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Mario's Catalina Restaurant

Map & Directions 1611 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Cuban, Spanish
  • Sun-Thu, Sat 4pm-11pm, Fri 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted
  • Free, Valet


New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Description

You'll have the time of your life at Mario's busy, happy Cuban/Spanish restaurant, but don't fool around: Make a reservation. You don't want to have to wait a second longer than necessary for that steaming, ground-beef empanada, a hefty corn-scented tamal, or a feather-light ham croquette. The crowd here is lively; tropical flavors redolent of garlic, grilled onion, and pepper are designed to snap you out of any stupor. Red snapper rolled in ground plantain and topped with a handful of fresh shrimp; an Argentine-style skirt steak; and seafood-stuffed paella for one are all standouts -- but the menu doesn't put a foot wrong. And the staff at this Fort Lauderdale spot is as sweet as the grilled plantains, as the cuatro leches cake, as the tiny cup of Cuban coffee that ends every meal.

Member Reviews

  • on 03/18/13

    Mario’s Catalina Restaurant

    When we are celebrating something, we like to go out to a more upscale restaurant, as many of us do I am sure. We got double happy, as this time a very generous friend of ours gifted us a voucher to a fancy place, called Mario’s Catalina restaurant. We were looking forward to our evening out, as we have not been there before and as the voucher... More >>

  • eyeneedcaffeine
    on 08/29/11

    Beware of this place and Mario. Became here by the recommendation of our hotel. We got there on a Friday and it was empty. I liked the new Rolls Royce parked near the door and now know it's Marios. He can afford it since he scams and rips people off. He tells you he will cook for you and takes the menus. He then kisses each one of us. Brings out the appetizer, three main dishes,... More >>

  • on 12/19/08

    Classy and Incredible cuban food.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Warren A. on 06/08/12

    Wow! This place is amazing. Mario took the menus away from us and said he'll cook us something good. He shocked us with the greatness of what this restaurant has to offer. Great job!

  • Donald B. on 01/01/14

    Everything is delicious.

  • Vicky S. on 07/28/13

    The food is delicious and service is awesome, Leslie is a great server!

  • Jean T. on 12/29/12

    Amazing food! No Cuban sandwiches today. This is fine dining :) Johnny was the best waiter! The flan is astonishing. Cuban coffee is excellent. Ham croquettes & empanadas delicious :)

  • Jose A. on 01/19/14

    Watch out! The food is mediocre, and very expensive for Cuban. The owner also tried a "bait and switch" on me, charging me $150 gift certificates that I didn't ask for. Total scam.

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