Cafe Maxx

4.6
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680 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Fine dining establishment for almost three decades. Since 1984, Darrel and Oliver's Cafe Maxx has been delighting patrons with their innovative, award-winning cuisine. This landmark restaurant destination is the premier dining choice among South Florida's power brokers and gourmands, who desire impeccable food served in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Stylish yet unpretentious, Cafe Maxx offers a hip outside patio, a cozy bar and an energetic dining room.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Cafe Maxx on other occasions and the food and service is always great. I had the lamb chops over a mint risotto that were fabulous. My wife had the steak tartar and loved it. Our waiter was very attentive. We didn’t feel as if the noise level in the restaurant was overly excessive like you find in other restaurants. Overall great experience and we will go again.

DK
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My birthday was complete with dinner at Cafe Maxx! This restaurant never disappoints!

GS
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Thanksgiving Dinner
The family really enjoyed the menu choices
Very good selection

SL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! Thank you Darrel!

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome. I come to FLORIDA every year and always go here

MG
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my Father’s birthday. Everything was perfect... service, drinks, food, etc. So glad to see them doing so well!

a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been there for years. Going back next week!

S
Orange County
314 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent. I had the scallops but wanted veggies instead of risotto. It was magnificent!

CA
Miami
141 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had to wait at the bar a few minutes for our table to be set up. The bartender made the "perfect kir royale" for us. Not too sweet. Chef Oliver was there, food was perfect and service was friendly and attentive, the right mix. It was a busy evening with large parties, but food and service didn't miss a step.

LG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We have eaten at Cafe Maxx many times. However, if this past visit had been our first visit I wouldn't return. I had requested a booth for 5 people. Someone called and told me 5 people wouldn't fit in a booth so we booked a table. Actually, 5 of us could have fit in a booth. The first table was in the back of the front room and there was a very large noisy party going on so we went to a table in the back. The back room has NO ambience whatsoever, the lighting is poor and the table was cramped. My son's back was rubbing up against a woman who was at another table behind ours. The service was mediocre. The food was good, but when you're lacking great service and a nice booth or table and are spending a good amount of money you expect far more!

A
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent dining with refined atmosphere and diligent but friendly service. Probably the best upscale restaurant in Broward County!

HA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner! Had outstanding service from Jane, our waitress, delicious food and ambiance

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Maxx is always delicious. That is ehy we return!

r
Miami
345 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal and great service. We had the shrimp scampi and grilled snapper. Both were wonderful.

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and menu!

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious and great evening at Cafe Maxx!

VE
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We chose this place to accommodate multiple eating styles because their clearly stated they have vegan options. Which is a lie. When we asked the server about the vegan options she was completely frazzled and unsure. She brought back a more seasoned server whom stated they have a “scratch kitchen” so most things could be made without dairy. Great asked for grits (which no one makes scratch because it would take at least 20mins), multigrain/wheat toast, fruit and roasted potatoes. She said “no problem, I’ll talk to the chef. Came back and said we have no vegan bread for toast and all of the other ritmes with the exception of fruit have butter which she forgot about. Now in a truly scratch kitchen you could just eliminate the butter. She forgot to put the fruit in and they started the order for the other party at our table before confirming we would even stay there due to know options. I opted to just have coffee black. Also all the fruit was not ripe or sweeten due to it being completely out of season. After 2 mimosas, coffee and fruit and a toast with one thin slice of salmon the check was $50. This was a pretty terrible experience. If you’re working in a restaurant in the year 2019 it is pretty mandatory to know the difference between vegan and vegetarian.

P
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of friends for the first time food and service was great. Located in a great area in Pompano

DR
Miami
105 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

AFTER 30YEARS OF DINNING AT MAXX —- WE ONLY ASKED THAT ALL STAY THE SAME——- INSTEAD THEY GET BETTER EVERY TIME!!!! ALWAYS A LEGENDARY EXPERIENCE—- THANK YOU DARRYL AND OLIVER AND SON!!!

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening great food, service and the crème brûlée was to die for!

V
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food is good but this restaurant is overpriced for the ambience and the location.

M
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently excellent dining experience with attentive service

JD
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always awesome and Especially having Sabrina as your waitress

S
Miami
105 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was ok for brunch. The grilled cheese was extremely sweet from the chutney.

The special omelet of steak had too many mushrooms.

Will give it a try for dinner.
Service was very good and very attentive.

EO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cafe Maxx never disappoints. I had beef carpaccio. YUM! Then chicken piccata. YUM YUM. And the Key Lime bar for dessert. YUM YUM YUM. I could eat there every night

BP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an exceptional meal at cafe Maxx. The food was incredible and the service was excellent. We had the duck and the lamb. Then the flower less chocolate cake. They accommodate our gluten free diet perfectly. One of the best hidden gems in south Florida.

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Maxx is always a favorite and this time we decided to try the special Crave Menu celebrating Ft Lauderdale & Pompano Restaurants. The menu offers a nice selection of a starter, entree, & dessert for $35, and Crave continues at Cafe Maxx till Oct. 15th (exSat) The “mac & cheese” starter was one of the best we’ve ever tasted. The buffalo roasted cauliflower salad was spicy & very good. Loved the perfectly done duck medallions with the berry glaze as an entree and also the cashew & banana chip crusted fresh fish of the day (mahi-mahi). The desserts were just the right size to finished a lovely dinner and as always the service was excellent!

LK
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jane was s great server and the food was fabulous as always

T
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the crave menu. First time diners. The portions were bigger than we expected for the special menu. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Only issue were our drinks. Every drink was disgusting. For a table of usual drinkers, only 1 person ordered a second, but played safe with wine
Maybe more training for the bartender, but food wise, would def come back if in the area

J
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crave menu appetizers me, cauliflower, he, shrimp. Main we both had onion crusted fish and deserts were included. Great value but martinis were pricey.

BL
Miami
101 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Crave menu was generous and everything really delicious and creative. Still one of the best kitchens in Broward.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!

KG
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I brought my family there to celebrate my wife's birthday and we felt rushed, with an unfriendly customer service approach, our 4 orders of appetizers were cold and had to send them back, the bread was served without butter or other spread after the appetizers were sent back for reheating, the main course was extremely bland without respective flavors for each dish. However, the bottle of wine was good and we took our deserts home because we were fed up at that point. We are regulars at your establishment but may have to take a break until your services significantly improved.

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ST
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative menu with incredible presentation.
A truly wonderful fine dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We were seated in an area that was kind of like a hallway. Plus the ceiling needs aesthetic improvement. Food was mediocre and service was average. Expected more from this restaurant.

SG
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Table cloth was stained, took an hour to get my entrée and it was not that busy. food was ok but ok is not good enough for that price.

OU
Mississippi
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night celebrating my dad and uncles birthday! Been twinning for 77 years! The food was great and the service was excellent!

PA
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were spot on, perfect. Return customer for many years, consistently excellent.

DA
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

for the money it could be a little better. The dessert was not very good at all. The pecan pie dessert was ok and not worth the calories and shocking from a place like this. The crust was like cardboard.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buen restaurante

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