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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: Drinks, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, 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
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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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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36 reviews
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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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Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I have been to Cuba a dozen times and I can honestly say the food, ambience and staff are the best here. we loved Paolo Dilona (spelling), He was sincere, patient, helpful and courteous. the menu is extensive in Spanish and English. We needed about five minutes to sort it out and he was very helpful answering our questions and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Super good mojitos. Live Cuban Music. Equals a great night out for our party of 7. Two of us had dinner while the rest were there for Salsa dancing and mojitos. This place did not disappoint. 7:30-8:30 every night is salsa lessons and 8:30-12:30 is the band and dancing. Don't think twice, go here if you want a night out... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

we always stop by here when in PDC to have pre dinner mojitos, and they are consistenly great. we stopped a couple of time this visit. the staff is friendly and quick, we have been to a few of their locations throughout Mexico and it is alwasy good for mojitos. recommend highly for a refreshing drink.

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Spent a night dancing to Cuban music and drinking strawberry mojitos. They were delicious! We also ordered two yummy appetizers. The live music was SO FUN!! We came tired but danced until after 1AM. The staff was very accommodating. We will make a trip every time we visit Playa! Thanks for the fun times.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

We have been to Playa Del Carmen a few times this year and this is always our favorite spot! We love the mojitos fried pork chunks, but most importantly Paolo, he is the best waiter that we've ever had and we're from Las Vegas!!!! Go see Paolo and have a delicious meal and mojitos, you won't regret it!!!

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Houston, TX
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We were here last night and I have to say, the food was TERRIBLE! We decided to give it a shot because the menu looked so promising, but none of the dishes we ordered were any good. My dish was supposed to be one of their specialties but everything in it was cold and tasteless, it was a piece of... 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 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: Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups

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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