YOLO
YOLO

YOLO

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yolorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (954) 523-1000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch : Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Boulukos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: YOLO is available for private lunch meetings, dinners, cocktail receptions and other special events. We have a private room inside, private space on our beautifully landscaped patio, and a separate cocktail lounge which can be reserved.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Las Olas Blvd. & SE 4th Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available at our front door. YOLO also provides RedCap, a very unique service that can provide a driver to drive you home in your own car after a evening of fun. Service can be reserved in advance, reserved through the onsite RedCap ambassador, or you can learn more at www.myredcap.com. There is a Parking Garage located directly behind the restaurant. There is plenty of metered parking on all of the side streets surrounding YOLO.
A word from YOLO
Owned and operated by the team behind the acclaimed River House and Tarpon Bend family of restaurants, YOLO (You Only Live Once) is Las Olas' new contemporary American restaurant and lounge. YOLO offers foodies and night owls an unbeatable mix of great dining and refreshing libations in a chic, unpretentious space. The deceptively simple menu boasts an eclectic array of dishes designed to please any palate, many borne from the restaurant's dramatic wood-burning grill. Guests can dine al fresco on the lush garden patio - complete with walk-up bar perfect for people watching - in the cozy dining room, featuring a bustling open kitchen , or sup on small plates in the candlelit lounge. Menu highlights include starters such as wild Mediterranean mussels and Asian-style crispy calamari; main plates including roasted salmon, Bourbon glazed pork chop and beef 2-ways. Beyond O Lounge and two bars, YOLO features a fabulous private room, perfect for business meetings and special occasions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
YOLO reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (113)vibrant bar scene (95)great for outdoor dining (88)good for groups (73)fit for foodies (62)special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (53)great for lunch (47)late-night find (42)romantic (34)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (19)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Not as good as the last time, but still good.
    allenalb
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Previously, we had more time. unfortunately, this time we were in a bit of a hurry, and this seemed to subconsciously translate over to the waiter that we wanted to be there all night. Our waiter also seemed to have a little difficulty understanding us, and instead of asking for clarification, he repeated back whatever he thought we said even if it was wildly off so it took 3 or 4 tries to get it right. otherwise, he was pleasant, and everything came out right, it just took awhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun environment, full bar
    Sean
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We enjoyed our meal and cocktails, and our server Jeanette was awesome.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Three of us went to dinner there while on vacation for a friend's birthday. I had read some mixed reviews about the food but a waitress at another restaurant mentioned it the food was delicious. The appetizers we had were very tasty but the entrees left much to be desired. Our server recommended one appetizer but then forgot to order it for us as well. It was nice to be able to enjoy the outdoor dining area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Friday's after work
    Nice
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Very good after work on Friday. Went with group after working and the bar had a nice amount of people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We went for lunch and sat at the bar. The bartenders were great and the food was good. The Yolo Chips are a must try! Overall the place has a great vibe and is great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Really recommend this place if your looking for a romantic place to spend the evening with friends or even that special someone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to come before a show!
    gatormom
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Looking for someplace special, we chose YOLO's. We were looking for that special place to go before heading over to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Great location. Great food! I ordered the salmon which came on its own oak plank. It was perfect. Out was served with a cold couscous, which was good but I would have preferred a hot side. I ordered a special dessert prior to arrival choir the birthday girl, and the hostess called prior to our arrival to confirm which dessert I wanted. She was totally surprised when it arrived. Ambiance was lovely, comfortable seating, great service. Wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    Mark
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    YOLO never disappoints. Excellent food and staff. Always a pleasure to visit
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoying Yolo's Las Olas ambience
    hollywoodgourmet
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Since the weather was lovely, we decided to sit outdoors. It is very inviting with a roaring fire nearby to take off the chill. Our service was excellent. My friend enjoyed her branzino and I enjoyed the cedar planked salmon. We both agreed this restaurant gives very good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no Open Table credit given
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I checked In with a gentleman at front desk. Indicated it was an Open Table reservation. He didn't know how to process it so we waited for the hostess. I told her I wanted to check in and that I made my reservation through Open Table. She said ok. She seated us, we had a very nice lunch. There were 4 of us and 2 of us split the check. The next day I received an e-mail from Open Table asking about me being a no show. I responded that I honored my reservation. They supposedly looked into it and told me that they were correcting my account and apologized. They still HAVE NOT credited my account for this reservation. However, I am responding to this email asking about my experience. I am a little frustrated at this point.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    JJJJ
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was great. Always delicious. We sat outside. the outside seating is great. Great scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • millertime
    nfldoc
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Yolo was phenomenal. The calamari was the most flavorly prepared i have had anywhere. The chopped salad was the best I have had anywhere and the braised beef with mashed potatoes is award winning. The menu is very eclectic and we truly had a fine dining experience. Great choice on Las Olas when you're in Ft. Lauderdale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overworked staff
    Paul
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was my second time at Yolo. There were four of us. The food was still very good, but they did not have enough equipment or staff. We ordered 4 martini flights but we were told we could only have 2 as they only had 2 trees available to hold the flights on the table - really? The waiter was a nice guy and did the best he could but he had way too much to deal with which resulted in us breing told the specials at 100 miles an hour, wait for our drinks and then wait for main course. I was concerned that the waiter was going to collapse he was rushing around and sweating so much. The restaurant needs to increase waiter numbers significantly. I will probably not go back - at least for sometime, and would not recommend to friends at this time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been coming here for years
    Baroo142
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Yolo.. besides being a name I love by is always awesome. . Great drinks. .. good and service with an awesome vibe and the prices are fair..... please bring yolo to nyc or north nj
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YOLO hot spot
    TravelgemsVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great indoor outdoor dining spot. With a happening happy hour. Excellentc food and service. 2nd visit to FLL this year, and 2nd visit to YOLO. When we are back in FLL we will be back to YOLO
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Inconsistent
    350lasolasplace
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    It is a shame that YOLO's is so inconsistent. I have had great meals and this past week the food was just ok and the service was HORRENDOUS. It is almost like a hit or miss to dine at YOLO's .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it was...
    suzanneVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We live on Las Olas Blvd. We always try to support the retail on our street. We've eaten at Yolo many times for brunch but it has not kept up with their original food standards. The wait staff was wonderful but the food was not. The first time I ordered pancakes there they were delicious, fluffy and tasty. Yesterday, they were flat, tasteless and seemed to have been on the steam plate just waiting for an order, as they were cold. My husband's omelet was also cold and tasteless. The only thing that was really good was the bottomless mimosa. We won't be returning any time soon. We do not recommend it for brunch anymore.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude hostesses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Sara was the hostess who was very rude to us. I was celebrating a special occasion, my birthday, and had a reservation at 9pm for 7 people. Not all members of the party was present, so Sara found it necessary to cancel my reservation and place my guests and myself on a 75 mins waiting list. All members of the table arrived a few mins later and she still refused to seat us, but insisted that now I'm on a waiting list and there are other parties ahead of me. She was very rude and we waited over 90 mins to get seated. That definitely dampened the spirit. I'm very hesitant to re-visit YOLO after my last experience. Not good!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For a night out
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    if you want to watch all of the tacky people in South Florida on a Night out, this is a great place to people watch. It's a "scene" as much as Lauderdale allows for one. I waited 45 min past my reservation for a table. Food was very good as a plus-- but be willing to wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Restaurant food was ok, quite loud due to adjacent club, two different musics playing in restaurant. Ran out of popular item w/in the 1st hr per waiter. Really!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server tarnished a great night
    jmethechefVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food great. As always. Our server had a weird sense of humor ( he thought he was funny) and that sort of ruined the entire experience. Sad because we only get here at most, once a year, and so looked forward to a night at YOLO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Solid
    Love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We eat dinner at Yolo quite often. It offers a trendy, comfortable, well designed atmosphere, with outdoor seating as well. There is a busy bar and the service is great. Love the salads, cedar planked salmon, steaks, and dessert. Good choice for groups or a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodandwine
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We went to YOLO because of the favorable reviews. We asked for outdoor seating and were told that it would be a twenty minute wait. Within five minutes we were escorted to an outside table and noted that there were several empty tables nearby, but the inside dining room was almost empty. The service was excellent and our wine was good. The food was just OK but not great. A large pile of French fries arrived cold and a braise was just not braised enough. The food was just not good enough to justify the prices, we thought. The calamari appetizer was lost in sauce. However, the outdoor ambience was very pleasant. What YOLO is like late night we cannot say, but it may be best for drinks and snacks rather than good food experiences.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place to dine for all
    Helen
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    YOLO is an excellent place to dine for all types. For a romantic dinner, dinner with tthe family or for a special celebration. The menu choice is great for all even vegans. This time the cocktails were........great: monitor and cucumber cooler. We had 4 different types of cocktails and sampled all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent fun night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    very cool atmosphere with great food. A winner for a night out.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun GNO
    Fungirl
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Fun night with the girls! Enjoyed the food and cocktails. Loved location. Walked to vibe for dancing after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as Always
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Quality of food and service was excellent. THe new renovation, however, was not that noticeable. Had to ask what they did. Once pointed out we did notice the difference but overall it looked the same. But then we do go there for the good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice spot
    Foodaholich
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The renovation is very nice, our waitress was great. The food was very delicious! And, fun people watching.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FIND
    Newark1011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was delicious..the recommendations by Lori (night 1) and Rachel (night 2) were on the money. Food, staff and management were excellent! Wish there was a Y.O.L.O. in New Jersey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oregon folk love it
    FrankandCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Michael our server was the best. The good especially my short ribs were money
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasted the New Menu
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The brunch menu was limiting in thAt there was a choice of only one omelet It's brunch Noted for eggs The service was spotty at best due to the quiet season We hope this improves so we can return for brunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    S1969
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Met friends for drinks here. It was outstanding. The fried calamari was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues as a Las Olas favorite.
    DrewVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great for outdoor lunch; terrific happy hour. Convenient valet parking; excellent staff that go out of their way to make every experience a pleasure. This is a personal favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AAA+++
    Jessy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wednesday Ladie nights is great. You pay $5 bucks and drink for free till 10!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SFvegan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    In this day and age, most restaurants are able to accommodate special requests. Apparently, not YOLO. What is strange is that they used to - I've been dining here since they opened - never was a problem before. One person in our group simply asked for a vegetable plate. She asked for veggies that were parts of other meals on the menu. They wouldn't offer some to her because the were "portioned out" for the other dishes. Really? Can't take a portion for another dish? Another member of our group simply wanted a bacon-free omelet. Couldn't do that either because the eggs were already mixed with the bacon. I guess YOLO is more like a fast food restaurant now. That's too bad - they used to be great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    opalcalaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We come here a few times a year. Definitely make a reservation. The food is consistently good and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experiences
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    whether its as a couple or with clients or friends the meal and service is always wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always on the bucket list
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    every time we go to Florida, that is the only place we make sure we have at least one meal at. The food is always good, and the service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ideal for a celebration.
    Ernesto
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful evening celebrating our anniversary. Superb food. Reasonable wine list. Good service. Spectacular ambiance. A little bit noisy, however tolerable. I plan in visiting this excellent restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bartlaw
    Bart
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Got to dig a little to find a vegan/vegetarian choice but its there with the server's help (although he did misrepresent one item as having no bacon). Food was tasty, presented well, and just a great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic