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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

€€ - €€€Caribbean, Latin,
801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784
+1 202-408-1600
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (58 reviews)
“empanadas” (71 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (37 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came in for a quick drink before a restaurant reservation nearby with two colleague. Was squarely ignored at two different positions around the bar. Bar staff serving other customers, loading dishwashers, checking phones. Anything other than serving, really. We didn’t have time to mess about...More

Thank wsces
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were looking for a quick lunch, so she could return to the seminar she is attending. We were seated quickly, and the service thereafter was top notch. The black bean soup was delicious, as was the mixed dips and plaintain chips...More

Thank RSBA65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here with friends it was our first time visiting this location and must say the food is really good. I had the shredded steak, it was tender and juicy. Additionally, they bread that serve you prior to dinner is divine. Oh and BTW...More

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In DC for a conference - attended on a weekday night. Ordered arroz con pollo, pernil asado, empanadas, and the 3 mini desserts, plus a side of yuca frita. Everything was delicious. Food portions were perfect for one person, food was traditionally season and brought...More

Thank whlnatalia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Solo, so as usual they want to seat you at the bar. Quite a dark restaurant, though not unpleasantly so. I must say the $5 Cuba libre was tasty enough to have 2. I chose “A visit to Havana” which was a Cuban sandwich. It...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit to a Cuban restaurant and I was pleasantly surprised as the food was delicious. Service was acceptable but not memorable. Ambiance was very nice and a gave a real feel of a Cuban restaurant. One downside was that it was...More

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 2 October 2018

My wife and I stopped for Friday night dinner...and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. We started with appetizers (Black Bean Soup and Cuban Tamal), both really good. Main course was Ropa Vieja and Pargo a la Plancha. Very flavorful dishes that were very satisfying. A...More

Thank JimFlyer2010
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I usually like to go to local restaurants three times before making a judgment about it, however, this experience was so unusual for a DC night out that I feel the need to make an exception. We booked on OpenTable and the reservation, we arrived...More

Thank Alan S
Angel Rafael R, General Manager at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Alan, Thank you for writing and letting us know about your experience and the issues which you encountered. We apologize for the poor behavior you described and are extremely sorry for this. If possible I would like to have the opportunity to speak with you...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018

Early dinner while attending a conference in the downtown area. Great menu, quality, service, etc. The only downside was that the recorded music was very loud and we had to ask the wait staff turn turn it down. Would definitely go here again.

Thank Twinparks
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We went on Sunday night. Relatively easy to get in, even though we phoned for a reservation and got one. Staff were attentive. We had lovely meal.

Thank lid_9
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Response from LuzMarizza | Reviewed this property |
there is a parking garage near the movie theater. visiting Washington DC implies a lot of walking.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784
    (Corner of 9th & H Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Two Blocks away from Chinatown Metro Stop (Red, Yellow, Green Lines). Four Blocks from Metro Center Stop (Orange & Blue Lines)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-408-1600
  • E-mail
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