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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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Cuba Libre - DC Ratings and Reviews
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.
This was our third time visiting Cuba Libre. The first two times we took teenagers who really loved trying all the new foods! We live an hour away, so making a special trip with kids should mean a lot!
The food is very good. The menu explains the food well offers an authentic feel to Cuban foods. The cocktail list is tasty with good variety. There is a great selection of entrées, but not so many to be overwhelming. This time we had tapas and loved the chance to sample various flavors.
The staff is very respectful and willing to offer recommendations as well as descriptions. The decor is reminiscent of a street cafe.
It is a bit expensive, but commensurate with the location.
A picturesque and atmospheric setting (though it likely looks more like a stage set than an actual upscale Cuban restaurant), a nice selection of cocktails (including the Mule del Sol, with vodka, cucumber, basil, lime juice and ginger -- very tasty and refreshing), and excellent guacamole and vegetable paella.
Excellent service, great Cuban character that was unique and authentic and had a nice atmosphere. Food was generously portioned, tasty and served quickly. If I had any complaint is that our server was pushing us too fast and too quickly and we were wanting to take our time a bit more since we were visiting with our college age daughter in DC.
There are a number of good dishes on the menu. The seafood soup, vegetarian paella, most meat dishes are among the best executed. It is not the place to go to get authentic Cuban fare. However, it is good food and even better drinks (the mojitos are real deal) but the food and the setting are more like a Disney version of Cuba. For example, the tostones are more like fritters, which they process into a kind of patty with added flour - definitely not traditional - but still tasty. The service is very good but they are aggressive upsellers. If you listen to them you will order way more food than you need. They must provide incentives as the wait staff are pretty pushy to say the least. Overall, a good experience.
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