Cafe Maxx

4.7
572 reviews
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Fine dining establishment for almost three decades. Since 1984, Darrel and Oliver's Cafe Maxx has been delighting patrons with their innovative, award-winning cuisine. This landmark restaurant destination is the premier dining choice among South Florida's power brokers and gourmands, who desire impeccable food served in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Stylish yet unpretentious, Cafe Maxx offers a hip outside patio, a cozy bar and an energetic dining room.
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BU
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had fresh fish. Terrific all around the table! Service fantastic and couldn’t have been better. We will be back.

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RK
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cafe Maxx has always been one of the finest restaurants in South Florida. Actually kind of underrated. Menu is inventive, excellent presentation and priced pretty well for a high end shop. Wine list is diverse and priced about right.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful find and worth returning to always! Great quality food always.

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F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wait staff was very attentive to food allergies. The meal was very tasty, especially well-prepared fish. Accommodating with seating although tables and chairs are lower height than normal, which is uncomfortable for tall persons due to lack of leg room.

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V
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has high end dishes. It has great service. But it is very very pricey

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JG
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to go twice last week with two different couples. I had the elk chops one night which are new to the menu and they were excellent. Last night I had my go to which is the duck ravioli. Everyone else said they liked their dishes as well.

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OT
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary! Great food, service, & ambiance!

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TF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We'll definitely be back. Already told several friends to go. The sushi pizza with fried wonton is a must!

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!! Life is short and this restaurant is worth your time and money again and again. The food never disappoints. The tuna pizza is outstanding, the duck is awesome. There isn’t anything on the menu that is not too notch. If you haven’t tried a cooking class yet it’s an awesome value.
There are very few restaurants that can compete with Cafe Maxx. This place is a foodie’s dream come true.

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GV
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant , great food, great service, great place for a group or a date.
I will definitely be back.

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RM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Broward County. We frequent Café Mazz often.

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b
New England
164 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Certainly among the very best restaurants in the Pompano area with creative cuisine. Prices are quite expensive for the area but a fine choice for a special occasion.

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AS
Miami
54 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We consider Café Maxx to be the best restaurant in south Florida and has been for many many
years It is consistent and the food is always the best

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V
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. This is a hidden gem

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SL
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food amazing!!! Service a bit slow at first - 30 minutes before we got drinks and ordered on a Sunday brunch, but the food made up for it!

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AW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the wine tastings and food pairings that they offer.

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p
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I applaud Cafe Maxx for serving new dishes and having a new menu each day or week. However, we went back to Cafe Maxx to have a certain entree that was served last year when we went to the restaurant. The entree we wanted was not on the menu this year. We were disappointed. I don't know if Cafe Maxx publishes its menu on line, if not, I would suggest it so we could view if the sought after entree will be served on that day. We did find an alternative entree, however, there was limited spicy entrees and that's what we were looking for.

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FR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere... can’t wait to return

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H
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A very good meal but the prices are way over the top. $ 300 for dinner for two with 1 bottle of $75.00 wine is excessive for South Florida. Even Manhattan and London are more reasonable.

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K
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the perfect combination of wonderful food, excellent service, and comfortable dining experience! A favorite spot for special occasions and romantic dinners.

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j
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Cafe Maxx for 20+ years. It is consistently delicious, the service is always outstanding, and it is my favorite restaurant.

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BU
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Meal, the wine, the service, the atmosphere, is “12” on a scale of 1 to 10. We Will Be Back! Thank you!

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

Never disappoints!! Always a great meal. Ant wait to go back

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MP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this restaurant as have been here before. It was my husband’s 70th birthday and when I made reservation on Open Table, I noted that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday, yet restaurant made no mention of this to us. I was extremely upset as we were celebrating with friends, yet restaurant did nothing special.

I have made reservations through Open Table in the past where they at least put a candle on the celebrant’s dessert...yet nothing was done. We had reservations again on March 4th with other friends, but i was so angry with restaurant, I cancelled the reservation.

Also, on a previous visit I had an incredible roasted carrot salad but not on tonight’s menu. I asked waitress about this and she said she never heard of that appetizer. She made me feel really stupid!

The mark of a fine restaurant is more than the quality of the food. Yes, the food is wonderful and our table of 6 each enjoyed their meals, but very disappointed with server and how stupid she made me feel, plus no birthday mention to my husband!

Very very disappointed!

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. They never disappoint!

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MS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was fabulous. Great flavor profiles. Only small complaint is I had made reservations about two weeks in advance and only table they had was the one in bar area. But it was fine; would have preferred to be inside actual restaurant area.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not as elegant as it was 25+ years ago, when it was a fine dining experience. Food and service are good; ambiance is quite a bit noisier than before, but probably typical for Saturday evening.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is excellent. The chef knows how to season dishes to compliment the dish. My favorites are the duck ravioli with the apple tart for dessert.

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JG
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always great. Took another couple that had not been there in sometime and they were kind of mad (in a nice way) they waited so long to come back.

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SJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

This restaurant has been around for a long time. Which says a lot for a restaurant. However, the food was not memorable. The ambiance was earful. I rate it this way because it was very expensive and wasn’t worth the price.

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MG
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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B
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been a long time customer but haven't eaten there in a while. Glad I went back. The food is still excellent on all levels. It's a bit pricey but a good treat if you're tired of the abundant steak joints in south Florida.

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J
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, amazing menu, wonderful servers! Highly recommend! Been coming for years and never disappoints!

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CA
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service.The best in Ft Lauderdale

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KM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife for Valentine’s Day. Had 9:30 reservation. We arrived a little early but were promptly seated. The waiter came within a couple of minutes after we were seated. He was very knowledgeable and made good recommendations for our meal. The food was FABULOUS and we had a nice wine pairing. Overall we were quite pleased with our dining experience and will return in the future

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j
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best snapper with carmelized onions in the city. We have been customers for 30 years and every meal has been great

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The food is delicious, beautifully presented, and large portions. The service is always excellent. Last but not least, the carrot cake is the best I’ve ever tasted. A must when we are in the area.

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic seafood. My wife and I were visiting from central Florida and this was recommended.

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PK
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food wonderful service
a great place to celebrate a special event

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E
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant many times. The food keeps getting better. I don't know how they do it but I've eaten the same dish on more then one occasion and this last time was the best. Good service and the foie gras is something to write about but better to eat....

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