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El Tamarindo Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Latin, Spanish, Central American, South American
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233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2544
+1 954-467-5115
11:00 - 23:00
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have eaten there several times over the years. We especially like the steak, breaded pork chops and the grilled pork loin. I also thought the paella was excellent, full of seafood in succulent rice. The prices are also very good. For about ten dollars, you get two large breaded chops with a choice of two sides. The food comes... More 

Thank frequently_away
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please don't miss this place! Try the ceviche and the skirt steak. The wine is amazing, the food phenomenal, the service is the best. It really is our most favourite restaurant in south Florida now.

Thank Oana S
Davie, Florida
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is generally good but the portions and prices are a little steep for a Latin restaurant. The service was fine and the place does get crowded for lunch.

Thank Scott K
Detroit, MI
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110 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered a wide range of dishes. All were flavorful with good portions. The dinner salad served two. At the price, their paella was one of the best I have had. I don't normally try it my first time at a restaurant but others in our party had. Maybe a tad underspiced, but still remarkable. Staff was eager to please.... More 

Thank Motowners
Cape Coral, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'll be short and sweet! The bread and homemade garlic dipping sauce was so good! (Don't fill up too quick) The ceviche was packed with flavor along w a hardy helping of fresh shrimp and fish. Yucca was crispy Not greasy! Mom's steak fajitas were off the chain and my Hubby's Cuban sandwich was delicious! ASK for the HOMEMADE hot... More 

Thank RendaBea
Jupiter, Florida
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Based on the reviews, we stopped in for dinner because it's so convenient to the Ft Lauderdale airport. We enjoyed the yuca frita and chicharrones to start. The Tamarindo special (steak, chicken and shrimp) was excellent and even the chicken was still juicy. But after a 30 minute wait, long enough for our friends to finish their dinner, the paella... More 

Thank schindlr
Granada, Nicaragua
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I am 65 years old and have eaten in some of the best restaurants around the world. This wonderful cafe ranks at the top for some of the best food I have ever eaten. It takes a talented cook to prepare a meal that is heavenly delicious from the first bite of the bread brought to our table to the... More 

Thank Chica5471
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Good service, taste the ceviche and fried pork !!!, atendant for the owner close to everithing, really good food and really good prices !!! Good desserts !!! One of the best on the area.

Thank Jose S
Kansas City, Missouri
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

What a find! This place is maybe 10 minutes from the airport. Awesome food-we had Cuban sandwiches, tamales and ceviche. Amazing and very generous portions. Reasonably priced too. Highly recommend!

Thank Jeff C
Boca Raton, Florida
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped by to see a friend who works in the vicinity and he introduced me to El Tamarindo. The atmosphere is casual and the staff were professional and attentive. I ordered the pork and onions with fried plantains. The portion was large and the food was DELICIOUS! $10!!!!! $10!!!!! What a bargain! I highly recommend this restaurant for lunch!... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Spanish, Central American, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-2544
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Fort Lauderdale
  • Phone Number: +1 954-467-5115

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?