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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Cuban Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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    "Great food, and strong Caipirinha.. Check out new menu items!"(7 Tips)
    Jenni E.
    "Sopa levante muerto is amazing, tasty ceviche too!"(4 Tips)
    Ben H.
    "Great mojitos, the plantains were awesome."(27 Tips)
    Sheila T.
    "The panqueques with mango butter and maple syrup are heavenly."(3 Tips)
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  • mojitos
  • Cuban food
  • caipirinhas
  • happy hour
  • muerto
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  • Arun R.heart icon on user image
    Arun RamachandranNovember 19, 2014
    Wanna go out for some fun Salsa dancing on a Saturday night? This is totally your place. Drinks are a little expensive, but the ambience is a lot of fun. Oye bonita! Vamos a bailar! ;)
  • Mattglobetrottingfoodie M.heart icon on user image
    Impressed with manager after confronted with only cash $1 empanadas. He made work so we could order under our tab. Great job on keeping customer happy. We'll be back for $5 rum and cokes.
    Upvoted Apr 8
  • Luz Z.heart icon on user image
    Luz ZSApril 2, 2018
    Food here is sooo delicious, the citron chicken and arroz con pollo are awesome, very recommended. The service is great, prices are high, but it’s worth it. 😉😋👌🏻
  • Steve L.heart icon on user image
    Steve LeeOctober 2, 2021
    We had a blast. Great food be sure to try the empanadas and the vegetarian paella…! It was special of course the drinks and if you can ask for Shorty…great service.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 23, 2014
    A chain with branches in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, the Havana-lite Cuba Libre is a huge space -- perfect for bringing a group, unlike many bars near the Convention Center. Read more
  • Michele B.heart icon on user image
    Michele BartramJuly 2, 2013
    1st time? try"15 Tastes of Cuba" tasting menu. enjoy papas rellenas, malanga fritters, churrasco & mango mojito shrimp. And don't miss the mango butter on the toasted bread!
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherMay 11, 2015
    One of the best (if not the best) happy hour in Chinatown! Excellent mojitos/sangria and lovely small plates.
  • S. C.
    S. C.February 9, 2013
    Lecheno (sp) (pulled pork) was great! Flank steak also great. Little buzz from the 2 margaritas I had but hubby's 3 mojitos made him quite jolly. No room for desert
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WhalenMarch 19, 2014
    This was my first time here and I found it to be a Gorgeous place with great food and service. It's like a wonderful piece of Havana right here in DC.
  • James G.heart icon on user image
    James GoochAugust 18, 2018
    Really tasty food and a good selection of rum, of course! Felt slightly rushed with mains arriving immediately after appetisers but otherwise great.
  • Kitchenboy
    KitchenboySeptember 3, 2011
    Went with wife and a friend. We had drinks and many small plates. There is much diversity in drinks and food. The decor is really cool, like a small Cuban village street. We enjoyed ourselves.
  • Edward R.heart icon on user image
    Edward RobisonDecember 16, 2015
    Are you a rum nerd? Ask for their special menu of 100+ rums and a side of fresh cane juice.
  • Franco F.
    Franco FernandezOctober 4, 2010
    Great ambiance, food, and service. The Bacan is one of the smartest veg dishes in the DC, the Cafe Cubano is legit and the bay leaf in my frijoles blew my mind! They got so many things right!
  • Jeremy E.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy EdgeJuly 17, 2016
    Happy hour is great. Lots of food and it's festive. Go early for a seat.
  • Ranimheart icon on user image
    RanimAugust 29, 2016
    Cuban atmosphere, friendly Cuban staff and deletions food. I've tried their traditional breakfast dish and loved it
  • DiDi
    DiDiMay 24, 2013
    Be careful about parking for lunch. It's not easy to find street parking & public parking structure is $17.00! Restaurant has valet for evenings.
  • Aidaheart icon on user image
    AidaAugust 14, 2014
    The passionfruit mojito hits the spot but the real big star is the mango butter. Addicting!
  • Maggie E.
    Maggie EsqNovember 26, 2010
    I'd recommend the ceviche flight to try them all, the guacamole with pineapple, and the pork belly. Also don't skip the bread, it was hot and delicious paired with a sweet butter.
  • Leslie L.heart icon on user image
    Leslie LinaresSeptember 19, 2017
    Party vibes on the weekends, great to have a good time with Latin rhythms. Cuban food is not so good or legit.
  • Antonio B
    Antonio BJanuary 15, 2012
    one of the best brunches in the city....start's @ 11:30am....don't get there before then or you'll just be waititng....once you sit down you won't be disappointed!
