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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

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
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Live Music (6)
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Romantic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Tapas (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Happy Hour (4)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Had a great first time @ Yuka, definately will recommend! Food and service were excellent!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Great new Cuban/American (YUCA=Young Urban Cuban American) food on the Lincoln pedestrian mall: both my more traditional oxtail (not as "very" spicy as warned) and my wife's fish were very well prepared. We were there early so the noise was only moderate, but I bet it would get very energetic--in the good or bad sense depending on taste--later. Service from the trilby-hatted waiters was fun and efficient.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2012

I did not appreciate getting kicked out of the restaurant to make room for other tables, especially after we had ordered a 3-course meal. I shall not return to this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2012

I would recommend this place because of the food. When my kids and I dine here, it took about 20 mins just to get a menu -- and I had to ask for it!
The food was very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2012

Service was extremely slow. We waited for at least an hour or more to get our dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2012

Excellent and fun Cuban restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 28, 2012

We stopped in for lunch during our stay in South Beach. We found the restaurant had a nice rating on Zagat, and booked through Open Table. We had the sangria and a mojitos to start - the sangria is worth getting again. Spicy guacamole was our appetizer - which was nice. Our entrees consisted of the tuna (rather boring, and not at all Cuban), and the traditional pulled pork.

Overall, the food was nice and made from quality ingredients. I'm not sure about how authentic the dishes are compared to Cuban cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2012

Wonderful in every way, good service, prompt delivery after ordering, great selection of both wine and food, nice ambiance and a definite foodie must try (and try again),

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 25, 2012

We were a group of 8, with 4 children above age 7. We ate inside. The waiter was helpful, courteous, and we had good service.
The food was delicious, very flavorful, and well presented.
Everyone enjoyed!
We will all go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on December 14, 2012

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 12, 2012

Food and service was good. Sitting under the outdoor canopies made it romantic.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2012

Simply Fantastic. Went with 2 friends, every thing we ordered was 10/10. If you sit outside, however, don't sit next to host/menu. Way too distracting and loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 8, 2012

First time there and had an absolutely wonderful meal! The service, however, left much to be desired. My boyfriend and I were placed in a small table that barely left enough room for our drinks and plates and it was in a cramped corner where a column towered over me and gave me no arm space. Our drinks were hardly refilled, our server never came by to see how we were doing and he took almost 15 minutes to pick up the check from us when we were ready to pay. Thank God the food was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2012

Yuca has a great menu, great drinks and a cool vibe. Be sure to ask not to be seated near large groups if you want a quiet table. Location is excellent. Wish someone had told us about the salsa dancing on Friday nights...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2012

Absolutely WONDERFUL restaurant. My husband and I dined here during our vacation to South Beach and it was, by far, the best meal we had our entire vacation! I would visit here every time I am in South Beach!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 21, 2012

The food was excellent but the service was delivered with negative attitude and by an unfriendly waiter.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2012

Although the service plodded along at the pace of a sea turtle on land, the food was well worth the wait. Innovative, ethnic, delicious and a true taste bud sensation. The Cuban ancestry of each dish were clearly recognizable, and yet nothing about the dishes seemed typically historical or common. Although advertised as not kid-friendly, the food selection and wait staff bent over backwards to keep our well-behaved young ones healthy and happy. The baby back ribs are heavenly!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 15, 2012

Not so kid friendly. Food was OK but service was really slow. My wife had the specialty (roast pork) which was still partially cold in the inside which meant that it was initially frozen then reheated. We didn't bother to tell them about it since we were hungry, tired and would just like to go home. We even asked for the dessert menu when they finally served the food and that still took awhile. I liked the mojito, though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2012

Excellent food! Very friendly staff.

Dinner was rushed....... Had three courses and were finished in less than 45 minutes. Would have liked more time to relax and enjoy.

Tables too close together. Waitstaff and patrons banging into my chair as they walked by.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2012

We used Open Table to make reservations and there summary of Yuca made us want to try it. Our reservation was acknowledged and we were seated promptly. The bar drinks we ordered were very good for the price. The appetizers were good also. The main courses were very good,especially the paella and Corvina dishes. The only problem we had was the parking. We tried several parking lots and meters to find them all full. Traffic was bad also. We ended up in a Parking garage a short distance away but $15.00 to park was expensive when added to the dinner cost.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2012

Great place right of Lincoln Ave. We had the paella and oso buco. Both we're amazing. The desert was equally as good. Only thing better was the mojito!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2012

We went to Yuca for a girls nite out. First of all you will notice how gorgeous all the waiters are in their fedoras! The food was delicious with the highlights being the bacon wrapped dates, the yucca fries and the paella! The prices are very reasonable for Miami Beach. Would highly recommend this restaurant!f

