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Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge

3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6222
+1 954-563-3272
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Ranked #243 of 1,111 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
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Price range: $31 - $80
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Cuisines: American, Asian, Steakhouse, Hawaiian
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Oakland Park Boulevard
Description: Since 1956, we have captivated people with our warmth and magical aura. The Mai-Kai authentically recreates a Polynesian Village, complete with tiki torches, a thatch roof, tropical gardens, waterfalls and museum quality artifacts. The exciting Islander Revue is performed nightly by native Polynesian dancers in colorful hand sewn costumes. The Hawaiian wedding dance will seduce you, and the Samoan Fire and Knife dance will leave you speechless. The Revue is a favorite of all ages. The award winning cuisine includes American and Cantonese dishes, many prepared in our Chinese Ovens, and each dining room reflects a different Island of Polynesia. The Molokai Bar is a South Seas saloon with over 51 tropical drinks and live music nightly. "Home of the Mystery Drink" served by our sarong-clad maiden, with an orchid lei. Try our House Specialties - Mai-Tai and Barrel o'Rum. Happy Hour nightly 5 - 7 pm. Our Mai-Kai trading post and gift shop will give you a chance to bring home your favorite memories of the Mai-Kai. From Hawaiian shirts and hats to Polynesian Jewelry, everyone is sure to find something to bring home
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Utrecht
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The cocktails here were amazing, and so many choices that I might have to go back to try more of them. I loved the happy hour, too. The food was lovely, I had a vegetarian Thai dish and lovely desert. The decorations were a bit over the top, but that was what made it fun. The music was nice and... More

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Dayton, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were thrilled to find this again after visiting years before. The cool style began with valet parking and the Captain in nautical dress attire. The service was spot on and we felt very well taken care of. The half price drinks and appetizers were a bargin. The nams ( different spring roll) were unique and I would eat them... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The drinks were expensive "about 16 for per drink" and the food was kind of tasteless. The waiter took forever taking our orders and really didn't check on us while we were dining. But we loved the show and it was worth the $12 they charge for the show.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to this restaurant for the dinner and show provided to us as a perk from a resort. We had to purchase all drinks and food for children. A party of 4 adults could easily spend $320.00 for the dinner and show - if you have 1 drink with alcohol along with your food. I noticed some coupons online... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I recently visited Mai Kai with an out of town guest. We both enjoyed the show and tropical atmosphere. Stepping into the restaurant transports you into a whole different place. The detail that was put into the decorations was just amazing. There is even a tropical garden with waterfalls out back that is great for photos. I recommend going to... More

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PiaMK, Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and submitting your review. We love that you appreciate all the details that make the Mai-Kai so special. We look forward to your next visit. More

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was so excited to try Mai Kai out after reading several promising reviews, so I made a reservation for 4 of us for my birthday while we were on vacation! As they were seating us, we were appalled at how close to the other diners we were seated. We were then given a giant drink menu and left alone... More

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PiaMK, Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I apologize to you for not being treated better while you were here. Service time should have definitely been much prompter. Your issues will all be something that will be addressed. More

Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The food was great. Love the drinks and the show very nice. I went with my boyfriend we had a great time. But right before we left around the host area some guy who looked older around 50-60 made a very disrespectful and very uncomfortable comment. To my boyfriend and me, is really sad that someone from the staff made... More

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PiaMK, Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your experience here at the Mai-Kai. I want to apologize for comments made to you by our employee. Please contact us at info@maikai.com to let us know more about what happened. We would like to make sure this gets handled appropriately. We look forward to hearing from you. More

Oxford
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Went for the 6pm show on Sunday, arrived at 5pm to eat. Show was excellent and kids enjoyed it (and the pineapple punch which came with their meal). Food was good but it is not the cheapest. I would recommend if celebrating something or want a flavour of the pacific islands dance/music.

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PiaMK, Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your visiting us and look forward to having you back. More

Nj
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stayed with friends in ft lauderdale and were taken here for a night out, everything was great. The staff was friendly the show was entertaining and the food was as good if not better than our favorite Asian/chinese back home make sure to walk around and check out the whole place. Feels like your are in another place..no complaints... More

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PiaMK, Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

We appreciate your review of the Mai-Kai. Thank your friends in Fort Lauderdale for bringing you here. Hopefully you will visit us the next time you are in town. More

Pompano Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I'm a local so I've been to the Mai-Kai on several different occasions. If you're in town on vacation, and your looking for a place to eat with the kids, this place is for you. Personally I don't care for the food. I've eaten dinner here several times and am always disappointed. However the shows are very entertaining and they... More

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PiaMK, Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of the Mai-Kai. We appreciate the great comments on our drinks and show. Hopefully one day you will find something on our menu that you will enjoy, as we do have a lot of great items on our menu. Until then, we'll see you at the bar for happy hour! More

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