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Rumba Cafe

$$ - $$$
Latin, Spanish, Central American
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2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2003
+1 202-588-5501
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed dishes from Peru. Piscina sour. Not made the way they do there which is shaken not blended. But ok. Great avocado dish. Carne Asada with chimichurri. Yum plantains. I'll go back. And I love the masks. Check it out. Who knew there was actually anything good to eat on 18th street.

Thank Charlotte H
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The decor was beautiful but the food and drinks were not great. After waiting a long time for the Luke warm calamari and the unsalted tostones. We tried the pisca the cachaca to drink both were a flavorless mess. We packed up and left. Thanks but no thanks!! But the DECOR WAS BEAUTIFUL.

Thank Kimberly C
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We arrived on a Friday evening around 9pm and it was relatively quiet. It was nice, the food was good and the drinks were great. After a couple of hours it transformed to a lovely Salsa music haven! A live band set up and they were phenomenal!!! There were a few couples that just couldn't contain themselves and took the... More 

Thank RC V
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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Friendly little place with beautiful paintings and scrumptious food. We visited on a Monday night and two of us focused on the $5 appetizers. (Monday is happy hours all day!) Each of the vegetarian options was delicious, and I particularly recommend the patacón de yuca. My husband had a roast beef appetizer that was a meal in itself. That did... More 

Thank Osito61
Milan, Italy
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Nice place in the heart of Adam Morgan. We enjoyed a very good mohito and tasty appetizers, including a delicious beef tenderloin and fried yucca. The latter was a first time ever for me but I would say it was first class. Service is fast and friendly and they do their best to accommodate any request you might have.

Thank silsil17
Kansas City, Missouri
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

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 bubbles 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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80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Latin, Spanish, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, 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: +1 202-588-5501

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