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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

4.4
3274 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sat -Sun 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Late Dining: Friday & Saturday until 11:00pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 1:30pm (all-you-can-eat available for $28). 1:30-2:30 à la carte only.
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Phone number
(215) 627-0666
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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 (Chef-Partner)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Market & Chestnut Streets
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Parking details
Cuba Libre is located on Second Street at Market Street in the Old City section of Philadelphia. 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 Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.
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Public transit
Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)
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Entertainment
After dinner hours, on Fridays, Saturdays and for special events, the action heats up with DJs spinning a mix of Latin Fuzion, plus bottle service and dancing 'til the bar closes at 2 a.m. 21 and over only. Fashionable Dress Required.
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Consider Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum the destination for your next social or corporate event. Whether it’s an intimate party of 10, a grand event for 350, 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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Consider Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum the destination for your next social or corporate event. Whether it’s an intimate party of 10, a grand event for 350, 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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What 3274 People Are Saying
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Thebest4dinner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Love Cuban food and this is the best we have had in Pa and NJ.! The restaurant is beautiful and looks like you are in a Cuban Street....the service and staff was very good.....the food was perfectly seasoned and the taste was excellent .....the desserts and specialty coffees were the best!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food and services.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We been there several times. On this trip, we gathered for brunch to celebrate two birthdays.
The seating was fair. Next time we'll request a table in the central area. The one by the planter in the main room, by the fire exit, wasn't a plus. We've sat there before, and despite having other tables open, they were not available. Will only return if seating is 4+ or 5.
Thanks,
Luis

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FIREWALKWITHME (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was really good. Got the Chefs tasting menu and was very full at the end! Will definitely return.

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JosephG 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I took my wife here for a pre Arden show. She had no complaints. That was huge. Food was great and our server excellent and very helpful when ordering. We did not have a knowledge of Cuban cuisine so having the help was really important.Nice vibe and atmosphere in the room and very tasty though not very buzz worthy mojitos. Would highly recommend.

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Ramonita (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Food, atmosphere and my waitress was great . The hostess and our placement for seating very poor. They sat us next emergency exit and hostess kept using the door leaving us cold all the time

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Rainy day, so it was slow, but we were able to enjoy faster service and a delicious meal w/ out any hiccups.

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Miam5 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for our anniversary and as usual enjoyed the food, drinks and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great! Our service was amazing.

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TylerM (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter was great, drinks were incredible and the food was so tasty! Will be going back again for sure. Great experience

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I like it :)

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day great service

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

It was nice. The food Nd vibe was great. Good music. Alil dark but overall great

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We went for a Valentines brunch. Just the right amount food, pleased with our server's willingness to work around our gluten issues. Cuba Libre never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Went on Saturday night. Be prepared to spend $18 on parking. Drinks were good and about 10-12 each.
The Cuban sandwich was good. My girlfriend got some tapas dishes. Those were not great. Plus they were all fried. She was very disappointed. Also, the chips and 3 dips had soo few chips that barely used half the dip, then charged 3 bucks more for 4 more CHIPS.
Our table was also next to 2 bathrooms and the kitchen on the first floor. I overheard some people who worked there talking about our tables who said they shouldn't be there. No kidding we watched everyone who went to the bathroom. Very romantic view....Lol. I get it was busy but don't add tables outside the bathroom to compensate.

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RobertR (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved it. Excellent value service and food. Highly recommend Cuba Libre

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Archern69 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very cool atmosphere. Tropical feeling. Food is delicious. Mojitos are insanely delicious. Absolutely worth a try.

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Chuck (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Cool vibe, environment, very good food, drinks, and great waitress!

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sap320 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was excellent and the cocktails superb. I had the Ropa Vieja and my son had the Seafood Paella and both were wonderful choices and delicious!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

A birthday celebration for our children. We have been here at least 10 times in the past and this was our child’s choice. Food is consistently good. It was really quiet on a Tuesday so this was a nice choice for us. Tried a mango margarita this trip and it was delicious. Had almost every appetizer, one entree, one seafood soup and the banana bread for 4 people.we ordered too much food but the variety was great.

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ChristianS (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Prices are a little high for the amount of food. Crab guac was good, but for $17, should have been twice as much crab. Latin pastry assortment was very small for the price. Slider should have 2 sliders for the price and 5 fries is just rediculous.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent and authentic cuisine! Great mojitos and a fun vibe!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Overall, very good this time whereas my experience is usually excellent. There were a few service foibles, but they were quickly rectified. The staff is attentive, the food is always excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I am a longtime customer of this restaurant, but after the experience I had last Sunday, I will no longer be recommending it to friends and family, as I have in the past. I also doubt I will ever be returning for the brunch service, due to the decline in service and value. I have absolutely no complaints about the bartender (who was very friendly and helpful) or the food (which was as delicious as always). However, the service was consistently poor, in a restaurant where I have never encountered a single problem before. From the moment we sat down (6 people for brunch), we waited for everything. It took over 25 minutes to even be greeted by our server, and that only occurred because I complained to the hostess (who was also very polite and accommodating). When the server came over, he did not apologize, and simply took our drink order. It took an additional 20 minutes just for water and only one of the coffees ordered. A different member of my party complained about the lack of drinks, order taking, and communication, and while we got the coffee and drinks, it was an additional wait for no reason. When our first round of food came, one of the party did not receive any food. We attempted to flag down our server, but couldn't, and it took 30 minutes after that to get any response from anyone. He got his food, eventually, but the fact that it took over 40 minutes and no explanation was offered is inexcusable. At the end of the meal (which took over three hours due to all the waiting), no compensation or apology was ever offered by the restaurant. We paid our bill because we are all former service industry employees, but none of us are anywhere near satisfied with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Poconos)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and unique atmosphere. Would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I took my wife here for the first time, it won’t be the last. I am Cuban and the food was very authentic and wonderful. You did a wonderful job of accommodating my wife’s allergies to the point where the empanadas were baked instead of fried! Our waiter was terrific as well. We will be back.

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Jennyfer (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

My bestie and I came here for restaurant week dinner last night. I called the restaurant to let them know we would be late because traffic was just awful going into the city. One of the staff said she could hold our table for 15minutes...We did not arrive at the restaurant until 30mins later, what are the liklihood of bumping into 3 accidents en route!? It was crazyy! By the time we arrived and found parking, I was alittle hesitant to even go in for fear of being told that we lost our table! Luckily, they were able to seat us and we had the most delicious dinner! We enjoyed it so much that we agreed that we will definitely be coming back, maybe for lunch so we can admire the beautiful restaurant decor! Thank you for an amazing evening! :)

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The meal was great service was quick and very nice. 2nd time eating here looking forward to the 3rd.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I took my friends here for restaurant week. The server was inactive which in some cases is fine. However, when a guest is trying to engage in conversation, it can turn into a miserable and unpleasant night for everyone. The food, on the other hand was really tasty I usually love coming here to eat and bringing people whose never been. The bread and butter is amazing and you can hardly go wrong with anything on the menu.

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