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2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2003
202-588-5501
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant casual outdoor dining

A large selection of tapas. We enjoyed all 4 that we tried. It was a weeknight, so not very busy. Would go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Ben K
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A large selection of tapas. We enjoyed all 4 that we tried. It was a weeknight, so not very busy. Would go back.

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Boston,MA
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215 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We started with a corn bread sandwich type dish that had a shredded chicken and cheese filling. We then had a filet covered in sauce off the appetizer menu, that was to die for! There was a cool one man band that played lovely during dinner. Also put your dollar up on the wall with the thousands of others, for... More 

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Centerville, Ohio, United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Rumba Cafe has a very humble curbside appearance but what's inside is certainly worth bragging about. We went there at 2pm on a Sunday and got right in. First of all, like other posts, the mojitos were excellent. I had the traditional and my wife had the Mojito Pasion (passion fruit). For our meal, we had the Lomo a La... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Rumba Cafe is one of my favorite bar/restaurants in the Washington, DC area. It is charming and authentically Cuban. The walls are covered with artifacts and dollar bills (which you make a wish with). The mojitos are amazing and they have a great happy hour 7 days a week. If they have live music, even better! The food is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Just went here last night and ordered a few tapas. They were REALLY good! I liked that the menu was filled with a variety of Latin foods, Cuban, Colombian, Peruvian, etc. This is a nice little friendly cafe with fun decor. Also, the staff is really friendly. I have only been here once but it looks like a neighborhood place... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Very tasty dishes, but very limited menu for lunch. The tostones and sweet fried bananas were very good. My dish was poached eggs over tostones garnished with sauteed spinach, chopped tomatoes, sour creme, salsa and a slice of advacado. Very good. My wife had stewed beef with rice and beans. The beef was shredded and tasty, but still tough.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Latin food - think Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile... OMG the stuffed pepper was SO underrated! And the paella was worth every penny! It's a large dish though, so you may want to split it with someone. The food here is top notch.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

Everything about this place screams Rumba! (Party). From the moment you step in you are greeted by friendly staff. Get yourself a spot near the band or by he bar, order a monitor (a most), do a quick read of the menu, just order whatever, everything is awesome! From the arepas to the ceviche. Rumba's owner Gustavo is an avid... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Located in the Adams Morgan District. Authentic Latin-American cuisine. The decor is very electic. Must have a mojito! They are not syrupy-sweet; instead muddled with fresh mint. Very tasty! Order Plantano Relleno (plaintains with mozzarella) from the appetizer/tapas menu. It is so yummy!!!

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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Went there with a native Colombian looking for authentic food. We were not disappointed food was amazing staff was great even with a party of 9. Loved the shrimp appetizer and the fried plantains. Will be back!

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Additional Information about Rumba Cafe

Address: 2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2003
Phone Number: 202-588-5501
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2003
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 202-588-5501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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