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La Bodeguita del Medio

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5th Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 803 3950
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been at this restaurant at least 4 times with various friends, at every time I have been there the service is so friendly and fast, the food tasty, and the best is that the band is amazing, you will see people dancing in between tables all the time, the ambience is one of the best in town. Prices... More 

Thank oneandonlyczar
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a lovely place where you can go for a Mojito and hear some live music. If you are in the mood you can also dance.

Thank Lovely S
Miami Lakes
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff very spontaneous, and friendly. We felt the Cuban warmth, and flavor. It's sad we didn't have time for a whole dinner, but had drinks, appetizers, danced in the main salon, and had photos with the staff. A place to visit when in Playa del Carmen. Hemingway would have loved it.

Thank Nelson B
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This used to be a bar/ night club with Cuban flare, sad that it is more an eatery but wonderful food all the same. The food was served hot, tho a bit slow. It was very tasty and wait staff was wonderful.

Thank Carrie R
Houston, Texas, United States
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110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

self entitled waiters think they deserve a tip for poor service. then try and embarrass you when you do not give at least 15 percent. i was with a date that night and she gets highly embarrassed if i complain. so i bite my tongue and will handle this later. i have given management a week to respond to my... More 

Thank Troy N
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Cuban food...and this was no exception. The food was fantastic, great prices, very attentive service...and the Cuba Libres were perfect!

Thank amandaeh1
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were not expecting much of this place, since the reviews here are not that good, but we wanted to try the Cuban food. The Pollo, which is the main dish of the house was reasonably good, but the Masitas de Puerco were very good. In the second time we went there we had the Torta Cubana, which is an... More 

Thank Marco Túlio G
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There seems to be a pattern with people that had so so experiences here. Perhaps this place has off nights and we hit it. We dined on a Monday night at prime time around 8:30. They were about half full and the service was good and attentive. We enjoyed the Cuban music. The restaurant is on the northern end of... More 

Thank Chris L
Seaford, New York
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this restaurant, completely by accident, two years ago while in Playa del Carmen with another couple. Went back Oct 2015, couldn't remember the name or location, only remembered it was Cuban food. We werw unable to locate it. Returned to Playa in Jan 2016 with the kids (19, 21) and while walking found it again. Loved it in 2014,... More 

Thank LynnmarieLINY
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Finally some great music and tasty drinks, see we were getting quite down on the place until we found here. Brilliant, truly, if your like minded i highly recommend this for the music and great atmosphere/friendly service

Thank Maya H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $25
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5th Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
  • Phone Number: +52 984 803 3950
La Bodeguita del Medio was founded in Cuba in the 1940s as a corner store owned by Angel Martinez. The store became a meeting place for local artists who enjoyed getting together for an afternoon 'Mojito'. The place has preserved the ambiance of the romantic Carribean lifestyle that flourished with Havana. Today the Bodeguita del Medio is famous world wide for Salsa music, fine cigars, its original Mojitos and having guests write their thoughts and comments on the walls of the restaurant.

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