We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

La Bodeguita del Medio

#147 of 4,707 Restaurants in Prague
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Neighbourhood:
Stare Mesto (Old Town)
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 224 813 922
Website
Today
11:00 - 02:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:00 - 02:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

940 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 406: English reviews
Wickford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
151 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this restaurant after a very tiring day exploring Prague, and we found this place by chance, we had a very nice seat outside the restaurant, the service was very quick and efficient, my wife had the Cuban Prawns and I had the chicken which we both thoroughly enjoyed,

Helpful?
Thank graham m
Level Contributor
58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cuban ambiance. Loved the shredded beef casserole so tasty and full of flavors. Another hit with the family is the beef vegetable soup and chicken wings. The kids had fun and a satisfying meal.

Helpful?
Thank Ricky V
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We reserved a place few days earlier and got table in darky basemant... 😏 Service is great, but food is not so good and its pretty expensive... under restaurant is club... its pretty fun...

Helpful?
Thank Nikolina2304
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
164 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ate here our first night in town. We sat outside, which was lovely. The tuna tartar appetizer is fabulous. We ordered the special that might, which was also very good. I topped it off with orange creme brulee. All in all a good experience.

Helpful?
Thank allichka
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for visiting and reviewing us. Regards LaBdelM More 

Level Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

- really quick service - very good quality of food - evening latino dance show - nice personal - Mojito bar

Helpful?
Thank Lukáš H
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, really nice review, thank you, would be our pleasure to wellcome you again! LaBdelM More 

Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice bar with live music. Good food, the best coctails and very friendly people. I can recommend it.

Helpful?
Thank Martina S
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Thank you, Martina, for your visit and following review. Thank you alsou for your recommendation. Would be our pleasure to welcome you again. LaBdelM More 

Paris, France
Level Contributor
75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing homemade lemonade, raspberry is the best! Nice sunny terrace if you want to eat outside. Polite staff.

Helpful?
Thank frenchseventy5
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for nicely written feedback. We are glad you have enjoyed yout time in our place. We would be happy to see you soon again. LaBdelM More 

County Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

This bar is probably the best I was in when I was in Prague. It's difficult to get a seat so would recommend a booking but the music is awesome, the cocktails are amazing, staff beautiful and helpful. The music was the best and the atmosphere was a real party vibe! We were sorry we only found this place on... More 

Helpful?
Thank Suzymc15
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for your lovely feedback. We look forward to your next visit. LaBdelM More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Pretty excited for a cigar with a group of guys. Place is poorly ventilated which is fine....what you sign up for in cigar restaurants at times. However it gets much worse. The lady opening the humidor was no whaere to be found and once found incredible rude. We managed to buy some cubans from her and went to the bar.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gene G
PetraFrantova, restaurant manager at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I contact you on the basis of your complaint relating to your visit our restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio, which I received. On behalf of K.P. A. Gastro and La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience of your visit. Our vision is to be the best in the field of gastronomy and our... More 

United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Excellent place for a night out if you like the cuban son!! Good drinks at reasonable prices. Staff are helpful. Very difficult to resist dancing in this place! We had a great time

Helpful?
Thank Monicadetenerife
PetraFrantova, Manažer komunikace at La Bodeguita del Medio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for writing us this nice review. You are right, many guests have a problem to resist dancing here! :-) Please dont wait and visit us soon again. LaBldeM More 

Travellers who viewed La Bodeguita del Medio also viewed

 

Been to La Bodeguita del Medio? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$2
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Cuban, Central American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 04:00
Thursday
11:00 - 04:00
Friday
11:00 - 04:00
Saturday
11:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kaprova 19/5, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
  • Location: Europe  >  Czech Republic  >  Bohemia  >  Prague>  > Stare Mesto (Old Town)
  • Neighbourhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
  • Phone Number: +420 224 813 922
Description
CUBAN COCKTAIL BAR & MUSIC RESTAURANT IN COLONIAL OLD HAVANA STYLE,

or...your piece of Havana in Prague...

Where? Kaprova 5, just a few steps from the Old Town Square!

Basement:

La Bodeguita del Medio - the lower part of the restaurant offers a separate space for your private events and parties, in case of interest you will not be disturbed, but if you like you can visit upper part and dance as you like.

Ground floor:

La Bodeguita del Medio - daily live music, entertainment, great food and the best drinks, including mojito!

1st floor:

Restaurant Cohiba Atmosphere- intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic getaway, selected specialties, premium wines, professional service.

Cigar shop - buy a first-class cigars from around the world, courteous service is here to advise.

Cigar Club - place for your private meetings, where you can forget about the hustle of the city with a cigar, or with glass of premium whiskey in your hand, the possibility of membership in Cigar Club which brings many benefits.


La Bodeguita del Medio

lives since its opening in 2002, very rich social life, and therefore it is possible to meet many a familiar faces. Here conects the smell and taste of Cuban dishes, juicy steaks and fresh fish, Caribbean cocktails, aroma of Cuban cigars, Cuban rhythms, along with a genuine atmosphere of one of Havana's most famous pubs, whose fame already crossed the border of Cuba.



