Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Primary Phone: (215) 627-6193
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Cuban, Take Out, Caribbean, Latin American
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Above Average
The food was amazing. We had a serious issue getting a table, despite having a reservation. The management did give us some complimentary guac to make up for the delay, as well as comped dessert. Also our waitress was very accommodating, which really helped improve the experience. The Coobano was amazing. The plantain chips are amazing with the pineapple guac. I also enjoyed the ceviche. Overall, would go again in hopes of better luck with service.
01/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Free Me! I want to go to Cubra Libre. I just don't want to have to wait in line. Maybe I should say free me from the long line. Move me onto the delicious appetizers.
I went just last week on a romantic date and this place definitely helped set the mood. This was the perfect place to cuddle up to eat and then laugh and get a little wild.
05/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I recommend getting the ""15 item tasting menu"" if available. It's a great way to sample so many different things. My bf and I were visiting from out of town and came here on a Sunday. I've never had cuban food like this before. MMMMM. Really good flavors. That mango butter is to die for. haha.
The service is great, the restaurant decor is cool too.
01/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My Husband and I dine at some of the best resturants in the tri state area, Cuba Libre is not one of them. Appitizers were good, Entrees, awful in a word. We never mind a costly dinner, be cause you pay for what you get, not this time. Service was just ok, quality of the food was below average prices not so. If only the food could match the atmosphere. Definitly not a second visit!
12/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this place with my girlfriend looking for a good cuban meal. The quality of the food was mediocre. The environment is decent but not honest. Looks like a Hollywood parody of Havana.
If you are looking for romantic night and good cuban food don't go to Cuba Libre. If you are looking for a bar and dancing just go there after 10 PM and don't dine.
11/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I'm a regualar at Cuba Libre. They have excellent food and drinks. Naturally, I reccomended Cuba w/o hesitation for my friends birthday. Unfortuntely after our experience I was embarrassed for suggesting it. We had a party of 6 and were seated by the kitchen entrance and restrooms. There were constant smoking skillets passed above our heads and drunk patrons fell on us waiting for the restrooms. This definately affected our celebratory mood. If we had seen any other available seating I would have inquired to be moved.I had specified when making my reservation we were celebrating a birthday. I was suprised they hadn't sent over a complimentary dessert of some kind. While paying our bill someone finally come over with a ""dessert"" to my relief. But, to our dismay it was a plate with whipcream and a candle! Seriously? I informed management of my experience. She only advised me to specify seating next time because they really dont have much seating for 6 or more.There won't be a next time
09/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this place for the first time last week. This place is very nice inside. Very nice decoration. The service was great. We got seated right away. Must make reservation at least a week early. Food is great. If you don't know what to order just ask they will explain everything in the menu for you. Try grilled pineapple mojito. its amazing. This place can be very expensive so try to go during the restaurant week. I would definitely go back again
06/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The staff here... what is their problem?? I have only been here at night while they were functioning as a club. I remember being ignored by the bartender, even when he'd seen me try to get his attention and wasn't serving anyone else. The bouncers walking around were pretty obnoxious too. It felt like they were constantly telling me and my boyfriend that we couldn't stand places, and we had to move, and they were just very controlling and pushy. Then as soon as 2AM came, it was ""everyone get out immediately, no you can't wait inside."" It was December at the time, and freezing outside. The music and dancing is pretty good if you manage to not let the staff get to you. Drinks are expensive.
05/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I first went to Cuba Libre in Atlantic city and it was absolutely amazing! My friend and I wanted to go to a fun place to eat and drink and I thought Cuba Libre would be a great pick! I was wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!! The appetizer was decent but the entrees were disappointing especially for how much they were priced!!!!!!!!!!! The rice tasted like take out chinese rice and both our entrees were barely mediocre and plain.They need some advice from their Atlantic city restaurant. It was also interesting because we noticed a group kept on complaining to the manager and it seemed they ended up leaving without paying the bill and eating their food. However, The atmosphere was cool and they did have late night dancing.
03/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My significant other and I had brunch here this past Sunday, and it was absolutely fantastic. The stuffed French Toast was to die for, as was the Cuban Coffee with coconut milk. If I could make both of these things myself, I'd never eat anything else. Also, I loved the ambience - the music was fantastic. I can't wait to go back!
01/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went there for brunch with my girlfriends on a recent visit to Philly. We are all from New York city so we know good food when see it, and this was really really good food. The manager of the restaurant was so nice and friendly and recommended some excellent dishes. I tried the omelet with crabmeat and hollandaise sauce and the cuban coffee with steamed coconut milk, both were out of this world. I would definitely go back and try dinner.
11/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My friend and I were there recently, and we left the restaurant feeling very underwhelmed. I could not agree more with the previous comments posted by Jeffers. The interior of the restaurant was beautiful, our server was professional and pleasant. The only ambience that was a bit off kilter was the lighting, which I found to be a bit on the dark side (I wasn't able to see the food on my plate).
I had the tuna entree which, as Jeffers notes on another dish, was supposed to come with coconut. The coconut ingredient was imperceptible, and the sugar cane skewer through the tuna did nothing for the meat, but added to the frustration of having to deal with it. My friend ordered the Pollo al Ajillo , chicken stuffed with chorizo, which was, again, a main ingredient that was MIA. He had to cut through at least half the chicken before getting a small hint of chorizo. The part of the chicken that did not have the chorizo was extremely bland and seemed underseasoned. The food wasn't terrible, but we both expected the meal to be a lot more flavorful as befits something from the Carribean.
The only item that we enjoyed were the fried plantains appetizer. Mojitos were very tasty. Overall, the dinner check was a little too much for what it was.
Any recommendations for good, authentic Cuban food?
11/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Let me get the kind words out of the way. The restaurant is beautiful. However, as you take each additional bite of the incredibly mediocre, overpriced food this fact will irritate you more and more. It's about this time when you realize that you are sitting in one of those restaurants that lures you in with the great ""concept"" decor and then begins to roll you through a dining experience that makes even a native feel like an exploited tourist. I dined with three others and was amazed that almost every one of the three appetizers and four entrees started off with an incredibly flat first bite which was quickly followed up with a series of increasingly boring consecutive bites. To start, the rock shrimp and scallop ceviche presented me with a tedious duel between my fork and another one of those totally impractical edible garnishes. When I finally got to the goods, I found the rock shrimp and scallops to be lacking in flavor and the supposed coconut component of the dish to be completely absent. I mean, this is Cuban food - bright, fresh and explosive with flavor, right? The best part of this dish was the completely unadorned avocado on top. The trio of empanadas appetizer contained a sample of thee different fillings which were only slightly distinguishable from each other. They were also dried out. If you barely let your imagination run wild you could envision them sitting for some time, precooked under a heat lamp. They did at least have a tasty sweet relish that accompanied them. Well, I think that it was tasty, then again I could have just been desperate for flavor of any type. The Arroz con Pollo was fun, kinda like going on an easter egg hunt - barely any chicken or chorizo to be found anywhere. The flavor was pretty uneventful until, ...until you got to the garnish, a wonderfully vibrant sprig of cilantro. The red snapper was covered in a sauce that emanated a canned tomato fillet flavor. I'm Out of room. Rushed service. If you don't value Ur money, go for it