Cubano's by Mario
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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Also known as meat pies, serves 2
Lechon Asado - one of our most popular dishes
Red Snapper Fillet
Snapper is breaded in green plantains with Lobster Sauce and served with jumbo shrimp
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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
We love restaurants that locals eat at because they are good. The service here was spectacular from our waiter through the owner. It was a long Uber ride as the driver or his app got us lost, but it was worth the extra half an hour. We would return here in a heartbeat. Several of the dishes were very good, but the things that surprised us with a small little items, the salad and the chimichurri were simply wonderful. If you’re looking for great service, something outside of the tourist district, and simply just a pleasant evening, you should take the time to leave the airport area and travel to this wonderful restaurant.
Mario is, hands down, the best host ever!
Delicious food and great service.
What a great restaurant! I went for my boss’ birthday. All of the staff are super friendly and the food is delicious. And, the mojitos are perfect.
Service, Food and Hospitality was excellent. The entire staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Romantic atmosphere. Everyone works hard to deliver a fine dining experience.
Top notch food and service, will stop in again next time we are in town.
Great food and great service, would highly recommend!!!
The food was awesome and owner was very nice. He came to our table to chat with us and thank us for our business.
Fantastic food! Wonderful, friendly staff. Warm welcoming owner. We can’t wait to go back.
Amazing staff, phenomenal cuisine, and welcoming atmosphere. The mojitos were delicious! The staff was attentive and made our gathering feel welcome. Just like dinner with extended family.
As always Mario's never disappoints. I live out of town and everytime I am in town I do not miss an opportunity to come for dinner
The Cuban food choices and preparation are no different than you typical Cuban roadside cafeteria but the prices are 3x what you would pay there. Simply not worth the high prices for very standard food. We won't be returning.
Everything was exceptional!!! The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The food was amazing. The inside was beautiful and Mario was an amazing host and checked on our table several times throughout our meal.
From start to finish everything was amazing. Mario greeted us and we went to the bar. The bartender let us try a few drinks and then we ordered a few. The food was fantastic and the service even better. We will be back!
Such an incredible dining experience. Great food and drink. Atmosphere a d staff were amazing
Sadly I took a friend and had reservations
for 11:15 and restaurant was closed.We had to go to another restaurant and had a good experience.The rating I gave was for the other restaurant
Cubano's by Mario was recommended to us by a friend and we took a party of 4 for dinner. The dining area was very comfortable and quiet enough to maintain conversation without straining. The service was impeccable. Mario himself greeted us at the door, show us to our table and visited several times to make sure we were happy with the food and service. The food was delicious ( we ordered paella for 2, whole fried fish and skirt stake) and came out without delay and the dessert tray had everything for anyone's taste. Although priced higher than your regular Cuban restaurant, Cubano's by Mario provides the value for the money.
My only suggestion is to modify the promotion of the discounted gift cards from personal upsell at the table to their web page or email so customers don't feel pressured to act right there after a nice meal.
Mario has put a lot of effort into making a very nice place to dine and entertain. We recommend it and certainly will return.
We walked in looking for a unique restaurant off the beaten path and found this gem. From the time we entered, we were treated like family and even met by the owner and head chef. The food was exquisite, bursting with flavor and the service provided by multiple staff was warm. We ate way too much because we could not stop eating and look forward to returning.
Amazing food and exceptional service.
Mario attended to our table periodically himself. Very great service, great food, great ambiance. Would definitely recommend dining here!
One of best restaurant experiences we have ever had. The owner gives exceptional attention to all the customers.
Great food! Great service! Overall…greatly impressed. Everyone is so friendly there, service is awesome. The owner, Mario, takes care of all customers. Being there for the first time, he gave us a second round of drinks. Food is delicious! Very nice variety of Cuban/Spanish food. Definitely a must try!
Absolutely one of the best meals we have had recently. The service is impeccable, the food delicious and we highly recommend this restaurant. If they offer the grilled octopus appetizer do not pass it up! The homemade flan reminds me of an old family recipe. I would come back to Fort Lauderdale just to eat here again! Thanks for the experience!
Incredibly expensive for the type of food.
Our go to place every time we are in Fort Lauderdale. Great service and wonderful food! Highly recommend.
Excellent food and service! Mario is a very attentive host! We will be back!
Best Cuban food and Mojito's in the state of Florida,
Celebrated our anniversary with two other couples dining outside. Great service, loved the food including Mario’s platter and paella! Thanks for making it such a special night!
Authentic Cuban Cuisine like you get at home! Come hungry and order the sangrias.
This was our first time at Cubanos after frequenting Ft. Lauderdale a few times a year. The owner Mario
Introduced himself to our table and was a wonderful host. The place is very cute, the food portions were large and wonderful, and the Mojito‘s were delicious. I will definitely be back to visit Mario and his team when we are in Fort Lauderdale again in December.
First time there. Owner approached us. Did not offer menus. Said he was going to take care of us.
Without notice food started to come out. We never received menus. They pushed us to drink their Mojito’s. Brought more out without us asking. And I received a bill for $360 For four people. Had I ordered off the menu we could’ve easily done this meal for well under $160. It’s not the way to treat your clients for the first visit.
Food was great. But integrity in business as equally important.I couldn’t say anything because we eat in the food and I was with clients.
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
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.
Best Cuban Spanish restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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
Cubano's by Mario offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 563-4141.
Cubano's by Mario is rated 4.7 stars by 1213 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.