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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

4.3
4.3
3230 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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Additional information

  • 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 -2:30.

  • Phone number

    (215) 627-0666

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Guillermo Pernot (Chef-Partner)

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Megan Jaurigue, Director, Sales & Local Marketing: (215) 627-0666 ext. 201

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    Between Market & Chestnut Streets

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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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

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 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

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 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

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 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

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very nice experience for everybody!
  16. 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.
  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

    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

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food and great music, love stopping by when in Philly.
  20. PM

    PhillyfoodieMike816

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 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

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 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

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 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

    Mmh0171

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 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

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 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

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 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

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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

    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

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 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 3230 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Market & Chestnut Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • 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 -2:30.

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Guillermo Pernot (Chef-Partner)

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 627-0666

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Megan Jaurigue, Director, Sales & Local Marketing: (215) 627-0666 ext. 201

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