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La Bodeguita del Medio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
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463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-7762
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:30
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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San Jose, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I heard all about this restaurant and decide to give it a try. They are known for their mojitos and of course, I tried it. The drink was well balanced, not too sweet or sour. I had 2 of those. Next came the appetitzers. I had the empanadas. Generally I am not a big fan of fried pastry but this... More 

Thank DIdixixi
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Nice spot with delicious Cuban inspired food. Our server was super nice and helpful and suggested some off-the-menu options that we were very happy with. We had a Cuban version of caipirinha cocktails to start with (using rum instead of cachaca) and then went with a selection of appetizers to share : spicy shrimp, mussels (the broth on these mussels... More 

Thank jp123133
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Outstanding service and delicious food. The bar is awesome and very inviting. The Rum Negroni is exceptional!

Thank jbrady1965
Grenoble, France
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

A great place to wind down after a busy day with good food, drinks and service. Make a reservation as it gets busy.

Thank NormMacdonald
Bhopal, India
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Excellent Cuban food. I had a mojito, and then a Cubano Sandwich, one of their most popular items on the menu. It was fresh and very tasty. Very friendly and warm staff. On the whole, a good experience Highly recommended.

Thank Ravids58
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

My husband loves cigars so when I saw they had a cigar area i decided a nice treat - it is actually not part of the restaurant but you can get a drink from the bar and sit in there. Their selection of cigars according to him is excellent. We then moved to the dining room and enjoyed very interesting... More 

Thank Karen H
Los Altos, California
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

I know this restaurant is popular and is currently rated #24 on the restaurant list, but I had a bad service experience here awhile back and have never returned. With other excellent restaurants such as La Boheme, Nola, Evvia, Bistro Elan, Cafe Brioche, I do not see any reason to frequent this restaurant. Their food is OK; their service is... More 

1 Thank Jasmine A
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90 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I been going to La Bodeguita for years and food quality was consistent and same. Place is clean and they have a nice bar area good for casual socializing. You need to make reservation for restaurant and lately I been in bar side more. I usually order few appetizers and drinks, I love their nice mixes and they use good... More 

Thank Michael T
Saratoga, California
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137 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This place is excellent. The staff is excellent and the food is amazing. The restaurant is rather load so it could be difficult for a large business-like-dinner.

Thank mdh95070
Woodside, California
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139 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Call me nostalgic, but I loved the way this restaurant used to be. It was a classy, sassy date night destination, a spot you can look forward to all week. Well, it's just different. This was my biggest date night this summer. A super special evening. Well... As we walked up, there were people eating outside, with their dog, in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
17:00 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?