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La Bodeguita del Medio

) #25 of 253 Restaurants in Palo Alto ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-7762
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Gluten Free Options
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463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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61 - 70 of 139 reviews

Reviewed 5 August 2014

Just finished lunch there. The foods are special and delicious; the environment is cozy; their service is also very good. A little bit busy, but it doesn't hurt their quality of service. The waiter came to refill water frequently, introduced the most popular dishes nicely....More

Thank Kaichih_Hu
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

The food was good but they don't have many vegetarian options. If you are a smoker then you should try their cuban cigar lounge in the back. Their patio is also a nice place to meet friends.

Thank qatif
Reviewed 22 June 2014

A friend recommended this place to me and my coworkers and it did not disappoint! The restaurant's atmosphere was high-energy and fun--perfect after an all-day meeting. The restaurant staff members are friendly and attentive. The food is awesome! We started with the ceviche, banana chips...More

1  Thank Chelle2006
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is a quaint little restaurant in downtown Palo Alto that never disappoints. It’s almost always full but never seems busy or rushed and the infrequent wait certainly worth. The food is authentic and I've yet have gone wrong with my favorites being the Graycliff...More

Thank BJeanty2
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We were visiting Palo Alto and stopped in not knowing anything about the restaurant other than we can't find Cuban food in our home town. We immediately knew we were in a friendly, happy, warm environment. Our server was one of the best ever...informative, advisory...More

Thank tourgoddess
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

This place has the "look", the "energy" the "staff". The food coming out of the kitchen is awesome to look at but there is something missing in the taste department....

1  Thank Paul O
Reviewed 7 April 2014

If you love Cuban food, you will not be disappointed with La Bodeguita del Medio (translated, "The bar in the middle of the block"). If you have never tried Cuban food before... why not?! My husband and I ate lunch here on a Friday afternoon....More

1  Thank EPMom4
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Friendly informal atmosphere (this is probably not the place for an intimate, romantic dinner - it's pretty noisy). Great food - we had the paella and the seafood ajiaco, along with a mix of starters. Food was excellent. And service was warm and personal. Interesting...More

Thank Stan W
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Nice atmosphere, but the food is overpriced. Large portions, with some hits. Go for the appetizers or share the entrees. Good mojitos.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Really noisy and crowded, be prepared! Fun energy, but certainly not a place for an intimate evening or quiet discussions! So crowded, we sat at the bar (full dinner menu available). Nice food, somewhat less nice drinks, but a good experience overall.

Thank gpeters418
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1 September 2015|
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Response from kwong | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, they won't seat groups larger than 12. It says so on their faq's page
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene
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
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