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La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Palo Alto
  • The folks at SFGate and Serious Eats like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Malissa M.
    "Love the key lime pie martini and the masitas are delish"(4 Tips)
    Stephen F.
    "Get the fried yucca, and save room for the Key Lime Tart."(3 Tips)
    Ben L.
    "Great rum cocktails."(19 Tips)
    Paul M.
    "Love the yucca frita and empanadas."(6 Tips)
96 Tips and reviews
  • mojitos
  • masitas
  • key lime tart
  • seafood
  • empanadas
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 9, 2013
    The extensive rum selection and cocktails are the highlight, accompanied by excellent, often spicy cuisine. Get the camarones al majo with a Rum Manhattan. Definitely request the latter served up.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MederosJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I grew up on Cuban food from my parents... this place is LEGIT. Love the yucca frita and empanadas. Cuban sandwich = top notch. Cocktails are great, too (get that mojito.)
  • Derrick Y.
    Derrick YuNovember 19, 2015
    The bar is a cool place to hang out - the signature cocktails are unique and it's quite easy to get in without a reservation.
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniApril 14, 2015
    Good food, ambience and service. Enjoyed it. Less vegetarian dishes but enough for a group of 4. Little hard to locate as the name of the restaurant is only on a little street sign like board.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LeeNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ropa vieja is amazing. Great rum cocktails. Sit at the bar area with the same menu if you don't have reservations.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesApril 28, 2014
    Camarones Con Mojo(appetizer) is tangy and very good. For entree the Masitas I liked, coconut crusted snapper was sweet and the mashed potato was very buttery.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsNovember 6, 2013
    Try the Cuban Cheesesteak - #kvpinmybelly - Lunch in #PaloAlto. I fell in love with tangy sofrito sauce over tri-tip, peppers and pepper-spiced cheese.
  • Leslie
    LeslieApril 14, 2014
    Mojito all the way! My favorites here also include the empanadas, ropa vieja (+plantains!), and key lime tart. And another mojito.
  • Aravinthan R.
    Aravinthan RangasamyMarch 23, 2014
    The Coconut snapper is to die for. Excellent food and atmosphere. But easy to miss as there are no visible signs outside
  • Nora C.
    Nora ChangApril 12, 2016
    Quite delicious. Could have made a meal of the appetizers: marinated olives and cheese were so good. Empanadas tasty.
  • William G.
    William GunnOctober 27, 2015
    Rum-based cocktails are the bar stars here, along with braised meat & house-made chorizo, a signature ingredient in the paella.
  • SFGate
    SFGateFebruary 4, 2015
    Try the mussels; and masitas, spicy roasted pork at this Cuban inspired restaurant. Very lively atmosphere. Read more
  • Johan L.
    Johan LieuMarch 12, 2012
    Eating at the bar is just as good and usually seats open quick. Also, probably the best way to ensure good service, too.
  • Masha A.
    Masha AdamianNovember 4, 2014
    Good snapper and mahi-mahi, very solid selection of rums. Plenty of vegetarian options, too.
  • Diego P.
    Diego PinnaOctober 3, 2015
    If undecided ask the staff. They know all the dishes and cocktails and will recommend you something interesting!
  • Jiyan Y.
    Jiyan YangAugust 11, 2014
    Great paella.serves two people. 7 more bucks for three
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Try the mojito with Bacardi limon and plenty of fresh mint, or anything from the rum list.
  • Kanyi M.
    Kanyi MaqubelaSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Careful not to wild out on the bread. The sauce is addictive and the keep bringing it. Also, get the plantain chips.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CAugust 28, 2010
    Still cranking out great food & drinks for over 10'years now. Try the Hemmingway with grapefruit (not on the menu) and the empanadas :)
  • Hedan Z.
    Hedan ZengAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The croquettes and sangria make for a very happy happy hour (sans the discount)
  • Malissa M.
    Malissa McQuayApril 5, 2015
    Love the key lime pie martini and the masitas are delish
  • Mike G.
