Catalina Restaurant
Catalina Restaurant

Catalina Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.catalinarestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 9545634141
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Catalina Restaurant
Simple elegance. Old-world charm. Creative cooking.
Step into Mario’s Catalina Restaurant and you instantly feel the hustle of the city fade. Soothing colors, soft lighting, crisp linens and fragrant aromas all conspire to transport you to a more tranquil setting.
While Catalina’s ambiance is undeniably appealing, dining out really is all about the food! That’s why co-owner and chef, Mario Flores, went to great lengths to create a menu of Spanish and Cuban dishes that complement each other.
The result: authentic Latin food masterfully prepared. Add to that attentive service and a chilled glass of simply the best Sangria in town, and you’re well on your way to a memorable experience!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Catalina Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (33)special occasion (31)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (20)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great find!
    Kristin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Even though we had a reservation, it was a little chaotic getting seated. Once we did, the service was great and the food was amazing. They automatically refill your drinks with out asking if you want another or want the same drink. We were going to be upset if they charged us for the unwanted drinks, but they didn't. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend this place to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Catalina is FABULOUS and CONSISTENTLY WONDERFUL!!! Mario is a great host and makes it all happen with ease and they were SO BUSY. The staff is A1 tops and everyone makes you feel so welcome. The attitude of the staff toward each other is so loving kind and patient even when they are beyond busy. It is so nice to see in today's world. YOU just don't get this everywhere. The food is terrific always. This is our go to restaurant. Thank you to the entire staff!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find in Ft. Lauderdale!
    Victor
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent, prompt service & great food. Friendly greeting at the door and the wait staff was attentive from the moment we sat down. Nice variety of Cuban & Mexican dining choices and everything we ordered was excellent. This dining experience was worth the trip although a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    MicNat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dinner reservations were easily made and the table selected was perfect for the occasion. Suggested appetizer, entree, and dessert were all suggested by Mario, and was delicious! We will be visiting every week.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most impressed with the service.
    MicNat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We reserved a romantic table for two and were treated like royalty. The owner and his staff extended a level of service that is comporable to a five star resturant. The food was exquisite, and the ambience most charming. We have reserved weekly dinners at Mario's Catalina Resturant because of the hospitality and warm feelings extended to my friend and myself by the entire staff. This Cuban Spanish resturant is without exception the best I have visited in South Florida.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE Mario's Catalina Restaurant
    Heidi
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've been to Mario's Catalina a couple times in the past and have always had outstanding means and excellent service. Yesterday was no exception for my lunch w/ a friend. Chino is attentive and conscientious and treated us like queens! The food was tasty and fresh! We enjoyed every single minute and look forward to our next dining experience at Catalina!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    MyFriendMario
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, great service an Owner who now knows my name. And the food was better than the experience. We will be going back soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is much more than just good food; it is a wonderful dining experience. Yes, the food is excellent but the ambiance and the service make it so much more. Mario, the owner, is always on site and is a great personality. We loved our experience at Catalina and look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becki
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Consider myself a regular and have never been disappointed. Mario always makes people feel they are in hiss home and cares that you are treated well and the good is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service
    TKLZVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We are from Chicago and found this place 3 years ago and now we visit once or twice per year. The food is excellent and only out done by the personal service. This is a must if you are in Ft Lauderdale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to amaze
    LisalisaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was excellent , we had a small glitch with one dish. It was corrected very fast and without fuss
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Catalina is ALWAYS fabulous in every way. Mario and his staff are terrific. We return again and again and are always so very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second stop
    titoVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Vacationing in Florida,found a gem for Cuban cuisine. Kids like it so much we had to go back our last night for dinner there. We enjoyed our dinner, wife was not as pleased, she said her food was a little salty. A taste thing.. It was ok to me. I had the red snapper and it was done to perfection, nice crisp crust.. Yummmm. Appetizer plate was great choice. Will be back when in Florida again in a few months.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We could have had dinner at a cuban cafeteria, which are located everywhere in the area, and saved a lot of money for the same quality food. It wasn't special at all. What is more we would have been treated better. We walked in, and others who walked in after us were seated first. We were asked in passing if we had reservations and my husband was ignored twice. My recommendation: PASS! Not worth the money!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I just can't say enough about the quality of the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • found Catalina to be an extravagant
    titoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    cuban restaurant. Great food, service and Mojitos that were just perfect to my taste. We were vacationing in FL for a week and ended making Catalina a stop twice.. food was so good, the kids wanted to go back for dinner one more time. From Mario on down, teh entire staff was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful dining experience
    DavyDVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Whether you're visiting or living in Fort Lauderdale, this restaurant is a must! From the valet who takes your car keys to the servers, bartenders and chef (who comes frequently to your table), service is topnotch. As for the food, AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! I could go on and on about this restaurant but you need to go experience it to fully understand. Kudos to the owner and staff for their consistently great service, quality food and overall superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    AAG79
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had never been to Catalina, while the price was pretty steep, the food was delicious and the sangria was great. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garbage
    AwfulVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant is a joke. Jacked up prices, frozen food and inexperienced, slow wait staff. This place attracts Hispanics (once) and tourists. They invest nothing in local customers or fresh food. When will there be a decent Cuban restarant in Broward county!?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant Cuban dining
    OTREVIEWERVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Elegant dining and service in a beautiful venue. Convenient parking on premises.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above Average
    Aiki
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Mario's polite and almost overly attentiveness is obviously the key to this restaurant cause many of the servers are "waiters' attempting to be sophisticated "servers". The food is good, but could be better. Some items on the menu are overladen with the olive oil and the chimichurri; good, but a bit too much. The Argentinian skirt steak and garlic shrimp are great choices. I would avoid the pork since the last two times we tried it were dried out. Great wine list but trying to get anyone (other than Mario) to give you "educated" guidance is pointless. Not really the place to have a beer. Most of the deserts are all brought in (Sysco, US food service, etc).
