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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

4.3
4.3
3558 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban

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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Menu

Para la Mesa

For the table

  • Tropical Chips & Trio of Dips

    Plantain and malanga chips, black bean hummus, roasted cauliflower hummus with curried onions, Cuba Libre salsa

    Aperitivos

    Tasting of four appetizers

    • Ceviche Mixto

      Poached lobster tail, shrimp, squid, fresh coconut water, chiles, citrus, Thai basil, cucumber salsa, coconut chips

      • Abuela's Chicken Croquetas

        Cream of roasted chicken filled croquettes. Blistered cachucha pepper allioli

        • Spinach Manchego Buñuelos

          Manchego cheese and spinach fritters, goat cheese crema, organic olive oil

          • Guava BBQ Ribs

            Slow-cooked, St. Louis cut Duroc pork ribs, guava BBQ glaze, green mango escabeche salad

            Platos Fuertes

            Choice of one entree

            • Vaca Frita

              Braised, shredded and seared flank steak, roasted onions, citrus-garlic mojo, white rice, Cuban black beans

              • Ropa Vieja

                Braised, shredded and stewed brisket, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, red wine, white rice, maduros

                • Arroz con Pollo

                  Saffron long grain rice, boneless chicken, green peas, Manzanilla olives, hard-boiled egg, asparagus, Palacios chorizo, roasted piquillo pepper salad

                  • Lechón Asado

                    Slow roasted, marinated Leidy Farm's pulled pork, classic sour orange mojo, Amarillo chile, smashed yuca, black bean broth, vigorón slaw

                    • Vacio Steak "Argentino"

                      Salmuera marinated-grilled all-natural bavette steak, Moros y Cristianos rice pilaf, Hawaiian tostones, pickled okra, parsley chimichurri

                      • Peking Chicken

                        All natural, free-range, Peking-style half chicken, Cuban black beans, white rice, grilled broccolini, lemongrass mojo, Chino-Cubano BBQ sauce

                        • Shrimp con Mojo

                          Pan-seared citrus marinated jumbo shrimp, onions, peppers, sliced garlic, crisped yuca, white rice, cilantro-lime mojo sauce

                          • Paella Vegetariana

                            Baby spinach, "soyrizo", wild mushrooms, garbanzo beans, saffron long grain rice, asparagus and grilled artichoke hearts salad

                            Postres

                            Desserts

                            • Tapas Desserts$45.00

                              Chef sampler of two classic desserts

                              Taste of the Islands

                              $17.Three 1 Oz. Pours; Island hop with our handpicked Caribbean rums. Classic styles with flavors of brown sugar, molasses, fruit and spice

                              • Brugal Añejo, Dominican Republic

                                Mahogany brown rum distilled from fermented molasses. Blend of rums aged 3 to 5 years in used whiskey and bourbon barrels. Slightly woodsy, earthy aroma with notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Flavors of brown sugar, dried fruit, lightly bitter banana peel, and leather are noticeable through the finish

                                • Pusser's British Navy, British Virgin Islands

                                  Legend has it that the British Navy was served this rum at the height of their power. Very strong on the nose with a smoky, tobacco aroma. Sharp, distinct, taste with flavors of oak, orange zest, vanilla, and toffee

                                  • Don Q Añejo, Puerto Rico

                                    A blend of rums aged 3 to 12 years. Sweet and dry in its finish. Flavors of baked apple, tropical fruits and spice with hints of nuts and vanilla. Recommended to sip neat or on the rocks

                                    Aged Reserve

                                    $20. Three 1 Oz. Pours; Similar to fine whiskey, aging can bring out unique and complex flavors in rum. Ideal for sipping and relaxing

                                    • Mount Gay Eclipse, Barbados

                                      A light gold rum that is aged up to two years in used whiskey and bourbon barrels. Hints of butterscotch, hazelnut, and tangerine aromas hit the nose with a buttery and spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg flavoring

                                      • Smith and Cross, Jamaica

                                        Traditional, Navy strength, pot distilled rum. Aroma of tropical fruits, smoke and tobacco, with hints of vanilla and molasses in flavor. Lightly spicy finish

                                        • Zaya Gran Reserva, Trinidad And Tobago

                                          Aged rum that is mahogany in color. A complex aroma of sweet vanilla, oak spice and tobacco touch the nose with flavors of almond, hazelnut, oak vanilla and caramel on the palate. Rich sweetness throughout

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                                          What 3,558 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          4.3
                                          4.3 based on all time ratings
                                          • 4.3Food
                                          • 4.2Service
                                          • 4.3Ambience
                                          • 4.2Value

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                                          1. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 11, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We went for our one of our close friends birthday. The food was delicious and our server was beyond amazing (I wish I could remember his name). We had a great bday dinner.

