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Cafe Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL
Cafe Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL
Cafe Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL
Cafe Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL
Cafe Maxx, Pompano Beach, FL

Cafe Maxx

4.8
4.8
1556 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (954) 782-0606
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    NOW YOU CAN BRING CAFE MAXX TO YOUR EVENT!! Cafe Maxx provides full catering services to the South Florida are from small intimate groups in our private dining room to large scale events off property. For more information on catering and special events, please contact us at 954-782-0606
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private room called the Wine Room, which can hold a maximum of 30 guests. A minimum of 10 guests is required to reserve the room. Wifi is available and we have a screen for your convenience. However, we do not have a projector or any audio/video equipment. The room is wheelchair accessible. We require a 72-hour cancellation policy. Please note that we do not have a pre-fixed menu. For more information on special events, please contact us at 954-782-0606
  • Neighborhood
    Pompano Beach
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,556 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale

    American

  • Fort Lauderdale East

    Best Overall

  • Fort Lauderdale East

    Best Food

  • Fort Lauderdale East

    Innovative

  • Fort Lauderdale East

    American

1,556 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All eight of us had excellent meals. The service was great!

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  2. TracyF

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Maxx is superb in every way. Not a pretentious, or uppity place. The food is 5 Star and the menu is unique. The servers are attentive, helpful and friendly. Try the tuna tartare pizza for an appetizer. It is a party in your mouth! Lamb chops were succulent and prepared perfectly. Menu is pricey, but you are getting deliciously and creatively prepared food. If you are in to good food, try Cafe Maxx.

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  3. Timmy

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful and service was exceptional but very noisy patrons which of course, management can’t control.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always!!! Best in Ft Lauderdale! Highly recommended!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a wonderful dinner at Cafe Maxx! Food is consistently delicious and service is lovely!

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  6. TerryK

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were delighted with our brunch choices. Sashimi pie was very tasty. Breakfast sliders were delicious. Excellent apple tart for dessert. Can’t wait to try other dishes on menu. We will be back👌

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  7. Funrun5

    West Palm Beach

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good service and dining. Always a delightful dining experience!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I had high expectations since a hospitality industry friend recommended it. There was no hostess when we arrived, so we waited a bit. It took another 22+ min for the waiter to take our order. For starters, we ate the yellow tuna tostadas (2) on tiny tortilla chips, which were not worth the money for the price but tasted good. For entrees, we had the duck breast that came with sweet potatoes and red cabbage, and all of it was sitting in a runny, soupy liquid. I was expecting a thicker sauce or glaze; it was very disappointing. My husband ordered the pork chop, which he said had good flavor, but he couldn't eat the vegetables. The desserts were subpar as well. The blueberry lemon cheesecake with blueberry compote tasted like it came out of a can, and the tropical carrot cake was overly sweet with fillings and not enough cake. At least the portion size for the main entrées was large. Everything seems “smothered” and “sloppy.” Unfortunately, we will not be coming back. I advise finding someone new to run the front of the house. The timing, the ambiance, and the vibe are off. Then, focus on refining the quality, taste, and presentation of the food. The food isn't terrible, but for the price, you expect a little more polish on the execution. It's a step up from diner-style service and execution.

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  9. JeffreyF

    Miami

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been going to Cafe Maxx for 38+ years. Virtually all special events are celebrated here. Have never been disappointed. They are simply the best.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Was recommended from a friend, nice neighborhood spot, but the maître D is very overwhelmed - gets involved with conversations at the table, while groups are waiting by the door to get seated. Seems to get lost a lot. Very noisy restaurant. But it was a nice food experience. 

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was quite an experience. The food was amazing and the service was superb.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    8pm reservation were not seated till 8:30 pm. We had various wait staff. Asked for sparkling water they brought tap water. Waiters seemed overwhelmed because they were busy. Asked for bread since every table had bread and it was late we were starving, apparently 3rd time is a charm they brought bread with the meal. Food was excellent but experience not great.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Max is a family favorite. Angie is an excellent server. You never feel rushed.  the food continues to be after all these years. The best in the 954 area code.

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  14. Helen

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Duck ravioli is a must!

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  15. FOODIES4LIFE

    Fort Lauderdale

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Below the radar, best restaurant in Fort Lauderdale area.

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  16. Bml9s

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we go to Cafe Maxx we have an amazing meal and service

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  17. Vince

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All food items excellent as usual. Service was exemplary. Shrimp cocktail was excellent however pricey. Seating in a small booth was cramped.

