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El Tamarindo Cafe

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233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2544
954-467-5115
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent!!!

Don't let the unforgettable curbside appearance fool you! Excellent food! The garlic and olive oil mixture that comes with the bread is amazing. You'll have garlic breath for the next week but it's worth it. My favorite is the chicken soft tacos in the flavorful corn tortilla. Service is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Beth F
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Don't let the unforgettable curbside appearance fool you! Excellent food! The garlic and olive oil mixture that comes with the bread is amazing. You'll have garlic breath for the next week but it's worth it. My favorite is the chicken soft tacos in the flavorful corn tortilla. Service is prompt, friendly and attentive! Pleasant Latin music playing in the background... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Went on a Monday night for dinner and had a great experience. Don't judge this place by the exterior, there's a full bar and the food is really outstanding. The menu prices are about right for the quality of food so don't expect a steal, but at El Tamarindo you get what you pay for. Our drinks were also very... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I love the fact the food was so delicious! I stayed at the best western close by fred at the front desk recommended t this place! what got me was when he said '' I wouldn't send you anywhere I wouldn't eat'' and by golly it was amazing!. jacson the owner can to greet us personally and made us feel... More 

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Louisville, ky
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Found this spot as we were driving down US 1. Great local restaurant with wonderful service. We sat out on the patio and had a wonderful meal! Great prices for lunch $6.99 for an entrée and two sides.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My dining experience was ruined.....never again! Arrived around 9:30 pm on a Friday evening, table for 10. Orders placed and all good so far, then 10 minutes later and one meal has to be changed....no sea bass. Ok, recalculate and change order.....no problem. 10 more minutes pass and the server returns and says no more beans. Of course all 10... More 

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Even though the exterior of the restaurant is unappealing, the quality of the food and the great customer service I received made this a great find. I ate at the bar on my own and it was very enjoyable. The food was reasonably priced and vry tasty.

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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Poor service, long waits, not enough parking and there is nothing special about the food. Staff needs training in customer service, lunch hours long waits that can be avoided, try not to go at lunch. Will not return.

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

First I was skeptical, because there name indicates it's a cafe. I was wrong big time. Place was busy and I would say fancy too. Lots of couples here, good restaurant for date nights. Service was great and fast. Prices are great. Good was tasteful. Highly recommended this place.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

THe exterior is unimpressive and SR. 84 is hardly a spot for fine dining: BUT THIS PLACE IS GREAT. I had the whole fried snapper. Place is packed with locals. Obviously it enjoys a good reputation Full bar too Highly recommended

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Stumbled upon Tamarindo Cafe while visiting Fox Car rental near the airport and what a find! The food was delicious. Had the following: freshly squeezed orange juice, chicken franchess (waiter's recommendation and not on the menu), ceviche, Tamarindo special, Marimonte, Super Tamarindo Cuban sandwich and the Coconut Flan. The food portions are large and were so good that we came... More 

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Additional Information about El Tamarindo Cafe

Address: 233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2544
Phone Number: 954-467-5115
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Thai, South American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2544
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: 954-467-5115

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?