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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

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1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2528
+1 954-563-4141
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Exceptional service! Great sangria, paella and tamal pork to die for. Really nice cozy place.Would love to come back.

1 Thank Subhrangshu D
Lake Zurich,IL ( Chicago burb )
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91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would have to say that this place has to be the best Cuban Food in the area! Everything was outstanding including the food-service-mojitos- and desert. I highly would recommend this place to everybody. I felt I was treated like a king and the owner was always stopping by to insure everybody was happy. My favorite was the typical Cuban... More 

1 Thank HotRod1079
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant has a very lively vibe and the service was very good, but it is so overpriced I can't imagine we'll be going back. The food is average at best and $90 for Paella for two? Unbelievable.

Thank Marc A
Chariton, Iowa, United States
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Despite being tourists, Mario and his awesome staff made us feel like part of the family. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but the food and service is totally worth it. Their meats are incredible.

Thank Buzz M
Ft Lauderdale
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Mario is usually there to greet you and is charming. The appetizer sampler is great, and recommended for4 people, but plenty for 6-8 to taste everything. Food is delicious and large portions. My favorite is the pork, but all is good. Mojitos are the best I have ever had. Dessert tray all looks great, but try one of the Cuban... More 

Thank Jeannecyberini
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The nice ambience and friendly service did not make up for the fact that this was grossly overpriced, mediocre cuisine. The first mojito was devoid of alcohol. They provided a second which was better. Our appetizer of meat empanadas was greasy. My wife had fish that was supposedly grouper but was very fishy and not fresh tasting. . I had... More 

1 Thank eidelmf
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

The food that we ordered was rich and great flavor, specially the croquetas. The restaurants atmosphere was very nice. Staff was very attentive. This is not a Cuban cafeteria, is a fine restaurant with prices accordingly so. The tables at the center of the main salon can get a little of traffic, keep that in mind if you are big... More 

Thank Peter S
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We drove from Orlando to enjoy some good Spanish food and visit friends from Miami. Wow! Atmosphere was beautiful with chandeliers, artwork, smooth jazz, and fantastic service! Everything from the drinks, appetizers, main courses, and desserts were amazing!

Thank Susan N
Davie, Florida
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I love Cuban food and this didn't disappoint. The only downfall is the rice portion they give, a little bit bigger of a portion would be enough.

1 Thank blogthis11
Atlanta, Ga
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Ordered $35 worth of food. Received a bill for over $100 with no itemization. Beware as they will bring u food u did not order and try to get u to pay. Shameful!

1 Thank AtochaShipwreckGal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$40
Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2528
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-563-4141

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?