Cafe Maxx

4.7
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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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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have celebrated my husbands birthday here for over 20 years. It’s a bit of a travel from West Palm Beach but worth it. Love it!

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic restaurant. Have been coming here for 30 years

I
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word amazing

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J
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Been many times. Very good all-in-all but there are now many places in the area that are just as good or better and way less expensive.

OT
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always great!!! It’s our special go to restaurant.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good. Servers very professional. Dining room is on loud side but a worthwhile dining experience.

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best food in Florida!

BB
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been there in many years. We were delighted to find everything was as great as ever. Food, service, ambiance excellent...we will be back much more often!!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible food my compliments to the chef and the staff is always very knowledgeable highly recommend café Maxx

RS
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic year after year, decade after decade.
Bravo!

JG
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant was slammed with the arrival of a large party at our reservation time, however after a few minutes , the staff managed to resolve whatever issues were causing the back up and seated us to a very nice booth. Cocktails were very good, pricey almost to Manhattan levels. Our appetizer was outstanding, ahi tuna pizza. Just delicious and a great start to our meal. All of the entrees at Café Maxx are very highly priced. I ordered a Mahi Mahi dish that was just ok. Fish was cooked well but accompanied by way to many adornments and sauces, and ended up looking and tasting kind of lost. My husband ordered a Snapper dish, a specialty of the house, and he had similar thoughts. Too many ingredients, too elaborate and the delicate nature of both of these fish were lost in the preparations. We felt that at the price point of this restaurant, more respect should be paid to the quality of the seafood, the perfection of its preparation and not overwhelming the dish with far too many additions. I'm sure some people appreciate this type of preparation but we favor simplicity.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS in every way

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

After reading many highly rated reviews, we tried the Sunday Brunch. The experience was not a good one. We made reservations for a place that was half empty at best. After being seated our drink order was taken. Handed menus and without any suggestions from waitress began to order beverages. On the menu was a pitcher of ice tea infused with mint and other flavors. But upon ordering it was told they didn't have it. Offered a plastic bottle of iced tea instead. Declined and ordered hot tea. Proceeded to receive the smallest $4 cup of water with a tea bag. Not a mug or pitcher of water for refills. Then waitress disappeared...a long time goes by and some guy waiter comes over to our table and asks us if we had a reservation. I said yes they took it at the door. He asked for our names to double check again. Mind you the restaurant was still empty. Would it matter?...waitress returns from the beyond. Order food. Food was mediocre. Overall, not a nice ambience, terrible service, weird atmosphere, staff seemed overwhelmed. Don't know what they do when its busy. Overrated.

E
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Quite simply over-priced. My salmon dish under the light-fare no less cost $44 and I have had better salmon at Jay Mark’s for half that price. But every dish was good but each one terribly over-priced.

s
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday but always a wonderful place to dine. The food is delicious and the service extraordinary. We drive from Kentucky to eat at Cafe Maxx!!!

AC
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal exceptional service, great atmosphere!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday very nice

DM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

EA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Nice little place. I would recommend!

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent! The menu changes nightly with different seasonal offerings. Fresh and delicious! it was a busy night and the chef still honored a special request by an annoying person in our party!!!

r
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu. Wonderful food

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This time the service was poor. Called the restaurant and left message with my name and phone number with one of the servers who picked up the phone

J
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. It was a pricey restaurant and our first time there. For the cost of the food, it would be nice if they would redecorate to keep pace with the food quality and service. We were disappointed with the very plain furnishings.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. The presentation is amazing and the service is great.The long time owner is always on site

BL
Miami
104 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for 4 was one of the best meals any of us have had in a long time here in South Florida. Complex entrees like Pompano on acorn squash with pecan, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds with wild rice was perfectly delicious. Excellent

NV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We have been coming to this restaurant for years. We were very disappointed in my husband’s prime ribeye steak. It was all fat and the dish looked awful. The most disappointing thing was the waitress saw he barely ate anything and never asked us if everything was OK. She boxed it up and we brought it home to our dog.

NY
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place never disappoints. The food is excellent and creative. The wine list is extensive and priced with affordable to very expensive but all very good in their category.

CR
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meals were very good as usual. Service was attentive and equally good. Dessert was disappointing though...throughout the years I have to say that is where this restaurant has always fallen short, the final course. Although appetizers and entrees range form very good to excellent, dessert has never been their strong suit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner. Tuna pizza a must. Stone crabs as good as Joes if not better. Be prepared to spend money for an excellent dinner. Portion size excellent. Chefs very creative and brought out tremendous flavors on all dishes services. Presentation excellent The only reason I rated 2 stars on value is that to 5 oz stone claws were 70 USD. That was pricey. Other wise the value is are compare able to other high end restaurants.

DE
Miami
96 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Still my favorite South Florida restaurant, although this wasn't our best evening at Cafe Maxx. Did try some new menu offerings instead of my regular choices. Snapper Tacos were outstanding!
Even on an off night, very very difficult to beat!

N
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice experience first time at the restaurant our waitress Sebastian very courteous.

HC
Miami
104 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food and Excellent Service! We had the Filet Mignon, The Snapper, and the Skirt Steak! All were prepared perfect and were delicious! And the desserts are to-die-for! We would highly recommend this restaurant!

DK
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service consistently great! There is no wrong choice on the menu which changes daily. One of my go to places in LBTS...

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience!

L
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great as usual! Chairs and booths could use updating but the food is so good I don’t think it matters.

DA
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent place to celebrate for friends Birthday

JO
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food wonderful service, Sebastian was attentive, polite and gracious. Will definitely be back

L
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Holiday work dinner Table for 6. Expected to be treated a little nicer. Horrible service. But as always, Great food.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful