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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
3
2
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
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Authentic (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Fun (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (11)
People Watching (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Spicy (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
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Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 28, 2017

If it isn't specifically in the menu, watch out, your wallet's about to go on a ride. Food is decent, service is good, not excellent. Very noisy and hostess lied about tables / reservations.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We have been going here for years. Every time we are in town we go. The last time we went two weeks ago and this time we felt really rushed. From the time we got there until the time we left it was like they were hurrying us up so we would leave and they could seat someone else. Then we had a vegitarian with us that asked for a simple change to something and they wouldn't do it.

It put a damper on the whole evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS THE DRIVE FROM BAL HARBOUR, MIAMI BEACH WAS WORTH IT.. CAN'T WAIT TO EXPERIENCE YOUR RESTAURANT EVERYTHING WAS EXCEPTIONAL !!! THE FOOD THE SERVICE ETC......

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We have had many good meals here over the years. Sadly, this time we were disappointed. Sent a dish back as it was over salted. The second choice was too salty, as well. New cook - - a change to the recipe - - who knows?

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Efficient service and excellent food as always!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We visited the Ft Lauderdale location for the first time, after dining at the Vegas restaurant many times. Food was good. We were horribly rushed through dinner . They are unapologetic to your needs if you are looking for the full dining experience. Fun spot to drink and listen to music if you can chow down the food fast . Definitely not as memorable as the Vegas location.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was delicious & the service was very good in the beginning but as the nite progressed, it seemed the waiter cared more about people he knew that dragged in. Add in we waited 45 minutes for the check with no explanation from our waiter WHY it was taking so long (the busser told us their system went down) & we were charged for bread & olive oil for dipping (what Italian place does THAT??!!), it took another 30 minutes to get the check recalculated. My husband walked out but I had to wait it out since they still had my credit card. We went next door for our Italian dessert because we didn't want to wait another minute.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Always a great meal and a great experience. Steve and his staff do a great job. Ive been eating at Cafe Mortorano for 15 years and it is on of my favorite restaurants in the world.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

As always the food was outstanding
I've really never had anything that wasn't at least very good
With most dishes being excellent
It s exactly what it's supposed to be great Italian American cuisine
It's exactly what my grandmother made
Made almost the exact same way
Classical Italian it's not
Classic Italian American it is
And it's done as well as can possibly be done
With the best ingredients

Go for the food

Service this time around was good
Usually great but my regular waiter Ted wasn't available
Omar did a good job but missed a few beats

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The meat ball salad was great. The bone in veal chop was spectacular. Greg, our waiter, was highly engaged. The bar tender was great also.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food as always! We have been going for years and we always love it. It's on list every time we go to GLL

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Our meals were perfectly cooked and they went out of their way to make a special pizza for my 4 year old son. Not only was the food great but the service was superb.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The best of the best! Make no mistake, there is none better because Steve is truly passionate about food. His wife Marsha is a doll and seeing them just makes you feel like your dining with great hosts!

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

If I ever had to order a last meal it would be from here. Service and food are out of this world

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was phenomenal!! Steve is one of the great ones!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food is spectacular the service is as good as it gets. I met the owner Steve Martorano he is a first class act. They had a great lineup of specials. It's the kind of place everyone should experience.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 14, 2017

It is always nice to come in to the restaurant and seeing the owner behind the counter in his traditional cornet position. What is even better is when he tells you from your previous visit, if I have them, I will make it for you. He did!! Thank you Steve, the Chicken wings Martorano, were unreal!!!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Outstanding! The food, service, music...all outstanding. And, I can't say enough nice things about Steve's wife. She treats your family like you are part of her family. Absolutely exceptional. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Martoranos isn't just great authentic Italian food...it is what I considered an all around amazing dining EXPERIENCE!! It was the best meal we had in Ft. Lauderdale!! I would definitely go back.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Steve is. AN AWESOME CHEF.the best food in The Dale...always a crowd favorite.

