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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.
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently came here to purchase Macanudo cigars for a friend back in the states. I’m not a cigar smoker or aficionado, so I’m very unfamiliar with them. I specifically asked the girl assisting me for Macanudos and she proceeded to show me some cigars...in her humidor. I purchased 6 of them, with very little information on them, as she honestly didn’t seem to even know what she was selling. They were extremely expensive, so I assumed I had purchased what I was asking for. Immediately upon leaving the store, literally walked outside and called the person I had purchased them for. I gave them the names and info on the cigars and my friend told me, I did not end up buying what he asked for. I walked right back in to the store and asked the girl to please return them, as she had sold me the wrong thing. She refused, pointing to the no-returns policy on the receipt I was given. Understandably, this may be the policy, but when I was sold the wrong thing, and specially after I told her I didn’t know anything about cigars, and they were still packaged the way they packed them, I never even touched them. I walked out for less than 5 minutes right in front of the store, and felt I was swindled into spending $200 on something, she knew I did not request, I honestly expected a refund. The manager walked over to tell me there was nothing he could do and just kept pointing to the policy on the receipt. I will never support this business, as they are a bunch of scammers and suggest you take your business elsewhere. I went to a neighboring cigar shop after, and they were not surprised this happened there, when I told them what just had occurred. Apparently they have a reputation for scamming people and overpricing items. A very expensive lesson learned from me, and now I’m stuck with $200 worth of cigars I have no use for. Never trust this business!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was so much fun! The kind of place that you were looking for when you go to Puerto Vallarta for salsa, drinks, food, band, and dancing! The margaritas are amazing! Tons of choices for tequila! We ordered ceviche which was epic! This is...a must stop for dinner and entertainment and dancing when you come to Puerto Vallarta!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 August 2021

La Bodegita Del Medio was a keeper for years. It was a must place to eat whenever we were at Nuevo Vallarta or Riviera Maya. We headed there this week with a family of 10. The place is vibrant and full of music and history...and a nice bar. We headed up to the 2nd floor to eat and we needed to split up into 5 and 5 people because according to them, Covid policy would not allow 10 people at 1 table. That was fine given it appeared to be city policy. Right at the start we had the most awful waiter.....jesus, this guy was from another planet. No personality at all. OK, so no major deal. The appetizers are always great...tostones rellenos and the empanadas are stable although the empanadas are more flour than filling. Then we ordered the grilled fish, Vaca Frita, and Ropa Vieja. What a disaster. If you asked for these dishes 2 years ago it would have been a very different experience. So, So unfortunate. This is likley the list time we will come here.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

This place is awesome! The music gives it a great vibe and the mojitos are the best in town. I always go after dinner to have a few drinks, dance and enjoy the music. Highly recommend

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 25 June 2021

Had an amazing night at la bodega del Medio, the staff were very friendly and helpfull! I left my phone in the bathroom, and honestly thought I left it in the taxi on the way there! after searching everywhere the GM Edgar told me someone...(Staff from the bar) had found my phone, I was soo Happy and grateful! THIS IS A MUST WHEN VISITING PV!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

By far the worst Cuban food I’ve ever had. Pretty cool vibe though. The live music was so loud that I could feel the vibration of my bottle of water when I picked it up. Almost everything was bad, there was no saving grace item...we ordered. The views are amazing, if you go, go at sunset.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 April 2021

Terrific Malecon and sunset views from above. Live music Cubano was superb. Service adequate, food was not as flavorful as I had anticipated. Would return for music and location.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 24 February 2021

The cuban music was really good, cuban tobaccos was authentic but too expensive. The food really bad, I couldn't even eat.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 13 February 2021 via mobile

Came here to celebrate a birthday. Live music was a surprise especially during Covid. Seating was limited so get here early for sunset. Coconut shrimp was my favorite. Party of 4 bill came to $150 including tip.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 14 December 2020

My husband and I always visit La Bodeguita when we visit Puerto Vallarta every year. Best location and food in town! The tables upstairs have a great view of the Malecon and the Beach! Great music and amazing food! And the Mojitos are delicious! I...highly recommend this restaurant! You will not be dissapointed!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Response from rockerbiff | Reviewed this property |
I think they have music every night
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13 October 2018|
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Response from RalphF285 | Reviewed this property |
You can see the pole from the restaurant. You are one minute away.
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La Bodeguita del Medio is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5