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Of Jewish and Latin descent but born and raised in Miami, Chef Michelle Bernstein is intrinsic to the city's culinary scene. For this concept in Little...
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RM 70 - RM 211
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Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago

From the moment we stepped into Café la Trova, it was clear we were in for a night of dazzling flavors and vibrant music. The atmosphere buzzed with energy, setting the stage for a memorable dining experience. Led by the renowned Chef Michelle Bernstein, the...kitchen dazzles with its inventive and flawlessly executed dishes. We kicked off the evening with their signature mojito, which was nothing short of spectacular, and perfectly paired with the earthy mushroom croquetas. The appetizers didn't stop there; the fried spinach empanadas were crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with flavor, while the seared foie gras was a delightful surprise that melted in the mouth. For the main course, the branzino, served in a uniquely crafted sauce, was cooked to perfection, showcasing the chef's deft touch. The lechon was equally impressive, rich and succulent, making each bite better than the last. To round off the meal, the desserts were a showstopper – a classic flan and Michelle's exceptional bread cake, each a sweet testament to traditional meets contemporary. The Cuban Manhattan alongside our desserts was the cherry on top, well-balanced and a great nod to the Cuban vibe. Ayleen, our server, was attentive and knowledgeable, enhancing our experience with her impeccable service. Café la Trova not only offers amazing food and cocktails but also immerses you in the heart of Cuban culture with fantastic musicians that keep the energy high and spirits lifted. Photo with their names attached. It's a slice of dreamy Cuba right here at home, and surprisingly affordable for such high quality. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, do yourself a favor and let Café la Trova treat you to an evening you won't soon forget.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your detailed and glowing review! We're thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience. We appreciate your descriptions of our atmosphere, food, and cocktails. It's fantastic to hear that Ayleen's service enhanced your visit. Your recommendation means a lot to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I give 2* for one thing! U r voted for the 24 best bar in the world, and u have prebatched cocktails?! I'm sorry, but a place like La Trova should not have prebatched drinks! The food is great!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

:::::TOURIST TRAP::::: BUYER BEWARE: they offer and introduce a Branzino dish but BUYER BEWARE this is not the Branzino on the menu that is $46.00 it's another Branzino that they up charge for $95.00. In addition, another BUYER BEWARE is they hide the 20% gratuity...under "charge and fee" when you ask the waitress what exactly that is charge - "she says it's for the band" never says it tip or gratuity, but reminds you there's a tip line - if you do the math it's 20% so yes, it is a 20% gratuity. I'm a local and was visiting for the first time. I took some friends from out of town. This will be the last time. Unfortunately, I can not recommend this restaurant with so many other great spots on Calle ocho. I like clean business, not shady tourist trap. Another thing they didn’t tell us about the Happy Hour. :(More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are truly saddened that your experience was not as great as we would have liked, Annie. We would like to speak to you personally about your experience. If possible, please contact us at CafeLaTrova@rockawaymore.com. Thank you.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved Cafe La Trova and would highly recommend it. There were 4 of us and we enjoyed wonderful cocktails and heavenly Rioja. Dinner was excellent and we ended up ordering a platter for 4 of different meats. It was fun trying so many things...and eating together. Music was fabulous and the bar area was easy to move to to enjoy more of the music. Would highly recommend going there. DELICIOUS!!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, Stacey! We're delighted you loved Cafe La Trova. It's great to hear you enjoyed our cocktails, and dinner options. Your recommendation means a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a wonderful birthday celebration with my family. Great food and drinks in a nice authentic Cuban atmosphere. Super friendly waiter and nice staff all around! Would definitely have dinner here again.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with your family. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed our food, drinks, and service. We'd love to welcome you back soon. :)

Reviewed 1 April 2024

Great spot! Live music, authentic decor, and lots of energy. Food was amazing and authentic. Worth it, and would go again.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're delighted to hear that you had a great experience. It's fantastic that you enjoyed our food, decor, atmosphere, and live music. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. :)

Reviewed 21 March 2024 via mobile

Well…maybe we expected too much. Maybe we need to come back and try it again. This large cafe is tightly packed with tables, extremely loud — to the shouting point for the four of us — once the many tables are occupied, and the food...was average. Our lechon had no crispy pork skin, unless you count the fried pork rinds scattered around it. The ropa vieja was okay, tho nothing special. The seared octopus was tender and nice on the saucy potatoes. But somehow, with the elevated culinary reputation this place has, we expected more of the food than what can be had all over town, particularly a few blocks away. The band was good, but nobody was dancing. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable. We were just puzzled with the whole night, tho we did take a great stroll in the lovely tropical night up and down Calle Ocho, always a treat.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize that we were unable to meet your expectations and provide a five-star experience. Your feedback has been shared with the management team, and we hope you will give us another...More

Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

Lively noisy venue tightly packed. Unfortunately, our server advised that the tapas portions were small so we ordered 2 each with a salad. We had so much food arriving all at once that it could barely fit on the table. Unfortunately this spoilt the experience...for us, however everything was very tasty. Be warned, order less and add extra later!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2024

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Debi! We're glad to hear that you found our venue lively, though noisy, and that you enjoyed the taste of our dishes. However, we apologize any inconvenience caused by the large quantity of food arriving at once....More

Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

If you really want to find out if a place like this one is an excellent venue , repeat your visit to confirm it. That is what I just did to. I grabbed my friends and arrived there on a Sunday when every body was...watching the NFL Super Bowl Game. And look what happened , the place did not have the large crowd and we could really enjoy the finest cocktails , the yummy tapas served there , the amazing live band’s music, even we could dance and we had a terrific evening thanks this time to the amazing bartenders : Alexei and Israel. Both are very professional , eager to help you and recommend favorite cocktails . They both treat us like family and this is the especial thing I love about “ Cafe La Trova “. The hostess are very courteous , and the food servers too. Security and valet parking staff very professional as well. My congratulations to the entire team to make it for the second time . Keep up the good work!.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your second experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you find our place excellent. It's wonderful to know that you and your friends enjoyed the cocktails, tapas, live music, and dancing. We take...More

Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

We came two different nights on our trip to Miami. Barabaro -our bartender was amazing! 31 years of experience and it showed-amazing service! We came for happy hour 5-7pm and stayed for the music-and the bartenders join in! Happy hour snacks are delicious but we...also had the ceviche and flan off the menu-outstanding!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2024

Thank you for choosing us and taking the time to share your wonderful experience! We're thrilled to hear that you visited us on two different nights during your trip to Miami. It's fantastic that Barbaro, provided you with amazing service. We're delighted that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 21 February 2024

Our first visit to a Cuban restaurant and the food, service and ambience was outstanding. The VIBE is FAB and if we are in Miami again we will go again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2024

Thank you so much, Maureen, for taking the time to share your experience! We're thrilled to hear that your first visit was outstanding. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed our food, service, ambience, and vibe. We eagerly look forward to welcoming you again whenever...More

Reviewed 17 February 2024

Cafe La Trova is a wonderful place to enjoy a total experience. The staff are welcoming and friendly, the food is delicious, and the music is authentic in a wonderful way. Guests feel uplifted by the ambiance and are swept away to an imagined Cuba....We will certainly recommend Café la Trova to friends and family who are planning trips to Miami and to those who live in Florida who may be looking for an amazing place to have a dining adventure.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2024

Thank you so much for your heartfelt review! We're delighted to hear that we provided you with a total experience. It's fantastic that you found our staff welcoming and friendly, enjoyed our food, and felt transported by the authentic music. Your recommendation means a lot...More

Reviewed 15 February 2024

Café La Trova was one of the most fun, flavorful, and fantastic dining experiences I’ve ever had. The live music was sensational. The food was exquisite. The service was first rate. No notes.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2024

Thank you for your glowing review, Ronald! We love reading the words you used to describe your dining experience with us. We're thrilled to know that our food, service, and live music left a positive impression. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 13 February 2024 via mobile

We had an absolutely amazing meal here! Service was prompt and friendly, and we loved the empanadas (sweet corn and Cuban sandwich) and the fried snapper. Showstopper was the ropa vieja and the cocktails! We’ll be back any time we’re in Miami.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2024

Thank you for your fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal and the service provided. It's great that the empanadas, fried snapper, ropa vieja, and cocktails stood out for you. We can't wait to welcome you back anytime you're in Miami. :)

Reviewed 23 January 2024

Definitely not for locals ,Monday place was crowded with tourist thinking they are eating the “real “ Cuban food ,over priced new Cuban cuisine very well marketed but really please the Rabo Encendio I order it was all pasta and no rabo ,I had to...scuba dive for the beef ,,my Americano friends not impressed either,waiter so kindly comped my order kudos to him ,place way too loud so the great music from the talented trio could hardly be heard ,back to basis for me as for my rabo encencendio thats beef in between the bones ,sorry to burst your bubble TrovaMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Michael W, Other at Cafe La Trova, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize we were unable to create a five-star experience. We have shared your feedback with the management team and hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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Band plays at about 6:30 pm . My apologies to the late response 🙏
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