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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

4.5
3313 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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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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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

Private Dining

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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us with Mom for a Mother's Day brunch like no other. Treat Mom to a culinary escape with Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar's fantastic tropical brunch. Experience exciting creations of both sweet and savory dishes, all with Cuba Libre's Latin flair. Be sure to reserve your spot today!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3313 People Are Saying
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a great meal! Wonderful food!
Rib Appetizers awesome
Had coconut balls
Small meatballs and anot her chicken appetizer all fantastic#
We left room for the rice pudding with coconut macaroons.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

we had a great waitress. she was outstanding, very friendly. we stayed for dancing and we had fun. l luv this restaurant. our server was the best and it was my friend bday.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The two of us loved the Passionfruit and Coconut Mojitos! The menu offered many choices and the food and desserts were absolutely delicious.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our waiter forgot to bring me my soda I ordered. I had to ask him 3 times before he brought it. He also didn’t bring us our bread with mango butter. We had to literally ask him 4 times before he brought it. He flat out ignored us. It was honestly the worst experience I’ve ever had! We went for my birthday and I let them know in advance and they did nothing. Food was okay. Kind of cold probably because our waiter was terrible.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had ordered the chef’s tasting and every dish was so flavorful. The service was fantastic, we were never left waiting for a drink and the food came out and in good time. They had forgotten to bring us our bread and butter so I politely mentioned it just so we could get some and they wound up comping us for our 2 monitors. Will definitely be going back.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Was in Philly for the evening and wanted to try a highly rated restaurant near our hotel—after reading reviews on approximately 10, we decided on Cuba Libre, and so glad we did! We chose the Chef’s Table menu (a sampling of 5 courses.) because we hadn’t eaten much Cuban food. Wow!! All the flavors were amazing!!! And it was fun trying all the different menu items. We chose a Vino Verde which paired well with all our courses. Our server, Amanda, was friendly and attentive. Will definitely revisit restaurant next time I’m in Philadelphia.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was very good as were the mojitos. I felt that the portions were way too large. The pineapple guacamole was delicious especially with the outstanding plantain chips.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We always enjoy our Cuba Libre experience. This time I took my daughter for her birthday and she had a great time. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was awesome!
They had this amazing pre-fixed menu, where you get to taste everything on the menu in bite sized portions. I was in love with it all. I love that the restaurant represents the Cuban Culture, really made me feel like I was in Cuba

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Nice vibes. Food is good but a little pricey.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always fun. Good food, drinks and music. Aaron our quasi-waiter was scrumptious. Smooches!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent meal with a very pleasant knowledgeable server.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

A great Cuban restaurant. I always come here when I'm in Philly. Great ambiance, rum cocktail menu, food; casual and relaxing. Bar seating for drinks or food is a good option for one person. Fair prices, great service.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Lovely ? Food was perfect !

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

They had a big event which took over all of the first floor. They put us upstairs where there was no ambiance. The service was excellent but the food, which all (appetizers, entrees, etc) all arrived at the same time and was cold.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Well courteous staff and help in dining area. All on menu are reasonable priced as well as the drinks.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Muy mala la comida la seguridad unos atrevidos el costo de la comida es un disparate con lo que sirven

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was amazing. The ambience was great. I would definitely recommend it to family and friends. Close walk to Penn's Landing.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food is excellent, well prepared and seasoned. The servers were very helpful. I can’t wait to go back in June when the windows are open and it’s margarita weather. The mohitos are as good as in Cuba

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Never had a bad day at Cuba Libre 💯

The staff is amazing as well as every other aspect of the dining experience. I am a former employee of the Philly location and I still go to Cuba almost every time I go downtown from the burbs.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Six friends for lunch. We had a wonderful time and the waiter took good care of us. I enjoyed the Brunch Paella.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food, service was great. We had a stroller with us so we liked how they had an area in the back where they stored it while we dined. Also like that they have a coat check. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

So happy that we drove into the city and went here. The food was simply amazing. Beautifully plated. Authentic Cuban cusinue. Employees were great and made recommendations. We will return.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always the best!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Wonderful time until the end of our meal when a party of 14 was seated next to us. We couldn’t even communicate with each other! Thank Goodness we were eating our dessert when they moved in. The dinner and the dessert were wonderful and we ran out as soon as we could!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I was visiting Philadelphia for a conference and having dinner with a long-time friend who was also at the conference. Separately, we both received recommendations for Cuba Libre. We weren't disappointed! It was a delicious meal, the service was terrific, and we were able to linger over dessert without feeling rushed.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food here was fantastic!! My boyfriend and I had never been there before and the atmosphere was great!! The mojitos were fabulous and the food offerings are a great selection of foods.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and vibe

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Loved it!! Will be back again.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was mediocre. Not bad, but niothing great either. Had the red snapper... chewy, no flavor.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very good food, fast service, nice servers.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

All four of us enjoyed our pre- theater meal. Crab guac was delicious and the large size was big enough for sharing as starter. Portions generous and tasty.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My favorite place to eat when in philly! Always delicious food and amazing service! My favorite mojito is the passion fruit! Yummm!

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Saturday night dining at 8 pm with 5,6 year old kids running around?? I don’t think so.
Food,just everage.Don’t order ceviche,it’s basicslly 5 thin slices of tuna with bitter marinate on top..Flank steak over cooked.The baby octopus,rubbery.The meatballs in tomato sauce??hello..??overpowered with too much dried oregano-not tasty at all.The mojitos are served in plastic cups,they are not what I had in Cuba!!!The employees don’t care about customers,starting with stuck up bartender,air headed waitress,and many bassboys wearing dirty shirts.Around 10 pm this place is a mess,they kicking everybody out to turn it into a Latin night club.Sorry but I didn’t even had a chance to order a birthday dessert for my husband,we were served a check around 9:50pm.
Definitely this place it’s not what it used to be years ago.
What a shame!!!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food and service was outstanding! I would truly recommend Cuba Libre to everyone and looking forward to returning for lunch.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This place was just okay. Service was terrible. Apps and dinner came at same time. Food was okay but not 25 a plate good. I will never come back here.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great place! Felt like I was in Havana. ( and I’ve really been to Havana).

Noise level just right.

Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Amazing food and services.

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4.0Dined 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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