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Cuban dining
    OTREVIEWERVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fine Cuban dining in elegant venue with service and menu to match. Dont miss this one!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    GREAT GREAT GREAT..always fun, always a pleasure and always excellent food, service and vibes. Mario and his staff are A#! ++++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding evening One to remember
    Joshua
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I took a large group of clients to Catalina and was pleasantly surprised to have one of the best dinners I've had. They went over the top. Mario was fantastic and there aren't many places that the owner is at your table often through the evening. Food was fantastic. I will definitely be back and will always remember such a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat!
    TCdine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Mario.. Thank you honey for a marvelous meal! Catalina is now our go to restaurant when we are in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Always the best meal ever!!!! Mario, his staff, food, ambiance etc are FABULOUS EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heaven on Earth is Mario's Catalina
    1DivaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We go to Mario's Catalina quite often. And, we ALWAYS love their food, their service, their décor, and the elegance of their place settings. This restaurant represents DINING, in its truest form. Mario attends to his guests and the various components to his restaurant, like a LOVING parent. This is the place we ALWAYS take out of town guests, who we want to impress. And, everyone asks to RETURN to Catalina on their next visit to Florida. From the Outstanding Sangria to the EXQUISITE fish dishes, to the deeeee-licious desserts, this restaurant is a GEM. Mario creates the BEST Cuban/Latin food in all of South Florida.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Have eaten here before. Mario is the penultimate owner/host. Attention to detail is not a problem. He and his staff know how to fulfill your wishes. From the warm greeting on arrival to the deparating "Adios", i have never beendisappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome locally owned spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Mario is the best ! Great locally owned place with great dishes and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We love Catalina in every way. Mario and his entire staff are simply outstanding. They know how to do things right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I heard great things from friends and was very pleased. More formal and a higher price point than expected, but excellent food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KAS1VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Terrific Spanish food at this little neighborhood gem. Owner is very welcoming and makes sure that each diner truly enjoys their dining experience. On this occasion I had a fish dish and it was really good. My wife had a steak and she really enjoyed it. If looking for Spanish food in this area and like the feeling of a family owned restaurant than try this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had 7 for dinner to celebrate our daughters 14th birthday. The food was outstanding, service was amazing and the white sangria was some of the best we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 127 reviews are from the Catalina Restaurant reviews archive.
  • consistently excellent
    Dame
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Catalina is and has always been a great restaurant. The food is authentic and expertly prepared. The service is attentive and professional. The environment is eclectic and constantly evolving to keep the room fresh. Mario makes you feel like one of the family. I highly recommend this venue for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    Vince
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was our first time at Catalina. Catalina exceeded our expectations in every way. Great ambiance, service and food presentation and taste. Mario , the owner, is so very congenial. He treated us like family, and made us feel special. The empanadas appetizer is exceptional. My wife had the fish combo and I had the meat combo. Both were absolutely freshly made. The flavoring was just right. The rice and beans and platanos were also excellent. The portions are very generous. We ended up bringing some food home. The dessert choices are many. We shared the guava flan. Terrific-I could have had 2 more, but I resisted. I will recommend Catalina to all for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Consistently good. The owner is always there checking to make sure all his patrons are well cared for. Fabulous mohitos as well as the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be fooled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Restaurant accepts reservations even when it has no intention of honoring them
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An unexpected special occasion
    AliD
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My colleague and I were in Fort Lauderdale for a business meeting, and we didn't want to eat dinner at a typical chain restaurant—we were looking for something special. So when we saw Catalina on Open Table, we decided to give it a try. We had trouble finding it (darn Google Maps!) but when we finally arrived we were instantly transported to a relaxing, special place where the food is divine and the staff is friendly, helpful and nurturing. Did I mention the food? The mojitos were minty, limey and refreshing. The empanadas were perfection, and the house-made salsa was delicious. And our entrees were fabulous. Yes, we had dessert even though we were so full. Fabulous dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastic
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Catalina Is always a fabulous and wonderful experience. The staff,service and of course Mario and his wonderful warm personality is always an extra special experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We love Catalina every single time. The staff is FABULOUS and Mario is the BEST!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic