La Bodequita De Pico

★★★☆☆

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Ran across this place again looking for new restaurant adventures and felt that I needed to comment. My company has about 100 sales people who we take out as a group several times a year, they eat and drink thereby running up a bill of several thousand dollars easily. Therefore I have been at some of the best restaurants as well as my favorites the real hole-in-the wall gems.

I checked this place out by first ordering take out before I commit to actually going there. As I recall I ordered a chicken type dinner with the normal sides. When I got home and we opened the bag we were SHOCKED. three wing pieces. Now let me explain, not a chicken wing with a wing piece and drummet but only three small wing pieces and a scoop of rice and scoop of beans. The chicken left blood stains on the foam container it was so undercooked. My wife' s side who lived in Cuba was shocked. It was aweful don't chance it there are too many good Cuban restaurants in town to patronize rather than waste your hard earned money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ran across this place again looking for new restaurant adventures and felt that I needed to comment. My company has about 100 sales people who we take out as a group several times a year, they eat and drink thereby running up a bill of several thousand dollars easily. Therefore I have been at some of the best restaurants as well as my favorites the real hole-in-the wall gems.

I checked this place out by first ordering take out before I commit to actually going there. As I recall I ordered a chicken type dinner with the normal sides. When I got home and we opened the bag we were SHOCKED. three wing pieces. Now let me explain, not a chicken wing with a wing piece and drummet but only three small wing pieces and a scoop of rice and scoop of beans. The chicken left blood stains on the foam container it was so undercooked. My wife' s side who lived in Cuba was shocked. It was aweful don't chance it there are too many good Cuban restaurants in town to patronize rather than waste your hard earned money.

Pros: Was not crowded, place was empty

Cons: terrible food

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I went to La Bodeguita De Pico with a group of friends and we loved their Mojitos!! We ordered some snacks and had a great time! I believe this is a nice place to hang out and have a few drinks.

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★★★★☆

I went to La Bodeguita De Pico with a group of friends and we loved their Mojitos!! We ordered some snacks and had a great time! I believe this is a nice place to hang out and have a few drinks.

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My fiancee and I were looking forward to our first Cuban food experience. We had to seat ourselves because there was no one around. When we got there it was quite empty but it still took a while to get service. We ordered our food and it was delicious. However, they serve you your drink in a tube-like glass, after 3-4 sips you're done with your soda. And it takes a while for the waitress to come by. Eventually it gets fuller and there's still only 2 waitress/waiters serving 10-15 different parties. I think we waited longer for our check than the amount of time it took us to eat our food. We spent $75 for 2 people and we honestly didn't order much. It was a very disappointing experience and I wish I'd read the reviews first to avoid wasting my money and time there.

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★☆☆☆☆

My fiancee and I were looking forward to our first Cuban food experience. We had to seat ourselves because there was no one around. When we got there it was quite empty but it still took a while to get service. We ordered our food and it was delicious. However, they serve you your drink in a tube-like glass, after 3-4 sips you're done with your soda. And it takes a while for the waitress to come by. Eventually it gets fuller and there's still only 2 waitress/waiters serving 10-15 different parties. I think we waited longer for our check than the amount of time it took us to eat our food. We spent $75 for 2 people and we honestly didn't order much. It was a very disappointing experience and I wish I'd read the reviews first to avoid wasting my money and time there.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: everything else

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The Pierna de Puerco Asada is the best thing ever. It is completely authentic and as good or better than the Cuban food you can find in Miami. And you know a place is authentic when they serve papa rellenas. I have been several times and the food is always great. The wine and drink menu also have some gems. Definitely worth checking this place out.

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★★★★★

The Pierna de Puerco Asada is the best thing ever. It is completely authentic and as good or better than the Cuban food you can find in Miami. And you know a place is authentic when they serve papa rellenas. I have been several times and the food is always great. The wine and drink menu also have some gems. Definitely worth checking this place out.

Pros: the FOOD

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We went to La Bodeguita de Pico for their advertised Salsa lessons on Saturday nights at 8 pm. When making the reservation, I inquired about the dance lessons and signed the four of us up. They suggested dinner at 7 to be ready for salsa lessons at 8, which was a bit early but we agreed to it for the sake of our salsa lessons.
We arrived to a quiet restaurant with little decor. Our waiter was nice enough and we ordered, confirming our dance lessons at 8. Well, 8 o'clock came and went and we figured they were a little behind because there was no band or anything out yet. The food came and was mediocre.
At 9 pm I asked the hostess, who was rude and not very smart, what happened to our salsa lessons. She shrugged and replied that the teacher "didn't show up." We asked for the manager and she went to get him. 20 minutes later, after asking again to see him, he made his way out. We asked about our salsa lessons. He shrugged and said the teacher "didn't show up...it's not my job to deal with the dancing."
We explained nicely that we had come primarily for the salsa lessons, and he continued to shirk responsibility in spite of the fact that it was one of his staffers who took the dance reservation to begin with. He didn't offer anything to lessen our disappointment. He just repeated "it's not my problem."
By that time, our waiter had long disappeared. We asked the busboy to get him. We finally made his way over 15 minutes later and mumbled something about being sorry but he was very busy. It took another 20 minutes to get our check (full price in spite of their unprofessional conduct at every level). We over payed and left, disappointed with what was supposed to be a special night of fun and dance lessons with friends.
I wish the night had gone differently. There's a dearth of good salsa places in LA. In any case, for better food, better service, nicer staff and reliable salsa, go to El Floridita on Vine, and STAY AWAY FROM LA BODEGUITA DE PICO.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to La Bodeguita de Pico for their advertised Salsa lessons on Saturday nights at 8 pm. When making the reservation, I inquired about the dance lessons and signed the four of us up. They suggested dinner at 7 to be ready for salsa lessons at 8, which was a bit early but we agreed to it for the sake of our salsa lessons.
We arrived to a quiet restaurant with little decor. Our waiter was nice enough and we ordered, confirming our dance lessons at 8. Well, 8 o'clock came and went and we figured they were a little behind because there was no band or anything out yet. The food came and was mediocre.
At 9 pm I asked the hostess, who was rude and not very smart, what happened to our salsa lessons. She shrugged and replied that the teacher "didn't show up." We asked for the manager and she went to get him. 20 minutes later, after asking again to see him, he made his way out. We asked about our salsa lessons. He shrugged and said the teacher "didn't show up...it's not my job to deal with the dancing."
We explained nicely that we had come primarily for the salsa lessons, and he continued to shirk responsibility in spite of the fact that it was one of his staffers who took the dance reservation to begin with. He didn't offer anything to lessen our disappointment. He just repeated "it's not my problem."
By that time, our waiter had long disappeared. We asked the busboy to get him. We finally made his way over 15 minutes later and mumbled something about being sorry but he was very busy. It took another 20 minutes to get our check (full price in spite of their unprofessional conduct at every level). We over payed and left, disappointed with what was supposed to be a special night of fun and dance lessons with friends.
I wish the night had gone differently. There's a dearth of good salsa places in LA. In any case, for better food, better service, nicer staff and reliable salsa, go to El Floridita on Vine, and STAY AWAY FROM LA BODEGUITA DE PICO.

