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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 #153 of 739 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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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We visited this restaurant looking for cuban food and salsa music. We did not regret it. The food is a little overprice but we can't complain. The salsa band makes our night great!

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Awesome Cuban Salsa band. It's going to be hot and sweaty and the dance floor is small but the band is worth it if you love Latin dancing. We danced cha cha cha, salsa, bachata and merengue. It seems most people danced cumbia style regardless of the actual dance but there were a few very good salseros. Whatever makes you... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Great club and wonderful staff. This place is very unique and Eddie the dance instructor is amazing. You will need to know spanish to benefit from him here but if not its a show just to watch him and the dance students learn. From 8:30 to 9:30 you'll find a place to dance on the narrow dance floor, afterwards you... More

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

When we first traveled to Playa del Carmen i was introduced to the drink Mojito in 2010 and it has been my favorite go to drink. As i do not partake in these beverages at home I do on vacations without the kids, but i have my own personal limit. The mojitos in Ls Bodeguita is one of the best... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Good latin music, dancing and excellent authentic mojitos with Cuban Havana Club rum :-). Many people don't know what a good mojito tastes like, but you will if you come here. Indoor and outdoor seating.

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Arlington, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Negatives, dogs running around and begging, flower vendor trying to sell, little kids with their wears, and the front part of Restraunt selling every kind of item you can imagine. it's just gotten to commercial for me. Food: we have been there before and personally I think the quality has dropped a bit. It is still good Cuban food, Some... More

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Fontana, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is the second year we visit this place. it has live salsa music and the drinks are decent. Our group of friends make it a point to visit La Bodeguita del Medio when we are visiting Playa Del Carmen. You will not be disappointed.

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Absolutely love this place!!! Food was wonderful and the live band was amazing. Can't go wrong here. You can work off your food with a little dancing after you eat. No AC though, so make sure you go when weather is tolerable.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great drinks, the band was great, the food was great especially the all you can eat chicken.. LOL.. i'd recommend this place, it wasn't too expensive either considering it was on the main strip.

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Key West, Florida
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29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This gem is part of a small chain of Cuban restaurants located in some of the hot spots around Latin America. I've been to the same chain in San Jose Costa Rica and found it just as good. La Bodeguita in Playa is located right on the Malecon. They always have a good band playing great Cuban dance music, classics... More

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