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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 3950
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Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great music, fun atmosphere, good food!

We went here one night just for drinks when we noticed a live band was playing. That was super fun, and when we looked at the menu we decided we would have dinner here the next night. We both ordered the chicken special - it came with rice & beans and plantains. The chicken was really good. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Liz C
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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I went here about three to four times on my trip to playa. Good help with the cigars,fresh,and legit. The mojitos were tasty ,thats as far as i went into this place . Cigar recommended shop. Happy tripping! !

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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We went here one night just for drinks when we noticed a live band was playing. That was super fun, and when we looked at the menu we decided we would have dinner here the next night. We both ordered the chicken special - it came with rice & beans and plantains. The chicken was really good. The beans were... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We got there at 7:30 pm for salsa lessons, we had a great time. All tuesdays there are free one hour salsa lessons. We stayed there for dinner, all food was great in taste and flavors, great presentation, prices are not cheap, but it is worth it. The only negative thing, is that we ordered tap water, and they insisted... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had lunch there and regreet not having going there before,the seasoning was perfect and authentic cuban, will return there for sure.

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Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My husband and I were talking about going back since ewe booked our trip! Everything on the menu is amazing.Thier Habanero hot sauce is NO JOKE! But you had to have it on everything it was so good! Oh yeah and our 8 Mojitos were delicious and refreshing!

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Dallas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We always stop in for a few mojitos at least once or twice a trip when we're in Playa.Usually just have a couple pre dinner mojitos. They are Aways awesome and the staff is friendly! Can't wait until we go back in November!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We ordered a Cuban sandwich to go. I cannot really tell you what it was, but I guess they have never had one maybe... Wasn't good, wasn't cheap, and the music (although good), was so loud, you could not even shout at each other and enjoy. Sorry Bodeguita, go to Havana and figure a few things out. (And folks, I... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was our second trip there and we love the Pollo Cubano, a fun taste of Cuba!! The Mojitos are amazing, using Cuban Rum. A fun atmosphere to relax in after shopping on the 5th avenue!

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New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Oh this place is great! The food was so good. I went with my husband and another couple. We got these shrimp tostones appetizers which were AMAZING. The mojitos were refreshing. We enjoyed the entrees and they were pretty big portions. Unfortunately, we missed the salsa class while we ate but, it seems like a good time. To make the... More 

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Weston, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Yuck! Nothing Cuban about it. Even the beans were more like refried Mexican style. Waitress was a complete airhead too.

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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 3950
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
Average Prices: USD 5 - 25
Cuisine: Cuban

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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 3950

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 25
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, 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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