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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

10 South 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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Ranked #152 of 3,728 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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76% Recommend
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Restaurant was recommended by a colleague so walked Old City for lunch. Restaurant decor was beautiful. Ordered Picadillo and de la casa empanadas and they were some of the best that I have ever had. Given a choice again, would order sangria instead of pisco punch (waitress suggested sangria but wanted to try something different). Will definitely return for dinner... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We've been here several times, this was our first time for lunch. We had tapas, liked most of them very much, a couple not so much. Excellent mojitos and service.

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have enjoyed Cuba Libre in two locations. My favorite is the Cuba Libre in Old City. Nice atmosphere and I enjoy nights when they open up with Latin music after dinner. My favorite is the Lechón Asado (Leidy Farm's slow roasted marinated pulled pork) with “Chino-Cubano” vegetable fried rice. It's as close as I can get to being in... More

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Richboro, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have eaten here at least ten times and Cuba Libre is tied with Amada for our favorite restaurant in center city Philadelphia. Our most recent visit was two weeks ago with three of our adult children and my daughter's boyfriend. We ordered 13 or 14 small plates. Every dish was phenomenal. The guacamole, made with pineapple as well as... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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
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
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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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