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“good food and music”

La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #83 of 1,242 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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.
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“good food and music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Absolutely love this place!!! Food was wonderful and the live band was amazing. Can't go wrong here. You can work off your food with a little dancing after you eat. No AC though, so make sure you go when weather is tolerable.

Visited June 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“This place was great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great drinks, the band was great, the food was great especially the all you can eat chicken.. LOL..
i'd recommend this place, it wasn't too expensive either considering it was on the main strip.

  • Visited June 2014
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Key West, Florida
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121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A fun place with great food, drinks and dancing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

This gem is part of a small chain of Cuban restaurants located in some of the hot spots around Latin America. I've been to the same chain in San Jose Costa Rica and found it just as good. La Bodeguita in Playa is located right on the Malecon. They always have a good band playing great Cuban dance music, classics like the Buena Vista Social Club's "Chan Chan", Guantanemera and plenty of lively salsa music. The food is surprising, good Cuban dishes like Picadillo are hard to find, the flank steak was tender and delicious with a nice soy marinate. The cuba libre drinks were strong and with nice lime flavor and the Mojitos had plenty of fresh mint and a nice portion of rum. It's pretty obvious that this place is popular, the dance floor was full and nearly every table downstairs was occupied. The service is excellent and they have a nice gift shop with things like Panama hats, Cuban cigars and Havana Club rum., If tobacco smoke bothers you, this might not be your favorite place since they let you smoke both cigarettes and cigars, but hey this is Cuba in Puerto Vallarta. A sure thing.... Good enough for us to come back for more...

  • Visited June 2014
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Madrid, Spain
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent mojitos”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

Just had drinks there before strolling the town. Their specialty is mojitos since it's a cuban based restaurant. Some local people were taking salsa lessons, we enjoyed the entertainment!

  • Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“mojitos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

the moros y cristianos was excellent, and the mojitos were very good.... I have been to 2 Bodeguitas. and by far playa del carmen was the best...!

  • Visited May 2014
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