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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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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
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely setting, tasty huevos rancheros and attentive but patient service made for a wonderful reunion of our Cuba tour group.

Thank EehHaw
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was recommended to this place by friends. Excellent food, friendly service, lovely ambience. A tad crowded and noisy at 6:30pm on a Monday, mostly because of a cocktail hour crowd at the adjacent bar. It's a rum bar, but I didn't try one of the special rum cocktails. The classic mojito I ordered was nothing memorable.

Thank damax55
Montpellier, France
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice atmosphere great location and good food. What else do you expect! Mojito and caipirinas were delicious.

Thank Isa34980
Daytona Beach, Florida
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hostess which may have been a Supervisor was short tempered and almost rude. She actually acted like we bothered her by asking for a table. Our waiter was awesome and the food average for the price

Thank 633goose
Itasca, Illinois
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything about our visit was great. Restaurant was packed on a Saturday night but the service was excellent as was the food. The specialty cocktails were really good and just strong enough. I would highly recommend coming to this restaurant, as it is one of the better ones I've been to in a long time. Seafood paella was amazing!

Thank eagledemps
Farmingdale, New York
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122 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with the family (wife, 11 yr old and 5 yr old). The decor is fun, it feels like your at a restaurant in Disney or Vegas Casino set in old Havana (or at least what I think old Havana would look like) Appetizers as I said above were great (Pineapple Guacamole, Tuna Ceviche and Empinadas) our entrées were ok,... More 

Thank Stu S
Knoxville, Tennessee
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They were very flexible with the menu allowing me to try a couple of items. They have apps, soups, salads and sandwiches. They also have sidewalk dining. I had lunch and it was not overly crowded. I walked by later that evening and it was packed. The lunch was fast enough but not rushed. Food was very good. I did... More 

Thank fsbk9
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch at this place, a brief walk from the Convention Center where I was attending a conference. Quick service and great food. Ordered the lunch special with three cleverly paired items. And it was great!

Thank Innov8science
Amman, Jordan
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118 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As you enter this place the first thing they ask ya for is do u have any allergies?? And then you think..where did I enter...though the service is somewhat slow but the food , the variety and creativity is worth the wait.

Thank aousjor
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a latin girl and i know my food, and this place is a must try while in D.C. The service, food,and atmosphere were all great. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgable on the menu. We asked for recommendations and he didnt disappoint. Another great thing is that the restaurant beccomes a lounge with good latin music after dinner... More 

Thank Maddy1985

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, 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?