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About Cafe Martorano

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

3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Open 6 PM Daily

Cross Street:
Oakland Park Blvd and A1A

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(954) 561-2554

Website:
http://www.cafemartorano.com/

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.

Parking Details:
valet and/or public parking lot to self park

Executive Chef:
Walter Pytel

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:

Cafe Martorano Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
Good for a Date (27)
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Hot Spot (27)
Special Occasion (26)
Fun (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
People Watching (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Romantic (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Casual (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

26 years...and still going strong...best I Talian food in south FL...or for that matter anywhere!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The dinner was exceptionally good last night because Steve was in the house! The service fromTed was excellent! It’s always a very happening restaurant!! Can’t wait to go back again! BTW don’t forget to order the delicious calamari!

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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service and the food was outstanding! Tommy was great and was at our table making sure everything was to our liking.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Wow! Steve was at his best last night! We could not have asked for more. The Best wine and the 5 piping hot meals were great. Marsha excels at the entrance. We will be back!!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

This is our hands down favorite restaurant. The food is amazing with an absolutely energetic environment. The music after 9 is awesome although it makes it challenging to hear the waiters and waitresses. This is simply the best culinary experience you can ever enjoy.

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Always on point. I go everytime I'm in Lauderdale.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Hands down best Authentic Italian restaurant! Must go!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food is amazing ! The staff are outstanding. The menu options are great

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

5 stars.. best restaurant in Florida. Food is amazing service is always on point. Our families favorite place hands down

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 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

Great, old school Italian. Excellent food and service. House made pastas and broad menu choices.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I used to come here a lot years ago when I lived in Fort Lauderdale.. there have definitely been many changes to the place as far as menu and set up of the restaurant and I definitely miss the old Martorano. Impeccable service though!!!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is the best restaurant in Florida. Period. The meatballs, the veal, the pasta with garlicky red sauce. . .the housemade, warm mozzarella. . .fugghetabout it!!! Go. Now.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

So much fun at a restaurant. Great Italian food but very expensive. A meatball and salad appetizer is $24! Every bite is delicious though.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a great time at Martoranos"s felt a little rushed when we arrived We were told not ready for us went to bar for a drink and after we order drink they said they were ready for us, and the hostess stood there looking at us while we waited to pay our bill and even said something to bartender about us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were intrigued by the owner S Martorano's book and his love of food expressed there. We tried some of his recipes at home. Finally we have decided on 250 mile drive to see the real thing and meet the man. Food was indeed memorable as was the attentive service. We felt treated like a royalty. Naturally taste is something very subjective but the meatballs are the best in the world. Then we tried lobster served without shell in a divine sauce and veal chop parmigiano. We only regretted our inability to eat more. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Best *Italian food you will ever eat. Been a regular there for 28 years. Have gotten to know Steve over those years. A very unique and tallented chef. Go early. A little less noisy and you can watch a flick while you commit glutteny! But..... What a way to go!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food at this place is absolutely outstanding. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s a great restaurant. The Yo Cuz owner is on the turn tables rocking the house. The music can be a bit loud which can make conversation a bit difficult at times, but the place is true authentic Italian in terms of food. The mozzarella melts in your mouth. The meatball amazing. Chicken parm fantastic. The carrot cake and cannoli simply awesome. Again it’s a bit pricey, but when you want real Italian, this is the place to be.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Pound for pound the BEST restaurant on the planet!! You have never eaten Italian food like this!! The macaroni is cooked to utter perfection.. He makes the linguine taste like your eating a steak dinner.. everything there from the mortadella spread , fried calamari w hot & sweet peppers, the cheese steak, shrimp scampi.. I don't care what it is you order.. I don't care if your Grandma was the best cook ever.. Everything he makes is the best version of that dish you've ever had!! and just when you think its done.. the greatest desserts come out!! My favorite dish is the veal Sinatra, although the other night he sent over Cacio e pepe to our table and that might have been the greatest thing I ever put in my mouth!! Place is just ridiculous!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Too noisy
Overpriced

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always this place kills it! Good time always and some of the best food in Ft. Lauderdale. At 10pm the place comes alive and always delivers the perfect atmosphere for dinner/casual dancing at the table. Two thumbs up!

