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La Bodeguita del Medio

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463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-7762
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good47%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“plantains” (11 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (9 reviews)
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Latin, Cuban, Caribbean
$$ - $$$
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yesterday I've been for the first time to this restaurant, one of the most popular in the Palo Alto area. Despite what has been reported from other reviews, I haven't found the place to be too small or narrow. I was with 3 friends and...More

Thank Erika B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I eat here every time I visit Palo Alto! The bar has a great selection of whiskey and bourbon, and a friendly staff. Food is reasonably priced for Palo Alto, and the cigar lounge in the back is always a great place to have a...More

Thank tazman1099
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would like to give this restaurant 5 stars, as the food was excellent but there were a few minor issues and one main issue for which I reduced my rating to 4 stars. First the positives: - The food was excellent. Everyone at our...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 work friends and I went here planning on dinner and fell in love with the cocktails and small plates/starters. So, they turned into our dinner. The empanadas and fried plantains are the tops

Thank jamesfrederickr
Reviewed April 22, 2017

A group of us met here for a book club meeting. We met in the bar area and the staff gladly pulled together two tables to accommodate us. We mostly ordered from the appetizer and drinks menus. among the dishes we ordered were the croquetas,...More

Thank Traveling_Polymath
Reviewed March 29, 2017

Friday afternoon about 5pm, this place was jammed full of huge (15-20 people) co-workers at 2 tables, all yelling to be heard (against all odds). The narrow space between the bar and tables makes is impossible for waiters and customers to get by. I am...More

Thank sunshine_susan
Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Great food , we started with the empanadas and got the pollo con arroz as a meal. So filling and delicious. We went as a early bachelorette dinner for my sister, and the drinks were good as well. A bit of a weak drink, but...More

Thank Steffany L
Reviewed December 7, 2016

We were celebrating with family and La Bodeguita del Medio came highly recommended. It was fabulous! We were told that they are known for their mojitos and I can see why! The waitstaff was outstanding, very helpful and not afraid to give his suggestions. There...More

Thank gigicape
Reviewed October 24, 2016

I heard all about this restaurant and decide to give it a try. They are known for their mojitos and of course, I tried it. The drink was well balanced, not too sweet or sour. I had 2 of those. Next came the appetitzers. I...More

Thank DIdixixi
Reviewed October 11, 2016

Nice spot with delicious Cuban inspired food. Our server was super nice and helpful and suggested some off-the-menu options that we were very happy with. We had a Cuban version of caipirinha cocktails to start with (using rum instead of cachaca) and then went with...More

Thank jp123133
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can your restaurant accommodate a group of 20 on a Friday nite? Do you have a separate room or an area that is semi private
August 31, 2015|
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Response from kwong | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, they won't seat groups larger than 12. It says so on their faq's page
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-7762
  • E-mail