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La Bodeguita del Medio

££ - £££
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American, Spanish
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Empedrado No. 207 e/ Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
+53 7 8671374
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Monster, Netherlands
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64 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When visiting Havana in Cuba, you have to visit la Bodeguita del Medio. Ernest Hemingway frequented this place a lot and drank his mojitos here. It is nice to see the place and see all the writings on the wall and the photographs of old times. The food is moderate and because the place is so crowded, you can finish... More 

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Thank karpennewaard
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

"Likely" or "probably," that's how often Hemingway visited La Bodeguita del Medio. Indeed many international celebrities made their way through there , and undoubtedly Hemingway knew about ot but it was not his watering hole. We suggest everyone skip it but some friends family and guests insist and we find ourselves back here a few times a year. We don't... More 

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Thank BespokeCubaTravel
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Be prepared to wait in the street for a table even if you have a reservation. But that is all part of the fun as you can watch the comings and going is at this very small restaurant. This is a hugely popular place which serves good meals. There is a bar on the ground floor and tables on the... More 

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Thank prisbishop67
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I know the history to this place but just can't understand why it's popularity remains. The place is tiny, prices expensive in comparison to other bars and nothing to get excited about. It's all about the history though I suppose

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Thank Phil_o_Knutsford
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the bar restaurants more famous of La Habana, we have the chance to have a wonderful Cuban dinner there,the food was top and the price very reasonsble, the mojitos are good, but not the best, so much people in the entrance of the bar expects to drink 🍹 one that you can see how the do 100's in... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This bar is a must see place! It has live music and the mojitos are prepared in front of you. The food is nice too, typical dishes from Cuba. You will see the walls signed by people from all over the world, it is amazing. Very crowded, if you want to have lunch there, I recommend you to arrive early.

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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Being in Havana it is for sure that reading all the guide booklets about Cuba and Havana one of the visit point is this restaurant with a great history of guests like Hemingway, Camilo Cienfuegos, Belafonte, and many others. It is a very small restaurant with a entrance bar (the restaurant is behind of it) but somebody will help you... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a must to visit. Food is good. Prices are just ok for the quality served. You can heard the music at the bar on the entrance while you are having your dinner.

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Thank Pako R
Kent
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little bar - little being an understatement especially once the band is there too. The atmosphere does make up for it. Expect to queue and take a pen to leave your mark there.

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Thank KentSlygirl
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Of all the mojitos and there were many, the 3 in this place did stand out as perfect. On the positive side there is the atmosphere, history and quality mojito and on the down site the truck load of tourists that don not drink but come in to look and just take pictures.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Empedrado No. 207 e/ Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Ciudad de la Habana Province  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: +53 7 8671374

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?