Cafe Martorano

4.7
1996 reviews
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Cafe Martorano combines exceptional food, music and movie entertainment to create the most unique dining experience. Get a taste of our original Italian-American dishes such as made to order Warm Mozzarella or the Famous Homemade Meatball which Gourmet Magazine voted "Best in the World." We feature a full premium liquor bar and our own Fresh Hand Crafted Cocktails. Join us Sunday through Thursday for a comfortable relaxing restaurant atmosphere. Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm and have our live DJ take you on an audio and visual ride spinning everything from Hip-Hop to Disco accompanied by scenes from classic movies(not always suitable for children). Dancing is strongly encouraged. Check us out at CafeMartorano.com
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DP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable as was the food. The food was very reminiscent of my childhood. My wife and I had a great time and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Coming from a city known for incredible food you can really appreciate the attention and detail given to each dish that was presented to our table. Mr Martorano was kind enough to take time from his busy kitchen to speak with my wife and I and take a pic. We came a long way to eat at this restaurant and we were not disappointed

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OT
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Martoranos is never to be missed! Ever since we moved away from South Florida, we’ve add it to our MUST eat at restaurant when visiting! The quality of food and perfect service is what makes this place really shine.

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CG
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the absolute best restaurant in South Florida. From the minute you walk in the energy is unbelievable. The staff is on point from the second you sit down, the service does not skip a beat, the food is to die for,the drinks are fantastic and the atmosphere is undeniably the best you will find. Did I mention the deserts from Lilly Cakes? WOW. This has been a 24 year relationship and we cannot wait for our next dinner there. Thank you Steve and Marsha for always making us feel special every time we are there and in AC as well. It was a very memorable night with family and friends.

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RP
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is easily our favorite restaurant . The food is phenomenal. The music is great. Steve sent over a small plate of macaroni in a delicious truffle cream sauce for us to taste while we we waiting. Everything was fantastic. We were treated like we were family from the minute we walked in. Steve's wife Marsha greeted us. We cannot say enough nice things about her. She is not only stunningly beautiful but she is equally as nice which, to me, is even more important. She makes you feel very welcome. We had a piece of her carrot cake for dessert and it was awesome. It was served cold which is the way we like it. The whole experience was just superb. I would offer my highest recommendation to anyone who has never been to Cafe Martorano. It never disappoints.

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FF
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent night. Never disappoints. Been dining at Steve Martoranos place for over 20 years. You won’t be disappointed. Great wine list to compliment the amazing food.

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RS
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was a special occasion and wanted it to be a wonderful memorable evening. Sorry to say it was very disappointing. The only person who made us feel special was the hostess. After getting our drinks and ordering our meals we sat back and began to enjoy the wine. Shortly after receiving our dinner, the noise level became very loud and when customers were seated next to us, our waiter basically forgot about us! I guess “regulars” are more important than new customers trying to celebrate. We waited quite some time to have our food packaged and then to receive our bill. I was surprised that there was no mention of the “birthday” when that was why we were making the reservation. Thank you Miss Hostess! Most restaurants at least acknowledge this occasion with a song, dessert or wish from the waiter. I would have thought that a restaurant that is supposed to be highly rated would do something. Very disappointed!

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent for with good service will keep Steve afloat. If you can improve on the bar performance and the wait staff being a bit more attentive especially when you initially sit down, it could make for a terrific experience.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! Dinner specials were very different and the food so fresh. I will make it a point to come back when I'm down this way again. Excellent choice for dinner!

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DM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

To start have been to this location at least 50 or so times - as well as the Vegas location upwards of 20. I have bragged over the years to those who have not been that it is the best food in South FL. That being said...

This was the 3rd visit in a row where the service was so bad it became the dinner conversation. The last two visits the service was around a 5-6, not terrible but not what you expect at this price point ($28 for a cheesesteak...). This visit was a 2 and was insulting. Since we were being seated in the bleacher area (again) we opted for the bar which was empty on that side. Our reservation was for 6pm - when the restaurant opens.

I'll skip some details but mainly our order was forgotten and the attitude as an oops level apology an hour later when the meatball salad was finally delivered. I assumed since we finally received our entrees 90 minutes after arrival (pastas were cold to the point of inedible and people sitting by us that arrived well after were cashing out) that something would be comped - a pre dinner drink / dessert or even a tiny gesture to show our business matters. The only adjustment to the bill was to notice our wine bottle price was wrong and raised it $25 (not even the $2.00 for extra olives was removed).

When paying $300-400+ for 2 for dinner I don't care what your motto is or how many big shots you have for customers. This visit was insulting. There was no point in asking for a manager. I comped our pre dinner drinks from the tip - something I've never done at any bar or restaurant in my life (I always tip 30%, usually more there). Our bartender showed her hand by leaving us unattended and feeling entirely unimportant. Maybe we mattered when she saw her tip.

Unfortunately in the words of Sonny, "Nobody cares" seems to have filtered from their tv screens into service reality. I'll spend my money where it is appreciated. Ciao Martorano's.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Our waiter kicked us out of our table before we were able to finish the rest of our dessert and champagne. Courtesy is, they should offer us a drink at a bar instead of just telling us to go to bar. Would have given 5 stars for overall experience if it weren’t for that.

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AA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been eating here for years the food and service was fantastic like always

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L
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brooklyn girl who knows where to find great food on the outside ♥️

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s
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always wonderful. I had a 7:15 reservation and was taken on time.

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s
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth going. its always a good time and great food

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O
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat pasta once a year...………I live a Paleo lifestyle, so that's not a metaphor LOL. There is only one place I would break Paleo and that is Martorano's. Everything is above and beyond, but the Carbonara is ahhhhhhhhhhhmazing.

