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Catalina Restaurant

4.5
611 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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!
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Cuban
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(954) 563-4141
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Business Casual
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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.

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What 611 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food is really great. Plan for taking part of your meal home for lunch the next day! The roast pork is truly amazing

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best Cuban Restaurant I’ve ever been too. My wife says the Paella was just as good as in Barcelona. The red snapper was phenomenal and so was the white Sangria.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Mario and the entire staff at Catalina are fantastic. The food is consistently excellent. The drinks terrific. The service and the friendliness of the staff is why we go back again and again. This is our go to restaurant and it never disappoints. We love Mario’s Catalina five star plus plus plus

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent service...a little pricey but the experience is worth it

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As always, Catalina provided a superb dining experience. The skirt steak is simply the best I've ever had. The shrimp cocktail was fresh and beautifully presented. Desert is a must. The flan is better than grandmas!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Visiting the area and wanted Cuban food.
Hotel concierge recommended the restaurant.
Cool ambience, perhaps reminiscent of Havana!
Food was excellent and abundant! Entrees were pricey,
But surely could be shared.
Paella was loaded with shellfish! Staff was charming!
Sorry we have to go home and won’t visit for awhile!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Marianos Catalina Restaurant is excellent, superb, fun and a food lovers delight. Everything about this restaurant is excellent particularly Mario and his excellent staff. The food is wonderful and consistently so.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Mario and his staff are great at making you feel welcome. The food is great and the mojito can't be beat.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent food and service; warm, inviting atmosphere. We came back with friends later this same week--all in town for a business trip.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Mario is the best host in S Florida!
Great service, super Cuban Spanish authentic food recipes. Fabulous Grouper and of course his signature beef and pork dishes. Paella for two is always a treat.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This place absolutely knocked my socks off. Best mojito I’ve ever had. So I had two of them. Also, really amazing octopus, beef and shrimp. I can’t wait to have an occasion to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The staff went above and beyond to ensure we had a great dining experience. The food was amazing and authentic.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

MARIO and all the staff are amazing!! They set us up beautifully for a party of 7 last minute on a Saturday

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Marianos Catalina Restaurant is top notch. The food is consistently terrific and the service and on Beyonce are wonderful. Mario and his entire staff are just great. This is our go to restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and on any given night it’s terrific.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Mario is wonderful and welcoming! The food was fabulous, definitely go again.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Terrible experience, spent 30 minutes waiting with a reservation

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Fantastic food which exceeded our expectation.s. Service was perfect. Highly recommend it this place!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food, authentic great service, great ambiance! Recommended!

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Been here many times very, very disappointed this time. Service way off, rushed you, not attentive, asked for separate checks, didn’t get that, was charged an outrageous amount for a shot of well vodka $14.00, charged $5.00 for a cup of coffee, asked for a refill, was charged another $5.00 not a way to get repeat customers, don’t think we will be going back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

First time in a Cuban restaurant and loved the experience. Prices seemed a bit high but quality was good.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Girls weekend

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The food is the reason to come to Catalina restaurant. The restaurant itself is cozy and has a very pleasant atmosphere. There's a small bar you can dine at if you are doing the "pop-in" and they will also accommodate walk in traffic if tables are available.

This is a notch above the more recognizable Spanish/Cuban offerings in the area.

If you are in the mood for delicious and plentiful portions, you must try Catalina restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had empanadas as an appetizer which was excellent. I had the Salmon and shrimp in a red sauce and my wife had the chicken chunks which both were super! Service was on point also.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous place!! Definitely recommend to everyone.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Catalina is FABULOUS!! The food, service, vibes and staff are GREAT....we love this wonderful delicious restaurant! THANK YOU MARIO!!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was great, we have eaten here on previous occasions and the service was better in the past, but was still good. I recommend this restaurant if you like Cuban or Spanish Cuisine.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Celebrating my husband’s birthday while visiting Fort Lauderdale and wanted a local experience. We got that and delicious octopus appetizer and paella for two. Great service.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a lovely evening. Mario and his wonderful staff were outstanding. The food is great good vibes terrific and it’s always a nice evening. Thank you Mario! We highly recommend Catalina.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, ambience and experience

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Charming romantic place

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Catalina is always great. The food is terrific. The service is outstanding. Merial and his team are top notch. The vibes are great too. I would highly recommend Catalina.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food .. the service is great and the food is outstanding ..

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Very good as expected

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a bad experience. We made an open table reservation. When we arrived we waited at least 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. When he did (it wasn’t the owner) I said I had a reservation and he said “everyone has a reservation - wait at the bar”. He never took my name. We were seated and our waiter was brusque. He never told us about specials (we heard him later telling another table). The food was fine but for what it is the prices are crazy. You could get better or same Cuban food in Miami for half the price. I would never go back to this awful place because of the service and the price.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our second time here. The first was amazing. This was almost an abomination. We start at the front and no one greeted us to seat us we must’ve sat there for over five minutes. The waiter was very unfriendly but I guess he was busy with the food this time was quite mediocre. We had to send the state back because it was veiny and very tough they did take it back and exchange it without question. I had Mario’s favorite… The red snapper in planting crumbs with shrimp and pork. The shrimp and pork we’re OK nothing to write home about while the snap of a slightly better. We waited over an hour for our entrées I thought they would never come. We waited 20 minutes for the check I thought that would never come. It was definitely at all tonight but it was bad enough that I won’t be back

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been loyal customers to Catalina since they were located on 33rd St. we try to go every few months. You can get the same food for less money elsewhere but I've always liked the atmosphere and Mario's warm welcome. We were early diners and the waiter began to seat us in a dark back room. Even after I told him I couldn't read the menu and my partner complained it was too cold, he left us there. The rest of the place was place was empty. Then as people came in they crowded them in around us. We should have left. Our octopus appetizer was very good. I had the fried pork chunks which I've had many times there. The pork was good but the onions on them were raw and there was no lime to squeeze on it and no waiter around to ask. Beans were bland. My partner had an overcooked palomino steak. Both came with two small plantains. At those entrée prices that is not acceptable. Service used to excellent there but not anymore. I could not even understand the guy explaining the desserts choices and he stared at the wall anyway. We waited 20 minutes foe espresso. I did not see Mario on the way out or I would have said something. I sometimes see him at Mom's Kitchen for breakfast. I will not be back. I can go to Las Vegas or DonArturos and get the same meal for half the price and have waiters actually wait on me. Sadly we have been patrons for years.

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1.0Dined on January 8, 2018

We were offered free salads, wine, and desserts, all of which then appeared on the check which was almost unreadable, and eventually removed from the check. Been told that this is a common occurrence.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We love Mario’s Catalina. The food is always top notch the valves are good and the service terrific. Mario knows how to make it happen always. We love Mario’s Catalina!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was excellent. Waiter seemed lost. Couldn’t get orders straight. Never came back after finally serving table. Do not do the deserts. While my Flan was good and my friends coconut ice cream was also at $12 ea they are out of their minds. This is not the 4 seasons.
And was charged forc3 deserts instead ofv2. Was easy to spot error on check.t

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