Loretta and the Butcher

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 11 - 2022


Tucked away unsuspectingly in Coconut Grove’s bustling Commodore Street, Loretta and the Butcher is a quaint and charming cafe/restaurant that serves simple, albeit expertly prepared dishes hailing from Argentina and the Mediterranean, as well as a wide array of unique wines. The brainchild of longtime friends and coworkers, Mariano Codaro and Costa Grillas, who met  in Miami in 2007 and worked  together for almost a decade before teaming up to open up their dream boutique restaurant: where residents from the community could feel at home and enjoy a great meal at a fair price with impeccable service. Loretta and the Butcher is that dream fulfilled!

Born and raised in Argentina, Mariano has developed a rustic-classic menu, centered around quality meats and rich bold red wines which are staples in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Of Greek descent, Costa grew up in a lifestyle that used food as a vehicle for socializing and honing his hospitality skills. Having traveled extensively throughout Argentina, Costa’s affinity for great Malbecs quickly became an obsession.

On one of their many wine expeditions to Mendoza, Mariano and Costa sat down and, while enjoying a few bottles of wine,  conceptualized their dream restaurant — from the type of wood handle the steak knife would have to the home farm where the entraña steak cut would be sourced and even the type of sneakers the servers would wear.

Loretta was the name of the host at the vineyard that night. Loretta’s husband Diego had gone hunting earlier that day and he prepared them a feast for royals! That night the name “Loretta and the Butcher” was born.

The restaurant specializes in grilled meats of all kinds- the Parrillada is a “must” for a well-rounded sampling, but there are also a number of pasta dishes, fish and seafood mains, salads and vegetarian options and various eclectic selections on the diverse menu. We loved the Pulpo Grillado- sushi-grade octopus with roasted red peppers, red onions and capers and the Risotto Portobello and Asparagus, accompanied by the Mosquita Muerta Malbec and rounded out with the Panqueque- a crepe stuffed with dulce de leche and vanilla bean gelato. The dishes are large and perfect for sharing family-style.

Weekly special abound and include: BYOW Mondays where you can bring your own bottle of wine with no corkage fee and  enjoy 50% off bottles of wine all day; a complimentary bottle of wine accompanies your parrillada order on Tuesdays and all on Wednesdays, all milanesas are priced at just $19 each. Happy Hour specials include 2×1 beer and wine plus $10 bites every Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Loretta and the Butcher also offers special menus at lunchtime,  from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and a weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays featuring your choice of a $35 sangria or mimosa experience.

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 11:30am-10:00pm

Tuesday: 11:30am-10:00pm

Wednesday: 11:30am-10:00pm

Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm

Friday: 11:30am-10:00pm

Saturday: 11am-10:00pm

Sunday: 11am-10:00pm

IG: @lorettaandthebutcher

Web: www.lorettaandthebutcher.com 

Phone: (786) 618-9982

Reservations: https://resy.com/cities/mia/loretta-and-the-butcher

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