Cafe Maxx

4.8
1056 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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GenyL
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The tuna sashimi pizza is to die for!
Delicious food

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vipTimothyB
Miami
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

I have been going to Cafe Maxx since 1985. Food still great, but the ambiance has been ruined by stuffing too many tables into such a small area. It was so loud, I couldn’t hear the person next to me. You literally had to squeeze by every table by walking sideways.
It is time to re-evaluate the entire dining experience.

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vipJeffreyF
Miami
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening as always. Been coming here for more than 35 years.

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Griffin127
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Maxx excellent food and excellent service, would highly recommend!

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JudiF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Sarah, was absolutely fantastic! As was the food!

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vipCarol
West Palm Beach
41 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’m raving about the duck. I would have dated 5 stars but the crab and lobster cake appetizer had too much filler and the bourbon pecan pie was rather tasteless. A little disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
53 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very very loud! Service was slow but good. The tuna entree was not good. It was a lower quality cut. This was my second time dining and unfortunately I won’t be returning. Way to loud, very very expensive and the food was just ok. I was expecting more.

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DannyL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my Wife's Birthday. Service and Food was outstanding. We certainly will return.

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OpenTable Diner
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back since Covid and we weren’t disappointed. Everything was amazing. Thank you.

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Jeannette69
Spain
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC !!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greg is the reason why we r coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jane the server was incredible. Bone in rib-eye and grouper were five star. Great place overall…

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vipAnnetteW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Great service. Food is delish. Second time there, was just a great as the first.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing experience as always!! Our favorite place in South Florida!

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DebbieE
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the private seating of table 17 for 2. The lamb chops were the best I've ever had...large cooked to perfection with goat cheese. Tuna pizza appetizer was incredible. service great

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vipRickSchwartz
West Palm Beach
46 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the VERY best and NEVER disappointing!!
Happy for 25 years!!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cafe Maxx never disappoints!

MB
vipMichaelB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there 25 years and has always been fantastic

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TimE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time that we have come for Christmas/Birthday dinner, and the experience was amazing. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others to celebrate special occasions.

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HughK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had an issue with my entree, which was unfortunate seeing it is my favorite go to dish there. They addressed things and I left satisfied. Rest of meal, appetizers, other entree and deserts were perfect. Service as always, spot on, attentive and caring.

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AngelaZ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The onion crusted snapper is literally the best meal I’ve ever had. It’s just melts in your mouth and oozes dankness. This restaurant is a must every time we’re in town. Excellent service and the best bathrooms too. Highly recommend 10/10.

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vipSeeThroughReviews
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Stunned and disappointed. Café Maxx has been a personal best for me for 10+ years. However, this last visit had me and my guests wondering how the wheels came off the cart.
The service. Wow, if it was Dennys, I’d get it. But forgetfulness, having to request the obvious - cutlery (twice), bread,and so on and so on.
The food. Appetizers very good. Main course. Decent but not outstanding. The prized Pecan pie? Not blue ribbon any more. I thought that’s the standard that Cafe Maxx prided itself to be.
It’s hard to be great, one gets it - try playing golf and you’ll appreciate how great Tiger was. Everyone can do mediocre. But having to pay premium $$$ for mediocre isn’t on my list of things to do.
Let’s hope it was an off night. Even Tiger had to adjust his swing before winning the Masters again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in town

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything outstanding as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable, very noisy

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We were excited about first date night in awhile, arrived at the restaurant and host seated us straight away. Just starting to relax and thinking about ordering that first glass of wine while looking at the menu, when Daryl one of the owners comes over and rudely tells us we can’t sit here as if we had just walked off the street and helped ourselves to a table!! We were so embarrassed! He made us get up and stand in the middle of the restaurant while he looked for somewhere to put us! We kept explaining the hostess seated us but he wouldn’t listen. In hind sight we should have left, I was extremely upset to be treated that way and worst of all the owner didn’t think he’d done anything wrong with embarrassing us that way. When you spend over $400 for dinner (we ordered 4stone crab so knew it would be expensive, but still) we expected to be treated with a little bit of respect. The food is good there, excellent chef Oliver! But due to his partner we will not return.

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DesiD
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good portion and our server Jane was very helpful on our decision I gave it 5 stars

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waiter wasn’t as attentive as we have had with other severs. Great food!

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vipRobertB
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Service, food and the overall experience makes us coming back time and time again.

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vipFoodieGirl
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Overall a very good experience but the tables are so close together that it’s not easy to get to the bathroom or for anyone with a walker. The valet was excellent at assisting a patron with mobility issues.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden GEM! Maybe the best menu and food I’ve had in all my years. I’m a big foodie and eat all over the world. This place does a world class job with great prices for what they deliver.

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vipDinaM
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

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vipCathyA
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good, but over-priced for the quality. Service was rushed. Not the fine dining experience you’d expect for the price ($65 for lamb chop entree)

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Maxx is definitely worthy of the five star rating. The caviar pie appetizer was amazing. We ordered the duck and filet and relished each bite. Going back again tonight!

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vipAlanR
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Maxx has set the standard for Broward restaurants for at least 30 years, and last night's meal was no different. They never disappoint, and every menu item is special.

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vipFoodie
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious meal

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vipEllenS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Our waiter...Tom...was amazing. Johnny on the spot. Drinks came quickly more importantly the best food ever. And steaming hot. Served in a timely matter. We had a wonderful evening. Would go back tonight. The tilefish a la francaise was mouthwatering And the the caviar/tuna pizza has always been a favorite. Never disappoints!!!

RS
vipRickSchwartz
West Palm Beach
46 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always extraordinary and one of the very best restaurants in all of Florida for decades.

FAQs

Cafe Maxx offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 782-0606.

Cafe Maxx is rated 4.8 stars by 1056 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.