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“A great experience”

La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #85 of 1,326 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We walked past this restaurant one evening and were attracted by the live music and sight of waiters dancing the salsa with customers! We tried to make a reservation but were told they weren't accepting them but there would be no problem getting a table. We went at 8.15 p.m. and had a choice of sitting inside opposite where the band would be or just outside, under cover. We chose outside as we thought it may be noisy whilst we were eating. The menu was varied with plenty of Cuban specialities. Our waiter recommended the Gambas, a special of the day. They were excellent and plentiful. The men had a surf & turf option, which was also very good. As we were ordering, we noticed that there appeared to be a line dance going on inside the bar. We were told it was a beginners salsa class and we could join in but our food arrived. It looked amazing with one guy calling out instructions for various dances (types of samba?) and the waiters joining in to partner when required. We didn't know about the class in advance or we would have had our food later and joined in. It was all very lighthearted and looked like great fun. The Cuban band came on at 9pm and we moved into the bar area to watch them. People (locals and visitors) were dancing to them. All in all, a great experience not to be missed. There is also a shop attached where you can buy t-shirts, bikes, etc!

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

For a bar that serves cuban food... We liked it a lot!!! Even bought a few things from the souvenir corner that were actually quite well priced. Better than Senor Frogs prices. You must try the shrimp ceviche! Just add a drop or 2 of the green hot sauce and squeeze of lime and enjoy!

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

This trendy restaurant seems to have a bit of difficutly transitioning from dinner into the nightlife of salsa and fun. We arrived at 6:00 for an early dinner. The waiters were numerous and seemed to be frantically preparing for the evening performance rather than paying attention to our table's needs. We had to 'catch' them racing by to get tableware, salt and to order dessert and coffee.

Having said this, we ordered the evenings special Mera Mera. It was beautifully presented and very tasty. It was served whole with shrimps and a wonderful creole sauce on top and a delicious rice side.

Maybe they're trying to define their market so I'm not trying to be critical because the food was delicious and very reasonably priced - which in Playa is sometimes hard to find. I would advise giving it a try.

Hint: the coffee is amazing!

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Loved this place - the food was awesome, cheap and the live music was incredible. Their mojitos were delicious, too. Our service was so fast we almost wished it had taken longer, though we think they may have been trying to move tables in time with the band's set. Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Popped in here one afternoon for lunch and I must say, I was spoilt for choice. I had the sweet and sour shrimp, and as with all main meals, it came with white rice, stew beans and fried plantain. Absolutely tasty! Also had the chicken wings which were nice as well.

Later that night I went back and had the crab. Faultless!

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