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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Pub
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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
Closed now
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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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San Diego
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Traveling on business, a colleague treated me to Cuba Libre for dinner. Having never had Cuban food, I wasn't sure what to expect - but it was good. What was my favorite was their Passion Fruit Mohito's!! The décor of the restaurant made you feel like you were really in Cuba and transformed my dining experience which was a delightful... More 

Thank SeriousSDTraveler
Herndon, Virginia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited starving on a rainy Saturday morning for brunch and were not disappointed. The brunch taps were outstanding. The restaurant has lovely decor with a great Cuban flair and fabulous service. The sangria was perfect and I am not often a fan of that. We had four brunch tapas that were all delicious. My favorite part was the basket... More 

Thank Kristen G
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tried the bento lunch here. Chicken empanada, slider, and fried plantain chips with guacamole. Came with a mini tres leches cake as well. Very tasty, not overly filling, but satisfying and hearty. Decor is really great--looks like you are dining outside in old havana. Was served promptly. I'd check it out again if I were in town.

Thank JupiterGirl
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've only been to Cuba Libre for Sunday brunch and its excellent. How could you not love unlimited food from 11 -2 p.m? The only thing I don't like is that in order to get unlimited mimosas, the whole table has to get them - that is unfair. Other than that, it is a delicious restaurant.

Thank Carlita P
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I ate brunch tapas and absolutely loved the Spanish/Cuban/contemporary cuisine. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food was out of this world. Don't hesitate. Cuba Libre is terrific.

Thank jgolomb
Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped in for lunch with a larger group and the staff were very accommodating. I got the tour of Havana sampler, and was left a little disappointed in the portions. I had a massive salad, cup of bean soup, and what looked like trimmed ends of someone else's Cuban sandwich. I was expecting equal portions of the three items,... More 

Thank Nathan D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our lunch immensely. Our server was so helpful "Linda Sosa " and we will ask for her again.

Thank Diana B
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Cuba Libre for dinner and some fun. I had been to the one in Orlando and this one looks very similar ( a slight feeling of Pirates of the Caribbean!) A good selection of "local" dishes all prepared very well. Generous portions, plenty of options to share and a great selection of drinks! Some of the locals had... More 

Thank AuntB08
Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we live in the area, this was our first dinner at Cuba Libre. We dined there early on New Year's Eve before the crowds arrived. Both the food and service were first rate. I've had limited experience with Cuban food and found all of the dishes to be delicious. Nothing was too heavily spiced. Portions were very generous. We... More 

Thank Charlotte P
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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98 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Immediate seating, quick service. Delicious bread on the side. Good fish, but not the best. Unfortunately did not try the mojitos. Cute place to have dinner. They have gluten free options, but choice is limited, yet sufficient.

Thank Rutgerth

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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
USD 25 - USD 50
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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?