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“Must Have Been A Bad Night”

Darrel & Oliver's Cafe Maxx
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Ranked #40 of 356 Restaurants in Pompano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
florida
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755 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Must Have Been A Bad Night”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We have been to this restaurant in the past and it was always good.
Tonight however, it was a disaster. The waiter who had been called in in an emergency since some staff did not show up for work was hassled and completely forgot about us.
The special menue was a good deal but the food wasn't as good as we remember.
Dinner took 3 hours. We heard several couples say the same thing on the way out.
Lets hope they get their act together because its really a good restauranr

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

THe food is excellent. Our table was near the kitchen so there was alot of traffic.The service was overall very good. We got seated right away. I had the mahi mahi which was excellent. My brother had the snapper and our wives had the salmon salad which they said was very good. We brought our own bottle of wine for a corkage fee of $30 which is a little on the high side.

  • Visited October 2012
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Always great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We've been here a few times, both before and during the parking lot construction. It is consistently good. Just make sure you make reservations, they are always busy!! The construction is not an issue as they have valet.
The wine list is good, the last time we went I was able to get a fantastic Italian red by Elio Altera!!!!! No one knew what it was and they had a tough time locating it but it was well worth the wait. Fantastic wine, what a wonderful bouquet and deep flavor with layers upon layers of complexity.
The food was also amazing, pasta is authentic and flavorful. We always have a good time. The service is very good.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank travellingwinotoo
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Make sure you don't get stuck in the back room!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Unless you want to feel like you've interupted someone's private dining room. The over-all service wasn't what I'd expected or remembered from past visits (over five years ago) and we even had to ask the hostess to get a bread basket. The servers had to ask who got what on all four courses of the "Dine Out Lauderdale" menu. HOWEVER...the food was fantastic! In addition to what was on the "special" menu, each course also offered a special of the night. The flavors for each course I had were distinct and well paired. I had the Shrimp app (cooked perfectly with a banana puree and salsa bits) then the special salad offer...Tom/Mozz drizzled with a sweet balsamic dressing, then I had the Filet (MR) cooked spot on and paired with a au gratin potato cake...delish. The Keylime pie was perfectly tart yet sweet. The other three diners all loved their dishes including the Escargot, Swordfish and their desserts. The place was hopping on a Friday night and had we been seated in the main dinning room I probably would have given this review a 5. The rest of the table liked where we were seated, I just tend to like being in the heart of action at any restaurant. I will go back sooner than I did after the last time, it's just that good!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank FTLHotelier
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just Plain Rude.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

We had made plans far in advance for this special occasion; my birthday. Out of all the restaurants in the Ft Lauderdale area, I chose this one. We have spend a LOT of money over the past few years but apparently what counts with him is what you spend "tonight". He was rude insulting and I will never spend another dime there. The food is great if you can choke down the attitude. No thanks!

  • Visited October 2012
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