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Coco Bambu Opens Today, Serving Brazilian Seafood to the Masses

There’s 450 seats and more than 100 menu items.

Photos: Tadeu Brunelli

Everything about Coco Bambu Miami is big. This new South Beach restaurant, set to open tonight, spans multiple levels. It seats 450 diners and boasts more than 100 items on the menu and a wine cellar with room for 2,500 bottles.

Seems like Coco Bambu founders Afranio and Daniela Barreira really went for it with their Miami outpost, which joins 28 restaurants in South America and is the first Coco Bambu location in the U.S. The interior is inspired by Brazil, with a color scheme of copper, gold, burnt orange and avocado green.

That gigantic menu spans everything from eggplant lasagna to lobster tails, with an emphasis on family-style dining. Seafood dishes include paella with shrimp, calamari, fish and mussels as well as crab stew and savory pastry apps with shrimp and lobster.

Caipirinhas made the drink menu, of course, with $14 cocktails like the Honolulu, made with strawberry, pineapple, lime, ginger and Ketel One Vodka or the Tropicalia with mango, pineapple, passion fruit and Belvedere Peach Vodka. There’s also the frozen Caipi Coco, whipped up with frozen coconut and Grey Goose Vodka.

Coco Bambu is located on 955 Alton Road and is open starting tonight for dinner, with lunch and happy hour to follow. For now, Coco Bambu is open Sunday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Photos: Tadeu Brunelli