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La Bodeguita del Medio

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$$$
Caribbean, Cuban
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463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-326-7762
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Monday
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Exquisite food, excellent cocktails

Traditional food from Central America. Excellent! The dishes are always well prepared and very tasty. The bar scene and the cocktails selection are both excellent (El Presidente is highly recommended). Kind and punctual service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
DaMauff
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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93 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Central Coast California
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very hard to get reservations at this place, and no wonder, as the food is excellent. Great drinks too. It's worth calling in advance to get in.

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San Francisco, CA
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Loved the social atmosphere, the extremely friendly service,the amazing mojitos (and I usually don't like mojitos), tasty and well cooked entreees, including to die for huge dish of Paella! The chocolate rum cake is serious dose of delicious dark chocolate and the friend bananas I've had before are amazing!

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Nairobi
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Word of advice: make a reservation or you will wait for a long time as this restaurant is popular. And once you've been there you will understand why. The Cuban warmth is there and the food is as authentic as it gets. We sampled everything amongst the three of us. If you don't want to eat, the bar is just... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Traditional food from Central America. Excellent! The dishes are always well prepared and very tasty. The bar scene and the cocktails selection are both excellent (El Presidente is highly recommended). Kind and punctual service.

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Portland, OR
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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Somewhat of a regular here, I really like the bistecca and the Mojitos are pretty good too. Good place to have a casual business dinner. Service is responsive and decor is appropriate to the Cuban spirit. While not among the best places in Palo Alto, this is a reliable choice.

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Menlo Park, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband and I have been here 3 times so far - twice for date night and once with another couple, and we've had a wonderful time each time! The food, drinks and service have always been fantastic (we always made a reservation in advance and were seated right away when we arrived), and we stayed after dinner to relax... More 

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Los Altos, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Fun atmosphere. Excellent Mojitos which are stronger that you realize! Excellent food and attentive service. But you must like latin food or you will not enjoy the menu.

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San Francisco
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376 reviews 376 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

La Bodeguita De Medio is a nice well-located restaurant with plenty of parking and a really vibrant bar scene and atmosphere. I liked the décor but I felt the air was a bit stale and they should consider opening a window. I also felt the bartenders lacked personality and were to “down to business for me.” We ordered arroz con... More 

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Amazed to see how busy this restaurant was but great food and service at a really reasonable price. Mojito's were great. Definitely worth returning. I think this is a local gem.

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Seattle, Washington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We shared dinner for 4 on a busy Saturday evening. The restaurant and bar was crowded and lively. We waited for a table in the bar area for 30 minutes enjoying mojitos and beer before being seated. The menu is extensive. We shared empanadas, salad, and a very large paella. The meal was quickly served and the service was friendly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-326-7762

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?