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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Spanish, Cuban
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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 558
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 40
    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
Highly recommend Mario's!!

Everything we have ever tried at Mario's has been truly amazing! The restaurant staff treats us like family from the time we enter the restaurant to the time we leave. Also all of the wait staff takes care of you not just your actual waiter. Mario the owner is always there working and making sure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Everything we have ever tried at Mario's has been truly amazing! The restaurant staff treats us like family from the time we enter the restaurant to the time we leave. Also all of the wait staff takes care of you not just your actual waiter. Mario the owner is always there working and making sure that everything is running smoothly.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

As we entered the restaurant Mario greeted us so very warmly. It's clear he takes pride in his business and that carries over to all of the servers as well as Rafael in the dining room. Service is great! Drinks are never empty and the food is very very good! Be sure to have appetizers the best empanadas and ham... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We went for LUNCH and had an amazing meal. "Chino" was a great host, he makes you feel very comfortable. This was the best meal we had during our vacation in Fort Lauderdale and we absolutely recommend this restaurant. God bless!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We stopped into Mario's Catalina restaurant and were pleasantly to be welcomed with many smiles. A great Baked Plantain and Salsa appetizer was brought to the table with the very well setup of Cloth napkins and table linens. However , The food was wonderful. So much so that we returned for lunch to try the Cuban sandwiches. Again , we... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Lovely Monday night meal. Enjoyed the snapper, shrimp and roast pork combo - and a couple of Mojitos. Excellent meal and service.

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pompano Fla
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

$40 for a carafe of Sangria. Had a Groupon and if you go here you get what you deserve. Prices to fit a king and quality of food not much higher than a fast food restaurant . Watch your check if you go. Buyer be ware.

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Sunny Isles Beach
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I hadn't been back to Mario's Catalina for the past year. Previously, I found Mario's food, especially the paella, fabulous. That said, I and my friends really got a surprise last night (Sat 5/11/15). Appetizers (tamal and beef; mussels) were far better than before. Paella was spectacular. It was always great before but this was ridiculously better than last year.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I live in California, but every time I go to Fort Lauderdale (which is kind of often these days), I come here for delicious Cuban food. The atmosphere is lovely- very welcoming. They take such care in preparation and presentation of the food. The pork is amazing- do not miss it. Also, they have the best mojitos I have ever... More 

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Vista Alegre
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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

In my top ten restaurants I've eaten in my 71 years. Cuisine, ambiance and service are top notch. Cozy chic decor and not too big. Was my cousin"s birthday and hoped for a special experience. Mario's lived up to my expectations. Crispy plantain with salsa instead of the usual bread was a nice touch. My mojito was the best I've... More 

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Middletown, New York
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192 reviews 192 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We went to have dinner at Mario's Catalina and we had a fabulous meal. We have intended to eat at Mario's Catalina for a few years. We finally got there and it was worth the wait. We had thinly sliced plantains with a green salsa that was just tangy enough for an appetizer. The presentation was beautiful. This was followed... 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: Spanish, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?