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“Nothing special”

Darrel & Oliver's Cafe Maxx
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Ranked #41 of 357 Restaurants in Pompano Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Boca Raton, Florida
1 review
“Nothing special”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

On March 22 our party of four ate in Cafe Maxx. We thought we would get superior food and service and neither happened. Our dinners consisted of Salmon, Wahoo, Shrimp and Duck and none were especially good with the Wahoo and the Shrimp being very poor. Our two desserts were Apple Tart that was terrible and Key Lime Pie that was just fair.We would have sent the Wahoo and the Shrimp back but couldn't find a server and after waiting a hour to be served were were so hungry that we ate it anyway. I could have had the same quality meal at any chain for less than half the price and the service would have been better.

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
347 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Could not be better”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Overall an excellent experience, a little pricey but worth the price.This is the place for a special dining experience and a romantic dinner if you are foodies.The trio of tournadoes and duck were outstanding.Salad was perfectly dressed, flat bread and breads were great. Dessert was terrific and large enough to share.Coffee was just like the islands.You will need a reservation days ahead during snowbird season, maybe all year as locals like it too.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank knife_n_fork32168
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London
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Joyless time warp”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

There was no warmth in the greeting and the service was very impersonal. The food was decent but unnecessarily rich. If you like creamy and heavy food this is the place for you. The furnishing was nondescript. It felt like eating in an early 90s restaurant. It was not as good as it should have been.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank GMFLondon
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ft. lauderdale, florida
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Miss the old days”
Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Had a nice evening planned at Cafe Max and considering we haven't been there in years we were really looking forward to great food but were totally underwhelmed
The apps were very good but the main courses were not so great. Hogfish, a local delicious fish was dry and not very hot considering the plate was very hot ,which leads me to believe that plate sat for a while before being presented. Risotto with veal cheeks ,gummy and not as wonderful as we hoped it to be.
The apps were delightful and that's about as good as it got. A little tired these days perhaps? Even a great restaurant needs to change it up now and then. I think its time.

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Thank flybysts
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Pompano Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“My Favorite Restaurant”
Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been going to Darrel & Oliver's for years. It's just down the street from where I live and is arguably the best restaurant most of Broward County. My girlfriend and I always ask for Ricardo when he is on duty.

Visited January 2014
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