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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
954 563 4141
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Ranked #278 of 1,112 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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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went for our anniversary last night - the service was really special. The staff walks a fine line between hovering and just right. The owner comes by the table often to ensure that everything was not only good - but great. We had the mussels the soup and the pork. Everything was hot, delicious. We would encourage folks to... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The reviews for this place span the spectrum. We had been once before and had such a great experience that we almost didn't go back because the reviews seem to be hit or miss so we thought it might ruin our memories. We decided to go back after our other choice was closed. So glad we did. The decor is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Mario's Catalina Restaurant was amazing... The food is outstanding ,the wait staff was great and the sangria just kept coming! If you have never tried Cuban coffee it's worth a try at this restaurant ..it's a nice finishing touch to a wonderful dining experience! We went to the restaurant twice during our one week stay in Fort Lauderdale..that says a... More

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New Hampshire
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155 reviews 155 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We went here in July 2014. Overall, this is a great, unique restaurant and I would definitely return. It was one of the better meals that I've had in a while. The food here is excellent. To start off they give you fried plantains along with a chimichurri sauce which is out of this world. We then had a tamale,... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 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
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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
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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
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12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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