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Cafe Martorano
Cafe Martorano

Cafe Martorano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (954) 561-2554
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Walter Pytel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties larger than 12, please contact the restaurant directly either by phone at 954-561-2554 or email at brian@cafemartorano@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Cafe Martorano (954) 561-2554
  • Entertainment: Live DJ Friday and Saturday nights after 9:30 PM. Come watch the game or enjoy a classic movie on one of our 11 HD TV's.
  • Special Events & Promotions:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oakland Park Blvd and A1A
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet and/or public parking lot to self park
A word from Cafe Martorano
Cafe Martorano combines exceptional food, music and movie entertainment to create the most unique and unforgettable dining experience. Get a taste of our original Italian-American dishes such as made to order Warm Mozzarella or the Famous Homemade Meatball which Gourmet Magazine voted "Best in the World." We are celebrating our 20 year anniversary with a full premium liquor bar and invite you to come and enjoy our Fresh Hand Crafted Cocktails. Whether it's date night, a business gathering or if you consider yourself a food connoisseur, join us Sunday through Thursday for a comfortable and relaxing restaurant atmosphere. If an upbeat and festive vibe is more your thing, come Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm and have our live DJ take you on an audio and visual ride spinning everything from Hip-Hop to Disco accompanied by scenes from classic movies(not always suitable for children). Dancing is strongly encouraged. Check us out at CafeMartorano.comContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food, service and ambience are good and I would recommend it just to a very selected crowd because the music was too loud and you can't hear the other person talking and for me I prefer a more quiet restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This place was great! We had the meatball salad and being a true italian the "gravy" was defitiely on point. For dinner I had the veal in a light lemon sauce with risotto and the risotto was one of the best that I have had in a long time. I have heard about this place from so many people and am so excited that I finally got to go. They just opened up a new one in AC and I will be making an appearance there as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were seated about 1.5 hours later!! Not only were we seated much later, but the male host had major attitude and acted like we should just be happy to be there since its such a popular restaurant. It was crazy!! It didn't make us leave since we are Mortorano's fans for years and we were not going to allow a little man to rain on our fun. Customer service was none existent by the host but other than that it was Amazing!! We ate, drank, and danced on the bar and had another Blast as one usually can count on at this restaurant. Good food and good Music. Next time we will know that a reservation doesn't mean very much here and we will be mentally prepared to wait because it was worth the wait!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had an amazing meal and the service was phenomenal! Thank you!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Your dining partner can become distracted with all the TVs surrounding the restaurant. A bit overpriced for Italian comfort food. Martinis were tasty."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have never had a bad experience at this amazing restaurant. The service, food and elegance is at a top 10 everytime I visit. Don't change a thing!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "as always dinner was fantastic as was the service ,thanks scott c, for another great evening always making my wife and i feel like family."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. Unfortunately the music was way too loud. impossible to maintain a conversation and therefore not suitable to dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Second time there. Philly girl who loves when a local person moves to another state and becomes a success. Ordered two dishes, both excelled in flavor and portions. Probably the first time I can remember finishing and wanting more. Superb food, knowledgeable and friendly server - wish pasta was considered a diet food."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It was great like always. Love the food and the staff."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went there for Father's day, to celebrate my Husband and Father In Law. We had an absolute blast! The food was amazing, and the service, impeccable. Although the music was loud during dinner, we managed to still have a wonderful time. Great place!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to many top upscale restaurants, and we don't mind paying top dollar for a dining experience that we will remember , and want to go back for another. This is not the place for us, we went for my birthday, it was the third time we have been there and it will be the last. It is way overpriced , only the server, Tommy, was worth remembering, he was very good, and was tipped accordingly, 35%."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Must eat there!! The chicken parmesan is to die for "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We dined on Sunday, Memorial Day weekend. Made reservation but still had to wait a bit. Place is very small and hostess wanted to seat us at table by the door. We declined but accepted offer of bartender (Eric) to dine at bar. Meatballs are amazing. Risotto fabulous. Fresh ingredients and Steve M. was on hand this night. Very crowded when we arrived at 7:15, but thinned out by 8pm. Somewhat pricey for Italian food but worth every cent."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were visiting South Florida from Philadelphia and a friend from Philly had recommended that we try Cafe Martorano while visiting. Ironically, we left Philly to find some of the best South Philly dining in South Florida! I knew we were on to something the minute I tried the fresh grated Parmesan on the table. The meatballs and gravy were the best we have ever had, fist-size, tender and filled with yummy bits of everything Italian. Our entrees were large and again the gravy stood out. Our waiter informed us that there will be a Cafe Martorano's opening in Atlantic City. We would happily fly back to South Florida for another taste of this gem, but we are glad it will now be closer to home as well. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great for birthdays, jovial group events... And a traditional Italian- American meal."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Awesome food, best Italian in Fort Lauderdale loved it!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Cafe martorano friendly atmosphere great food and great people when in Ft Lauderdale a must have"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Outstanding, only top quality food ingredients. A+ Service, A+ Food, what more do you want? I can't wait to go back. Phenomenal 5 Star Dining Experience. Thanks"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The best Italian food by far and the service was exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A great italian meal, but priced out of the stratosphere! Wine list unfriendly to neighborhood regulars, pasta dishes priced like meat dishes....."