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Cuba Libre - DC

4.3
3018 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Cuban
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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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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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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us with Mom for a Mother's Day brunch like no other. Treat Mom to a culinary escape with Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar's fantastic tropical brunch. Experience exciting creations of both sweet and savory dishes, all with Cuba Libre's Latin flair. Be sure to reserve your spot today!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3018 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great date location, there is live music and dancing. But can be noisy, so if you’re trying to talk might not be the best place. The food is AMAZING! You can’t go wrong.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Climate comtrol was an issue. It was very cold inside and which was making food cold in 2-3 mins. Food was good but we discuss enjoy due to cold food

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

So glad I came here. The cubano was tasty and satisfying, the black beans were flavorful, amd the dulce de leche was so creamy and delicious. Will return!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Our group of 4 had tapas and drinks here before a concert and it was just lovely. Nice atmosphere, good service, good food and good drinks!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Close to hotel and on way to convention center. Had dinner on a Sunday evening so it was definitely a bit more subdued than a Friday or Saturday. Food was excellent as was the service. Waitress didn’t let Us know it was last call and some drinks we ordered didn’t get made. She made up for it by comping the drinks we had already had so no harm no foul!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Took an out of town friend here for dinner this evening as he wanted to try Cuban food. We had a great time, server was very nice & attentive, food came quickly and was delicious.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Cuba Libre lost my business a few years ago, because their cuisine didn't hit the mark. However, after a late night out, my boyfriend and I decided to give it a try again, at 1015, we were seated, and although the host left much to desired, the waiter seemed rushed, but that was fine with me, it was getting late, and restaurant was getting lively with music and people. The food came out pretty quickly and it was very good! I ordered chimichurri steak and my bf ordered lecho asado, both were cooked well and were well portioned! Overall much better experience than a few years ago, we will be back!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Server left us waiting a little too long, after he made it service was quick. Also, men’s room was a disaster. I asked to speak to a manager, he showed up, didn’t ask specifics, just grabbed a team of 4 to bring the room up to snuff. I understand things happen, so when the staff do all they can to make it better, that’s my kind of place. We will be back again!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Place is great. Food is awesome. Food is served quickly despite being busy. Make a reservation

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Waitress was outstanding!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We ordered the empanadas, Cuban sandwich, and brisket. The empanadas were quite good but the sandwich and brisket left a little to be desired — good but nothing special. The decor is colorful and fun — sort of like an idealized Cuba crosses with Disneyworld.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The service was not great today. It took a while for our server to come in and take our orders. We ordered drinks, appetizers and dinner at the same time and bread since it was never brought to our table. The drinks then took over 20 mins to arrive, my mojito without mint leaves, and the appetizers and dinner came at the same time. I then had to send back the appetizers, which was a shame because they looked delicious. I started my meal and realized I was going to need more white rice, so I ordered the rice and it was brought out at the end after everyone on my table was done eating. Also, one of our forks fell and we requested another one and it was never brought to us, I got up and walked 3 tables over and grabbed one from an empty table.

I noticed the customers behind me had the same issue where their dinner was brought right after appetizers.

It’s a shame because the food tastes good.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My friends and I had a reservation for 7:15. We were seated on time. We didn't even get water for another 20 mins, and it was 30 mins before we saw a server. Who then told us everything we were trying to order they were out of. What a waste! We left and I can't say I'll go back again.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

They had empanada day, there were no empanadas left. I had a reservation for 2, service took forever. Hostest did not care to put me on a seat after I talk to them many times, the waiter never came to the table until I had to ask the hostest to help. Food was not of quality for what I paid and service not up to par to what they claimed. I'm never coming back here again.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The whole experience was very disappointing. We have been to that place once before on a Friday night, and we were seated close to the dance floor, so when we decided to go again, i made the reservation on open table, and requested the same location, but when we arrived we were told they won’t seat us in that section unless we pay $200 for bottle service, which was not the case the week before and i never informed of that when i made the reservation, although i called ahead to confirm the reservation because i wanted to update the guest number. We tried talking to the managers but got a deaf ear from them as well, and we were seated in a back room which completely ruined our evening. In addition, the food was really bland and tasteless. I will not go back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Family was in town and we wanted to celebrate! Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding! Excellent food and service. 1/2 Pitcher of Sangria is an excellent tasting drink at a great price.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome experience!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

a highly energetic atmosphere. Servers are very attentive and helpful wirh the menu.
Food is very good. the tapas menu is awesome. Of course finishing the meal experience with Cuban coffee is the best.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was excellent. Wish the mojitos came in not only a regular size but also a large size like Bongos in Florida. I thought the glasses were kinda small for cuban place. Delicious though. I had one of the chicken dishes and it was perfect. If you go later in the evening you will need to fight the crowds on Fri and Sat eve because they have dancing. We made reservations on Fri evening and were able to get in at 6pm.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

On vacation in Washington. Great happy hour. Great ambience, decor and authentic Cuban feel with great food. Made our first nigjt on Washington lots of fun !!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The Food was ok, this was our 3 time at the restaurant and I got to say I was disappointed. We were a party of 5 and 4 of us have previously dine there before I ordered the Churrasco- it was the worst churrascos I had and it was more the cut then the preparation very chewy. The appetizers were ok.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food and service! Excellent drinks too. We ordered the sampler menu and shared it, very tasty!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Excellent place for a very nice (and quick if necessary) lunch. Service is top notch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed a number of tapas style items from the menu as well as a half picture of sangria. All were excellent and unique. The service was excellent as well.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Decent size plates for tapas, but not large enough to be a plate on its own. The building interior if very cool.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was delicious. Nice ambiance and the late night salsa with the DJ was fun.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I came here for the first time today and loved it! Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable and checked on us frequently. The food came quite fast and was delicious, it’s so flavorful! The only thing I was a bit disappointed by was my mojito, I expected it to be exceptional because it’s a Cuban place but it wasn’t. Nevertheless I’ll definitely try to come back here. I would advise to make a reservation because on a Saturday evening the wait time can go up to one hour.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fun spot if you are under 23 yrs old. Food was so disappointing. The waiters try their best in a loud crowded space.

The atmosphere is fine - lots of energy and over the top decor - but the food was not good at all. Nice pisco sour cocktail

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was great. Staff was very friendly, nice, clean and pleasant atmosphere . I will highly recommend and return.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was great and good ambiance. Good selection of food as well. The snapper was awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very good food and service. Nice ambiance and good value. Great downtown location. Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Birthday dinner. Appetizers were cold. Croute tas were not made at the restaurant and we felt rushed. They placed ya at a too inside with loud people

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Staff was friendly and helpful.
Great food
Great drinks
Closer to metro gallery china town

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was great as well as the service. Will definitely come back again.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. I had never been here before but it got good reviews and ratings on OpenTable. As soon as I entered the door, I wish I had chosen a different restaurant. Cuba Libre is more appropriate for happy hour drinks and food with friends as opposed to a dinner for two for a special occasion. Being sat right next to a loud group of eight people didn’t help. The food tasted good and the service was fine. The price point for the menu items was appropriate for the location where the restaurant but I didn’t think it was a particularly good value for my money.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great for Happy Hour and strong drinks

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Tasty food.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We made our reservation for 7:00 pm & when we got to the Cuba Libre it was closed......so we didn't really enjoy our dining experience there.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Restaurant was closed due to snow. Open table allowed reservation & confirmed it. Did not know restaurant was closed until I arrived. Should not be able to make and confirm a reservation at a time and time when a restaurant is closed.

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