We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

La Bodeguita del Medio

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-7762
17:00 - 00:00
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:30
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 131: English reviews
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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, shrimp ceviche, pan roasted mussels, marinated olives, empanadas, and the palmitos salad – everyone enjoyed... More 

Thank Traveling_Polymath
Bay Area, California
Level Contributor
221 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friday afternoon about 5pm, this place was jammed full of huge (15-20 people) co-workers at 2 tables, all yelling to be heard (against all odds). The narrow space between the bar and tables makes is impossible for waiters and customers to get by. I am a tiny person--and I was elbowed and bumped several times. The atmosphere was unpleasant and... More 

Thank sunshine_susan
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Great food , we started with the empanadas and got the pollo con arroz as a meal. So filling and delicious. We went as a early bachelorette dinner for my sister, and the drinks were good as well. A bit of a weak drink, but could have gone to a bar if I was looking for a strong drink. Therefore,... More 

Thank Steffany L
Bass River, ma
Level Contributor
100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We were celebrating with family and La Bodeguita del Medio came highly recommended. It was fabulous! We were told that they are known for their mojitos and I can see why! The waitstaff was outstanding, very helpful and not afraid to give his suggestions. There were 8 of us in total and we all thought that we'd be there all... More 

Thank gigicape
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I heard all about this restaurant and decide to give it a try. They are known for their mojitos and of course, I tried it. The drink was well balanced, not too sweet or sour. I had 2 of those. Next came the appetitzers. I had the empanadas. Generally I am not a big fan of fried pastry but this... More 

Thank DIdixixi
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Nice spot with delicious Cuban inspired food. Our server was super nice and helpful and suggested some off-the-menu options that we were very happy with. We had a Cuban version of caipirinha cocktails to start with (using rum instead of cachaca) and then went with a selection of appetizers to share : spicy shrimp, mussels (the broth on these mussels... More 

Thank jp123133
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Outstanding service and delicious food. The bar is awesome and very inviting. The Rum Negroni is exceptional!

Thank jbrady1965
Grenoble, France
Level Contributor
53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

A great place to wind down after a busy day with good food, drinks and service. Make a reservation as it gets busy.

Thank NormMacdonald
Bhopal, India
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Excellent Cuban food. I had a mojito, and then a Cubano Sandwich, one of their most popular items on the menu. It was fresh and very tasty. Very friendly and warm staff. On the whole, a good experience Highly recommended.

Thank Ravids58
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Level Contributor
67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

My husband loves cigars so when I saw they had a cigar area i decided a nice treat - it is actually not part of the restaurant but you can get a drink from the bar and sit in there. Their selection of cigars according to him is excellent. We then moved to the dining room and enjoyed very interesting... More 

Thank Karen H

Travellers who viewed La Bodeguita del Medio also viewed

Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Been to La Bodeguita del Medio? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of La Bodeguita del Medio and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from La Bodeguita del Medio staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?