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La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #30 of 357 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Stanford, California
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2013

I like to go here with friends for light meals, and mojito. It also nice for dinner. Great Cuban music.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Woodside, California
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148 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fabulous Cuban food!! And Gluten Free offerings!”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is an awesome date spot. The bar is lively, and often packed, but the restaurant is quiet and tables well spaced to enjoy conversation. There's a diverse selection of rum cocktails, some twists on the traditional, and some fun takes on more current trends. After dinner, you can have fancy flights of rum varieties sipped straight up. All the food is incredible. You cannot go wrong. We don't go near cigars, but they do have them...

The waitstaff was very helpful with gluten free offerings, but for the most part, most of the menu is gluten free.

Make a reservation, a week or two in advance.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank american_foxhound
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mountain view, ca
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“This restaurant gets it right.”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place has an ambiance embodying "warm, classy, vibrant and authentic." The cocktails are seriously worth it - the Cuban sidecar is better than we've ever had anywhere else, and the mojitos are popular for good reason. The bar is very lively and active on weekends - the low warm glow from the lamps and candles, the colorful walls, and the drifting white curtains give the whole place a romantic and cool vibe. Their food is excellent too: I particularly recommend the paella, ropa vieja, conch chowder, and cubano sandwich. The spicy dipping oil for the bread is also fantastic. Lunch has a much more light and businessy vibe, but dinner is definitely more romantic and sociable (our favorite time to come is dinner). It gets noisy but you can still definitely hear everyone at your table. I commend La Bodeguita for getting the "authentic Cuba" vibe without veering into Disneyland-fake territory.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank stevling
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Menlo Park, California
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131 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good Mojitos!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Conveniently located in Palo Alto's "second" downtown, this place is great. Their mojitos are really good, their staff is very attentive and the food nicely cooked. We had their plantains (a must) and coconut crusted snapper- definitely recommend it. We went on a Friday night and they had awesome live music playing as well.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank CJK38
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Palo Alto, California
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“My husband loves the cigar room, I love the live music and food”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

This place is fun! I feel like I'm in a different country. The music has been exceptional when I've been there on a Saturday--with patrons happily singing along. We enjoy having a smoke in the back--such as throwback to the past. The food is excellent too.

Visited April 2012
Thank Rubylaserjules
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