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La Bodeguita Del Medio

463 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
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  • La Bodeguita Del MedioPro 2014
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    4 Mar 24, 2014

    This is a nice place for drinks in Palo Alto. Sit near the bar and order some appetizers with your rum cocktail.

    Recommended for:Nightlife Lovers
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  • La Bodeguita Del MedioPro 2014
    Owie
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    4 Mar 07, 2014

    I take this place for granted while I used to work only two blocks away. I will never know why I let this place slipped out of my radar, but I'm glad to finally tried this place.

    Walking in without a reservation and still managed to find good seating, like a boss! Dim lights and candles made this place so classy, romantic, and cozy. With friendly service and helpful suggestions, we started off with the empanadas appetizer. Filled with shredded picadillo pork, roasted chilis, pepper jack, and coconut-jalapeno sauce was delightful. To a seafood paella that could be shared upon four people instead of two. It was absolutely amazing with the combination of mussels, clams, shrimps, chorizos, and spiced yellow riced. Highly recommend getting the paella.

    Simple dinner turned into a classy dinner that left my belly satisfied with joy. Thank you for an excellent meal La Bodeguita Del Medio.

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  • La Bodeguita Del MedioPro 2014
    Kelly G.
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    3 May 29, 2013

    Started school here recently and since I live close to this area, we went for a walk in the neighborhood.

    This restaurant was definitely the most crowded and bustling on a late weekday evening. good signs so we step in. Took awhile for the hostess to get back to the front in order to greet and bring us to our table. (maybe part time waitress?) anyway, sat in a would have been cozy table but the partition was too short for comfort and privacy.

    Waiter was nice though. I wanted to try their guacamole which was a side on one of their dishes before trying it and got a nice taste. (Normal, nothing too special)

    We started off with the Ceviche. yum yum! too spicy for the s.o. but definitely a yum for me. nice and spicy with nice toasted plantains for crunch.

    Tierra y Mar is a MUST EAT wonderfully flavored beef with an AWESOME cilantro avocado dressing drizzled on, large coconut shrimp on top orange mashed potato, and rum cooked spinach (usually served with asparagus which I wish I got but they ran out).
    The rum was a little heavy but could be paired pleasantly with the mashed potato or beef!

    The curry was interesting to say the least. it was flavorful but not heavy like traditional curry is. Served with a wide variety of vegetables including plantains and jumbo shrimp. Unfortunately its not a good take home eat for leftovers kind of food :(

    The night was full of jumbo shrimp good-ness.

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  • La Bodeguita Del Medio
    Trisha Okubo
    4 Dec 26, 2012

    Best Cuban restaurant in the Bay Area, popular for "power lunch" amongst valley entrepreneurs. Love the chicken sandwich for lunch and the masitas for dinner. Ask for the bread with the special chili oil - so delicious!

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  • La Bodeguita Del MedioAmbassadorPro 2014
    Kat Sun
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Went on a Friday night. Thank goodness we made a reservation. Lots of people at the bar, some probably waiting to be seated as they were downing drinks. The skirt steak was amazing! It's loud in there...hopefully you get a seat in the room adjacent to the one with the bar; it's more comfortable and a little less loud

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  • La Bodeguita Del Medio
    Betty N.
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    **STROH RUM PUNCH AND ROPA VIEJA EXCEEDED MY CUBAN DESIRES**

    Nice ambiance with a friendly staff.

    ORDERED:

    STROH RUM PUNCH ($9) - Best drink on California Avenue. Period. I was stumbling out of the place after two of these.

    ROPA VIEJA ($12) - The shredded skirt steak, chilis, peppers, plantanos maduros, and moros y cristianos was very good. I loved the plantanos; sweet and flavorful.

    It wasn't a cheap lunch, but it was worthy.

    Good place for groups and couples.

    Make reservations beforehand because it will get busy.

    RECOMMEND.

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    William Moynihan
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    A taste of Cuba in Palo Alto.

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    3 Dec 04, 2011
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    4 Jan 30, 2013
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    4 Oct 01, 2011
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    4 Jun 21, 2011
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    4 Jun 21, 2011
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4.0 out of 5
12 members' reviews
899 people visited La Bodeguita Del Medio
  • Price

    Moderate$$
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  • Open Hours:

    Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Phone:

    (650) 326-7762