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La Bodeguita del Medio

463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-326-7762
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Ranked #18 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Friendly informal atmosphere (this is probably not the place for an intimate, romantic dinner - it's pretty noisy). Great food - we had the paella and the seafood ajiaco, along with a mix of starters. Food was excellent. And service was warm and personal. Interesting interior. This restaurant is a little out of the centre of Palo alto, but definitely... More

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Nice atmosphere, but the food is overpriced. Large portions, with some hits. Go for the appetizers or share the entrees. Good mojitos.

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San Francisco, California
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17 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Really noisy and crowded, be prepared! Fun energy, but certainly not a place for an intimate evening or quiet discussions! So crowded, we sat at the bar (full dinner menu available). Nice food, somewhat less nice drinks, but a good experience overall.

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Fairfield, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Empanadas were good -Arroz con Pollo entree good -Tierra y Mar good, but not filling -Mojitos are good, but pricy -Arrived at 6pm and it was already hard to get a seat at the bar. -Staff not very friendly -Very business minded -Not one sincere smile -Patio is nice to have a drink and smoke if you need to

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Zug, Switzerland
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180 reviews 180 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

went there with my business colleague on recommendation. Were not able to sit 9 people through a reservation but we squeezed around a table. Very informal style restaurant with good food and entertaining atmosphere.

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Palo Alto, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The restaurant was full when we arrived at 6:30 on a Thursday, and so we sat at the bar, where you can order off the menu. Our Cuban cocktails were tasty, we shared the crab cakes and croquettas appetizers as well as the chicken, which were all excellent. The wine list is very eclectic, with wine from all over the... More

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NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

We have a special fondness for good Cuban cuisine. This restaurant was very, very good. The wait staff was excellent, and the ambience was very pleasant!

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Chatton
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304 reviews 304 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is one of the busiest restaurants on California Avenue so reservations are really important here. It has a lively bar and wide ranging menu of Latin American inspiration. Open for lunch (though not every day) and dinner, it has a very good range of interesting dishes. Black bean soup and Caribbean curry are excellent. Service is good but can... More

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