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La Bodeguita del Medio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
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Avenida 5, Norte 34 | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 803 3950
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've had depression and need to go dancing here in havana puerto vallarta Cancun and now playa del Carmen it's a beautiful place to go dance and have a great time the band is amazing and the people and staff are super friendly and fun really great to go out for a night and have the best and the original... More 

Thank Melanie D
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had high expectations when we went to this place. It always looked so lively but that may have to do with the band that is playing. The drinks were good and we should have stuck with that. The food was quite dissapointing and tasted bland. Not sure if they accomodate the level of flavor/spiceness to tourists. And smothering everything in... More 

Thank nics77
Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like Cuban music, this is your destination.....it's hot, it's salsa, it's great dancing. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the servers are great. The menu is broad, inexpensive and tasty.

Thank bobbyM101
Washington DC
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I love to go there, because they always have a live Cuban band playing, and the dance floor is packed, and the Mojitos are cold! The energy in the place is amazing. Always a favorite of mine.

Thank Fellowtraveler72
Fairfax, Virginia
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pollo Cubano dish was amazingly well marinated and delicious. The other main dish we got, though, was like eating Manwich/sloppy joes dumped on a plate. It was tasteless. The bean and rice side dish was also under-spiced and very bland. The mojitos were watered down and had very little rum. Service was so-so, the waitress was friendly but distracted... More 

Thank Regina D
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Service is great. Food is good but barely Cuban. Go here not for cuban food but for a decent meal at a good price. Don't for get to dance your but off to the local live bands.

Thank Theullrich
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only went there for an after work drink, and I was more than pleasantly surprised by how good their mojitos were. The music is great, not the best place to chat but definetly to dance and listen to latin music. This is a must in Playa.

Thank Santiago C
Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Busy place. Service is not the best. We got there around 10PM, nobody to greet us at the door, so we just walked in and got a table. Serving staff didn't even notice us for 15 minutes. "Mojito" drinks are OK, not enough alcohol on it. I've had better Mojitos at other places. Live music is great, nice atmosphere, good... More 

Thank cabasto
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted something different than Mexican and we had not tried Cuban food so we took a chance. Loved the atmosphere of this restaurant on 5th Avenue. Loved all the "graffiti" on everything, walls, lamps, etc. The place was pretty busy and we were there at 6.30. There was a waiter teaching 6 adults to salsa dance and later came... More 

Thank cruzinsuzin8888
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The music and atmosphere is what I loved most about this restaurant. There was a live band playing and a space for dancing. I love Latin music! The food and drinks were decent, but not really a restaurant I would rush to return to. I've heard great things about this chain so maybe I just caught them on an off... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $25
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene
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: Avenida 5, Norte 34 | 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?