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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 good49%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“plantains” (16 reviews)
“ropa vieja” (11 reviews)
“arroz con pollo” (10 reviews)
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Never had cuban before so was not sure what to expect here. The restaurant came highly recommended and did not fail to meet my expectations. Nice cocktails and great food.

Thank ShaneOC
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Great Cuban food. Exploring the entire menu will take a few visits. The highlights for us were many. Appetizers: pan roasted muscles, plantains & grilled shrimp bruschetta. Entres: Arroz Con Pollo and Tierra Y Mar. Try a mojito. Love the Cuban decore on the walls....More

Thank Roger Q
Reviewed 31 December 2017

I really like this place. The food is fantastic, the drinks are yummy and the service warm. I've been here twice for special occasions. Will go back when the occasion arrises.

Thank smeissne
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

What a delightful dinner, we enjoyed every dish! The yucca fries were cooked perfectly. Plantain chips were crispy. Chicken croquettes had a buttery note that added a layer of flavor. Pork empanada had some heat and the sauce complimented it well. The stewed chicken with...More

Thank JeepneyGirl
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We loved the shrimp ceviche appetizer and the Cubana sandwich was delicious. Our waiter was helpful and attentive so we ordered the dishes that he suggested and he did not steer us wrong!

Thank Shannon A
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The shredded beef and plantains is to die for! And their smoking room is kinda cool too even though I don't smoke, it feels very authentic Cuban. It had a nice atmosphere with some good music playing. Superb customer service. From the hostess to the...More

Thank Sandri L
Reviewed 13 October 2017

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 10 October 2017

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 29 September 2017

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

Thank Aparna J
Reviewed 25 September 2017

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
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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
Dinner, Lunch, 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 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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