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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

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$$$
Caribbean, Cuban, Spanish
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1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
954 563 4141
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 604
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  • 62
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 46
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Such a Great Experiecne I wanted eat there again the next day!

Yes from our warm welcome to the menu presentation the mood was set. I'm from North Florida where a couple of people dabble in Cuban food so I needed a little help in understanding a few of the menu items, our waiter was very helpful in explaining how each item was prepared. The only problem is he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Chuck S
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yes from our warm welcome to the menu presentation the mood was set. I'm from North Florida where a couple of people dabble in Cuban food so I needed a little help in understanding a few of the menu items, our waiter was very helpful in explaining how each item was prepared. The only problem is he made every thing... More 

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Thank Chuck S
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I accidentally found this place...and thrilled that I did! I was dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, but they greeted me warmly and professionally. From the very beginning, the food and service were beyond expectations. Full disclosure: I am a chef and restaurant owner. I have been in this business for over 30 years. This is the best meal I... More 

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Thank CJ J
Naples, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very pleasant surprise when the initial plantains with garlic seasoned pico arrived after we ordered. Exquisite presentation and an explosion of flavor in the mouth! The special was paella and was as exquisitely presented and very flavorful! The mojitos that accompanied the meal were just as amazing! Finished with flan which was good. The menu was a bit pricey however... More 

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Thank Sweetteababy
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrible service - it was good until we were served, then no one ever came back. We had to leave table to find someone to get the check. As for food, Empanadas were great, but Paella special of the day was average at best

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Thank GeorgiaLucy41
Jenison Michigan
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mario's Catalina Restaurant was a surprise. Our family of 13 picked this restaurant out of the pure blue sky for our Christmas dinner. Not all restaurant were open on Christmas day. I was surprised how busy they were. After eating the food , I new why. We started with fried banana plantains and a delicious sauce. This is their version... More 

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Thank KarlCarlton
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went for the second year in a row to celebrate our Anniversary at Mario's. As usual, the service was great, the new appetizer we tried (mussels) was amazing, my husband's snapper with shrimp dish was excellent and I tried their paella, which was delicious! Every time I have been there Mario himself is there and he... More 

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Thank francekevinm
Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Followed Trip Advisor advice and tried this place. Food was awesome service impeccable and really made my vacation complete... You have to try this place it is totally amazing. Thanks to our server Rafeal for making the night perfect.

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Thank Jeff K
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great! The food is excellent and Mario will make sure you get everything you need and totally enjoy his restaurant. The atmosphere is cozy and eclectic. We don't get Cuban food too often in CT so we really were excited and looking forward to something different. Mario doesn't let you down. The app's were great and we... More 

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Thank Roy F
Davie, Florida
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of us went to Mario's Catalina for Latin food last night. Everything we ate, from the appetizers through dessert was absolutely wonderful! In fact, each one of us uttered the phrase, "oh this is amazing" at some point during the dinner. The ambiance was nice, the service was good. Make sure you try the Sangria!! Fabulous! You will... More 

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Thank 355Janie1
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend I were craving some good ol Cuban Cuisine on NYE. Found this place and made a reservation online. When we got to the place, there was valet parking mostly because the parking lot is really small. We entered the restaurant and it was packed (typical for NYE). It was a little cramped navigating through the restaurant and finding... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: 954 563 4141

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 40
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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