Yambo Restaurant

1643 SW First St.
Miami, FL 33135
Best Of


  • Open 24 hours
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Open 24 Hours
  • Beer/Wine
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted

This colorful Nicaraguan joint is one of those spots you visit to feel like you're on vacation even if you're already on vacation. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Yambo is as much about the atmosphere as it is about food. On the terrace, folk-art knickknacks — miniature guitars, hats, porcelain pots, and even a mounted boar's head — hang from and cover every possible surface. An larger-than-life knight statue guards the dark-brown-tiled dining room. And you'll hear only Latin music coming out of the jukebox. Little English is spoken here, but you'll be fine: Simply walk along the cafeteria-style counter and point to what you want. Vegetarians and meat-eaters will be equally happy with dishes such as tacos de pollo, crackly fried corn tortillas rolled around savory ground chicken, and pescazones — fried knish-like potato balls brimming with chayote and cheese. No matter what you order, it's all piled high onto a Styrofoam plate alongside a generous portion of shredded cabbage and the usual sides of rice, red beans, plantains, or yuca. Just be sure to douse anything you order with the house-made hot sauce, a bright-red variety that's so addictive you'll want to smuggle it out when you leave. Insider tip: Though you can also dine at Salon Cacique Nicarao — Yambo's indoor restaurant with table service and translated menus — head outside to the 24/7 spot. It's a great way to grab a beer almost any time of the day, especially when poured into a convenient Styrofoam to-go cup.

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