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“Marvelous, Magnifo, Majestic, Magical IS---Mario's Catalina”

Mario's Catalina Restaurant
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Ranked #188 of 1,407 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$40
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We visited Mario's Catalina yesterday, and were so impressed with the Beautiful Christmas lights, that adorned the outside of the building, that houses the restaurant. These lights were the prelude to a BEAUTIFUL dining experience. It is wonderful to know, that you can CONSISTENTLY count on a restaurant,-- to deliver great food, great service, and at prices, that are reasonable,--- for such an up-scale restaurant. Whenever we visit Mario's, we feel like royalty,-- because Mario and his staff are dedicated to treating each and every patron like SPECIAL guests. The restaurant décor is a wonderful setting, for the phenomenal cuisine. The linen tablecloths, the candles on the table, the beautiful plush chairs, the artwork adorning the walls, the exquisite chandeliers,--ALL combine,-- to "set the table" for a SUERB dining experience. We have our FAVORITES,-- when we choose our main courses. I love their Pork dishes, and my dining companion loves their Shrimp Ajillo. However, there are a variety of delicious possibilities from which to choose. And, Mario's Sangria,--be it White or Red, is memorable, We are usually "filled to the brim" when it is time for dessert-because the main course portions, are so BIG. However, we usually find a little space in our stomachs,-- to at least taste the Flan. It is sinfully delicious--as are the other fabulous desserts that Mario's offers. When we leave Mario's, we always feel so SATISFIED, SERENE and PRIVILEGED. Mario's IS Magical , and Magnifico!!!

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Very tasty food and friendly staff. We had Maria's beef dish. It was so good. Flan for dessert is a must! It is a special occasion restaurant and it delivers with a "white table cloth" atmosphere. Try it..you'll like it.

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Thank aalsh
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

For first trip back to Fort Lauderdale since 2005, we decided to return to Mario's Catalina. For good reason. The food and hospitality remain outstanding. Our previous visit was 8/22/05 - our anniversary and the day before Katrina roared through FL. As we planned our trip this past week, we were delighted to learn that Mario's Catalina is still a thriving business and that Mario remains the man in charge.

Our dinner tonight was wonderful. Drinks - Red Sangria and Mojitos - were hand-crafted and excellent. And the food - i wish we had this up north in VA. Empenades! Fish! Pork! Beef! Chicken! - all well cooked, seasoned and plated. What a great dinner!

Best of all is the care that Mario takes with all his guests.

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Thank lsnpl8
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Mario's has always been a favorite since the first time we went there several years ago. When Mario says: "I take care." he means it. And let him. We now live in North Carolina and are making a special trip to ft. Lauderdale in February just to dine at the Catalina. I know we won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

It was our 28th anniversary and my husband and I were looking forward to celebrating at Mario's. My husband called to make reservations for a nice table and was told to tell them when we arrive. We later arrived in the rain to a full parking lot with a sign prompting us to park I about half a block away and walk. You would think with their prices they would have arrangements with a valet service. I called to ask if we could park somewhere by the front bushes and I was hung up on. We left and ate at Texas de Brazil where we enjoyed valet parking a great meal and pleasant host and servers.

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