Cons: FALSE ADVERTISING ON WEBSITE

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The service was fast and good, very nice people, whe went a Saturday at five o'clock we was no looking for show or music but yes for good cuban food, The black bean were very good, and the Pork excelent, but the rest like the chicken was dry, the Arroz con pollo no the best, the fry plantain the green called chicharritas o plantain chip where cold like they have been made yesterday, the mojo o salsa they served with excelent, lots of garlic like the Cuban like, The place is dark kind of and I felt sad instead of happy celebrating my BD there, overprice, sorry they have to low the prices,

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★★★☆☆

The service was fast and good, very nice people, whe went a Saturday at five o'clock we was no looking for show or music but yes for good cuban food, The black bean were very good, and the Pork excelent, but the rest like the chicken was dry, the Arroz con pollo no the best, the fry plantain the green called chicharritas o plantain chip where cold like they have been made yesterday, the mojo o salsa they served with excelent, lots of garlic like the Cuban like, The place is dark kind of and I felt sad instead of happy celebrating my BD there, overprice, sorry they have to low the prices,

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ME AN MY BOYFRIEND WENT ON OUR FIRST OFFICAL DATE AN WE LOVED IT WE HAD THE CHANCE TO BE SEATED BY THE OWNER HE WAS A SWEET HEART THE WAITER CAME OUT ASKED US WHAT WE WANTED TO DRINK AN TOOK OUR ORDERS THE FOOD ARRIVED IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME AN WAS A LARGE PORTION .THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD MINES COULD HAVE HAD A LITTLE MORE FLAVOR BUT OVER IT WAS GREAT MY BOYFRIEND ON THE OTHER HAND GOT THE PORK CHOPS AN THEY WHERE ABSOLUTLY DELIGHTFUL OMG JUCY MOUTHWATERING THE MEAT JUS MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH .....I DONT KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER COMMENTERS BUT WE LOVE THIS PLACE AN PLAN ON GOING BACK I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO EVERYONE BUT DONT TAKE IT FROM ME TRY IT YOUR SELF

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★★★★☆

ME AN MY BOYFRIEND WENT ON OUR FIRST OFFICAL DATE AN WE LOVED IT WE HAD THE CHANCE TO BE SEATED BY THE OWNER HE WAS A SWEET HEART THE WAITER CAME OUT ASKED US WHAT WE WANTED TO DRINK AN TOOK OUR ORDERS THE FOOD ARRIVED IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME AN WAS A LARGE PORTION .THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD MINES COULD HAVE HAD A LITTLE MORE FLAVOR BUT OVER IT WAS GREAT MY BOYFRIEND ON THE OTHER HAND GOT THE PORK CHOPS AN THEY WHERE ABSOLUTLY DELIGHTFUL OMG JUCY MOUTHWATERING THE MEAT JUS MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH .....I DONT KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER COMMENTERS BUT WE LOVE THIS PLACE AN PLAN ON GOING BACK I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO EVERYONE BUT DONT TAKE IT FROM ME TRY IT YOUR SELF

Pros: EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL

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I went this past weekend with my gf to check out the restaurant for the firs time. Went on Sunday around 5pm. Place was quiet except for the salsa class in the background, which did not bother us at all. Started with the pitcher of sangria and was a bit disappointed. The taste was great, plenty of fruit, but after we finished it, neither of us felt the least bit buzzed. But then the food came. I picked the churrasco and was very impressed. The amount of meat was generous and tasted great. My gf had the picadillo a la habanera, I can't comment on her dish because I did not taste it, but she said she liked it, not to mention that she's very picky about food. Overall, we loved the atmosphere, food was great, but sangria could have been stronger. We will go back and give them another chance.

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★★★★☆

I went this past weekend with my gf to check out the restaurant for the firs time. Went on Sunday around 5pm. Place was quiet except for the salsa class in the background, which did not bother us at all. Started with the pitcher of sangria and was a bit disappointed. The taste was great, plenty of fruit, but after we finished it, neither of us felt the least bit buzzed. But then the food came. I picked the churrasco and was very impressed. The amount of meat was generous and tasted great. My gf had the picadillo a la habanera, I can't comment on her dish because I did not taste it, but she said she liked it, not to mention that she's very picky about food. Overall, we loved the atmosphere, food was great, but sangria could have been stronger. We will go back and give them another chance.

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Went to this place with my wife last week and I couldn't believe how bland the food was. All that we could do was pour tobasco sauce on everything to try to save it. That was the first time I've ever seen my wife use tobasco sauce. The rice was dry and there was no alcohol in the overpriced (36$) pitcher of sangria. The table next to us said the same of their mojito pitcher. This place won't be around much longer. One day someone will catch them "forgetting" to put alcohol in their drinks. I must of stared at the bill for 10 minutes trying to figure out what happened and I never do that. This was probably a 50-60$ meal anywhere else but I was charged over twice that amount! What they don't tell you at the door is that there is a significant mark up on all of the menu prices whenever there is a live band playing. This is in the fine print on their website somewhere. The difference is pretty significant. For example on our bill: Arroz con Pollo goes from 14.95 to 19.95...Ropa vieja 13.95 to 18.95...papas rellenas 5.95 to 7.95...tres leches 6 to 8 and so on. EVERYTHING was marked up. We were seated at 9:45 and the band finished at 10. We got the bill at 10:55 and it was marked up by at least 40$ and the watered down pitcher of sangria was almost a third of the bill! As much as I wanted to not leave a tip due to the bad food and drinks I couldn't bring myself to do it - so dinner for 2 was over 105$ plus 20$ for the tip. The 5-star reviews could not be coming from real customers. Don't be fooled by the Cuban music and Cuban art on the walls. You will walk in smiling but will walk out of this place feeling cheated and hungry.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to this place with my wife last week and I couldn't believe how bland the food was. All that we could do was pour tobasco sauce on everything to try to save it. That was the first time I've ever seen my wife use tobasco sauce. The rice was dry and there was no alcohol in the overpriced (36$) pitcher of sangria. The table next to us said the same of their mojito pitcher. This place won't be around much longer. One day someone will catch them "forgetting" to put alcohol in their drinks. I must of stared at the bill for 10 minutes trying to figure out what happened and I never do that. This was probably a 50-60$ meal anywhere else but I was charged over twice that amount! What they don't tell you at the door is that there is a significant mark up on all of the menu prices whenever there is a live band playing. This is in the fine print on their website somewhere. The difference is pretty significant. For example on our bill: Arroz con Pollo goes from 14.95 to 19.95...Ropa vieja 13.95 to 18.95...papas rellenas 5.95 to 7.95...tres leches 6 to 8 and so on. EVERYTHING was marked up. We were seated at 9:45 and the band finished at 10. We got the bill at 10:55 and it was marked up by at least 40$ and the watered down pitcher of sangria was almost a third of the bill! As much as I wanted to not leave a tip due to the bad food and drinks I couldn't bring myself to do it - so dinner for 2 was over 105$ plus 20$ for the tip. The 5-star reviews could not be coming from real customers. Don't be fooled by the Cuban music and Cuban art on the walls. You will walk in smiling but will walk out of this place feeling cheated and hungry.

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Extrememly overpriced! Ordered a pitcher of sangria ($36.00) that tasted like it was made of kool-aid with the only 'fruit' being marachino cherries!!! There was no taste of wine at all in the sangria.Chicken was dry, plaintains over-cooked, and tres leches dessert from Costco! I arrived at 9:45pm on a Friday, ready to listen to some great salsa. At 10pm the band finished their session!!!! I was so disappointed. Did I mention that there was a homeless lady dancing around the restuarant and sitting down at different tables talking to anyone that made eye contact with her? I'm never going back. Dinner for two (nothing fancy) came to 100$ not including tip. The tables were wobbly with uneven legs and the menu was missing prices on many different items such as the $36 pitcher of kool-aid. When my husband told the waiter that there didn't seem to be any wine in the sangria the waiter brought out one single small glass of mango mojito for he and I to share as an attempt to smooth things over. We tried to have a good time but this place was so disappointing. We've been to a lot of restuarants and have had a few bad experiences but this is the first time that I've ever felt compelled to write a review. Maybe I can save someone's Friday night. Be careful with your free time and go somewhere else. Definetely pay more atttention to negative reviews than the positive ones.

