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About Cuba Libre - DC
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.
Washington, DC 20001
Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean
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 ,
Corner of 9th & H Streets
$31 to $50
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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.
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.
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.
Two Blocks away from Chinatown Metro Stop (Red, Yellow, Green Lines). Four Blocks from Metro Center Stop (Orange & Blue Lines)
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
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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.
Cuba Libre - DC Ratings and Reviews
I made a reservation for my birthday. They were so accommodating due to the weather and my guest arriving behind schedule. I had an amazing time. The food was great! I have no complaints! The nite life scene was so much fun. Great mix of music. Definitely will return. Thanks to the Cuba Libre staff.
Went there with an out-of-town friend for the sea food quick lunch, and every dish was good. The Cuban flan is more dense and flavorful than what I am used to. It was my first visit, but I'm going to bring my spouse here for dinner, for our 45th wedding anniversary.
A friend who has been to Cuba recommended this place to us, so we went for date night. It's excellent Cuban/south american food. We had two tapas for an appetizer (grilled octopus and albondigas) and I had the seafood paella while my date had the empanadas for dinner. Everything was tasty and flavorful. Also love the fried bread they serve at the table with mango butter. We shared the banana bread dessert and the Cuban coffee. The dessert was good and the coffee was AMAZING, perfect balance of sweetness in the milk.
Food 4/5 - Drinks 3.5/5 - Service 3.5/5 - Facility 3.5/5 - Ambiance: N/A
Food: We ordered the NYE Prix Fixe menu: Canapé, Appetizers (oxtail, pork, and goat cheese empandas) were wonderful and savory. Oxtail should be permanently added to the menu. Ceviche was good. Filet Mignon was cooked to ordered doneness. Lobster Tail boiled to perfection. The lobster tails were boiled in salted water - for once a place that doesn't boil lobster to neutral blandness. No dipping butter though (a theme?). Filet's meat was supple and flavorful for a filet cut. Kudos to the supplier. They went a little heavy on mushroom sauce though - think steak island in a moat. The coconut flan was delicious but the lime sorbet ball scoop was absurdly tart & sharp which ruined the flavor of the part of the flan it rested on.
Drinks: Mojitos & Caipirinhas were marginal; surprising for a Latin restaurant. (Fogo & Chima's caipirinhas & mojos are my benchmarks in this area). Rojo Sangria was very good; no brandy but generously poured.
Service: Errors! Disappointing considering there were only 16 people in our private room. You shouldn't have to ask for water at the table. It should be poured after being seated. We asked, it never arrived. Rolls came; no butter. Had to ask for butter. Salad course not served. We had to remind a server; it arrived after the entree. Coffee arrived, no sugar or creme - asked for both; only creme arrived. Flan arrived; no silverware to eat it with. Server disappeared.
Facility: DO NOT reserve the private room facing 9th St NW. HID headlights blast you in the eyes or the room lights up like a search light as cars exit the garage across the street. Women's bathroom: Stall doors would not lock - one sink was broken. Women's handicap stall had broken glass on the floor; that's not good.
Ambiance: It wouldn't be fair to rate as it was their New Years Eve Celebration and obviously it would be exceptionally crowded and raucous which was to be expected.
Food was excellent. Seasonal sangria was was great. The guacomole with plantain chips was worth the trip to DC all by itself. The bannana bread desert was a perftect finish. And the service was fantastic as well. Our drinks never were empty and the food came out at a good pace. Almost forgot - the bread and butter was a treat as well.
We went for dinner with friends prior to Caps game, made reservations, seated right away. We enjoyed the food, little pricey, seats are very tight, they should give tables more room, you basically touch people when you walk through. It was very loud, waiter did not get any of the plates correct so we had to switch all the meals around. I would visit again and try something different.
Pre-game dinner and drinks. 7:30 puck drop so 5:45 reservations. Restaurant was at full capacity eby mid-meal so a good thing to have reservation. Obligatory mojitos to start. Crab guacamole for app with fried plantains as the chips had some spice that gave it a nice kick. So good. Octopus a la Parrilla, Malanga Fritters, and Vaca Frita with some red sangria and a couple Negra Modelos after that. The octopus was delicious and the steak was out of this world. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
The food was good. The meats were not spiced well enough for me though. One of our servers was very nonchalant and you could see he didn’t want to be there. The ambience was nice and soothing but a little too dark since it was also dark outside. I could barely read the menu in that lighting. But I had a good time overall. Appetizers were great though
I'd give Cuba Libre 4.5 stars. The décor was outstanding. There were 6 of us & it was great having the chance to sample Cuban food. The menu had a great selection. We tried 2 appetizers. Then I had the Arroz con Pollo for my main course. My favorite item of the night was my Pisco Sour - it was delicious.
This was the second time we came to this restaurant. the first time made me want to come back. but this time it was bad. I had made a 6:30 dinner reservation arrive about 6:25. The hostess checked us in. The couple in front of us with NO reservation got seated right away. We waited about 15 minutes longer and I had to initiate the "can I be seated conversation". Then they put me in a cornet table for two. Which eventually got blocked in by the next table of five. Once the sever found us we had good drinks and ok Tapas... Disappointing from the beginning. The Manager David was too busy to see us. WTF? The hostess did not have control of the station. No one was in control. The server Amirah was great once she found us Need more control over the hostess station especially when there are large parties waiting.. IT WAS A BAD EXPERIENCE!!! sharing with everyone I know. As i mentioned the first time was great and that's what brought us back. But now I am afraid have you lost us as customers.. Booooo. I watched the manager be very mean to the staff, no wonder the don't care. Second time same manager. Customer service comes from the top... Someone really needs to work on the managers once the first time and now this one. Customer service skills to the staff. Stop being mean!!
Food service was slow for a non-busy brunch day. Finally spoke to a manger and he was very flippant. Did not care about our experience or what our concerns were. He did comp 3 of our meals but we still left very unsatisfied. The staff tried to make up for it but it wasn’t enough.
The place is beautiful. The food was delicious. The waiter was abysmal. From his dirty and wrinkled shirt to his intro where he informed us that he was not offering the brunch because it would be too much food on the table, his performance was not up to the caliber of this level of restaurant. Although we loved the food, we are taking this restaurant off our list of future eateries.
The food was just average and the service was ok. We came here for the unique ambiance. Btw... when a beer is listed on the menu as a featured beer, I was suprrised to be given a bottle and also suprised to not be given a glass either after paying for the cost of the six pack.
We were maybe 20 ft from the doors which kept getting stuck open when it was about 25 degrees outside. This did not enhance the dinning experience.
The services was great and the environment was energetic especially for a Monday night. We had the guacamole with crab for appetizer and then, skirt steak, and tapas for our main course. The food was very good. We chose some options which were a little oily / heavy but the meal on the whole was very good.
HONEY, was the best server I had in a long time. Everything about the way she did her job was awesome.
The food was okay. The rice was very soupy especially for a seafood paella! Someone else said they went there yesterday and their rice was soupy also.
My friends thought everything was good. So to be fair 5 stars.