La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio

Cuban Restaurant
463 S California Ave (btwn W El Camino Real & Ash), Palo Alto, CA 94306, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 5:30 PM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 228 votes

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  • What you need to know
    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."(17 Tips)
    Yue P.
    "Paella De La Bodeguita is the must have!"(6 Tips)
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  • mojitos
  • masitas
  • key lime tart
  • seafood
  • paella
  • cigars
  • empanadas
  • good for dates
  • snapper
  • sandwiches
  • sangria
  • roast pork
  • Cuban food
  • croquettes
  • spicy food
  • arroz con pollo
  • off-menu items
  • mussels
  • chili
  • lively
  • Derrick Y.

    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.

    Derrick Yu · 1 week ago
  • William G.

    Rum-based cocktails are the bar stars here, along with braised meat & house-made chorizo, a signature ingredient in the paella.

    William Gunn · October 27
  • Steven R.

    Fantastic food and cigar bar.

    Steven Roy · October 14
  • Diego P.

    If undecided ask the staff. They know all the dishes and cocktails and will recommend you something interesting!

    Diego Pinna · October 3
  • Ashok L.

    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.

    Ashok Lalwani · April 14
  • Malissa M.

    Love the key lime pie martini and the masitas are delish

    Malissa McQuay · April 5
  • Nicole R.

    Sangria is great and all the food I've tried has been good

    Nicole Roldan · March 26
  • SFGate

    Try the mussels; and masitas, spicy roasted pork at this Cuban inspired restaurant. Very lively atmosphere. Read more

    SFGate · February 4

    I love this place! The food is absolutely amazing. Lunch or dinner, they're great! The place is clean and lively! The atmosphere is great, warm welcoming and almost makes me forget I'm in Palo Alto!

    AGVSM · January 27
  • Masha A.

    Good snapper and mahi-mahi, very solid selection of rums. Plenty of vegetarian options, too.

    Masha Adamian · November 4, 2014
  • Ben L.

    The ropa vieja is amazing. Great rum cocktails. Sit at the bar area with the same menu if you don't have reservations.

    Ben Lee · November 2, 2014
  • Rapid Ralph

    House Paella is good spicy.

    Rapid Ralph · October 31, 2014
  • Yue P.

    Paella De La Bodeguita is the must have!

    Yue Pan · October 19, 2014
  • ismail hakkı p.

    Mmmm, that's all I want to say!

    ismail hakkı polat · August 27, 2014
  • Runqiu C.

    Pulled pork sandwich and sweet plantains

    Runqiu Cai · August 25, 2014
  • Hedan Z.

    The croquettes and sangria make for a very happy happy hour (sans the discount)

    Hedan Zeng · August 15, 2014
  • Deli D.

    The appetizer with shrimp is deliriously delicious. Delieve me.

    Deli Divane · August 14, 2014
  • Jiyan Y.

    Great paella.serves two people. 7 more bucks for three

    Jiyan Yang · August 11, 2014
  • Andrea F.

    Such a lovely place

    Andrea Fernández · July 24, 2014
  • Natalia P.

    Really bad Cuban food. Extremely spicy. Would not recommend if you're looking for authentic Cuban food

    Natalia P · July 13, 2014
  • Seth H.

    Buy a drink at the bar then go to the Cigar Lounge in back

    Seth Hammerman · July 10, 2014
  • Karen H.

    Braised seafood rice and lamb chop!

    Karen Huang · May 3, 2014
  • Anna J.

    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.

    Anna James · April 28, 2014
  • Leslie

    Mojito all the way! My favorites here also include the empanadas, ropa vieja (+plantains!), and key lime tart. And another mojito.

    Leslie · April 14, 2014
  • Aravinthan R.

    The Coconut snapper is to die for. Excellent food and atmosphere. But easy to miss as there are no visible signs outside

    Aravinthan Rangasamy · March 23, 2014
  • Roderick S.

    Get the shrimp ceviche!

    Roderick Sayers · January 9, 2014
  • Rene P.

    Come for the food, stay for the cigars!

    Rene Perez · December 19, 2013
  • Gayle L. M.

    Warning: they charge for refills of soda. About $2.50 per soda. (Which would be fine... if they tell you that they charge.)

    Gayle L. McDowell · December 14, 2013
  • Samit P.

    Order the Nacional #1. You won't regret it!

    Samit P · November 12, 2013
  • Kris V.

    Try the Cuban Cheesesteak - #kvpinmybelly - Lunch in #PaloAlto. I fell in love with tangy sofrito sauce over tri-tip, peppers and pepper-spiced cheese.

    Kris Vera-Phillips · November 6, 2013
  • Caroline G.

    Bistec de palomilla at lunch is to die for!

    Caroline Gardner · November 5, 2013
  • Praabhu K.

    Awesome restaurant.

    Praabhu Kannappan · September 28, 2013
  • Fred J.

    Try the Coconut crusted Red Snapper. To die for!

    Fred Johnson · September 28, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · September 9, 2013
  • Emily T.

    Best Cuban place in the Palo Alto area!

    Emily T. · August 14, 2013
  • Joanna H.

    Cigar bar swag!!!

    Joanna Haas · July 21, 2013
  • Josemari C.

    Arroz ala Cubana with ground lamb! Rocks!

    Josemari Cuervo · July 6, 2013
  • Krissy H.

    Really amazing food and drinks!

    Krissy Hoadley · June 20, 2013
  • Rosee L.

    Get the Paella! You won't regret it!

    Rosee Lau · May 9, 2013
  • Becca T.

    Get the key lime tart for dessert.

    Becca Toth · March 30, 2013
  • Jules Winnfield

    Humidor in the back, and great mojitos and Cuba Libres.

    Jules Winnfield · February 26, 2013
  • Kylie

    Mojitos, empanadas, and chili dipping sauce - everything here is good!

    Kylie · August 6, 2012
  • Plinio C.

    They don't take ANY foreign id!! Go elsewhere...

    Plinio Correa · August 1, 2012
  • SFGate M.

    Try the mojito with Bacardi limon and plenty of fresh mint, or anything from the rum list.

    SFGate Manager · July 16, 2012
  • Fernando F.

    Try the Ceviche

    Fernando Flores · May 11, 2012
  • Jean U.

    Ropa Vieja FTW so yummy!

    Jean Umel · May 9, 2012
  • Iain F.

    Try the grilled chicken breast sandwich, you won't be disappointed.

    Iain Forsyth · April 25, 2012
  • Mila B.

    El Presidente is the bomb!!!

    Mila Balke · April 25, 2012
  • Mila B.

    Great place with the cigar lounge, what more would you want

    Mila Balke · April 16, 2012
  • Stephen F.

    Get the fried yucca, and save room for the Key Lime Tart.

    Stephen Fox · March 24, 2012

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