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was first time at restaurant, We found the food excellent. Our server was wonderful. After 8 PM it is very noisy but our general experience was wonderful so it did not matter. Definitely will return"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Waited along time to make it to this restaurant. Live in the neighborhood and hoped it would become a regular dining spot. Food was very good and the menu was quite interesting. Not your Grandma's everyday Italian. The problem was it was Friday night and what originally was thought to be attentive service became more of a rush to get us out. Probably would go back to sit at the bar and have an appetizer but our Friday night dinners are about relaxing and unwinding after a long week of work, we were not afforded that chance. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Not enough characters here to describe the whole experience, but everything is phenomenal. The food is out of the world good! I live in NY and would take a flight to Florida just for Cafe Martorano's. Every time I've been there I've tried something new and have never been disappointed. You can't go wrong on this menu. The service is superb. Attentive, funny, and enganging staff. Top 3 favorite restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We dined at Mataranos because it was THE place to go for Italian food in Fort Lauderdale. First, it was so loud, we had difficulty talking to each other over the small table. TV screens surround you, showing a thug with tattoos abounding cooking a few things - really? Then our waiter, who happily gave us our $18 drinks pressed for the order - and pressed and pressed - until we finally succumbed. We ordered two appetizers - the famous meatball salad and deep fried cauliflower. They were small and tasteless. But, expensive. Next I ordered chicken parmigiana. $28 for a piece of chicken that was so over cooked, it tasted like it was cooked last week. Pasta was $32 and fell flat, as we'll. awful. Awful. Awful."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We where 13 people and each one of us love it it's hard to find a resturant that everyone one like but this is the place it was amazing and we will diffently go again thank you all for making it a great memorable night 😄"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Love the food, selection, menu, service and atmosphere. My favorite restaurant in Ft Lauderdale. Eat there every time I go over to the East Coast. Food is the best Italian and the menu is so diverse. If not on the menu they will make it for you. Best service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "very tight seating. extremely noisy and very distracting. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Limited number of appetizers no salad etc. also rushed by the waiter"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The meatball salad is highly recommended. Perfectly cooked pasta and lengthy wine list."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Bad visit. The service was the worst we have ever had at this restaurant (keep in mind we've been there dozens of times) In addition to outright slow we even had trouble flagging down the waiter and getting him to the table. We had no bread until we asked for it (not once but twice) Normally they serve a tray of oil, cheese and red pepper with the bread-not today. The pour on the $30 glass of wine was so light-it could have been served out of a spoon. When I complained about the pour the waiter pointed out that there was nothing to be done about it-implying dont order a second if you don't like it. The manager in his black jacket is useless. Never stopped at the table nor asked us on the way out how things were as we walked past him."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "How much is food really worth? If you have no regard for your hard earned money or money is so abundant this is the place to eat. Salad mostly greens $18. Drinks...Cosmo $15 . One scoop of ice cream and a cookie $14. Philly cheese steak $18. Go to South Philly to Ginos or Pats and get the real deal for $6. Veal dish yes was excellent but at $38? Yo Cuz has a great thing going as he has a name and is now cashing in while he can. Great business plan... Good food charge ridiculous prices and people will come. It seems to be working as the restaurant was very crowded. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "There is nothing that comes to close to Chef Steve Martorano and Café Martorano. Simply put, the best Italian food in the Country. If you can't make it to Italy then next best thing is to go to this restaurant. From amazing appetizers to delectable main courses to great desserts you can not go wrong at this establishment. Pricey but well worth it. Café Martorano should be on everyone's bucket list."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Second time dining at the Ft. Lauderdale location. Food was excellent, and service was good. Dined with wife and another couple. Asked that all apps and entrees be served as shared plates in order to taste as many different dishes as possible which was not a problem. Amazed at how the kitchen was able to prepare/deliver each app only moments after finishing the previous. Fresh plate for each app to avoid mixing of sauces/flavors is policy which demonstrates their commitment to your eating experience. Overall, a great dining experience. Recommend that you try/share as many dishes as possible. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been eating here since the beginning, consistency is an art form and Steve Martorano is the curator!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "It was great, we had a awesome time. I recommended it. Service was excellent, food was good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Way too noisy for a romantic dinner for two. Food and wine excellent. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was great. Best Italian food I have ever had in Florida. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Reservations at 545-- twenty people made to wait till after 6 outside in the rain. Bad start, followed by soggy salad ! Service good, as was bread and pasta! Better choices around, for the $$"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We're an italian family that loves to cook. We are from New York where you have some of the best restaurants in the world you and we have also traveled to Italy quite a few times and have eaten in many wonderful places there. So when I say the food at Cafe Martorano was excellent, I have a lot to compare it to. The ingredients were fresh and authentic and cooked to perfection. The open kitchen allows you to see the food preparation and was imaculate. We had the grilled octopus and pig skin braciola for appetizers and both were tender and delicious. The fresh burata was amazing as was the Carbonara and all of our entrees. The service was good and the atmosphere lively and comfortable. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014