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Yuca

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501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139-2913 (Drexel Ave.)
(305) 532-9822
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: YUCA, an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans, is widely known as being...
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.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view

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  • 110
    Average
  • 51
    Poor
  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Skip this tourist trap

Was recommended to us by a starry eyed transplant "local". Is on the big Lincoln Mall with outdoor seating and surrounded by all the fancy expensive shops but the food was very expensive and just not very good. We ate at a few other, more off the beaten track places in Miami Beach that were just... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
lesliefk
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Haydenville, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Haydenville, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Was recommended to us by a starry eyed transplant "local". Is on the big Lincoln Mall with outdoor seating and surrounded by all the fancy expensive shops but the food was very expensive and just not very good. We ate at a few other, more off the beaten track places in Miami Beach that were just much better. Don't waste... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Food was tasteless and $$, the drinks so so. Service bland and The whole thing is pretending to be what is not, live music ok but Why bother to go. Go somewhere else. Will never go back or recommend. Totally disappointing.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This restaurant on lincoln rd had an excellent Chilean Sea Bass. Plantain crusted mahi mahi was ok, the sauce with it was amazing but due to the thickness of the mahi mahi the crust was a little burnt.

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11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I can't say anything was terrible, apart from the fried whole fish (red snapper). The drinks were ok, and nothing was egregious. Our waiter was extremely disinterested, and the wait staff's uniform and location (Lincoln near Washington) screams tourist trap. I explained (in Spanish, no less) that the fish was way too dry - the waiter replied 'es frito!' No... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really disappointing. Ceviche was good but the special main course -grouper-was overcooked and tasteless and---$46! Ridiculous. Service was mediocre--waiter did not really care which could be the result of an automatic tip of 18%--also ridiculous. Save your money and try somewhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

What an experience - really delicious calamari starter, but everything else was very good as well, well-seasoned, well-presented and state-of-the-art. Service was very friendly and top-organized, the manager asked for feedback as well. We will definitely come back - a new favorite.

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New York City, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The food is much better than the service at Yuca. We went at lunch which is clearly one of the busiest times of the day. We were seated immediately, but that's when the service ended. We sat there with menus for 15-20 minutes. When another table which arrived after us had their drink order taken, we up and moved to... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We did not have a chance to read the reviews, so we looked at the sign of Cuban Food and walked in. That was a right decision we made. Started with a happy hour drinks, did not expect that, but went with the flow. Ordered the seafood and again was the bulls eye. Coming from the North East, but have... More 

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Enjoyed dining in this Cuban restaurant while in South Beach. Nice varities and the food was very good. Tried a lobster mashed potato side dish which was delicious and totally unique. Service was attentive and good. What is really nice is they have a live Latin band which adds to the atmosphere. I would definitely go back again here.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I dined here on a Saturday night with a friend; it was probably my fourth time over the past year or two. While it was difficult to get our waiters attention, once we did order, the food came out quickly; we order in rounds of 2, 3 and 3, for a total of 8 dishes and most were great, although... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139-2913
    (Drexel Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami Beach
  • Phone Number: (305) 532-9822

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 80
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?