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Cafe Italia Ristorante

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Italian, Wine Bar
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3471 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
+1 954-561-3900
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very relaxed, comfortable restaurant serving beautifully cooked Italian favourites. Friendly greeting from the owner, sincere service and and an enjoyable evening.

Thank Andrew B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place with a passion but don't come here cause I don't want it to get crowded. It has no atmosphere, waitresses are not personable, the manager where's the same button downed shirt, jeans and sneakers every time we go, but its the best food in South Florida for the money.

Thank jessicaf1971
Wake Forest, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

My wife and I started going to Cafe Italia in 2007 and have visited about 5 or 6 times over the years. Instead of coming from Ft. Myers, we now have to visit when we are back in Florida (living in home state of NC again). The food is exceptional, the owner is genuine, and he prefers his guests to... More 

Thank pastorjamesriddle
Miami, Florida
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79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The fresh fish dishes are a surprise considering the name. Everything is wonderful. Even better, the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food.

Thank rg2626
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

This little retaurant has food with lots of flavor. The lamb meatballs were delicious. Portions were generous in size.

Thank Bruce W
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

This small family owned Italian restaurant has an extensive menu of great Italian dishes. The owner, Francesco, greets you and, if you like will sit with you and tell you all about his Italian home. The pastas are perfectly prepared and beautifully served. The specialty tonight was baked snapper with fresh tomatoes, capers, onions, served with a salad & pasta.... More 

Thank leabird1
Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Great Italian food like your mother used to make . The 82 year old owner comes to the table talking about the old country & his 5 year old grandson . The love of his life. It doesn't get any better .

Thank Adimenna
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Francesco, the 80-year old owner still greets the patrons. The menu is small but everything is made fresh to perfection. What we like most is that you add the sides of your choice to the basic, but very delicious entrees. Francesco's wife is supervising the kitchen. And the saying "Italian Home Made Food" fits here perfectly. And something else: Even... More 

Thank Gourmet2020
Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

This place was recommended by the owner of the condo where we stayed. It was a little difficult to find, but no problem with a GPS - but keep your eyes opened. What made this a truly enjoyable evening was a combination of the food and the friendly conversation with the owner! He was charming and funny! He helped us... More 

Thank Jerry W
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Italian cuisine at exhorbitant prices. To our suprprise every entree was quoted at vare bone price, but any extras, vegetables or potatoes or rice was an add on, and that took the price too high, for a quality that did nit deserve such prices. I viisited the best restaurants in the world and do not mind payinmg up, but not... More 

Thank Francoisdlb
CafeItaliaFtLaud, Manager at Cafe Italia Ristorante, responded to this review

Hello We do not have sides of potatoes or rice; it's possible your mistaken for the restaurant next door. If you could please amend or remove this review as it not our restaurant Thank you More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $35
Italian, Wine Bar
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3471 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306-1019
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-561-3900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?