Cafe Maxx

4.8
1001 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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Brought us 2 wrong meals and my filet was tough! Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always! Service was impeccable. It was an exceptional experience!

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vipGerardor777
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic Caviar Pie!

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vipHannahB
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We usually consider this restaurant a great experience. But last night had a few flaws. The wine glass smell dirty. Prices were higher than usual for a similar restaurants the steak tartare had no seasonings,Our friends were also disappointed with their meal., We had a table all the way in the back in a private room and felt really closed in unlike getting the restaurant feel and vibe. Overall over priced, higher than the upscale steak restaurants nearby

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AlinaR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of us got together to take part in the Dine Out Ft. Lauderdale Event. Most of the items on the special menu are also part of the regular menu. This restaurant probably had the best menu options of all the restaurants on the list. This is my second time coming here and now it is on my list of excellent restaurants to go to even though it’s a bit of a drive for me. Me and a couple of my other friends ordered the beef carpaccio as the appetizer and it was excellent. For the main course I had the pork tenderloin. It was cooked perfectly and was very tender. Then for dessert I had the mocha chocolate cake. The cake was very moist and I loved the addition of berries. It was a perfect end to a perfect meal. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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KevinL
Fort Lauderdale
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just a night out for a good dinner. Fish was over cooked but overall everything was excellent as usual

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vipAmaliaS
Fort Lauderdale
45 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasurable experience, fantastic food and excellent service.

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vipaditoth
Las Vegas
62 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Maxx is outstanding in every aspect. Professional and efficient greeting, seating and initial service. The menu is quite large and diverse. All the food is interesting and more importantly delicious. Our server, Daniela (sp?) was very professional. Everyone we could observe at the restaurant was the same. Working hard. Doing whatever needed to be done.
There are cozy booths that ring the main floor. Tables fill in the space. Plus a back room wine room. Bar is small and enjoyed a full crowd when we were there.
The tuna sashimi pizza is to die for.
I had the snapper and it was delicious. Cooked perfectly with interesting marinated onion, mashed potato and an attractive topping of homemade potato chips.
The duck was also outstanding. Lean, delicious and comes plated already sliced. Finally, the French toast bread pudding with cinnamon gelato was very good.

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RodM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Over the top... We go a lot of nice places for dinner, this is one of the best.

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vipDeborah
West Palm Beach
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a party of 6 celebrating my husband's birthday and the experience was great. As always the food was excellent, Ricardo, our server, was professional and efficient. The menu is pricey, so we tend to save Cafe Maxx for special occasions and have never been disappointed. They also brought out a beautiful dessert with Happy Birthday on the plate for my husband.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pepper corn steak in town.

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vipJorge
Fort Lauderdale
98 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Maxx never dissapoints!

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vipMelissaJ
West Palm Beach
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

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viplaurie
Fort Lauderdale
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Fl

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vipKimberlyH
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The staff did not wear masks.

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pauls
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

have had many great experiences at cafe maxx. this was not up to par for them. seemed to be understaffed and the waiter was apologizing to numerous tables. they had two or three items on the 9/5/21 dated menu that were not available so why include on the menu? crab/ lobster cakes app was very good as was the beef carpaccio. my wife had scallop and shrimp risotto which was also very good.

entrees came out quickly so no issue with slow service in fact they came almost too quickly after the apps were cleared. my medium rare bone in ribeye steak ($80.00) looked fantastic but was closer to rare, which normally would be fine with me. it was so tough and full of tendon and connective tissue that i had a hard time removing the meat from the bone and it was tough throughout. i ordered a glass of duckhorn merlot and was told they couldn't find any and if they didn't find some the waiter would bring me a replacement red at no charge. ten minutes later i got a glass of red wine and was charged for the merlot they didn't have which i let slide. to top it off it was my wife's birthday which we included in the open table reservation and the waiter never asked whose birthday it was and wished me a happy birthday repeatedly.

we will certainly go back as this was the first less than excellent experience we have had at cafe maxx. i will chalk it up to covid related staffing issues, and Oliver was not working in the kitchen on a Sunday night, which could set up the kitchen staff to experience a few hiccups.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jane is super!

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vipBella6
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant is always enjoyable The food is consistently good and fresh . We always have a nice night dining here with our family ...

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KenR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food coupled with a professional friendly staff just makes Cafe Maxx a great dining experience.

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LSULLIVAN
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing!!!

