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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

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1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
+1 954-563-4141
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Detroit, Michigan
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, we stopped at catalina for lunch. Both the food and the service was exceptional. The portion size was just right and the food was tasty and well seasoned. I would definitely return.

Thank Watson8070
Palm Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate at Catalina Thursday. There was five of us and we all loved it. Atmosphere,service and food was better than I would have ever expected. Mario the owner was fabulous. We started with plantains and chimichuri on the house. A good salad with greens and apples, nicely dressed. The mussels with bread and red garlic sauce were great. Masses... More 

Thank ronniek01
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend had booked a table for 8:30 but we were seated at 9. No introduction or welcome but we could see everyone was running around all stressed. We were ready to leave when we were eventually seated. We ordered a bottle of wine, out of stock. We tried to order another one, out of stock. Eventually we just asked... More 

Thank Holly M
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was very disappointing, they brought out salads we did not order brought out the wrong entree and over charged on the drinks.. At the end of our meal we got the ticket the server used to take our orders on I looked at my CC statement and the bill has gone up $40 more then I signed for.... More 

Thank Joyand K
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you enjoy Cuban food or think you would like to try it while in South Florida this is the place to go. This is probably the best Cuban food I have had. The roasted pork was so tasty and moist I was in food heaven while eating it. I highly recommend this restaurant. If you like sangria the red... More 

Thank SawyerHank
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place. Food is excellent, refined and very fresh (fish) We had 2 house specialties and were delighted. Service is excellent I would have given 5 ***** without concern if the wine list was a bit cheaper; wine prices start at $39.00 I will go back for sure and strongly recommend the place. a great "bravo" to... More 

1 Thank FLEK
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been living in Fort Lauderdale my entire life and have never been to this restaurant. I pass by the place basically every day but have just never ventured in. I went here for the first time last night. Immediately upon walking in I was greeted by Mario the owner. He could not have been any kinder in helping... More 

Thank christhecriticv
Lighthouse Point, Florida
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously overpriced!!! Who charges you $14 for a glass of house wine? INSANE. Food was ok, service was TERRIBLE. Prices were over the moon. Won't come back.

Thank Jay O
Naperville, IL
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal. Mario and his staff did a great job with our party of six. The dishes were attractive and very tasty authentic Cuban cuisine. The service was attentive and very friendly. We dined at our leisure and the owner, Mario, stopped by our table several times to check on us. The mojitos were excellent too.

Thank Philip P
Columbia, Maryland
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We overheard someone talking about this restaurant so we decided to try it. The food was very good; but the service is a little sketchy. There are a number of different rooms - some which are "outside" but protected from elements with vinyl walls. It's very authentic Cuban - with a conglomerate of decorating styles from the Statue of Liberty... More 

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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
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-563-4141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?