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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
954 563 4141
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Ranked #277 of 1,111 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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86% Recommend
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Went there for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. The ambience was excellent and the food superb. I can't wait to go back!

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

The restaurant is cozy. However, food is over price. Example a flan cost us $12.50. I ordered a grilled grouper and had no taste and smell charcoal. This is a one time restaurant for us. Service is very attentive as well as the owner.

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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It may look like just a tiny spot between the other buildings that line Federal Highway for miles, but this place is really special. Outstanding and creative dishes with a special personal touch -- they take great pride in their food and service. The interior is a trip! And don't worry if the owner gives your wife a kiss -... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Catalina is always FABULOUS. We have dined there many many times. It is terrific in every way. The food, service, ambiance, staff and MARIO are outstanding. YOU have to try it. Catalina will be your most favorite place to dine. A neighborhood gem.

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Kure Beach NC
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

When I read reviews I generally start with the bad reviews just in case! After reading the bad reviews I was afraid Mario was going to be making out with me while putting things on my bill I didn't ask for and forcing gift cards on me. But with all the good reviews I just had to give it a... More

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I recently visited Sunrise Fort Lauder-dale Florida and visited Mario's Catalina with my family. We were quiet taken by the romantic setting and ambiance of the restaurant. The service was good the waiters and servers were excellent. The food was very good and the portion were good. A little pricey but was well worth it. Mario was very involved busy... More

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Parkland, Florida
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

From the moment we walked in the door, our experience could not have been better. We were made to feel welcome, the waiter was friendly and helpful, and the food great. We were started with some plaintain chips with a chimichurri type sauce, then I had some sangria, which was very nice. We were brought some starter salads courtesy of... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This place gives me the creeps. The prices are just crazy for the portions size. The owner Mario attempts to treat you like your In a real Latin country, walking up and hugging you like some long lost relative, then going so far as to bring over "free" food place it on the table and say it's compliments of the... More

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Fort Lauderdale
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

As an admirer of Cuban food, (and many others) I dined at Mario's Catalina for the first time last week with friends who are regular patrons. I have read other complementary reviews but must say, both of our dinners were mediocre. The pros of this restaurant is the setting, the decor and the ability to have a conversation with out... More

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Orange, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Fantastic Authentic Delicious Cuban restaurant with great Mojitos and great friendly service. Try the pork empanadas and pork tamal.

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