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La Bodeguita del Medio

Certificate of Excellence
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, South American, Central American
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463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Grenoble, France
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to wind down after a busy day with good food, drinks and service. Make a reservation as it gets busy.

Thank NormMacdonald
Bhopal, India
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent Cuban food. I had a mojito, and then a Cubano Sandwich, one of their most popular items on the menu. It was fresh and very tasty. Very friendly and warm staff. On the whole, a good experience Highly recommended.

Thank Ravids58
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

My husband loves cigars so when I saw they had a cigar area i decided a nice treat - it is actually not part of the restaurant but you can get a drink from the bar and sit in there. Their selection of cigars according to him is excellent. We then moved to the dining room and enjoyed very interesting... More 

Thank Karen H
Los Altos, California
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

I know this restaurant is popular and is currently rated #24 on the restaurant list, but I had a bad service experience here awhile back and have never returned. With other excellent restaurants such as La Boheme, Nola, Evvia, Bistro Elan, Cafe Brioche, I do not see any reason to frequent this restaurant. Their food is OK; their service is... More 

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78 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

I been going to La Bodeguita for years and food quality was consistent and same. Place is clean and they have a nice bar area good for casual socializing. You need to make reservation for restaurant and lately I been in bar side more. I usually order few appetizers and drinks, I love their nice mixes and they use good... More 

Thank Michael T
Saratoga, California
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130 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This place is excellent. The staff is excellent and the food is amazing. The restaurant is rather load so it could be difficult for a large business-like-dinner.

Thank mdh95070
Woodside, California
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138 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Call me nostalgic, but I loved the way this restaurant used to be. It was a classy, sassy date night destination, a spot you can look forward to all week. Well, it's just different. This was my biggest date night this summer. A super special evening. Well... As we walked up, there were people eating outside, with their dog, in... More 

Thank american_foxhound
San Francisco, California
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105 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Dishes are good though on the spicy side. Not ideal for kids of all age but the ambience is fun. Parking can be a problem in this area; so be prepared to walk a little or arrive early. If possible reserve ahead of time.

Thank Krish C
Palo Alto, California
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Had a fun, wonderful dinner, this evening, with Her Ladyship. Res for 5:30, were not aware the bar opened at 5, which was great, as we were ten minutes early. Let the hostess, know we had arrived, and sat at the bar, with a couple of Bitburger droughts. Were promptly seated at 5:30, through the curtain,( away from the bar,... More 

Thank sirmeandt
Eugene, Oregon
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152 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth and since I wasn't paying the tab I had to tread tactfully regarding my disappointment. I've had Cuban meals before, including in Miami's Little Havana, and have prepared a number of Cuban dishes myself, including ropa vieja. I'm normally an adventurous eater, but decided to go easy this time because... More 

Thank oregonpoppa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
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: 650-326-7762

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