Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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3553 reviews
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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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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual food, service and drinks were great. They accommodated adding another customer after making reservations through Open Table would not. # kudos. We'll b back 4 sure!

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PB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went on Mother’s Day. It has a nice ambiance with open, atrium like, dining room. For being Mother’s Day the place was not crowded, plenty of open seats. We ordered the tropical chips with 3 dips. Was good but not enough chips came with the dip. The waiter seemed to be rushing us and picked up the dips before we were finished. I had the Vaca Frita , the meat was tougher than beef jerky and super dry. My wife had the Cuban Sandwich, it was bland. The other two people in our party enjoyed their meals. I fell this place is priced for quality food but falls short

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MS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great eats, service very nice, keep coming back

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date atmosphere

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to visit and the food is consistently good. Very authentic. I absolutely love the atmosphere. Can’t wait to return with my guy.

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j
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter's birthday at Cuba Libre this past weekend. Our waitress provided GREAT service!! I did add a note in the on line reservation advising we were celebrating a birthday and expected Happy Birthday to be sung but that did not happen. Not a big deal. Maybe they do not have the staff sing like other restaurants. No big deal since I'm sure my daughter did not want the song sang to her 🙂

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe is so fun and the food is incredible!

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T
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for lunch with a friend and it was great in every way. The ambiance had a real Cuban feel. The service was great and attentive. They offer a wonder combination meal of various Cuban fare and it was all delicious. Looking forward to a return visit.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was exceptional! The food and ambiance is consistently good. We dine here often and will continue to.

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and atmosphere. Our meal was served warm, not hot, but didn't want to complain about it and have it reheated. Overall good meal, would go back again but wouldn't be a top choice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were absolutely amazing!!!

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GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Night out with the girls. Great pomegranate mojitos

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SG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The seafood was flavorless and tasteless. The appetizers were good. Chef needs to add more spices to give food a better taste

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JF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great!! I like the environment.

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j
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Cuba Libre several times for brunch. The brunch menu has changed so this time we went for an early dinner and once again thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The food is fantastic - Pineapple Cubana Guacamole is the best ever! The Spinach and Manchego Bunuelos were excellent. My husband had Mama Amelia's Empanadas for his main course and gave it a top rating. I had the Churrasco a la Cubano (skirt steak over a potato hash) and it was perfectly prepared and totally delicious. Banana Bread Caramelo with Cuban coffee topped it all off. I'd like to add that the service was also excellent. Rebekah was appropriately attentive. She knew details about the food and its preparation which provided a comfort to us in terms of what we would like to eat. Her recommendations were spot on and very much appreciated. We continue to rate the great food and excellent service at Cuba Libre at the very top of the choices of restaurants in Philadelphia and we will return!

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D
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was great. Unfortunately, the bathroom was not clean and since it’s a unisex bathroom the seat was left up. I had to touch the seat to put it down. The bathroom made it a 4 star instead of a five star experience.

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool ambiance. Great service. The food was amazing. Every entree we tried was amazing. Recommend the pineapple guacamole, empanadas, crab croquettes, the vegetable paella, and the chicken!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was unforgettable. We will be back! Amazing food! Amazing atmosphere! No complaints!

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Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Caught them on a bad night- very busy. They tried to get as many tables into a small space- we were pretty much sitting on top of each other. Food was delicious so make the night worth it.

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall BEAUTIFUL atmosphere and experience. Drinks were delicious from coffee to mojitos. Some dishes were better than others. I would suggest asking what the waiter or waitress recommends on the menu or what is the freshest for that particular day. I would definitely return

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Didn’t meet expectations. Wasn’t bad but not what I expected.

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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apollo was Great waiter/server....Our first visit everything great and will not be our last Chef Entree is worth the price and drinks were magnificent.

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JS
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavorful food, elaborate Cuban theme, good service.

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L
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like I was in Cuba! The food was incredible; best black bean soup I’ve had in years! Great place

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SJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good food, amazing drinks. Our waiter disappeared mid-meal, and the menu is on the pricy side, but definitely a fun place.

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D
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific! Just like Old Cuba. Great service, too.

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LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food! Natalie, our waitress, was phenomenal as she explained all the dishes perfectly and helped us make great decisions. Great drinks and great food.

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VN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for our sister.

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F
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Beautiful restaurant!

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m
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

our first time for brunch/lunch. only complaint is there should be no charge for bread!!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our food and waiter were amazing; the hostess not so much.

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PB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great. Cuba Libre is one of my favorite. Always good food.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for a time they were “no longer seating”

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FH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I don’t feel like the price we paid for our food was worth it, steak was underdone and the mash potatoes came out ice cold. By the time we received new mash potatoes we were already done with our meal. The dessert took forever to come out we actually thought our server forgot to put it in. For a first timer, I will not be back.

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L
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately we were seated at a small 2 seat table in the back of restaurant next to a party of 14. We could not hear each other speak and it took quite awhile for waitress to come to our table as she was attending to the large party.

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GF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to have a drink and split some plates. We brought my boyfriend's family here for his grandma's birthday and they brought her dessert totally unprompted! I know there's other restaurants around the country but it feels local when you're there. It always creates a space for good conversation!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great, definitely worth going. I would dine here again.

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

We waited over half an hour to be seated even though we had reservations. It was very crowded which we understood but we were ready to leave and go to another place to eat. They did then seat us and comped our drinks and appetizers which we greatly appreciated.

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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing!! Super knowledgable and friendly. Have great recommendations. Food was delicious. We enjoyed a number of the appetizers— especially, the pineapple guac, tuna ceviche, and chicken tamale. Drinks were also great. My friend got the guava drink with the rum made from sugar cane. Amazing!!

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BM
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and cool atmosphere, this was my first time at this Philly staple and I really loved it! Looking forward to returning before a show at the Arden. Drinks were particularly great.

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