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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 good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“ropa vieja” (11 reviews)
“plantains” (13 reviews)
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Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was amazing, my swordfish was some of the best I have ever had and everyone else in my party liked their food as well. One star off because we made reservations but had to wait quite a while before being seated and apparently...More

Thank IlariaK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

9 reviews 3.0 star rating 10/9/2017 I was disappointed in this restaurant but that was probably my fault. Had I read the menu before making the reservations I would not have made them. This is a Cuban inspired menu not a traditional Cuban menu which...More

Thank aleida1004
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for a colleague's 5 years celebration. Food was great, service was good. Highly recommend the plantains.

Thank Aparna J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a delicious meal here last week and everyone left feeling very happy with the choice for the evening. As a group of 5, we shared appetizers and entrees, the Empanadas disappeared quickly and the Masitas and Ropa Vieja didn't last too long either!...More

Thank Herriotcube
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I came here for lunch. I ordered the Empanadas (shredded picadillo pork, roasted chilis, pepper jack, coconut-jalapeno sauce) and the Masitas (spicy roasted pork, white rice, black beans topped with cilantro). This is an absolute winner🏆🏆🏆. Service was great and friendly. The meal was awesome....More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The food here is excellent, and reliable, but there were a bunch of mishaps that detracted from the experience. Waiter greeted us with "have you been helped" (What are we in, a 7-11 store?). The person bussing tables walked over with a pile of dirty...More

Thank LD501
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Everything we had was amazing. The paella for two and seafood for two was filling and so delicious. Also the bras and oil was flavorful. Capped it off with a 20 yr old rum Ron Centenario Fundacion XX. Smooth. Ahhhhh

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 15 June 2017

On the evening of May 20, 2017 I had dinner at La Bodeguita Del Medio in Palo Alto. As you approach the restaurant you will see in front an eight table umbrellaed patio. As you step inside the restaurant through the curtains you be greeted...More

Thank James V
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This was our second visit to this Cuban restaurant and again were thrilled with the flavorful food and excellent service. Dishes we enjoyed were the croquettes appetizer, the masitas, paella and a beef dish - all entrees. The four of us shared all of them....More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Yesterday I've been for the first time to this restaurant, one of the most popular in the Palo Alto area. Despite what has been reported from other reviews, I haven't found the place to be too small or narrow. I was with 3 friends and...More

Thank Erika B
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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
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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
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