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La Bodeguita del Medio

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$$ - $$$
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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Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

My wife and I ate here on two occasions this trip and I also ate here solo. The food on all occasions was up to the usual high standard and the staff friendly and efficient. The only downside was atmosphere on the last of the three trips to this restaurant. When my wife and I asked for a table for... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here one night while in Playa, and it was amazing! The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious. Every meal served at our table was rated as excellent and everyone said they would order exactly what they had again. Would highly recommend if you are in Playa del Carmen!

Thank Diswiz
Montreal, Canada
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

First of all, I visited the original La BdelM in La Havana twice, and the one in Varadero. Playa del Carmen's BdelM mojitos really taste as great as at the original in Havana (wich are the best I ever had)! The design of this one is no doubt in the same spirit as the original. The only difference, you dont... More 

Thank DomSKIbuM
Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Restaurant sell souvenirs and cigars related to the bar restaurant in Havana made famous by Ernest Hemingway years ago. Also has live entertainment - Cuba salsa music - and offer salsa lessons in the early evenings. Everyone goods for their "Mojitos' Surprisingly people rate their drinks differently. There can be a crowed dance floor. Food okay. Servers can be busy.

Thank SkiCoach001
Canberra, Australia
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Want to watch a salsa lesson, here is the place to do it. We ordered inside and a lesson was happening in front of the bar, was lovely to watch. Service was great and food was good.

Thank HayloKay1
Bloomington, Minnesota
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

I had the Pollo Cubano house speciality, the chicken and plantains were great, the rice and beans had no flavor. The original majito I didn't care for.

Thank Mjoatie
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I've had depression and need to go dancing here in havana puerto vallarta Cancun and now playa del Carmen it's a beautiful place to go dance and have a great time the band is amazing and the people and staff are super friendly and fun really great to go out for a night and have the best and the original... More 

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70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Had high expectations when we went to this place. It always looked so lively but that may have to do with the band that is playing. The drinks were good and we should have stuck with that. The food was quite dissapointing and tasted bland. Not sure if they accomodate the level of flavor/spiceness to tourists. And smothering everything in... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

If you like Cuban music, this is your destination.....it's hot, it's salsa, it's great dancing. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the servers are great. The menu is broad, inexpensive and tasty.

1 Thank bobbyM101
Washington DC
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

My wife and I love to go there, because they always have a live Cuban band playing, and the dance floor is packed, and the Mojitos are cold! The energy in the place is amazing. Always a favorite of mine.

1 Thank Fellowtraveler72

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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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups, 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?