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La Bodeguita del Medio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American
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Avenida 5, Norte 34 | Cond. Bosque de los Aluxes, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
+52 984 803 3950
13:00 - 02:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a good experience with the service and the food was good. The mojitos were minty and sweet well balanced, we also enjoyed the micheladas which were citrusy and tangy. As an entrée ordered the plato mixto cubano, the aguachile, and the ceviche that we enjoyed very much.

Thank mike332005
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of our favorite places to hang out! We had a lot of Mojitos! Mauricio was our waiter and he is fun, attentive and made sure our Mojitos were on point every time we showed up! Excellent food and music too! This will be our first stop when we come back in town!

Thank Tonya M
Stockholm, Sweden
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is extraordinary, it has the great autentic feeling of Cuba and the drinks are amazing! Well worth it if you like Mojitos!

Thank Samuel D
Sacramento, California
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While walking up 5th avenue, we heard some salsa music and decided to stop in and dance some. The live band was on point. The dance floor was good as well and the space was sufficient.

Thank marcelsurreal
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant stole the information from my credit card and sold it. Fraudulent activity starting happening immediately. It happened to my wife a day later. We had to cancel both cards while we were traveling in Mexico. We reported it by e-mail to the restaurant but they did not respond. The food is good, but not worth all the resultant... More 

Thank chaswheeler
San Francisco, California
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to eat off 5th avenue. Came here for dinner and they had a band playing with a bunch of people dancing on the floor. The atmosphere is very lively and the mojitos! Definitely get a mojito here. Had the chicken and steak, they were both tender and juicy. Very delicious. It's a must stop if you're in... More 

Thank hungryhipp0s4
Barrie, Canada
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62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Bodeguita is one of our favourite places in Playa. We usually go there in the evening, to listen to some fantastic live Cuban bands. Service can be a bit slow, but it is a crowded place so it is not much of an issue. It has both indoor seating (could get loud) and fantastic patio. We prefer patio. Menu... More 

Thank mosaic
New York City, New York
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 12 days in Mexico and ate at a number of restaurants. This one was authentically Cuban with an interesting and tasty menu with good cocktails. The service was prompt and it wasn't too pricey. We only found it at the end of our stay and wished we'd found it earlier. One word of warning on the paella. The... More 

Thank Elizabeth H
Livermore, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I made reservations for the NYE special dinner ($125 usd pp), which included a 4 course dinner, and 2 drinks each, plus a champagne toast. The portion sizes were large and the food good. My favorite was the ceviche and the tamarind shrimp. The mojitos were great too! We also enjoyed an appetizer sampler that had great... More 

Thank Kate G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I listened to live Cuban music here during our Mexico trip and we just loved it. The music was lively and we also enjoyed spontaneous and elegant dancing by several patrons in the small dancing area they had. Would highly recommend this for all live music lovers.

Thank isairasiki

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$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, Child-friendly, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?