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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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Pawling, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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65 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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305 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Greeted with a kiss at the front door... you don't get better than that! Food was delicious! Ordered empanadas and ham croquettes for appetizer. Followed with four entrées two Caitlin combinations specials and one roast pork with Jack Daniels and a steak with shrimp. All were definitely delicious!! Nice bottle of wine and a single dessert to share finished it... More 

Thank Kathleen K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No need to park on the street, this restaurant has its own parking area and although fairly small is managed well by valet. As soon as you walk into the restaurant you enter a warm, vivacious, cozy room filled with beautiful art, elegant chandeliers and comfortable furniture with linen tablecloths and ornate glassware.You get the feeling that every small detail... More 

1 Thank ALTER007
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes, it is over priced and they rush you to depart, if they need your table. Also check your bill carefully. It is difficult to read at best and could be padded. The servers try to bring you drinks that you did not order. The owner is overly friendly to some guests and a bit to kissie for my experience.... More 

Thank David C
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56 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the greatest restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Once again, an amazing meal.You walk in too a very eccentric place..chandeliers, white linen tables, set with crystal glasses and silverware, not the bendable utensils..You immediately get lightly fried plantains with a pepper/onion salsa. We started with an appetizer, the mussels are green lip mussels with a spicy marinated salsa... More 

Thank Dez S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food in this charming restaurant. Fish, pork, mussels, empanadas were absolutely divine. Mojito was excellent. In addition to the food, service was superb.

Thank Jasna B

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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
USD 14 - USD 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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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 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?