501 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Average Main Course Price is $30
This restaurant is a bit classier and more elegant than most Cuban favorites, with uncluttered decor and original Cuban tiles on the floor. If fact, YUCA stands for Young Upscale Cuban Americans, so there's no question about the demographic the restaurant seeks to attract. Clearly not aimed at traditionalists, the menu features innovative dishes that center around traditional Cuban ingredients, such as yucca stuffed with picadillo of wild mushrooms, served on a bed of sautéed spinach with beef and carrot vinaigrette. The chef skillfully blends Cuban and Italian cuisine with the sun-dried tomato and basil gnocchi, served with veal picadillo inside a basket made of yucca shoestring fries, the whole mixture topped with tangy Tetilla cheese. The bar upstairs draws crowds with live music.