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2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2003
202-588-5501
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5:00 pm - 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
How have I missed this place all these years?

I frequently go to Adams Morgan, but I never ate at the Rumba Cafe before. Last night I enjoyed a couple of tapas and a mojito at the outdoor cafe, and was really pleased with the food! Though it was not noted on the menu, the waitress informed me that the many "flour corn arepas" were all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Jill V
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I frequently go to Adams Morgan, but I never ate at the Rumba Cafe before. Last night I enjoyed a couple of tapas and a mojito at the outdoor cafe, and was really pleased with the food! Though it was not noted on the menu, the waitress informed me that the many "flour corn arepas" were all gluten-free. The platano... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Love this place. Hands down best mojito in DC and the tapas menu is just right. Not to mention HH has a great carne asada plate and 1/2 price mojitos. For the few years that I lived in DC, I made this my 2/3 time weekly stop. And I continue to make it my stop when my work rotates me... More 

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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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20 reviews
13 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?