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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
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great local restaurant

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
JimBoNH_12
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Hampton, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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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599 reviews 599 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
307 helpful votes 307 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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115 reviews 115 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This time our dinners missed the mark... We have enjoyed this restaurant for a very long time... This trip we didn't recognize any of the staff and the menu was altered... When we asked they claimed it was the same team... Not so! The food was good but not as plentiful as before and everything was an up charge... I... More 

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Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

In town prior to a cruise. Had an open night with 6 of us all inthe mood for Latin food. This was recommended and is just 3 miles from the Cruiseport area in Ft Lauderdale. Food was authentic, and a wonderful member of the staff, Louis, helped us with menu selections. Generous portions of food and drink and the bill... More 

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Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Comfort food with a Cuban flair. Wide variety of food options, large portions and priced reasonably.

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Cobourg, Ontario
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We just had one night in Fort Lauderdale and asked a local taxi driver where we could get Cuban sandwiches and he recommended El Tamarindo. We walked to it from The Best Western ( about 1 mile), by the way, when the front desk clerk asked where we were going to eat she said it was her favourite place. So... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Incredible! Delicious! Clean! Wonderful atmosphere! Unbelievably low prices! HUGE portions! I really can't say enough good about this place. We ate there 3 nights while in Fort Lauderdale. We were in Fort Lauderdale for only 3 nights so that should tell you something right there. :) We didn't even want to try another restaurant. The service is impeccable! You will... More 

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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: South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?