Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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$30 and under
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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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Worst meal of my life. Spent an absurd amount of money with such a low return. Would never go here ever again. Would not recommend to anyone. Wish I could go back in time and tell myself to not waste my money.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Most importantly the food was awesome. And the tres leches dessert was some of the best I've had. The atmosphere was laid back and low-key even for the middle of Old City on a Saturday night. I do have to say that the waite staff could have been more attentive. While we didn't need too much I at least want my water refilled without me asking when my glass has been empty for half the meal.

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

Every staff person we interacted with was so genuinely kind. The food was amazing. Our server was Alex, so awesome and on point with his recommendations. We can’t wait to visit again.

JL
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been to Cuba Libre several times. This was the first time that the service was spotty. Long wait at arrival. Long wait for coffee. No milk. No sugar each a wait,ergo, cold coffee

r
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked a great time to go. The service was excellent. Very polite, very respectful and numerous employees said Happy Birthday to my fiancee because I left a cent in my reservations. Shows they communicate very well. The food came very fast and was perfectly cooked. Very delicious meal. A few check ins by our waitress, server and manager I presume, made the experience even better. I would definitely recommend anyone to try the Cuban food here at Cuba Libre

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here on a whim due to their coupon for Arden theatre ticket holders. Wonderful meal!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The mojitos were delicious and so was the food. It was a great value for restaurant week.

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

I love Cuba Libre. Food is fire.

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish stew was incredible! Great portion size, perfect service. We will be back!

CH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was great and the manager was quick at responding to us getting harassed by someone walking down the street while we sat at a window seat. We had such a great time we didn't want to leave and were the second to last table to leave.

J
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and the waiter was very attentive. We had a lovely dinner and were completely stuffed after dessert.

ET
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We will be back. Great drinks, alcoholic & non. Service was great as always . One of our favorite locations to eat.

LP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The service was great!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service. Fantastic drinks - the appetizers were replay nice we had fish for the main course - again - superb and desert - just amazing

KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! I was visiting from Chicago and we were delighted to experience this establishment!

LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service!! Amazing ambience! We will be back again and again!!

OT
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment. Relaxed dining expert with great service

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

The food for restaurant week was great! I'm just a big dessert person and would have liked more dessert options, overall it was amazing.

WS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at this place and it’s amazing! I love everything about Cuba Libre. The food is delusion with huge portions. The staff is amazing, friendly and attentive. And the drinks are out of this world. I highly recommend checking this place out.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall the food was ok. We have eaten at multiple locations including AC and the food here in Philly at this location was ok. The sever was awesome. We went during restaurant week. Ordered from the restaurant week menu and the one plate we got
was CUBAN TAMAL which was : Fresh corn masa filled with chicken, bell peppers and cachucha chiles. Roasted corn sauce.
It tasted a lot like fish and left a bad taste. We didn’t say anything but once we finished our meals we got sick and left quickly to go home. Maybe something in that dish was bad. Not sure

S
Philadelphia
194 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is all about FUN! The service was fast and friendly, the food was great and the ambiance was cheerful and entertaining. I've been wanting to go here for some time and it was well worth it. I will return!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Escape the hustlin and bustlin of the city and step in to this amazing place with Old Cuba feelin'. Great music, great food, and great place!

L
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here and my family and I loved everything about Cuba Libre. The service was excellent and never hurried. The curious menu was well-explained. But the presentations spoke for themselves as other diners' entrees passed us by. We each ordered the 3-course brunch which turned out to be an awesome deal including drinks, 2 small plates, and one large plate. Portions were extremely generous, fresh, and delicious. We enjoyed the plantain chips with guacamole dip, chicken empanadas, and aqua frescas to start. My main course was a fabulous breakfast sandwich of bacon, egg, and cheese. It was perfect. We'll definitely be back here for a repeat performance.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food wasn’t that great which was a bit disappointing because my first time coming the food was phenomenal. I got the pollo y waffles but the mango salsa tasted fishy for some reason and the crabs Benedict was two crab cakes that were like 2.5 inches in diameter. The appetizers were yummy, the restaurant vibe was great and maybe it wad just an off day 🤷🏻‍♀️

LG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting and fun ambiance, well developed menu, delicious food and drinks, professional service. We all had a very enjoyable evening there.

H
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places in the city. We love the food & atmosphere! Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Crazy busy. Overpriced. Over worked waiters. Average food.

J
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try something new. Was not disappointed. Hostess showed us to upstairs bar, then recommended the best table in house. Food was amazing and waiter was so informative of menu. We ended up staying for drinks after and bar tenders were great. Anyone looking for an excellent dinner, great atmosphere, and in general an amazing time, I highly recommend Cuba Libre.

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

Wait staff was great. A little disappointed with the host station. There were reservations available on OpenTable, but the host showed none. they originally turned my party away. Quick thinking from one party member allowed us to reserve online.

WM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Been dining here many years and I’m certain there was a rare misstep by the Chef this past Friday. The Service was GREAT, but the food was not up to the level we’d come to appreciate at Cuba Libre in Philly. We’ll try again though....

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waitress was very busy

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

Birthday celebration

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, service was average, we went for our anniversary, our table was in second floor aisle, too dark and noisy for my taste, requested to be moved but waiter said it was not possible. Unfortunately average night, could not enjoy the full place, but food was definitely good.

M
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food is not authentic Cuban it’s more of a mix of different Latin American/ soul food going on. But overall it’s okay

M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Every dish we ordered was excellent. Not your usual fare. Lovely restaurant also.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The brunch menu changed and there are now less options. The food was ok but not worth the price. Service and ambiance were great.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Super delicious food and huge portions for the main entrees, and sangria pitcher. A little pricey but worth it, and a good location. Definitely fun, would revisit for sure.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

waitress was iffy, never introduced herself...took almost 20 minutes for her to greet us the first time...never even told us her name!!!!!! Food was amazing though:)

M
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and the service. great location. most of the food was very good, but my entree was just ok. the steak (vaca frita) was way overcooked and lacked flavor. I have never had that dish before so I am not sure how it should be. I had the chef's tasting, which was alot of food and great value for $45. The drinks at happy hour at the bar are a great price as well, but very pricey at the table.

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