463 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306



Mon – Fri  11:30 – 2:00


Mon – Thu  5:30 – 9:30 

Fri & Sat  5:30 – 10:00


Mon – Thu 11:30 – 11:00 

Fri  11:30 – midnight

Sat  5:00 – midnight


Mon – Fri 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Limited menu in the

bar only


Mon – Sat until 10:30 PM

Limited menu in the

bar only

La Bodeguita del Medio ® is a registered trademark. Copyright © 1997–2019. All rights reserved.

Should I make a reservation?


LUNCH: For parties of one to four guests, you are welcome to just come on in...We open at 11:30, Monday through Friday, and we close at 2:00 (on Fridays, we are open all afternoon with a limited menu). We accept reservations for tables of 5 – 8 guests at lunch. 

DINNER: For the dining room, reservations are not required, but they are definitely encouraged. Please call 650.326.7762 (ext. 0). If you leave a message, we will return your call during our open business hours. We also use the Rezku online reservation system. The bar area welcomes walk-in guests all evening, and the bar tables offer full table service and the same menus as the dining room. If the restaurant is crowded and you don’t have a reservation, dining in the bar area can be a lot of fun! 

If you’ve made a reservation, please ask guests in your party to arrive on time. We ask that all guests must be present for a party to be seated. We offer a 15-minute grace period for reservations. If your group is not complete within 15 minutes of your booking, your table may be released. On occasion, guests have asked if their large group can be split into two separate tables. Hosts usually love this idea, but our other guests do not, and we want everyone to enjoy their visit to La Bodeguita. Therefore, we are unable to book split parties for large groups. And, please, no separate checks. We cannot accept more than 4 forms of payment per group/table.