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“Tapas Tuesday!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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 3,722 restaurants in Philadelphia
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)
Philly
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Tapas Tuesday!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I've kept away from Cuba Libre for years after a profoundly awful evening of terrible food and bad service. However, I was quite pleased after revisiting when our house guests requested an evening there. The menu is inviting, the service was simply great and the food was nothing short of outstanding. They've certainly come a long way!

The experience was so pleasant that my wife and I went back two weeks later for a milestone birthday. It was great. We tried their Tapas Tuesday with outstanding results. Highly recommended, great job, Cuba Libre!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bear, DE
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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good Cuban Food, Nice Atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Nice Cuban atmosphere, decent selection of Cuban cuisine, but there is room for some improvement. My wife has been looking for a local Cuban restaurant that serves Boliche, and we have not been able to find any in the area. On our first visit to this restaurant, we mentioned to the waiter about my wife's desire for Boliche, and the manager and chef came out and said all we needed to do was call 2-3 days before our visit, and they would ensure that they had it, Well 4 visits, and numerous promises to fulfill our request, and they have failed everytime. We've given up on visiting this restaurant because of the distance we have to travel, parking, and they haven't been able to keep their promise. They need to take a lesson from The Columbia restaurant in Ybor City, Tampa, FL!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Liversedge, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Mojitos to die for!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

First night in philly and the restaurant we intended visiting stopped serving early so we stumbled across this one. No regrets. Lovely atmosphere. We were encouraged to go for the taster menu which we had with beautifully made Mojitos. Each course was delightful especially the steak, fried plantain and my husband adored the mango butter. Thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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PA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Energetic, fun, good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This place was noisy and crowded - but instead of being annoying it was energizing. We had possibly the best wait staff I've ever seen - great, friendly enthusiastic service! We both had the tasting menu and were very happy with the large variety and quality of the food. Easy to run up a big bar tab with the very yummy mojito menu!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
“Avoid the club”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had a terrible experience with the bouncers while waiting in line. They are jerks and obnoxious. Someone needs to get fired.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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