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.
  • Special Events:

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Cafe Martorano reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (55)special occasion (55)fit for foodies (50)vibrant bar scene (50)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (28)good for groups (27)late-night find (21)romantic (17)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Yum
    Notsooblond
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food n ambiance is great! Home style Italian food. Been here a few times n the food is always delicious. The servers are professional and super friendly. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Fort Lauderdale
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A small out of the way place with the most fantastic food imaginable. Great, friendly staff; Fun music and movies. You can't go wrong no matter what you order. And the waiter will help with all selections and amounts. Enjoy. It's a find.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Italian Cooking!
    artama517
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hot spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Was initially upset that they were out of meatballs but we made the most of it. The ambience and music was awesome as well as the food/drinks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a phenomenal meal!
    Vinnie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I've been eating with Steve Martorano for over 20 years now. By far the best Italian food you can get in Florida....maybe in any state!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elizabeth
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great place to enjoy amazing tastes. Extensive menu, something for everyone's taste buds. Excellent wine list. I look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a fan
    AFOODIE
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The bar tender was rude. We waited 30 minutes before we were seated for our 6 pm reservation. The egg plant app was burnt and the chef said it was supposed to be that way! Really??? The Downtown Chicken Special was tough. For the prices we should of had better service. Our table should have been de crumed between courses. The only good thing was Neal our bus boy and the Riggatoni with Sunday Sauce and the bread!!! Save your money and put it forwards a trip to Italy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sorry mom,Steves meatballs r better
    Gibborim
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I grew up in the heart of Brooklyn, where most of my friends were second generation Italians... This means I've eaten some of the best homemade Italian food there is... As an investment banker, I've dined in many of the so called best restaurants in New York... Now I can say I've been to the actual best there is, only I had to travel to Florida for it... If you want to feel at home while you're eating, and impress your guests at the same time... This is simply the best place to do it. Congrats... You win the Oscar for best Italian restaurant on the planets!!! Great Job Steve.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply The Best!!!!!!
    JohnZVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Food and service is amazing, you will positively love this place!!!!!! If my wife cooked this good I would have never divorced her!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dining Experience
    Sunset
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our meal was outstanding and the restaurant is a gem! Veal, meatball salad, gnocci, hot peppers...all over the top! Looking forward to going to your new restaurant in Las Vegas!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LaurieandterryVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Went to a cafe Martoranos for my birthday last weds. We had a party of 7 and we all had a blast. The food was superb as usual as was the service. I can't say enough about this Restaurant. It's my go to place for dinner!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nobody does it like Steve does
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We took a family vacation to ft Lauderdale, 16 of us , I had been to Martoranos many times in the past and it never failed me, so I thought it would be nice to have the whole family together for dinner with my parents the way we did every night when I was a kid, only now with our own kids (1- brother: wife and kids couldn't make it) ,anyways we had Steve cook for us, I reccomend it 110%, without a doubt ,it was awesome , the guy is talented beyond belief, we are not an easy crowd to please and my father who is the ultimate picky Italian raved about the food as well as everyone else for days, thanks for an outstanding meal away from home! He even took 5 mins for a family photo, he fit right in with is lol We'll be back!!! Thanks again
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive vibes
    Melissa620
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My fiancé and I recently just got home from an amazing trip to Ft. Lauderdale. We were super excited to go eat dinner at martoranos welllll let me just tell you that we have never been to a more wonderful, positive,upbeat restaurant. The food tastes exactly how it looks, amazing !!! The music is wonderful and the staff is so energetic. This restaurant has nothing but positive vibes surrounding it! Now we need one here in New York !
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    Kagereviews
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We just love this place ! The food is incredible along with the service ! Steve Mortorano is accommodating, friendly and the best chef around I can't rave enough about just his wonderful the entire experience is every single time !....
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wear your track shoes
    Like2ChewVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was great but who wants to spend $250 to get rushed. We were literally there 65 minutes and our waiter even came and removed the lit candle from our table half way through. NO CUZ!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place
    NDstyles
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I come to ft. Lauderdale 8-12 times a year and this is my first stop everytime. Love the feeling this place gives me and the staff is great to deal with. The energy in this place is amazing along with the food and it's good to see the owner with his hands on everything. If your in ft.lauderdale and don't stop in then your missing a one of a kind experience!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martorano's - too much fun
    Eaglefan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Always great food n a lively upbeat setting. Sit and eat or get up and dance. It all works there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellant
    Marisa
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Excellant rest. Food was amazinf. Prob best Philly cheesesteak I ever had
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy loud
    JLong
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've been to the restaurant 5 times now. I have enjoyed all previous visits, even on nights that were a bit noisier. Friday night was like nothing I've ever experienced in a restaurant. We were seated near a table with kids who would not stay in their seats. Our waiter took forever taking out order (including out first drink), and the food service was awful too. No one checked on us through the meal and we had to search for the waiter to order 2nd drinks. Above all the noise level was so loud that we couldn't hear each other talking. Will never get my husband back there again and it will be a while before I go back. By the way, all do this was before 8pm.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • luvgreatfood
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Truly one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the Best!!!!!
    JohnZVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The Best!!! Amazing food, service, ambience, and wine. This place is a winner, book your reservation and enjoy because you made the right choice. I dine in Restaurants at least 5 days a week, trust me it's the best!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A home run
    Lenchus
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    WOW, that is the only word to describe this place. It is like driving a porsche. Everything on the menu was incredible. The service,food, and personal attention was unmatched. This is the benchmark for what a place to eat should be like. Try the eggplant stack, philly cheesesteak, meatball, pasta, or anything you can. This is the kind of place that you will spend money but, will truly feel blessed to have a chance to taste the food. Steve Martorano proves every night that he is worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • toms night out
    rooman58
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    food service fantastic as always love to take friends and family to our favorite spot and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food doesn't match the pictures
    SvanVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Food doesn't match the pictures on the ipad menu. Way over priced for quality and quantity. No tables available when we arrived. We were sent to the bar . They didn't want to open another seating area. Really disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YO CUZ!
    CeeDee
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I had Heard of Cafe Martorano for many years from a friend of mine who frequents the Cafe yearly. I was not disappointed. Make a reservation, however be prepared to wait and perhaps even wind up eating at the bar while being entertained be the locals as well as by the multiple TV screen featuring clips from Sopran'os Goodfellas, Godfather or a number of other classic Mob greats. The food was definitely worth the wait. In fact we wound up ordering from our Awesome bartender Eric and ate at the bar that evening. We wound up returning the following night as well only to enjoy another spectacular meal. I will definitely be returning next time I am in Florida.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    LaurieandterryVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Went there Sunday night for my Sisters Birthday. The food,and service was outstanding as usual. We had a great time and the Birthday Dessert was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    logregular
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    First time diners at CM, recommended by guy next to me on plane. He was right. Had the meatball salad, outrageous pasta and lobster special. Food critic wife says he restores her faith in Florida restaurants. Love the menu tablet with photos! Will be back again and again and again. Only downside was the noise level.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great!
    MYBola
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went to the Martorano's on Oakland Park. The seating is very tight and this location is definitely not kid-friendly. They do not have high-chairs or boosters. It was a bit noisy, but not as bad as I had anticipated....maybe because it was still early (6:00pm reservation). HOWEVER, the service was outstanding and so was the food. There were six of us, so we all purposely got different menu items and tasted each other's food. The eggplant stack is awesome and the meatballs to die for. But my favorite was the Philly cheesesteak. So delicious! Steve was there and sent over a couple of items for us to sample. That was really great! All in all, it was a great experience. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve Martorano Rocks it....
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The beat was magical, the food services was excellent and the my god killed it. Meatball salad, shrimp scampi was off the chain. Thanks Steve your music was killer!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Good was terrific. Quite the dining experience with the bass vibrating the table. One minute it's Tupac and the next the whole place is singing Sweet Caroline. Get the calamari Martorano style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    DMACK
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Everything was great, I have been to Las Vegas and there is no comparison. The service By Scott was over the top. Thanks Steve for the Dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    LaurieandterryVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Wonderful meal. Definitely the best Italian Food in South Florida. Excellent service, attention to detail. Clean plates for every course. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant. Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Love this restaurant. Best meatballs and. Calamari. Every time I am in one of their locations I always make sure to have dinner there. Only surprise I got was the price of the special. I ordered the veal chop and was shocked that it was $72. Just make sure you ask how much the specials are
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the way I like it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Great service, the food is amazing and the place has a cool vibe !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently wonderful
    BourbonBoy
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This about our 7th time at Steve Martarano's flagship restaurant and once again had a great experience. We've tried almost everything on the menu. The problem is avoiding over ordering knowing just how good everything is. We live in Indy and anytime I'm in South Florida I try to make time to eat here. Ingredients are always fresh and recipes relatively simple but Steve's culinary brilliance never disappoints. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    What a great night. Awesome food with high energy atmosphere. The place to be for Italian food!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RESERVATIONS
    BSIMPSON
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Don't even bother with Reservations!! We had a great night but you would think that reservations mean something!! We arrived a 1/2 hour early for our reservations (9:30) and had a few drinks at the bar, we were told they were running a little behind, no problem with that. We stayed in touch with the great girl up front and we were told we would be getting seated soon, There were people coming in and getting seated immediately!! I addressed it and was brushed off with soon, very soon!! So around 11:00 we were finally seated! The service was ok, the food was amazing! We came from Tampa for the weekend and this is always a must stop. Maybe next time we will try for 6pm reservations and get a seat by 9 or 10!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy
    Tabby
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    It was recommended by many people to go to this restaurant and I am glad I did.I am not a very big eater so I only got the meatball with the ricotta an salad and it was to die for.It was enough for me.My husband got the cavatell which was also delicious.The sauce is so light. The next time I come I will skip the appetizer and order from the entre. Highly recomend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't disappoint
    Vinny
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Brought the whole family with this being the first time for the kids. They all fell in love and will now have to make it a regular Friday night family stop. Thanks Steve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Babs
    Bad214
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    There are not enough words this is the BEST i Italian Restaurant in Florida the food the staff and the owner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.