Big City Tavern - Las Olas
Big City Tavern - Las Olas

Big City Tavern - Las Olas

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigcitylasolas.com/
  • Phone: 9547270307x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am -3:00pm
    Midday: 2:30pm-5:00pm
    Dinner Nightly:5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Late Night Bar Menu:11:00pm - 1:00am
    Happy Hour Everyday from 4:00pm-7:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Lisabet Summa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 6 Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the City parking lot directly behind Big City Tavern off of SE 8th Avenue or on Las Olas Blvd with metered spaces.
A word from Big City Tavern - Las Olas
Big City Tavern is a busy, vibrant restaurant reminiscent of the great urban taverns of Chicago, New York and Boston. A stylish, classic American restaurant, Big City offers a varied menu featuring dry aged steaks, burgers, fresh seafood, salads and fresh house-made pasta of the day. Some of the more popular dishes are the Pan Roasted Salmon with Tomato and the House-Made Charcuterie. The desserts are all enticing, all house made and all delicious. The extensive wine list emphasizes California varietals by the bottle or glass. With its magnificent grand bar always busy, Big City has a constant din of energy and conviviality. Big City offers outdoor sidewalk dining in the center of the action on Las Olas Blvd.

Please call the restaurant to make reservations for parties of 12 or more!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Big City Tavern - Las Olas reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (46)good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (38)great for lunch (30)neighborhood gem (30)great for brunch (30)hot spot (28)special occasion (21)late-night find (19)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (8)romantic (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Bottomless mimosas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Come here regularly! Good breakfast. Great bottomless mimosas. Had the meat and cheese boards....disappointing for the money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    jc12
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Consistently good food and always great service. You can't go wrong at Big City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch
    Diappointed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had brunch there this past Sunday. Obviously a very popular place, food was fantastic, great selection on menu, hip Brunch spot on Las Olas
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    reviewer29VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great recommendation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I were staying in Fort Lauderdale and we wanted to meet up for dinner with my brother and his wife who live in Miami. The hotel we were staying at recommended Big City Tavern. It was a great recommendation. The location on Las Olas Blvd. was ideal and the atmosphere and food was great Our waiter was Diem, who was great too. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    BocaBob
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was great. Service was fast. Drink prices a bit pricey. Drink selections were very good and unique.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great weekend ambiance
    RCandSC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I used OpenTable, with only 5 or 6 hours in advance, and was able to secure a 7:30pm Saturday night dinner reservation for 7 people. I chose to order a dring from the bar to wait for the rest of my group. The bartender was friendly and promptly made the mixed drinks we ordered. We were seated early, and the waiter took the time to explain all the specials. At least two people ordered steak, one ordered a salad, one ordered pasta, and we also ordered appetizers. The food was all good, and the overall experience was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satsified as usual!
    daniD
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I love coming here because I am never disappointed with the food... Always delicious! We split the skirt steak (it was like BUTTER! omg) and the chicken paillard (hello yumtown). I had the watermelon margarita special, which was a little weak in tequila strength, but I like my tequila, so perhaps I am the exception here. The service was solid as well. No complaints. I have had my ups and downs with service and reservations here before, but management always takes care of the customer and you always leave happy! I will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was Disappointed
    EdieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I was very excited to take my daughter here for her birthday brunch. I had been here previously for brunch and food was very good. My servicer was slow and inexperienced so he wasn't very good. He seemed in a daze. Had to ask for more coffee, etc. Had to ask for butter for our toast. My omelet was ok but bland. My potatoes too salty. I was disappointed, especially since was for a special occasion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • menu
    localgirl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Menu changes since my last visit were disappointing, especially the vegetables that came with the steak tenderloin. Instead of the sweet potatoes and scalloped potatoes it was served with beets! Yuck! Won't return any time soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently good!
    EliS
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Big City is always a good place to eat and drink. PERIOD!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fine
    WITHOUTADOUBT
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our servicer (Justin) was excellent the drinks (apple martini, vodka tonic) were really good and we had time to enjoy then (without being rush for our order). Jason the manager stopped by twice to ensure everything was going well and that we were satisfied with our entree. For the appetizer we had the asian calamari, which was yummy. For the main course, she had the salmon, I had the skirt steak, they were excellent and more than enough for both of us. For us it worth the trip from Boca, from the service, drinks, the food, Big City Tavern is a place we enjoy coming back too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to eat with friends
    mickonrunVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The place was very busy for a Saturday night. Open Table reservations are a must have. We were seated immediately and our server was prompt and super friendly and efficient. Kitchen was great. Everything came out as ordered. Food was good and portions were huge. We all had Togo boxes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly!
    Jgood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was noisy, expected on a Saturday night on Las Olas. The service was great and the food wasn't bad.We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Place to eat, not dine
    Slamron
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have come to this place for a while. The quality is consistent, great menu, good food, good service. This is not a place for gracious dining, no table cloth, no flowers on the table, inside the noise level is unbearable. Make sure you sit outside. The prices are moderate and portions are generous. Overall good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place for brunch
    icequeen83
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The atmosphere was lively, with a moderate noise level. Great location for people watching, as it's right on Las Olas Blvd. Food (which is made from scratch) was good, but not great. Service was a little slow and our waitress seemed distracted, but the manager came by to check on us and had other servers stop by to make sure that our needs were met. Overall, I would return, but it would be on a day where I'm not pressured for time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    TJMV
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Service was good, but food was meh The sandwiches sound great on the menu, but not good at all
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CMANVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    AC vent was dripping on me, way too loud. Service and food was good. It seems like a good place for groups. Busy bar scene, music way too loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DON'T BOTHER
