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Cubano's by Mario, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cubano's by Mario

4.6
4.6
1405 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Traditional Spanish, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (954) 563-4141

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We take care of every single detail for your special occasion!

  • Private party facilities

    Let Mario host your next special event! I invite you to consider Cubano's by Mario 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. We can accommodate up to 180 people.

  • Private party contact

    Mario: (954) 563-4141

  • Neighborhood

    Poinsettia Heights

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking Available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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What 1,405 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JM

    JoeM

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had an amazing dinning experience at Cubano’s by Mario. We were greeted by Mario immediately upon entering the restaurant with an eclectic vibe. We started with perfectly cooked grilled Octopus and amazing mojitos. My wife had the oxtail which she felt were the best she ever had (She is Cuban, and it’s her favorite dish, so knows her stuff). I had the plantain crusted snapper which was delish. Mario and the staff were friendly and very welcoming. We will be back very soon! Joe
  2. R

    Rob1764

    New England

    172 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    172 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The food was good, but the owner Mario, gave me a bit of a weird feeling. He was on top of the waitress and our table...like too much....We went for lunch, but because we had gift cads, he would not allow us to order from the lunch menu. It had to be from the overpriced Dinner Menu which was literally double the price for most entrees. He sent a few complementary items to our table, I always asked if they were in fact Free...... I felt a bit uncomfortable with the entire dining experience...and it takes 3 days for your Open table points to post.
  3. BG

    BethG

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! We were greeted by the owner and had a very attentive server. The sangria was incredible and they kept refilling. The empanadas were amazing and our meals were just as delicious. Dessert didn’t disappoint. I love this place and can’t wait to return!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted at the door by owner and shown to our table Service was fantastic and our sangria was never ending They couldn’t have done enough to make this a night to remember Will definitely come back when visiting Fort Lauderdale
  5. WA

    WilliamA

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a secret hidden treasure. Beautiful, elegant setting and the food was delicious. Sometimes we expect the portions to be very large, but in the case they weren't large portions, but it will leave you wanting to come back again. Delicious!!! The dessert some kind of custard was to die for. Thank you!!
  6. LS

    LeeS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was a great experience. The food was authentic, ingredients were fresh, and the food was delicious. The portions were massive so we shared main courses. Mario and has staff were very friendly and added to a wonderful experience for me and my friends. There were 5 of us and everyone was extremely pleased.
  7. EL

    EdwardL

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious the service was the best. Recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys authentic Cuban and Spanish cuisine. Mario was a great host and also all his staff.
  8. BJ

    BressmanJ

    San Antonio

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Cuban food always some house special’s can’t say enough about this restaurant service is spectacular you must try the mojitos
  9. KB

    KellyB

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time there and loved it. We will definitely be back, the service was great very attentive and the sangria was delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food and drinks!!!
  11. JK

    JohnK

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. We have been coming here for years and we are always treated so wonderfully.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good but the experience was even better! I will definitely be going back.
  13. DS

    DrSteve

    Tampa

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food5service4ambience5
    Delicious Food! However the pricing is highly suspicious. We had 6 for dinner, only two people ordered mojitos and o e person ordered a red sangria, we had 2 appetizers and then 6 entrees and one to go, then dessert they made it special with a candle and 4 slices of different cakes. It was for our anniversary. Prior to dessert a waiter brought out 6 additional mojitos we graciously declined, then a different waiter brought out 6 glasses of champagne and said it’s from Mario it a party it’s your anniversary agin we graciously decline. Then Mario brings out a bottle of wine and says it’s for your anniversary enjoy. Then Mario gives us a $100 gift card and says “ When you come back”. The gift card said Catalina’s( previous restaurant) and it looked like a $10 gift card with the additional zero added with a sharpie. The bill comes it’s handwritten chicken scratch. We said thank you and although the food was delicious we will not return. If I can’t read the bill I don’t believe the bill. Very suspicious🤨
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario greeted us at the door, the service was phenomenal, the appetizer platter was absolutely wonderful , great portion sizes, the drinks were flowing. My family will be back every time we visit Fort Lauderdale!
  15. MC

    MichaelC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding food and service. Highly recommend!
  16. MK

    MarleneK

    Miami

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, friendly servers
  17. JF

    JanF

    Fort Lauderdale

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good Cuban food. Steak, seafood, salad, pork, ox tails, too.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Mario for your hospitality! The outstanding service and amazing culinary experience is what makes your restaurant one of our favorite places to dine. Thank you for making my mother’s birthday an unforgettable one.
  19. S

    Steakmonster

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was delicious. Mario was in the dinning hall making sure all customers had a delightful evening.
  20. R

    Rlewis

    Caribbean

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food !! My favorite restaurant
  21. GH

    GormanH

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario’s is such a unique find. I’ve been going there for years. Anytime I have someone visit I take them there for dinner. The staff is very attentive and ambience and food excellent. Mario is always there and always visits the table.
  22. m

    mariecc

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuban food is a must when visiting Florida, and Cubanos is cuban food at its best. Had the plantains, marinated octopus, and lechon asado...all delicious! Great mojoitos with hand-muddled mint! Fantastic service...make sure to visit!
  23. TT

