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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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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were looking for a place where they would have live music, so we arrived at this cuban restaurant. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was even better! A great live band was playing and everyone was dancing. Loved it!

Thank Merel C
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41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just felt like being dropped into Havana! What a fun and lively nightspot with lots of energetic salsa dancers. This atmospheric restaurant/bar was full of locals and tourists alike who sang along to favorite songs supplied by the salsa band, dancing up a storm and drinking their iconic mojitos. Really a fun spot if you're looking for some evening entertainment... More 

Thank LeavingSeattle
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been going here for 5 years mojitos seem to live up to their reputation. The food is honestly over priced and is pretty average. However salsa band is magnificent, love this place!

Thank Ana C
Boise, Idaho
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here several times in the past few years, I make it a point to go because I love their ceviche. Today I stopped in and asked to see a menu because I wanted to see if I could still find the particular ceviche I like. The girl at the front podium threw a menu on a stand and... More 

Thank Kathy O
Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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?