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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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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 51
    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
Fun, great drinks and appetizers

We walked in on a Saturday without reservations and were able to snag a table with the promise that we would be finished by 7:30 PM. We ordered the sangria and mojitos, and both were really good. We ordered the empanadas which were excellent as well as the yuca and plantains as appetizers. For the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Connie C
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Providence, Rhode Island
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Providence, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We walked in on a Saturday without reservations and were able to snag a table with the promise that we would be finished by 7:30 PM. We ordered the sangria and mojitos, and both were really good. We ordered the empanadas which were excellent as well as the yuca and plantains as appetizers. For the main dishes we ordered the... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is a cuban restaurant. The main dishes are very good. Had the "roupa vieja" which was very good. Also tasted the "arroz com pollo" which my wife ordered. Very good too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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121 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

terrific take on Cuban food. really delicious takes. drinks are excellent as well. nice seating on sidewalk out front, and fabulous cigar area in back.

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I visited this place to have some Mojitos and Margaritas with a friend of one, and we did enjoy our evening ! The terrace is the best place to be in the city to have some tequila while listening to cuban music. Great ambiance ! Prices are very affordable, and the cocktails are delicious.

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Seattle, WA
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125 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

If you're in Palo Alto on business and are considering making the traffic filled drive to dine in San Francisco, forget about it! Eat and Enjoy here. Meetings finished in Palo Alto, it's 5pm, who wants to spend an hour in traffic to wait for a table at an over-priced San Francisco eatery? Granted there are some great ones, but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I'm on my third Hemingway (rum and citrus), supposedly "Papa's" favourite beverage, so may not be coherent. BUT I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! The drinks are great, the food is great and the rum is great. I hope this review is helpful..hint, hint!

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Wisconsin
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127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We ate here on a Saturday night with a table of 6. We had reservations and we were seated promptly. Our server delivered our drinks and we enjoyed our Cuba Libres. Our food was pretty good, we ordered Snapper, Surf & Turf, Chicken and several Cuban dishes (they were the best). Our appetizers were awesome, the spicy shrimp on toast... More 

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New York City, New York
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97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I had the yummiest sandwich here! The Cubano was full of fillings, full of flavour and something you would want to come back for. All the other meals that I saw around me looked great also and the feeling in the restaurant was warm and friendly.

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Central Coast California
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131 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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