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“Reliably Good, just not where it should be” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darrel & Oliver's Cafe Maxx

Darrel & Oliver's Cafe Maxx
2601 East Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 782-0606
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Ranked #23 of 301 restaurants in Pompano Beach
Price range: $41 - $80
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Fort Myers, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Reliably Good, just not where it should be”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My daughter and I went to dinner for her birthday on the recommendation of her boss. The wait staff indicated that Cafe Maxx was in its 30th year, suggesting a model for customer satisfaction. We had a delicious bottle of wine, a '10 Leviation Meritage for $80. from their very extensive (and accurate) wine list, Our entree's were the three peppercorn filet and Sweet Onion Crusted Snapper. Both were delicious (and recommended) entrees. I ordered the Filet Mignon & Mushroom Tartare as an appetizer hoping to expand my daughter's pallet, and it was disappointing, not a classic tartar, which would be fine, but the hand cut filet had chewey fat on the pieces... Unacceptable in my world. I would rate the service as good to very good, but not outstanding, the food we liked was excellent, the ambiance was ordinary plus but in need of some energy, the wine selection superb, and the overall experience: less than expected. Perhaps Daryl and Oliver need to get out of their Bentley and back to work....

Visited March 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Boca Raton, Florida
1 review
“Nothing special”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

On March 22 our party of four ate in Cafe Maxx. We thought we would get superior food and service and neither happened. Our dinners consisted of Salmon, Wahoo, Shrimp and Duck and none were especially good with the Wahoo and the Shrimp being very poor. Our two desserts were Apple Tart that was terrible and Key Lime Pie that was just fair.We would have sent the Wahoo and the Shrimp back but couldn't find a server and after waiting a hour to be served were were so hungry that we ate it anyway. I could have had the same quality meal at any chain for less than half the price and the service would have been better.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Could not be better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Overall an excellent experience, a little pricey but worth the price.This is the place for a special dining experience and a romantic dinner if you are foodies.The trio of tournadoes and duck were outstanding.Salad was perfectly dressed, flat bread and breads were great. Dessert was terrific and large enough to share.Coffee was just like the islands.You will need a reservation days ahead during snowbird season, maybe all year as locals like it too.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Joyless time warp”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

There was no warmth in the greeting and the service was very impersonal. The food was decent but unnecessarily rich. If you like creamy and heavy food this is the place for you. The furnishing was nondescript. It felt like eating in an early 90s restaurant. It was not as good as it should have been.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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ft. lauderdale, florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Miss the old days”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Had a nice evening planned at Cafe Max and considering we haven't been there in years we were really looking forward to great food but were totally underwhelmed
The apps were very good but the main courses were not so great. Hogfish, a local delicious fish was dry and not very hot considering the plate was very hot ,which leads me to believe that plate sat for a while before being presented. Risotto with veal cheeks ,gummy and not as wonderful as we hoped it to be.
The apps were delightful and that's about as good as it got. A little tired these days perhaps? Even a great restaurant needs to change it up now and then. I think its time.

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