No matter what you end up ordering up, be sure to get a mojito. They pour them just right here.
One of the best in Philly.
This place is great, the ambience, the location and the food.
Great drinks, and great entrees. The prices get a little high if you order too many "sides," one may be enough at most two. The lamb was the best I have had anywhere. Well worth the trip for special occasions (or if someone else is paying).
My favorite restaurant in Philladelphia. By far my favorite restaurant. Food is great. Atmosphere is sexy and great for romantic night out. LOve...LOve...LOVE the MOJITOS!!!
EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT.
A LITTLE PRICEY BUT WHAT CAN U EXPECT DOWNTOWN!
FOOD IS BANGING!
First, they lost our reservation so we ended up at probably the worst table in the restaurant, right next to the kitchen. There was a constant flow of traffic, this was supposed to be a romantic dinner but no, it wasn't . You would think since we were so close to the kitchen we'd at least get good service, but no again. We waited 20 minutes just to order a drink and it was another 15 minutes before we received our drinks.
We lived in Miami for a few years and I think I can recognize good Cuban food. Alma De Cuba's food can only be compared to a middling Cuban restaurant at a Miami strip mall.
All around this was a disappointing evening. The service was poor, the food was just average, and I will never have another meal there again.
hard to believe they are still in business!.
This place has absolutely nothing of Cuban/Central/South American cuisine, if not some dishwashers in the back of the kitchen likely paid minimal wage.
Well.. I guess it all depends on what you are looking for: if you want ambiance, it's quite nice inside. But don't eat!! The food is bad, served in small portions. The service is horrible. They kept taking my plate out of hands while I was literally eating. And they kept doing
this many times....The meat (CARNE) is horrible. Bad quality and they really don't have a clue how to cook it. Desserts are cheap and poorly served. The vine list is limited. Finally, it is very expensive. 5 people with 1 bottle of vine and just 1 entrée each + appetiser ... we topped at $350!! A real shame . I guess America is a real Oasis when it comes to overcharging for bad food. Most people have no education and palate when it comes to food and they pay a fortune for any crap they get service. But I really think Alma de Cuba has not been worth my time and money.... and I gave it two chances and in both cases we left angry and hungry.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!. This was one of my favorite meals ever! the atmosphere was so cool and the food was exceptional! can't wait to come back
Very dissapointed with this restaurant. Not the tipical cuban restaurant I'm used to in Miami and North Jersey, I just visited this restaurant on 10/11/09 after reading a review on gophila. Not what I expected at all. The dining room is a cocktail lounge with small cocktail tables, the food is not the tipical cuban food I expected. It is over priced for the small food portions they give. Dining room is too dark where one have trouble reading the menu. After filling out their comment card I was approached by the general manager, one Mr. Mark Dombkoski or perhaps DUMBkoski, who after I complaint claimed that the restaurant was not a cuban restaurant. EXCUSED ME. THEY SURE G HAD ME FOOLED. WONT RECOMEND IT TO ANYONE
Great Cuban Food in Philly. My husband and I ate at Alma de Cuba this past Saturday. I have nothing but great things to say about this restaurant. We made a reservation through Open Table for 8:30PM. Upon our arrival, we were seated immediately. As we were being led up the stairs to our table, I overheard the Maitre D' tell another patron that the wait without a reservation was two hours. The atmosphere is incredible and we enjoyed the music being piped through the restaurant. For drinks, I had Sangria any my husband had a dirty martini. We started with the 3 plate ceviche tasting. It was out of this world. For an appetizer, we had the fried oysters. I had the Xim Xim for dinner and my husband ordered the lamb. We also shared a side of asparagus. The food was amazing. I have no complaints about the taste of the food. I will say that the portions are small, but since we knew that beforehand, we ordered enough food so that we left feeling thoroughly satisfied. The service was amazing. Our server was extremely attentive. The busboys cleared our plates immediately after we finished eating. The food runners explained what everything was as they were putting your plate in front of you. Our silverware was changed with each course. Overall, we very much enjoyed our whole dining experience.
smallllllll food for $$$$$$$$$$...and it wasnt even that good. It was freezing inside, strange music played and gave me a headache plus i couldn't hear our conversation. Food is tinnnyyyyy so dont come hungry or in attempt to communicate. Its lit too dark as well. Server was trying very hard and sooo nice. The dessert we ordered was the cigar. It was pretty but too stiff, too dark cocoa/dark chocolate for me, too plain. The whole meal for 2 was over 130 but wasn't impressive. I didnt leave amazed or full with delicious food. Go here if you have money and been everywhere else thats classy.
Compelled to write because service was so poor in addition to too-small portions. Go to Tequila's or one of Philly's many other great restaurants..
I never thought I would write a poor review for a restaurant, but our service tonight was so poor that I don't want another person to waste their money and more importantly, precious time here. We were ignored from the moment we stepped in the door (yes, we had reservations and had to wait)! We waited for 15 minutes at the table before even being brought menus and water - and these by the host because apparently the waitress was too busy. This continued throughout the meal...received our entrees about an hour later and though my tuna was good, it had a slight chill (its pan-seared tuna not pan-frozen). The 3 shrimp that my companion received for his $30 entree, obviously did not fill him up. I'm fine with paying for smaller or "appropriate" proportions at a fancy restaurant, but 3 shrimp is rediculous.
Don't waste your time or money here....the poor service and pricey food for the proportions far outweight the few good items on the menu. Tsk Tsk Steven Starr..maybe you should start taking advice from your former proteje, Jose Garces.
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