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All 313 Palo Alto Restaurants

La Bodeguita del Medio

463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-326-7762
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Ranked #21 of 313 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
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
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
43 reviews 43 reviews
24 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Reno Nevada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We were visiting Palo Alto and stopped in not knowing anything about the restaurant other than we can't find Cuban food in our home town. We immediately knew we were in a friendly, happy, warm environment. Our server was one of the best ever...informative, advisory without attitude and even shared recipes. Good libations, amazing dipping oil (which we will replicate... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This place has the "look", the "energy" the "staff". The food coming out of the kitchen is awesome to look at but there is something missing in the taste department....

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you love Cuban food, you will not be disappointed with La Bodeguita del Medio (translated, "The bar in the middle of the block"). If you have never tried Cuban food before... why not?! My husband and I ate lunch here on a Friday afternoon. We arrived around 2 pm and were told that the kitchen would soon be closing,... More 

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Additional Information about La Bodeguita del Medio

Address: 463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone Number: 650-326-7762
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

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