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La Bodeguita del Medio

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5th Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 803 3951
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: La Bodeguita del Medio was founded in Cuba in the 1940s as a corner store...
La Bodeguita del Medio was founded in Cuba in the 1940s as a corner store owned by Angel Martinez. The store became a meeting place for local artists who enjoyed getting together for an afternoon 'Mojito'. The place has preserved the ambiance of the romantic Carribean lifestyle that flourished with Havana. Today the Bodeguita del Medio is famous world wide for Salsa music, fine cigars, its original Mojitos and having guests write their thoughts and comments on the walls of the restaurant.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very good resturant

We had a sea food for two. There were some strange combinations (shrimp with bacon), but it worked! In the end we were happy with what we got!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Ozio85
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My friends in Playa del Carmen brought me here for drinks and salsa dancing. We had so much fun! The atmosphere was so cool and the band that night was fantastic... I regret not purchasing their CD to take home with me. If I ever get a chance to go back to Mexico, this place will be on my revisit... More 

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ofaqim
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Extremely tasty food, enjoyed the cuban band and dancers..if you want to talk you should sit outside..prices are fair and dishes are in normal size..cuban cuzin is very tasty!!!enjoy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We had a sea food for two. There were some strange combinations (shrimp with bacon), but it worked! In the end we were happy with what we got!

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Northern California
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28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I've been wondering how this place is for years so I thought we'd give it a try. While it's true the Mojitos are tasty I was not overly impressed. I felt the portion size is small for the amount we paid. The wait staff is friendly, the atmosphere is good.

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Placerville, California
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

The food tasted very good. We ordered a combination plate based on it being the house special (and it came with two mojitos). It was very tasty. The portions were small for 2 people sharing but we left satisfied but not stuffed. The cubed pork was very good as was the beef.

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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I ate at this restaurant tonight and went for the atmosphere and live music as well as the mojito. Firstly, the venue is nice and the music is great as is the mojito. The food itself is fine, nothing special kind of plain really. The problem I have with the place is the obvious attempts to fleece tourists. I ordered... More 

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We have been here every year for the past four years and have always had a good time. We try to get there around 6 before the place fills up. Sit outside so you can watch the vacationers strolling down 5th ave. Order the Pollo Cubano, the house specialty and consistently the best meal we have all week. Chicken in... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Live cuban music every evening, sometimes salsa dance lessons, little boutique store, busy, fun place, open air, good service

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Didn't have a good dining experience here, but the music and drinks were fantastic. I'd recommend for the restaurant to provide customer service training to the staff and I'm sure the incident that happened with us could be avoided.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Walked past here many times in our 14 days in PDC finally stopped in. Just sit at the bar and watch them make Mojitos!!! Delicious and good music too!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5th Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
  • Phone Number: +52 984 803 3951

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

La Bodeguita del Medio was founded in Cuba in the 1940s as a corner store owned by Angel Martinez. The store became a meeting place for local artists who enjoyed getting together for an afternoon 'Mojito'. The place has preserved the ambiance of the romantic Carribean lifestyle that flourished with Havana. Today the Bodeguita del Medio is famous world wide for Salsa music, fine cigars, its original Mojitos and having guests write their thoughts and comments on the walls of the restaurant.

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