Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar - Washington, DC

801 9th St. NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20001


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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage decor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot's delectable menu of "Nuevo Cubano" Dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.

About Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot

Cuba Libre Chef G Pernot  

Nationally renowned chef and restaurateur Guillermo Pernot is responsible for maintaining the quality, taste and authenticity of Cuba Libre's cuisine at all locations as the company expands its concept across America. His dinner, lunch and brunch menus envision what Cuba's cuisine would be like today, if it had continued to flourish beyond the golden era of the 1950s. Pernot's dishes are full of color, aroma and style.

Pernot is credited for introducing Nuevo Latino cuisine to Philadelphia. His restaurant ¡Pasión! earned an impressive list of accolades including awards from Gourmet, Philadelphia Magazine and Fodor's. Pernot was named Esquire's "Chef of the Year". Additionally, he received two of the most prestigious awards given in the food industry: The James Beard Award for "Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic Region" and "Best Single Subject Cookbook" for Ceviche: Seafood, Salads and Cocktails with a Latino Twist.

Pernot's background also includes the launch of Vega Grill, during which Food & Wine named him one of "America's Ten Best New Chefs," and Restaurant Hospitality named him one of the "Ten Rising Stars." He also spent time in Miami, where he led the kitchen at Gloria Estefan's Latin restaurant, Allioli in South Beach. Pernot's culinary success can been attributed to his passionate and flavorful cuisine – a culinary dedication to his roots. Born in Argentina, Pernot and his wife, who is Cuban and whose great, great grandfather was a former President of Cuba, live in suburban Philadelphia with their two children. "I love the idea of leading Cuba Libre's expansion," Pernot says. "I am able to use my experience and culinary skills to mentor young chefs, manage multiple outlets and foster the future growth of the Cuba Libre concept."

Editorial Reviews

Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar
Fritz Hahn - The Washington Post Staff Writer | October 29, 2010

Let's start with the 9,000-square-foot venue itself, which is supposed to make you think you're whiling away the evening at an outdoor plaza in pre-Castro Cuba. Surrounding the dining room are full-scale facades of houses, complete with large balconies and curtains that flutter in the breeze. Between the curtains and the overhead stage lighting, it looks more like a vintage movie set than a restaurant - you expect Carmen Miranda to come dancing out of the kitchen, singing the theme from "Week-End in Havana."

Review - Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar
Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post | January 30, 2011

In its infancy in October, everyone at the mini-chain spinoff was all smiles, and every inch of the 9,000-square-foot Penn Quarter retreat — a full-size re-creation of an Old Havana street scene — sizzled with energy. The only reason diners knew they had stepped indoors was the absence of a breeze or a bird in the expanse.

Review - Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar 2
Fritz Hahn, Washington Post staff writer | October 29, 2010

The traditional mojito here is better than most bars, but it's just one of 14 choices. Much better are the versions made with the dark, almost orangey Pyrat XO rum, the guava mojito, which adds guava nectar for a tropical punch, or the grilled pineapple, which adds smoked pineapple puree to the house white rum.



  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Private Parking Lot
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): $10 - $30
  • Family Restaurant: Yes
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Full Bar
  • Carry Out: Yes
  • Outside Seating: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express


Restaurant ID: 228

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