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About Yuca

YUCA, an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans, is widely known as being South Florida's original upscale Cuban restaurant featuring Innovative Nuevo Latino Cuisine or as the locals call it "Nuevo Latino." This style of cooking includes traditional Latin ingredients such as a plethora of textures, colors, and flavors that when combined creates a cuisine that is unique to anything offered outside of the Caribbean and Latin America.

501 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Drexel Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 532-9822

Website:
http://www.yuca.com/

Entertainment:
Salsa Lessons every Wednesday and Fridays @ 7:30pm with Salsa Fever Miami @ The Cuban Corner (located on second floor)

World Famous Salsa Nights @ The Cuban Corner Nightclub (located on the second floor) every Friday from 11:00pm to 3:00am!

LIVE Cuban Music @ The Cuban Corner (located on the second floor) every Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30pm! Dinner Reservations Availible. Free Admission.

Parking Details:
17th Street Garage
(located on 17th between Meridian and Pennsylvania)
Fee: $1/hr.

Pennsylvania Avenue Garage
(located between Pennsylvania and the New World Center)

Executive Chef:
Francisco Javier Rodriguez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our Private Dining Page to learn more about the private/semi-private dining options we offer for larger groups. To get immediate assistance, please contact Jenny Bueno, Event Sales Manager.

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Private Dining

YUCA can accommodate parties of up to 400 guests. Our private dining room seats 140 or up to 200 for receptions. We have a smaller, semi-private room, our VIP Room, accommodating up to 18. Finally, the Outside Dining Area is also a fun choice for enjoying your Nuevo Latino meal.

Yuca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
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Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (9)
Authentic (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Live Music (5)
Tapas (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Terrible service. Terrible service. Food was mediocre.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Everything went just fine! I highly recommend the place! Excellent service, outstanding food!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed the flavours and the Cuban ambiance with violinist.
Great time

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·Dined 4 days ago

Honestly, don’t waste your money. The place looks good but the food is bad. Ceviche wasn’t fresh, tasted fishy and poorly seasoned. Paella tasted like instant rice seasoned with a flavor packet, tossed with old seafood.

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·Dined on February 12, 2018

did not have a pleasant experience. was seated in corner table next to a very very very loud table of about 15 people. could not even talk to my date without having to raise my voice. second floor was closed to my dismay. online I understood there was dancing. food was good and server was kind and attentive however overall experience was poor.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is very good. The service, well, let's just say that everything that we ordered arrived at the same time; appetizers, entrees, salads on large plates that were too bit for the table of 4

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The restaurant is located in a great location and the service is very good. The food has a nice presentation but is mediocre. This was my second time to dine here. Both times the service was good but the food was lacking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is a great place for appetizers and drinks. We had the paella for dinner and it was good, but apps were the highlight of the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Nestor was our waiter, he was very good- we had friends from London and the south Hamptons first time in south Florida- they were very impressed with the delicious meals. Only negative was the noise level- very hard to hear each other - otherwise we will go back
Thank you

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Simply amazing. Food was perfect, service was awesome, music was great. Thank you for everything

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Yuca provides an excellent venue on Lincoln Road Mall to enjoy Nuevo Cubano cuisine while taking in the eclectic celebration known as Lincoln Road Mall. I recommend it to all my friends who come in from out of town. Thanks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 24, 2018

What a find, great location, great food & awesome mojito's.
People watching venue +++
Outdoor seating makes the venue more enjoyable.
Staff friendly & very helpful.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Awesome mojitos! Good service. Empanadas were tasty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This restaurant was amazing! From the minute we walked in the door, we received the best customer service!! The manager, Orlando, was great! He greeted us warmly, attentively took care of us, and made us feel very welcome. Drinks, food, service and atmosphere were all really amazing!! The food was authentic upscale Cuban food, and it was delicious! Throughout the meal, we were serenaded by the talented violinist! My friends and I all agree that Yuca was definitely the highlight of the trip! Thanks to the restaurant and staff who made our night so special and fun!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was our first visit- Six of us enjoyed every bite! Our waiter guided us through the menu and made wonderful suggestions!
The noise level was a bit too much for meaningful conversation but a great time!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The special steak of the day which was shredded and served with onions was to dry. There steaks were too tough. The paella was awesome. The half chicken was very good. Plenty of staff. The waiter was not Cuban so every time we asked specific questions as to preparation or ingredients he was not very knowledgeable. Empanadas were excellent.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We really wanted to like YUCA, but our experience fell short of our expectations. The food was very expensive ($50+ per person) for what you get. I ordered the grouper special for $36 and it was about a 3 ounce portion of fish with some grilled squash and rice. The service was efficient, friendly and professional. A friend ordered the whole fried fish ($39) and he said he was very disappointed because it was very overcooked and dry.
We wouldn't go back. Too many other places in South Beach that offer better food at more reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service and innovative food. Pleasantly surprised to have an authentic meal in the heart of South Beach...

