Cafe Maxx

4.8
901 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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vipQueenie
Miami
66 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food
Pleasant waiter

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The ambiance was definitely dated.... from the 1970’s. The service, about the same. An old guy, rushed and could care less about making us happy. The food.... ok but, I could do better at home. The house specialty for a fish dish was loaded with mash potatoes and wilted vegetables. The very small piece of snapper was well cooked. The wine the suggested was suddenly unavailable.... the salted caramel ice cream on the ‘daily’ menu was also unavailable. So, make your own decision!!!! Lots of options!

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ChrisH
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Super disappointed with pretty much everything.
This place used to be amazing. Probably will not return.
My food was SO salty I could not eat it. Sent back started because it was so salty and was told by waiter- you know capers are salty- dah! So don’t add salt on top of.
Scallops over salted to inedible.
Screwed up dessert order. Creme brûlée was awful, separated eggs, crust burnt black! “ I’ll let Chef know” WTH is that?
Again super disappointed.

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babsyinblue
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AAAAAMAZING!!! Everything was perfect. The outside seating was quiet and lovely. The staff was tentative and accommodating! Highly recommend and I will definitely return! The wahoo, scallops, risotto, rib eye, cornbread, vegetables, octopus and brussel sprouts and all of the desserts were delicious and perfectly cooked. The presentation was beautiful.

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PattyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Max is always delicious! Its one of our favorite resturants and it never disappointments.

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Bml9s
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner with some good friends and the food, service, and ambience were incredible.

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BarryW
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experiences at Café Maxx have always been great.

We plan on visiting often.

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vipBDDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Restaurant. Not the typical tourist place and definitely worth a visit. Great food and great service. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the back room which was quiet and perfect for a special occasion celebration for 4. We shared shaved octopus, fish tacos and tuna sashimi pizza for appetizers. All were outstanding!
For dinner we had elk, duck breast and mahi. Incredible!!
Extensive wine list with lots of pricing options.
We will definitely return on our next trip. I’m already thinking about what I’ll eat!!

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vipbeauoli
Miami
154 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Hadn’t been since before pandemic -about 14 months. Food is always good. Extensive selection .... but a bit disappointing this time. Ofcourse will go back again but not as great as I remembered

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vipSusan
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Although the restaurant is in a strip mall, Maxxs food was the best we have had in the entire 6 months we were in FL.
Although no one came over to serve our table for quite a long time, we finally got someone’s attention and then the server was relatively good. BUT that being said, it’s the food you must go for.
The caviar pie appetizer was divine! And enough for 4-6 people to share. Next, the heart of Palm/fennel salad was fresh and delicious. I had the small portion of seafood pasta with fennel and it was scrumptious. My boyfriend had the maple salmon and enjoyed that as well.
Be warned. The noise level was high. But it was a Friday night between 7 and 9. And it was packed!
Definitely will return next year!

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vipDocMLou
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Sat outside. UnbeArable traffic

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always

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vipDocr
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant inFL

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vipOU812
Mississippi
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Maxx never disappoints! The food is wonderfully prepared and the service is always stellar. My husband loves the tuna pizza and my favorite is the caviar pie! There is a reason this restaurant has been here for many years...... because it is excellent!!!

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vipasbej
Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nondescript location but excellent food and service. We shared a tuna sashimi pizza, very unique and delicious. Not cheap, but out of this world delicious food!

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vipCarolB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.and service. Very creative presentations The best meal we have had in FL
Will return next season.

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants

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vipLydiaK
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and great
Cozy dining room and amazing creative menu with ingredients you recognize

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful flavors and fresh ingredients

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vipJanie
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best...

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vipWonderful
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for almost any occasion. Service was highly attentive and food divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome. Responsive and very caring. The food and menu choices were scrumptious. We had a lovely time. It was quite crowded inside but where we were seated was perfect for us. Outside of the main dining room in a quiet area near the back. We’ll definitely be back soon.

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BarbaraN
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Pleasant service. Great reservation assistance. Over cooked pork chop under cooked filet mignon. Food has always been good. Perhaps it was just a busy Friday night.

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David
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ... delicious ... great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is terrific...comfort food with flair.

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dionline
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants ever!
Our server Daniela was wonderful!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious and wonderful presentation! We will always keep coming back to Cafe Max!!
Oh, by the way.....service was great too!!!!!

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JodyJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was OUTSTANDING! We will be back!

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vipgoldengirl
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite food!! Can’t wait to dine again!!

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vipPeterT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was outstanding! Absolutely best in the area. However, the service could be improved. When asked for wine recommendations, the waitress asked another waiter to come and speak to us. Unfortunately, that waiter was rushing and walked out on us after a brief 1-2 minutes as we were still asking him questions. Our own waitress was average, nothing really special.Additionally, due to COVID, we sat outside. The ambience is not very good although inside was pretty full and lively.

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JacquelynS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Easter Dinner. This is one of my all time favorite restaurants in Broward County, It is actually a restaurant that happens to have a bar vs a bar that happens to serve food!

It should be on everyones list who lives and visits here in South Florida!

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vipMARISA
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Sat outside so not great ambiance but the food is beyond good it’s a beautiful experience

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vipOleMiss56
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter

Great brunch
Great food
Great service

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vipChip
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great...like eating with family!

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vipJeffreyG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb !! ... as usual !! I'm glad this restaurant is so close to me !!!The wait staff are always very pleasant .
I've always had an exceptional experience at Cafe Maxx !! All friends that visit me get taken to the restaurant ...

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vipEastBocaMom
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Sadly, the outdoor area we requested was sorely lacking in any type of creativity/comfort. We were seated in front of the space, near the parking lot at a table that had actual lawn chair, the big/swively round type you'd seen in a pool yard. To top that off, the server was seldom seen, we ran out of drinks and food several times without anyone checking on us, and one of the courses never even came. What did arrive was tasty. It certainly was not the Cafe Maxx I remembered. Perhaps worth visit inside is a better time?

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KellyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals of my life. The waitress was the best!!!

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 901 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.