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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

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (28)
Authentic (24)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Fun (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Romantic (19)
Casual (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Tapas (16)
Hot Spot (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
People Watching (10)
Great for Brunch (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Spicy (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Live Music (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

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 2 days ago

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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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Amazing brunch and great atmosphere!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was just amazing the food was great place was great drinks were amazing. My husband and i went out for date night which we dont get to do that often with 4 small children We will 100% be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Despite living in Philadelphia for 5 years and then moving to Delaware this is one restaurant that I did not visit during my time in Philly. I LOVED IT! My wife and I shared the Guacho platter and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Mohito's where off the hook. Can't wait to return and dine a little later and see the salsa dancing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had brunch a la cart before a show at the Arden. The food was delicious! We had the pastry basket (yum), the Cuban sandwich (perfect - my husband is cuban, so we try them wherever we go and this is one of the best), black bean soup (as good as abuelas), the jamon & churrasco sliders (very small, but tasty). My husband asked for yucca fries instead of the chips (twice) and got 4, which was interesting. The place was practically empty at that time of day so we could really take in the beauty of the interior details.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was ten degrees outside when we ate at Cuba Libre, and we loved how the restaurant's tropical atmosphere made us feel warmer as soon as we came in. That, and a really good black bean soup. My husband really enjoyed his arroz con pollo - lots of vegetable with the rice and chicken. I had the citrus chicken, which was tasty but a little dry. Otherwise, everything as delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love this place. Excellent foot, service, and environment. Staff made an extra effort to keep us warm on the coldest night of the year by putting the curtains down. Always look forward to going here.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I went for our anniversary! They knew it was our anniversary and they did nothing special for us. It was very cold in there! They also gave us terrible setting nothing romantic about it. The food was great, that was a plus!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Absolutely love Cuba Libre. One of my favorite places in Philadelphia, keep coming back for their tapas brunch menu. Overhead other customers complain about portion size, a problem I've never had. Everything is quality! But again, highly suggest tapas brunch for the best taste of the menu and food for your buck.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The best things about Cuba Libre are its consistency, both in service and food quality. I like that the wait staff is knowledgeable about the flavors of the foods on their menu. Dishes are plated with care, and everything looks as appetizing as it is delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was amazing little pricey for the portions but yet still amazing

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our second time at Cuba Libre, but it had been quite a few years since our first visit. We enjoyed this time significantly more than the previous one. The food was very good (we got a few tapas to split and shared an entree) and the mojitos were delicious. The service was excellent, and it was clear that our server had deep knowledge of the menu and ingredients. We were very happy with our meal and experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fun, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is where I bring all my out of towners. My family in Boston and NY and friends from Jersey all love Cuba Libre.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was excellent cocktails outstanding, unfortunately our server was having an off night perhaps??? Let’s hope so... would love to try again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything was terrific and would done there again

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Took our sons and their girlfriends out to dinner. Everything was great as always!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Remembered going here when they first opened and it was much more upscale. Feels like a chain restaurant now.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious! The tre Leche dessert was superb!

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We came for our anniversary, the hostess, waitress and manager went out of their way to make it a special day for me and my wife. Loved the cuban cuisine!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Cuba Libre makes the absolute best mojitos. The food is wonderful and creative taking the flavors and recipes of traditional cocina cubana to new heights. The service is attentive and welcoming and the atmosphere is exceptional...a courtyard of Cuba Vieja. Our sunday brunch was fabulous. Cuba Libre is a must when visiting Philadelphia.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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vip
 (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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