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Pointe Orlando9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Cuba is a cultural cauldron where the cuisines of many ethnicities have been gently simmered to create what is now the Criollo (home-style) cuisine of the island. Blending native ingredients and cooking traditions with those of South America, Spain, Africa, Asia and a few others, Cuban cuisine is a savory mix that reflects its colorful culture. A cuisine that is not only intriguing to the American palate but also a perfect match for it.
This political intrigue and mystique and the Cuban refugees that fled to America have put Cuban culture, and in particular, its food, on the U.S. culinary map. With the growing U.S. Latino population (now the largest minority) Latin food has hit center stage in defining what is served on the American plate. Not since the great immigrations from Asia and Europe has a culture had such an impact on American eating habits.
At Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar they celebrate the Cuba of a bygone era, a time of intrigue and romance and a time and a place now forbidden. The memories of Myer Lansky, mob casinos, ‘51 Buicks, Desi Arnaz, conga lines, El Malecon, and Tropicana showgirls are alive and well. Cuba Libre is dedicated to celebrating that great Cuban heritage and strives for continuing exploration of Cuban flavors, music, art and traditions.
Cuba Libre serves attractive presentations of contemporary and classic Cuban fare while immersing guests in the island’s architecture, music and art. The flavorful cuisine, moderate pricing and energetic atmosphere of this upscale casual dining concept appeal to diners across a wide spectrum. The restaurant’s atmosphere offers a unique combination of Latin flavor, warmth and splendor - from the “movie set” recreation of an Old Havana street scene to the guayabera uniforms and steamy Cuban rhythms. One-of-a-kind millwork and architectural salvage including unique doors, gates, cabinetry, furniture and accessories help capture the essence of old Cuban architecture. Colorful exotic foliage and large potted palm trees add to Cuba Libre’s open-air, tropical ambiance.
The menu features classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine, which is influenced by the island’s native Tainos as well as its Spanish, African, Creole and Asian immigrants. While grounded by Cuba’s culinary traditions. Cuba Libre’s carefully created menu combines beef, poultry, pork and seafood with exotic fruits, root vegetables, herbs and seasonings. The contemporary cuisine is flavorful and savory, but only rarely spicy. In keeping with the gracious social character of Cuba, the menu includes tapas which are small tasting plates designed for sharing.
Along with all of the wonderful food, a substantial emphasis has been placed on the beverage offerings. Cuba Libre features a broad selection of Cuban drinks and offers at least 100 varieties of rum as well as other premium liquors. Cuba Libre’s rums hail from such tropical climates as Brazil, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tortola and Venezuela to name a few. Rum enthusiasts can sample such specialties as Zaya 12-Year from Guatemala, Mount Gay Extra Old from Barbados or Cruzan Estate Diamond from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rum is a sophisticated and versatile spirit. While it is perfect as a mixer in classic and tropical cocktails, it also has the same qualities and complexities of a venerable distilled beverage like scotch and cognac, making it ideal for sipping after dinner.
Cuba Libre’s classic Cuban cocktails are the closest one can get to those served in the saloons that Hemingway loved. Rums are combined with fresh fruits and other ingredients to create a variety of signature tropical cocktails, sangrias, frozen drinks and batidos – Cuban milkshakes. Cuba Libre’s uniquely refreshing house specialty, the mojito, is made from the authentic Cuban recipe, combining rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves, a splash of soda and most distinctively, guarapo– raw sugar cane juice pressed on site with a special extractor.
Churrasco Steak a la Cubana
Grilled Baby Octopus
Dinner is served from 5 PM-10 PM Monday through Sunday.
Latin Late Night is every Friday and Saturday from 10 PM until 2 AM.