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★☆☆☆☆

Extrememly overpriced! Ordered a pitcher of sangria ($36.00) that tasted like it was made of kool-aid with the only 'fruit' being marachino cherries!!! There was no taste of wine at all in the sangria.Chicken was dry, plaintains over-cooked, and tres leches dessert from Costco! I arrived at 9:45pm on a Friday, ready to listen to some great salsa. At 10pm the band finished their session!!!! I was so disappointed. Did I mention that there was a homeless lady dancing around the restuarant and sitting down at different tables talking to anyone that made eye contact with her? I'm never going back. Dinner for two (nothing fancy) came to 100$ not including tip. The tables were wobbly with uneven legs and the menu was missing prices on many different items such as the $36 pitcher of kool-aid. When my husband told the waiter that there didn't seem to be any wine in the sangria the waiter brought out one single small glass of mango mojito for he and I to share as an attempt to smooth things over. We tried to have a good time but this place was so disappointing. We've been to a lot of restuarants and have had a few bad experiences but this is the first time that I've ever felt compelled to write a review. Maybe I can save someone's Friday night. Be careful with your free time and go somewhere else. Definetely pay more atttention to negative reviews than the positive ones.

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Went with a party of 8 on a Saturday night and was very excited to enjoy some good sangria & live music. The atmosphere was nice and the live band was very good (and loud, not good for conversation) but enjoyed them. A few people started dancing and & by this time I was expecting the sangria to kick in as I needed a little kick to get up and dance myself. Our food arrives & I ordered only a side order of tostones which were very dry & tasteless. You don't have to be an expert on Cuban food to tell these were just awful. Finally got up & danced with some friends & there was an instructor giving short individual lessons to help (I believe he was employed by the restaurant). Our party was ready to move on to our next hot spot as the bill comes & it was $380! That's not the shocking part (even though two of us ordered ONLY appetizers as a meal) the pitchers of sangria were $36.00 EACH which tasted like sugary fruit punch...didn't even catch the slightest buzz after a few glasses. Needless to say, I will not be returning. There are many other places to go for good cuban food & music -many of us in my party agreed.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went with a party of 8 on a Saturday night and was very excited to enjoy some good sangria & live music. The atmosphere was nice and the live band was very good (and loud, not good for conversation) but enjoyed them. A few people started dancing and & by this time I was expecting the sangria to kick in as I needed a little kick to get up and dance myself. Our food arrives & I ordered only a side order of tostones which were very dry & tasteless. You don't have to be an expert on Cuban food to tell these were just awful. Finally got up & danced with some friends & there was an instructor giving short individual lessons to help (I believe he was employed by the restaurant). Our party was ready to move on to our next hot spot as the bill comes & it was $380! That's not the shocking part (even though two of us ordered ONLY appetizers as a meal) the pitchers of sangria were $36.00 EACH which tasted like sugary fruit punch...didn't even catch the slightest buzz after a few glasses. Needless to say, I will not be returning. There are many other places to go for good cuban food & music -many of us in my party agreed.

Pros: Street parking, good band

Cons: Food, overpriced drinks

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I went to this restaurant about 3 months ago with a bunch of my friends. The food was bland, overcooked and did not live up to the decor and ambiance. The service was okay, at best. Would not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant about 3 months ago with a bunch of my friends. The food was bland, overcooked and did not live up to the decor and ambiance. The service was okay, at best. Would not go back.

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I went to la bodeguita the other night and I have to tell you this was probably the best cuban food i have had right next to my mothers food. I read all the bad reviews and I don't know whats wrong with these people. they don't know whats good cuban food if they had it in front of them. To start off the dinner we had the gran plato and that was delicious then i had the Ropa vieja. everything was perfect. the music was great and our server was charming. I do recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a real cuban experience

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★★★★★

I went to la bodeguita the other night and I have to tell you this was probably the best cuban food i have had right next to my mothers food. I read all the bad reviews and I don't know whats wrong with these people. they don't know whats good cuban food if they had it in front of them. To start off the dinner we had the gran plato and that was delicious then i had the Ropa vieja. everything was perfect. the music was great and our server was charming. I do recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a real cuban experience

Pros: valet, food, music, service, everything

Cons: none

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Avoid this place unless you like overpriced, low quality food. We ordered the arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), the chicken was dry, the rice tasted like they cooked it in tap water. We also ordered the pork chops with black beans and white rice. The pork chops were a disappointment, the black beans were slimy, and the rice was Minute Rice!!! I know the price of rice is high right now but Minute Rice? Really? It was just not edible. Oh yeah, we ordered a pitcher of Mojitos with mango at the waiter's recommendation, it was ok, but certainly not worth $49.00 for a pitcher - that's right $49.00!! - and I didn't even get a buzz!! This place was a huge disappointment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Avoid this place unless you like overpriced, low quality food. We ordered the arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), the chicken was dry, the rice tasted like they cooked it in tap water. We also ordered the pork chops with black beans and white rice. The pork chops were a disappointment, the black beans were slimy, and the rice was Minute Rice!!! I know the price of rice is high right now but Minute Rice? Really? It was just not edible. Oh yeah, we ordered a pitcher of Mojitos with mango at the waiter's recommendation, it was ok, but certainly not worth $49.00 for a pitcher - that's right $49.00!! - and I didn't even get a buzz!! This place was a huge disappointment.

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not that I care for bodeguita, but in anyones defence that customer attacking Roberto failed to say that her party of 20 requested separate checks on a busy night...not to mention that she wanted her check compted
because it was her husbands B-day...she did get a huge discount on their bill yet she wanted more...and all her friends did not tip, not because of bad service but because they were low class cheap people looking for a freebie.

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★★★★★

not that I care for bodeguita, but in anyones defence that customer attacking Roberto failed to say that her party of 20 requested separate checks on a busy night...not to mention that she wanted her check compted
because it was her husbands B-day...she did get a huge discount on their bill yet she wanted more...and all her friends did not tip, not because of bad service but because they were low class cheap people looking for a freebie.

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I just went to La Bodeguita de Pico tonight and it was such a great experience. I arrived before my friends and the staff was immediately friendly and welcoming - they asked if I'd like a drink while I waited in their very casual little front area. The place was fairly empty when I arrived except for a very lively dance class (salsa?) that was going on. The dance class continued throughout the course of our dinner and provided some of the best entertainment we could have asked for - not because of the dancing talent, but because of the carefree attitude exuded by those giving the fast steps their best go around. Dinner was excellent - I'm a novice when it comes to Cuban cuisine, but I LOVED it. The highlight though was our incredibly friendly waiter and wait-staff. He overheard us wishing our friend a happy belated birthday and when my friend went to the bathroom he asked if it would be alright if he brought us "cake, i mean, flan, for his birthday?" It was so sweet and unexpected since we were so full from the great food, but the flan was some of the best I've ever had. The dance class clapped along to "happy birthday" which just added to the sweetness of the moment. Loved it and definitely going back.

