Delve into the authentic cuisine of Alma de Cuba; Philadelphia’s trendy gathering spot for lovers of Cuban fusion. Known for its stylish approach to cuisine and libations, Alma De Cuisine bears the Stephen Starr restaurant signature touch with its emphasis on quality and experience.
Stephen Starr serves as the head of Starr Restaurant Organization, a group of 33 restaurants managed by the accomplished restauranteur who has received accolades from premier food & wine magazines, Bon Appétit and Zagat. Alma De Cuba is just one of the many standout restaurants among the group offering a distinct Cuban experience serving classic Cuban dishes such as Ropa Vieja and clever desserts such as the chocolate cigar; a flavorful medley of chocolate mousse fashioned to resemble a cigar, that will leave an indelible impression on its guests.
The restaurant was designed with style in mind boasting a contemporary feel with high ceilings and receding lights that illuminate Cuban artwork set aside the glow of lit candles. The furniture is sleek and stylish and wonderfully complements the restaurant’s popular first floor bar; a lively gathering spot for those who want to enjoy drinks prior to their meal. Mojitos and Daiquiris seem to be the cocktails of choice although Yelp reviewers rave over the perfectly concocted margaritas and martinis.
Alma de Cuba’s menu is versatile and robust. Known for their fresh seafood, patrons may enjoy a variety of ceviches for their appetizer followed by a seafood entrée such as honey mustard glazed salmon or sweet corn crusted diver scallops. More adventurous diners may enjoy a full Cuban dining experience testing their palates on dishes such as vaca frita “fried cow” or the Lechon Asado (Grilled Pork).
Many of Alma de Cuba’s dishes are served alongside traditional Cuban sides such as plantain chips, yucca and arroz con frijoles. True to the restaurants affiliated with Stephen Starr, the dishes are artfully presented offering guests a visual experience. Guests come for the food and return for the outstanding service. Alma de Cuba is well known for its personalized care and attention to detail, remembering special occasions and events and joining their guests in the celebration. As one Yelp reviewer commented, “stellar service can take your meal from delicious to divine,” Alma de Cuba is made up of an exceptional staff that enjoys creating memorable experiences for its guests.
Located at Rittenhouse Square near Penn Center, guests who are not able to dine in may want to visit the Cuba haven for happy hour. The restaurant serves happy hour-priced drinks and tapas from 5-7 p.m. Happy hour diners may enjoy a memorable culinary experience sampling the restaurants popular mango mojitos alongside a delicious tapas selected from the restaurant’s lounge menu including, Royal Palm Dates, Empanada de Verde, Rainbow Ceviche, Oxtail Croquettas and Pan Seared Foie Gras.