With locations now in Atlantic City, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Cuba Libre's original Philadelphia branch is situated in a nightlife-heavy strip of Old City. Its interior resembles an old Havana street scene. Chef-restauranteur Guillermo Pernot's menu includes traditional Cuban fare such as arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and a pressed Cuban sandwich, as well as Latin-inspired dishes like carne de cangrejo ceviche, with lump Maryland crabmeat, smoked cheddar cheese, tomatillos, and candied peanut salsa. There is a diversity of piqueos, or small plates, on the menu, and the classic mojito is the most popular drink. The bar menu also has a number of other tropical drinks, such as the Brazilian caipirinha, and aged rums.
If you're interested in post-dinner salsero action, book a later reservation on a Friday or Saturday night—after service, the first-floor tables are cleared for dancing.