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★★★★★

I just went to La Bodeguita de Pico tonight and it was such a great experience. I arrived before my friends and the staff was immediately friendly and welcoming - they asked if I'd like a drink while I waited in their very casual little front area. The place was fairly empty when I arrived except for a very lively dance class (salsa?) that was going on. The dance class continued throughout the course of our dinner and provided some of the best entertainment we could have asked for - not because of the dancing talent, but because of the carefree attitude exuded by those giving the fast steps their best go around. Dinner was excellent - I'm a novice when it comes to Cuban cuisine, but I LOVED it. The highlight though was our incredibly friendly waiter and wait-staff. He overheard us wishing our friend a happy belated birthday and when my friend went to the bathroom he asked if it would be alright if he brought us "cake, i mean, flan, for his birthday?" It was so sweet and unexpected since we were so full from the great food, but the flan was some of the best I've ever had. The dance class clapped along to "happy birthday" which just added to the sweetness of the moment. Loved it and definitely going back.

Pros: Incredibly friendly staff, music, FOOD

Cons: nothing

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I planned a Bday party for Vday 08' mainly due to the live music that was to be there for the holiday (told to me by the Manager Roberto 3 weeks earlier when i reserved) He told me my party could order anything from the menu but when we got there we had pre-printed menus on each plate for $50 pp. At 9 p. he tells us that the band got caught up in San Diego & are not coming. :( but one of the workers told me he knew earlier that week they were not coming. Needless to say this was the main reason a group of 20 of us came. I was very dissapointed and sorry that I chose this place to come, not one of my guests will return. One server actually told one of my guest that they were doing us a favor when she complained about her bill being overcharged! Wow never heard of that before. Please consider this review pple I read in prev. reviews the manag. & servers were rude IT IS SO TRUE after that who cares about the food which was so-so the only thing everyone liked was the rice and beans lol! So my hubby's special day was ruined.

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★☆☆☆☆

I planned a Bday party for Vday 08' mainly due to the live music that was to be there for the holiday (told to me by the Manager Roberto 3 weeks earlier when i reserved) He told me my party could order anything from the menu but when we got there we had pre-printed menus on each plate for $50 pp. At 9 p. he tells us that the band got caught up in San Diego & are not coming. :( but one of the workers told me he knew earlier that week they were not coming. Needless to say this was the main reason a group of 20 of us came. I was very dissapointed and sorry that I chose this place to come, not one of my guests will return. One server actually told one of my guest that they were doing us a favor when she complained about her bill being overcharged! Wow never heard of that before. Please consider this review pple I read in prev. reviews the manag. & servers were rude IT IS SO TRUE after that who cares about the food which was so-so the only thing everyone liked was the rice and beans lol! So my hubby's special day was ruined.

Pros: website is interesting but misleading

Cons: Managment not confident of staff, very annoying tone

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My girlfriend and I drive by this place often, so we decided to try it out this past weekend. The staff were very pleasant, and we were seated right away on a Saturday night at 8:00 with no reservation. The prices on the menu were average for a nicer restaurant: $15-$22 per plate for the entres. I ordered a pork dish and my girlfriend ordered a chicken in orange sauce, along with a pitcher of their homemade sangria. The food arrived in plenty of time, but the servings were very small for the price. My pork was also very dry and came with no sauce (the menu said it was cooked in "Cuban sauce") and her chicken in orange sauce had a faint hint of orange, but otherwise was a very thin piece of chicken breast. The rice was ok and the plantains were good, but there were only two small pieces with each of our plates. The sangria was tasty and was a nice match with the food.

Then the bill arrived... $73.78. Seemed very high for two plates and a pitcher of sangria. I doubled checked and the pitcher of sangria was $36. I asked the waiter because a I thought it was a mistake and he said that was the price.

So if you're interested in average food, expensive drinks and nice atmosphere, La Bodeguita de Pico is your place. Me? I'll be eating elsewhere and going to Catalina's or the Baked Potato for my latin jazz fix. $36 for a pitcher of sangria??? Ridiculous.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I drive by this place often, so we decided to try it out this past weekend. The staff were very pleasant, and we were seated right away on a Saturday night at 8:00 with no reservation. The prices on the menu were average for a nicer restaurant: $15-$22 per plate for the entres. I ordered a pork dish and my girlfriend ordered a chicken in orange sauce, along with a pitcher of their homemade sangria. The food arrived in plenty of time, but the servings were very small for the price. My pork was also very dry and came with no sauce (the menu said it was cooked in "Cuban sauce") and her chicken in orange sauce had a faint hint of orange, but otherwise was a very thin piece of chicken breast. The rice was ok and the plantains were good, but there were only two small pieces with each of our plates. The sangria was tasty and was a nice match with the food.

Then the bill arrived... $73.78. Seemed very high for two plates and a pitcher of sangria. I doubled checked and the pitcher of sangria was $36. I asked the waiter because a I thought it was a mistake and he said that was the price.

So if you're interested in average food, expensive drinks and nice atmosphere, La Bodeguita de Pico is your place. Me? I'll be eating elsewhere and going to Catalina's or the Baked Potato for my latin jazz fix. $36 for a pitcher of sangria??? Ridiculous.

Pros: live music, nice decor

Cons: overpriced drinks, small portions

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My friends and I went for a girl's night out on Saturday night at 7pm. Immediately upon arriving we noticed that the restaurant had no hostess. After standing around for 10 minutes, a guy wearing a Sopranos t-shirt asked us if we needed any help. We were seated 45 minutes later right across from the kitchen entrance. Ten minutes later the guy in the Sopranos shirt asked us if we had ordered yet, and we told him that we never received menus. When we received our food, we were EXTREMELY disappointed. The yellow saffron rice was hard, the chicken was cold and bland, the pork was chewy and dry, the plantains were shriveled and tough, there were red beans in the black beans and the mojito tasted like toothpaste. To top it all off we ended up paying $130 for food we fed to the dogs. We ordered an entree to go and the staff forgot to include the beans in the order. The staff also ended up throwing out food we intended to take home to the dog. Terrible, overpriced food. The live band was good though.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends and I went for a girl's night out on Saturday night at 7pm. Immediately upon arriving we noticed that the restaurant had no hostess. After standing around for 10 minutes, a guy wearing a Sopranos t-shirt asked us if we needed any help. We were seated 45 minutes later right across from the kitchen entrance. Ten minutes later the guy in the Sopranos shirt asked us if we had ordered yet, and we told him that we never received menus. When we received our food, we were EXTREMELY disappointed. The yellow saffron rice was hard, the chicken was cold and bland, the pork was chewy and dry, the plantains were shriveled and tough, there were red beans in the black beans and the mojito tasted like toothpaste. To top it all off we ended up paying $130 for food we fed to the dogs. We ordered an entree to go and the staff forgot to include the beans in the order. The staff also ended up throwing out food we intended to take home to the dog. Terrible, overpriced food. The live band was good though.

Pros: Good live music

Cons: Awful food

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After reading some reviews for this place, I made a reservation for 12 people for a birthday celebration - the staff was extremely friendly and they had everything already set up when we got there. It's a very small and quaint place - the decor was minimal, but pleasant. My biggest complaint would be the lighting - it was dimmer than "romantic lighting" dim would be.

The food was pretty good, but it was my first time having Cuban food so I can't really compare it to anything. One of our dishes took really long to get on the table, but they compensated with free dessert for the person - and it tasted very good. There was a big surprise at the end of the night as we were leaving - they handed all women roses! All in all, an awesome experience and worth trying at least once!

