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About Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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.

10 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean

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.

Cross Street:
Between Market & Chestnut Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 627-0666

Website:
http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)

Executive Chef:
Guillermo Pernot (Chef-Partner)

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
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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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Authentic (30)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Fun (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Romantic (22)
Casual (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Late-night Find (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Tapas (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
People Watching (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Cozy (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Spicy (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Scenic View (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Live Music (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Phenomenal service from our waitress ! She made it very easy for myself and my date to talk to her AND since it was our first time, she recommended the selection that got us the most bang for our buck. Great place to go for sure !

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great, albeit overpriced, rum selection. Food was very good, but a surprisingly limited menu. (Only 1 pork entree in a Cuban restaurant? Lots of beef choices, few chicken...felt restricted.)

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Took my significant other out for his birthday. We were seated right away and the staff was very friendly. Food was especially delicious. We stayed after and had a few drinks at the bar as well. Very pleased with the overall experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Overall great experience. Only draw back was the intimate table request wasn't met.....asked for a booth seating off of main dinning room and was placed at a table in the middle of the main dinning room made reservations three weeks out .
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Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Everything was OK but nothing special. If you want cuban food go to Alma de Cube.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Worst experience I have ever had. Food was great but everything else was a horrible experience. will not be going back and will nvr recommend to others.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Went with 5 girlfriend lunch. We all loved it.
Would definitely go again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

As a former restaurant employee, I've seen the differences between poor, sufficient, and wonderful service. I would definitely give the manager, servers, and host a "wonderful."

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for Groups, Authentic, Healthy, Cozy, Hot Spot, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food, and great ambiance!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful place - I will be visiting again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Second time we dine our first time was excellent this time was OK. Nothing remarkable to say but this is not a cheap eat thus dissapointing. We had fish and was barely seasoned, chrrasco was ok but not as tasty and a bit on the fatty side. Nothing wrong food was Ok but I expected great food not ok food.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great ambience and good food. The prices were slightly high, but overall worth it for the service and fun atmosphere. We are a family of 5 and needed a place that was open late and family friendly, it hit the spot. We will return for another visit.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best brunch I’ve ever had (and I have a lot) the unlimited tapas is the best deal and I cant wait to go back!

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nice place and good food not overly priced, but not cheap

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The experience was actually a good one until we received our receipts and every receipt for our party had a suggested tip amount. 15% was actually 30% and 20% was actually 50%. It is obvious that someone is trying to deceive patrons into giving far larger tips that what is. It normally expected. So buyer beware, figure out your own tip and don't have too many drinks to be tricked into the tip scam. Other than that, food was good. Our server Vivien was a doll.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We both have started to watch Cuban video on Netflix, there are so many now. This place lived up to my expectations, the food was fabulous, the surroundings wonderful, and the coffee spectactular.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great happy hour menu— can easily make dinner from selections. Pork roast for two feeds four easily. Unique wonderful seafood paella!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The experience was beyond expectation. The food was unbelievable. Plantain chips are baked in-house and are a must have. i decided to not look at the menu and pick the first thing i looked at which was probably the best spicy chicken i've ever eaten. i will make this my must visit spot in philly.

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very friendly host staff. Sat us shortly after we checked in. I had the Citrus Chicken and it was moist, full of flavor and cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were a little spicy and the brocolini was not over cooked. My wife had the Pork chop which was over cooked. We had the red Sangria and it was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This place was an awesome find! I went with my girlfriend after a day in historic Philly. I had the Ropa Vieja dish which was absolutely fantastic. We had a couple drinks at the bar, and I could see why their known for their Mojitos. The scenery inside is absolutely amazing, and I would come back every weekend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food! Apparently they have salsa dancing late night, which we didn't stay for.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Nice Cuban characteristic of this restaurant. The food was tasty; the music was nice but a bit overpowering.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Hopping for Halloween. Great food with a flair; super service.
My only regret, it was too noisy and thus hard to hear the conversation at our table.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. It simply never fails. Tonight we just had a series of appetizers and tapas. Just yummy!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful experience from the moment our server Beka welcomed us thru the entire dinner. She was very knowledgeable on all aspects of the offerings and truly made our visit an awesome experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

On our way to the Arden Theater! The food was spectacular, we had thebrunch Tapas and found that the little tiny portions were really great big portions! We rolled out of the restaurant more than satisfied and had a lovely time. We recommend everything on the menu and the the drinks were fabulous too! Try the Havana Hottie, you won’t be disappointed.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Friendly courteous staff. Excellent food. Love the atmosphere. Love the check in the cigar box.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Good food... quick service...pineapple guac was great..

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I hadn't been here for lunch in ages, and OMG, what have I been missing? The Cuban bento box was amazing! I will definitely be back for lunch soon!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went here for dinner with my teenage daughter after the matinee show on Sunday in Arden. Food was very average . Out main entry dishes came in 10 min which made me wonder how can you do them well that fast. Fish was very average
and chicken was slightly undercooked . The service was decent and we got 10$ off our bill as Arden theater goers .

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The staff is so friendly and the food was really delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Tapas, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is a fun place that really does emulate Cuban street scene. Our waitress was very attentive. We had a theater ticket so they served everything promptly. I thought the manager walking around talking to his lapel phone was a bit off-putting but whatever !

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Have enjoyed lunches here, dinner not so much. Guacamole was ok, empanadas were good. Flan was disappointing.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our server was responsive and very keen on helping us understand portion and pallette preference. Thank you for a wonderful meal and experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Second visit and enjoyed it as much as the first which was a lot!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Had reservations for a late lunch with family. Pineapple guac and the chips with the trio of dips were great starters. Everyone ordered something different for entrees so we all got a little taste of everything. I had the Vacio Steak Argentina and it was pretty good (a little tough with a bit too much finishing oil), but everyone else's meals were better. The Pio Pio, Ropa Vieja, Del Mar, and Vegetariano were excellent. We also had desserts and coffee all top notch. You really can't go wrong here. Apps, drinks, entrees, desserts, and coffee for less than $50 a head was reasonable too. Great experience and will definitely be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was bad and service was the worst - had to get our own silverware and ask for drinks at the beginning while waiters were just talking to one another

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I've been to Cuba Libra several times and the food and service is consistently good. I'm allergic to cilantro, which can be a problem - but her the servers work with me to find delicious dishes without it. I'm never at a loss for things to eat. Our server, Rebekah was excellent! She was charming, responsive and was especially careful about my allergies.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Different cuisine from what we're used to - but good! But we sat outside and were bothered by street people

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Spicy
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

There was a hair in the food, one of this dishes was cold and the staff was mediocre for the price. The manager did come over and offer something else, but the overall experience had already been rueined. Probably won't be back for dinner. Went based on a friend's recommendation.

Tags: Quick Bite
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