                                          2. JD

                                            JanineD

                                            New York Area

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on March 11, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Birthday for my brother nicely acknowledged

                                          3. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always love Cuba Libre. We love to try different places. But Cuba Libre is always on the go back to list. Just for the record, it’s not a long list.

                                          4. AK

                                            AmyK

                                            San Francisco

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This was our firs time having Cuban food together and I am absolutely blown away! I recently attended a brunch at Cuba Libre and had a great time, so when it was time to pick where we wanted to go for our anniversary dinner, I tapped Cuba Libre as our pick. To say we were pleased is an understatement. The food was fantastic, the cocktails were outstanding, and the service was top-notch (shout out to Ariel for making some great recommendations!). The ambiance is also really cool--it's decorated to look like you're dining alfresco on a street in Cuba. I absolutely LOVE the ambiance. We will definitely be back!! Just to note: when you make your reservation, bear in mind that Cuba Libre turns over to a club starting at 11pm, so if you like to take a while to dine, you'll want to make sure you grab one of the earlier reservations or make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to finish your meal if clubbing isn't your thing.

                                          5. AF

                                            AwesomeFood

                                            Philadelphia

                                            21 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            21 reviews

                                            Dined on March 7, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very good service, outstanding food, lovely atmosphere and everything was as it should be for an outstanding dinner experience. The entire family really enjoyed it. We definitely recommend Cuba Libre

                                          6. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 28, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My husband and I enjoyed ourselves very much. We sat on the second floor for happy hour. The food and drinks were very good and the bartender providing excellent service.

                                          7. KF

                                            KarenF

                                            Philadelphia

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on February 22, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            The food was excellent, the service was good. I would definitely return, there were too many things t0 try on the menu and what my wife and I split were both delicious.

                                          8. YT

                                            YummyTummy

                                            Philadelphia

                                            10 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on February 22, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always good food and drinks. The server was very attentive.

                                          9. PC

                                            PoppyC

                                            Philadelphia

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on February 18, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Overall one of my fav restaurant in Philly.

                                          10. N

                                            Nina

                                            Philadelphia

                                            7 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on February 18, 2020

                                            overall3food4service3ambience5

                                            Great food! Loved the tuna ceviche! Service was very slow for lunch unfortunately.

                                          11. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 16, 2020

                                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                                            Very attentive and amazing service. All the staff were friendly. Food fell a little short and over priced in my opinion. I’m from NYC I understand food can get a little pricey, but i just wasn’t really impressed with our food. The “lobster” in my paella was the size of my pointer finger, tough and chewy. I couldn’t even get it out of the shell. The clams were size of dime. My skirt steak was at best mediocre. Asked for it medium rare and got it rare. On brighter note, drinks were superb. Best mojito I ever had. Strong and delicious. Overall a goodnight. I would be back probably for drinks !

                                          12. MT

                                            MattT

                                            New York Area

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on February 15, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            I wish the portions of the appetizers I ordered were a little bigger. But overall great flavor and great service.

                                          13. S

                                            Skyycon

                                            Philadelphia

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on February 10, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            One of my favorite restaurants in Philly. The food never disappoints and the service is always good.

                                          14. WT

                                            WilliamT

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 9, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Outstanding ambience.....our host Emmanuel was very friendly. The food was delicious. Loved it!....would definitely go back.

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            3 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on February 2, 2020

                                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                                            Food was good but didn’t meet expectations.

                                          16. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on February 2, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was a very nice experience for everybody!

                                          17. AC

                                            AnthonyC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 1, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            From the appetizers to dessert, everything was great. Never disappoints me.

                                          18. JD

                                            JenaD

                                            Baltimore

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 31, 2020

                                            overall2food5service2ambience4

                                            Food was excellent. Empanadas are the absolute best! Service was a miss. Restaurant shut down at 9:30pm on a Thursday night. Music shut off, was not offered dessert, and got the feeling the staff was trying to kick us out. Doors were locked after we left at 10pm.

                                          19. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Hawaii

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 25, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Consistently great food and great music, love stopping by when in Philly.

                                          20. PM

                                            PhillyfoodieMike816

                                            Philadelphia

                                            10 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on January 24, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very cool scenery. Empanadas were out this world. Steak was good. The best part was the bread of the table however, 11/10. Waiter was attentive. Positive experience. Would return and would recommend.

                                          21. PA

                                            PAULS

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 20, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food and service!

                                          22. s

                                            sushihound

                                            Philadelphia

                                            18 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined on January 11, 2020

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            This was a fun place to eat. It would be more fun in the warmer months with the front open, but at 25 degrees it was a warm welcome. The drinks were great and loved the food. Waiter was very attentive.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 11, 2020

                                            overall3food5service3ambience3

                                            I told the waiter it was my girlfriends birthday expecting them to sing happy birthday and they did not . That was the only disappointment, food was good .