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2012

The Pallea and Sangria were excellent. Everyone loved their food. Very nice looking restaurant and great service. Prices are reasonable for Miami. It was quiet when we were there but they were not real busy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2012

Group of 6 at Yuca for Halloween. Got a great table outside. Watched people all dressed up walking by. Food was delicious. Service was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2012

we sat outside on the patio. Service was excellant! attentive but not overbearing.
The Paella was excellant. lots of seafood mixed in. My wife had the crab cakes and really enjoyed them. we would recommend this restaraunt to couples or small groups. it did not appear to be very kid friendly. overall a good experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2012

Yuca for fun but very noisy. Food was good, service was terrible. Our waiter , Danny was unpleasant and never helped us. We waited for the 5th place setting for 20 minutes. Apetizers showed up almost immediately but our drinks and wine took well over 30 minutes after 3 requests. By the time drinks were here apetizers were cold!We were never ask if we needed anything, we begged for water several times. If it was not for Danny's fellow waiters (thanks to them) we would have never recived any service.Not sure if I would go back! And on top of it, Danny took an automatic 18% tip!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2012

In an area full of restaurants this one stands out. Were visiting South Beach and found it be good in all aspects.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2012

My favorite in SoBe. Great inventive food, nice views of Lincoln, not overly priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2012

Awesome- nothing else to say. Our 3rd time there and its always great. first time we sat outside- weather was beautiful and everything was great.
thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2012

We really enjoyed our food at this restaurant, but the service was just so-so. Our waiter didn't seem terribly experienced, and although he helped us with the menu, he just didn't have any enthusiasm. Our drink orders took a long time to come out, but we loved our appetizers. And our dinners were excellent, especially the ox tail, but I suspect there is more authentic cuban food elsewhere in Miami. The outdoor setting was great for people watching. I would probably try another cuban restaurant before returning here, but I was not unhappy with our choice. The mojitos were excellent!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 3, 2012

It is a fun place with great food. The sangria is to die for! I highly recommended it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on September 14, 2012

Over hyped, over priced, arrogant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2012

We had a very enjoyable dining experience at Yuca. The service staff team did an excellent job, especially in light of having two very large parties (15+ guests) dining within an hour of each others arrival and still maintain quality service to us and other guests who were dining during this period. The oxtail entree was excellent for those who like oxtail. The shrimp special was nicely prepared, not overcooked or rubbery in texture. Our desserts were very tasty, as well. when we are in the area again, we would not hesitate to dining at Yuca again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 8, 2012

Great spot on the corner of Lincoln Road. Dinner was great...I ate the ropa viega which was delicious. We brought our own bottle of wine because I called and the hostess said there was a $20 corkage fee which I thought a good deal. However, our bill said $25 so I told our waiter who spoke to the manager to approve the lower fee. Call to make sure of the price if you are planning on bringing your own bottle.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 7, 2012

Very good food and fast service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2012

We ate at Yuca while on vacation in South Beach. The food was good, but nothing to rave about.
The biggest problem I had was that we were seated in the part of the restaurant with a very large, LOUD party. Appeared to be a business type gathering. The other half of the restaurant had plenty of space. We were the only other diners seated in this part ,except for the large group. My husband and I couldn't even hear each other talk. We should have asked to have our seats changed.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 22, 2012

We were a party of 10, and everyone raved about the food. The Osso Bucco was a major hit. I've previously had this dish in Italian restaurants; this Cuban version was a stunner. Can't wait to try their Saltimbocca. We ordered many of the appetizers, and all were unique and terrific - salmon tartare, empanadas, guacamole, calamari, and hummus. Wish I'd tried the goat cheese croquetas. The cuban version of gazpacho was good, but I wouldn't have ordered it if I'd understood that it is a puree. Everyone also enjoyed the mojitos - we Texans are very familiar with traditional mohitos; the 10 or 12 Cuban varieties were enjoyed by all. The only negative note of the night was the Cuban flan - it got mixed reviews; some saying it was bitter.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2012

Great experience! Second time there and it was just as good.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 3, 2012

Their signature mojitos and Cuban Menu are a MUST if you plan a trip to Miami. Although the bill was a small fortune it was well worst the $$$.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 28, 2012

We went here for a Saturday night 9 pm dinner for a bachelorette party of 10 girls. We were seated upstairs where they had two flamenco dancers performing. They were awesome! It was so much fun and we all got up to dance. The only disappointment was the server who forgot my meal and then messed up our bills and had a slight attitude about it. Overall, fun atmosphere and large table for our group!

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