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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Cuban Restaurant$$
Today 4:00 – 10:00 pm
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801 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
801 9th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20001
$$Cuban Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Cuban Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Caribbean Restaurant
Today 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 4:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 4:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 4:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 4:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday ClosedSunday 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner Guillermo Pernot's delectable menu of classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.
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Cuban cuisine & a vast rum bar accented by Caribbean decor & late-night salsa dancing.- Google
"The Guacamole Cubano was great!"
"We were told we could get a table at Cuba Libre and then denied."
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Roli Rathore
3 weeks ago
Absolutely disappointing... I went there second time took 5 other friends with me. The service was pathetic... The servers were really rude and they were ready to pick up the plate even before we could finiish. The drinks ordered showed up after appetizers.. No one came to ask if we need anything in between. One of my friend got so upset that didn't eat anything ....
Bill Watson
a month ago
The skirt/chimmichuri had a decent flavor, but no better than I can make at home. My son's chicken dish and my meal were both served lukewarm, if that. The best item on the table was the mango butter. Maybe we hit a bad night, but our dining experience was not commensurate to the price we paid. I wanted to like the restaurant, but just couldn't.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi Bill, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are truly sorry to hear that your experience was less than stellar, and we would like to further improve on our short coming. As such ,we would much appreciate if you take some time and kindly contact myself, by email at or by phone at 202-408-1600. Thank you- Amnon Pick General Manager Cuba Libre Washington DC
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Eric in the District
4 months ago
My first experience here was mixed but I think it's worth giving it another shot. There was a huge convention the week we went so needless to say Happy Hour was super crowded and service wasn't the best. I drank the Caipirinhas which were pretty decent and my friends ordered sangria which they enjoyed. Mixed reviews on the tapas; some where pretty tasty while other were just okay. Most of the empanadas we tried we pretty good. The only down side is we rarely saw our server and they also messed up my order forgetting to bring out some tapas. In fact our server just stopped serving us after we ordered food and drinks and then went to work behind the bar. We had to track down another server to get additional service. With the crowded atmosphere though it was sort of understandable so it's worth another shot.
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Daniel Castellanos
8 months ago
To;dr. The atmosphere was amazing. Maybe it's cause I eat at a ton of Cuban places and cook it myself but this food was so bad. The chicharones tasted like rancid meat. The classic camahuita(?) Treated like rubber tire. Everything was deep fried in what tasted like a vat of old oil. The dishes were mildly Cuban and the service was bad. People walked by and no cleared our mounting pile of dishes. Zagat in DC must be desperate for Caribbean food. Tl;Dr: gives Cuban food a bad name.
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Johana Maisonave
2 weeks ago
Utterly disappointing. I just move to the DC area and many co-workers recommended the place since I am from Puerto Rico. Unfortunately the experience was unpleasant, we showed up and had no reservations, that would be my fault, but considering that the place was half empty I thought it would be no problem. The hostess got us a table promptly. After sitting, 8 minutes passed and no one came to ask for our order so I asked the manager, who was our server? The manager proceeded to take our drink order quite reluctantly, when he brought the drinks he was rude and slammed my drink in the table. The server took about 15 minutes to show up, he was OK but did not made our experience any better. The food was acceptable but nothing outright scrumptious since I know how to cook this food myself. I do find the prices are in the high side.
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Leigh Rawls
3 months ago
If there was a Cuba section at Disney's Epcot park, it would probably look like the interior of this restaurant. It's made to look like a fairytale version of a Cuban market square with faux balconies and building facades covering every wall. It's bordering the cheesy line, but it still retains some elegance to it I suppose. With the over done decor, I kind of expected to the food to be terrible, but I was pleasantly surprised. The wait for a table was incredibly long (make a reservation!!!) so we ended waiting and finally snagging a table in the bar area. We ordered a bunch of apps during their HH and had lots of sangria. The food was quite good (cuban flair without anything too crazy on the menu, everyone should be able to find something they like), but their white sangria was my favorite! Overall, it's a little pricey, but it's a pretty fun place to go especially if you want a non-traditional restaurant atmosphere. Lastly, it's a bit dimly lit and pretty loud, so if you have older folks with you or those that have hearing or seeing difficulties, it's probably not the best place to go. Otherwise, it's worth checking out (but I repeat, make a reservation.)
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Richard Plocica
5 months ago
What a Dump! Wall to wall people and having to dance in the aisles stepping on broken glass. Loud Latin music and mostly drunken young women and men but we weren't so we noticed. Had the atmosphere of a redneck dive. Back toward the coatroom noticeably smelled like puke. My Colombian fiance had no problem getting a beer and a coke for me since I was driving but $20 seems a bit much even by DC standards - we just had finished dancing at Quill in The Jefferson but there is a big difference for the price. The $5 entry fee seemed reasonable but to find VIP tables start at $350 and the atmosphere is not all all what the reviews state...better cleaner, reasonably priced places to go. I know! Cuba Libre reminds me of the Cuban cigar factory worker dives in Tampa when I went to college in the 1960s at USF.
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Julie M
9 months ago
The 7 tapas for 30 dollars was delicious - and about the price you would expect for D.C. - and enough for two hungry people. The scam occurred with the pitcher of mojitos. I was initially looking at the happy hour menu and the $6 Caipirinha and was set to order when the waitress said, "You can get that but we are famous for our mojitos." Okay, I'll take one of those. "But you can get a pitcher that ends up being cheaper if you plan to have a few". Less than a glass into the pitcher we noticed you couldn't taste the mint and there wasn't enough sugar - so we had to ask for sides of both of them. Oh, and alcohol. There wasn't any. I am a lightweight and two and a half glasses in and all I felt was ill from a full belly. The shocker was the bill - because I initially requested a happy hour drink I thought the pitcher would've been a happy hour price too - my bad. Almost $60 for mojitos that shouldn't have been famous for anything. I'm convinced our waitress recommended it for the bigger tip that comes with a large bill. Stick to the happy hour menu folks!
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We were late and our first host was horrible... Davon our second host stepped in and give us an outstanding customer service.
We meet the Manager David and our night was simply fantastic.
The show us that they care ....
Awesome decor, great drink, nice food and excellent Customer Service.
Will recommend to anyone.
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