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Rumba Cafe

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2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2003
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Kansas City, Missouri
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate here on Saturday night for dinner and had an excellent meal. They first brought out a small cup of sauted eggplant and some small slices of bread to put it on for an appetizer. I started with a flavorful shrimp in semi-hot sauce, then a red pepper stuffed with rice, and finally salmon tartre? Everything had exceptional flavor and... More 

Thank Singingbaker
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

This review is for their mojitos and pisco sours. Excellent, not too sweet and their specialty. ON Saturday nights they have live acoustic music and the intimate atmosphere makes it unlike any other place in adams morgan. Definitely a must see place!

Thank Sherry B
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74 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

I loved the atmosphere there. Service was very good and the food great, it didn't take too much time to get our dishes and they were all delicious. I enjoyed the place decoration, among lots of frames they had great pictures of tango dancers. Music group was so much fun, I guess they are there on the weekend. We went... More 

Thank Mabel_Amanda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Amazing food great prices nice staff. Really enjoy my time here.the empanadas and the arepa with avocado gratis apettizers and chorizo steak a must.tumbs up for this place.

Thank Cesar K
Falls Church, Virginia
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The caipirinhas were authentic (so rare in DC) and delicious. So we're the overflowing tapas: we had tuna ceviche, beef empanadas, and calamari from the long menu. Equally delicious were our entrees (unneeded after our bountiful tapas, but too delicious sounding to pass up) accompanied by a lovely and affordable bottle of Malbec. While dining we were serenaded with authentic... More 

Thank 8Joe8
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119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

We stopped there because we heard they have a good meat. We order the chorizo and the beef (the most expensive but affordable meal) and we enjoyed it so much. It is among the best meat we had in our life (in competition with the cut in Sydney). They were very well cooked with asparagus and potatoes on the side.... More 

Thank legreg79
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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 

Thank Jill V
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

Thank jhackTravels
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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.

Thank Ben K
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222 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
Latin, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?