Cubano's by Mario

4.6
1170 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLauren
Denver
245 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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vipKendojo
Miami
35 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
57 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
57 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
246 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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vipRene
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals and experiences I’ve ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved loved loved every minute at Mario’s! The food was delicious and Mario is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply incredible food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant and delicious dinner we had! <3 Thank you Mario for the warm welcome. We are happy to have found this Cuban gem. The sangria and mussels were delicious We’ll be back! 🙂

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was not good at al on all categories. I wish I could say different. It was just a waste of time.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

My fathers bday

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best date night ever! Great food and ambiance is amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario never disappoints! He is by far the best host you could ever ask for. Incredible food and even better service. From the moment you walk in, Mario treats you as if you are a guest at his home. I will be a life long guest at Mario's, and I tell everyone who comes down to South Florida that it's a MUST HAVE during their stay!

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vipHeidiJ
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star food and five star service. A must every time I am in South Florida. Staff is outstanding and first class.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVED IT!!! The pork is to die for. Next time I’m in the area Mario will see me again for that pork. YUMMMM!!!

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viprjonward
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Phenomenal service. Just amazing. Food was great!…. Aside from the churassco which was way overdone but everything else was very very good. What a surprise find!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night was amazing. We were welcomed with a hug from the owner, Mario who checked in with us several times throughout the night. When we were seated, one of our servers said, “Welcome home!” 🥺☺️. The ambiance in the restaurant was reminiscent of an old world, pre-1959 relaxed, tourist filled Cuba. Excellent service and delicious food. Extensive attention to service: we never waited to be served but did not feel rushed. This restaurant had all the classic touches for a quaint, romantic evening - dinner by candlelight, dimmed house lights, free flowing drinks and delicious food.

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SheilaP
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its an experience to have in Ft Lauderdale...from service, food and overall experience it was more than we could have imagine!

FAQs

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

Cubano's by Mario is rated 4.6 stars by 1170 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.