Cuba Libre - DC

4.3
3113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Cuban
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Tapas
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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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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Additional
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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Reviews from verified diners
3,113 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
57%
Very Good
24%
Good
11%
Fair
4%
Poor
4%
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JM
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very simple: food was outstanding (homemade pastries were ridiculously fantastic), staff very attentive and friendly; location very accessible with ample street/garage parking; manager (Angel) very attendant, responsive, and personable.

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JW
4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent restaurant! The AC was a bit aggressive, so bring a sweater. Other than that, go!

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g
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Good food, a rum list would help.
Ribs were outstanding

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CL
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Had a wonderful night at Cuba Libre w/ my wife celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary. We've been to both the DC and Atlantic City locations and always have a wonderful time. Our waitress Lili took extra good care of us and made sure to make our anniversary extra special.

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M
5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was delicious and savory! Reasonable price and great ambiance. The waitress was also sweet and very helpful. We will be back again.

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J
3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Ambiance/decor was a little over the top (hokey) but food was good.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great experience. We probably had the best server I’ve had in a very long time. The food was delicious. Our friends visiting from Colombia loved it.

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LS
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The food and service made it a great evening out!

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JJ
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We had a great time! We went for our Anniversary and thought it was a perfect place. Good food, music and great service

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This is my 4th visit here and the food is always phenomenal and the servers are always attentive, knowledgeable, and prompt.

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JM
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

A real gem! My husband and I went there for Sunday brunch, and it did not disappoint. Great food, great cocktails, great service. Will be back and will bring friends!

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SE
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were on a downtown DC Whitman walk on a hot sunny Saturday afternoon and this was late brunch. This restaurant is beautiful inside- the cool cavernous space lit up by stained glass windows and decorative balconies with cascading flowers. It was crowded too- but we were seated right away. We ordered the guacamole -pineappled and delicious- churrasco slider-came with a tasty slice of skewered beef- and yellow rice chicken w/asparagus- all good to go.
The service was gracious- the wait staff readily helpful with directions to an address we needed to locate nearby. Great dining experience.

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BA
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Server was knowledgeable and courteous. He made great drink and food recommendations. Ambiance is unique in its faux-décor of a Cuban street.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great food. Did not disappoint me!

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RH
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great place to have a nice cuban dinner. Food was great and the atmosphere was amazing.

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K
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Loved Cuba libre!!! We sat outside. Weather was perfect. Mango mojito amazing. Sangrias amazing. Loved the empanadas, ribs and fritters but the best was the crab guacamole ❤️🎉🎉😘😘😘

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MM
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Food and service was amazing. We have eaten Cuban food before but this was far the best. Server was very helpful. Drinks were wonderful.

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S
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Overall good experience and great environment. Good service, food and drink!

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HH
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

First time there. Excellent service. Very good food. Try the Havana Special. Black bean soup and the Cubano sandwich are the best ever!!!

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SD
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was oustanding -- not a single bad bite from appetizers through dessert (the shrimp cocktail a particular standout), the Classic Mojito was near-perfect (the mint kept to a proper role and not a dominating force) and our server, Destinee was charming and extremely knowledgeable. We had a great time and hope to come back soon.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great place, this was my 1st time. Service and the food was outstanding!

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N
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had dinner reservations for 9pm and stayed there for about an hour and a half. Around 10pm, the staff started clearing out the dining room and getting ready for the dancing. We were one of three tables left eating and felt very rushed, so it ruined the last half hour of our date. Other than that, the scene and service is great. A lot of food is friend, but still pretty good.

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KL
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Cuba Libre did not disappoint. The food was very good and the portions were more than enough. We had dinners ranging in age from 12 to 60 and everyone in our party found a dish they were happy to have ordered. The server was very friendly and attentive throughout the meal.
I would definitely go back next time we are in D.C.

