Don't bother..... I love great restaurants and great food. I have eaten in five star restaurants all over the world. The food was good; the service, price, and overall attitude was not. No prices on the menu is one thing. $16.00 for a bottle of Pelligrino water was another. After finishing the bottle, I asked for a glass of water and was told, "we don't serve water." My option was another $16.00 bottle. This is probably against the Florida Board of Health regulations, but my guess is that Cafe Martorano thinks they can make their own rules. i will not be returning to this overpriced, rude restaurant. I prefer to be waited on where my patronage and my money is appreciated.
Great Food! Great Time!. My two girlfriends and I came into town for the weekend. We went to Martoranos on a Saturday night. Super high energy, phenomenal music, and fabulous food. We loved Dominic too btw. On our way home, we decided that Martoranos was apparetnly the main attraction to this area in Lauderdale. Go there! So, so fun!!! xo
Great place - great food - don't belive any bad review.. I was invited to a dinner here. I went online and read the review. I was left with the impression that it was a tourist trap and not much else. They are all wrong! I was with 9 people. All well traveled business people who know the good life. Everyone commented that the food was ?best ever?. It was great. The wait staff was awesome. We sat right near the grill/kitchen ? what action. We ordered many appetizers ? The meatball, calamari and eggplant appetizer were phenomenal. The meatballs are the size of baseballs. Best tasting ever. Huge portions on appetizers. I order the Sea Bass Special. Big piece of moist Sea Bass with shrimp and lump crab. I am an east coast guy and have been to Baltimore and eaten crabs lots. This lump crab was the biggest and best tasting every. The wine was great. I can not say enough about this place. It is expensive but worth it. Life is short so spurge alittle. Right? We went to the Elbow Room afterwards and made it a complete night of fun with colleagues.
Best Italian Anywhere. Despite living in Italy for a year, I sitll believe this is one of the best Italian restaurants on the planet. I've been eating at Marto's for 3-4 years now and never had anything less than a spectacular meal. The no reservations policy and the 2 1/2 hour wait at the bar can be obnoxious, but I look at it as time to get caught up on the Sopranos and other mob hits. Although, the Philly cheesesteak (way better than Gino's), prepared only if you order it, is my favorite way to pass the time at the bar. And the people watching can't be beat. Marto's bar is a time warp. Step inside and it's 1991 in east Long Island. I love that there's no menu and just a couple of fresh, tasty dishes every night. The staples I always order are the prawns in a garlics sauce on crisp bread and the meatball.
Great service, good food, yet try to call the place, forget about it............I spent $300.00+ for dinner for 2, lost my business cell phone and you can't call the place to ask fo assistance. They take your money and could care less once the have your cash or credit card. Very impersonal, I like friendly places and if so go some place else. they are after your money and you are a number. WHY DON'T THEY ANSWER THE PHONE?
RIP OFF. Enjoyed our meal until we got our bill. Without a written menu, you cannot see what the prices are for the meals. Ordered a plate of pasta w/ 3 scallops and 3 pieces of lobster and it cost $70 for 1 dish! Was given an open bottle of water that we did not request, $15!!! Very disappointed. Would never go back. Too much nerve to treat people that way.
Thumbs Down, left with disappointment. After you sit down you feel like you?re in a chessy 80?s movie there?s a disco ball, waiters with fluorescent green ties, and limo tinted windows that make you feel like your entering a swingers club instead of a high end restaurant. The blaring music makes it impossible to carry on a conversation which leaves you no choice but to join the rest of the patrons and stare at the big screens TV?s scattered around the room. There?s no menu and the waiter basically goes on a 5 minute monologue describing each dish. A few times during this monologue I zoned off and had to have him repeat a couple dishes and by the end I only remembered a few of the dishes he mentioned in detail. No prices were ever mentioned during his speech and no printed menus were offered. They might believe that this is some sort of unique eclectic quality that makes them ?different? but I find it obnoxious and I wonder if it?s even legal. Also, when I did finally select a meal I asked if I could replace the side dish with a different pasta. I was told NO substituting hands down! Dinner for 2 with wine was $150 and we shared an appetizer. In my opinion for $150, I am used to being treated a little better and certainly substitutions to make the customer happy are no problem. If you?re into fine dining and are ok with spending $150 on 2 for dinner then you will be sadly disappointed with the service here.
High-energy Italian restaurant provides a flashy Fort Lauderdale crowd with family-style servings of "South Philly" inspired fare..
Rub elbows with celebrities, in-the-know locals and would-be Mafiosos at this hip, one-of-a-kind Italian restaurant inconspicuously located in a Fort Lauderdale strip mall. The table wait can be long, but TVs and dance music help pass the time. Watch chef-cum-DJ Steve Martorano whip-up his daily specials from the open kitchen, then chow-down on bites like "downtown-style" chicken cutlets topped with layers of ricotta, spinach, tomato and mozzarella, or a bowl of orecchiette pasta with sausage, beans and escarole.
Loved it!. I was very impressed by how fun Martoranos was. Not only is the food out of this world, but the atmosphere is fabulous. It's very loud and the music is great, the only downside is you have to wait forever for a table on the weekends. Ciao bella!
AWESOME FOOD. This was a GREAT place. The food was absolutely amazing! Great atmosphere also. The music gets a bit loud around 9:30 and it's hard to have a conversation but it's worth it.
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