    Mike GaoJune 18, 2010
    Didn't order food myself, but reviews from my friends are positive. Dark and Stormy drink is great. Love the place and will go back for more.
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FoxMarch 24, 2012
    Get the fried yucca, and save room for the Key Lime Tart.
  • Yue P.
    Yue PanOctober 19, 2014
    Paella De La Bodeguita is the must have!
  • Josemari C.
    Josemari CuervoJuly 6, 2013
    Arroz ala Cubana with ground lamb! Rocks!
  • Tristan
    TristanAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ummmmm if you don't order the rum punch, you're dead to me. It is epic. Epic! So perfectly strong. Do it
  • Alison B.
    Alison B.April 21
    This place is super over priced for the quality and flavors of the food. Not only that but it made me sick. Head to a local taco joint and save your money and your stomach
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole RoldanMarch 26, 2015
    Sangria is great and all the food I've tried has been good
  • Deli D.
    Deli DivaneAugust 14, 2014
    The appetizer with shrimp is deliriously delicious. Delieve me.
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldFebruary 26, 2013
    Humidor in the back, and great mojitos and Cuba Libres.
  • Samit P.
    Samit PNovember 12, 2013
    Order the Nacional #1. You won't regret it!
  • S C.
    S CJanuary 15, 2011
    If the sangria with berries, blood orange & Granny Smith apples is available, get it
  • Johan L.
    Johan LieuMarch 12, 2012
    Be sure to make a reservation; place gets hella packed.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HuangMay 3, 2014
    Braised seafood rice and lamb chop!
  • Kathy A.
    Kathy AndoOctober 23, 2011
    I recommend mojotos, ceviche and the empanadas. Toucan go wrong
  • Kylie
    KylieAugust 6, 2012
    Mojitos, empanadas, and chili dipping sauce - everything here is good!
  • Laurel B.
    Laurel BoylenJanuary 25, 2012
    Try the Mojito - Not too sweet :). Delicious!
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GardnerNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bistec de palomilla at lunch is to die for!
  • Fred J.
    Fred JohnsonSeptember 28, 2013
    Try the Coconut crusted Red Snapper. To die for!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WilliamsenJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is fantastic. Order whatever and get a mojito with it.
  • Daphne L.
    Daphne Liska SaccoFebruary 20, 2011
    The vegetarian black bean cakes are great! Get them with a mojito.
  • Emily T.
    Emily T.August 14, 2013
    Best Cuban place in the Palo Alto area!
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.January 20
    They give you a birthday treat for your birthday :)
  • Mila B.
    Mila BalkeApril 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place with the cigar lounge, what more would you want
  • Seth H.
    Seth HammermanJuly 10, 2014
    Buy a drink at the bar then go to the Cigar Lounge in back
  • Rosee L.
    Rosee LauMay 9, 2013
    Get the Paella! You won't regret it!
  • Christopher N.
    Great arroz con pollo. Try the platoons mazurka!
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZMarch 27, 2016
    Not a lot of vegetarian choices or gluten free choices.
  • David A.
    David AllAugust 11, 2010
    Try the Chowder. It's got an excellent spice and it's not too heavy.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DybikJuly 20, 2011
    Chimay on draught, and the mojitos are unbelievable.
  • Tristan
    TristanMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Oh man the Masitas dish is awesome. So good. Caramelized onions to boot, FTW!
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FloresJanuary 20, 2012
    Try the Tierra y Mar Skewers - WOW!
  • Becca T.
    Becca TothMarch 30, 2013
    Get the key lime tart for dessert.
  • Iain F.
    Iain ForsythApril 25, 2012
    Try the grilled chicken breast sandwich, you won't be disappointed.
  • Gayle L. M.
    Gayle L. McDowellDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Warning: they charge for refills of soda. About $2.50 per soda. (Which would be fine... if they tell you that they charge.)
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiAugust 25, 2014
    Pulled pork sandwich and sweet plantains
  • Steven R.
    Steven RoyOctober 14, 2015
    Fantastic food and cigar bar.
