Cafe Maxx

4.7
590 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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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DK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

For years we have enjoyed dining at Cafe Maxx. Food never disappoints.

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M
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Café Maxx remains one of South Florida's best restaurants.
The tuna sashimi pizza appetizer is truly the greatest thing in any restaurant anywhere!!! We usually order two or three!!!
I had veal cordon bleu this time and it was amazing.
You never leave disappointed.
It is on the expensive side but worth it every time.

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CW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was excellent!

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SL
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Food is fabulous… As always…Service was disgusting… We had to wait 20 minutes for a fork and 30 minutes for a drink After the food arrived… Which made it cold…Really a shame because we love this restaurant and the food is incomparable… Thank you to Darrel and Oliver as always, but the server was just not interested...Thankfully other staff took care of us

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RM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Way too crowded. Was excp

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

unfortunately this was our first time trying it definitely her last. We went on Mother’s Day I had my 3 year old daughter with me shes used to very nice restaurants like city Fish market etc. and she sits down so I have no issue with her going she was pretty good for the most part however kept getting antsy because she was hungry her food never came everybody at the tables food came first finally her cheese Burger Came which I asked for it to be medium Since she is young. It came out rare to When the waitress came to ask her everything was She looked at the burger and before I could say anything she completely understood stated that she would fix it quick and took the food. My daughter was waiting for over five minutes I tried to keep her busy but at this point I realize she’s getting antsy since everybody else is eating and we aren’t so I took her for a walk outside we play and we wait another five minutes it is now 10 minutes since the burger was taken ....As we want back in I see our waitress walking towards the kitchen open window area with a burger? I said it cannot be ....i see the waitress say something that I cannot hear to the chef.... at this point I can see the chef shaking his head and mouthing the words I don’t give a fu$* I walk towards the table praying that this is not our burger :( As we are walking my daughter starting to cry because she is so hungry of course I get to the table there is no burger everybody at the table feelings terrible At this point she looks at me and says mommy I’m hungry crying I decide that this is a terrible Mother’s Day for me watching my child cry and I was not able to eat mine and now it’s cold anyway. so the best decision then was to bite the bullet and take my daughter to McDonald’s for Mother’s Day :) best Choice I made all day for her :) Disappointing Because I was going to sign up for all the cooking classes I was super excited about this place very disappointing

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AD
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I want to couch my comments with this... we are loyal customers of Cafe Maxx... one of our go-to restaurants. This visit was a little less so due to a very noisy night (understandable if they have a full crowd) and our choice of entree. EVERYTHING we have ever ordered at CM has been delightful... a culinary experience. But, there had to be a "but"... we ordered a steak for the first time and was disappointed. We are used to top-notch steaks at solid steakhouses and thought that because CM does everything so well, it would be great also. A disappointment... not as flavorful and tougher than we would expect. It wasn't "bad" so we didn't feel right to return it. We will continue to be that loyal customer but we won't order steak again... when we can go elsewhere and know it is someone else's specialty.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service was extremely slow. Over one hour to get our food. Very, very expensive. Food is very elaborate. Most plates were good but one who was extremely big ands overwhelmingly jammed.

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BL
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, Cafe Maxx’s excellent, professional service delivers exceptionally good, creative food.
The Manhattan style shrimp and vegetable chowder was delicious and the artichoke stuffed with pearl couscous, vegetables and 4 giant scallops was superb.

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M
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Café Maxx still remains on of the best restuarants in Fort Lauderdale.

The tuna sashimi pizza appetizer is out of this world!!! We have gone there just to order that. And the rack of lamb was incredible.

The prices are on the steep side but the food is fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Always great. Have been going there for over 35 years. Always more than satisfied.

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HK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience, overall one of the best meals I’ve eaten in Florida. Absolutely beat out our expectations and the expectations were set pretty high based on great things we had heard about the restaurant. Looking forward to my next visit. Cheers

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AS
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great service. Always consistent. Not too noisy. Perfect place for any type of celebration.

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BS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another outstanding experience at Cafe Maxx. We thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Brunch The Green Eggs and Lamb and the Smoked Salmon Benedict were incredible

The shrimp cocktail is one of the best I’ve had anywhere. Each shrimp was the size of a small lobster tail and were cooked to perfection

Can’t wait to return!

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SL
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fabulous! Easter brunch - Darrel is the best!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great experience. It 100% needs a renovation on their lay out and decor. Food and service are too good. So the ambience needs to match the experience!

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s
London
44 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu here changes every day, and it was terrific the evening we went. It gets busy, which is no surprise given the quality of the food - massive wine choice. Good place for quality dining out.

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MS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Caviar Pie and Tuna Sashimi Pizza are delicious ! Scallop entree cooked to perfection !

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BU
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
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 10 April 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 6 April 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 6 April 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
42 reviews
Dined on 5 April 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
23 reviews
Dined on 30 March 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 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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TF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 30 March 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 29 March 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 24 March 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
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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b
New England
165 reviews
Dined on 23 March 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 19 March 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
42 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. This is a hidden gem

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SL
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 17 March 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 17 March 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 16 March 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 15 March 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 15 March 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 10 March 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 2 March 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
99 reviews
Dined on 2 March 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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