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“Decent but overpriced Cuban food, tacky management”

Mario's Catalina Restaurant
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Ranked #189 of 1,439 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$40
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed 3 May 2018

My girlfriend and I stopped by on a Sunday afternoon expecting a casual restaurant but it was more formal than expected.

The owner twice asked if this were our first time at the restaurant, and the waiter asked once. The owner also asked if we were locals.

A salad and two Sangrias were provided on the house! Appreciated, but a little much ... and we soon learned why.

The food was good but a bit overpriced, Then after our meal, the owner put five $100 cards on the table saying that if we bought three for $300, he’d give us $200 more. TACKY ANDA HUGE TURN-OFF.

We say no thank you to the offer, and he returned with a couple of $25 off coupons on 2 entrees or more and $50 off on 4 entrees or more — which we are unlikely to use.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We took family to one of our favorite restaurants. We have, and will continue to eat there, but learned NOT to order paella. It was like soup, white rice in broth. Although, they make a fabulous daquiri and are super generous with drinks ( to offer coupons).

Thank julia s
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Service an A plus plus! Food an A plus plus and the Sangria an A plus plus plus plus! We will be back for sure.

Thank Pam H
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We went there for dinner and hubby had paella while I had red snapper with shrimp. Also had beef empanadas as appetizers and a huge chunk of chocolate cake for dessert. My only complaint is my stomach hurts from overeating! Food was excellent—fresh, well seasoned and just daggone good. This is our fav restaurant!

Thank GM1352
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We bought a vacation home in Fort Lauderdale and we are trying all the restaurants around it. This nice Cuban restaurant ended up being our all time Cuban favorite !! IT IS GOOD !!!
From the time you enter and you leave , you are taking care of ! The food is epic.
We had the croquettas ( very good ), chicken Milanese and the garlic chicken.
Best Cuban we ever had ! It’s on a pricy side. We were served numerous Mojitos and at 7$ each ( many of the house ... ) it’s a deal! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this place

Thank RTrivia
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