Cafe la Trova

971 SW Eighth St.
Miami, FL 33130
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Cafe la Trova

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  • Monday through Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 4 to 10 p.m. Ventanita open daily beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Free Wifi, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted

Between Cuban cantinero Julio Cabrera's daiquiris and chef Michelle Bernstein's fare, there's something uniquely Miami about Cafe la Trova. But as with all things Magic City, this new eatery isn't fueled solely by good food and drinks: At any given time of the day, expect guayabera-clad musicians or jazz trumpet players to fill the air with their vibrant tunes, all set against a stage backdropped with the weathered façade of an Old Havana building. Friday and Saturday, the restaurant opens its backroom, the 305 Bar — a flamingo-pink ode to the neon, disco, and debauchery that made Miami Beach one of the most notorious destinations in the '80s. Insider tip: Bernstein's comfort food is all-around tempting. She works to meet the foodie fantasies of her guests, whether they're in search of elaborate dishes or a traditional dessert of tres leches. When in doubt, order a round of specialty paella, jamón Serrano, and spinach and feta croquetas, or the chef's rendition of arroz con pollo — the classic one-pot Cuban-style dish she puts together with bomba rice and chicken marinated in saffron and beer.

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