  • Aleksandra A.heart icon on user image
    Aleksandra ArcipowskaJanuary 25, 2019
    Mango mojito is great! They have amazing food and salsa events. Great place to visit!
  • Jenni E.
    Jenni ElizabethMay 30, 2011
    Great service, very knowledgeable wait staff. Sopa levante muerto is amazing, tasty ceviche too! So many drinks to try, definitely coming back for more.
  • Claudia María B.
    I would not go back. We had the Cuban roast pork entree for 2. Insufficient sides so you have to order more. Food was good. Service was slow. Expensive for what you get. Complimentary bday cake.
  • Lorenzo L.heart icon on user image
    Lorenzo LatneyMarch 3, 2016
    Great bar menu, mojitos are amazing, food is awesome just don't come if you're in a hurry
  • Nessa C.
    Nessa CarbajalOctober 7, 2012
    If you know authentic Cuban food you will not enjoy this place. However it's a great spot for salsa on fri & sat nights.
  • TBD
    TBDDecember 8, 2010
    Stacy Viera says the tres ceviches are possibly the best dishes on the menu here. "The salmon and orange ceviche was fruity and fresh, with a texture of partially cooked sashimi." Read more
  • Jay B.
    Jay BlessedNovember 12, 2013
    Great service. Beautiful decor. Mouth watering drinks! Oh...the food was good too.
  • Charlie P.heart icon on user image
    Charlie PhelanMarch 26, 2016
    Great place to grab a taste of Cuba in dc
  • Carlosheart icon on user image
    CarlosOctober 18, 2016
    Rum is great, bad misinterpretation of Cuban food... although great flavors it was not a traditional Cuban meal.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BrownJuly 23, 2013
    The Cuba Libre coffee is excellent. As well as the Cuban sandwich and tres leches.
  • Joe W.
    Joe WilliamsAugust 24, 2013
    Very nice service. Very good Havanna Ice Tea. Recommend this place to everyone.
  • Iscah L.
    Iscah LeeJuly 16, 2011
    Ask for the rum list- Mt Gay XO, Pyrat Cask, Appleton 30 year and English Harbor. You'll pay for the aged rums, but they're good.
  • Sheila T.
    Sheila ThomsonAugust 15, 2015
    The panqueques with mango butter and maple syrup are heavenly.
  • Luca P.heart icon on user image
    Luca PascottoJanuary 17, 2015
    Nice place, attended during. #TRBAM - private room avail ale
  • Olga K.heart icon on user image
    Olga KorolenkoDecember 14, 2014
    Nice service and good food, perfect traditional atmosphere.
  • Caraheart icon on user image
    CaraAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I have not had ONE mediocre dish, appetizer, or beverage at Cuba Libre yet! The Caprioskas are my favorite cocktail.
  • Felicia
    FeliciaAugust 17, 2014
    Great place to catch a game with some awesome appetizers.
  • Ryan H.heart icon on user image
    Ryan HardingFebruary 21, 2019
    Great food! Highly recommend the Cubano!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MedinaFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like Fried Rice, try Cuba Libre's version. Amazing flavor and well worth the $5.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaNovember 24, 2010
    Get the grilled pineapple mojito and the pork belly small bites! Also, the guacamole with pineapple is surprisingly good.
  • Dan P.heart icon on user image
    Dan PericoneJuly 15, 2018
    Arroz con pollo & guac w/ crab was yummy
  • Dan P.heart icon on user image
    Dan PericoneJuly 15, 2018
    Arroz con pollo & guac w/ crab was yummy
  • Dan P.heart icon on user image
    Dan PericoneJuly 15, 2018
    Arroz con pollo & guac w/ crab was yummy
  • Emily
    EmilyOctober 29, 2011
    Go for the all you can eat and drink brunch for $35. Great deal with awesome food.
  • Lorayne C.heart icon on user image
    Lorayne ConstantSeptember 22, 2021
    Wonderful environment with lots of dance
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauApril 9, 2012
    The happy hour here is really good. Strong Caprinihas and Estrella Damm are quite good
  • Sophocles G.
    Sophocles GrafasFebruary 28, 2012
    The salsa dancing is very fun but make sure to bring comfortable shoes as they take out all chairs.
  • Ben H.heart icon on user image
    Ben HazelkornJanuary 29, 2015
    Great mojitos, the plantains were awesome.
  • Zoe M.
    Zoe MaurerMay 12, 2013
    FYI guys they will not let you in if you are wearing shorts, sandals, or sneakers which I find a bit off putting but regardless I guess you gotta dress to impress.
  • Randy S.heart icon on user image
    Randy SistoJuly 3, 2015
    Mojitos, sangria, tapas!
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