2
★★★★★

After reading some reviews for this place, I made a reservation for 12 people for a birthday celebration - the staff was extremely friendly and they had everything already set up when we got there. It's a very small and quaint place - the decor was minimal, but pleasant. My biggest complaint would be the lighting - it was dimmer than "romantic lighting" dim would be.

The food was pretty good, but it was my first time having Cuban food so I can't really compare it to anything. One of our dishes took really long to get on the table, but they compensated with free dessert for the person - and it tasted very good. There was a big surprise at the end of the night as we were leaving - they handed all women roses! All in all, an awesome experience and worth trying at least once!

Pros: Friendly and efficient staff, delicious food, good dessert

Cons: Very dim lighting making it difficult to see what even is on your plate.

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My Cuban husband, my Cuban father in law, and I went to La Bodeguita de Pico for lunch. I had the Vaca Frita which was more like a dry Ropa Vieja accompanied by the blandest black beans, the driest rice, and the hardest plantains I've had in my history of eating Cuban cuisine. My husband's Cuban sandwich was made with a Mexican like french bread rather than the traditional "pan cubano." My father in law's Media Noche didn't have the correct condiments or bread either. Lastly and most importantly, THERE WAS NO CUBAN COFFEE since according to the waiter, the machine was off. Being Mexican, I'd equate this to visiting a Mexican restaurant that doesn't have tortillas. We were very dissapointed since this restaurant claims to serve authentic Cuban cuisine. I wonder if the Cuban owner has tasted her own restaurant's food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My Cuban husband, my Cuban father in law, and I went to La Bodeguita de Pico for lunch. I had the Vaca Frita which was more like a dry Ropa Vieja accompanied by the blandest black beans, the driest rice, and the hardest plantains I've had in my history of eating Cuban cuisine. My husband's Cuban sandwich was made with a Mexican like french bread rather than the traditional "pan cubano." My father in law's Media Noche didn't have the correct condiments or bread either. Lastly and most importantly, THERE WAS NO CUBAN COFFEE since according to the waiter, the machine was off. Being Mexican, I'd equate this to visiting a Mexican restaurant that doesn't have tortillas. We were very dissapointed since this restaurant claims to serve authentic Cuban cuisine. I wonder if the Cuban owner has tasted her own restaurant's food.

Pros: Ambience, art on walls, live music, friendly service

Cons: Terrible food, lack of authenticity, lack of ingredients listed on menu

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Tonight some friends all wanted to head to somewhere different. I had heard several people say bodeguita was great....so we tried it out. It was a little off the beaten path, but that made it more fun! I felt like I was in Cuba. The food was great, as well was the service. Nothing beats that family owned feeling. Latin salsa in the book room added to the quaint flare. I had a great time tonight and look forward to my next visit, which will be soon!

2
★★★★★

Tonight some friends all wanted to head to somewhere different. I had heard several people say bodeguita was great....so we tried it out. It was a little off the beaten path, but that made it more fun! I felt like I was in Cuba. The food was great, as well was the service. Nothing beats that family owned feeling. Latin salsa in the book room added to the quaint flare. I had a great time tonight and look forward to my next visit, which will be soon!

Pros: Left full and satisfied completely

Cons: Wish it was closer to me....

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Highly recommended to anyone who appreciate the delicate and authentic flavor of Cuba! It's been 7 years since I went to La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana, and this one made me feel like I came back to one of my favorite restaurants once again. The food was outstanding, I had "Pollo Salteado con Pina" and my wife had "Ropa Vieja", the dishes were brought to us promptly, and the service was very nice. We had to wait a bit for our server a couple of times, but it did not feel like we were unattended at all. The Mojitos were great, especially the Royal one. Oh, yeah, it was a Friday, the band was playing when we came, and that was fun, a bit loud, but that's the way we like it. A+.

2
★★★★★

Highly recommended to anyone who appreciate the delicate and authentic flavor of Cuba! It's been 7 years since I went to La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana, and this one made me feel like I came back to one of my favorite restaurants once again. The food was outstanding, I had "Pollo Salteado con Pina" and my wife had "Ropa Vieja", the dishes were brought to us promptly, and the service was very nice. We had to wait a bit for our server a couple of times, but it did not feel like we were unattended at all. The Mojitos were great, especially the Royal one. Oh, yeah, it was a Friday, the band was playing when we came, and that was fun, a bit loud, but that's the way we like it. A+.

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Went here today for lunch with some coworkers. The menu has all the great typical cuban fare. I wasn't in the mood for something too heavy so ordered the seafood of the day which was salmon. It was really good, very fresh and tender, it was served with some steamed veggies and of course rice and beans and fried bananas- YUM. The atmosphere was very fun. And the service was great.

2
★★★★★

Went here today for lunch with some coworkers. The menu has all the great typical cuban fare. I wasn't in the mood for something too heavy so ordered the seafood of the day which was salmon. It was really good, very fresh and tender, it was served with some steamed veggies and of course rice and beans and fried bananas- YUM. The atmosphere was very fun. And the service was great.

Pros: low cal options

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Note to self: never rely on friends of friends for recommendation.

8:00: My date and I arrive at La Bodeguita. The band is already cranking, which makes dinner conversation a difficult proposition given the unmitigated tile, brick, and concrete interior. We are seated cheerfully and right away.

8:15: Someone filnally shows up to ask whether we'd like something to drink. I order a mojito.

8:25: Nearly a half hour since we've ventured through the door, I finally get a wet one. The waiter disappears before I can tell him my date has decided she'd like a sangria, and without a word about food.

8:35: Waiter returns, we order appetizer salad and entrees. He interrupts us to tell us about the specials.

8:45: Oscar, the cheerful manager drops by to introduce himself, asks how everything is going, says he'll check on our food.

8:55: Almost an hour after we arrive, our server brings the entire order at one time. I ask him to keep the rest warm while we have our salad, and order a glass of Cabernet, not because it goes with the food, but because by this point, the dismal experience warrants the extra alcohol content.

9:05: I have to go find the waiter to ask him to bring the rest of our food. My date is ready to walk, but I'm hungry. Food shows up five or ten minutes later, room temperature. No cabernet in sight.

9:25: Chicken's almost gone, still no wine. I go talk to manager, something which I am loath to do, having been in the business myself at one time. I explain, he apologizes. We wait. Wine comes. Inside of glass is foamy, tastes like burnt rubber. Manager makes excuses, takes 25 percent off of check. Check never comes, I find waiter and ask for check. I hand over hard-earned money, wish I'd spent it somewhere else.

9:45: As we leave, a mile away our movie is starting. Will never go back. Nice people, clueless service, cold food, insipid wine. Buena suerte!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Note to self: never rely on friends of friends for recommendation.

8:00: My date and I arrive at La Bodeguita. The band is already cranking, which makes dinner conversation a difficult proposition given the unmitigated tile, brick, and concrete interior. We are seated cheerfully and right away.

8:15: Someone filnally shows up to ask whether we'd like something to drink. I order a mojito.

8:25: Nearly a half hour since we've ventured through the door, I finally get a wet one. The waiter disappears before I can tell him my date has decided she'd like a sangria, and without a word about food.

8:35: Waiter returns, we order appetizer salad and entrees. He interrupts us to tell us about the specials.

8:45: Oscar, the cheerful manager drops by to introduce himself, asks how everything is going, says he'll check on our food.

