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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 #159 of 737 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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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 NEW

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
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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Zurich, Switzerland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Just had drinks there before strolling the town. Their specialty is mojitos since it's a cuban based restaurant. Some local people were taking salsa lessons, we enjoyed the entertainment!

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

the moros y cristianos was excellent, and the mojitos were very good.... I have been to 2 Bodeguitas. and by far playa del carmen was the best...!

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Minneapolis
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Last time we were in Playa, we passed this place. Had a band going, was packed, and we said next time we were here we would try it. Kind of sorry we heeded our own advice. We had eaten at a Cuban restaurant in Miami and it was great, so I was really looking forward to this meal! One of... More

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