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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (11)
Special Occasion (9)
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Good for Birthdays (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Miami)·Dined on January 9, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 7, 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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 7, 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

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was our second visit and just like the first Mario and the staff greeted us like we are family. The sangria is wonderful. We will be back again!

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Mario will always make you feel special and take care of you. We had 14 for New Year’s Eve and it was perfect

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food. Great staff and service. Make you feel like you are in their home.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were in from out of town and were looking for a spot for dinner before seeing a show. We enjoy Cuban food and figured we would see if we could find a good spot. We found Catalina on TripAdvisor and gave it a shot. We sat outside in a lovely covered patio area. The main road is right there but we barely noticed it. The servers were excellent and very kind. Mario came and checked up on us a few times during the meal to make sure we were happy. The food was excellent! Plantains with a chimichurri topping were brought out compliments of the house. We shared beef empanadas (outstanding!) and some octopus for an appetizer and then split the skirt steak with garlic shrimp (with rice, black beans, and plantains). Everything was excellent! Washed it all down with a glass or two of Rioja and some mojitos (very good). A great meal overall. It was a bit pricey ($170 for 2 people including drinks) but otherwise no complaints!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Welcome back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our first time dining here. Owner Mario came by to say hello. Made us feel very welcome. Will definitely return.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loved it great food and service will return every chance I get

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was one of the few restaurants open on Christmas Day. The food and service were really good. They even gave us a bottle of wine and a tres leches cake on the house. I highly recommend this restaurant. 5 stars!!!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The worst food I have ever had. The service level was extremely low, and they tried to cheat us on the bill with charging us extra money. When we asked why the bill was so high, they couldn’t explain it. They made us look cheap. So I don’t recommend anyone to go there!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family has been dining at Catalina’s for several years now and we’re never disappointed. Plenty of options to choose and everything is tasty. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 15, 2017

As always, this is a special place to dine. Mario the owner is very hands on, the staff are attentive, and the Cuban cuisine is prepared exquisitely. White table cloth, old time charm. This is our go to restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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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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·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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·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

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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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