Cafe Maxx

4.8
536 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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KM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 10, 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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CC
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! Wonderful service and food. Started with wine and appetizers of Brussels sprouts and octopus carpaccio. Our party of four had succulent jumbo scallops, lamb chops, elk chops, and sashimi. All dishes were amazing!

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s
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was awesome. The food was delicious, especially the brussel sprouts. The snapper was divine.
The martinis were perfect. Will be returning

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s
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to visit Cafe Maxx on our South Florida treks. Great food and excellent service. Darryl greeted us as always and showed us to our lovely seating. Angela took over and was very attentive to our every need. The food was fabulous!!! We need to sell our house and move south.

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W
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Clever menu, wonderful and gracious service; beautiful presentation ....accommodating service

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a date night with the hubs! It had been a long time that I hadn’t come to café Maxx! I got to see a lot of dear ppl that I hadn’t seen in a long time, food still rocks! Ricardo as always is the best waiter ever, extremely attentive and with amazing suggestions.. Ron is the bomb bartender super polite and receptive and lets add he makes amazing drinks 😁
Over all an amazing experience

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J
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent food and service imaginative menu a specia lrestaurant

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AR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Salmon and tuna sashimi was excellent and healthy.

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience
Congratulations!!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right on point. Enjoyed all of the experience. The food was prepared perfectly. The wait staff was attentive but not on top of you. Looking forward to our next meal here.

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CA
Miami
130 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, as usual! The food and service is consistently good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh fish ,loved my onionencrusted fish!!

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious....used to be a regular but now live 3500 miles away, and always make it back to see Darryl and eat at Cafe Maxx when I’m any where close by.

Service is always spectacular as well. It’s not inexpensive but it’s definitely worth the experience! 100%!!!

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v
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Max is one of our favorite restaurants in South Florida! Food is consistently excellent and really unusual, delicious and beautiful! If you want to impress someone this is the place to go! Great service and beautiful decor! They accommodate vegans, vegetarian and cater to your wishes! Also they have Valet parking!

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Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Long time since I was there 25 years good was superb

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DO
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service!! The best Pompano

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LS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Absolute Best Food
Chef Oliver is sheer Genius
Service is impeccable
Cafe Maxx never disappoints

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I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went a few times. This time was New Year’s Eve. Everything was consistently excellent. The ran out of some bread and we had to wait a little for our reserved table but l love this place.

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CT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always love the food here. The ladies rest room needs renovating.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

News year eve... fabulous food& great service, the restaurant managers the reservation punctual...

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Years eve

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j
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

the menu is varied and unlike most restaurants. food is very good. I did think they could improve on their vegetables which were limited in taste. place is noisy when busy, can be crowded.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ery good food nice atmosphere it was a pleasure to take some friends who had never been there.
The Tuna pizza was outstanding.

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BA
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

for many years, this has been one of the best in Pompano Beach.

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J
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Maxx is our favorite restaurant to spend on Christmas Evening. The food is superb and the service exquisite. It is our Christmas dinner tradition but we also will have dinner here on other occasions or eat at the bar.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Bee y good food as usual. Cafe Max is always consistent food is outstanding!!! They never disappoint.

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LC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area. The food was excellent and service was comparable. The two owners are on site - one in the kitchen and one as host. They have been operating this restaurant for 35 years. Quite a statement since most do not make it 5 years. Worth a try for sure.

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DN
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Salmon pizza appetizer and creme brulee was amazing, I would highly recommend those dishes if you are in the area and on a date. The roasted Duck was fair/good, the stuffed shrimp was served luke warm...if it was hot it would have been great.
Overall main course was just ok but for the price meh & the server hinting for a bigger tip was comical.....

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t
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I first visited Cafe Maxx over 30 years ago when it first opened. At the time I thought it was a breath of fresh air to a stodgy Boca area upscale dining scene. I frequented Cafe Maxx for the next 3-5 years, while I was living in the area, and always enjoyed the creative take on fresh ingredients - never had a bad meal. Last week, I was in town with my wife and son, and on a whim checked to see if Cafe Maxx was still operating. It was - and it was as wonderful as ever. An extensive menu of creative, well-executed dishes, with great variety - something for everyone. Prices are high, but fair for the quality you get. The restaurant is relatively small, so I'd encourage you to reserve ahead.... and make sure you save room for dessert - Portions are good sized, so you won't go away hungry, either. ... they even provide you with a bread basket of varied tasty offerings while you enjoy your pre-meal beverages

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FL
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was quite slow. Tables are too close and tight, so staff bumps you often. Some of the food is a bit too complicated with sauces. They offer nothing for birthday celebrating except a candle on whatever you order? Somewhat disappointed.

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r
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A consistantly excellent expensive restaurant in south Florida. My favorite.

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RM
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience for twelve of us. All dishes were prepared and served meticulously. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We will be back next year!

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R
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super great brunch items. Very different

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