Cafe Maxx

4.7
520 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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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
127 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
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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OT
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
2 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
17 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
31 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
5 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
13 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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OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is expensive but excellent, especially for a special occasion. You will not be disappointed.

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CA
Miami
128 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu always changing. Consistently creative and delicious. Service is excellent. Atmosphere casual and vibrant.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

all around very good experience. the food was delicious and service excellent. it was a very nice time. even went back for brunch which was terrific.

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was out of this world. You pay up for it, but service and overall value are high. One of my favorites

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JD
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special food. One of my favorites!!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a surprise

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SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, innovative food and a great wine list. We tried this place spur of the moment on Thanksgiving and went back again the next night!

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and creative dishes. Comfortable dining room which is quiet enough for conversation.

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MW
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect Thanksgiving dinner in Pompano Beach. My first USA Thanksgiving. Loved it - authentic turkey dinner with a professional delicious flair.

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W
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner was fantastic. I had the scallop and risotto and the scallops were so tender. My dinner guest had the duck which was succulent. Will definitely be back again.

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KL
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We so enjoyed our family Thanksgiving with the staff of Cafe Max!!
Everything was absolutely perfect!!

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NA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is good as usual. The waiter was nice. I will be back.

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JH
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect selection for our 29th anniversary dinner. This place never disappoints.

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AR
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haven’t eaten here for about 4 years as I moved to South Beach. Now I’m back in Boca Raton and we ate there last night. Absolutely great. As good or better than I remember. Service was top flight and the restaurant was really hopping which was great. But the real star of the show was the food. The onion crusted snapper is to die for, just like I recall. And the caviar pie for an appetizer is totally outstanding. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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VC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Cafe Max I highly recommend! From the outstanding service to the delicious food every dish was amazing!

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DS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Nice size and variety menu, changes with the season. Full bar and good wine list. Ricardo, our waiter, was awesome, friendly and attentive. Valet parking but also other parking near by.

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