The flavors of old Havana are alive and well at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. Wireless internet access is just a click away at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar's beautiful outdoor seating area. There's plenty of room at the bar for dancing as well.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the bar, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. For those in a hurry, the bar lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Valet parking is available at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar's 9th St NW location. Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station (Green, Red, Yellow), Metro Center Metro Station (Blue, Orange, Red), and Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-convention Center (Green, Yellow).
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted. The bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Mexico and Italy are an ocean apart, but at Il Capo di Capitol Hill, the culinary team whips up meals that unite their culinary traditions. Pastas, such as spaghetti with meatballs and seafood linguine, represent the Italian portion of the menu, along with Italian-inspired entrees that range from salmon drizzled in lemon caper sauce to steak crowned with porcini mushrooms. For south-of-the-border flavors, diners can opt for chimichangas, chilies rellenos, and burritos, which can also come in handy in propping up uneven table legs. Margaritas and a slew of classic cocktails stand at the ready to wash down the savory bites.
Walk into Banana Cafe and Piano Bar with an appetite, and fill up on hearty Cuban cooking. Those watching what they eat can still enjoy Banana Cafe and Piano Bar's menu, which features a number of healthy and low-fat items. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Banana Cafe and Piano Bar offers a variety of drink options. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Banana Cafe and Piano Bar with its kid-friendly fare. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Banana Cafe and Piano Bar's gorgeous patio. The perfect place for a large party, Banana Cafe and Piano Bar will comfortably host your friends and family.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Banana Cafe and Piano Bar, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Banana Cafe and Piano Bar as well.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Eastern Market Metro (Blue, Orange). You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
A visit to Banana Cafe and Piano Bar will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
The flavors of old Havana are alive and well at Havana Cafe. Put the diet on pause when you visit Havana Cafe — there are no low-fat menu items. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Havana Cafe has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Havana Cafe patrons come in casual attire. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Havana Cafe's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Guests of Havana Cafe's I St NW location can park their vehicles on the street. If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with nearby stops at Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), Farragut North Metro (Red), and Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue, Orange).
Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at Havana Cafe.
The sounds of salsa music permeate Habana Village, a multi-level space that caters to Cuban tastes in food and music alike. Diners can stop in for beef-stuffed plantains or cubano sandwiches laden with roasted pork, ham, Swiss, and pickles. Entrees also incorporate seafood, as in the arroz con mariscos, a mix of shrimp, mussels, calamari, and scallops baked with yellow rice. The food is enough to keep guests occupied, but those looking to burn off some of their dinner calories can head to the second floor for DJ sets or stop in on salsa nights for beginner or intermediate lessons.
Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.