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JoyceS
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Disappointed in pork tenderloin entre

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vipCathyA
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As usual, some of the best food in South Florida but $55 for an entree while surrounded by people in shorts and tee shirts just doesn’t sit well w me. Service was good, but rushed, especially since the restaurant was relatively empty.

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RaftermansWords
Fort Lauderdale
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ALWAYS enjoy Xafe.Maxz. Both food and service were outstanding. This is a great place to dine for any occasion.

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SeverelyDisappointed
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved the experience, and it was more quiet then we were expecting. But no one complained and we loved the children running around … respectfully!!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch ever.

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MarkB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good unique menu but expensive. very nice for a special occassion

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SusanB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant was packed and very lively. Our table was ready for us when we arrived. Dinner was delicious and our server was gracious.
Thanks for a nice evening.

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vipBottleboy
Detroit
140 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding! My wife had snapper and I had the triple tail. The snapper was off the hook and nudged out the triple tail by a hair. Both however were best in class! We split the “Tuna Pizza” and my comment is “Wow, just Wow!!!”
These guys really know how to cook and bring the goods!
As an additional comment, the server was fantastic and even the kid parking cars was pleasant and hustled above and beyond.
The only minor miss is the ambiance and ventilation. We were in a booth 2 away from the kitchen and at times the cooking smell was a little annoying. The concept of seeing the kitchen and the refrigerator case is ok but it was old looking as were the booths and overall vibe. However a very minor detail in the scheme of how great the food and service was.

Overall What an incredible experience and will become a more often go to for us! Bravo!

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vipJanie
Fort Lauderdale
54 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time this month at our favorite restaurant, this time we brought our friends to celebrate being neighbors for over 25 years. The food was exceptional and the evening was a delight.

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jmlsurfer
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great experience , great food , intimate setting .

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dinner! Love it there

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DebbieF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

First time here. Loved the menu, the food was wonderful, excellent service. It is obviously very popular and they don’t need to mess with success, but I would love to see them at a different location, perhaps one with a view.

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vipMarshaP
West Palm Beach
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food always fantastic…as was the service.

My main complaint was I made this reservation with Open Table and was asked if we were celebrating any special occasion. I noted it was my SIL, Susan’s birthday and requested something special done for her.

Dessert arrived with NO MENTION OF HER BIRTHDAY nor ACKNOWLEDGING MY REQUEST.

When I do this with other Open Table reservations, they always bring a special dessert for the person celebrating.

I was very very disappointed!

Tables are close together and can get noisy.

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JudithL
Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We sat outside. So it was noisy. Maybe setting up artificial plant sound barriers or something would make it more aesthetic. Food and service was awesome though.

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MichelleO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary and dine out menu!

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vipJulieE
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. We shared the ahi tuna tartar pizza appetizer, beet salad, res snapper and creme brûlée. All very delicious. I’ll go back for the tuna pizza!

However - not one single person ( staff nor patrons) were wearing masks. I’m sorry but I’ll have to wait to return.

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vipRobC
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience at Cafe Maxx.

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LizH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for the 3 course dine out Lauderdale menu. I chose the caviar pie for appetizer. I'm still thinking about it now. Was absolutely awesome. Can't wait to go back and just have appetizers. Others at table had the octopus app. which I tasted. Very good. Main course was the snapper. Enjoyed that as well. Dessert was carrot cake. Again very good. Definitely will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

I decided to check it out for restaurant month as I am in never in that area. The server was very sweet, the food was okay, and the place was intimate. Typically at other restaurants they tend to ask if you are celebrating something which I was (it was my bday) but they didn’t ask me that.

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vipMiriam
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We had not been to cafe max in over 6 years and we decided to go back because we never had a bad meal there. Well the food continues to be outstanding , but the service could be better and unfortunately they seated us in the back again, as we were eating our salads, i felt a drip on my arm. It was the air conditioner and so a bucket was brought over and by the time we left it was half full of water. Now, let me say they did comp us for the food but not the drinks, and the reason I am writing this , because i typically do not give this much comment is that the manager never once bothered to come to our table and apologize. Not once! As we left we mentioned that too him and he responded with that we were loud and had disturbed his other customers , total of two table by the way. First we were not loud 2nd the place is loud anyway in general but to not come to our table? Really for a restaurant like this where the bill in general would be for two at least 250.00 ?

Anyway, I will probably not be back again at least for a few months , maybe the manager had a bad night and next time he might be a bit nicer and more customer friendly.

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 1001 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.