Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

JD
vipJanineD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my brother nicely acknowledged

AK
AmyK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 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.

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AwesomeFood
Philadelphia
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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

KF
KarenF
Philadelphia
3 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.

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YummyTummy
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PC
PoppyC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall one of my fav restaurant in Philly.

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vipNina
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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 !

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MattT
New York Area
1 review
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.

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Skyycon
Philadelphia
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.

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WilliamT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good but didn’t meet expectations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice experience for everybody!

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JD
vipJenaD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PM
PhillyfoodieMike816
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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.

PA
PAULS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipsushihound
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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 .

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Puffin
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our NYE Dinner before the fireworks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Soups
Cleveland
14 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.

RK
ReneeK
Philadelphia
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.

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vipOutAndAboutPHL
Atlantic City
182 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.

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vipMmh19135
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 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.

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vip2Foodies
Atlantic City
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.

ME
MarcE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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

ML
MauraL
Philadelphia
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!

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vipMichael
Philadelphia
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

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Sleestaklighting
Philadelphia
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

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vipLisaL
Philadelphia
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always.

JA
vipJoAnninNewOrleans
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious! Rather dark inside, had to use cell to see menu. Fun atmosphere

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great
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Service was great and food was terrific.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 3660 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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