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La Bodeguita De Mima, Louisville, KY

La Bodeguita De Mima

4.9
4.9
3197 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Hailing From Cuba, Fernando and Yaniel Martinez have brought their passion and love to the plate, showcasing generations of love passed on by their mothers. Are you ready to experience some of the best Cuban food this side of the equator?

From plantains to the classic Cuban sandwich, we have all of the classic Cuban specialties covered with our twist, of course! Come visit us to see what Louisville has been missing.

At Mima's, we believe in creating an inviting and invigorating atmosphere. That's why you can find different choices to choose from. Whether you're enjoying a delicious dinner in our dining room, a tasty Mojito at our bar, or even a fine hand-rolled cigar on our patio, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 124 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Latin American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (502) 742-3358
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Fernando Martinez & Yaniel Martinez
  • Neighborhood
    East Market St - NuLu
  • Parking details
    A/C Marriot provides our guest with 3 free hours of covered parking lot. Directly next door to La Bodeguita de Mima.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,197 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Best Overall

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    Most Booked

  • Louisville

    Best Overall

  • Louisville

    Best Food

  • Louisville

    Best Ambiance

  • Louisville

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    Hot spot

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    Most Booked

3,197 Reviews
  1. EmilyR

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went with a group of 8 for a birthday dinner. Everything was very good!

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  2. Rd12

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious. Ordered the braised short ribs.... Was shocked when they came to table and opened a can... But... It's special and absolutely delicious!!! Great drinks, great food, great service. Will def come back when I'm the area!

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  3. pablo

    Columbus

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolute amazing meals and our server was fantastic!

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  4. MichelleB

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The reservation system should ask if you can walk a flight of stairs. We had to wait about 20 minutes past our reservation due to the fact we had my elderly mother with us and needed the main floor. Food came out slow. Food was excellent however. My son was served a Pepsi in a dirty glass. We still loved our lunch.

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  5. JenniferR

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful, lively restaurant. Top notch service. Great food and cocktails. The Arroz con Pollo Chorrera was our favorite dish of the evening. One thing took away from our experience. It was a very cold night and we were sat in the first room to the right in a place where the cold drafts hit us every time the front door opened (which was a lot). It was very uncomfortable so I would recommend asking for a table away from the front door if possible when the weather is frigid.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and very pleasant atmosphere. We are fans and have enjoyed each visit.

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  7. NefrisC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! The ambience and atmosphere was energetic and the food just wrapped it up nicely!!

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  8. MelissaW

    Louisville

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only complaint I have is that the noise level is so loud it’s difficult to hear your companions at the table. Super loud

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  9. BevonW

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The music is too loud taking away the vibe of the Restaurant

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was presented and tasted amazing. Best Cuban food in Louisville. The service was excellent and the ambiance made me fell like I was in 1950’s Havana. It is on the pricy side, but well worth what you get in return.

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  11. DinaN

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Drinks were excellent service was a little slow due to waiters talking amongst themselves and not paying attention but all in all David did fine once I had to get up to get his attention.

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  12. ChrisH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. We are vegetarian and had the veggie empanadas for an appetizer and the veggie tamales for main dish. Both absolutely outstanding. The mojitos are great with the sugar cane in them and the chocolate cigar dessert was also excellent.

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  13. Tina

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful place. The food was fantastic!! Definitely visit again

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  14. TamieM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun, authentic restaurant with amazing food at reasonable prices.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always we underestimated this restaurant. Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Will always be an option for a night out for great food and service.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, my husband chose some delicious ropa vieja that I highly recommend. I chose a mahi mahi with corn that was on the special Valentine's Day menu it seemed to me that the price was excessive to only come the fish with corn but I can't deny that it was good. The service took a long time to ask us what we were going to order but it's understandable being Valentine's Day. What I hate was the waitress at the end of the dinner demanding the tip, I don't know if others thought like me but for me the tip is earned with the good service is not demanded. I love the place. I'll go again I just hope having another person attending me

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  17. StefaniD

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone’s meals were delicious. The ambience was beautiful. And service was great for it being such a busy night. Can’t wait to return!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Cuban food ever! Had best Valentine’s Day dinner. Mojitos are the 💣

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  19. DamienW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time trying it and it was excellent! My introduction to Cuban food

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  20. JamesB

    Louisville

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had reservations for Valentine's Day and were expecting the restaurant to be packed. It was moderately busy, but our server was attentive and made great suggestions for dinner and drinks. The food was terrific and very reasonable.

