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La Bodeguita del Medio

463 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-326-7762
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Ranked #17 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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