Cafe Martorano

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Cafe Martorano combines exceptional food, music and movie entertainment to create the most unique 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 feature a full premium liquor bar and our own Fresh Hand Crafted Cocktails. Join us Sunday through Thursday for a comfortable relaxing restaurant atmosphere. 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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Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food I have ever had!! Nice selection plus specials, fun drinks too!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we eat here once a week, it’s rare we actually sit anywhere other than the bar. Since we had another couple with us we made a reservation. Everything was fantastic. Enjoyed the little dishes sent out by Steve as always. Had a drink at the bar beforehand with your great bartender Andy. Nick is always sooo polite as well. As usual...no room for dessert and had enough left for a midnight snack for my hubby. Please have the stuffed peppers as a special soon....they are our favorite 💕

Cheers!
mike and Gina

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is unbelievable. A must go if in Ft Lauderdale.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg. We can’t praise martorano’s enough. We live in Rhode Island and it’s the first restaurant we hit when we come to ft lauderdale. We are here often during football season. Food is fantastic. Atmosphere is great. Everyone there ( the staff and patrons) all are always smiling. Don’t pass up an opportunity to dine here.

MM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were very disappointed this last visit. Food was mediocre, very expensive and sparse. I know the quality of what they serve is always top notch, but I just don't think it warranted the cost this time. Won't be on our "have to go" list for a while.

KS
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth time there and once again it was fantastic.

d
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Yesterday after we seat, we order a bottle of wine, The waiter took a long time to bring it. It also took a few minutes to take the order. When we told him that we wanted a meat with bone, he told us: don't ask for it, it takes 45 minutes. Then we asked for a similar dish to share with my wife and we clarified that we were going to ask for a second dish, but the surprise was great, because he told us that he has to order the entrance, the main course and the dessert all together. We have been to hundreds of restaurants of a very good standard and something like this had never happened to us. I think the young man is called: José. Apart from unprofessional, badly smoked. A pity that a young man made us have a bad night. Probably will never come back to this Restaurante.

N
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars is not enough. Absolutely outstanding meal. Thank you

MR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar none, the best Italian food on the planet. Best macaroni, best ingredients and fresh clean cooking. Steve was cooking all night long and after nine you also get a dope club.

NA
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for 20 years. There is no doubt Steve is the undisputed champ of Italian cooking. Uses the best of the best ingredients and cooks them well. No one cooks macaroni better than him...to order...and perfectly al dente. He’s creative and full of surprises. You sit and the first thing he sends out is something he prepared for you...tonight...lentils and some short macaroni. Just a little warm up. Not many places do that. He’s always there to say hello and ask how things were. Every year he changes it up with new decor. This place gets better with age and stays consistent.

RE
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always and the annual changes to the restaurant are always great especially paying tribute to his late son Joey, god bless you and your family Steve!

BT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to this place for 25 years, and it is really the best its ever been. If you have not experienced it, you are missing out. The BEST

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tiempo de espera mayor al tiempo de reservación. Sin posibilidad de leer el menú

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CA
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience at Martorano’s in FTL! Last night I brought my girlfriend for her first experience and as always Steve made us feel right at home! Meatball and Salad appetizer was a great start, Veal and Linquini Yo Cuz for main courses, a cheesecake from Marsha’s Lilly Cakes and a bottle of Frank Family! How can you go wrong! Thanks for making every experience top notch! YoCuz 🍝🇮🇹🍝

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Frankly this place has a lot of rules. Go there on time meeting a fried 10 minutes behind me and they refused to seat me. The menu starts you have a 1hour and45 minutes to finish your meal . The food is no better than other restaurants in town and they seem to be full of themselves. For the price would exspect better service and friendliness.

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing!!! Great specials!!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING OUTSTANDING OUTSTANDING. Was a bit skeptical from some of the reviews but WOW WOW WOW was I impressed I’m so happy I tired of for myself. Made a reservation for Friday and Saturday night can’t wait.
WHERE HAS MARTORANOS BEEN ALL MY LIFE. I DIED AND
WENT TO FOOD HEAVEN. The staff was EXCEPTIONAL.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our favorite food in Florida

DA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was very nice and intimate,the service was excellent and the food was extremely delicious! Felt like I was eating my grandmas Sunday dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I typically don't write reviews however I simply can't ignore my experience and had to share.

I've been wanting to go to this restaurant for years.

Upon walking into a hectic environment I was takin aback by a uniformed armed Florida Brower county police officer at the door.

I approached the waitress and asked for an estimate on seating considering I was about a half our early. Her response was "it's 9:27 and your reservation is at 10"! You can wait by the bar please!

When asking about the officer, the bartender indicated that he was there because people tend to leave without paying which confused me???

