Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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3510 reviews
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Cuban
Cuba Libre features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cuban cuisine and a broad base of authentic Cuban cocktails, including the largest selection of rum in Philadelphia. The restaurant’s interior has a beautifully weathered historical feel. The materials combine warm mahogany and oak, cracked tile, painted plaster, exposed concrete and brick, and iron railings. With iron balconies overlooking a courtyard, a dramatic 30-foot ceiling, and paddle fans turning lazily, the space looks and feels like a street in Old Havana in the mid 1950s.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with great service. The food was amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with friends and everything was amazing. I can’t wait to go back!!!

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CE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my parents first time, and they really enjoyed it. The food was amazing, the service was exceptional. I’ve never had a bad experience at Cuba Libre.

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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Will return. For sure. Guava ribs, all empanadas, crab fritters, sliders and plantains cooked to perfection.

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My colleagues and I had a great lunch. The food was good, the staff was accommodating, the music was festive and even the other diners were really friendly.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish, every aspect of our meal was outstanding. The consensus from the group was "amazing." The hype is understandable.

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DE
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real discovery! Interesting and creative menu. All 4 of us had something different and everyone was really pleased, of course we shared bites, so the decision was unanimous! The atmosphere is unique, you feel like you stepped into an exclusive Cuban home. And the service was helpful and happy. Don't miss the many types of Mojitos!

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NM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing chicken and waffles. All the food was great, and the atmosphere was fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a good time Celebrating my wife and I’s 7th year wedding anniversary.

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch with a friend! We enjoyed everything and weren’t rushed at all. Spent 3 hours chatting & catching up!

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V
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Our food was not delivered to us but went to another table. The chicken was quite normal tasting and nothing special.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice staff

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Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

fun place and a value with the restaurant week deal. Service was excellent and alot of choices.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food !

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious ! Creative dishes presented beautifully. Really nice place for a special occasion or just to go out for an evening with someone special. Mojitos were excellent.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food, great mojitos!!

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LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were initially seated at an unfavorable table (near a busy walk-through area with too much bright light), but they kindly moved us (it was my husband's birthday, and I had told them when I made the res). Our server was great and the food arrived quickly. The pineapple guacamole and vegetarian paella were insanely good. All the food was excellent.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was very relaxing, cozy, felt like we were transported to a local
Cuban restaurant. We decided to try the specialty cocktails and share several of the Tapas rather than full entrees. Unfortunately, all the food was served at once and before the cocktails even arrived. In the future, will only order one item at a time!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a cool atmosphere. We went for restaurant week and the menu offered a three course meal. The steak was ok And hard to cure and the tres leche cake was not very good.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress, Nathalie I believe, was an incredible server. She was kind and always made sure we were taken care of. Her service will be a large reason of why I will be returning in the future!

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome atmosphere. Great food. Slightly noisy but not so bad that you couldn’t carry a conversation.

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TE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Date Night! Had an absolute amazing evening. The food and service was top notch. the Pez Cabio!!!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing assortment of top shelf rum.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been to this restaurant in Orlando a few years. The one in Philadelphia is just as good. They have a great Rum Bar and Rum drinks. Great Cuban food. Wonderful Cuban Atmosphere. We were there on a Monday night. It was quiet and romantic. I can imagine that on a Fridayt and Saturday nights, it would ber more lively with live music.

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CM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for lunch and kitchen was closed. Restaurant was empty and it took a while to get someone to acknowledge us!!!

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner on New Year's Eve before going out. This was my first time at this location but everything was perfect. The only negative was that I couldn't take my leftovers with me to the event I was going to afterwards.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Place , Service , Food . Enjoyed it on New Years Eve !

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for 7:45 on New Year’s Eve. All the staff seemed to be a little distracted but that’s understandable because they were getting ready for the New Year’s Eve party. Overall our waitress was sweet, the food was super tasty, and the decor was pretty.

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JS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a good time at Cuba Libre. It's not our first time. The service was very good. The food came out fast and was excellent. So, keep it going Cuba Libre.

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Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing food and exceptional service!

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There's such a thing as "too fast service". The entrees came out so quickly than we had not yet been served our drinks or appetizer.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner was a blast! Highly recommend for service and melt in your mouth steak dishes!

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We frequently eat here when in old city but find that the brunch menu is hit or miss. We’ve tried almost everything on it and while some things are great and fairly priced, other item pricing is laughable. The Cuban sandwich comes in 2 sizes with 2 price points, small and large with one being about half the price of the other. We always order the large, but this time they served the small by honest mistake, and we were appalled to see that it was a sliver, a mere tasting, of the sandwich, nowhere near half the size of the large. We’ve noticed this with some of the other menu items as well. We’ll probably try somewhere new next time.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The food came out very fast one after the other appetizers were Very small the grill up to pause it was an octopus it was a little calamari’s the ceviche was locking taste main courses we had mostly beef that was fine I had their famous soup and that was a disappointment

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PB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration

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SP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times for brunch & dinner. The food is great! Get the crab guac. I love the drinks. The mango mojito is fab!

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J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a lively setting with a great menu. The margaritas and caipiroskas were excellent!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service was outstanding. Would return in a heartbeat.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like to go to this restaurant. We go to theater nearby and then after the theater - we walk there for dinner. It's always nice and the people are always pleasant, the food is different and interesting and good

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Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to Cuba Libre for years but I was impressed on every level-service, food, ambience. The tapas were a great way to share with our party of 4

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