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DG
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The drinks were ok (somewhat weak). The guac with plaintains was fantastic. The three people I was with really loved their meals. Not so much for me. I had the vegetable paella, which was incredibly salty. In fairness to the kitchen, I did not complain about this so I didn't expect any action from them.

That being said, I would *under normal circumstances* return. I love the ambiance at Cuba Libre, and all my other meals have been out of this world.

However, we're not in *normal circumstances* right now. I dined there the day after a transgender woman apparently was illegally denied access to the women's room. I will not return to Cuba Libre until I'm satisfied that the situation leading to this discriminatory behavior is corrected.

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E
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Thank you for automaticity moving us to a quiet section for the restaurant. We had a great time. Good mixture of vibrant and quiet.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I love the ambiance. We come here for the unique feel of Cuba and also the delicious hors d'oeuvres. The food is good for meat lovers, but limited for vegetarians or those, like me, who prefer chicken. Overall nice place. Not cheap but it's quality worth the experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great atmosphere, and the best mojitos I've ever had. The "for 2" menu is a great value and the pork is DELICIOUS. Will definitely be coming back.

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KY
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great evening out. Food , service and atmosphere all very good.

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Y
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Hostesses were very nice and able to seat us even though I was late for my reservation. The food was very good and came out quickly even on a busy night. It is quite loud in the restaurant. Our waitress was a bit aggressive and only gave us water options that we had to pay for. Don’t like paying $12 for a water bottle but that was all she offered us.

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j
1.0Dined on June 18, 2018

This restaurant wrongfully and illegally discriminates against transgender individuals. I will never dine here again and would not recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for good Cuban food in the DC area, try Cubano’s, Mi Cuba, The Cuban Corner, Cuba de Ayer, or Sabor de Cuba. I have been to all of these restaurants and they are all better than Cuba de Libre.

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OT
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Meh. Had dinner there on a Monday night, sat outside. Not a true Cuban restaurant as our waiter made a priority to point out. More of a mix of Latin flavors influenced by Cuban food. Food was ok, nothing special, Garlic Shrimp and assortment of tapas. Service was slow and inattentive, though waiter was certainly polite, just uninterested. Spent $100 for an app, 2 entrees and 2 drinks. Seemed expensive, even for the neighborhood, considering average everything. Not likely to revisit or recommend.

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R
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The brunch was OK but not as good as their dinner menu. Service was unfortunately mixed. The main server was fine, but the person who delivered our meal was surly. Decor was nice.

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DJ
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I've come here several times, always for special occasions. This time it was a joint Father's Day/Birthday celebration. The place is decorated such that one feels as if one is outdoors sitting in a veranda in Cuba. The food is excellent as are the food choices. Noise levels can be a little high but that's mainly because the place is always so full so I'd recommend making reservations. Great drinks and the servers know the dishes and can make excellent recommendations.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great Date Night

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OT
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Server was quiet, but efficient. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was great but the dining room was freezing.

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MK
2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The service was bad. We ordered drinks and it took 10 minutes to get them. Waitress didn’t come back to table to check on us until dinner was served. We wanted another round of drinks but we never saw her.
Served dessert while some of our party still had dirty dishes from dinner in front of them.

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G
2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We ordered the $70 grill to share for two. IT COMES WITH NO SIDES. JEEZ!!! Only with absurdly spicy onion rings.

We spoke to the manager and he gave us plantains and rice and beans. They should throw those in everytime.

Beef overcooked, four sad shrimps, tastelesss chicken. And some other meat. Not worth $35 per person AT ALL.

Just a tourist trap. Amazingly overpriced. Go to Clyde’s instead.

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SH
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Food was good and although server was quite good, service was slow. May need more servers on the floor.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This place is the bomb

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KL
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The food and service was amazing! Each one of my friends got a different meal and we all shared them all and one was better than the other. The service was right on, did not have to wait long after we ordered. The waitress even gave us separate checks without even asking. Love this place and would go again.

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