Cubano's by Mario

4.5
1182 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cuban
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. Mario is pleased to now offer Paella, which includes lobster, scallops, chorizo and many other delicious ingredients!

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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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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vipLauren
Denver
248 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is great and the service is outstanding. The entire team works like a beautiful dance. The ambience is one of our favorites. Thank you Mario and Team for another lovely evening

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vipJanF
West Palm Beach
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and plentiful. Try the empanadas and calamari for appetizers. Mario's Favorite of red snapper filet, grilled shrimp and pork is awesome and check out this whole fish and the dessert tray.

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JonathanV
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cuban Spanish restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale.
❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario the owner greeted us and the staff was excellent. A great place to celebrate my 50th birthday with my family. We were made to feel like family and recommendations for dinner and appetizer were spot on. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you again.

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Foodie
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience and the food was delicious. This was our first time coming to Mario’s but we immediately felt special. They had 6 specials the night we visited. Our meal started with a plantain creation, also delicious and unique.
I ordered the lamb shank and my husband had the Ossobuco . Both of our meals were delicious.
We ordered their Mojitos and I had the Sangria; all wonderful!
You definitely need to come here!!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Mario and his staff were very welcoming from the time we walked in the door and the hospitality was top notch! We’ll definitely be back the next time we visit the area!

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

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vipJanF
West Palm Beach
44 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario is always welcoming and friendly. The empanadas were delicious, and the calamari was the best I've EVER had! Garlic shrimp was yummy and my husband always loves the skirt steak. The bar pours a nice drink, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was delicious however they brought out appetizers and second round of drinks (of which I didn’t order) acting like they were on the house..but then charged us for them. Taking advantage of non locals. I paid for them and tipped well but that is a slick scam- hence the reason for three stars

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vipMark
Fort Lauderdale
58 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and Mario greeted us at the door. We sat and from that part on we enjoyed everything about the meal and service.

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vipbonniel
West Palm Beach
35 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem if you haven’t discovered this wonderful eatery! Easy parking on premise, very homey decor and a warm staff. There is something for everyone! We started with the most delicious empanadas and refreshing perfectly made Mojitos! There’s paella to satisfy the Spanish taste or Carne Asada if you feel like Cuban food! The salad was yummy and the array of desserts made it hard to pick one! We have been frequenting this place for years and it never lets us down!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cubano’s by Mario is amazing! My family and I are visiting Ft. Lauderdale on vacation and chose Cubano’s to celebrate what would have been our parents’ 61st wedding anniversary. My dad passed away 7 years ago, so my brother, sister-in-law and I wanted to do something special for our mom. Cubano’s was the perfect choice. Mario greeted us and took extra special care without knowing our story. He’s just that kind and welcoming. When I told him why we were there, he and his staff rolled out the red carpet. The food was amazing and so was the service! Even my sister-in-law, who is a picky eater, loved her steak. The restaurant is styled like an old Havana restaurant and the ambiance matches. Aside from wonderfully delicious Caribbean dishes with large portions, the staff is friendly and charming. My mom had a great anniversary and my family and I will definitely return. We felt like we were dining with family as Mario creates such a warm and welcoming environment.

Thank you so much for taking such great care of us!

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Terr
West Palm Beach
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We went for a birthday dinner this time. We was promised the room would be decorated but it wasn't. This time we want treated like family. We didn't get our salad, we was charged per class for drinks not per pitcher.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Atmosphere is nice. Quaint place for a date. It's not the fanciest of restaurants. Servers were great, Mario greeted us, and was very polite. Great cocktails. Even gave us a free cocktail, desert, and bottle of wine. However then Mario tried selling $600 in gift cards for an additional $300. I've never have ever been to a good restaurant and have the owner upsell me at the end $300. They are hurting for business so I bought $150 out of feeling bad. They are racing to the bottom with that approach to building more business. I'll give some cards to the kids. It's not any more remarkable food that other Cuban restaurants.

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vipmike00416
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

food was very good. The bill seemed high for what we got, and rather ambiguous. service was good. I recommend the house made white samgria.

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KentF
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Mario takes care of his customers and suggests great dishes for you to try

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vipLauren
Denver
249 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and his team are absolutely outstanding. The ambience of the restaurant is beautiful. The food is excellent and continues to be so. The staff and service is outstanding. This is our go to restaurant and if you have not tried this restaurant… Do yourself a favor and visit and have a delicious meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my 33rd birthday with my family. We had a great time at dinner and the staff was amazing. The food was delicious! We shared the platter which had samples of everything to experience all the Cuban food. I had the vaca Frita which was AMAZING! They were very generous in allowing me to celebrate my birthday and have the staff involved in the celebration. I would definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to all my friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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vipAnnV
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first Time there. From the outside, it didn’t seem to be what had been described on online reviews that had been seen. Everything from the servers hostess and owner, Mario were consistent in making sure everything was to our liking and if something was not available that was offered on the menu they accommodated us to their best ability. Would definitely recommend them to any of our friends or family in the area or visitors that come to the Fort Lauderdale area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS! If you’re craving authentic Cuban food in an intimate seething with friendly service, Cubanos by Mario is the place to go! We loved our experience so much that we went back again the next night. Mario’s cusine is only outmatched by his genuine hospitality where you feel like family. If you’re anywhere near Ft Lauderdale and looking for good Cuban food, I highly recommend it. The Ropa di Vieja isn’t on the menu, but it’s “amazing!”

