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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

10 South 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-627-0666
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Ranked #148 of 3,724 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Latin
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between Market & Chestnut Streets
Transit: Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was our fourth experience at We are on our way to Hawaii via PHL, and my wife and daughter insisted on Cuba Libre. We all just love this place for both the atmosphere and food. Their wine isn't the best, but it is decent. But, the food makes up for it. Great service too.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My boyfriend and I love to come Here for a date night with the tastiest food and drinks and live atmosphere. The service is friendly and helpful, especially when ordering from the extensive rum menu. Not only is the menu exciting and varied, but the food is super delicious and authentic! A must try in Philly!

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Everything was delicious and great prices. Tapas style. Don't leave Philly without having lunch here! Loved the Cubano sandwich, the cheese natilla, the soup, etc, etc.

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Sonoma, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The tapas were all good and the atmosphere felt genuine--skylight made it feel like a patio. Sparky made a Cuba Libra drink to my partners parameters. We went back a second time.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If your looking for great food/drinks/staff and atmosphere you will find it here. My brother and I went here while visiting Philly and forget the cheesesteak give me a mojito and a stack with Yuca potato mash/pulled pork/slaw topped with a sour orange mole sauce. I am not a big drinker but I had two mojito's (Primo & Orange) and... More

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Wolcott, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I really wanted to like Cuba Libre , but they really fall short. We went this Sunday with 7 people they did seat us but with pushing from myself. Not a very busy but seemed like the waitress had too much on her plate. Management seems to just walk around and not do anything or help at all, so the... More

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MarissaSudol, Guest Relations Manager at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, responded to this review

Hi Martin, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback on your experience with us at Cuba Libre. I'm so sorry that it wasn't ideal, and truly appreciate your comments - we view everything as a learning experience in order to improve! Our GM, Ursula Sitero, would like to speak with you a little more about... More

Top Contributor
252 reviews 252 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The atmosphere is fun and the food is excellent! I've eaten there several times & it was always consistently good. Fun location, tough parking, depending on the day but definitely worth the inconvenience.

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rochester, ny
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

First time I've been to this restaurant. The hostess stated she would not take a reservation for 6 people. Despite multiple attempts to get in, we ended up sitting at the bar. Food was ok. Chicken and steak dishes were overcooked. Unlikely to eat there again.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is a Disney-fied version of what one might find in Havana--complete with (made to look) faded paint, huge tropical fans circulating lazily overhead, and darkly lit stairs to the second level (paladares in Havana seem invariably to be on the roofs of buildings). We started with cafes con leche, and these came closest to what I've encountered in my... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I arrived late for a dinner with my colleagues and clients. They had all mostly finished by the time I got there. Our waiter in the span of 10 minutes had delivered a nice adult beverage (Mojito I believe) and a delicious Ropa Vieja entree. The dish was delicious, the cocktail was nice and the service was excellent.

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