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Cuba Libre - DC

2943 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 2943 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (West Virginia)
5.0  Dined a day ago

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

5.0  Dined 4 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 4 days ago

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

2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

HottenspyZ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent environment and great touch for Valentines (give the women red roses).
Food was excellent and the music was outstanding. Definitely want to make it a regular spot to visit.

5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Celebrated my birthday here which is also Valentine’s Day! Great food and ambiance. Will come back!

Smileawhyl (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Great Latin food and lovely ambiance. Try the No-jito for a great alcohol free drink.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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!