8:55: Almost an hour after we arrive, our server brings the entire order at one time. I ask him to keep the rest warm while we have our salad, and order a glass of Cabernet, not because it goes with the food, but because by this point, the dismal experience warrants the extra alcohol content.

9:05: I have to go find the waiter to ask him to bring the rest of our food. My date is ready to walk, but I'm hungry. Food shows up five or ten minutes later, room temperature. No cabernet in sight.

9:25: Chicken's almost gone, still no wine. I go talk to manager, something which I am loath to do, having been in the business myself at one time. I explain, he apologizes. We wait. Wine comes. Inside of glass is foamy, tastes like burnt rubber. Manager makes excuses, takes 25 percent off of check. Check never comes, I find waiter and ask for check. I hand over hard-earned money, wish I'd spent it somewhere else.

9:45: As we leave, a mile away our movie is starting. Will never go back. Nice people, clueless service, cold food, insipid wine. Buena suerte!

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I have no idea what the people who gave this restaurant poor ratings were talking about. Were you people at the same restaurant as I was??? My parents both emigrated from Cuba and as a family, we are always on the hunt for good AUTHENTIC Cuban food. We found it at La Bodequita de Pico. Delicious; wonderful atmosphere; amazing mojitos; and the service was fast and friendly. I got to chatting with one of the partners, Danny, and he was just such a joy. I would for sure come back and will tell all my friends. I'm actually planning on scheduling an event for the firm I work for at Bodeguita. This was on a Wednesday night and I just can't wait to see what a Saturday is all about. Both my parents and I found it to be as close to home cooked Cuban as a restaurant can do. PERFECTO!

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★★★★★

I have no idea what the people who gave this restaurant poor ratings were talking about. Were you people at the same restaurant as I was??? My parents both emigrated from Cuba and as a family, we are always on the hunt for good AUTHENTIC Cuban food. We found it at La Bodequita de Pico. Delicious; wonderful atmosphere; amazing mojitos; and the service was fast and friendly. I got to chatting with one of the partners, Danny, and he was just such a joy. I would for sure come back and will tell all my friends. I'm actually planning on scheduling an event for the firm I work for at Bodeguita. This was on a Wednesday night and I just can't wait to see what a Saturday is all about. Both my parents and I found it to be as close to home cooked Cuban as a restaurant can do. PERFECTO!

Pros: Mojitos, the authentic nature of the food, great price, great service

Cons: couldn't really find any

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My friends had previously highly recommended La Bodeguita & I'm so glad they did. I hosted a 35 person birthday dinner for a good friend of mine who invited all of her family - from grand-kids to grand-parents. The Managers & Waiters' service was excellent & attentive. The food was delicious & the mojitos were savory. There's a private dining room in the back that allowed some of us to have a casual conversation while the rest of our party danced in front of the energetic live salsa band on stage in the main dining room which was awesome. I'm still getting phone calls from friends & family members expressing their gratitude & that their over all experience was that they felt very cozy - almost at home! I will definitely continue to spread the good word regarding our terrific dining experience.

2
★★★★★

My friends had previously highly recommended La Bodeguita & I'm so glad they did. I hosted a 35 person birthday dinner for a good friend of mine who invited all of her family - from grand-kids to grand-parents. The Managers & Waiters' service was excellent & attentive. The food was delicious & the mojitos were savory. There's a private dining room in the back that allowed some of us to have a casual conversation while the rest of our party danced in front of the energetic live salsa band on stage in the main dining room which was awesome. I'm still getting phone calls from friends & family members expressing their gratitude & that their over all experience was that they felt very cozy - almost at home! I will definitely continue to spread the good word regarding our terrific dining experience.

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As a Cuban, I'm always on the hunt for good Cuban resturants. Recently went to La Bodeguita with friends because a vendor gave me a gift certificate. Upon arrival, we're greeted by a very rude bouncer who asks "What are you here for?" Uh, dinner; what else! We're escorted to the bowels of the resturants, you feel you're being led to the kitchen. They seat us in a corner and forget about us. We eventually order mojitos, appetizers and dinner. Mojitos arrive, they're horrible. I've been to non-Cuban restaurants in Beverly Hills that do them way better. Appetizers arrive, and they are 4 of the smallest peices of yucca you have ever seen. No real Cuban would serve such powltry portions! Dinner arrives and the meal is less than inspiring - the taste is pedestrian and the flavors are just "off". The dishes are supposed to come with fried plantains. You get two of the smallest plaintains ever grown. Finally, we ask for the check and provide the gift certificate. PROBLEM. The waiter comes back saying they can't accept because its "expired" - We point out they are valid for another 10 months (they were issued in April '07 and its May '07; so clearly plenty of time). I ask he bring out the manager. This is where the service goes from bad to WORSE. Manager argues its expired and he won't accept. I'm just embarrased this is even happening and that he's making such a huge deal over a $50 gift certificate (especially when the bar is full and so is the dance floor - $50 nothing) He sternly refuses to do anything. We're all just shocked he had no interest in the customer experience. These guys need a SERIOUS lesson in customer service and hospitality. And by the way, don't even think about trying to have a conversation - between the live music and the radio playing in the dinning room, you'll be yelling all night long. Don't even waste your time going here, its just not worth it. Take if from a real cuban!

0
★☆☆☆☆

As a Cuban, I'm always on the hunt for good Cuban resturants. Recently went to La Bodeguita with friends because a vendor gave me a gift certificate. Upon arrival, we're greeted by a very rude bouncer who asks "What are you here for?" Uh, dinner; what else! We're escorted to the bowels of the resturants, you feel you're being led to the kitchen. They seat us in a corner and forget about us. We eventually order mojitos, appetizers and dinner. Mojitos arrive, they're horrible. I've been to non-Cuban restaurants in Beverly Hills that do them way better. Appetizers arrive, and they are 4 of the smallest peices of yucca you have ever seen. No real Cuban would serve such powltry portions! Dinner arrives and the meal is less than inspiring - the taste is pedestrian and the flavors are just "off". The dishes are supposed to come with fried plantains. You get two of the smallest plaintains ever grown. Finally, we ask for the check and provide the gift certificate. PROBLEM. The waiter comes back saying they can't accept because its "expired" - We point out they are valid for another 10 months (they were issued in April '07 and its May '07; so clearly plenty of time). I ask he bring out the manager. This is where the service goes from bad to WORSE. Manager argues its expired and he won't accept. I'm just embarrased this is even happening and that he's making such a huge deal over a $50 gift certificate (especially when the bar is full and so is the dance floor - $50 nothing) He sternly refuses to do anything. We're all just shocked he had no interest in the customer experience. These guys need a SERIOUS lesson in customer service and hospitality. And by the way, don't even think about trying to have a conversation - between the live music and the radio playing in the dinning room, you'll be yelling all night long. Don't even waste your time going here, its just not worth it. Take if from a real cuban!

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A group of friends and I went on a Wednesday evening..not too crowded. Energetic vibe and we immediately sensed we'd enjoy ourselves. Food took a while to come but when it did, it was great. The arroz con pollo should be named arroz con poquito pollo because it was 90% rice and 10% chicken. What chicken I got was good though. Sangria was great and the band was great at getting the patrons involved. We will definitely be back, probably on a weekend to make a comparison. Worth a visit for sure!

2
★★★★☆

A group of friends and I went on a Wednesday evening..not too crowded. Energetic vibe and we immediately sensed we'd enjoy ourselves. Food took a while to come but when it did, it was great. The arroz con pollo should be named arroz con poquito pollo because it was 90% rice and 10% chicken. What chicken I got was good though. Sangria was great and the band was great at getting the patrons involved. We will definitely be back, probably on a weekend to make a comparison. Worth a visit for sure!

