Cafe Maxx

4.7
952 reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMayR
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dining

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Elyssa
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great when we eat at Cafe Maxx!

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lorim
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from apps to dessert was fabulous!

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viplaurie
11 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love - our favorite restaurant

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vipDebbieW
13 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was good although not the portion size or taste I would expect for the cost. For a 7:30 dinner reservation on a Saturday night, they were out of a few items. To their credit, there are many GF menu items which was great. The servers were either short staffed or just not on point for timing. I will probably try again

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winegeek4hockey
21 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food is always excellent and after a few years definitely did not disappoint. We had the Tuna Pizza fabulous. Then Tripple Tail- Elk and Lamb chop. All were excellent. Tables seem to be even tighter together though. So definitely noisy. Wine glasses could use some improvement but I am very critical of that.

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Truewiseprince
80 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and on time. It was a quaint booth and there were many tables as well. The food was first class, the plating was superb, our Servers were attentive, pleasant , upbeat and professional. Overall, the entire restaurant experience was way above my expectations. Highly recommended

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vipRaulR
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything about this place was fantastic. I have dined here on multiple occasions and it never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Tables are extremely close together and staffing is inadequate. Extremely difficult to order wine as the champagne I ordered was unavailable and took over 30 minutes for another to arrive to the table which was NOT what I ordered. Probably best to bring your own wine and pay corkage. ( not an appealing wine list)The entrées were good but could have been better had they been served hot. Probably sat in the kitchen too long? Overall very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best brunch ever! Our first time there and we can’t wait to return!

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vipLarryW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent menu and food. The restaurant needs to update decor as it is a bit tired. The evening was very enjoyable. Would recommend very highly!

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vipclive
17 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner for three people. We were seated immediately. Service was excellent even with the place reasonably busy. The menu remains innovative and interesting. Everything we ate was very good. It is more expensive than other local places ( but not out of line with high end eateries in nearby towns). The noise level was fairly high.It is not a place for diners who want a quiet, relaxed evening.

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KevinL
11 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Café Max has become my restaurant of choice anytime of year. they never disappoint.
the food is always outstanding

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Jenlovesfood
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service and ambiance

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vipanaf
14 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We wanted to try this place for a change, but very disappointed, very crowded room, noisy and a/c can’t seem to cool good enough. We were seated in what look like a hallway very narrow. We ordered the roasted cauliflower to start, not roasted at all! It was kind of cold also, was sent back. Salad was decent, we ordered the $44 shrimp scampi to share and we each go two jumbo shrimp only with a very small portion of pasta! Come on for $22 I think you could afford an extra shrimp and a little more pasta! Will not be coming back. Very dissatisfied 😕

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vipAnnie
14 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good experience! There were plenty of servers available and the food was spectacular. Very accommodating to my special request, Manhattan was perfect and wine selections plentiful. We had a chopped salad, seared Ahi, and Blue Cobia- we will be back and save room for dessert! Note: it is a little pricey, so be prepared!

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal at Cafe Maxx.

The service is great and the food is always outstanding.

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dyann
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a table for 5 on Father's Day. It was a bit crowded and cramped. My husband had to stand up several times throughout his meal to allow people to pass behind our table. Food was amazing as usual. Highly recommend the short ribs which were incredibly tender. The buffalo cauliflower for appetizer was amazing and for dessert the flourless chocolate cake and the crème Brule were an absolute perfect ending to a great meal.

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vipStephanieK
23 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love being back INSIDE in the back room and enjoying ALL the delicious choices. The sashimi pizza was extra special

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Father’s Day dinner at Cafe Maxx. Will definitely return! Food was delicious, service excellent and loved the menu variety!

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AnnetteW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with friends from Texas, Buffalo and Boca Raton. Our dining experience was outstanding. The Snapper entree was the Bomb. Desserts were exquisite. Yummy 5 Star meal.

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vipejl33301
15 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Cafe Max for years and it never disappoints. Our meal included two salads, triple tail fish, elk chops, shrimp scampi, the vegetable platter, salmon and Mac and cheese. Desserts included chocolate pecan pie, key lime pie and apple tart. There were seven of us on Father’s Day. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Fathers Day brunch! Definitely a hidden gem in Pompano! Amazing service and the food was outstanding! Can’t wait to go back for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing from start to finish! We will be back soon!

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vip66motorsport
Indiana
190 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and Service. If I lived in Ft Lauderdale it would be one of my very favorites and would stop by often

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vipChristian
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, had the wahoo and really enjoyed it.

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Bill
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service. The sashimi pizza is outstanding and shouldn't be missed. Elk was excellent as well, and uniquely prepared.

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vipLifeisgood609
14 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. So glad to be able to get back there.

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vipShawneeLynn
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. We will definitely be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance, music, and Greg was the best waiter! Loved the experience and will definitely be back.

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vipMrFoodie
17 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dining experience. Food was fantastic, service was outstanding and the overall evening was extraordinary. Seriously one of the best restaurants in South Florida and I’d recommend to anyone who is looking for a great restaurant, a special occasion and incredible food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic...apps to desert were perfect

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience overall. Friendly staff, beautiful and delicious food. Highly recommend!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
75 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had not been here in a few years.
Coming back we regretted our lapse of loyalty. Food was absolutely great- solidly great. Fresh, very well prepared, properly seasoned and simply a delicious, well prepared meal like we remembered it. They are Keeping up with the current food trends, and we again have to say how much we really like this restaurant. All through the years, all through the changes, it remains true to good food. It deserves every award it has ever received. Very hard to find a restaurant that can compete with this one for consistent, well prepared, delicious food.
And, Oh, the chicken cordon blue- best my husband ever had ( we travel around the world and he tries it everywhere it is served!) So, ok, we just love this place.

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viptripmom
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfectly executed. Flavorful, fresh and inventive. Good drink pour. Attentive service. Cannot wait to go back!

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vipbeauoli
157 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love it .... time and time again we’ve eaten here .... over 10 plus years. Wonderful food.

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Albert
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was wonderful. Our salads were crisp snd fresh. My lamb chops were prepared to perfection. My husbands ribeye was the best he’s had. Desserts were amazing! Creme brûlée’ was a bit different than I’m used to but still delish! The apple tart was also scrumptious. Pricey, but you get what you pay for. Ambiance isn’t the best and a neighboring table was super loud, but that’s no ones fault.

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vipFloridaguy
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always great food. Service was wonderful as well.

FAQs

Cafe Maxx offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 782-0606.

Cafe Maxx is rated 4.7 stars by 952 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.