Catalina Restaurant
Catalina Restaurant

Catalina Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.catalinarestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (954) 563-4141
  • 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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Catalina Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)special occasion (30)romantic (29)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (14)notable wine list (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem
    LorimccarVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have been eating out in the Ft. Lauderdale area for over 20 years & until now have never heard of, seen advertising for or noticed this Cuban gem on US1. What a find! The service was friendly yet professional & knowledgable. But the food was OUTSTANDING! Best Mojitos we've ever had! The curb appeal is not much, but who cares with food & drinks like this! We expected more Cuban style decor & Latin music. The decor was more European & the music was a nice mix of brat pack style. All was very enjoyable & this place has become one of our favorites. It was more expensive than Open table rated them for, but we felt it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    MicNat
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We visited Mario's with a party of 6 and were very impressed with the outstanding servive and romantic setting. Most impressive was the Cuban cuisine and delicious meals served. This is the best restaurant that I have visited in Fort Lauderdale.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Catalina Rocks!!!! The food, the service, the ambiance and MARIO are all top notch and FABULOUS!!! This is our go to restaurant. Catalina is always a treat, a special evening and we come away with wanting to return again and again. THANK YOU MARIO AND STAFF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently the best
    MicNat
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I visit Mario's every week to enjoy their excellent servive and their fine cuisine. They are the best Hispanic resturant in Fort Lauderdale. Thanks Mario!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    BeckiVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    never disappointed and love to bring guests who love to be treated well and love good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great place, quirky but great owner. Love the food / people.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Good Experience
    Will
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After encountering a couple of 'not-so-good' experiences over the past several months, the most recent was good. The food was very good, and service was good. There was an incident in the restaurant with one of the servers during our visit which caused the end of our service not to be as good as the beginning (since we lost our original server); not that it was bad, but it was slower. Food was outstanding this time - but should be since prices are on the upper end of the scale.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Catalina Restaurant
    meber99
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What a great find. The service is outstanding and entertaining. The Sangria is excellent. The food is quite good. It isn't 100% authentic and has a gourmet twist to Cuban. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    ALS7
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Awesome and impeccable service with consistently delicious food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food/Service Experience
    RecruiterVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great job to Mario and his staff for taking great care of our party of 10. Mario arranged a special menu for our group that was a big hit! Our server was exceptional as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • BeckiVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 141 reviews are from the Catalina Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
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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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    • 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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    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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    • Ambiance
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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.