YOLO
YOLO

YOLO

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yolorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9545231000
  • 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 WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
YOLO reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (116)great for outdoor dining (99)hot spot (99)special occasion (86)good for groups (78)great for lunch (62)romantic (60)fit for foodies (58)late-night find (57)neighborhood gem (56)great for brunch (41)notable wine list (28)scenic view (16)kid-friendly (15)Show More
  • Diamond
    Woody
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Simply put....a Diamond, great food, service. Diana & Jimmy the bartenders are awesome & Jimmy good luck in fantasy football!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs some training
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    server did the best she could. the setting of tables and the moving of chairs and setting up created a diner atmosphere.I realize it was a Saturday night, however, a restaurant of a certain caliber should be prepared. Bus and servers should know they are not the show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    csa4
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was delicious. They had some nice specials. Had a reservation and got seat right away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ambience and the food was great
    Jani
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was good and the ambience was good too. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Amandaaaa3
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had a great experience. The service was helpful and efficient. Very cool and different atmosphere. As a vegetarian, there were not as many options as I would prefer, but i still had some. Overall I would suggest checking it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential to reclaim it's glory
    Kim812
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've heard of YOLO for years and only had my first experience last week. The menu was good, food too. The Manhattan steak was a chewy cut but still tasty - the sauce was excellent. Service while pleasant was off. For example, they served shared apps with no serving pieces and when asked someone brought a teaspoon. I would come back. It just needs a little attention.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yolo
    Justinfl10
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good food and vibe. Went on a Wednesday night and was given good service. Location is prime downtown ft Lauderdale, after restaurant hit up the yolo lounge for a cocktail and music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing as always!
    NumberOneVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything was great. The best brunch spot in Fort Lauderdale!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great scene great food
    navidadVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything about this place was great. The food, the service, the vibe, all! Great location to go for a stroll on las olas after filling yourself with terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I'll keep going back
    ansman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Their T's steak was delicious and loved their corn bread.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    MaraTravel
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a 6:30 reservation at YOLO, but had a drink outside on the patio first. The ambiance was great, and when we went inside for dinner, the food was wonderful as well! I had the artichokes as a starter and the daily special, snapper, for my main course.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    LuxDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was outstanding..... Service was good...Only down side-wait time was long even though I made reservations...was on time but still had to wait additional 30 minutes.... Overall great restaurant, great food, reasonable prices...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Fun
    Butterflygirl0616
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great to be able to eat and just walk 20 ft to enjoy the lounge atmosphere with a bar and a DJ
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Decor and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great decor, great service and great food Really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice evening!
    mickonrunVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed everything. Service was very good. Artichoke appetizer was yummy. Food ordered was flavorful. Cedar plank salmon cooked perfect. Double thick pork chop was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and tasty
    Snuznb411VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had the double cut pork chop. We liked it better when they had a different sauce on it. The barbecue overwhelmed it but it was still good. Their bread with almonds, olive oil and olives is great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steady Place for Business Lunch
    DrewVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    You will need a reservation. The restaurant is always booked and in demand by working downtown professionals. There is terrific valet parking a big plus particularly on rainy days. There is a large bar with an energetic crowd. We had the tuna burger and vegetable burger with string fries and their apple slaw. Everything as always was very good. The staff is engaged, professional and friendly, all the hallmarks of well training. I recommend Yolo for business people. Most men wear jackets/suits so you can expect to dine with a well groomed crowd. I did not see any T-shirts, cargo shorts and flip flop crowds thankfully. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect late night dining spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We found ourselves looking for a place for a late night dinner. This was perfect for my husband, our teenagers and me. The crab cakes were delicious, the wine list good and the lava cake was great. I definitely will come here again next time I swing through Fort Lauderdale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yolo
    8palate
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always fun and delish! Great menu and specials! Cocktails perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was average, service was great
    MPCorps
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    First time dining at Yolo, and I was only "so-so" on the food. However, our waitress was a rare gem, as she was very engaging and just plain fun to interact....she made the experience far better than the fare itself. Also, the bar staff - as we waited for our table - were also outstanding. I think I would say that this is definitely more of a place to grab a few drinks and hang out with friends/groups...and - perhaps - enjoy some appetizers, etc...but not the best overall dining experience in Florida, particularly at these prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great time
    Wineguy920VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    took some coworkers from our New York office and they loved everything.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dining experience
