cuba Libre - DC

2944 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm , Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm , Friday & Saturday 11:00 pm to 1:00 am Limited Bar Menu ,
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Phone number
(202) 408-1600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Guillermo Pernot
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Planning a party? Contact Lyn Heister, Director of Sales and Local Marketing, to learn about Cuba Libre's event spaces, customized menus, bar packages and more! Off-site catering also available, inquire for more details.
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Cross street
Corner of 9th & H Streets
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Parking details
Cuba Libre is located on corner of 9th & H Streets NW in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC. Street parking / meter parking may be available in the neighborhood. Several paid lots are close by, and valet parking is offered by a private company on Friday & Saturday nights.
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Public transit
Two Blocks away from Chinatown Metro Stop (Red, Yellow, Green Lines). Four Blocks from Metro Center Stop (Orange & Blue Lines)
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Join us as our residents DJs spin Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and House music beginning at 11:00pm every Friday and Saturday for your dancing entertainment. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar also regularly features performances by our professional dancers & master percussionist, theme parties and special guest DJs.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Consider Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum the destination for your next social or corporate event. Whether it’s an intimate party of 15, a grand event for 500, a themed cocktail party or an elegant dinner, Cuba Libre is the ideal setting for an unforgettable private party or special event.

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What 2944 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was my 1st time at Cuba Libre. It was recommended by my date who was as displeased with his Seafood Paella as I was with the tapas (meatball and spinach). We were pleased with our appetizer (chips and dip) as well as with the sangria, mojito and rum shots).

I’m undecided as to whether I will return.

OpenTable Diner (West Virginia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was very good and the staff treated us very well.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

First time here and I enjoyed myself and the food. It was my boyfriends birthday so I wanted to take him out.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food, slow service on a very busy President’s Day Weekend.

2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Lost our reservation, made us wait over an hour. Food was okay but the service and disappointment ruined the entire experience. Manager did not care in the least. She was rude, unprofessional, and could have at least offered an apology. She did not care at all. We spent over $100 on drinks waiting at the bar (there was 5 of us) and clearly wanted a table. We knew there were spots available because we ended up just making a new reservation on open table after 45 minutes and got seated immediately. We should have just done that right away I guess but they assured us they were working on getting us seated. Very awful experience. I will tell people not to go.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had blast. Our server was good and friendly, i have invited people and am coming back.

3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I had a great lunch here, but for dinner it is noisy, crowded, with aggressive waiters and high prices that are not justified by the quality of the food. You can do much better elsewhere in Penn Quarter.

JordanM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

It was amazing! Food was great! Very attentive wait staff!!

HottenspyZ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Cuba Libre's 3-course Rapido Lunch option is an underrated winner for fast, affordable, and delicious lunchtime eats.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Went for lunch with my husband and had their 3-course lunch deals plus the pineapple guacamole. Good food and just the right amount. Hope to come back and try the rest of their menu.