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La Bodeguita del Medio

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Caribbean, Latin,
Empedrado No. 207, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8671374
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good31%
  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“shredded beef” (15 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (22 reviews)
“live music” (127 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Empedrado No. 207, Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

This is touted as the most famous restaurant in Havana but I cannot see why. The prices are tourist prices - you will pay £10 for a main meal that would normally only cost £3/£5 in any other restaurant. The food was average - it...More

Reviewed 26 October 2009

A tiny place in a tiny street, a lot of tourists taking some pictures and some olds ladies with huge cigars who charge you for each picture. To see but quickly ...

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Reviewed 20 October 2009

When in Havana we called in for a Mojhito which is the best in town,This is where hemmingway would sit and enjoy his Mojhito, All around the bar is the signatures of past visitors including dean martin and sinatra., And while you are enjoying your...More

1  Thank georgewalesuk
Reviewed 14 October 2009

Floridita (reviewed elsewhere) was where Hemingway drank his Daquiris. This smaller and more "rough and ready" establishment was where he drank his Mojitos. It has a fantastic little bar downstairs full of character which a mojito is almost obligatory (although they do of course serve...More

1  Thank DaithiMac01
Reviewed 21 September 2009

Food is mediocre, and mojito too. Very kitsch. Avoid.

Thank YouBeeTs
Reviewed 18 July 2009

Visiting havana without having a lunch in the bodeguita del medio is inappropriate! The dining area is just behind the bar, it is not very well lit or air-conditioned but it is definitely worth paying a visit just for the experience. The food is not...More

2  Thank mk_1855
Reviewed 16 May 2009

Our guide told us that La B del M was the best restaurant 5 years ago. He is probably right. The restaurant looks very pretty, wooden rails in the front opening to a bar with musicians, blue walls with lots of pictures, notes, signatures and...More

1  Thank Evrim78
Reviewed 14 April 2009

This bar is famous because of hemingway and mojitos. People were spilling out of the doorway when we got there but only because the bar where Hemingway sat only seats about 8, and then there is a salsa band playing in the corner so, if...More

1  Thank Cosmopolianne
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Reviewed 9 August 2008

home of "Mojito"

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Reviewed 19 March 2008

Dinner with Harry Belafonte and friends. great atmosphere. Iconic Cuban restaurant. So memorable we bought a painting of it. Food average (vs rest of world) but good for Cuba. A great mojito!

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9 November 2018|
Response from Heather P | Reviewed this property |
We just walked in - no reservations. There were plenty of tables for seating
Manuel C
24 June 2018|
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Response from pierv2018 | Reviewed this property |
Solamente aceptan tarjetas en los negocios mas establecidos y es muy dificil, las tarjetas americanas no funcionana alla.. te conviene cambiar dinero en el aeropuerto asi no te arriesgas a nada... tambien son comunes los... More
25 October 2017|
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Response from Suzanne B | Reviewed this property |
I would say no. There are only 8 bar stools in an "L" shaped bar. It opens up onto the street. Many people get their drinks and stand outside to listen to the local music. Worth the trip. Try off hours and it might not be... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 10
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Empedrado No. 207, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8671374
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