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Map & Directions 3599 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
  • Asian Fusion, Chinese, Hawaiian, Polynesian, Sushi
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Banquet Facilities, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • Valet


New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Description

The Mai-Kai is easy to love. It's not that its oversized tiki cocktails and Lobster Tahitienne are anything to write home about. It's just that you can't set foot in the place without succumbing to a deep enchantment: You've entered a waking dreamworld, part Blue Lagoon, part Monkey's Paw. Maybe because it's dark as a cave or because you're never more than ten feet from running water. Or because the cocktail waitresses are dressed in Barbarella-era bikinis or because, as you grope your way through room after room lit by jewel-colored lanterns, there's a kitschy-surreal surprise around every corner. What most people are looking for is the Polynesian dance and fire-eating shows, which are fun, for sure. And the Mai-Kai's daily happy hour in the bar, with half-price food and drinks, is fair game for any bargain hunter. By the time you finally make your way out to the winding, torch-lit path in the garden, you're feeling as intrepid and remote as Henry Morton Stanley trailing Livingstone through the Congo. Yet, you're still in Fort Lauderdale.

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  • The drinks here have that kick that other places tend to water down. Try the drunken skull or the Bora Bora! For those price conscious, go during happy hour where the drinks are half-priced!

  • Broward- Palm Beach New Times Best of Winner 2010 for Best Place for Drinks, Not Food! They are phenomenal, magical concoctions comprised of rum and fruit juices and time-tested mixology.

  • Bonnie R. on 03/27/10

    Check this place out!!! I've never been to another restaurant like it before...the shows are very cool and the inside is really pretty, you feel like you're eating outside in a rainforest of sorts...t

  • This 50-year-old tropical escape dispenses some of the most powerful, creative cocktails. You can head outside to the garden, where tikis and waterfalls add to the buzz of a perfect evening.

  • Scott K. on 08/07/10

    The ultimate Polynesian Palace. Real tiki in an era where most people don't know what tiki is. One of the last original tiki restaurants left. Order the Zombie and the 151 Swizzle. You can't go wrong.

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