Tags: Spicy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Great food. Enjoyed the movies playing Pricies were a bit high

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Being from South Philly myself and Italian it was as if my Mother was in the kitchen.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Fun and lively atmosphere. Great food. Very celebratory and great staff. Not a date spot, however. The music is LOUD. My husband and I had to resort to texting one another across the table on more than one occasion.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Creative Food Amazing selections with a lot of options. Wine list extensive. Never had a bad meal this is my very favorite place in Ft Lauderdale by far.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food and loved the restaurant. Only problem is we felt very rushed. Waiters/bus boys hover over the table to clear it off. Check was put down when coffee was served.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Steve, you and your team are the best. Veal my way and the Candy wrappers were unbelievable. We love our special occasions with you guys!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Best Italian Food in Florida! Steve's creativity in the kitchen can't be beat!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I love this restaurant, excellent and unbelievable food....best meatball ever and so much more

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Great food! A little to quick to clear the tables in between courses but service guys were sweet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The food is always amazing - Chef always gives a surprise appetizer that's amazing. The only thing I noticed this last time was the appetizers were being measured and limited - (Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese).

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Always a great meal. And thanks for sending over the homemade pappardalle with sage and butter. Delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Cafe Martarano's is one of the best restaurants in South Florida!! Growing up as first generation Italian , you would think someone's grandmother was in the back cooking. It is authentic Italian food that never disappoints!
Steve Martarano takes a pride in everything he cooks and everything in the restaurant is pure perfection. The service is unbelievable and welcoming and caters to every need. We visit the restaurant every time we are in South Florida and recommend it to everyone we meet. So happy to have found this amazing restaurant years ago!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2017

service started out great at 7pm but as restaurant filled became so so. Mozzarella fried and also a fresh ball of it that we got to share were each delicious. I then ordered the veal special and it was totally bland without flavor and I can only assume they missed putting in salt or spices. My husbands chicken parm he said was good with a great marinara sauce on it . As we are from Phila we were very aware of the chef and wanted to go to his restaurant. It is basically a place to be scene at and very noisy so don't go with friends if you wish to hear them. Prices were what we expected , high and if food was good we would not have baulked at the prices. At the end we had trouble getting the dessert menu and when the waiter finally came he was excited to tell us that the chef was in house and we could take a pic with him if wanted. As we are not tourists and I thought the suggestion was strange we declined and asked for check. When I go out nice dining I would never ask for that unless he was a well know food chef and I do not consider him that. Typical heavy sauces and italian food as taught by is mom or grandma and evident no formal training with a note on bottom of menu to -Not break his balls and make substitutions or changes to his food which I thought was pompous and crude to tell me how I should take my food when I am paying. As we dine all over the world in all types of place I have a good handle on average food to incredible at all price ranges and this is just a dressed up pig in a pokey.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I have been to Cafe Martorano several times for business dinners and was extremely impressed with every aspect of those dinners. Being so pleased with the restaraunt I wanted to share it with my wife who enjoys really excellent food as much as I do. We just had dinner here and I don't hear her say "that was the best (whatever food item) I have ever had" very often and she made that comment about all three courses of the meal. Every item we ordered was perfectly prepared, extremely delicious, and expertly served. I recommend this restaraunt wholeheartedly for anyone who appreciates truly excellent food, service and a fun atmosphere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great food and marvelous service. Not happy that they charged $2 extra for stuffed olives in a $15 drink. They were stuffed with cheese, not Beluga.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were prompt, they were waiting............seated us next to one of the most boisterous groups we've EVER been near. Restaurant was VERY busy, I saw that there was no place to move us, so we suffered.
They are pricey.........one GREAT meatball with less than a handful of salad...oh boy.
Small portions of very tasty pasta.
When I bit down on a (prox) 1/2" bone in the meatball sauce, it was glossed over with a "That's one of the pig foot bones in the sauce". Really? Not in any of the Italian restaurants that I called on in 55 years in the wine trade. The sauce is VERY good, but with small bones??????????????
So, we'd say very tasty/small portion pricey food with a noisy atmosphere, and never again

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Legendary and still on top.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I took family and friends for dinner and the chef/owner treated us to several complementary tastes that were absolutely spectacular. What a wonderful dining experience- great food and great family/friend night!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Late to open doors. Had not set up our table for 7. Went to bar as asked then came to get us couldn't finish our drinks. Barely enough time for husband to pay bill or get card very rushed. Besides the good food they seem to be on a time schedule so you feel rushed. We spent $1200 and were basically asked to leave our table before the very expensive Wine was finished. Our last time there to many other places to go where you can relax and enjoy your expensive meal. Not the first time we were rushed but will be the last.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Very very loud ...... music plays at 11 ...... amazing food but don't go if you want to have a conversation

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