Pros: Live music, sangria

Cons: Long wait for the food

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I've been in this place twice. The first when it just opened and the second some weeks ago.
The first time wasn't that bad the hostess and servers were nice and friendly but the food was cold and tasted old.
The second time my husband and I decided to give them another chance. HUGE MISTAKE!!! the food was disgusting, the service has horrible, it took hours to get our check and the ower was beyond rude. HE should learn how to treat his costumers.

If you wanna eat some REAL CUBAN FOOD go to XIOMARA ON MELROSE www.xiomararestaurantcom the food is delicious, the dinks are really good and the service is outstanding.
I will always go back to Xiomara on Melrose.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been in this place twice. The first when it just opened and the second some weeks ago.
The first time wasn't that bad the hostess and servers were nice and friendly but the food was cold and tasted old.
The second time my husband and I decided to give them another chance. HUGE MISTAKE!!! the food was disgusting, the service has horrible, it took hours to get our check and the ower was beyond rude. HE should learn how to treat his costumers.

If you wanna eat some REAL CUBAN FOOD go to XIOMARA ON MELROSE www.xiomararestaurantcom the food is delicious, the dinks are really good and the service is outstanding.
I will always go back to Xiomara on Melrose.

Pros: Live music, parking

Cons: the food, the service, the owner.

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We went on Wednesday night at 8 PM. It was a slow night, not a lot of diners. It took over an hour for the food to arrive. The food tasted bad. We packed the food for our dogs. Fortunately, our dogs loved the food. This place is not fit for human consumption. I think this restaurant will be out of business soon if the low quality and slow service remains the same.

1
★★★☆☆

We went on Wednesday night at 8 PM. It was a slow night, not a lot of diners. It took over an hour for the food to arrive. The food tasted bad. We packed the food for our dogs. Fortunately, our dogs loved the food. This place is not fit for human consumption. I think this restaurant will be out of business soon if the low quality and slow service remains the same.

Pros: None

Cons: Slow Service and Bad Food.

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This place was great. The sitting was fast and the food was great. My favorit part was the atmosphere. I loved the vibe. I will defenitly go back and when the Bar is open it will be my Happy Hour Spot.

2
★★★★★

This place was great. The sitting was fast and the food was great. My favorit part was the atmosphere. I loved the vibe. I will defenitly go back and when the Bar is open it will be my Happy Hour Spot.

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I'm glad to see some quality food moving into the neighborhood other than Oki's Dog. This restaurant is a step up from the more casual places that can be found along Pico. Hopefully this is a sign of more good restaurants to come.
The sampler platter provided a nice variety of their Cuban fare. All the pork and beef dishes we've tried have all been surprisingly good. The staff was friendly and clearly wanted to make our experience as pleasant as possible. Kudos to the piano! We'll definitely return to try more of their entrees as soon as possible.
By the way, their Mojitos are a work in progress. Let's hope they fine-tune this drink before our next visit!

2
★★★★☆

I'm glad to see some quality food moving into the neighborhood other than Oki's Dog. This restaurant is a step up from the more casual places that can be found along Pico. Hopefully this is a sign of more good restaurants to come.
The sampler platter provided a nice variety of their Cuban fare. All the pork and beef dishes we've tried have all been surprisingly good. The staff was friendly and clearly wanted to make our experience as pleasant as possible. Kudos to the piano! We'll definitely return to try more of their entrees as soon as possible.
By the way, their Mojitos are a work in progress. Let's hope they fine-tune this drink before our next visit!

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I have been going to this restaurant since it first opened a couple years ago. While the husband/owner was surly, the food rivaled anything I ever had growing up in Little Havana in Florida. It was hands down the best Cuban food I ever had. Over time, the quality slipped a little, but was still pretty decent as of last year. After not going for about six months, I went tonight and was shocked. I don't know if there has been an ownership change, but for some reason there was a big "Grand Opening" sign. When asked, they claimed there was no change.

However, it was the most disgusting food I have ever had. Next to the Chinese Restaurant, Hu's, this is now the second worst meal I have ever had in Los Angeles (and with all the bad restaurants in this town, that is saying a lot!). The rice and beans were grotesque, the pork tasted like it had been cooked a week ago and reheated every day till it was dry and tasteless. The quality of pork was also quite nauseating. Even the green plantains were mushy and tasteless. And the sangria tasted like it was 10 percent wine and 90 percent Sprite mixed with cinnamon. Really, truly Gross.

Add to that the incredibly bad service, and you have a really nightmarish experience. No one came to take our drink orders, so the manager finally came over and took them. There were two waiters and some six busboys (a number that should be reversed to ensure service). We waited 20 minutes for someone to take our order and that only happened when I stopped the waitress and asked her if we even had a waiter. It took 10 minutes to get the check after I asked, and despite us surrendering 1/2 to 3/4 full plates, no one bothered to ask if anything was wrong. They obviously know there IS.

Never going back. If you're thinking of going, do yourself a favor and head to EL FLORADITA on Vine/Fountain. The food is way superior. Hell, even the chain Versailles is now preferable to this disgusting dining establishment. AVOID!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been going to this restaurant since it first opened a couple years ago. While the husband/owner was surly, the food rivaled anything I ever had growing up in Little Havana in Florida. It was hands down the best Cuban food I ever had. Over time, the quality slipped a little, but was still pretty decent as of last year. After not going for about six months, I went tonight and was shocked. I don't know if there has been an ownership change, but for some reason there was a big "Grand Opening" sign. When asked, they claimed there was no change.

However, it was the most disgusting food I have ever had. Next to the Chinese Restaurant, Hu's, this is now the second worst meal I have ever had in Los Angeles (and with all the bad restaurants in this town, that is saying a lot!). The rice and beans were grotesque, the pork tasted like it had been cooked a week ago and reheated every day till it was dry and tasteless. The quality of pork was also quite nauseating. Even the green plantains were mushy and tasteless. And the sangria tasted like it was 10 percent wine and 90 percent Sprite mixed with cinnamon. Really, truly Gross.

Add to that the incredibly bad service, and you have a really nightmarish experience. No one came to take our drink orders, so the manager finally came over and took them. There were two waiters and some six busboys (a number that should be reversed to ensure service). We waited 20 minutes for someone to take our order and that only happened when I stopped the waitress and asked her if we even had a waiter. It took 10 minutes to get the check after I asked, and despite us surrendering 1/2 to 3/4 full plates, no one bothered to ask if anything was wrong. They obviously know there IS.

Never going back. If you're thinking of going, do yourself a favor and head to EL FLORADITA on Vine/Fountain. The food is way superior. Hell, even the chain Versailles is now preferable to this disgusting dining establishment. AVOID!

Pros: The tap water was the best thing there

Cons: the food and the service - GROSS!!!

