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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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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.

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

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
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Authentic (28)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Romantic (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Fun (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Casual (18)
Tapas (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Late-night Find (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Cozy (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Spicy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Scenic View (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great! Our service was amazing.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, People Watching
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·Dined 4 days ago

I like it :)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day great service

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·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 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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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 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!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·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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·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.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great as always!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Poconos)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and unique atmosphere. Would definitely return!

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 (New York Area)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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! :)

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Tapas, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Spicy
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 (Miami)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Haven’t been to Cuba Libre in a while... the menu has changed tremendously not very many selections. Honestly won’t be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

A bit pricy but great service and good food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Cozy, pleasant and attentive service. Good food and gray mojitos.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Ecellent food great atmosphere great service our waitress was very pleasant and right there when we needed her

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing food and service. Whenever we are in Philadelphia, we make it a point to have dinner here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I didn't like that the bowl of rice to go with my meal was cold.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Love the decor and music, very authentic! First timer and I would go again. Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful with us. The food was delicious, well seasoned order the snapper ummmmmMmm and the mango mojito was good as well!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We went on a slow Monday night. It was perfect for us because it was quiet. Service was quick and the waitress was very polite. Oh yeah, it was restaurant week in center city. Only complaint; there was only 1 option for dessert. Bread pudding. It didn't "wow" me. Overall good experience non-the-less

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Made a reservation for 7 and another for 6 people. They were able to accomodate us at a single table and graciously added 4 additional people we picked up on the way. The food is outstanding. Great classic Mojitos. Everyone enjoyed it.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Started with grilled octopus. Absolutely delicious. The red snapper entree was great. Dessert was the perfect ending with banana chocolate chip bread pudding. Loved my pineapple mojito. Friendly service and lovely ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great service and food. Nice location and parking available. I would definitely recommend and revisit.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Cuba Libre is one of our go-to spots for special occasions. It has great food and ambiance and never disappoints. This time it was a birthday party and it was a great celebration. Only come here if you like great appetizers, drinks, entrees, desserts, coffees, and fun.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing brunch and great atmosphere!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Did not like the tapas, music was too loud, service was not great, overpriced for what was included in brunch. The room looks cool though. Save your money!

Tags: Tapas
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