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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
This time we were anxious to try the added Crispy Pork Shank and was it every worth the effort! Simply delicious from start to finish (although the shank was big enough for at least 4 people instead of just us two). Tapas was great, blistered peppers and Malanga fritters, and I've never had a tastier or more refreshing white wine sangria than the two half pitchers we ended up ordering to accompany another extremely delicious dinner among good friends. Wait staff and service was outstanding as usual, with lots of care about making a fun and tasty dining experience. This happens every time for us and is always appreciated!
I went to Cuba Libre with a friend; the wait was very brief, and the wait staff was fantastic. The bartender was a little slow and honestly not that busy for the wait, but it wasn't terrible. The food (shrimp something...) was good, but a tad pricey, again not really out of line. The dancing was fun!! I'd go back.
I took a quick trip to DC to get away & celebrate my 39th birthday. Cuba Libre was a cool spot for me & my 7 guests. We had a table in the back room which suited us. The food & grilled pineapple mojitos were on point! The staff were friendly. It was restaurant week so they had great specials to select. Everyone enjoyed their food. Our reservation was for 9 PM so my appetite was small. I got the De la Casa Empanadas that were bursting with flavor & a side of Arroz Con Frijoles. They had Latin music if you wanted to stay to dance. We found parking across the street in a secure garage for $10. I would definitely go back!
The food and the service were wonderful. It was a lively and spirited atmosphere. The menu consisted of some delicious items, like the crab guacamole with banana chips, that I had never eaten before and thoroughly enjoyed. The staff was helpful and proactive, and it was a great experience.
Cuba Libre was a great choice for my birthday dinner. The food was scrumptious and the alcoholic cocktails were yummy! The ambiance made you feel as if you were in Cuba. My guests stayed for the nightlife party with great Latin music to dance the night away!
Fun atmosphere, generally excellent food. Waitstaff was very pleasant and attentive. Unfortunately the runners brought out the main course while we were still eating the appetizers, and the food suffered a bit from being kept warm until we were ready. Surprisingly the manager wasn't apologetic when he asked if there had been a problem. Still, the waiter was great, and the experience was good overall.
Visited this restaurant for DC’s Restaurant week and had a very pleasurable experience. I had original setup a reservation for 12 people and had extended that to an additional 6 guests. Manager was very accommodating and setup a table for 16 guests as I had stated that I was unsure if all guests would show. About 14 people eventually arrived and we all ate dinner together. Very friendly staff and service. Food was absolutely fantastic and drinks we’re phenomenal. I had wanted to visit this place last year for restaurant week so I was glad it was on the list again this year. I will have to return in the future and try other items on the menu!
I came in From Miami FL. And was told to go and experience this restaurant. My wife and I enjoyed the food very much. A different twist to typical Cuban Latin Food. Very good. But the service was not up to standards. Our waitress took 15 min just to say hello and get our drink order and then took another 15 min just to get our drinks. We finally got to order our food and that was the highlight of our experience
Amazing restaurant. Really feels like a small piece of Havana in Washington, DC. My wife thought it would blow everyone's socks off if the ceiling had stars and a moon so you would really feel like you were dining outside at dinner time!
The food was delicious. Perfect size helpings, beautifully presented and just what we needed for a late Sunday Lunch.
I can only comment on the Brunch menu, and it was excellent! Everything was delicious, although the eggs benedict was not cooked properly (yolk was not runny). The crab guacamole however was delicious and desserts were on point. The atmosphere would probably receive the most points from me, it was creative, artsy, airy, and cozy.
We knew going in this was a chain, but being a smaller chain and offering a great RW deal, we were hoping to find a new brunch spot...sadly, we did not. I truly hope ours was an isolated experience. We can say the cubanito and mimosas were okay and that the atmosphere was cute. There is potential in the building, but today’s experience left us let down.
I didn’t like the one option of dessert for restaurant week. I don’t eat/drink milk so the leche was something I couldn’t enjoy. But the service was so slow that by the time dessert came I wouldn’t dare ask for a different option because that would have taken 10 minutes to complete.
We went for Restaurant Week. The food tasted fantastic, and our server (who apparently was only one week out of training) did a great job. However, there seemed to be major miscommunication between the kitchen and the servers. As part of restaurant week we ordered two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. Our appetizers and one of our entrees arrived all at the same time. A while later, the second entree arrived, and before we could even eat that, the two desserts were brought out. There was absolutely no "pacing" to the experience and it greatly limited our experience. I'm not sure if this is the fault of the computer system, or the food runners or the kitchen staff, but something needs to be changed.
I had high hopes for this restaurant because of the review on OpenTable, but to be honest, I wasn't that impressed. I thought the menu was a bit overpriced for the quality of food, and the service was mediocre.
Our server commented on the fact that we had ordered mostly fried food, which I was a bit taken aback by. Additionally, we were ordering off the tapas menu, and ordered four out of their five available options, so most of our food being fried ended up being a product of their menu rather than our choices.
Additionally, after about an hour, when we were finished with our food and just finishing up our drinks, our server told us (apologetically) that we needed to leave because they needed our table for a bigger party coming in. It wasn't a big deal, but not something I was expecting from a restaurant where dinner for three people comes out to just under $100.
Wonderful place to spend time with those who mean the most to you. I ordered the crab fritters-bomb! The Paella was really tasty. but I am a seafood girl so of course the seafood could have been bigger. Still Delicious! and the Bread! with the Butter! OMG!! LOVE! Love! Love!
Complicated bottomless food deal versus Restaurant Week deal combined with bottomless drink option and various “table must participate” rules plus “asterisk exceptions”.
Poor food quality, very little taste, disappointed.
Very inflexible. Not accommodating.
We have been here several times before. On the one hand, it is a plus that it doesn't change, but on the other, it is the same thing time after time. As is usual for us, we prefer to "graze" rather than over eat with a couple entrees, so we had seafood soup to "raise the dead" and four tapas dishes. The soup is amazing. Just the right level of spice and wonderfully rich. Three of our four tapas came right out, but we had to ask for the fourth. Our server was wonderful, but apparently there was some problem in the kitchen. These were all OK, although the peppers were a bit of a disappointment - no flavor, no texture, and rather cold. Went to the rum list instead of dessert, and I am not sure what happened there. I asked for a premium Nicaraguan rum, but got charged for a run of the mill, mass market brand. So either I got a disappointing supposedly great rum for a cut rate, or I got the wrong thing. Either way, it wasn't worth following up.
As soon as we got seated, the waitress the came and was rushing us to order. We didn't get a chance to look at the whole menu. She pushed us to order the 3 course meal you have going on. Then we had to move because they were moving all the tables and chairs.
After all the food wasn't that great.
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