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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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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 4
    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
Awesome drinks, food & service!

Celebrated my birthday here last week. Was so crowded on a weekday night. Recommend making advance reservations. My favorites were the Plantain Crusted Goat Cheese and the carribean curry. The drinks were good too....

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
Lego23
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good. Nothing exceptional but worth trying. The service is pretty good but the food is just not really Cuban but some sort of Fusion/Cuban. More fusion than Cuban. If you have ever visited Miami you will be disappointed. Just enjoy the food for what it is and not what you would expect. 3 Stars for claiming to... More 

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Thank Luis H
Redwood City, California
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55 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came for dinner around 7:30PM on a Friday night and we were seated right away without a reservation. We did get a table that was just vacated, so I can imagine that normally there would be lines for this place. I had one of their dinner specials which included blackened shrimp (forgot the name) and also the Croquetas. The... More 

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Thank Timothy Y
San Jose, California
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Over a decade ago I worked for a company that was about 2 blocks from La Bodeguita del Medio, and my coworkers introduced me to it while celebrating another coworker's birthday. I've been a fan ever since! The easiest way to find it, in the middle of the first block of North California Avenue just off El Camino Real, is... More 

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Thank ladyjazz17
Indian Hills, Colorado
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I had a craving for Cuban food and was very happy to find this place. I have not had a bad meal yet and absolutely LOVE their mojito's!

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Thank ngoodreau
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Celebrated my birthday here last week. Was so crowded on a weekday night. Recommend making advance reservations. My favorites were the Plantain Crusted Goat Cheese and the carribean curry. The drinks were good too....

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Thank Lego23
Bay Area, California
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This place is hectic, but usually fun, but we rarely order food at the bar. This time it was a clear miss: crab cakes so dry and tasteless (mainly made out of bread) that I could not eat them. Also, oddly, greasy, somewhat burned, and very overcooked.

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London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a fairly laid back local place with great rum drinks made from scores of different distilleries and loud music in the bar. It can fill up fairly quickly because there just aren't that many tables for dinner.

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Thank Dane94306
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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206 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with colleagues during a visit from Australia. Relaxing venue. Many of us had never had Cuban food so was not sure what to expect. We all enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the seafood paella. Interesting range of art around the restaurant.

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Thank jackirmic
Palo Alto, California
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I suggest booking your table to make your dinner a great experience instead of wait on side walk. Cuban cuisine is quite different from its western sibling, ingredients, spices and drinks are so so so different. And, this restaurant offers one of the best in the area. Food is great, service is prompt and friendly, I love the ambiance this... More 

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Thank JamshidV
San Francisco, CA
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The server was super friendly, the food was to die for, especially the Seafood Paella and Coconut Crusted Snapper and amazing appetizers, crab cakes, empanadas, pan roasted mussels, and our favorite, the very chocolaty dessert. Topped of with the very fresh Mojito, I was in heaven!

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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: Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?