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been here many times and the excellent quality if both the food and service never disappoints. Recommend it highly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YOLO is a hot spot on a Friday
    Liv2Eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We dined at YOLO on a Friday night and were very pleased we took the time to make a reservation because the restaurant and bar were both very crowded. The hostesses were friendly and had us seated quickly. They carry stampers with them that marked the day's specials on the table which I thought was a unique touch. Our waitress was attentive and helped us with a small amount of water that was on the seat. The Rotisserie Chicken Salad was pretty tasty but lacked chicken. The veggies had the right amount of dressing. We also started with the calamari appetizer which I was not overly impressed with. There was plenty of calamari to share which was a positive. This place is all about the atmosphere. Lots of trendy people on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit
    Momdoc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have never been disappointed at YOLO. The servers are knowledgable, professional, attentive and personable. The food is always of execellent quality and presentation. We will return many many times
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YOLO redefined
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had another chance to savor the cuisine at YOLO, thanks to the graciousness of their General Manager, Michael Savitt, and I must say, the attention to detail was amazing...The mussels appetizer was delicious (touch too much salt in the broth), and the crab cakes and short ribs were delectable. There is a reason the bread pudding is beloved by patrons...it is downright decadent and melts in your mouth. The service was especially wonderful, and Mr. Savitt was all over the dining room area, expediting and ensuring that all went well...and it did! YOLO is a neighborhood gem and I am pleased it is being renovated and the menu revamped....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Skalach
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a wonderful evening! The corn bread is delicious and all the food as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great hot spot
    Graham
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place to eat late and enjoy the scene. Food was good, service was really good. Bar is really good before dinner, club next door after dinner is awesome. It's a "got to go" while in town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful birtday
    crazyteach
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went with my husband and friends. We had a blast! Great service and food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    KrautFoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Yolo's was my son's pick for his 16th b-day. He wanted Steak and we were not disappointed. Our waitress was knowledgeable and courteous. Discreet but attentive. The bill matched the quality of service and food we've received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    First time for dinner upon recommendation - great service - great food - very quickly received
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rws5880
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great experience for dinner. The waiter was a little inexperience and nervous. However, he got it right.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Unique Night Out
    BoyskeVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were in town for a long weekend vacation on the beach. We had dined on the beach for three nights and wanted to venture out. We selected YOLO from the Open Table Reviews and were not disappointed. We ate the left over skillet cornbread for a breakfast snack the following morning! The BBQ ribs were fall off the bone tender with a unique smoky BBQ sauce that had just the right kick to it. The crab cakes were perfect. These dishes made a great combo to share. There was a good selection of affordable wines by the glass and bottle. We ate outside on this breezy evening and it was perfect. The bamboo growing on the parameter cut the street noise and added to the ambiance. If you're staying on the beach, think about taking the water taxi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner was ok...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated immediately. Service was good, waitress was attentive. My wife had the tuna, which she loved and was cooked perfect, with just the right amount of seasoning. I had the sole en papilotte which was served nicely and presented well, but was very bland (no seasoning at all on the vegetables or the fish). No salt, no pepper, no taste of garlic and no lemon; was cooked perfectly, just very bland. Would eat there again, but will ask them to season food more to my taste when ordering.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter
    jbDC
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    He was excellent! Great recommendations and always available. Fun cocktails!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great holiday pick
    JaeHyde
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was absolutely divine! Things were not going as planned for 4th of July but going here really brightened up the evening for sure! Their lemonade was delicious along with the delectable eats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but quiet
    Robeats
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was the first time I've been back in a year (moved away) and I found it was surprisingly quiet. Very few people were in there compared to the other times I've been in. The food was still great though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • open table success
    RushVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Found YOLO on Open Table looking for a decent lunch waiting for a meeting in Lauderdale on one day business trip. Tuna burger cooked rare on a chopped salad (the combo not on the menu) was plentiful and the flavors worked great. Service had no problem getting the special order and they didn't gouge on the price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECTACULAR
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    All the way around a wonderful place to dine. Whether its as a couple, with family, clients etc. It's always a wonderful meal and great service. My associate had the prime rib the other night as always for the first time he was not thrilled with it. The trout with the almond butter was awesome and the meatball sliders are always a big hit. The cornbread was delicious but way too big for two. Kamy was a terrific waitress. A perfect home away from home restaurant and we booked a lunch for Tuesday before heading back to NY
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yolo
    FrannyladysVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I just loved the atmosphere and loved the service. The food was great. Do not miss going here if you are visiting in the area. One of the nicest places I have been to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Arg12
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    A group of us went for brunch, the food and services were excellent. Will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.