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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.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
17th Street Garage
(located on 17th between Meridian and Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania Avenue Garage
(located between Pennsylvania and the New World Center)
Francisco Javier Rodriguez
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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