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome experience!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything, every time has been amazing. Steve has been a wonderful host.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was excellent as always. Love the meatballs. The food is consistanly great. The Veal Chop Marsala was out of this world delicious!😋😋😋

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This place is SO FABULOUS, I honestly don't know where to begin! As an Italian American girl, Pastry Chef from NY, serial foodie, and in the restaurant industry for years, I can honestly tell you, this place is the BEST. The food is top notch, and the quality of the ingredients shine through each and every bite- even in the drinks! I enjoy following Steve on social media, he is the real deal, and I saw just that at his restaurant! Steve's great personality, kindness, truth, style, dedication, drive, hard work, spiritualness, and talent shows in EVERY aspect of his business/brand, from the delicious food to the flow and cool vibe of his restaurant & staff to the fantastic quality & service; I was beyond impressed! I love to see on social media how sweet Steve is when talking and interacting with his partner, Mar. He talks so highly of her, which is so sweet to see, and that night, I could see why! That beautiful girl runs that place like the boss she proves she is- she really is the heart of Martorano's! My hubby & I were sat by the window, and after a few drinks, I didn't even realize my napkin had fallen underneath the table, until Mar came over with a smile and gave me a new one, as well was so cool, kind & respectful regarding the understandable wait prior. The care & attention to detail here is impressive, and the littlest things like that make the biggest difference and make/take the dining out experience to another level. BRAVO to Cafe Martorano & the success of Steve, his business & brand- much deserved! I can't wait to buy his book now! Thank you Cafe Martorano for an incredible experience- it truly was a gift on my birthday! God Bless! And to fellow open table members, look no further and make a reservation! The restaurant is busy and small, so expect to wait, even with a reservation- but know, it is SO worth the understandable wait, especially if you get one of their delicious cocktails while you wait & build up your appetite for an amazing meal/time!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Unbelievably great! Cannot wait until I can come back! Best linguini white clams in USA!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Scenic View, Fun, Spicy, Business Meals, Organic, Healthy, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food is exceptional. The hangups are many tho. The staff treat you as tho you are lucky to be in their presence. Wow...is all i can say about that. Too much bad, to outweigh the great food.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Ambiance was terrific, good music. The staff were on point also along with great food

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Such an amazing place! Atmosphere and service is off the charts!

The food.... Exceeds every expectation you thought you had.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing food and atmosphere Steve does a fantastic job like no other. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 27, 2017

OK, so coming from the NY/NJ area, I know great Italian food. Cafe Martorano was a great find in Ft.Lauderdale. It is not a big restaurant, so be prepared to wait with a reservation and god help if you don’t have one, you may not eat that night. The place is packed, which is always a good sign and people keep coming through the door. Now let’s get to the food, it was good, I was not blown away by it. From the appetizers to the main dish all were plated nicely they were nice sized portions and had good flavor to it. The service was impeccable, our waiter was very attentive to us. My only negative, you cannot substitute anything. My wife could not eat the polenta that came as a side due to a dietary restriction and she asked for a side of pasta instead. They refused, and rather then ruin our guest meals, she let it go. She did not eat a side with her meal. We passed on dessert and headed out as it was standing room only.

It was a good dining experience minus the substitution issue,it has a gangster theme and Steve Martorano was at the helm of the open kitchen all night mixing the wheels of steel. Overall, I would return, it is a bit pricey so it is not a place I would eat at every week.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have been eating at Cafe Martorano for many years. The food and service is always top notch. Best Italian food in S. Florida.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best meal I've had in a long time. Everything was fresh and the quality of the food was excellent

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Top shelf. We fly 1600 miles to dine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was very good however felt rushed the whole dining experience was less than 45 minutes with a cocktail two appetizers and dinner and my food came out lukewarm not the dining experience I expected

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had fabulous service from hostess, bartenders and wait staff. Food was wonderful and atmosphere was great. Will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lives up to the hype. Excellent, creative food, outstanding service. Totally fun atmosphere pop

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely delicious. Pasta melted in your mouth, sauce tantalizing and appetizers amazing. Espresso martini are the best I’ve ever had. A n incomparable dining experience. I highly recommend going to Martoranos. We go frequently when in Florida. Never disappointed.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always great!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I go out to eat usually once/week and we want to enjoy 1st class service, the freshest quality ingredients, and an atmosphere that is warm & inviting. I only know Marsha & Steve through FB, but every time we visit the restaurant they treat us like family. No ego, Steve is gracious and thankful on every visit. Marsha is BEAUTIFUL, inside and out. In a world full of options (S. Florida), we go to enjoy the food, but it’s truly the hospitality that has us wanting to come back. Thank you both, Elizabeth & I love you guys! #YoCuz

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

STEVE THE OWNER WAS KIND TO SEND A FEW APPETIZES TO OUR TABLE TO SAMPLE..Great!!!
fOOD VERY GOOD.eNJOYED THE ELECTRICITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT.tHOUGHT OF THE OLD DAYS IN vEGAS
sERVICE UNBELIEVABLE.

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