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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2528
+1 954-563-4141
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good8%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“empanadas” (78 reviews)
“pork” (87 reviews)
“vaca frita” (15 reviews)
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Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2528
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I have been to Mario's three times since my first visit in August 2012. It only gets better. As a 64 year old Cuban living in the U.S. since I was 5, I have spent an entire lifetime eating good Cuban food at home and...More

1  Thank Fermin C
Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife and I were looking for a place to celebrate our third anniversary and heard that the food was very good at Mario's Catalina Restaurant and they were right. Mario greets you at the door and introduces himself, while one of his waiters take...More

Thank MLF888
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Mario's Catalina restaurant is the best Cuban food I have eaten.......EVER! The choices are varied; the Paella (which is not on the menu, but if you ask for it it's there) was simply superb! Packed with seafood, chicken and pork it was a feast for...More

Thank Harriet S
Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you go once, you'll go again and again. The friendly owner Mario will make sure of that with gifts and coupons for first time diners. The Tamale with pork is a must, as are the chicken filet and the beef dishes. The meats are...More

Thank VParry
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This place does not look like much from the outside, but step inside and you are transferred to a wonderful dining experience. We were greeted at the door by the owner, who presented with a hand out to shake and a big smile. We were...More

Thank Suzbaroo
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The food at Mario's is so yummy! They always bring an appetizer of crispy plantains and a delicious fresh salsa. All of the meat just melts in your mouth and is so flavorful. The owner also will, on occasion, send over a free drink or...More

Thank Megan A
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We started with a delicious mojito followed by the Mario salad. Our delicious main courses were grouper and snapper with shrimp in a garlic sauce. The owner was so hospitable and gave us a complimentary flan (which was the best we ever ate!!) We give...More

Thank Kiding821
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We used a Groupon to enjoy a wonderful meal. We had the Mixed Seafood in Lobster sauce for 2 with rice and platanos which was enormous. The large carafe of white sangria was too much for both of us. We were very intoxicated. Next we...More

1  Thank decosailor
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Charming restaurant. Mario is a delightful host and the food is the best Cuban. I have been coming here for years. Chicken filet is my favorite.

Thank anc0n
Reviewed July 28, 2013

My first experience with Cuban cuisine, and very satisfied with the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Overall great value, large portions of very tasty food, and simply excellent Mojitos (worth visiting for them alone!), all delivered with an extremely welcoming and attentive level of service. As...More

Thank JRMTraveller
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April 16, 2016|
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Response from strassbeee | Reviewed this property |
Casual....don't forget to bring your Groupon!
April 6, 2016|
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Response from Michael P | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if they offer gluten free choices.
Lidia V
December 8, 2015|
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Response from RickandGreg | Reviewed this property |
Mario will probably have a regular menu on Christmas Eve. Probably it's best to call the restaurant. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$14 - $40
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, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
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: +1 954-563-4141
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