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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 good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“empanadas” (19 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (9 reviews)
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Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 15 June 2017

On the evening of May 20, 2017 I had dinner at La Bodeguita Del Medio in Palo Alto. As you approach the restaurant you will see in front an eight table umbrellaed patio. As you step inside the restaurant through the curtains you be greeted...More

Thank James V
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This was our second visit to this Cuban restaurant and again were thrilled with the flavorful food and excellent service. Dishes we enjoyed were the croquettes appetizer, the masitas, paella and a beef dish - all entrees. The four of us shared all of them....More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Yesterday I've been for the first time to this restaurant, one of the most popular in the Palo Alto area. Despite what has been reported from other reviews, I haven't found the place to be too small or narrow. I was with 3 friends and...More

Thank Erika B
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I eat here every time I visit Palo Alto! The bar has a great selection of whiskey and bourbon, and a friendly staff. Food is reasonably priced for Palo Alto, and the cigar lounge in the back is always a great place to have a...More

Thank tazman1099
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I would like to give this restaurant 5 stars, as the food was excellent but there were a few minor issues and one main issue for which I reduced my rating to 4 stars. First the positives: - The food was excellent. Everyone at our...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 5 May 2017

3 work friends and I went here planning on dinner and fell in love with the cocktails and small plates/starters. So, they turned into our dinner. The empanadas and fried plantains are the tops

Thank jamesfrederickr
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A group of us met here for a book club meeting. We met in the bar area and the staff gladly pulled together two tables to accommodate us. We mostly ordered from the appetizer and drinks menus. among the dishes we ordered were the croquetas,...More

Thank Traveling_Polymath
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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
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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