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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 #248 of 1,112 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
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Price range: $31 - $80
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

you can only park in their lot if you use their valet (and there's no public lots nearby so, you're pretty well stuck)....the food is really just okay (but if you want the real stuff go to Tahiti...that's the real deal)...drinks are small...not enough waitstaff and it's dark as a pocket (when the lights are low I always wonder how... More

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

We appreciate your business and your concern for fire safety. Please rest assured that we take extreme measures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees with regards to fire prevention. We work closely with our local fire marshall who visits us a few times a year to assure that the fire department and the Mai-Kai are both confident... More

Oakland Park, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Ate here 9/13. Over $200 for frozen food. Snapper appeared frozen/reheated. Calamari was obviously cooked from frozen and tasteless. Service was slow. Great tropical drinks. Very high prices. Tourist trap.

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

Thank you for visiting us. We feel terrible that you did not enjoy the food. We use fresh hog snapper which everyone usually loves. We will review your issues with our kitchen. Glad you enjoyed the drinks. More

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I haven't been here since I was a little kid. My parents celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary here. These Polynesian dinner shows were all the rage 'back in the day'. As we were driving through Ft Lauderdale one Sunday, we passed it. I was telling my daughter about it and how everyone should see it because it defines a time... More

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

Thank you for writing such an outstanding review. We appreciate the great comments and look forward to having you back again. More

St. Louis
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

My husband and I made a reservation at Mai Kai for dinner only- no show. We were seated in their beautiful garden area. Our service started out slow- it was about 20 minutes before we were asked our drink choice. After we received them and then moved on to the appetizer, we began to notice several patrons coming to the... More

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

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your comments. We apologize if you were offended by the smokers, and glad you brought this to our attention. This is something that we will be addressing, as the garden area is a special area in our restaurant that we want everyone to enjoy. More

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Took my son for his 28th birthday today. Had a great time, our waiter Jesse was awesome. Food could have been better for the price, gave us warm towels after appetizers and meals and had someone in the rest room to give you towels. Very dark place could barely read the menu, specially after two zombie drinks...lol ps drinks and... More

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

Thank you for bringing your son in for his birthday! We're glad you had a great time and enjoyed the service. You definitely have to stay for the show next time. More

Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

a bit quirky, but a fun place to go. We had chicken peanut sauce and sweet sour chicken, both on rice. Appetizer sampler was very good, 4 different Polynesian treats. Didn't care for the Key Lime pie, but the atmosphere made up for that. The place is quite dark inside, you need a light to see menus. Prices on drinks... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I visited Mai Kai recently for a birthday celebration. I have been to Mai Kai many times. The manager, David Brodis, always takes great care of every guest. Another manager, Angel, graciously greeted our group on this visit. David and Angel took the time to find out that our group was there for a special celebration. Although the room was... More

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

Thank you for celebrating your special day with us. We will make sure to mention all the compliments to the staff that you mentioned. We look forward to many more celebrations with you in the future! More

Stuart, Florida
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We looked forward to this place for quite a while. But what a BID DISAPPOINTMENT. Saturday night 6PM wife and I enter and can barely see each other. THIS IS DARK IN THIS PLACE....so dark that everyone is pulling out their phones with flashlights to read the menus...even the waiters have to use pen lights to see the menus. Really... More

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

We are sorry to hear about your visit. We appreciate you sharing your experience, and will address these issues internally. More

Lexington, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is our favorite restaurant (we must have been polynesian in a former life). The roast duct and rack of lamb are top notch and the drinks, while pricey, are the best. Happy hour from 5 - 7 are 1/2 price so you may want to load up there (if you are so inclined). The floor show is still wonderful... More

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

Thank you for a great review. The roast duck and rack of lamb are two of our best dishes, and they go great with our tropical drinks. By the way, we work very closely with our local fire marshall to insure the safety of our guests and employees with regards to fire hazards. So, you can feel safe while you... More

Millersville, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

First time I was in the Mai-Kai in 2010. Everything was impressing: the food, the show, the service. So I decided to celebrate my B-Day in this place, traveled down here from Maryland just for weekend. This time it was a big disappointment for me and my family.Food was just an average just like at any Chinese joint. They cut... More

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

Thank you for spending your birthday with us. I am sorry to hear that it didn't live up to your expectations. We put a lot of effort into our service and it was obviously distracting to you as waiters were attending to their tables. That is something that will be addressed. We also take great pride in our show. Our... More

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