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“A novel experience, not to remember.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge

Mai-Kai Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #141 of 1,320 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Oakland Park Boulevard
Description: Since 1956, we have captivated people with our warmth and magical aura. The Mai-Kai authentically recreates a Polynesian Village, complete with tiki torches, a thatch roof, tropical gardens, waterfalls and museum quality artifacts. The exciting Islander Revue is performed nightly by native Polynesian dancers in colorful hand sewn costumes. The Hawaiian wedding dance will seduce you, and the Samoan Fire and Knife dance will leave you speechless. The Revue is a favorite of all ages. The award winning cuisine includes American and Cantonese dishes, many prepared in our Chinese Ovens, and each dining room reflects a different Island of Polynesia. The Molokai Bar is a South Seas saloon with over 51 tropical drinks and live music nightly. "Home of the Mystery Drink" served by our sarong-clad maiden, with an orchid lei. Try our House Specialties - Mai-Tai and Barrel o'Rum. Happy Hour nightly 5 - 7 pm. Our Mai-Kai trading post and gift shop will give you a chance to bring home your favorite memories of the Mai-Kai. From Hawaiian shirts and hats to Polynesian Jewelry, everyone is sure to find something to bring home
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A novel experience, not to remember.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Mehhh. I could take it or leave it. Place is kinda run down as the themed decor appears original and rusty. I'm surprised the place hasn't burned to the ground as the show uses live fire juggling and the room is covered in straw!

Drinks were fun, with strong rums and fresh tropical juices. Recommend the 'Jet Pilot' and 'Mutiny', at least one of each will set your swerve for the night, but will drain your wallet. Drink prices are between $10-14 average apiece! Apps were mediocre, and entrees were universally subpar for our large group.

The show was run down too, like its been performed 10,000 times. The female dancers weren't too enthusiastic and the couple dudes had troubles keeping up with them.

This theme could be done much better. Both restaurant and staff need a makeover.

Oh, and I think the valet staff swindled me $5 for self parking as when I came out I saw a sign that said 'free valet parking'.

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Odessa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Of course it's touristy...but it's damned good fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

A Polynesian villiage in South Florida? A landmark on Federal highway for well over 50 years now and still going strong. It's an amazing place. Long before there was a Walt Disney World, this was a vacation destination for visiting Northerners escaping cold winters at home.

I hadn't been inside for several years before my recent visit and tended to just remember it as a tourist trap but we went for a family reunion and were all surprised at how good a time everyone had. The food was better than we remembered and the drinks were very interesting and lots of fun. The show was terrifically entertaining and the facilities most impressive.

It's not inexpensive but it's all in all a good value for your tourist dollar. If you haven't been there; you haven't seen Fort Lauderdale. If you haven't been for a while; you really oughta see it again. It's lots more fun than Disney!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bob B
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worst Experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

I went to celebrate my birthday but instead I had the worst experience. Beside the performance which was great, the food was horrible. The barbecue ribs was hard as brick and it was cold. I self parked my park and paid $5. I returned to find out my car was broken into and i went to management and their response was if you didn't valet park your car then it's not our problem. As a customer, whether i valet or not, i should feel secure that my car is gonna be safe. It doesn't take much to have someone patrol the parking area. I don't recomment anyone to ever go to this restaurant because food is bad and they don't feel that it's their responsibility to make sure that no customer car is broken into while on their property.

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank Thierry D
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great show and Surprisingly Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

I first went to this place when I was a little girl, and still remembered it fondly some forty years later! So when we drove by, I recognized it immediately and had to try it again. The floor show is truly good Polynesian dancing, albeit on a small stage. The Chinese food is much better than what one might expect for a kitschy restaurant. Decor is outstanding.

  • Visited November 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Food was not fresh had an upset stomach after eating,service of waiter was slow,drinks were served late,rice quality not good at all

Visited September 2012
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