I approached the same hostess at 10:15 And was once again told in a very dismissive way saying a table is opening up soon.

When tables opened, we were stuffed in a small table while a customer of 1 who just arrived being seated at a lovely table for 4???

After this horrible treatment it made sense,,, because you have an armed guard you can treat your customers anyway you like!
As a note, the officer was in the kitchen and laughing like best friends (lose - lose, in this establishment customer can GFY)

If I'm treated badly I would pay for my water and leave. In this case we were concerned of the 50 dollar penalty for leaving.

The Bartender and waiter were gentleman.
Food was adequate, but in no way is a meatball worth $25 and pasta clams with a small lobster tail $65.

I give Martorano 1 star.

Note: this review made me sad to write, I expected so much more.

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Brooklyn, NY

DK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group of our friends join us this time for dinner. We have had our reservation for months. We had 14 people that ended up being 12. Not only did we have to split up but we sat at opposite times and were across the restaurant from one another. I knew this going in but I at least thought we would sit near each other. We sat by the kitchen. Great view but we were getting bumped constantly which was rather annoying. We love this restaurant but being forced to either have a set menu and pay a deposit or sit separate is the worst policy ever. We spend a fortune in your establishment I should be able to sit with my friends and order what I want!!

V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun energetic restaurant. Great evening with fantastic food!

BA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in south fla

PG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Martonano for years! We absolutely love this place.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I have been hear on average 4 times a year. I will not be returning. The food has gone down hill. They sat us and only gave us a hour and 15 min at the table and literally packed up our food and told us to move. The most upsetting part as the the staff are moving fast and my chair was on the out side of our table. The waiter collided with our table rushing around and broke my watch. ( 1100.00 dollars to have the crystal repaired today). Waited when it happened turned back and said. “ did I bump into you. And turned away and kept moving “. Clearly management has lost the culture this great place was built on.

OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Andre was fantastic!

RP
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. I always ask everyone in my family where they want to go for birthdays and everybody always picks Martoranos. It’s always a great time. Service is top notch and food is 5 stars.If you’ve never been your missing out

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian place ever !
Whenever we are in Florida we always have dinner here for sure !!

r
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mr Martorano is a great cook.
He wonderful wife makes you feel like you are home
America’s best Pizza app
Main courses excellent
Great place to have a birthday party 🥳

D
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is without question the best Italian restaurant in Florida. The food is OUTSTANDING! Authentic Italian cooked to order. Service is great, atmosphere is is great. I live in Michigan and travel to Fort Lauderdale as often as possible to eat at Martoranos!! It’s the BEST

V
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing experience from the time we sat until the time we left food and everything was on point must do if you’re around !

F
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go to Florida I eat here. I have brought this restaurant many customers because I know it will always be perfect. This is a well oiled machine with impeccable service. Everything is taken care of service wise. For me it's easy because I have had everything on the menu and love everything. I just brought 10 people in and said have Steve M make what he wants. 10 out of 10. Great wine list. Deserts were top notch as well. If you wanted to be treated like family go to this restaurant. The food is off the charts delicious. I am so proud of Mr. Martorano's success in such a tough business. You can tell he's never forgot how he got started. Heart and soul in all the dishes. Congrats and see you again as soon as possible.

LL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No place better on earth!! Even the most simple old school homestyle Italian dishes are better than you could ever imagine. Every single item on the menu is 10 STAR ...if you haven't been to this restaurant..stop everything you are doing and go tonight!! YO CUZ!!!!

PD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic every time worth the wait a real panty dropper

k
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is that the the food is made with love. You can taste the love in every bite. Steve is passionate about his food and it shows. My favorite, lobster francaise, was not one of the specials that night. But as usual , if they can accommodate you, they will and managed to make me one. The water ice martinis need to be ordered, as are the meatball salad and Sicilian slice, which is still crispy, cold, the next day!!!! If you are looking for an excellent meal with exceptional service, go to Cafe Martorano. All of his restaurants are phenomenal, but Lauderdale is my fave.

DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great vibe, exceptional service. Couldn’t ask for a better meal or experience!!!!

AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the waiter was very attentive —explained the restaurant, and constantly checked in. The food was fresh and delicious!

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever, I'm in Florida..Martorano's is my first stop for dinner.. The food is ALWAYS fantastic and the staff are always impeccable. Thank you again Mr. Martorano, Teddy and the Martorano family..Till Next time

CL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was simply amazing the service fabulous and Chef runs a terrific restaurant.

BF
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Martorano! Steve makes magic in the kitchen. I think we celebrate every birthday here! Everything we had was outstanding. The calamari is very unique and the meatball always lives up to its best thing reputation. The veal with hot peppers was delicious and we ordered rigatoni vodka which wasn’t on the menu, but Steve happily made it.

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