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“Nice but ordinary food”

La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #85 of 1,313 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 25
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: La Bodeguita del Medio was founded in Cuba in the 1940s as a corner store owned by Angel Martinez. The store became a meeting place for local artists who enjoyed getting together for an afternoon 'Mojito'. The place has preserved the ambiance of the romantic Carribean lifestyle that flourished with Havana. Today the Bodeguita del Medio is famous world wide for Salsa music, fine cigars, its original Mojitos and having guests write their thoughts and comments on the walls of the restaurant.
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Went there with a large group of friends because I wanted to try it a second time. The first time, years ago, it was located in Paseo del Carmen, now it is located on the Quinta near 34th street.
The atmosphere is nice and different with Cuban music, but the food was frankly below average. They recommended the chicken with frijoles and rice, well I am not a great cook and mine is tastier and never as dry as the one I had, no wonder it is an all you can eat plate, no one at my table wanted a second service of this bland dish.
Go there with friends for the music, but not to have diner.

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Thank Guy-Luc
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Excelente atmosphere, Great Mojitos, full of fun people. Located in the fun zone of Playa

Thank jmelhado
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

The service was awsome.
Food excellent. Excellent price. We had a combo which was chicken with rice. beans and "Platanos fritos" (Fried bananas).
Real Cuban food.
You can dance as well.
Tried the awsome "Mojitos" beverage.

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Thank Gabriel C
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Excellent time, excellent food. a Moxito drink is a MUST! Wear your dancing shoes!

Thank A_Wanderluster
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

I was strolling the streets of Playa looking for a cool place to start the night when I heard Cuban music. I looked and found this place called "la bodeguita del medio". I went inside, and had two mojitos. The waiter was from Uruguay and very polite. The walls have been signed by visitors. Its very interesting. I like dancing, so I loved this place because of the live cuban music and people dancing. I then headed to Mandala (it was crowded), Coco Bongo Playa ( it was kinda empty, mostly mexicans), Blue Parrot (too many teen looking kids). La bodeguita was a nice place to drink, talk and meet people. We ended up talking to some international students from switzerland who came to Playa to learn Spanish. Loved the place. I recommend it. Bring confi shoes and try your salsa steps here! Reasonable prices, great service. We didnt have to wait in lines or anything like that. I noticed the staff were dancing too and they looked happy. Just great.

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Thank Merida_MexicoSusana
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