Cuba Libre - DC

4.4
3349 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuban
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 3349 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
D
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I went for Restaurant Week lunch, so 3 courses for $22 was great, but the food and service were not great. The bean soup appetizer was quite good, but the mahi mahi entree was rubbery and dry. The restaurant itself is very attractive, and you almost feel like you're in Old Havana, but the service was spotty. I waited long periods to place my order and get my check, so a leisurely lunch turned into an eternity.

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious but our waitress barely came over to the table

EW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Too much air conditioning - it was freezing inside.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the experience of the Cuban cuisine and the drinks were absolutely fantastic

We had company from out of town and finally dined here. We have had plans for over 7 years to go here and the opportunity presented itself.

NN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The waitress was a bit slow. Don't think she had too many tables but still managed to ignore me a bunch of times as she passed the table and we were clearly ready for another round of drinks.

Having said that - the food was so ridiculously good that id go again, and gladly wait on drinks, if required.

The theme of the restaurant is unique and interesting

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly fresh food, amazing drinks, and super cool atmosphere, it makes you feel like you’re on the streets of Cuba. Highly recommend for something different.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The tostones were starchy and the tuna ceviche was disappointing. As a Cuban, I was a little disappointed that staples were not outstanding. All the other dishes and drinks were outstanding. The mojitos didn’t disappoint and I would definitely go there for the mojitos.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuba Libre never disappoints. We always do the tasting menu and what a deal at $45 a head. Always leave with plenty of food. Atmosphere is excellent. All in all a very fun place to eat a very quality meal.

NP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Interesting food and ambiance.
You'll need to scream if you want to get heard.
Our waiter was very opinionated about the foods and drinks we should order, telling me several time to order something else vs what I had selected. She was nice but way too directive to my taste.

OT
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, Lily was an amazing waitress, very accommodating. My go to place in DC.

M
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We love Cuba Libre in Philly, but this place just isn’t up to par with food or service. We won’t return.

SR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! A fun atmosphere.

AV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my work colleagues as a special team treat. Absolutely wonderful! Our server, Keesha was lovely and helpful and set a really nice, relaxed tone and atmosphere for our evening. She gave perfect guidance on menu items and was attentive. Now let's talk food - delicious. And as one of the diners was Cuban, she definitely thought it was authentic. It was so good, that I came another night for dinner with a friend and ordered the very same thing and it was just as good as the first time I had. Do not miss this, it's perfection. Go for the pineapple mojito - truly delicious.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very average- don’t recommend unless it’s a last resort, maybe it’s good for lunch

YM
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food. Great ambiance as well. Highly recommended!!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place looks amazing from the inside food was ok but the drinks were bland nowhere near authentic and bland in flavor. Services was good!

OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as close to Cuba as you can get without going there. Very cool decor, the menu was amazing, the food did not disappoint & our waitress was delightful. We have a new favorite!

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Music too loud, food so so, some part of the food order arrives after eat, lime ingredient in “vaca firta” please is NOT a Cuban typical receipt.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was the worst I have ever experienced. We noted a severe food allergy upon entry, upon seating, upon ordering and when the food came, the sever said he had not asked the kitchen. Then he made us wait 44 minutes for a replacement and was not sure of the ingredients then. They were rude and offended when we suggested that they perhaps adjust the check. Will never return to this restaurant

JG
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, attractive decor, attentive service. But . . . don't go there during happy hour/early evening dinner hour, unless you bring ear protectors and are alone. Conversation is impossible, it's ear-damagingly loud. I rank it among the five most disturbingly loud restaurants in the city that I've visited in the past couple of years.

ML
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good comfort food; competent and helpful wait staff. This was my second time there; I'll be back. Close to the DC convention center and several museums.

l
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The decor was quaint and unusal. It's decorated like a street in Cuba. The service was good and waitress was quite busy. The food was tasty.

PG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Food is not authentic Cuban food. The food did not have a good flavor at all. The portions of everything from appetizers to desserts are too small for the amount of money they charge. The Cafe con leche is not made with real Cuban coffee. The chairs they have are like a plastic wicker material and the one my husband sat in was sunken in. The chair I sat in was broken so it sort of stuck me in the back of my thigh while I sat in the chair. I would not recommend anyone go to this restaurant.

RC
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

I was expecting a real Cuban experience and I feel it is a mixed bag. The appetizers are Cuban inspired but I feel like too many ingredients that don’t really come together.
The main dishes we order, vaca frita and lechón were well prepared but very similar in taste and texture. One is beef and the other pork, it should be very easy to get different enjoyment but are spiced in a lemon based that blends them together.

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cuba Libre was great!! The drinks were delicious- try the Pisco Sour. :-). We ordered a variety of appetizers, which were all so tasty. Order the pineapple guacamole with plantains- so good! Service was very good and they even remembered that we were celebrating a birthday.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had dinner with a friend and absolutely enjoyed my time. Wonderful staff and ambience overall.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Awful service and overall just not a good restaurant. It took 30 minutes for our server to even come to the table to give us water. They also aren’t generous with the bottomless mimosas and I would not recommend

LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to Cuba Libre for lunch, although I wish I had more than an hour. I appreciate that they help me keep my lunch hour to an hour! Keep up the great service ... and great food!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food but poor service

M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! Food was great and the service was spot on. We came here while visiting DC and decided to celebrate my moms birthday at this restaurant. It was a great choice and we would highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

CO
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We left without eating. We were shown to our table by someone who was grumpy and did not provide any flexibility in where we could sit, then our waiter was impatient and did not wait to answer our questions. Plus the restaurant was beyond noisy.

MT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our meal for the most part was very good, the meat was not cooked as we requested but they accommodated us very quickly.

LG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! We ordered the PLATO GAUCHO MIXED GRILL - Black Angus skirt and Argentine-cut bavette steaks, jumbo shrimp, marinated chicken breasts, Cortez chorizo sausage and red hot onion rings. Argentinean chimichurri, Cuba Libre steak sauce and salsa criolla. Onion rings were soooo good! Meat was perfectly cooked. Our server was amazing! Great music. Tried the rum flight. So good!

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great experience.

DB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a business lunch here and it was a very nice environment!

t
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love coming here ! I had fun with my date . We stayed in the back private room . He loved it!

ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amber was a friendly and very fun waitress . Great place to meet, eat and entertain. We came into town for a short vacation stop and had a hankering for Cuban fare. Best choice in DC I am sure.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food. Good drinks. Maybe a little pricey for quality but had a good experience.

RO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Yes for the food. No for the service. My server did not check up on food once it was dropped at the table, water refills, dessert options, etc.

1
2
3
84

Tweets by Cuba Libre - DC