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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

$$$
Cuban, Spanish
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1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
954 563 4141
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions

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  • 535
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 39
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Truly Impressive Food (But at a Very High Price)

I enjoyed the best grouper I've ever eaten. Ever! My wife's (palomillo) steak was also absolutely delicious. My mojito and her sangria were also prepared with skill and panache. The service was prompt and courteous. And the ambience was colorful and festive. So be prepared to be wowed by the food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
LoufromBoca
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Boca Raton, Florida
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Boca Raton, Florida
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the best grouper I've ever eaten. Ever! My wife's (palomillo) steak was also absolutely delicious. My mojito and her sangria were also prepared with skill and panache. The service was prompt and courteous. And the ambience was colorful and festive. So be prepared to be wowed by the food, service, and surroundings. That said, I've never paid higher... More 

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Miami, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Yes this place is a little pricey but you do get AMAZING Cuban food and the best service ever. You never wait to be helped, the atmosphere is warn and nice and the mojitos are to die for.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We visited Mario's last year during a week long trip to Ft. Lauderdale are found it lived up to the reviews. Our experience was so good we decided to visit on this trip. Our second visit was a disappointment to say the least. The restaurant was busy but not exceptionally so. Unfortunately the music was loud and as a result,... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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84 reviews 84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Mario's is a quality restaurant with excellent food and outstanding service. Even if you think you may not like Cuban food, give this a try! There is great variety in the menu and I've never had a bad meal here. Mario used to have this restaurant in a much smaller venue in N. Ft. Lauderdale. When he moved to the... More 

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We had just spent seven days sailing the Caribbean and had one day in Fort Lauderdale before heading home. We asked the concierge at our hotel for some good Cuban food. He directed us here and we were glad he did.There were six of us and we started with the appetizer sampler. We ordered some Sangria- - - THE BEST.... More 

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

greeted at the door and the service continued to be great! Multiple people paid attention to our needs, provided us with suggestions and kept our drinks full. We shared the appetizer sampler (must have) and the paella along with a sampling of dessert, yum! Sangria was homemade and THE BEST, plenty of drunk fruit! We will return!!!!

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Kaysville, Utah
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215 reviews 215 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This place is pretty amazing if you are a fan of Cuban food or meat in general. Fair warning, you will spend roughly $50 or more per person. It is candle lit with nice ambiance so good for special occasions. If you are from out of town, and want good authentic Cuban food, and are willing to pay up for... More 

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Long Island
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81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We arrived from NY earlier that day and met our South Florida friends at Mario's. Décor is done very nicely and it does transport you to another place. A bit difficult to carry on a conversation without having to repeat. Both couples ordered a shrimp cocktail for two. When the waiter brought what we thought was the first of the... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

The kind of restaurant that accepts reservations but then when you walk in there are no tables and they don't even check your name because they're really not going to turn anyone away, and what's the big deal if you have to stand around being jostled by wait staff in an overcrowded dining room for a while anyway? There are... More 

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Weston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Since our friends Terri and Sherri introduced us to Mario's last November 2014, we have been coming here about twice a month. Yes it is a little pricy, but WELL WORTH it. We met the owner Mario, he is fully engaged with the patrons. The service is quality ALL the time. My wife and I love every dish we have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: 954 563 4141

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 40
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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