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“Best Authentic Cuban Ever” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mario's Catalina Restaurant

Mario's Catalina Restaurant
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Ranked #110 of 1,322 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Best Authentic Cuban Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

The location and humble exterior of this restaurant along North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, FL might make you consider this a drive-by. However, you are in for a superb dining experience. The ambiance was very upscale, food was delicious and service impeccable. It is worth heading away from the beach scene for an amazing evening.

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Thank EKFranc
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1 review
“Absolutely great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

The service at this restaurant was out of this world everyone was so nice and welcoming , they went above and beyond to make my nephews 16th birthday celebration a night he will never forget, he left feeling like a King. Our wait staff and the owner Mario was so kind and attentive. Thank you so much Mario for all your efforts in making our celebration awesome. We will definitely be coming back , great food, great staff and great atmosphere. I would recommend the Mario's Favorite
Includes: Red Snapper filet breaded in green plantains with lobster sauce & jumbo shrimp and that watermelon mojito omg, is to die for, my mouth is watering just thinking of the food, I can't wait to go back

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Scambri
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Ft Lauderdale
2 reviews
“First visit was great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We never really noticed the restaurant before, but then we saw an ad for it in the Fort Lauderdale Magazine and decided to try it. We were not disappointed. The food was very good. The owner (Mario) and the entire wait staff were attentive. The restaurant was clean. What more could you want? We will definitely go back, and take our friends.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank grandpaFtLauderdale
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“Have to stop here every time I come to Ft. Lauderdale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

I love this resturant went past night and brought my parents who have never been and Mario (owner) is so amazing and wants to make your dining experience truly spectacular!! He is very generous with his good portions. The best dinner I have ever had is when I come here!!! GO TO CATALINA!!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank christinab88
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1 review
“Amazing food & even greater service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

From the owner to the waiters, the service is amazing. It's important because that's what you get even before the food is served. Discovered it from another couple, now my husband and I love it. I always order Sangria & their special Red Snapper with shrimp and lobster sauce. AMAZING. Also, my birthday is the same as the owner's and I had a pretty good gift that night. Definitely a must if in the area.

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Thank paopm
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