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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I dined here during our weekend in DC to celebrate our anniversary. We loved the decor. It has an open air feel, so it's like you are dining at an outdoor cafe in Cuba. Our waiter Galvin was awesome. Since it was...More

Thank Miriam P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great meal with great service and truly authentic Cuban food. Highly recommend the Mojitos as well.

Thank John F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently had a business lunch at Cuba Libre, expecting that their advertised Rapido Lunch would be quick. It wasn't. Service in general was slow, even though the restaurant was about 1/3 full. When the food finally came out of the kitchen, it was average,...More

Thank Shampeu
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great diner with friends after a long conference day. Friendly service, and surprising tastes. And the drinks were superb!

Thank Zeilmeermin
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Growing up in Tampa, I ate Cuban food on a regular basis. This restaurant reminded me of home. The atmosphere was great and there was good music playing in the background (I found myself wanting to get up and dance throughout the meal). We started...More

Thank BFR1920
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I've had dinner there a number of times. The food is good. The service varies. The bar is the best, with an incredible selection of rums.

Thank ConstantTravelerNC
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I came here with my boyfriend for his last night in the US because I'm half-Cuban and he wanted to have "real" Cuban food with me before he left. Great ambiance, the decor was pretty cool, the drinks were AMAZING, and the food was definitely...More

Thank Breanna C
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We stepped in on a whim and it was one of the best meals that I have had a while. The Bread is amazing. The chicken was terrific.

Thank Christian J
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Seemed appropriate that we came here to celebrate a friend being liberated from their oppressive employer. It's a long story and called for a long drink. Recommend the Rum flight. Great way to celebrate Cuba: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of perfect guacamole.

Thank ScottD58
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Upon a review of restaurants in the Chinatown area and adjacent to my hotel, I discovered Cuba Libre. I have been to the location in Philly, so I knew what to expect. Appetizers, food and drinks are tasty and well prepared. Service is prompt and...More

Thank ANT06
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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, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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
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