Cafe Maxx

4.7
560 reviews
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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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RM
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Broward County. We frequent Café Mazz often.

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AS
Miami
54 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We consider Café Maxx to be the best restaurant in south Florida and has been for many many
years It is consistent and the food is always the best

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V
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. This is a hidden gem

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SL
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food amazing!!! Service a bit slow at first - 30 minutes before we got drinks and ordered on a Sunday brunch, but the food made up for it!

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p
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I applaud Cafe Maxx for serving new dishes and having a new menu each day or week. However, we went back to Cafe Maxx to have a certain entree that was served last year when we went to the restaurant. The entree we wanted was not on the menu this year. We were disappointed. I don't know if Cafe Maxx publishes its menu on line, if not, I would suggest it so we could view if the sought after entree will be served on that day. We did find an alternative entree, however, there was limited spicy entrees and that's what we were looking for.

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FR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere... can’t wait to return

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H
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A very good meal but the prices are way over the top. $ 300 for dinner for two with 1 bottle of $75.00 wine is excessive for South Florida. Even Manhattan and London are more reasonable.

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K
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the perfect combination of wonderful food, excellent service, and comfortable dining experience! A favorite spot for special occasions and romantic dinners.

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j
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Cafe Maxx for 20+ years. It is consistently delicious, the service is always outstanding, and it is my favorite restaurant.

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BU
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Meal, the wine, the service, the atmosphere, is “12” on a scale of 1 to 10. We Will Be Back! Thank you!

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!! Always a great meal. Ant wait to go back

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MP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this restaurant as have been here before. It was my husband’s 70th birthday and when I made reservation on Open Table, I noted that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday, yet restaurant made no mention of this to us. I was extremely upset as we were celebrating with friends, yet restaurant did nothing special.

I have made reservations through Open Table in the past where they at least put a candle on the celebrant’s dessert...yet nothing was done. We had reservations again on March 4th with other friends, but i was so angry with restaurant, I cancelled the reservation.

Also, on a previous visit I had an incredible roasted carrot salad but not on tonight’s menu. I asked waitress about this and she said she never heard of that appetizer. She made me feel really stupid!

The mark of a fine restaurant is more than the quality of the food. Yes, the food is wonderful and our table of 6 each enjoyed their meals, but very disappointed with server and how stupid she made me feel, plus no birthday mention to my husband!

Very very disappointed!

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. They never disappoint!

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MS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was fabulous. Great flavor profiles. Only small complaint is I had made reservations about two weeks in advance and only table they had was the one in bar area. But it was fine; would have preferred to be inside actual restaurant area.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not as elegant as it was 25+ years ago, when it was a fine dining experience. Food and service are good; ambiance is quite a bit noisier than before, but probably typical for Saturday evening.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is excellent. The chef knows how to season dishes to compliment the dish. My favorites are the duck ravioli with the apple tart for dessert.

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JG
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always great. Took another couple that had not been there in sometime and they were kind of mad (in a nice way) they waited so long to come back.

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SJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

This restaurant has been around for a long time. Which says a lot for a restaurant. However, the food was not memorable. The ambiance was earful. I rate it this way because it was very expensive and wasn’t worth the price.

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MG
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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B
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been a long time customer but haven't eaten there in a while. Glad I went back. The food is still excellent on all levels. It's a bit pricey but a good treat if you're tired of the abundant steak joints in south Florida.

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J
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, amazing menu, wonderful servers! Highly recommend! Been coming for years and never disappoints!

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CA
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service.The best in Ft Lauderdale

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KM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife for Valentine’s Day. Had 9:30 reservation. We arrived a little early but were promptly seated. The waiter came within a couple of minutes after we were seated. He was very knowledgeable and made good recommendations for our meal. The food was FABULOUS and we had a nice wine pairing. Overall we were quite pleased with our dining experience and will return in the future

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j
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best snapper with carmelized onions in the city. We have been customers for 30 years and every meal has been great

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The food is delicious, beautifully presented, and large portions. The service is always excellent. Last but not least, the carrot cake is the best I’ve ever tasted. A must when we are in the area.

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic seafood. My wife and I were visiting from central Florida and this was recommended.

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PK
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food wonderful service
a great place to celebrate a special event

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E
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant many times. The food keeps getting better. I don't know how they do it but I've eaten the same dish on more then one occasion and this last time was the best. Good service and the foie gras is something to write about but better to eat....

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CC
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! Wonderful service and food. Started with wine and appetizers of Brussels sprouts and octopus carpaccio. Our party of four had succulent jumbo scallops, lamb chops, elk chops, and sashimi. All dishes were amazing!

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s
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was awesome. The food was delicious, especially the brussel sprouts. The snapper was divine.
The martinis were perfect. Will be returning

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s
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to visit Cafe Maxx on our South Florida treks. Great food and excellent service. Darryl greeted us as always and showed us to our lovely seating. Angela took over and was very attentive to our every need. The food was fabulous!!! We need to sell our house and move south.

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W
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Clever menu, wonderful and gracious service; beautiful presentation ....accommodating service

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Has been a long time go to for us but we won’t be returning after eating there twice in one week with poor food and service with no acknowledgement from management. I called and left not one but two messages regarding my experience. Also a private message sent on OT to the restaurant was not even acknowledged. Wasn’t looking for any freebies just wanted to pass along some feedback in hopes to prevent other diners from experiencing a night like ours. At this price point you would think Cafe Maxx would want to hold on to those willing to pay their check average but guess not. What a shame.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a date night with the hubs! It had been a long time that I hadn’t come to café Maxx! I got to see a lot of dear ppl that I hadn’t seen in a long time, food still rocks! Ricardo as always is the best waiter ever, extremely attentive and with amazing suggestions.. Ron is the bomb bartender super polite and receptive and lets add he makes amazing drinks 😁
Over all an amazing experience

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J
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent food and service imaginative menu a specia lrestaurant

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AR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Salmon and tuna sashimi was excellent and healthy.

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience
Congratulations!!

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right on point. Enjoyed all of the experience. The food was prepared perfectly. The wait staff was attentive but not on top of you. Looking forward to our next meal here.

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