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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

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1611 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
+1 954-563-4141
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Brooklyn, New York
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

different type of cuban restaurant, more like eating at someones home. Mario makes you feel welcome as he greets everyone. Must try the Argentinean steak, spanish beef patties, and the Sangria is the best I've had(white wine used) Call ahead for reservations just in case. Casual but neat dress code. Prices not too steep, you will leave stuffed.

Thank John T
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

very good food, the food portion is small for the price, very elegant and the service is outstanding very nice place to visit

Thank Victor E
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We first came to Mario's restaurant in April 2010 and had the best restaurant experience ever !! This year, after a gap of 7 years, we were in the area for Spring break and decided to stop by Mario's Catalina !! It was so nice to meet Mario again. He was the same awesome person and treated us to the... More 

Thank Supriya H
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seriously the best Cuban restaurant in the U.S.!!! Greeted by the owner, private dining room, handmade mojitos and hand picked menu cooked by the Mario, the owner! Thank you Alberto at the Hilton Marina for hooking us up!!!!

Thank IndySharon
Victorville, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended this restaurant, since we wanted to have Cuban food. We loved everything so much, that we not only went there before our cruise, but also post cruise. The food is delicious and generous. The white sangria is the best sangria I've ever had. The service is excellent! The owner was there both times that we went, and... More 

Thank Kathy980
Pawling, New York, United States
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92 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first meal that we had in Fort Lauderdale. At first we were taken back because we were looking for a more casual dining experience. The prices were very high, and since it was just myself, my husband and my 13 year old son...we thought about getting up and going to the Mexican restaurant a few doors down.... More 

Thank Lenore C
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66 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Personal and family milestones are times to celebrate BIG! In planning my second born's 30th birthday, my son-in-law chose Cuban-Spanish cuisine, as that is part of his wife's heritage. He reserved a private room at this intimate, but welcoming spot in east Fort Lauderdale, near their home in LBTS. Thirty of us were assembled in a separate party room across... More 

Thank Marie M
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

I loved the food ....very different ...a real experience....the wait staff friendly and helpful...the decor was charming...a real find

Thank Brenda L
Dayton, Indiana, United States
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Mario runs a fine dining restaurant with decades of history in Fort Lauderdale. Seven of us had varied meals, all prepared expertly from fresh ingredients. Presentation was as pleasant as the sauces, spices, and cuts of pork, chicken, and seafood. Save room for dessert! We'll be back.

Thank Dave L
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Came to the restaurant with a Groupon so happy we did.. Fhe food was fabulous appetizers to die for. the portions of each meal were very big... warmly greeted by the owner and staff.. will definitely come back even without the Groupon

Thank Alice8231

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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
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
  • 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?