3599 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
Mai Kai is a historic restaurant that is as much a tourist attraction as it is a fine
dining and entertainment establishment.
It has been one of the most popular places in Fort Lauderdale since it opened in 1956. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The theme of this restaurant/night club is Polynesian and you instantly feel like you are in a tropical place on some South Sea island when you step inside.
This fine restaurant has
an extensive menu with many selections including duck, beef, chicken,
pork, seafood and even vegetarian selections.
All food is prepared with
Asian spices using Asian cooking techniques.
Their drinks - especially
their rum specialties - are huge and it doesn't take more than one to
get you in the mood for the fantastic Polynesian stage show you will
enjoy after dinner.
Mai Kai Features Authentic Polynesian Dancing
show their stuff to fantastic drum beats with lots of fiery torches and
other exciting touches. The beauty of the dancers along with their
grace and skill is breathtaking. The cover charge for the show is
$10.95, but children 12 and under can see it for free.
Reservations are needed for the main dining room and the Polynesian
stage show, but you can visit the Molokai Bar for a drink without
needing a reservation. It has live music and good bar food including
the famous PuPu platter.
Maitre d' Angel Vera has worked at Mai Kai for 52 years. Five of the more than 150 employees have been at the restaurant for more than 40 years.
Service is top notch. The dress code is elegant casual.
Dress up a little bit, no tee shirts and baggy shorts. No coat and tie
is required, but dress like you are attending a private country club by
wearing a shirt with a collar and some nice shorts or casual slacks.
If you come by car, there is only a valet parking lot.
Go ahead and enjoy the luxury.
The entire place is fun to visit.
The grounds are loaded with tropical plants, Polynesian statues, beautiful water pools and wooden bridges gently lit by torches.
It feels like a fantasy land.