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501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139-2913 (Drexel Ave.)
(305) 532-9822
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Cuban food!

We just to try some Cuban food when we were in Miami for a day during our vacation, and just by chance past YUCA during lunch time. The atmosphere was great; with all the waiter in black and with a hat on, they all looked like cuban gangsters. The food was terrific and authetic. Grwat place!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Changtrakul
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We just to try some Cuban food when we were in Miami for a day during our vacation, and just by chance past YUCA during lunch time. The atmosphere was great; with all the waiter in black and with a hat on, they all looked like cuban gangsters. The food was terrific and authetic. Grwat place!

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Cream Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I had the best Churrasco steak ever at this restaurant. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The ambiance and the service were outstanding.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you are looking for Cuban food you should try this place but not the best for non-Cuban food! My daughter's Cesar salad did not look or taste like the real thing but my Cuban meal recommended by the waiter was great! also nice happy hour during lunch which is a great added bonus:)

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is my third time here and it does not disappoint. The service was great. The sea bass with garlic mash was exceptional. The desert menu didn't float my boat. Otherwise I highly recommend.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I read several reviews about this restaurant and was very disappointed, First the staff was not friendly, the food was small in portions, and the smell coming from the area was not good, not family friendly, i visited on 08/09/2015 with my husband and 4 years old overall i would give this a negative, also to expensive, NOT WORTH THE... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I hate to write an unfavorable review but I'm hoping it will help this restaurant to improve. Starting with a positive, the server, host and hostess were very friendly and helpful . Unfortunately, my husband's Cuban pork sandwich tasted like leftover chain Mexican food made to look like Cuban food. Sin sabore!!!-my husband's words. I enjoyed the flavor of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The food here is delicious. The cocktails are, too, delicious. The people who work here are lovely. At lunch time they have a happy hour on particular cocktails and they don't scrimp on the alcohol for happy hour either. Whilst quite classy here it is still quite relaxed. The sandwiches here are highly recommended. They are so flavourful. The prices... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Went to this restaurant last week. The location on Lincoln is great, but there are a lot of other choices in the area. As far as authenticity of Cuban cuisine, that is questionable. I believe part of our online search criteria was the desire to have an authentic Cuban cuisine experience, and this is what we ended up choosing. Also,... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Lets start with I'm a Cuban food lover! I will not pass a good ropa Vieja or rabo encendido! So of course I didn't! I went to this place yesterday with my family and it was sooo good!! We ate so much!!! Prices are just right, food is amazing! There was not one ok dish! All dishes were great! And... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Went on open table and picked a restaurant that had seafood and has decent ratings. Very pleased with my choice. Although it was a bit pricey 100 for 2 meal/2 drinks, can't complain the food was excellent and by far the best service I have received traveling in a while! The entire staff was very attentive.

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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 80
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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