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Moca Café & Lounge


Name: Rose-Philippe Coriolan
Occupation: Radio Station Operations Manager
Lives in: Pembroke Pines
Restaurant Pick: Moca Café & Lounge
Reviewed Moca Café & Lounge: 02/12/11

This Haitian restaurant where their specialties are grilled fish, conch, and goat, located in the heart of downtown North Miami, makes me very proud to be a Haitian. The food tastes fresh and excellent and this is a place where I can invite a friend from a different culture. If you want to taste authentic Haitian Food, take the time to visit “Moca Café”. It is a unique experience.

Name: Bob Feinberg
Occupation: Medical Sales Manager
Lives In: Plantation
Restaurant Pick: Bash Wine Cafe
Reviewed Moca Café & Lounge: 02/13/11 at 12:00 p.m.

From the outside the place looked rundown. We opened the door and asked a women sitting inside if the place was open. We went expecting to eat a late Sunday breakfast, only to find they don’t serve breakfast. The menu was limited, with several staples not available. How can a restaurant not have iced tea? I think they were a little surprised to see non-Haitians coming into the place. We were told that they were a Haitian Restaurant. The door in front said they were a “creole restaurant”, so we were expecting some resemblance to New Orleans style cooking. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The portions were of adequate size, priced reasonably, and the food did taste pretty good, but then again I only had soup and fritters.

Name: Richard Miller
Occupation: Fundraising Consultant
Lives In: Hollywood
Restaurant Pick: Sugar Reef Grill
Reviewed Moca Café & Lounge: 02/09/11 at 7:00 p.m.

We parked in a municipal lot behind the restaurant and entered through the back door and down a long corridor into the main dining area, (for ambience and good first impression, this is not the way to enter). The decor was plain. Wooden chairs and tables with some simple art work on the walls. The staff greeted us well and sat us. There was one other couple in the restaurant at that time and a few came in while we ate. The food was not to our taste – a little more salty than we like. The price was relatively low, but so was the quality.

Restaurant Information

Location: 738 NE 125th Street, Miami FL 33161

Parking: Yes, in front and rear
Phone: 305-899-2699
Website: N/A
Restaurant Owners: Jenn Michele Cerenold, Rodney Noel. 
Executive Chef: George Jiles & Nathan Julian
Pastry Chef: N/A

Type of Cuisine: Haitian American
Signature Dishes: Grille Goat, Grille Conch & Grille Fish
Vegetarian Options: Yes, vegetarian salad and vegetarian soups
Alcohol Served: Yes 
Corkage Fee: No
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours:
Monday – 11am to 11pm
Tuesday – 11am to 11pm
Wednesday – 11am to 11pm
Thursday – 11am to 11pm
Friday – 11am to 11pm
Saturday – 11am to 11pm
Sunday – 11am to 9pm

Meals Served: Lunch and dinner
Prix Fix Menu: Yes, lunch special for $5
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $10 to $20
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $10
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Yes, Visa and Master Card 
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: Only for parties of 10 or more
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: Minimum 2 days

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Fine dining
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: Seats 100 people
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: Yes. Wednesdays – poetry and live band. Fridays - Jazz Band. Saturdays - Poetry.