From the greeting at the front door, Mar and her staff are fantastic, to the wait staff, to the food...…………..it is a fantastic experience, and I can not recommend it enough.

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LS
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is good. Nothing special but good Italian food. They rush you through your evening. We ordered drinks, appetizers, main dishes, and a dessert and more drinks. We were told that we had to get up and give up the table after 90 minutes when we had just ordered a round of drinks. For 4 of us, the bill was over $500. For this kind of money I do not want to feel rushed out of a table.

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S
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiter was cocky and uninterested. The food was disappointing and lacked flavor. I explained my negative feelings and he said he will box it for my wife. We were really looking forward to a meal worthy of their reputation. We eat out a lot and give new exciting venues an open minded and positive chance. Overall the strip shopping center was dirty and unkempt, many closed businesses. This was a Friday night, early not very busy, plenty of metered parking. I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner, I chose poorly.

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FF
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Amazing atmosphere. You cannot go wrong. It’s not your ordinary dinner place. This is a sensory overload. “Oh what a night”. If you haven’t been you are missing out on the best upscale Italian restaurant in the state!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Not impressed at all! So many better restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale!

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LM
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Stevie’s the best . He loves his business. He serves quality food for quality prices. He never really disappoints. Yo Cuz

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

As always, food was awesome. Coming from Miami Beach, and having an early reservation, we got crushed in traffic (accident in the express lane). Was in constant touch w restaurant, and arrived 25 min late. Despite the restaurant being half empty, they refused to sit us and made us eat at the bar. The restaurant remained 1/3 empty throughout the 2+ hours we ate at the bar. Wasn’t the end of the world, but the hostess (Veronica?) copped an attitude like her last name was Martorano. I sort of understand, if it was a weekend and the place was humming, but to have it remain 1/3 empty and tell us it was booked and seating us would throw off the schedule was a little bit of a slap in the face... esp when another host (heavy set gent) advised us at the end of dinner, “Next time take the express lane”.

Regardless, Steve is the man and his food is solid.

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RP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve’s gift to the world...

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LP
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Martoranos the food is amazing! My favorite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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RH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent felt a little rushed over all great place special Chilean sea add at 62 a bit pricy but very good

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KM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I have being going to Cafe Martorano for 28 years. We have always enjoyed the excellent quality and service. The restaurant has expanded over the years and is one of the finest restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Steve is brilliant as Chef at reinventing himself. Looking forward to our next visit, very soon.

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d
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Too much noice. To much time to wait for our reservation.

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JP
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservation through open table for 9 pm. Arrived at 8:55. Checked in and was told table would be ready shortly (understood, no problem). 20 minutes pass still not seated. Asked hostess what’s up, was told a couple more minutes. 10 minutes later anther person comes up to us and said she was told to tell us that when we reserve through open table that there is always going to be a 20-30 wait past our reservation time. My thoughts are if that’s the case the restaurant should let you know this in on of there multiple phone calls to confirm your reservation. Also if you do not respond to their phone calls they will cancel your reservation. Was on vacation and fortunately or unfortunately I was able to answer on their “last “ phone call before they cancel. Finally after. 40 minute wait I was told they were getting our table ready only to be told a few minutes later that the people sitting at the table returned to their seats and we had no table. Needless to say we left and will not return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Hurry up we need the table Cuz

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th time here...and it’s incredible each and every time. The service is impeccable and the food is truly the best Italian we’ve ever had. We always do a meatball, eggplant stack, cheesesteak, pappardelle with sausage, pork chop and add one of the nightly specials plus one of Marsha’s cheesecakes and a carrot cake. We split everything family style so that we can enjoy ALL of the delicious dishes. Last night the sea bass special was off the charts. I highly recommend dining this way here so that you can try everything! Steve and his team put such an immense effort into a total dining experience. The smaller restaurant allows for the quality to be perfect. Each and every bite of food is bliss and is a reflection of Steve’s pride in his work. He cares so much about the product he serves and is in the kitchen nightly...he’s truly grateful to be there doing what he loves and it shows. We are fans for life!

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s
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Husband’s birthday. Delicious food. We are repeat patrons who also loved (and miss) the Hard Rock Martoranos. We notice that sadly, the portions,like meatball, have gotten smaller, but prices remain high. Very good food, but quite pricey for amount of food.
Excellent service from Romeo and Jose.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my favorite place to eat in Fort Lauderdale. I live in Charleston, and I come down to Fort Lauderdale just to eat at Cafe Martorano.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. From our welcome at the hostess stand to our servers and assistants. The service was absolutely top notch. Not to even mention the food. Steve sent over a gnocchi with truffle butter. To. Die. For. We loved the meatball salad (a must!) The mussels, the tagliatelle, the Veal Sinatra and the Veal Parm. Plus Tiramisu and Chocolate cake with espresso, cappuccino and an espresso martini for dessert. It's an experience for your palate and your soul.

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DP
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! The Pork Chop and Eggplant are world class The cheese steak is as good as anything in Philly and the meatball is almost as good as my moms!

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P
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food, and ambiance as I celebrated my birthday once again at Martoranos. Had a party of seven and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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RP
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in the world. Not your ordinary boring restaurant it’s an experience. If your looking for great food great service and just an awesome night out you have to go to Cafe Martorano’s. Always 5 stars

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I always try and get here when I’m in the area, food is always outstanding. People complain about the prices but the food is always so good it outweighs the $. If you’ve never been it’s a must try. The fresh mozzarella is phenomenal!

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SL
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply put, the best restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale... That said, you may have tomortgage your house first. But it's SOooo worth it...

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C
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fabulous food great service and great vibe .

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m
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food... special place to myself, friends and family

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