• has an unmistakable character of the interior

• creates an atmosphere of undying fame of its predecessor from Havana

• its interior abounds with many artifacts not only from Cuba, but also from other exotic countries

• Bodeguita walls are dotted with a variety of paintings, photographs and signatures of guests

• all furniture, two separate bars, including several humidors, it all comes from Colombia

• inner part of Bodeguita is divided into several separate spaces

• shielded outdoor garden on the sidewalk Kaprova, equipped with retractable awning provides 32 seats

• restaurant capacity is 260 guests


History & Vision



A QUICK GLANCE AT THE SIXTY-YEAR LONG HISTORY OF A HAVANA BUSINESS


La Bodeguita Del Medio

altEach place in the world has something to pride itself on or at the very least, which sets it apart from everywhere else. The Cuban metropolis Havana is certainly no exception to this rule. That said, you will be hard pushed to find any other venue in the city boasting such a long and rich history and with so many famous guests on its books as La Bodeguita del Medio on central Empedrado Street which truly unites the colonial past with contemporary life.

For some reason unbeknown to us, it is said that the Bodeguita stands at a distance of one hundred paving stones from the largest American Baroque building in Cuba, which if tested, unarguably proves to be Havana cathedral. In 1950, La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant (which in Spanish means pub in the middle of the street) first opened its doors at number 27, Empedrado Street. To most of us, this choice of location might appear quite logical, however in fact the preferred "strategic point" for restaurants and bars is that of a street corner.

altAs you enter the Bodeguita (in Havana) for the first time, your olfactory senses will revel in the delightful aroma of Cuban mint, while sampling the special herbs apparently does wonders to your digestive system. Thus, these inseparable ingredients became the rudiments of the famous drink we now know as MOJITO, whose current form and taste were developed right here in La Bodeguita. At the back of the Havana Bodeguita restaurant, guests have the chance to try excellent Cuban cuisine, while at the same time sit back and take in the sounds of traditional melodies sung by a Cuban trio.tria.



Let us now return to the war-torn years of the twentieth century, looking, in particular at the year 1942, when Angel Martinez Borroto finally gave in to the powers of his entrepreneurial intuition and bought a small shop in the still fortified historical part of the city. Soon after embarking on this business venture, he set about managing and developing his small enterprise, going by the name La Casa Martinez. Shortly afterwards, Felito Ayon, a man of similar character to Martinez, set up his own printing shop nearby. For some time, the establishment had no telephone line and so, customers would occasionally wander over to the Bodeguita to settle business over a glass or two of rum.

altAmong the most prominent regulars to frequent the Bodeguita at the time, were the classic Cuban poet Nikolas Guillen and the notable prose writer Alejo Carpentier. Gradually La Bodeguita established an impressive clientele base proving a popular choice for intellectuals, artists and simple Bohemians alike. Indeed, over time, the Bodeguita became a forum for progressive thinking intellectuals (arriving from Latin America as well as the wider word) to meet and discuss.

During the first stages of its operation, visitors' indulgent behaviour was confined to the bar. Some time later, however, the guests (usually friends of Martinez) could also sit down to eat. Initially meals were only available to family members and the sparse waiting staff, prepared by Martinez's wife, nicknamed "Armenian girl" (presumably for her dark skin tone). At this time, the main ingredients comprised a combination of black beans and white rice, or as it was more often referred to: Maoris and Christians, or simply "CONGRI". To finish off, guests were served pieces of baked pork, called "Masas de puerco fritas" and either fried banana chips or small banana pancakes, referred to by the locals as "Tostans de platano."



Martinez was clearly devoted to satisfying the requests of his most trusted customers and subsequently began serving food, despite the fact that people only paid for the drinks.



altIn 1950, the title of Martinez's enterprise was changed indefinitely from La Casa Martinez to the name that regulars had been using for some time: La Bodeguita.

This same decade also saw the arrival of a new wave of clientele coming from all over the world, including the likes of the American singer, Nat King Cole, Nobel prize winner for literature Ernest Hemingway, the idols of female beauty Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren, the American actor Spencer Tracy, not to mention Errol Flynn, Austin Lara or Mario Moreno. Together with their Cuban intellectual counterparts, these names have attracted a constantly growing number of dedicated visitors.

Today La Bodeguita del Medio serves as an unfading reminder to its Bohemian past where guests, whether intellectuals, politicians or passers-by continue to meet and while away the time.



As to the colonial building of the Bodeguita, dating back to the end of the 19th century, many visitors believe that the collection of invaluable signatures, memories and photographs preserved on the stonewalls deserve to feature in the Guinness book of records.

Let us now move on to the history of the Prague Bodeguita, established on 17th December 2002 - 60 years after the opening of the original Havana restaurant.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from La Bodeguita del Medio staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Stare Mesto (Old Town)

Neighbourhood Profile
Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
Explore this neighbourhood