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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
kevincrossman
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Posted: 2017-10-07 9:00 pm   Permalink

Am considering adding a trip to the Mai Kai for next year's spring break. Some of the recent Yelp reviews paint a poor picture of the service there lately. Anyone have a tiki perspective on the service in the last few months?

I presume a reservation is required to be able to see the dinner show on a Saturday night.
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2017-10-07 9:11 pm   Permalink

Here's a tiki perspective on the service: the Mai Kai is probably the most amazing tiki bar on the planet, and their cocktails are legendary and unparalleled.

 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2017-10-08 07:08 am   Permalink

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On 2017-10-07 21:00, kevincrossman wrote:
Am considering adding a trip to the Mai Kai for next year's spring break. Some of the recent Yelp reviews paint a poor picture of the service there lately. Anyone have a tiki perspective on the service in the last few months?

I presume a reservation is required to be able to see the dinner show on a Saturday night.




Yelp can be a cess pool. The Mai-Kai often server 1200 people a night. One ego-centric jerk posts on Yelp and makes a mess... The service is generally excellent. The staff are generally long time employees with high standards.

Yes, on Friday and Saturday you should get a reservation. And also tip the Maitre D' when you come in to get better seats.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-10-08 3:10 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-10-07 21:00, kevincrossman wrote:
Some of the recent Yelp reviews paint a poor picture of the service there lately.



Ignore any bad stuff about Mai-Kai you may see on Yelp. This is the TOP tiki place to see, you'll need to spend a full evening there to absorb and comprehend it all. The staff is phenomenal, and they really care about what they have to offer.

Service? Don't worry about it - it's just like any other place which gets slammed. They do a fantastic job with both food and drinks. Just like any other place, they can get unexpectedly large crowds and sometimes are a bit short on staff as a result, but that's not generally the case. If it does happen when you go, focus instead on the richness and depth of the experience, do the best you can under the circumstances, and cut 'em some slack. You will see what a class act they are when you see them under pressure and handling large groups of guests.

Swanky is right - treat the maitre'd well and you will also be treated well. This is one of those hard to find places where some of the old school stuff goes a long way. Have fun!!!


 
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kevincrossman
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Posted: 2017-10-11 7:52 pm   Permalink

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Yes, on Friday and Saturday you should get a reservation. And also tip the Maitre D' when you come in to get better seats.



That is very helpful, thank you.


 
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