A welcome oasis among the most chaotic streets of South Beach, you will find the brand new Naked Taco. We checked out the newest restaurant from Ralph Pagano, who has gained notoriety for Alba Seaside Italian in Sunny Isles.
Upon stepping behind the flowing white curtains enclosing the patio, our group immediately felt at ease, despite the loud bustling streets on the other side of the curtains. A round of tasty complimentary shots arrived within minutes of sitting down along with a warm greeting from our waiter. Naked Taco had made a fantastic first impression.
On this particularly pleasant evening, patrons had gravitated towards outdoor dining, but Naked Taco doesn’t disappoint with their indoor decor. In contrast to the airy outdoors, candlelight and attention-grabbing gothic accents, such as the skelatons pictured below, create a mysterious vibe.
But back to the patio, where our group was sipping a variety of colorful cocktails. For the health-conscious partiers, one of the three “Skinny” cocktails aim please. With “Bare Necessities”- Grey Goose vodka, a stevia Pomegranite simple, coconut water, & lemon – it was clear that skipping calories does not mean you will be skipping on flavor! Signature margaritas, a half dozen hand crafted cocktails, frozen drinks, sangria, and tableside tequila round out a diverse drink menu.
Naked Taco serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Our table sampled a satisfying chopped salad, a pork carnitas burrito, and tostadas. However, the star of the evening’s meal was most appropriately the tacos. Diners can choose from 10 taco options at $5 each- from a “Key West Shrimp Taco” to “Duck” to “Pavo Picadillo”. Each taco can be wrapped in soft corn, soft flour, or lettuce (aka “Naked”).
With satisfied tummies, a nod from our friendly waiter, and the closing out of a reasonable bill, our first trip to Naked Taco wrapped up with the decision to most definitely come back soon.
Naked Taco is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week: Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.