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About Catalina Restaurant

Simple elegance. Old-world charm. Creative cooking.
Step into Mario’s Catalina Restaurant and you instantly feel the hustle of the city fade. Soothing colors, soft lighting, crisp linens and fragrant aromas all conspire to transport you to a more tranquil setting.
While Catalina’s ambiance is undeniably appealing, dining out really is all about the food! That’s why co-owner and chef, Mario Flores, went to great lengths to create a menu of Spanish and Cuban dishes that complement each other.
The result: authentic Latin food masterfully prepared. Add to that attentive service and a chilled glass of simply the best Sangria in town, and you’re well on your way to a memorable experience!

1611 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban

Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(954) 563-4141

Website:
http://www.catalinarestaurant.net/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

Let Mario host your next special event! I invite you to consider Catalina’s for your next private dining experience. Where the décor, service and savory dishes of old-world Cuba and Spain transport you back to a refined, elegant era.

Catalina Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Comfort Food (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Casual (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food and the staff makes you feel very welcome. We were there on a Monday night so the atmosphere was quiet and we got lots of attention.. The prices are on the high side so, at least for us, this will have to be a special occasion place. Still, it is a great place to celebrate those occasions.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service5
value4

vip
 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

The best Cuban restaurant in the area. Mario was amazing and his staff members were the best.

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Still not inexpensive, but worth it. The best sangria (I had the white this time) and mojitos. The 2 paeia eaters have been ordering it here for years and still declare it the best they've ever eaten. They sample my selections which vary, but stick with the paeia. I had the pork filet in light sauce this time. Delicious. The staff are warm and friendly, always available and efficient. Did I mention the complementary amuse bouche (banana chip slices with a tantalizing sauce this night) followed by a light and delicious house salad (nice and small so that you have room for the entrée). We normally start with the empanadas (so tasty), but since 2 of us were leaving town the next day, we passed this time so we could finish the entrées. We love Catalina for celebrating a birthday, getting together with special friends or the last night in town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Mario’s Catalina Restaurant is fabulous. The vibes, service, the food and the appreciation of the entire staff is top notch.

We never have a bad time or a bad meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who is not enjoyed it. This is our go to restaurant for special occasions or for every day dining. Thank you Mario!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

GREAT ambience, some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, and fantastic drinks.

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food5
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food is amazing but the prices are outrageous and outside their peer restaurants.
For the same price or maybe less you can go to a water front Rest or Morton's.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

What a pleasant experience! Food was amazing, ambience was perfect for date and service was top notch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and great service!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Mario’s Catalina is fantastic in every way. The ambience the service the food and friendliness of Mario and staff are just great. The combination of this makes you want to return again and again. The vibes are outstanding as well.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

WE love Catalina....It is a wonderful friendly special place for dinner anytime! Mario and his team are top notch and the food is GREAT!!!

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food5
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We really like the food, ambiance and service. Jack Daniels' bbq pork was outstanding!
The only thing I would change is the music - instead of 'airport lounge greatest hits' into original Cuban music, pairing well with the food and drinks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As always, Catalina Cafe was superb. We had family visiting from out of town and we knew exactly where we wanted to bring them. Everything was delicious, starting with mojitos and signature sangria, the huge appetizer sampler. Entrees of Oxtail, Osso-Buco, whole Snapper and Mario’s Pork and ending with to die for Quattro Leches!, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cuba coffees. A must visit in Fort Lauderdale. You will love the old world decor, attentive service and memorable experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food but 3$$$

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

What a nice Place. The staff was Fantastic!! Had such a great time!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a amazing dinner .. The empanadas are absolutely incredible one of the best restaurants in South Florida

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was a wonderful night. The food was super, the service was terrific and overall the staff couldn’ t have done any more. Would definitely recommend but may be a bit pricey for some.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food is definitely a notch above most Cuban restaurants. The service is warm but not overly efficient, but it was a slow night and that is not uncommon in many places when they are not busy. As for value, it's about double what you'd pay at local Cuban restaurants and in fact higher than the same meal in NYC which is saying something. I guess they figure they can charge more because they have crystal chandeliers everywhere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 5, 2017

It's one thing to have delicious, authentic Cuban Cuisine and love it, but it's another to have the restaurant staff treat you like family on your first visit. We throughly enjoyed our experience. Being tucked away in a romantic nook made for an even better date night. I can't wait to go back to this restaurant again, and again!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Mario is always the master host, the leader of a great team and our go to place where we bring visitors to share good food, good grog and and good company.
Cuban oxtail paella and his signature snapper and roast pork. Ah fabulous. Gracias Amigos.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The empanadas as an appetizer was fabulous. The red sangria is a MUST! We shared the skirt steak entree and it was so tasty and delicious. The service was fantastic and a very romantic ambiance. Love it there

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Elegant dining "Havanah" style with professional service with excellent food in an elegant venue.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Mario is the best! They take really good care of you here. Food is tremendous. My parents hate eating out but request to go back here over and over. Awesome service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

A wonderful dining experience through and through. Incredible hospitality paired with excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Mario's Catalina is absolutely fantastic. Every time we go there we have a delicious meal lots of fun with the other diners and Mario and his staff are fantastic. Great service the food the ambience are all a plus plus. We love this restaurant and so will you.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Mario as suave and efficient as ever and Chino friendly and always making sure things go right.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 9, 2017

This was such a great night! The food was completely authentic and delicious and the service was incredible!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I can't say enough good things about this place. It was not busy the night we dined here and I'm not sure why. Even though it was a weeknight, the service and food were both great.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Mario is one of the hardest working owners i've ever seen! We go back time and time again for the superior service and food. One of my favorite restaurants!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Mario's Catalina is so much fun. The vibes, service, food and ambiance are FABULOUS!! Mario and his staff have it down to perfection. Thank to them all for always making us feel welcome and making sure we have a wonderful evening.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great service... food just average and weird clutter decor.
Nice staff... they give you a free bottle of wine when we left but it comes with a sales pitch to buy 200 gift certificate and get bonus 100. Really sleezy end to dinner and won't go back. Have confidence in your restauraunt and don't solicit your customer

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Mario and the staff at Catalina are FABULOUS! The food, service, ambiance and experience is just great. We love Catalina!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

One of the nicest looking restaurants in the area. Gracious owner, professional service, outstanding food. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Edward and Melissa

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Great meal from beginning to end! Big portions and very tasty! Loved the white sangria

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Catalina is simple wonderful! The food, service, staff, ambiance and especially Mario are all fabulous. We never tire of having dinner at Mario's Catalina. If you have never been, you need to GO!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Wow Catalina never disappoints , Mario the owner is there making sure the service and the food is perfect and it is spectacular . Hidden gem of Cuban and Spanish food in ft Lauderdale

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Mario was an excellent host and provided us an amazing experience.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Amazing service and the food was fantastic. We look forward to returning!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Mario and his team are continuously delivering an excellent experience. The old world style resto ambiance paired with the energetic & courteous energy from the Catalina team - will make this a great & highly satisfying evening !

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent very impressive as always great place to bring guest

Tags: Authentic
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