We visited Cuba Libre on a Monday night and it was very quiet. The decor is fantastic and makes you feel like you're really entered a 'venue' rather than just another restaurant. The waitress was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu, but I felt the explanation of each dish went on too long - there's a line between educating guests about the cuisine, and getting in the way of them enjoying their social event.
Most of us opted for the '15 tastes of Cuba', where for around $40 per person you get a selection of the Cuban appetizers, a trio of the entrees and desert each. The appetizers (and the bread) were delicious and like nothing I'd tasted before. We were all excited to get the entrees but these really disappointed. The Mahi Mahi with Chipotle sauce was tasty, but the steak was unacceptably cold and a little tough. The shrimp was fine, but certainly not remarkable.
The deserts were also fine, but only of the level of, say, Chilis or TGI's, certainly not of a high enough standard to justify the price tag.
I'm not a restauranteur, but feel the menu would be better executed by preparing a smaller number of dishes (10 tastes of Cuba?) to a higher standard and cooked to order. I got the impression most of our food had been batch prepared and then plated up. Simply put, although Cuba Libre offers something different, the competition in Orlando is now so fierce, even within Pointe Orlando, that it needs to be much better to justify the notably higher price tag.
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