    dfor50VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Having eaten at most of the other locations, I was expecting quality food and service... forget it, service was slow, food was at best poor, to hamburgs were tasteless and over done.. at least the fries were fairly good. Never go back, I'll stay with City Oyster in Delray Beach!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    Keith
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dinner was very good, service was excellent, server knew all the specials, had good recommendations and special requests were not forgotten. Very enjoyable evening, dinner followed by a great show at the Riverside Hotel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and fantastic service
    mickonrunVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Celebrated my birthday dinner on Saturday night. Our server was very good and made evening great. We ordered the grouper dinner and the rare tuna dinner. Both were the best we ever had both in preparation and taste. I was surprised by the server with a complimentary slice of decadent chocolate cake with ice cream on the side sporting a birthday candle. Very classy! This was our first time dining here but we will be back....really soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a very good impression at all!
    Noteatinghere1
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I went there for a lunch meeting. I ordered a rare cheeseburger with carmelized onions and a side of sauteed spinache. The water I requested was never served to me at all. The burger was not rare-it was well done and tasted like leather. Instead of spinache, I was served broccoli. The replacement order of food took an additional 15 minutes to serve. If I wasn't there for a business meeting, I would have walked out of the place. Most high class places provide some form of complimentary food or drink when they screw up an order as badly as this one. No such gesture was made. This is a low class place with high class prices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forgot? or Didn't care!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    When I was called to confirm my reservation, they asked what the occasion was, I replied that this was a special evening with my son and husband both celebrating birthdays that same day. She replied that that was so special and she would note it for our server. It was never brought up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety!
    bonchiVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I love the variety that this restaurant offers. The menu is very eclectic and it is very delicious,. We will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Brunch!
    K8foodluv
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Must try big city for brunch great options for food. Also bottomless drinks were great, the bloody Mary's were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I always forget how noisy it is,food was good,my risotto with scallops was excellent,not a big selection for kids
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Third time here...
    Annieversary28
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We came here with a group of 6 and they were very accommodating- we originally asked for an outside table but when we arrived, we decided inside would be better- they were fine with that and both service and food were above average. I had a chopped greek salad with chicken. Others had cobb salad, burger, spinach salad and grouper....I would recommend this to anyone wanting good and reliable food and service in the Fort Lauderdale/Las Olas area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Brunch Spot on Las Olas
    MikeFTL
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Have been to Big City several times and always have had a positive experience. Only drawback is the noise level inside if you are trying to have conversation. This last time we were there for brunch and sat outside and had a really nice time. My eggs benedict dish was outstanding. Great place to watch the world go by on Las Olas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Brunch
    BrunchLuver3
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my mom here for Mother's Day brunch and it was great! We were seated right away, our waitress was extremely attentive and the unlimited mimosa's were great! We had the cheese plate, the belgian waffle and the crab eggs benedict - all were amazing! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite brunch locations
    JessiB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love the convenience of reserving a table for brunch and knowing that I won't have to wait on a Sunday morning. Then when I arrive, the food is always a success and the $12 bottomless mimosas complete the package. I love the everything about Big City Tavern, with the food, the location, and the ambiance, I know that I will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent restaurant/Bar! Been there several times and have never been disappointed!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality experience
    RosenTerryVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Started at the bar and was greeted warmly by the bartender with prompt service. Moved to our table of 8 once our party arrived. Lively place but it was too loud to carry on a conversation with anyone on other end of the table. Our waitress was professional and attentive. The food was good and prepared well but nothing too creative on the menu. Overall, about what I expected from a City Group restaurant. A consistent, quality meal in a place with a lively ambience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 453 reviews are from the Big City Tavern - Las Olas reviews archive.
  • Yummy
    Delish
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We went for brunch for my daughter's birthday. All the food was so good. Try the peanut butter and jelly pancakes...and the unlimited mimosas, of course!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our second trip back!
    LarryB
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Las Olas has restaurants that come and go with such ease, that with a blink of an eye they disappear! This place will not be going anywhere! The consistently good food and service and a location that is set right across the street from Cheesecake (Factory) where they treat you like the assembly line it was named for, is the perfect place for this restaurant. Personalized service with an ever-present manager checking with each and every table, and a very vibrant menu makes this one of the gems of the Las Olas! Just a beer or an entire dinner or lunch - You won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IlovefoodVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our Waiter Charlie was SO rude! Never get him as a server!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively on Las Olas
    foodeeVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    High energy great for people watching along Las Olas. Some food was great (crab cakes esp). Other items so so. Loads of drinks to choose from. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boston vistis Fort Lauderdale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My family had a wonderful experience at Big City Tavern. The staff was pleasant and seated us immediately at an outside table. The atmosphere was perfect for us since we had our teenage daughters with us. Our food and drinks were delivered promptly and each was very good. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was slow. Restaurant was mobbed and quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Wendy
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We requested a table on the patio so we could watch the parade of people go by, but the inside is lovely too! Great looking bar and high top tables. We would have been happy inside also. Hostess was really welcoming and efficient, the waiter was attentive but did not bother us every 3 minutes, and the food was great. I recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot!
    Inthebiz
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Crab cake Benedict was awesome and Mauricio out server was fantastic! Definitely a great spot for brunch right on las olas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.