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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Certificate of Excellence
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801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, Washington DC, DC 20001-4784 (Corner of 9th & H Streets)
+1 202-408-1600
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Smithfield, Virginia
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154 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went there because of the Cuban Sandwich; looks just as the photo in Tripadvisor. But...it is not a real Cuban Sandwich... but close. The pork meat was not sliced like long strips; the same with the pickle and had salami (not found in the real thing). You may have to go to La Carreta or the Versailles in Miami to... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fine place to stop in for a drink and appetizers with a small or large group. I was not blown away by the quality, but the service was attentive.

Thank nmorm
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Met up with another family while visiting D.C. with my family. Restaurant was perfect for our group of 8. All food arrived quickly, waitress was accommodating to our various requests and food was scrumptious! We would definitely visit again when in town.

Thank L L
Yonkers, New York
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had no reservations and the bar tender was able to get us a table. Service and food was outstanding. Definitely will come back.

Thank family435
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for a Sunday Happy Hour. Food was a great price, drinks were great, and the service was excellent. We got seven appetizers for $35. Food was amazing and the caipirinhas were made with cachaca vice rum... delish!

Thank Bretz217
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Third time to eat here and while I love the decor and atmosphere, I find the food fairly bland and mediocre.

Thank K D
New Orleans, Louisiana
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my husband at 9:30 on a Friday night. Got a table quickly. had chicken empanadas which were DELICIOUS, and the vaca Frita (grilled steak w onion and garlic - YUM!) also had a mango margarita but it was just ok. The front of the restaurant turns into a club at 11 so after dinner, we danced salsa y... More 

Thank Creole_Traveler_504
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192 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was as if you were in Disney: prefab stucco galore, fake plants everywhere, mish-mash of a street scene gone wrong. Supposed to be quaint, I get what they were trying to achieve, instead was an experiment gone wrong. Aside for the music and the passion fruit mojito (both good) I'd skip everything else. The tuna ceviche came in a... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The el Cubano sandwich was ok, but not great. The rice and bean side dish was pretty good, but the fries were awful. The real nail in the coffin though was the service. Seriously some of the worst in DC. Sat for more than 10 minutes before even being acknowledged. Super slow service in every respect despite the lack of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great lunch here after celebrating my daughter's graduation from American University with her Masters. Great food, service, and the deserts were great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we've been back a few times since that event. Always a great experience.

Thank Jonathan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?