3599 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6222
AVERAGE USER RATING
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese, Malaysian, Pacific Rim
Contact:+1 954 563 3272
Open Hours: 5p-10:30p Su-Th, 5p-11:30p F-Sa
A Fort Lauderdale landmark, the Mai-Kai restaurant offers great food and authentic Polynesian entertainment. Its thatched roof and carved totems are ... More
A Fort Lauderdale landmark, the Mai-Kai restaurant offers great food and authentic Polynesian entertainment. Its thatched roof and carved totems are set against a backdrop of fiery torches and waterfalls. Inside, decor includes giant palm-frond fans, massive carvings and high-backed wicker chairs. It has won many awards for excellent cuisine, decor and entertainment. Massive Chinese ovens create some of the best roast pork in the state and the Crab Rangoon is delicious. The service is excellent, and the drinks offered include those showy options served in coconuts and pineapples.
It's a great chance to see a Luau if you never have, but it is definitly not the best one. The customer service from when we arrived was just ok. It went from ok, to poor as we were told to wait by the bar and we would be called. We never got called and other parties that came after us were all escorted to their table. When I asked when we'd be called a guy told us to join the line. At this point I was a little annoyed as I made my reservations for 8PM and it was already 8:30PM.
The food is just ok. Definitly not worth what it cost. My husband had a filet of mahi mahi with NOTHING else (no veggies, rice...etc) for about $30.
I will probably not return here again, and do not think it's worth to bring Florida visitors to.
The atmosphere of the Mai-Kai is nice but other than that it goes downhill very fast. You would expect the food quality to be good for the price you pay, don't think so, the food was very disappointed nothing special you can't find at any ordinary Chinese buffet.The drinks are not bad but just like the food nothing special and over priced. The show is nice (you pay extra). The place is tourist trap. The only thing that seem ok was the service. Save your money and don't go here not even for the experience not worth the time and money.
This was a fun place to go. Food is expensive but you have to take into account the setting and the fact they only charge $10 for the show. There is a beautiful garden as well to walk through with no charge. Didn't mind the additonal food costs considering all the extras. The show is very entertaining. Tables are very close together and not very private.
It is a wonderful night out! The food and drinks are great, then you get a terrific show for all ages! It's one of those unforgettable experiences that can't be missed when you're in South Florida. Go!
We are planning our yearly visit back to the area and the one place the whole family (ages 8-60) agrees on going back to is the Mai Kai!! It is a bit pricey, but it is so much fun for everyone that it is worth the expense. We thought the food was great and the entertainment was wonderful. The gardens were open and it was beautiful and relaxing to walk through after the meal. The only complaint is that the tables are really crammed together. With all the people entering and exiting along with the service people I felt a little crowded. Overall it was a great experience.
We made reservations for 8:30. Seated at 8:20 we thought this would be great except for the fact we weren't even asked what we wanted to drink for 40 minutes. Servers kept coming by saying we will be right with you. The problem was no one knew who was supposed to serve our table.Finally a server decided he would take care of our table, 20 minutes later we received our drinks. This basically put us at showtime which was starting at 9:30. Just got food order in right before show started. 20 minutes into show we receive food. Food was ok, very small portions and very very expensive. They were out of quite a few menu items, like the chicken strip meal for kids, needless to say there were many unhappy kids. Also out of keylime pie. To top it all off the air conditioner was broken. Not Good. All tables were right next to each other, basically we were eating with another family, thats how close they are. The only thing we would have enjoyed was the show, if we could have seen it better. We were stuck back in a room off to the side, poles in the way and lots of heads. Needless to say, we won't be going back
We did the early show/dinner which started seating at 5:30 PM for dinner and the show started at about 7PM. We felt we showed up too early. We were done with dinner within an hour and had to wait for 30 more minutes for the show to start. They did have a outdoor garden and a gift shop. Nothing spectacular. The show lasted about 30 minutes and was very authentic Polynesian Dancing. Very high paced and exciting.
Dinner was pricy for the quality of food you get. It was still good but not great.
I would reccomend the Mai Kai for it's atmosphere and entertainment. Next time I would opt for just an appetizer and cocktails.
I am a local, so I visit often. And I visit often because I love what the Chinese Ovens do to a steak, its description would be spoiled by anything less than Yummy!
By todays standards, the prices are high, but the service, food, show, drinks, the entire presntation makes it all worth while. When you arrive, you cross a little bridge that makes an old rattling sound. From that moment on you are transported to another place in another time.....
When you sit in the Molokai bar and wait for your table, that very same bridge noise sounds like distant thunder and that effect is only made more exotic with the rain falling on the windows.
Then, when you are seated for dinner and presented with an amazing menu full of yummy things, you get to see one of the best and longest running all-islander Polynesian Review dinner shows.
After your dinner and show you can stroll through the gardens (that are 50 years old, by the way...) and you would never know that right on the other side of the fence is Federal Highway.
OK, so maybe I am biased because I am a local and can go anytime I want. But, I can't say enough good things about this place and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Twice a year or so my fiancee and I try to visit the Mai Kai. As we don't live in Florida it's tough. But this place is worth it. Open for 50 odd years this place is the last great Polenesian restaurant. The atmosphere is remarkable, the staff is courteous and friendly, and the food is fabulous as is the floor show. Also of note are the tropical drinks which are outstanding. The Mai Kai is not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for, and you will remember the experience for a long time.
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