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La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Palo Alto
  • Stars
    The experts at SFGate and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    • Serious Eats
  • Tips
    Malissa M.
    "Love the key lime pie martini and the masitas are delish"(6 Tips)
    Stephen F.
    "Get the fried yucca, and save room for the Key Lime Tart."(3 Tips)
    Ben L.
    "Great rum cocktails."(19 Tips)
    Natala M.
    "the shrimp ceviche appetizer is awesome."(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon101 Tips and reviews
  • masitas
  • key lime tart
  • good for dates
  • cigars
  • sandwiches
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  • Paul M.heart icon on user image
    Paul MederosJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I grew up on Cuban food from my parents... this place is LEGIT. Love the yucca frita and empanadas. Cuban sandwich = top notch. Cocktails are great, too (get that mojito.)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 9, 2013
    The extensive rum selection and cocktails are the highlight, accompanied by excellent, often spicy cuisine. Get the camarones al majo with a Rum Manhattan. Definitely request the latter served up.
  • Derrick Y.heart icon on user image
    Derrick YuNovember 19, 2015
    The bar is a cool place to hang out - the signature cocktails are unique and it's quite easy to get in without a reservation.
  • Ashok L.heart icon on user image
    Ashok LalwaniApril 14, 2015
    Good food, ambience and service. Enjoyed it. Less vegetarian dishes but enough for a group of 4. Little hard to locate as the name of the restaurant is only on a little street sign like board.
  • Ben L.heart icon on user image
    Ben LeeNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ropa vieja is amazing. Great rum cocktails. Sit at the bar area with the same menu if you don't have reservations.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesApril 28, 2014
    Camarones Con Mojo(appetizer) is tangy and very good. For entree the Masitas I liked, coconut crusted snapper was sweet and the mashed potato was very buttery.
  • craig b.heart icon on user image
    craig braySeptember 21, 2018
    Didn’t eat there yet but the food looks great, had some great rum. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. I really learned tons of stiff about rum
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellJune 20, 2020
    Very nice staff. The sweet plantains are good and they gave me a free beer because it was taking time to refill the tap.
  • Leslieheart icon on user image
    LeslieApril 14, 2014
    Mojito all the way! My favorites here also include the empanadas, ropa vieja (+plantains!), and key lime tart. And another mojito.
  • Nora C.heart icon on user image
    Nora ChangApril 12, 2016
    Quite delicious. Could have made a meal of the appetizers: marinated olives and cheese were so good. Empanadas tasty.
  • Aravinthan R.heart icon on user image
    Aravinthan RangasamyMarch 23, 2014
    The Coconut snapper is to die for. Excellent food and atmosphere. But easy to miss as there are no visible signs outside
  • William G.heart icon on user image
    William GunnOctober 27, 2015
    Rum-based cocktails are the bar stars here, along with braised meat & house-made chorizo, a signature ingredient in the paella.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsNovember 6, 2013
    Try the Cuban Cheesesteak - #kvpinmybelly - Lunch in #PaloAlto. I fell in love with tangy sofrito sauce over tri-tip, peppers and pepper-spiced cheese.
  • SFGate
    SFGateFebruary 4, 2015
    Try the mussels; and masitas, spicy roasted pork at this Cuban inspired restaurant. Very lively atmosphere. Read more
  • Masha A.heart icon on user image
    Masha AdamianNovember 4, 2014
    Good snapper and mahi-mahi, very solid selection of rums. Plenty of vegetarian options, too.
  • Chris K.heart icon on user image
    Chris KantarjievJune 6, 2020
    Masitas, mojitos, ropa vieja, chicken sandwich. The PEI mussel appetizer is amazing.
  • Diego P.heart icon on user image
    Diego PinnaOctober 3, 2015
    If undecided ask the staff. They know all the dishes and cocktails and will recommend you something interesting!
  • Johan L.
    Johan LieuMarch 12, 2012
    Eating at the bar is just as good and usually seats open quick. Also, probably the best way to ensure good service, too.