                                          24. P

                                            Puffin

                                            Philadelphia

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on January 2, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was an entirely pleasant dining experience: the food and service were excellent and the noise level was mercifully low enough so we could conduct a normal conversation. That's getting to be an increasingly rare situation, but on this particular night in this particular restaurant we didn't have to shout at each other. Or perhaps Cuba Libre's architecture (that big open space) allows sound to dissipate more effectively. We'll definitely return.

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 31, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We often go here as a family. We are always pleasantly surprised at how much the kids love it. It’s a super nice restaurant that I didn’t expect to be so accommodating for children. Mojitis are delicious, it’s easy to find delicious gluten free options, and the service is always great.

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 31, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We enjoyed our NYE Dinner before the fireworks!

                                          27. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            12 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            12 reviews

                                            Dined on December 31, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a wonderful meal and great atmosphere to ring in 2020!

                                          28. S

                                            Soups

                                            Cleveland

                                            21 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            21 reviews

                                            Dined on December 14, 2019

                                            overall3food3service2ambience4

                                            Visiting for the Army-Navy game. Brunch for 5 cost $240 and the service and food were not very good. We know good Cuban food in Miami and this was not very good. The empanadas were good. Surprisingly the coffee was NOT! Even the black beans and rice for our takeout order for dinner was small and just ok. The Vaca Frita did not come with a lime and had little flavor and zero onions.

                                          29. RK

                                            ReneeK

                                            Philadelphia

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on December 10, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food here is excellent and the ambiance is perfect! Looking forward to coming back again soon.

                                          30. OA

                                            OutAndAboutPHL

                                            Atlantic City

                                            186 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            186 reviews

                                            Dined on December 10, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Went there a few days on a business lunch and it was superb. Started with the avocado & crab, raw cubes tuna and a lobster app that was out of this world. My entree was chicken, rice, egg, chorizo & asparagus. What a party that was. My guests all opted for the chicken poi poi and loved each dish. The service was also stellar! The manager also stopped by several times and was warm, hospitable and sincere.

                                          31. M

                                            Mmh19135

                                            Philadelphia

                                            13 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on December 10, 2019

                                            overall4food5service2ambience4

                                            The food was great. Each of us had the Chef's tasting menu, which provided a great overview of the items available. There were no disappointments. Unfortunately, the service was a bit lacking especially considering it was after 7pm on a Monday night and the restaurant was not overly busy. Drink refills were hard to come by even after asking and then trying to get our waitress' attention to remind her that we had asked for a refill and new drink was nearly impossible. The refill only came 40 minutes after asking for it when she finally came back to check on us and I reminded her I had asked for one. My friend gave up on getting a new drink at that point as we were almost finished with dessert. However, I have been here many times and the service we experienced on this evening is not typical of the service here - it is usually friendly and attentive (but not overly so). The food is always good, if not great, and the prices are fair for the quality and portion size of the dishes.

                                          32. NH

                                            NancyH

                                            New York Area

                                            81 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            81 reviews

                                            Dined on December 1, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delish! Fun and the atmosphere is exciting.

                                          33. F

                                            2Foodies

                                            Atlantic City

                                            46 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            46 reviews

                                            Dined on November 24, 2019

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            I will return to this Restaurant. The seafood soup was excellent. Overall, the brunch was very good.

                                          34. ME

                                            MarcE

                                            Chicago

                                            3 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on November 24, 2019

                                            overall4food3service3ambience5

                                            The food was okay. It's definitely a cool place to visit. But honestly the food was just okay.

                                          35. ML

                                            MauraL

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 21, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I got their lunch special, which was four tapas-sized dishes - a soup, an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. All served at once, so you can get in and out. Everything was delicious, and I liked being able to try a few different things. The portion size was perfect for me. Try the black bean soup!

                                          36. M

                                            Michael

                                            Philadelphia

                                            16 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on November 16, 2019

                                            overall2food1service3ambience3

                                            Food was mediocre lacking flavor-we ordered shrimp entree and short rib dish which was flavorless So wouldn’t recommend Mojitas lacked any kick as we were thinking alcohol was missing So we were very disappointed

                                          37. S

                                            Sleestaklighting

                                            Philadelphia

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on November 16, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Love the food here. Had the CAFÉ CUBA LIBRE, with a side on rum... fantastic! One more time, fantastic!

                                          38. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on November 8, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I always return to Cuba Libre when spending time in town. Nicole was an excellent server and had great suggestions for our evening of dining. The grilled octopus wade squid item.

                                          39. LL

                                            LisaL

                                            Philadelphia

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on November 2, 2019

                                            overall5food5service2ambience5

                                            I got the wrong meal and had to wait 15 min for the correct meal to come out. They did not offer to compensate us in any way.

                                          40. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            29 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            29 reviews

                                            Dined on October 27, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic food and service as always.

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                                          Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 3558 OpenTable diners

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