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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

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1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2528
954 563 4141
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Ft Lauderdale
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Mario is usually there to greet you and is charming. The appetizer sampler is great, and recommended for4 people, but plenty for 6-8 to taste everything. Food is delicious and large portions. My favorite is the pork, but all is good. Mojitos are the best I have ever had. Dessert tray all looks great, but try one of the Cuban... More 

Thank Jeannecyberini
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The nice ambience and friendly service did not make up for the fact that this was grossly overpriced, mediocre cuisine. The first mojito was devoid of alcohol. They provided a second which was better. Our appetizer of meat empanadas was greasy. My wife had fish that was supposedly grouper but was very fishy and not fresh tasting. . I had... More 

Thank eidelmf
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food that we ordered was rich and great flavor, specially the croquetas. The restaurants atmosphere was very nice. Staff was very attentive. This is not a Cuban cafeteria, is a fine restaurant with prices accordingly so. The tables at the center of the main salon can get a little of traffic, keep that in mind if you are big... More 

Thank Peter S
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from Orlando to enjoy some good Spanish food and visit friends from Miami. Wow! Atmosphere was beautiful with chandeliers, artwork, smooth jazz, and fantastic service! Everything from the drinks, appetizers, main courses, and desserts were amazing!

Thank Susan N
Davie, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

I love Cuban food and this didn't disappoint. The only downfall is the rice portion they give, a little bit bigger of a portion would be enough.

1 Thank blogthis11
Atlanta, Ga
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Ordered $35 worth of food. Received a bill for over $100 with no itemization. Beware as they will bring u food u did not order and try to get u to pay. Shameful!

Thank AtochaShipwreckGal
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I come every special Occasion. The food is outstanding...and we are foodies! Yes, the sangria is amazing but I have yet to have a bad meal here. The muscles are to die for, and the portions very generous, as Well as delicious. Come here and enjoy!

1 Thank Sandfox85
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Come for the sangria, stay for the food! Absolutely the best restaurant in south Florida. A gracious host, friendly attentive staff a Ned the best food around. Latin food with flair hardly does justice to this fine restaurant. I've never had better mussels. I've never had better sangria. I've never loved a place more or found one more consistent. 5... More 

1 Thank Kendojo
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This was by far the best place we ate at‼I even received a kiss in the cheek from Mario. The food was the best food I've had the pleasure of eating. The staff impeccable-timing was perfect! Will be back!

Thank TrooperWilly
Coral Springs, Florida
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110 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

This restaurant tucked in along federal highway is a great place with Spanish and Cuban food. From fish to rice and beans to paella was just unbelievable! You will enjoy their food. I guarantee it! They also have outdoor entertainment on the weekends playing Spanish music.

1 Thank mamadukes25

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $40
Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2528
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: 954 563 4141

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?