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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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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 2:00 am
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The mojitos were top of the line as promised and it was great to watch others dancing up a storm on the dance floor! Lots of fun and good food. A great place to party!

Thank Amanda M
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try the Havana Club Reserve! Simply the best mojitos in town and possibly anywhere. The prices are not outrageous and the quality is very good. Both nights I was there a live band played and everyone salsa danced. Wonderful experience!

Thank LoveLifeTravel2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came from our resort for the live music, which had been great 2 years ago. This year…meh. Not that the band was bad, but it was not the classic Havana-style as previously.

Thank Loretta M
Sao Paulo, SP
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Nice cuban bar with live salsa every night and friendly staff. Good just for a drink as well as for a dancing night!

Thank guasty
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

We had a amazing time in this place!! 100% recommended. No band playing on Mondays but we had free salsa classes.

1 Thank Jesenia Q
Konstanz, Germany
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed some shrimp dishes with garlic and coconut sauce. Though it was quite expensive, I can only recommend this location for those, who like the Caribbean taste and Mojitos . Furthermore, the service was brilliant. Our waiter was very attentive, we never had to wait more than 10 seconds for any request. However, the bill was higher than expected,... More 

Thank Valérie M
Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

So PCD is not really full of Mexican culture. There is a lot of live music, but most of it is covers of pop songs, rock and roll, jazz, not traditional Mexican music. We wanted to find a place with rancheras, but we could not. They exist, but you need to know when, and the advertisement is not that easy... More 

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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Great Cuban food, with nice ripe plantains, and rice and beans. The drinks are top notch and the service very helpful. Try the shrimp and the fish. Get a side of rice and beans and please, stick to those mojitos.

Thank lokumos
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I was at home, the food was amazing, this place had me enjoin Cuba for a couple of hours. The band , this guy's are so good they should be charging for people to see them. I found a piece of my Cuba in Mexico.

Thank Dwan D
Helmond, The Netherlands
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Expectations were high when we went in because we have seen dancing people a couple of times when we passed. That's why we went in. But... Staff is immature and adds stuff to your bill that you do no expect. Music is loud, really loud and it os not the volume that hurts your ears, it's the quality of the... More 

Thank epvdlinden

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