  • Bedi
    BediFebruary 9, 2016
    First thing you should say when you are here is 'Can I get a mojito, please?'
  • Rapid Ralph
    Rapid RalphOctober 31, 2014
    House Paella is good spicy.
  • Rene P.
    Rene PerezDecember 19, 2013
    Come for the food, stay for the cigars!
  • Peter M.
    Peter MullenJuly 29, 2011
    The best mojitos ever. And I mean ever
  • Sierra S.
    Sierra Simpson-DworschakNovember 2, 2011
    Get the Hemmingway, light on the Maraschino! It's the best!
  • Krissy H.
    Krissy HoadleyJune 20, 2013
    Really amazing food and drinks!
  • Ashish K.
    Ashish KelkarSeptember 24, 2011
    The croquets are awesome
  • Brian B.
    Brian BulkowskiJanuary 3, 2016
    Rum, chimay, mastitas
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱January 19, 2016
    The paella is not as good as I expected.
  • PersonalTraining S.
    PersonalTraining SFDecember 11, 2010
    If you order the arroz con Pollock ask for white meat. ;)
  • Julien G.
    Julien G.January 9, 2012
    Take an MWA on weekdays. It's mojito without alcohol.
  • Jean U.
    Jean UmelMay 9, 2012
    Ropa Vieja FTW so yummy!
  • Holly D.
    Holly DavisOctober 16, 2010
    FYI...They have Vegetarian options AND vegan options.
  • Bennett R.
    Bennett RichardsonAugust 11, 2010
    Marinated cheeses & charcuterie apps are legit.
  • Roderick S.
    Roderick SayersJanuary 9, 2014
    Get the shrimp ceviche!
  • ismail hakkı p.
    ismail hakkı polatAugust 27, 2014
    Mmmm, that's all I want to say!
  • M G.
    M GDecember 12, 2011
    Can't get my mind off the ropa vieja
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 19, 2010
    Try the Mr. Johnsons' Chocolate Rum Cake
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FernándezJuly 24, 2014
    Such a lovely place
  • Mila B.
    Mila BalkeApril 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    El Presidente is the bomb!!!
  • Natalia P.
    Natalia PJuly 13, 2014
    Really bad Cuban food. Extremely spicy. Would not recommend if you're looking for authentic Cuban food
  • Joanna H.
    Joanna HaasJuly 21, 2013
    Cigar bar swag!!!
  • Richard L.
    Richard LiuMay 9, 2010
    Amazing mojito. Walk in humidor!
  • Vic D.
    Vic DorfmanJuly 2, 2010
    Shrimp Ceviche and Franciskaner on Tap. Oh, and Azn chicks. F*ck yea!
  • Praabhu K.
    Praabhu KannappanSeptember 28, 2013
    Awesome restaurant.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BerryJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Tierra y Mar. Yum!
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FloresMay 11, 2012
    Try the Ceviche
  • Karoli H.
    Karoli HindriksMarch 16, 2012
    Officially the worst service I have experienced in US. Horrible.
  • Tristan
    TristanApril 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dope cigar room in the back!
  • Will G.
    Will GibbyFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a dark and stormy
  • Natala M.
    Natala MenezesAugust 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    the shrimp ceviche appetizer is awesome.
  • warner s.
    warner smith IIIApril 28, 2010
    Cuban Style food!!!! mojitos!!!!
  • Gina
    GinaAugust 30, 2010
    Tapas and sangria.
  • Plinio C.
    Plinio CorreaAugust 1, 2012
    They don't take ANY foreign id!! Go elsewhere...
  • PersonalTraining S.
    PersonalTraining SFDecember 11, 2010
    pollo *
  • Governor W.
    Governor WattsFebruary 14, 2010
    Daniel Watts for governor!
  • Governor W.
    Governor WattsFebruary 14, 2010
    Service is slow. Go elsewhere.
  • Orson L.
    Orson LeBonMarch 28, 2015
    La mejor ropa vieja...
  • David P.
    David PowellAugust 24, 2014
    Viva La Raza!
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