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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
Closed until 11:30 AM Monday (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 259 votes

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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)
    Yue P.
    "Paella De La Bodeguita is the must have!"(7 Tips)
    Ben L.
    "Great rum cocktails."(18 Tips)
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94 tips and reviews.

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  • mojitos
  • masitas
  • key lime tart
  • seafood
  • paella
  • cigars
  • good for dates
  • empanadas
  • snapper
  • sandwiches
  • sangria
  • roast pork
  • Cuban food
  • croquettes
  • spicy food
  • arroz con pollo
  • off-menu items
  • lively
  • mussels
  • authentic
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Paul C.

    Still cranking out great food & drinks for over 10'years now. Try the Hemmingway with grapefruit (not on the menu) and the empanadas :)

    Paul C · August 28, 2010
  • Mike G.

    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.

    Mike Gao · June 18, 2010
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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 · November 19, 2015
  • 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
  • Nora C.

    Quite delicious. Could have made a meal of the appetizers: marinated olives and cheese were so good. Empanadas tasty.

    Nora Chang · 2 weeks ago
  • Johan L.

    Eating at the bar is just as good and usually seats open quick. Also, probably the best way to ensure good service, too.

    Johan Lieu · March 12, 2012
  • SFGate

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

    SFGate · February 4, 2015
  • Kanyi M.

    Careful not to wild out on the bread. The sauce is addictive and the keep bringing it. Also, get the plantain chips.

    Kanyi Maqubela · September 7, 2011
  • Diego P.

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

    Diego Pinna · October 3, 2015
  • Masha A.

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

    Masha Adamian · November 4, 2014
  • 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
  • SFGate M.

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

    SFGate Manager · July 16, 2012
  • Jiyan Y.

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

    Jiyan Yang · August 11, 2014
  • S C.

    If the sangria with berries, blood orange & Granny Smith apples is available, get it

    S C · January 15, 2011
  • Natalia P.

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

    Natalia P · July 13, 2014
  • Tristan

    Oh man the Masitas dish is awesome. So good. Caramelized onions to boot, FTW!

    Tristan · March 20, 2010
  • David A.

    Try the Chowder. It's got an excellent spice and it's not too heavy.

    David All · August 11, 2010
  • Stephen F.

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

    Stephen Fox · March 24, 2012
  • Malissa M.

    Love the key lime pie martini and the masitas are delish

    Malissa McQuay · April 5, 2015
  • Jessica W.

    Everything here is fantastic. Order whatever and get a mojito with it.

    Jessica Williamsen · January 9, 2011
  • Nicole R.

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

    Nicole Roldan · March 26, 2015
  • Deli D.

    The appetizer with shrimp is deliriously delicious. Delieve me.

    Deli Divane · August 14, 2014
  • Daphne L.

    The vegetarian black bean cakes are great! Get them with a mojito.

    Daphne Liska Sacco · February 20, 2011
  • Tristan

    Ummmmm if you don't order the rum punch, you're dead to me. It is epic. Epic! So perfectly strong. Do it

    Tristan · August 20, 2011
  • Johan L.

    Be sure to make a reservation; place gets hella packed.

    Johan Lieu · March 12, 2012
  • Yue P.

    Paella De La Bodeguita is the must have!

    Yue Pan · October 19, 2014
  • Hedan Z.

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

    Hedan Zeng · August 15, 2014
  • Shannon Z.

    Not a lot of vegetarian choices or gluten free choices.

    Shannon Z · March 27
  • Kathy A.

    I recommend mojotos, ceviche and the empanadas. Toucan go wrong

    Kathy Ando · October 23, 2011
  • Laurel B.

    Try the Mojito - Not too sweet :). Delicious!

    Laurel Boylen · January 25, 2012
  • Kylie

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

    Kylie · August 6, 2012
  • Jon D.

    Chimay on draught, and the mojitos are unbelievable.

    Jon Dybik · July 20, 2011
  • Jules Winnfield

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

    Jules Winnfield · February 26, 2013
  • Seth H.

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

    Seth Hammerman · July 10, 2014
  • Christopher N.

    Great arroz con pollo. Try the platoons mazurka!

    Christopher Nordlinger · June 3, 2011
  • Josemari C.

    Arroz ala Cubana with ground lamb! Rocks!

    Josemari Cuervo · July 6, 2013
  • Fred J.

    Try the Coconut crusted Red Snapper. To die for!

    Fred Johnson · September 28, 2013
  • Holly D.

    FYI...They have Vegetarian options AND vegan options.

    Holly Davis · October 16, 2010
  • Caroline G.

    Bistec de palomilla at lunch is to die for!

    Caroline Gardner · November 5, 2013
  • Kat .

    The paella is not as good as I expected.

    Kat 🙊 · January 19
  • Karen H.

    Braised seafood rice and lamb chop!

    Karen Huang · May 3, 2014
  • Samit P.

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

    Samit P · November 12, 2013
  • Mila B.

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

    Mila Balke · April 16, 2012

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