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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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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 44
    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
Pretty Good Cuban food and Mojitos

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
DougcpW
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Portland, OR
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Portland, OR
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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360 reviews 360 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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
60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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?