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“Fun to visit an interpretation of the original”

La Bodeguita Del Medio
Ranked #37 of 745 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cuban
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The most famous Cuban restaurant of the World. Live Music, Caribbean Food, and the Original Mojitos.
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Modeled on the original in Havana (which I have been to), complete with customer signatures and slogans covering every surface, including lamp shades and the ceiling. Excellent, attentive service and the best Cuban sandwich I’ve had in a long time. A band was setting up but I had to leave before they started – I’m sure that it would have been worth staying for if I didn’t have an early morning shuttle bus to catch.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

This place is super fun to be in but.... we had the fish tacos (just ok), chicken finger things (meh) and dessert we couldn't eat it was so bad. Cut up pieces of guava from the can maybe with weird sweet sauce and a chunk of cream cheese from the store plopped on top. The chocolate dessert custard tasted like something a 6 year old made. I think they put water in the wine, and filled it up way under half way. We had to flag down our server 5 times for water, sauce, things we needed to try and make our meal better. We even ended up going to the kitchen directly since our waiter couldn't be bothered, and it wasn't even busy at 7pm.

It seems to be the norm in Costa Rica that servers are unattached and don't seem to get that in the states we are used to the server coming back right after the food is served to ask if we're ok and if we need anything else. The manager or someone came out later and asked us if we were staying to dance, maybe this is a live music and dancing spot, but not a good food or good service restaurant. We couldn't wait to leave the food and service were so bad. We ended up going for a hot dog around the corner, which was a much better experience.

La Pasado de las Brujas or Casona de Laly in Escazu have better Spanish food but unfortunately the same kind of hands-off service, but at least better food.

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Thank A M
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

We had a great experiences, the food, the services and the price was normal. Great and good portion in the meals.

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Thank tatmacc
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Nice place, fair food, there are for sure best places even in CR to get Cuban food, but this is not bad at all

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Thank Andres S
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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This place has great atmosphere, service & food. It was the perfect place to visit our 1 night in San Jose. I highly recommend. Make sure to get a mojito while you're there!

Thank Ruger09
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