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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!
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Hours of Operation:
Daily Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm
$30 and under
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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