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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
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.
Tables were too close to each other so basically had to squeeze between 2 different tables to get out.
Bar service was initially slow and had to get hand in air to initially be waited on (after almost 5 min)
Dinner wait service was mediocre at best. Did not follow up at table to check if food was ok and had to flag down in order to get bill.
The hostess that greeted us was great. She seemed to legitimately care about what she was doing and was quite pleasant. Our server was nice too however she seemed to perpetuate this feeling of being rushed which, whether by choice or not, was not an enjoyable feeling while trying to enjoy dinner. The support staff was quite rude and seemed to just generally not want to be there. Whether it was dropping food and quickly walking away with an upset look or nudging our server relentlessly to get her attention while she was in the middle of speaking with us, this also did not contribute do an enjoyable dinner atmosphere. Both the bar and coffee were cut off promptly at 10 o clock and while given that 10 is when the restaurant officially closed, don’t accept reservations at 9:45 if you’re not willing to see those reservations through in the same way you would a 5:30 table. As for the food, it was okay at best. It really wasn’t anything to write home about and given all the other factors, we do not see ourselves returning. But who knows, maybe you’ll have a better experience than we did.
I wish I had something better to say that "it was okay" but I don't. This place is like the Disney World version of Cuban decor. We enjoyed the pressed bread and mango butter and my sangria blanco was delicious, and very strong. Entrees were fine, but nothing to write home about. I don't think we'll be back.
After a long day of museum's we showed up 20 minutes early for our reservation - on a Friday night. Luckily they could seat us as the bar was full. My husband is a rum guy so we picked Cuba Libre for their rum selection. We were not disappointed in the dark rum tasting flight! In fact we have a new favorite - Coruba. My meal was the very tasty Vaca Frita. My husband had the Puerco Cha Cha Cha which was a huge meal. We were surrounded by families, young couples and groups. If we lived in DC we would be regulars.
We decided to try it for my birthday dinner even though it got mixed reviews. It turned out not to be our favorite. We have had much better Cuban food at other restaurants. I ordered the paella which was bland and the lobster and octopus in it were both tough (over cooked). My husband ordered the Taste of Havana which appeared to be a good value for the price. He liked the black bean soup, but not the Cuban sandwich which again was very bland. There are so many good restaurants in the area so I would not recommend this one.
The eve of Thanksgiving...no one wanted to be there late. We had a dinner res. for 9pm. Someone called around 2pm the day of and asks us to move it to 8pm but we couldn't. When we sat down we were told the kitchen was closing to please made our order. Everything came out at once and the meatballs had raw meat inside. The waitress apologies with sorry they (the kitchen)were rushing to get out. The manager did take the meatballs off the bill but was so worried about eating raw pork. The seafood soup was really good and loved the late night dancing.
I ate here a couple times about a year ago with some clients, the food was great and we loved it each time! I met up with a friend here for dinner recently but was not impressed this time around. The food was mediocre, definitely not worth the price. I was luck to get 3 sips out of my cocktail and it was gone... very disappointed with the food. We did however have a great waitress..
The food was very good as usual for brunch, but they have changed brunch options to choosing only 3 plates as opposed to unlimited (where the popular plates are no longer an option) and you can only get bottomless brunch drinks if you get the brunch special. Total bummer but the food was still tasty.
I like the authentic feel of Cuba Libre. The dining is casual and comfortable. We were able to converse easily. The food is delicious, especially the chicken & rice and the fried plantains. Service could have been a little more attentive. It took three tries to catch out wait person for a second cup of coffee.
The interior of the restaurant looks like the set from a Cuban movie. Our waiter was attentive and thoughtful but one order was incorrect which I believe was due to the noise level in the space making it hard to hear the order. The error was corrected in a timely fashion. The tapas and the empanadas were very good. The paella had no saffron in it that we could detect, so the flavor was on the bland side and the lobster in it was overcooked. We enjoyed the tres leche cake for dessert. Their only options for ice cream were chocolate and vanilla although the menu said dulce du leche ice cream. Confusing. Overall, a nice experience, but a few tweaks would make it a great experience.
This is generally a go to place when I am in DC, but my last visit has changed my mind. The steak was over charred, the fryer oil needed to be changed - many foods were tasteless.
Their saving grace is the mojito selection. This is a wonderful place for drinks but be warned the food wasn't great for us.
I thought the experience was OK, and could of been better. My Husband and I were in the area to shop at Arc'Teryx just down the street and we thought we would try it out since it was close. Initially, the Male Host was a bit pretentious and slightly rude when asking if we had a reservation, which we did not at first. Then he said if we didn't have reservations then we could only sit at the bar or only be seated if someone cancelled their reservation. I was a bit taken aback as the Restaurant was not busy at all and there was plenty of open tables. So, we left and debated on where to go next. I then was curious and decided to go on my phone to see if I could make a reservation. Low and behold, I was able to get a table for 2 in less than 2 minutes on OpenTable! We went back in and the Host seemed shocked that we were able to "squeeze in" a reservation. The nerve! However, the server/waiter was extremely nice and the food was not bad. But, the portions sizes were quite small for the price. I will not be going back, and there is no need for a host/hostess to be so pretentious when the restaurant was barely crowded and it was only a basic Cuban restaurant.
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