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  18. Ticoq

    Miami

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    After many rears we were back and everything was excellent as we experienced before .

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great meal with some standards and some new dishes every time we go to Cafe Maxx. Service is always exceptional. Good wine list. Generous portion size for most dishes and they have lighter fare options as well. Can get a bit loud depending on the mix of guests. We had a rather large and loud birthday table on one side and a crying child on the other side last time, but generally not that bad. That is the only reason the ambiance was 4 not 5 stars. One of our favorites and worth every cent.

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  20. RBF1

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is that good!!!! We return time and time again. Love it!!

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  21. Janie

    Fort Lauderdale

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in all the world! Outstanding cuisine and service. We have never been disappointed in over 30+ years.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual the food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and and attentive

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  23. Carol

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    - Little change from the last time I was there. But still good

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  24. JoeGring

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is consistently excellent, wait staff and hostess make you feel like you're their most important customer ever.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pricy but worth every penny ...great wine list and first class service

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  26. BrianG

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Starting from the hostess to the menu to the server and the food everything was Excellent. Only minor issue was that once we ordered food, it came a little rushed. We'll be back but will make note of this and request a little less speed...

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I am and continue to be a huge fan of Cafe Maxx but unfortunately this dining experience was lacking in service. I think the waiter was tasked with handling all of the tables from what I could see, but it translated into slow service along with a forgotten drink order I wanted with my dinner. Flagging him down was impossible to accomplish so I gave up. Otherwise a delicious meal.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding service with delicious and creative food!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    There was hair in our food and our server was barely available or interested in how we were doing. I’m pretty sure the hair was just wiped off the plate before it was returned to us. Didn’t seem like the hair was a big deal to the folks working there. Been to Cafe Maxx a million times. It’s always been one of our favorite places. We were celebrating my birthday. I don’t think we’ll be back for a while.

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  30. Alcott

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not a critique at all but the name of this place doesn't match the experience or food you will experience. At first Cafe Maxx sounds like a diner. From the parking lot, it looks like a run of the mill strip mall restaurant. However, when you enter, you feel like you are transported to another time with a cozy and comfortable but well designed space. The hosts are attentive and the service is very good. The food choices are fantastic. . .try the scallops. . .don't miss the Filet Mignon & Shiitake Mushroom Tartare (fantastic). It's a great place for a date & celebration. Put this on the top of your list.

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  31. lauderdalediner

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and exquisite cuisine! Always fresh and delicious.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to dinner Friday at 7pm. The place was very busy but the service was great. We had salads which were crispy, fresh and delicious! The dinner was amazing. We absolutely love the desserts! Great experience.

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  33. CatherineM

    Fort Lauderdale

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent! Always have a wonderful experience here!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service were excellent! Definitely on our list to visit again!!!

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  35. SONDRAD

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our table wobbled and could not be fixed and I thought the service was lower than usual

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  36. Eater

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food very good. Interesting menu selection. Service good

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  37. MargaretD

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, the cost is a little pricy but well worth it.

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  38. LarryB

    Miami

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a Friday night...so crowded as you might imagine...suggest reservations as the place really packs you in...great food with average entree $40-60. Great service!

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  39. LuvEatingOut

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Due to traffic, we arrived late for our reservation and had a limited time to eat before going to a show. The restaurant could not have been more accommodating to our situation. The hostess seated us immediately and sent a server to our table who let us know which items could be prepared most quickly. This helped us make our decision. Our order came quickly, so quickly as a matter of fact that we not only had a casual dinner but had a few minutes to let our dinner digest before leaving for the theater. Thanks to the hostess and server both of whose names I have forgotten for turning what could have been a disaster into a very pleasant and enjoyable experience.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The lamb chops were amazing. Also the sea bass. It is a charming spot.

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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 1556 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Maxx

2601 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Pompano Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (954) 782-0606
  • Catering
    NOW YOU CAN BRING CAFE MAXX TO YOUR EVENT!! Cafe Maxx provides full catering services to the South Florida are from small intimate groups in our private dining room to large scale events off property. For more information on catering and special events, please contact us at 954-782-0606
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private room called the Wine Room, which can hold a maximum of 30 guests. A minimum of 10 guests is required to reserve the room. Wifi is available and we have a screen for your convenience. However, we do not have a projector or any audio/video equipment. The room is wheelchair accessible. We require a 72-hour cancellation policy. Please note that we do not have a pre-fixed menu. For more information on special events, please contact us at 954-782-0606
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