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“Great unique restaurant”

Mario's Catalina Restaurant
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Ranked #106 of 1,357 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went here in July 2014. Overall, this is a great, unique restaurant and I would definitely return. It was one of the better meals that I've had in a while.

The food here is excellent. To start off they give you fried plantains along with a chimichurri sauce which is out of this world. We then had a tamale, which is probably the best one ever had. I had a dish with roast pork and chicken cubes which was also excellent (what would you expect, Cubans know how to do pork). My significant other had snapper fish with a lobster tail, which was also excellent. The sangria is also very unique.

Also, the atmosphere is very cool, in an old school way. It has a gaudy style is very much like most other Cuban restaurants that I've been to. This is a very unique place.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Went there for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. The ambience was excellent and the food superb. I can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

The restaurant is cozy. However, food is over price. Example a flan cost us $12.50. I ordered a grilled grouper and had no taste and smell charcoal. This is a one time restaurant for us. Service is very attentive as well as the owner.

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

It may look like just a tiny spot between the other buildings that line Federal Highway for miles, but this place is really special. Outstanding and creative dishes with a special personal touch -- they take great pride in their food and service. The interior is a trip! And don't worry if the owner gives your wife a kiss - that's just the way he is.

As far as I'm concerned, eating at Catalina is the highlight of any trip to Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton.

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Catalina is always FABULOUS. We have dined there many many times. It is terrific in every way. The food, service, ambiance, staff and MARIO are outstanding. YOU have to try it. Catalina will be your most favorite place to dine. A neighborhood gem.

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1  Thank Lauren A
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