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food, service was incredible, overall great great night with my honey! Also I’m gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, and have a lot of food allergies, and there was plenty I found to eat!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were staying in Palm Beach area but wanted to head down to Lincoln Road for dinner.
We had heard that YUCA was good.
Traffic was terrible on I-95 S with multiple car crashes.
It took around 2 1/2 hours to get down to the restaurant and find parking but it was worth the effort.
Very good appetizer with warm goat cheese.
All entrees were very good as were the side dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Slow service at start, but then commented to hostess and service was Great!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was poor but food excellent. They completely ignored the reservation time so we had to wait for 30 min at the bar. Then had to ask a few times to get a beer. The food though was very good. So if you are not in a rush, very nice place.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice evening, nothing special was here years ago, seemed more special. I had an early reservation, seated inside upfront, next to a table with a child that was not seated, sorry people even though it’s early, keep your children seated. This is not McDonald’s with a playroom. My table was set for 4, reservation for 2. I consistently saw 3-4 waitstaff watching the Lincoln Road walking traffic, no one intended to make our 4 a 2 until after appetizers. Twice had to ask a waiter (not mine) to refill water glasses, he never did. Finally a busboy did. Not without three waiters watching the walking 🚶 pass by. Not really worth $140 for 2. No alcohol. No dessert. I always leave a 20%+ tip, but Yuca included a 18% tip in the bill for 2, I gave no extra.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was outstanding! Tried very hard to accommodate my picky teenager and made a dish not on the menu. When my soup came out room temperature they heated it up right away. Black bean soup outstanding. Loved the beet Salad and nice enough weather to sit outside. Something for everyone.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Good food and good service. My wife really liked the hats on all the waiters!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a great dining experience. Ask for Armando, he is the BEST I have ever had in any restaurant. Food is great and so is the service.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It's a perfect location for dinner after a concert at the New World Symphony next door. Plenty of outdoor seating and dishes well prepared

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was good, but I am not a well seasoned Cuba food eater. It was pricey for the amount of food, and was in the outdoor mall which doesn't indicate that the food is exceptional as much as it's commercial.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Many menu items were not available. Overall food was good - not a knock-out - when it arrived. The Art of Service. Waiter wasn’t in the weeds, but service was slow and inattentive. Unfortunate. Convenient venue and a treat on a lovely night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

On crowded Lincoln Rd. Tourist area. I would go for happy hour drinks but no food. Chicken dry and tasteless sauce. Vegetable dish yuca also nothing special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I generally enjoy coming here when I come to South Beach. Great ambiance sitting on the sidewalk and people-watching. My only complaint is that my husband and I shared small plates on this visit and both of the plates that should have been hot were barely warm. One of them had a sauce and there was actually a film on the sauce it had gotten so cool. The other two (cold) plates were great. Our server, Jasmine, was very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

They have the menu broken down into apps, small plates, and a few regular size plates options for different pricing. I ordered off of the regular size option and was really disappointed with that I received. I am all for smaller portions, but what I got was the size of a side dish. We were also sat so close to the people next to us, I had to listen to this lady complain the whole time.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was amazing. The only downside was the time to be served our dinner. Many other tables ordered and left before we were served.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was delicious! The menu had good choices for about anything or any size you want. Our server was amazing and funny! Place was clean and had a good vibe. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, People Watching, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Decided on a whim to head to Yuca for our last night in Miami and it was one of the best restaurants we ate at on the whole trip! The ambiance was fun, the staff was super friendly and had lots of recommendations, and our cocktails were tasty and had lots of Miami flair. All the food was amazing - the empanadas were seasoned so well and I've never had guava and burrata together but the combo was great! I ate the seafood paella which had a large variety of seafood in it and was deliciously filling, while my mom had the churrasco which had an awesome chimicurri sauce with it. I will definitely go back here next time I'm in Miami!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was excellent, enjoyed the meal. Appetizers and drinks were out fast, meal took 40 minutes. Food was worth the wait though 90 minutes for lunch is too long.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Nice place. We had a table near the window. And the food was very very good. We will come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great Cuban fusion food with excellent service. We visit every time we come to South Beach. One of our favorites.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great to have a interesting and delicious variation on typical local Cuban cuisine. Always friendly service and excellent quality. Great stop on Lincoln road.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food. From the dates wrapped in bacon. Fried Calamari. Empanada. And those were just the appetizers. To the seafood paella. All delicious. And well priced.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic
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