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vipLATV3440
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! The red snapper was amazing! Great service! We each ordered a drink and when we finished, Mario sent us each another drink, what a nice surprise! Octopus was the special appetizer. Some of the most tender octopus we have ever had. A delightful experience!

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GiseniaR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at Cubano’s, from the greeter to the waiter and the bartender. We met Mr. Mario and he is an absolute pleasure. He is super attentive. The food is absolutely amazing and authentic Cuban. We had delicious empapada for appetizers, fried snapper with rice and black beans, a sea food paella that was shareable for about 3-4 people, and Marios combination platter. Oh and let’s not forget the desserts delicious cheese flan. I would definitely return and recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Kendojo
West Palm Beach
36 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As excellent as ever. Always delicious food and friendly service. The sangria is the best anywhere and Mario is a gracious host. This is definitely my happy place.

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vipMartelN
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! This is now a “must visit” place every time I visit Fort Lauderdale. Between the good food, wonderful drinks and Mario’s welcoming personality, you can go wrong. This is our second visit in less than a month to Fort Lauderdale and both times Mario’s was a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Best Cuban food ever and the staff is great as well. Mario is amazing and always makes us feel welcome. I definitely recommend dining here if you haven’t.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at a lot of nice restaurants and never write reviews. This experience was so special. The service, food and ambiance was excellent. The owner greeted us at the door and the server helped us navigate the menu choices and was very attentive. The food was great. It was a wonderful night for our family dinner.

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vipAnibal
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great food and service!

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vipEmeryT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Sea food was spoiled, and this wasn't addressed. Owner brought us drinks on the house, but charged us for them afterwards. Shady way to run a business and hike up profit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

Service was fast sat down got our food within minutes, didn't order salad but we got served it anyway. We were seated in the middle which wasn't what I preferred, but that's my problem I guess lol. Moving on to the food , everything from the salad, to myself and my guest main course meal was delicious BUT a meal for 2 should not be nowhere near 142.00 AT ALL. bills were mixed up with another person's as well. So we got our bill after the mix up and I was shocked to say the least. I was truly expecting close to a $100 bill. Lol I'm like wtf did myself and my guest ate for $142 and I couldn't read the bill it was all scribble-scrabble as if it's written like that intentionally. So please do yourselves a favor and ask the waiter or waitress to write the bill LEGIBLY so you can understand it. I didn't want to make a big scene it was my guests birthday so I paid RELUCTANTLY and even left a tip lmao but I was really upset.

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vipLisaL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment! Wonderful personal service from Mario himself. Highly recommend to ALL

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far best dining experience my family ever had. Not only was the food excellent, the staff was amazing. They went above and beyond to make sure our experience was superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The owner was difficult to be around.

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vipZach
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great catching up
With friends on the patio. Mario and his staff made us feel special by their excellent service and food.

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Bevy
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Fish and pork were great. So were the drinks and desserts! And loved the salad and plantains!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio amabilidad
Rico el sabor de la comida más los mojitos no fueron de mi agrado

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vipMartelN
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to express my love and appreciation for the experience…overwhelmed! Today we celebrated our wedding anniversary by visiting Cubano’s by Mario. The attentiveness of the staff, the family feel, the wonderful drinks and the outstanding cuisine made this the best wedding anniversary we’ve had so far. Mario, himself, is such a wonderful person and personally wants to make sure you have the best experience. I will never forget this experience and I travel the world and can tell you, that this place is super unique in all ways. It’s dining at its best!!! #largeportions #craftdrinks #amazingdesserts #worldclassservice

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Bevy
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food! Mario greeted us like family when we arrived and we had a wonderful time!

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vipLauren
Denver
249 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every way great every time and any time. We love this restaurant and Mario and his team, service and food is top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding - Mario was extremely personable, friendly and professional and so is the entire staff. The food was amazing - great spot for proper, authentic Cuban food. Drinks were excellent as well. All around fantastic experience - Will be returning in the future and highly recommend to others.

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Cubano's by Mario offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 563-4141.

Cubano's by Mario is rated 4.5 stars by 1182 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.