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  21. AkayS

    Dallas

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were incredible. Totally authentic cuban vibe from start to finish!! Highly recommend. Note: it’s SUPER loud in the restaurant.

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  22. AmyC

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Doors don't open until EXACTLY 5pm, and they allow reservations to be made at 5pm... so there's a line of people all crowding the door thinking they'll be late for their 5pm reservations. I wasn't too thrilled about not being able to be a couple minutes early, and in a huge gaggle of people at check-in. The music is very loud, it subtly vibrates the floors if you are sat upstairs - so if you, or someone you love struggles with stimulation issues keep this in mind; the restaurant will become fully housed, and the food is incredibly flavorful too- also some things to consider for them as well. To a normal, outgoing person, I could see how they'd love this place... but to an introverted picky eater such as myself, there was A LOT going on around me and with my plate. Almost too many flavors all at once- but again, I might not be their target demographic. My husband loved, and wanted to go for the Cubano sandwich - which he said was fantastic 👌

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  23. DeannaM

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fun spot for Valentines dinner with my hubby. They have captured the Cuban history with their decor, music, delicious drink options, and dinner menu. We really enjoyed our evening from beginning to end. I recommend making a reservation which allowed us to be seated right away upon arrival. They have an upstairs dining area as well as their first floor which includes a cool bar area. A padded red leather bench extends the full length of the first floor dinning room against a decorated wall with tables set for 2 to 4 guests that can easily be put together for larger parties. It’s a very fun atmosphere and all of the servers wear a little white straw fedora hat. It was our first time and we will definitely go back again to try some different items on the menu. The pulled pork, yucca, and rice was delicious as well as the garlic shrimp and rice with sweet plantains. Be sure to try the Cuba Colada drink which is their take on a Pina Colada and comes in a cute pineapple glass rimmed with toasted coconut. You definitely need to add La Bodeguita de Mima to your list. I learned this means Momma’s little store. Enjoy!

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  24. SuzieQ

    Anchorage

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first experience and it was a referral from our son. Amazing from top to bottom, I will highly recommend!

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  25. FoodieGirl89

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time trying La Bodeguita De Mima and it was delicious! It was a little crowded once we stepped inside because a lot of people were waiting to be seated. The noise level was a little loud, I could barely hear the waiter talking to us. Other than that, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to going again.

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  26. AmandaR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Staff are so friendly and inviting and didn’t even make fun of me when I didn’t know how to pronounce the food. Live music was so fun!

    1 person found this helpful

  27. MrProfumo

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love La Bodeguita De Mima!! We’ve been a handful of times & will be back again this month. The food & service are always incredible, authentic, and not overpriced. See yall soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only issue is the high top table seating the mirror. The setting is small and limits the amount of plates and we were bumped into by servers and customers numerous of times due to the limited walk space. I recommend removing this table for patron comfort and employee safety.

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  29. foodie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Only issue was our table was real close to other tables. Felt people were watching us eat. The food and service was fantastic!!!!

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  30. BarbaraH

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. The music could be turned down a bit!!!

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  31. AndreaR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fun atmosphere, and wonderful service!

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  32. Keishafoodie

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the atmosphere and the food is TOP TIER in my opinion. I love Cuban cuisine

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  33. PAtH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter went over and beyond my expected service. He was attentive without being obtrusive. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday and he overheard me say that. She was serenaded by the most adorable group of servers and she was awarded a complimentary piece of delicious cake. We had a wonderful time. Thank you!!!

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  34. LizN

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious! This was my second time and it did not disappoint!! The Nachos are fantastic!

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  35. JP602

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and a very lively atmosphere!

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  36. BrittneyB

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a celebration! Great for the entire family..

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  37. ElisabethH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, attentive staff. Very fun unique atmosphere.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Everything was perfect from drinks to appetizers to dinner. We only had one night in Louisville and we came back just for this restaurant.

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  39. LucyL

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was delicious! The noise was awful! Way too loud! It was the background music that was too loud. I would return to this restaurant for the food - but not for the atmosphere.

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  40. SaraH

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very lively and noisy place; in fact, we had a hard time hearing our server at times. But it is a fun atmosphere all the same. Very good food with large portions. Excellent server. Prices a little high but it was a pretty good value, all in all. Great place for a special occasion!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Bodeguita De Mima offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 742-3358.

La Bodeguita De Mima is rated 4.9 stars by 3197 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 124 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Bodeguita De Mima

725 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    East Market St - NuLu
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Latin American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    A/C Marriot provides our guest with 3 free hours of covered parking lot. Directly next door to La Bodeguita de Mima.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Fernando Martinez & Yaniel Martinez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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