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Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge

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American, Steakhouse, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6222 (Oakland Park Boulevard)
+1 954-563-3272
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Since 1956, we have captivated people with our warmth and magical aura...
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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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Happy Hour in the Lounge is great time

If you've never tried Mai Kai before, the dinner show is worth going for. The show and menu are a little pricey, but it's a fun night out. Once you've seen that though, I really don't think there's a reason to pay for the show during any future visits, so we skip it. What keeps us coming back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
MJSFS
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

If you've never tried Mai Kai before, the dinner show is worth going for. The show and menu are a little pricey, but it's a fun night out. Once you've seen that though, I really don't think there's a reason to pay for the show during any future visits, so we skip it. What keeps us coming back though is... More 

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

Thank you for posting such an honest and positive review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoy the Mai-Kai. You bring a service of the Mai-Kai that I don't normally address, our Happy Hour and The Molokai Lounge. The Molokai Lounge is there for the locals and other guests to enjoy an unique experience. Happy Hour is every... More 

Amelia Island, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Tiny wait for all the members of the party to arrive. Lush exterior and elaborate bar. When we lived in South Florida over 11 years ago, this was a must for visiting family, so we decided to bring our own family to this seasoned, local & tourist landmark! The show was as lively and informative as I remember! The food,... More 

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

Welcome Back!!! Thank you for such a great review, our culinary team loved it. We are happy to hear that your memories were not disappointed. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Mahalo More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We visited Mai Kai while we were in the area visiting relatives and thought it would be a good experience for our kids. The show and atmosphere were fantastic but everything else was pretty average. The food was overpriced and you had to pay for parking (both self and valet). They pack you in like sardines and the service was... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai and sharing your thoughts. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for every guest. The valet service is run by an outside concession. They are to offer complimentary valet service as your first choice. The $10 fee is for VIP (up front) valet service. Unfortunately, at this time they do charge $5 for self... More 

Woodville, Wisconsin
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good food, great drinks, great atmosphere. We've eaten here before but this was the first time we did the show and it was fantastic. Atmosphere/Show: I'm a tiki-phile so I was really into the whole experience, but even my long-suffering wife had a great time, and our kids (ages 8 to 19) liked it better than Disney's Spirit of Aloha... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai and taking the time to share your thoughts. We are very happy you enjoyed your evening. Thank you for the kind words and the 5 star review. Mahalo More 

Miramar, Florida
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you want to see a magnificent show, this is the place to go. Their show last about 40 minutes, they have the hula dancers which do a phenomenal job and then the men do their twirling with fire torches. Their food is affordable and pretty good, I had this time lobster bisque which was pretty good and Shangai Chicken.... More 

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Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai sharing your thoughts. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for every guest. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the evening. Mahalo More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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111 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I would assume most people go for the show because the food is not worth the price. We always enjoy the dancers and on Sundays it is kids night. The kids get to go on stage and dance. It is the only place here that you can go for this type of show so it is worth the time. They... More 

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Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai and sharing your thoughts. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for every guest. Our culinary team prepares each meal to order using only fresh ingredients. Your comments are appreciated. More 

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited this great gem for dinner. When you arrive they take you to your table and bring you a hot towel for your hands. Their drink list is very extensive and you can have it in a souvenir cup for a couple of extra dollars. My husband and I both had the chicken and shrimp fried rice and it... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai and taking the time to share your thoughts. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for every guest. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening. Thank you for the kind words and the 5 star review! Mahalo More 

Chicago, Illinois
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292 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Oh I will never forget this night! It was an awesome surprise my friend David done for me. We were coming back from the house to go out and he stopped a car there. I remember how impressed I was. I never was in a design and I never had a Hawaii drink so I enjoyed. I loved the wood... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai and sharing your thoughts. We are very happy to hear you had a memorable evening. Thank you for the kind words and thanks to your friend, David, for bringing you here. Mahalo More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Living in South Florida, we have a lot of visitors. We have previously taken multiple parties here and have come to expect slightly slower service and the necessity to make reservations on a weekend or holiday. The drinks are great, quite strong and typically the food is tasty! I called Mai Kai and spoke to a lady about making reservations... More 

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

Wow, what a poor experience. I apologize for the multiple errors, the miscommunication and the overall poor attitude and service. I have recently returned from vacation and am not familiar with this incident. If you could please forward me your date of visit and reservation name. My email is: dbrodis@maikai.com The service staff you encountered need to be counseled. Your... More 

Weston
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We went to the restaurant last weekend since it was recommended by a friend. When they charged for parking, we felt that this place must be really good that they can afford to do that :) The food was limited in choice but tasted awesome, and the ambience was very good! But the highlight of the night were the drinks... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
PiaMK, Guest Relations Manager at Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Mai-Kai and sharing your thoughts. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for every guest. The valet service is run by an outside concession. They are to offer complimentary valet parking as your first choice. There is a $10 VIP (up front) valet charge or a $5 self parking fee. I will be speaking with... More 

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Additional Information about Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6222
Phone Number: +1 954-563-3272
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6222
    (Oakland Park Boulevard)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-563-3272

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business

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
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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