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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784 (Corner of 9th & H Streets)
+1 202-408-1600
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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189 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had eaten in the Philadelphia sister restaurant, so we thought we would give this one a try. It was restaurant week, so the meals were very reasonable. The red snapper, pisco sour, and tres leches cake were all quite good. Service was good. The restaurant gets very noisy.

Thank slizzie
Bishopville, Maryland
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145 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived around 6pm on Tuesday night - most bar area was full but regular tables were mostly empty. We opted for happy hour specials at bar and each selected a few small bites - empanadas and scallop ceviche were my favorite. Service was good and food came out in reasonable timeframe. Enjoyed our meal!

Thank Seasidesewing
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friend recommended this place so we went here on Saturday night to celebrate my birthday. 1st of all you can't work on host position and be like something died inside you. No smile, no "how are you?", just very bored and annoying "Hi". Served that approached us, didn't introduced him self, didn't bother to wait to take the order so... More 

Thank ljubam93
Amnon P, General Manager at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing we us your most recent experience and I am sorry to hear it did not meet your expectation. I would like to learn more details on your evening affair and would appreciate if you can email me in private: amnon@cubalibrerestaurant.com Looking forward to hear from you soon to try and correct the issues for... More 

Salmon Arm, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat at the bar and the bartender set me up with an assortment of appetizers which were delicious. The interior decor was like sitting outside. Very nicely done. Wicked good rum drinks.

Thank brewingday
Freeport, Maine
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156 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here for happy hour and enjoyed the imported beers. When happy hour was over, they said we couldn't keep ordering the same beer but we convinced them that was a stupid rule. We stayed and ordered dinner and expected to each get an entree and share - but they were both pretty small. The food was good... More 

Thank Maine-ahh
Frederick, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was exceptional service was great. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family.

Thank Kerry R
Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My group of 9 had a nice Cuban meal. No one was very familiar with Cuban food but all enjoyed the meal. The waiter was not so jovial but did a far job of taking care of us.

Thank kmayfwm
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Cuba Libre with my husband and two children (8 and 10). The ambience is fantastic, the food is delicious and the drinks are fabulous (try the Ropa Vieja and the guava caipirinha!). They have a solid kids menu. The service was a bit spotty, but it could have been because they were really busy. We had to... More 

Thank migtk
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wife and I came here for dinner. Keep in mind it was early and it was not busy at all... We were greeted by friendly staff in a nice atmosphere. Food was delicious and service was fast. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves...

Thank Foneguy1
Havelock, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I decided to stop here for dinner while spending the night in DC. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively but not overwhelming. We really enjoyed the decor added to create a more authentic dining experience. My only complaint is that the service was sometimes slow resulting in my wife and I waiting a while... More 

Thank Matthew S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784
    (Corner of 9th & H Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Two Blocks away from Chinatown Metro Stop (Red, Yellow, Green Lines). Four Blocks from Metro Center Stop (Orange & Blue Lines)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-408-1600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?