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La Bodeguita del Medio

5th Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 803 3951
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Ranked #155 of 781 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
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 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I strolled down 5th Avenue and came upon this Cuban restaurant on a very quiet Monday evening. We both enjoyed their chicken, white rice, black beans, and plantains. The night we were there, it was very quiet (no live music and not many patrons). The food & drinks were plentiful and inexpensive.

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Cozumel, Mexico
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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The food was poor and pricey, the music extremely loud if you wish to have a conversation and the dancing space is ridiculous... i don´t know why they moved from they´re old location which at least had a proper dancing place. Won´t come back soon...

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texas
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45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went here on the recommendation of others in our group to Playa. Sure glad we listened. The mojitos were delicious. The ceviche was outstanding! Loved the black beans and the service was great. Will definitely be back on our next trip!

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Toronto, Canada
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26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We ate here our first night at Playa del Carmen when we were already a bit tired of Mexican food. We wanted something different and we got an amazing simple meal in a fun environment. There was live music playing and the server was very upbeat and attentive. We had Ropa Vieja and Vaca frita, two relatively simple Cuban dishes.... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was surprised to find one Bodeguita del Medio out from Havana. I was told this is their branch, which, by the quality of the Mojito I got (in fact I´ve got 3), it really is. Cheers.

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Kelowna, Canada
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41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Wondering around for the last hour before going to catch our taxi, we wanted to try something a little different. Wandered into La Bodeguita del Medio, a Cuban style restaurant, on our own as there were no 'touts' to entice us in. The menu was a little tougher than most to understand and decipher, and the young waiter looked almost... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This restaurant has a beautiful, authentic, Latin open atmosphere. The live band was excellent and fun. You can dance the night away and enjoy a delicious Cuban meal all in one place. This spot was definitely a highlight of my trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We liked La Bodeguita - the music and dance vibe was the best part as the food (paella for two) and drinks were fine but not exceptional. The service was friendly and attentive. It is a fun festive place to spend a night and especially if you salsa!

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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This place is like 30 or 40 cm above street level... and they did not put a ramp for wheelchairs!!! they don't even have to build one, there are portable ramps they can use... anyway... in regards of the restaurant itself service is quite agile, friendly, casual, nice... you really can't complain about this... as you can't with the food...... More 

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East Irvine, California, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for mojitos so we headed over here after dinner. We ordered one mojito and one beer. They gave us awful looks when we asked for the check. They seemed annoyed that we were there for only one drink and wanted to pay right away. They glared at us and gave us our change in 31... More 

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Additional Information about La Bodeguita del Medio

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

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