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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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Sunday
Closed
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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: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 43
    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
Most recent review
Love this place for drinks

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
Nina961
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Los Altos, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Los Altos, California
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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354 reviews 354 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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
58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This restaurant offers Cuban food that is close to authentic. The Ropa Vieja and Masitas are good renditions of the real thing. The restaurant is a pleasant place to meet friends for well-prepared food and drink.

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Durham, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Cuban inspired meals that will not disappoint. I have been there twice and will return on my next trip to Palo Alto. Unique and always delicious dishes and the rum cocktails are top notch. Right now a lot of construction on street but don't let that deter you.

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just finished lunch there. The foods are special and delicious; the environment is cozy; their service is also very good. A little bit busy, but it doesn't hurt their quality of service. The waiter came to refill water frequently, introduced the most popular dishes nicely. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to my friends if they would like to try... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The food was good but they don't have many vegetarian options. If you are a smoker then you should try their cuban cigar lounge in the back. Their patio is also a nice place to meet friends.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A friend recommended this place to me and my coworkers and it did not disappoint! The restaurant's atmosphere was high-energy and fun--perfect after an all-day meeting. The restaurant staff members are friendly and attentive. The food is awesome! We started with the ceviche, banana chips with black bean salsa and empanadas. OMG. The empanadas were the best I ever had.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a quaint little restaurant in downtown Palo Alto that never disappoints. It’s almost always full but never seems busy or rushed and the infrequent wait certainly worth. The food is authentic and I've yet have gone wrong with my favorites being the Graycliff Chowder, Masitas and anything from the desert menu as long as its followed by a... 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: Romance, 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?