    TomT

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience with friendly professional wait staff. Choice of appetizers and entrees are varied and all were delicious. If in FLL, this is a must try dining experience!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just want to say I hosted my rehearsal dinner for my wedding here. Mario was extremely aware some it was like he and I have know each other for years. Mind you this was a last minute set up plus we were very late but he and his staff were extremely accommodating and the food was excellent. My dinner party was for 40 people and we sat outside. My family loved the food. If I need to host or just have dinner in the area I would definitely without a doubt come back!! Thank you so much Mario and your staff!!! Love, Marie
  25. DK

    DaveK

    West Palm Beach

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy going to Mario's, it's always a pleasant experience. The staff are very efficient, the food always exceptional. The ambience of the restaurant is delightful with the Crystal Chandeliers and the walls are covered with beautiful artwork. My only complaint (if you call it that...hahaha) is that Mario is too generous with his food and wine! We ordered a small appetizer yet he wanted to send something more generous! We ordered wine and didn't order refills yet they topped off the glasses complements of the house. We didn't order a dessert yet Mario sent over a dessert! Mario, my friend, you can't make profit that way! We love coming to your restaurant for the good food and service... While we love the extras, I feel guilty accepting them. If you've never been to Mario's, you must give them a try. This is a true hidden gem!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most fun you can ever have eating the best Cuban food anywhere. Our family had a ball and is still talking about it days later!!!
  27. TP

    TPalmer

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are very friendly, the food was superb and the music gave us a taste of Cuban culture. What a fun night!
  28. L

    Lauren

    Denver

    285 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    285 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a perfect and wonderful Mother's Day with Mario and his fabulous team. The service, food, ambiance and vibes were just great. This is a special restaurant and Mario makes that happen. Thank you Mario!!!!!
  29. B

    Blanco

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant provided great service. The owner, Mario was present and came frequently to our table. Despite it being Mother’s Day and the restaurant full, we received great service. Having the owner of the restaurant to give us personal attention was a nice touch.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    DO NOT GO HERE!!! They are scammers, if you want to get ripped off for food no better than McDonald's, then feel free to eat here. They will give you a scribbled bill so you don't under, won't explain it to you. Will charge you an arm and a leg.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Weirdest experience. Be aware that the owner is very touchy with the male guests. He was rubbing my boyfriends head , kissed him on the neck when we left, and was just very inappropriate for a restaurant. We ordered the empanadas. They were very good. And the entrees were good as well. We had the snapper and the churassco. Was it worth the price? No. Dessert was gross and obviously not homemade. He said he took this off the bill but our check was scribbled, who knows if it was. You have to make sure to ask for regular water because they give you no option other than a 10 dollar bottle of Figi. It just felt very misleading. I work at a restaurant and we would get fired for that. Also he brings out a lot of “ free” stuff but because you can’t read the bill and there aren’t any prices listed for most things , who knows it it’s free. The bill is hand written with essentially a price circled and that’s what you pay. Two people to eat cost over 200 for a 50 dollar bottle of wine, one app , two entrees. and the food was just ok. Soooo idk . Like I said very weird experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service beyond expectation, very friendly staff! Truly recommend and we will go back for sure.
  33. DS

    DaneenS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been dining here for 15+ years! The food is the best Cuban around, and so is the sangria. You can always find owner Mario overseeing the restaurant, and part of the great experience is seeing him! He always treats me like family. I love this restaurant!
  34. p

    pmo29

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was good, but not as good as other Cuban restaurants in the area. The quality of the steak was not great. The steak with shrimp special came with two shrimp. Considering the quality of the food, I think this placeis way overpriced. If you sit outside there’s a lot of car noise from the road.
  35. B

    Bill

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was very good. Need to back off the salt in some things. Waiter could have been friendlier, needs a lesson from Mario. Food is overpriced but good. See how it goes next time.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is so welcoming! They make you feel like you are right at home! They make it a whole dining experience to show customers how Cubans enjoy their meals. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who loves delicious food and drinks accompanied by stunning ambiance!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Fraud,they offer you free drinks and over charge your bill. They write it messy with a pen so you don’t understand. This place is sketchy! Please avoid! They want to hustle you with gift cards to come back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very polite, friendly and helpful in our meal selection. Every dish we were served was presented very well and full of flavor. Mario himself served us several times while also inquiring of any additional request we might have had. The whole dinning experience was quite the treat; thanks to all the staff for their efforts.
  39. CD

    CindyD

    Denmark

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Greeted by Mario upon arrival. Food was amazing and service was even better. Next time I am in town I will definitely go back. Could not recommend more - amazing
  40. MS

    MeredithS

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best meal we’ve had while on vacation. Food was fantastic. Service was great. A real treat! Mario was extremely gracious.

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 1405 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Cubano's by Mario

1611 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Poinsettia Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Traditional Spanish, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking Available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (954) 563-4141

  • Catering

    We take care of every single detail for your special occasion!

  • Private party facilities

    Let Mario host your next special event! I invite you to consider Cubano's by Mario 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. We can accommodate up to 180 people.

  • Private party contact

    Mario: (954) 563-4141

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