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La Bodeguita del Medio

463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-326-7762
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good47%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“plantains” (11 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (9 reviews)
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Latin, Cuban, Caribbean
££ - £££
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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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
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Empanadas were good -Arroz con Pollo entree good -Tierra y Mar good, but not filling -Mojitos are good, but pricy -Arrived at 6pm and it was already hard to get a seat at the bar. -Staff not very friendly -Very business minded -Not one sincere...More

Thank skyrat1977
Reviewed 27 January 2014

went there with my business colleague on recommendation. Were not able to sit 9 people through a reservation but we squeezed around a table. Very informal style restaurant with good food and entertaining atmosphere.

Thank rpitton
Reviewed 9 January 2014

The restaurant was full when we arrived at 6:30 on a Thursday, and so we sat at the bar, where you can order off the menu. Our Cuban cocktails were tasty, we shared the crab cakes and croquettas appetizers as well as the chicken, which...More

Thank AnitaMW
Reviewed 1 December 2013

We have a special fondness for good Cuban cuisine. This restaurant was very, very good. The wait staff was excellent, and the ambience was very pleasant!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
can your restaurant accommodate a group of 20 on a Friday nite? Do you have a separate room or an area that is semi private
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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail