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#101 of 2,781 Restaurants in Miami
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  • Living La Vida Local (On a Budget) in Miami's Little Havanafathomaway.com
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Food and ambience

Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, International, Contemporary

Location and contact

1.5 miles from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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PRICE RANGE
$15 - $45
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Managed to get a reservation for 6:30 on a Saturday nite. When you walk in, you almost feel as if you are at Havana with the decor and ambiance. I had a Hemingway to drink and it was sweet like I like. We ordered the...empanada Cuban sandwich and Maine lobster croquetas as appetizers. They were a Wow! As a main course, I had the ropa vieja and my wife had the lechon which is braised mojo marinated pork shoulder, steamed yuca, crispy pork skin, tangerine mojo and pickled onions. Again these were a Wow! Then came the dessert. The bread pudding was to die for. The only complaint was that Erwin our waiter initially tried rushing us with our order. When he saw that we would not be rushed, he stopped rushing us. There also was a live Latin band that started at 7:30. Can't wait to go back. It was an enjoyable experience!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Food was delicious, atmosphere was amazing! There was live latin music, and the drinks were incredible! The mojitos were amazing! I felt like I was right back in Havana! That said, if you're not vaccinated, I wouldn't recommend going at this time. It was wall-to-wall...people!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

As soon as we walked into Café La Trova we were transported from Miami to Havana. The atmosphere and music were fabulous! There was valet parking in front. There was a happy hour at the busy bar. We were seated at a small table in...the back of the dining room within inches of other tables and people. The cocktail list was extensive it was hard to choose. My husband enjoyed the sweet and sour Hemingway @ my gin Collins was very good. The appetizers looked fabulous it was also hard to choose. We started with the Cuban sandwich empanada that was probably the best empanada I’ve ever had. We then shared the lobster croquettes That were equally fabulous. We should’ve shared an entrée, two large entrées were just too much food for us. My husband’s skirt steak Vieja ropas With black beans rice and plantains was delicious. My roast pork shoulder with yuca was initially cold, the second order was delicious. I thought our entrées were too salty. But it didn’t stop us from eating every bite. For dessert we shared Michey’s chocolate bread pudding with homemade whipped cream on top that was the best I’ve ever tasted, just sinful. We were stuffed but we never stopped eating it. The music was wonderful, it was a really nice evening out. Can’t wait to come back again! I think that covers itMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a big fan of Michelle Bernstein and went to La Trova with high expectations, unfortunately. Service was ok, food was bad. Arrived at restaurant fairly early, before the entertainers, so no excuse for the kitchen being overwhelmed. Ordered Short Rib, a big chunk...of meat that felt like yesterday’s leftovers - stale, dry and served cold. Croquetas de Jamon were tasty but cold. Ceviche was mediocre.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was refreshing and such a fun night filled with live music. It's been a while since we were out and this made us realize how much we miss normal life.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Cafe La Trova, Owner at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the five-star review, Ana! We are so happy you were able to enjoy your night out with us. We had a great time with you and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is really good. We started with some cuban sandwich empanadas that were delicious. I had 'rabo encendido pasta' which was good. My wife had the 'lechon with chicharrones' which was by far the best. My son had 'arroz con pollo' which was good....My daughter had the 'banana leaf steam local catch' which probably was the least flavory. For dessert we tried the churro wafles and 'flan de la flaca', the second one is incredible. They put marucaya sauce which give a different flavor than the mexican stlye flan that you typically found in Texas. In terms of drinks, I had one which was recommended by the waitress and it was amazing. The cuban expresso was also really good. There was live music which was one of the main reasons that we went to the place. Please note that while the restaurant is on 8th street, it is not really in "calle ocho" which is several blocks away.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 16, 2021

The worst service I have ever received in my life. I had made a reservation for 10 people 4 or 5 days in advance for 9:00 pm for my girlfriend's surprise birthday. The same day I called to confirm my attendance and the time. My...guests arrive at the restaurant and they start calling me because they have been waiting for half an hour and there is still no table available, because supposedly people were still at the table, THAT DOES NOT MAKE THE SLIGHTEST SENSE!!When I called they told me that the maximum time that you could last at a table was two hours. However, I arrived with my girlfriend at the place, guess what? She was NOT surprised because her parents were standing right at the door at 10:00 pm without an assigned table. They really surprised me and I did everything I had to do as a customer. I used to go to that place a lot because I loved the atmosphere a lot, not anymore. I hope it helps someone who wants to make a reservation on this site. Thanks for ruining my girlfriend's birthday surprise!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 7, 2021 via mobile

Love everything!! The food, the music!! This place is a must in Miami!! We had the most amazing time! Thank you, Cafe La Trova!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Cafe La Trova, Owner at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed February 20, 2021

The staff at Cafe La Trova is great. They are very hospitable, provide excellent service, and make great food and drinks. Unfortunately, management and/or ownership seem to severely lacking. Julio Cabrera packs the place tight full of customers who are not wearing masks and interacting...with other customers outside of their group. There is no social distancing and a boisterous live band plays, which has been shown to increase the spread of Covid-19. As the super contagious British mutation sweeps through America and the global death toll nears 2 million, Cabrera runs the establishment almost as if none of this was happening putting his staff, which I doubt he provides health insurance to, at great risk of catching the life threatening virus. The wealthy ownership of Cafe La Trova needs to stop putting their profits over the health of their employees.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Cafe La Trova, General Manager at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2021

Dear Thomas, We appreciate your kind words about our amazing staff and our food and drinks. That said, we are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in regards to our Covid-19 safety measures. We are doing what we can to follow the guidelines...More

Reviewed February 11, 2021

As the country is opening up, and businesses are getting busier, I found myself traveling to Miami for a customer summit meeting in January, but was cut short due to increased cases. The meeting was postponed to February, and here I am back in this...amazing city and anxious to get my projects rolling again with my customer. As I planned for this trip, I wanted to schedule a dinner event so all of us could relax and enjoy cocktails and a delicious meal. Since I don’t reside in Miami, I leaned on a friend who does know the area and recommended Cafe Trova. I looked at their website, was able to book the reservation quickly, and done, it was! The evening came, I arrived 15 before start of dinner. I was greeted by a very kind hostess who immediately found my name and secured the evening plans. Since I was early, I waited at the bar area and enjoyed a stunning Classic Daiquiri. The daiquiri is my favorite classic cocktail, but the immediate experience from the bartender— it was exquisite. I also noticed my name was written on a chalkboard, alerting the place of their guests for the evening. I smiled and nearly cried. How precious that was! My dinner guests arrived, we all drank and laughed, then moved to our table which was set just beside the stage. To my surprise, three men walked in with their instruments and boom, the vibe, the playfulness, and the joy of life was oozing from that small stage!! I sat in awe. My customers were thrilled with the dinner, and the experience, and for me... if I can prepare an opportunity for connection, I’m one happy lady. I was even pulled up and asked to enjoy the music and dance with the other ladies that definitely carried the vibe Much better than myself but it was all just fun, kindness, acceptance, and passion for life. Your restaurant was an incredible experience, and I will guarantee I will return many times over on my trips to Miami. Thank you for making my evening so memorable and for impressing upon me that no matter the culture, passion for life, amazing foods, and smooth cocktails are all to be enjoyed. Sending hugs and love from Atlanta, KamiMore

Date of visit: February 2021
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Cafe La Trova, Owner at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2021

Dear Kami, your review is priceless!! We are so happy to read about your experience. Thank you for choosing us and we can’t wait to host you again on your next trip.

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  • Café La Trova is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5