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“Great Food, Great Music, Amazing Energy!”

La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #92 of 1,287 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Music, Amazing Energy!”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

What a gem this place is! We walked in at 10pm looking for a late dinner and were absolutely wowed by the amazing music, bellowing laughter and overall amazing energy of this place.

The food was very good but the real draw of this place is the atmosphere which is among the best I've experienced throughout my time in Mexico.

  • Visited April 2013
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Playa del Carmen
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322 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“a can't miss”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

a true copy of their Havana restaurant....great inexpensive Cuban food and terrific Cuban live music each night starting about 9

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“SUPER FUN!”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Great music and drinks! Thank's a lot to Mathias best service I got in a bar in Playa del Carmen by far! Perfect servings on all of my drinks! Food is good but it is nothing special. Must visit if you go to Playa...

  • Visited September 2013
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Canada
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great authentic Cuban joint right on 5th ave!”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Had an awesome dinner outside with my husband and our friend a few nights ago.

We had the guacamole starter, which was by far the best guac I have tried anywhere in Mexico. Nice and spicy!

We tried the fish carpaccio, the shredded beef and the fish special which were all good, the carpaccio was especially tasty.

The live Cuban band was amazing and the place was packed!

We'll definitely be back!

Visited September 2013
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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“Fantastic Cuban night”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We never tried cuban cuisine so we gave it a go.

So glad we did, while dishes were a little monotone on the ingredients, preparation made the difference.

The bodeguita is an experience in itself. The live music was so nice that you didnt want it to end.
Service was really good but slow but that is reasonable given that the place was packed.
It was great to dance a little salsa before having some killer mojitos and great dinner. The ambient was really good as well.

Toilets looked clean
Prices are very reasonable

Do i recommend it? Totally

  • Visited August 2013
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