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La Bodeguita del Medio

Avenida 5, Norte 34 | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 803 3950
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“cuban chicken” (12 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (8 reviews)
“tostones” (8 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
$$ - $$$
Avenida 5, Norte 34 | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This gem is part of a small chain of Cuban restaurants located in some of the hot spots around Latin America. I've been to the same chain in San Jose Costa Rica and found it just as good. La Bodeguita in Playa is located right...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Just had drinks there before strolling the town. Their specialty is mojitos since it's a cuban based restaurant. Some local people were taking salsa lessons, we enjoyed the entertainment!

Thank Svaine
Reviewed 30 May 2014

the moros y cristianos was excellent, and the mojitos were very good.... I have been to 2 Bodeguitas. and by far playa del carmen was the best...!

Thank armando1061
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Last time we were in Playa, we passed this place. Had a band going, was packed, and we said next time we were here we would try it. Kind of sorry we heeded our own advice. We had eaten at a Cuban restaurant in Miami...More

Thank Motherconfessor
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We stopped here for drinks after I read all the great reviews about the mojitos. Maybe their original mojito is better, but I ordered the mango one... and it wasn't that great in my opinion. It was hard to drink because it was full of...More

Thank SarahA356
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

We already had dinner at another restaurant. Wanted to check out this place since we've passed on it a few times. Mojitos did not disappoint. I wonder if this is the same chain as the restaurant in Palo Alto!?

1  Thank TheNavs
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Such a Great place music, food, and Great Value. The all you can eat house chicken plate is under $12.00 and they even bagged some up and let us take it home. Such a Great value and a really tastey meal. The Cafe Cubano is...More

Thank Lisa I
Reviewed 3 April 2014

The food was excellent - incredibly tasty cerviche and a mouth-watering paella, large enough for two to share. For me the best part was the outstanding Cuban band and the salsa lessons. In fact, dancing goes on all night. Even the waiters and waitresses were...More

Thank Maryann C
Reviewed 2 April 2014

good service and atmosphere. never ate here so don't know about the food. what stood out was the dancing. if you like to salsa dance you must go here!

Thank shawnda w
Reviewed 24 March 2014

This was our first time eating at La Bodeguita, after having walked past it literally dozens of times. On past trips we had stopped in a few times to listen to the music, watch the dancing and have a few drinks -- it's hard not...More

Thank GBCamp
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Annika N
What's the name of the band?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida 5, Norte 34 | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Playa del Carmen
  • Phone Number: +52 984 803 3950
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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.
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