  • Jiyan Y.heart icon on user image
    Jiyan YangAugust 11, 2014
    Great paella.serves two people. 7 more bucks for three
  • Nicole R.heart icon on user image
    Nicole RoldanMarch 26, 2015
    Sangria is great and all the food I've tried has been good
  • Yue P.
    Yue PanOctober 19, 2014
    Paella De La Bodeguita is the must have!
  • Malissa M.heart icon on user image
    Malissa McQuayApril 5, 2015
    Love the key lime pie martini and the masitas are delish
  • Hedan Z.
    Hedan ZengAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The croquettes and sangria make for a very happy happy hour (sans the discount)
  • Josemari C.heart icon on user image
    Josemari CuervoJuly 6, 2013
    Arroz ala Cubana with ground lamb! Rocks!
  • Karen H.
    Karen HuangMay 3, 2014
    Braised seafood rice and lamb chop!
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Try the mojito with Bacardi limon and plenty of fresh mint, or anything from the rum list.
  • Tristanheart icon on user image
    TristanAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ummmmm if you don't order the rum punch, you're dead to me. It is epic. Epic! So perfectly strong. Do it
  • Kanyi M.
    Kanyi MaqubelaSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Careful not to wild out on the bread. The sauce is addictive and the keep bringing it. Also, get the plantain chips.
  • Deli D.heart icon on user image
    Deli DivaneAugust 14, 2014
    The appetizer with shrimp is deliriously delicious. Delieve me.
  • Andrea S.heart icon on user image
    Andrea S.January 20, 2017
    They give you a birthday treat for your birthday :)
  • Kylieheart icon on user image
    KylieAugust 6, 2012
    Mojitos, empanadas, and chili dipping sauce - everything here is good!
  • Alison B.
    Alison B.April 21, 2017
    This place is super over priced for the quality and flavors of the food. Not only that but it made me sick. Head to a local taco joint and save your money and your stomach
  • Samit P.
    Samit PNovember 12, 2013
    Order the Nacional #1. You won't regret it!
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GardnerNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bistec de palomilla at lunch is to die for!
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldFebruary 26, 2013
    Humidor in the back, and great mojitos and Cuba Libres.
  • Seth H.
    Seth HammermanJuly 10, 2014
    Buy a drink at the bar then go to the Cigar Lounge in back
  • Fred J.
    Fred JohnsonSeptember 28, 2013
    Try the Coconut crusted Red Snapper. To die for!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CAugust 28, 2010
    Still cranking out great food & drinks for over 10'years now. Try the Hemmingway with grapefruit (not on the menu) and the empanadas :)
  • Emily T.
    Emily T.August 14, 2013
    Best Cuban place in the Palo Alto area!
  • Mike G.
    Mike GaoJune 18, 2010
    Didn't order food myself, but reviews from my friends are positive. Dark and Stormy drink is great. Love the place and will go back for more.
  • Shannon M.heart icon on user image
    Shannon MadisonJanuary 19, 2018
    the cocktails are amazing
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FoxMarch 24, 2012
    Get the fried yucca, and save room for the Key Lime Tart.
  • Shannon Z.heart icon on user image
    Shannon ZMarch 27, 2016
    Not a lot of vegetarian choices or gluten free choices.
  • Rosee L.
    Rosee LauMay 9, 2013
    Get the Paella! You won't regret it!
  • Runqiu C.heart icon on user image
    Runqiu CaiAugust 25, 2014
    Pulled pork sandwich and sweet plantains
  • Bediheart icon on user image
    BediFebruary 9, 2016
    First thing you should say when you are here is 'Can I get a mojito, please?'
  • Steven R.heart icon on user image
    Steven RoyOctober 14, 2015
    Fantastic food and cigar bar.
  • Iain F.
    Iain ForsythApril 25, 2012
    Try the grilled chicken breast sandwich, you won't be disappointed.
  • Kathy A.
    Kathy AndoOctober 23, 2011
    I recommend mojotos, ceviche and the empanadas. Toucan go wrong
  • Rapid Ralphheart icon on user image
    Rapid RalphOctober 31, 2014
    House Paella is good spicy.
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