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La Bodeguita del Medio

463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-7762
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good49%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“ropa vieja” (11 reviews)
“plantains” (14 reviews)
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Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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1 - 10 of 147 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a delightful dinner, we enjoyed every dish! The yucca fries were cooked perfectly. Plantain chips were crispy. Chicken croquettes had a buttery note that added a layer of flavor. Pork empanada had some heat and the sauce complimented it well. The stewed chicken with...More

Thank JeepneyGirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the shrimp ceviche appetizer and the Cubana sandwich was delicious. Our waiter was helpful and attentive so we ordered the dishes that he suggested and he did not steer us wrong!

Thank Shannon A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The shredded beef and plantains is to die for! And their smoking room is kinda cool too even though I don't smoke, it feels very authentic Cuban. It had a nice atmosphere with some good music playing. Superb customer service. From the hostess to the...More

Thank Sandri L
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The food was amazing, my swordfish was some of the best I have ever had and everyone else in my party liked their food as well. One star off because we made reservations but had to wait quite a while before being seated and apparently...More

Thank IlariaK
Reviewed 9 October 2017

9 reviews 3.0 star rating 10/9/2017 I was disappointed in this restaurant but that was probably my fault. Had I read the menu before making the reservations I would not have made them. This is a Cuban inspired menu not a traditional Cuban menu which...More

Thank aleida1004
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Came here for a colleague's 5 years celebration. Food was great, service was good. Highly recommend the plantains.

Thank Aparna J
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We had a delicious meal here last week and everyone left feeling very happy with the choice for the evening. As a group of 5, we shared appetizers and entrees, the Empanadas disappeared quickly and the Masitas and Ropa Vieja didn't last too long either!...More

Thank Herriotcube
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I came here for lunch. I ordered the Empanadas (shredded picadillo pork, roasted chilis, pepper jack, coconut-jalapeno sauce) and the Masitas (spicy roasted pork, white rice, black beans topped with cilantro). This is an absolute winner🏆🏆🏆. Service was great and friendly. The meal was awesome....More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The food here is excellent, and reliable, but there were a bunch of mishaps that detracted from the experience. Waiter greeted us with "have you been helped" (What are we in, a 7-11 store?). The person bussing tables walked over with a pile of dirty...More

Thank LD501
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Everything we had was amazing. The paella for two and seafood for two was filling and so delicious. Also the bras and oil was flavorful. Capped it off with a 20 yr old rum Ron Centenario Fundacion XX. Smooth. Ahhhhh

Thank Mark M
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1 September 2015|
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Response from kwong | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, they won't seat groups larger than 12. It says so on their faq's page
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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: +1 650-326-7762
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