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I was reading reviews of how great a restaurant this is and so I went to check it out. Overall layout is nice large open dinining area with a rustic feel. Lighting could have been a bit brighter, maybe that's way it has a romantic feel. There are pictures on the walls, not really art work as some have said, just large reproductions of old posters. Apperently the owner must really love his wife because there are two huge "works of art " on one of the walls of his wife posing. The restaurant themes it self around the original La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana Cuba, which in essence is little more than a bar, with a large bar counter and a few tables, where they serve drinks and your local standard bar food (usually small quick bites to eat) and yes reached celebrity status when Ernest Hemingway went there on a few occassions. Internationally some entrepnuers took the name and capitalized on it by establishing a franchise in Mexico , and some others have used the name to open restaurants in france and england maybe in other countries as well. Please remember that if you go to cuba this is just a bar . The menu is not what I would call authentic cuban food there a few traditional dishes mixed with modern interpretations, which the descriptions are badly spelled and do not accurately reflect the dishes served. The night we went was on a friday, reservations for 8:30, were sat on time, the overall ambience nice loud typical of cuban establishments, Since we researched the menu on line we new what we were going to order, overall there was a disoraganized feel to the service, all of the wait staff would leave and come back at the same time, our table as well as our neighbors table was not even recognized until 9:05pm . No bread or water served either, The staff seemed overwhelemed, what made the experience worst is seeing the owner and wife just staring into the dinig area and not helping, I would not return based on service,but the foodhadgood flavor no authentic feel.

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★★★☆☆

I was reading reviews of how great a restaurant this is and so I went to check it out. Overall layout is nice large open dinining area with a rustic feel. Lighting could have been a bit brighter, maybe that's way it has a romantic feel. There are pictures on the walls, not really art work as some have said, just large reproductions of old posters. Apperently the owner must really love his wife because there are two huge "works of art " on one of the walls of his wife posing. The restaurant themes it self around the original La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana Cuba, which in essence is little more than a bar, with a large bar counter and a few tables, where they serve drinks and your local standard bar food (usually small quick bites to eat) and yes reached celebrity status when Ernest Hemingway went there on a few occassions. Internationally some entrepnuers took the name and capitalized on it by establishing a franchise in Mexico , and some others have used the name to open restaurants in france and england maybe in other countries as well. Please remember that if you go to cuba this is just a bar . The menu is not what I would call authentic cuban food there a few traditional dishes mixed with modern interpretations, which the descriptions are badly spelled and do not accurately reflect the dishes served. The night we went was on a friday, reservations for 8:30, were sat on time, the overall ambience nice loud typical of cuban establishments, Since we researched the menu on line we new what we were going to order, overall there was a disoraganized feel to the service, all of the wait staff would leave and come back at the same time, our table as well as our neighbors table was not even recognized until 9:05pm . No bread or water served either, The staff seemed overwhelemed, what made the experience worst is seeing the owner and wife just staring into the dinig area and not helping, I would not return based on service,but the foodhadgood flavor no authentic feel.

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wow! i felt like i left LA enter Cuba. They have pictures everywhere and they encourage you to walk around and check them out. Friendly service, warm ambience, great food and live music....what else can you ask for? I will definetly be going back. Warning! this is not a fast food restaurant so if you only have ten minutes to eat, go across the street to that hot dog stand, cause this is definetly a sit down, relax, have some wine and eat kind of place. Can't wait 'till they start serving Mojitos!!

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★★★★★

wow! i felt like i left LA enter Cuba. They have pictures everywhere and they encourage you to walk around and check them out. Friendly service, warm ambience, great food and live music....what else can you ask for? I will definetly be going back. Warning! this is not a fast food restaurant so if you only have ten minutes to eat, go across the street to that hot dog stand, cause this is definetly a sit down, relax, have some wine and eat kind of place. Can't wait 'till they start serving Mojitos!!

Pros: everything

Cons: NO mojitos

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My sister and I dined here on Saturday, Nov. 4. The restaurant was tasefully decorated with the old world charm one might find in Cuba, greating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Our server was charming and made good suggestions for us from the menu. The food was excellent. Must try the Flan! They get an A+ for presentation of their dishes. The live music was a great touch and enhanced our experience. There's even enough space to show off your Mambo moves! I was pleasantly surprised during this visit to La Bodeguita, as there are few decent restaurants in the surrounding area. But I worked in restaurants for years and am always curious to try something new. Its a great place for a family get together or night on the town with friends.
I highly recommend everyone try La Bodeguita. It is refreshing to experience a restaurant that knows what they are doing by serving good, quality food and treat their guests great without all the pretense that many LA restaurants embody and eventually die from. Good Luck La Bodeguita, you have what it takes to surpass the rest!

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★★★★★

My sister and I dined here on Saturday, Nov. 4. The restaurant was tasefully decorated with the old world charm one might find in Cuba, greating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Our server was charming and made good suggestions for us from the menu. The food was excellent. Must try the Flan! They get an A+ for presentation of their dishes. The live music was a great touch and enhanced our experience. There's even enough space to show off your Mambo moves! I was pleasantly surprised during this visit to La Bodeguita, as there are few decent restaurants in the surrounding area. But I worked in restaurants for years and am always curious to try something new. Its a great place for a family get together or night on the town with friends.
I highly recommend everyone try La Bodeguita. It is refreshing to experience a restaurant that knows what they are doing by serving good, quality food and treat their guests great without all the pretense that many LA restaurants embody and eventually die from. Good Luck La Bodeguita, you have what it takes to surpass the rest!

Pros: Warm Family Atmosphere, Valet Parking, Music

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This restaurant is so beautiful and the food was amazing. I had my birthday of 10 people here and everybody loved the food! LA needed you! Finally a place that does Cuban Food Right!

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★★★★★

This restaurant is so beautiful and the food was amazing. I had my birthday of 10 people here and everybody loved the food! LA needed you! Finally a place that does Cuban Food Right!

Pros: Great Food and great ambience!

Cons: Service will get better over time.

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It's by far the most authentic Cuban food on the West Coast. The service and ambiance is outstanding!

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★★★★★

It's by far the most authentic Cuban food on the West Coast. The service and ambiance is outstanding!

Pros: Free valet parking, live Latin music

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Having tried many of the Cuban restaurants in LA, I found this one to be the best one yet! We went there during their opening weekend and had a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was warm and charming, dark wood tables, beautifully tiled floors, vivid paintings and photographs of old Havana on the walls, as well as live entertainment featuring a piano player and congo drums. But most importantly, the food was excellent! The menu offered many of the traditional dishes you would expect on an Cuban menu, like grilled chicken sauteed in butter and lemon with white rice and black beans, as well as house specialties, like grilled halibut in rum and mint mojito sauce (which I ordered and was out of this world). For dessert, my wife had the caramel flan which she savored with every bite. With so many delicious dishes on the menu, we will surly be back. The only thing that was missing was a nice tall mojito (which according to our waitress, should be on the menu very soon). However, they do have a good variety of wines and beers. So for a truly authentic Cuban experience, try La Bodeguita De Pico.

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★★★★★

Having tried many of the Cuban restaurants in LA, I found this one to be the best one yet! We went there during their opening weekend and had a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was warm and charming, dark wood tables, beautifully tiled floors, vivid paintings and photographs of old Havana on the walls, as well as live entertainment featuring a piano player and congo drums. But most importantly, the food was excellent! The menu offered many of the traditional dishes you would expect on an Cuban menu, like grilled chicken sauteed in butter and lemon with white rice and black beans, as well as house specialties, like grilled halibut in rum and mint mojito sauce (which I ordered and was out of this world). For dessert, my wife had the caramel flan which she savored with every bite. With so many delicious dishes on the menu, we will surly be back. The only thing that was missing was a nice tall mojito (which according to our waitress, should be on the menu very soon). However, they do have a good variety of wines and beers. So for a truly authentic Cuban experience, try La Bodeguita De Pico.

Pros: Valet parking, live entertainment, rich history

Cons: no mojitos... yet!

 

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