Cafe Martorano
Cafe Martorano

Cafe Martorano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafemartorano.com/
  • Phone: 954-561-2554x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6pm - 2:00am

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • 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 954-561-2554x
  • 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.
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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 relaxing restaurant atmosphere. If an upbeat 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.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Cafe Martorano reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (64)hot spot (61)fit for foodies (58)vibrant bar scene (54)neighborhood gem (39)notable wine list (31)good for groups (29)late-night find (25)romantic (20)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not up to the High standard this ni
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    I would have to say this visit was a disappointment. The waiter was not very attentive, brought the wrong appetizer and did not offer to correct it. The portions are smaller than they used to be, the meat balls and shrimp scampi were significantly reduced from prior years. The pork chop I had was overcooked, tough and dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • caution - Very Expensive Asked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    caution - Very Expensive Asked waiter if we could order appetizers while we decided upon entree - he said NO, everything must be ordered at one time. We wanted to experience a few apps before dinner, there were so many interesting choices- but he insisted we had to place order. We ordered a bottle of wine and decided on a SeaBass special - our mistake for not asking the cost $48 ...OUCH! Fish and broccoli rabe...hmm, not a lot on the plate. Although the meal was good it wasn't excellent by any means. We felt rushed by our waiter to turn the table. Overall - the EGGPLANT STACK appetizer was excellent .. the expensive fish...not so much.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food on each occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    excellent food on each occasion that I have eaten there. Steve Martorano is always cooking and greeting the dining public and easy to talk with.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    One of the best experiences I've ever had in my 39 years of dining.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second to none!!!
    docsmartie
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    One of my favorite restaurants! Never dissapoints! Amazing food and an atmosphere second to none.Steve Martorano is the Man!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yo Cuz! This is the best!
    LegaleaterVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    By far this is the best restaurant I have ever been to. The food, the service, the atmosphere all brings you back to dinner with your family.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best thing I ever ate!
    BocaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    People either love Cafe Martorano or they don't. I fall squarely in the LOVE category. Steve Martorano has the best Italian food I have ever eaten-anywhere. The service is always spot on and you are never rushed. We had the meatball app. (Gourmet Magazine called it the best meatball in the world! The Bibzy style calamari (sweet and asiany), and the shrimp scampi bread. The meatball is delicious, the calamari is fresh, cooked perfectly, and not at all chewy, and the scampi bread is the thing I would eat if I was granted one last meal. I kid you not. We also ordered 3 entrees for 5 people. The veal with sweet and hot peppers, the chicken parm and the papparadelle noodles in cream sauce. I swear there is crack in his food-addictive!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude and abrasive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I would never make another reservation for this restaurant in Florida .. I had such a nice time at this restaurant in Las Vegas . We were 15 min late and they refused to give us a table .. It was extremely loud ..customers were yelling across tables .. They were tapping people on the shoulder for their spot at the bar .. The customers were abrasive and the staff were apparently custom to this type of environment. We wasted a 40 minute drive ..luckily we found another restaurant with good food and an enjoyable atmosphere.. Which we were so hoping to find at cafe martarano
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's definitely a scene. For
    BabepresVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    It's definitely a scene. For just the food, which is delicious, go early. For the delicious food AND the scene, go about 8 and stay late.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything we heard it would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Everything we heard it would be and more. And we even got to meet and watch Steve Martorano cook!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service & food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great service and delicious food and drinks! We had a great time and will be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    The food was great but the music was so loud it made for an unpleasant experience. We couldn't wait to leave.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food was great we have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    the food was great we have been their several times before. We had a problem with my wife's dish they were told to not put any spices or pepper but when her dinner arrived we had to send it back even the waiter was upset. They made up another dish for her and we took it home. When we looked at the dinner the next night it was full of black pepper that has been our only problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my whole family loves this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    my whole family loves this place. when our 30 year old son comes to fla its one of the highlights of his trip. we bring friends they love it the food is great i have never been dissapointed. it can get noisy as the night goes on and the bar is packed. my husband and i go eairly and its fine for us. the menu has so much 2 choose from it will please all. the staff is friendly and helpful. we always have left overs to bring home and they taste great the next night also. once i forgot my pocketbook behind. the staff ran after the car to get it back to me. i love honest people. Mr. M. is a gifted cheff. let him make his dishes his way and u wont be dissapointed. would u ask picaso to leave out the color green?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The seating area is unusual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    The seating area is unusual and makes for some tight accomodations.My table was right beside the front door to the restaurant. However, the food was so good I would have been content at a table by the dumpster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very surprised that we got
    HYHYVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Very surprised that we got charged for ice and olives on the bar tab! Loud and spotty service!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Excellent food. Fresh ingredients. Great atmosphere. It doesn't get much better.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More of a bar than a restaurant...
    JennaVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Food was very good, but after 9:30 it was too loud for conversations. Our table was directly under the speaker and our seats vibrated. We had to yell across the table to talk. Maybe the name should be Club Martorano, not Café Martorano. I would then have expected it to be more of a bar scene than a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous Martorano's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Steve martorano is the consummate chef. His Philly style Italian is some of the best cooking you will ever eat! The restaurant rocks especially after 10:00PM.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Mortorano's is one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Cafe Mortorano's is one of the best Italian restaurants anywhere. The quality of food, combined with an upscale energetic atmosphere creates an outstanding dining experience. We find ourselves frequenting more than once when we visit our home in FLL.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food was good but not great! Our group of six felt the restaurant is overrated and overpriced! Steve Morano does a good job of marketing the restaurant so give him credit! We will never return. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is Cafe Vico-- great food and outstanding service. The waiter we had was not at all friendly and acted as if he was doing us a favor by serving us. He messed up our bill and ended up getting more than a 20% tip because we were ready to leave and didn't want to wait any longer for him to figure out how to split the bill between three card holders with one paying for the bottle of wine. No lasagne at 6:30pm!!!!!! Wow!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    This restaurant is probably my favorite in Fort Lauderdale. My friends and family love this dining experience each time they visit me, which is pretty often. I like that reservations are now available but even when I have had to wait an hour or more for a table in the past, the wait has been worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yo Cuz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    My fourth time there from NY love it & so do the friends I bring there!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some of the best Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    Some of the best Italian food I have eaten, like my grandmother.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best...
    Michael631VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    Possibly the best meal I have ever had in Ft. Lauderdale. The fresh mozzarella is to die for, the roasted hot peppers, awesome. Chicken, pasta, steak, seafood all top notch. The icing on the cake is watching Steve Martorano work in the full view kitchen and even tell us we are going to love everything he places in front of us. Seeing all the specials on a tablet, and there are quite a few, is a nice touch. Our group of 6 ordered at least 4 items off the specials menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    Always looking for a new place, my friends and I chose Cafe Martorano for a GNO. We were not disappointed. After taking our drink order, we were given an appetizer of chicken wings to try and they were delicious. There was a lobster special available which two friends got and they raved about it, as well as the Chicken Parmesan. For dessert, we tried the salty caramel ice cream - yum. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first visit was great...recomme
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    Our first visit was great...recommend the eggplant stack appetizer! Food and service both excellent BUT it is extremely noisy. That said, we will be back because overall it was an experience with italian food that can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, Food, Fab
    MissLizVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    If you want a quiet dinner, this is not the place. But if you want great food, large portions and loads of fun....YEP...this is it! A must try, at least once in your lifetime or travels....if you can get in. lol
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    JudypitutyVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Excellent food! noise level is HIGH. Great people watching!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watered down drinks!
    SwrsvpVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Food was great, the service was great ! I was very happy to know that they now have a full liquor bar. Unfortunately unhappy to say they water down the drinks!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My fourth time back. Took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    My fourth time back. Took some friends hot the first time. They said it was one of the best meals they ever had. Luv thus place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the BEST!!!!!!
    JoEygVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I have been eating at cafe Martarano for 19 years it just keeps getting better and better!! Steve uses quality ingredients that you just don't get anywhere else.it is just that special. The biggest problem that I have is not over ordering because everything comes out perfect.. It just does not get any better!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always, definitely the
    Gail
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    As always, definitely the best Italian food in Florida!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DISAPPOINTED!
    Theodore
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    We were pleased with the service but were disappointed in the quality of the food.We found the prices of the drinks and of the food out-of-sight outrageous.But it was more the quality of the entres than the prices that put a damper on the experience. The bar/cocktail lounge was crouded with thirty-somethings ... my guess is that they come to meet someone, nurse one drink and split an appertiser. There used to be a line down the block to get in, not now.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant has excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    This restaurant has excellent dining and atmosphere, and the owner is very receptive to his clients. i enjoyed every minute of it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food with big personality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    Food with flavor and personality, excellent in quality, taste and presentation, service is tentative and efficient. The entertainment is a great counterpunch to the norm.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall