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La Bodeguita del Medio
Ranked #63 of 93 Restaurants in Caye Caulker
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208 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Tested our patience”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

We went to La Bodeguita to order out. Asked for a medium pizza and 2 lobster shishkebabs . The waitress/hostess (?) took our order and said it will be about 20 min wait. The scene was as follows; a group of 11 with drinks, couple of guys with drinks, two couples with drinks, a single guy having dinner, and another couple placing order. Two waitresses were taking orders, serving drinks, and the owner was cruising between the kitchen and the grill. Each time with 1 plate in his hand and 1 lobster on that plate! The grill was not fired up either. After about 45 min we asked the waitress how much longer we need to wait for our food. She said about 20 min more. We were hungry and getting impatient but OK. Service in CC is generally slow so instead of going somewhere else and starting over we decided to wait another 20 min. All customers started to talk and realized that we were all waiting for food for 1 hr or longer. What in the world was going on in that kitchen??? Finally 2 people in the group of 11 got their meals. After a whopping 1,5 hour the remaining 9 in that group watched the other 2 finishing their meals, two couples left without eating, couple of guys kept drinking, , we got our pizza but no lobster, and last couple got their dinner. We cancelled the order for lobster as I did not want to wait any longer, and watch this absurdity. One of the waitresses mentioned something about new cook, but still… I understand that things can go wrong, I have seen it in a different restaurant, but staff informed the patrons what was going on and apologized for the inconvenience. At La Bodeguita nobody bothered to say anything. I think things would go much better if the owner made even one loud announcement to everyone about the delay, or possibly said that the next round of drinks is on the establishment. Whatever, he should have acknowledged that his customers were waiting longer than they should have (even for Belizean standards) and he did not deliver. The owner of a restaurant should know the basics of trouble shooting, and be aware of who his cleintele was (North Americans and Europeans).My rating is due to poor customer service. We were told later that what happened to us is not uncommon at La Bodeguita. It’s too bad and I hope the guy will get his ducks in the row, or he will continue losing clients. The place itself was cute, and the pizza was OK, prices average for CC.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Expensive for what you get”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

When the fry jack lady (on middle street) was closed, we went here instead - bypassing Amor y Cafe because it was busy. This place was a ghost town. We should have followed ours - and all those other people's instincts!

The food - not great. And the prices. AWFUL. We were so used to getting huge stuffed fry jacks and fresh juice for under $10 US (for TWO people), and at this place -- two semi-OK breakfasts and two coffees for almost $25 US.

It's a great location - near a bunch of farther out hotels and resorts - and has a great porch and inside area. But COME ON. Get your menu together, people!

  • Visited February 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Sadly, once was enough.”
Reviewed 31 January 2013

We stopped at this restaurant the first night we were on the Caye because it was close to our accommodation. We quenched our thirst, and ate supper, but it was very disappointing. The grilled lobster skewers were barely cooked, and had a funny taste. No ill-effects, but not a place to recommend.

  • Visited January 2013
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Revelstoke, Canada
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82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

Loved this restaurant! Food was well prepared, they had a very good variety of dishes. The potato salad was over the top. Service was very congenial and we even got a free golf cart ride back to our house from the Spanish only speaking chef. This place was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Visited October 2012
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Salta, Argentina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“La Bodequita del Medio..smiles mojitos and fish from La Bodquita del Medio and seeing manatees made our stay spectacular”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

Hot, thirsty, walking down the street, I heard " mojitos...." and saw Yadi with her big smile. Who could resist? B. del Medio became our home away from home away from home! Breakfast fruit smoothies before diving, afternoon mojios post diving, and fresh grilled fish prepared by her husband at night!. They even arranged a private party for us with Cuban singers and dancers. It was one of the most delightful parts of our stay in Caye Caulker.

Visited August 2011
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