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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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$$$
City Center East
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
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10 South 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Between Market & Chestnut Streets)
Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)
215-627-0666
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 191
    Excellent
  • 160
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This place is great! The decor makes you feel like you are in Havana or at least Miami not PA. The food and drinks were all fantastic definitely worth a visit. Their arroz con pollo was really unique and maybe my favorite ever.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
KarmaZen23
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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English first
Plano, Texas
Top Contributor
405 reviews 405 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

While the restaurant may have nice decor, flies are everywhere. I question the cleanliness of the restaurant, especially since no windows or doors are open. The empanadas are pre-made and nothing can be changed to anything on the menu. It comes how it comes and the waitress was very blunt and abrupt about that. Yet, she was rarely present. So... More 

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The staff were amazing and the fare was authentic and very delicious! We enjoyed this venue IMMENSELY!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It's great to go eat early in the day, at night it's just amazing .. Get ready to dance and move those hips!! a lot Spanish crow, you feel like back where you came from, just in there.. dress nice and comfy if you want to enjoy the walk around.

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Milford, Delaware, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Cuban food superb, atmosphere is amazing, and the MOJITOS are to die for. Went for dinner. Have also been to the location in AC a long time ago and had a wonderful experience there for brunch!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place is great! The decor makes you feel like you are in Havana or at least Miami not PA. The food and drinks were all fantastic definitely worth a visit. Their arroz con pollo was really unique and maybe my favorite ever.

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My family and I recently visited Philadelphia and had the pleasure of eating at Cuba Libre. The service was timely and our waitress was courteous and knowledgable. Everyone in our group loved the food. The dishes were flavorful and the drinks, especially the classic mojito, were delicious. The prices are slightly high for Cuban fair but the food is worth... More 

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New Windsor, New York
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87 reviews 87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Group of 13 for lunch after niece graduated from Wharton. Niece has been there many times during her years of schooling and it was a great choice. Leaving it all up to her to order - Cuban house salad, Grilled Baby Octopus, Mushroom , Cobbano Salad, Mushroom Ceviche, Churrasco Steak Slider, Tostones, Yuca Fries with cilantro-caper allioli was delish!, Mariquitas... More 

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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Loved the vibe. It was a Saturday afternoon snack. Cuba's $5 white and red sangria's were delicious. The $6.75 Guacamole Cubano was a winner! Avocado, grilled golden pineapple, roasted jalapeños, fresh lime juice and extra virgin olive oil. Crispy plantain chips. Fun & relaxing. Felt transported to the island! Would have rated it a 5 except for the cool reception... More 

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Kortrijk, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We enjoyed the cuban cuisine. Especially the interior of the restaurant is wonderful! The 50's cuban style is very nicely done. We lacked a little bit of seasoning, but it tasted good and was well prepared. Very good mojito's! The service is very good: they respect your privacy but are there when you need them.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I had some Cuban food, but the star of my dinner was the dessert I ordered: Coconut cream espresso and banana bread pudding. Wow, it blew me away. I'm not in Philadelphia anymore, but if you go, eat some of this for me. :)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 South 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (Between Market & Chestnut Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Phlash, Septa Market-Frankford Line (2nd & Market)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-627-0666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?