Big City Tavern - Las Olas

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
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. If you have special needs, require high chairs or need assistance please notify us.

Please call the restaurant to make reservations for parties of 8 or more!
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L
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our salads, apps were great but one of the entrees was just not good. We have eaten here before and maybe it was just an off night for the Tuna.. all in all I really like Big City Tavern

LG
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time dining at Big City Tavern and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent and the food tasted great.

J
Naples
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was suggested for us to meet with our cousins at a half way point for all of us. It didn’t disappoint.........we all enjoyed our salads and the restaurant. We would come again when in the area.
Thank you, from Naples, Fl

HB
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Take Servers recommendations.
Food Quality was outstanding.

B
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Excellent location. Good service. Had a very enjoyable dinner.

SS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my second time visiting this restaurant. I'm pleased with the ambiance, menu selections, quality and taste of the food. The server was very polite and attentive but overly reserved about promoting the happy hour specials. He then took the liberty of blaming it on management. Quite frankly, Happy Hour specials should be available to all guest rather than just those sitting at the bar. We tipped him well anyway.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! From the host at the entrance to getting the check from the waiter, this place was awesome. Our waiter George was very helpful with his recommendations since it was our first time there. The food was amazing. The only picture I don't have is of the Asian wings we devoured. We'll definitely be back to try the dinner menu.

M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Excellent server. He was attentive without going overboard. Good place for everyday dining

OT
Los Angeles
481 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had lunch here and it was very good. I loved my Cobb Salad; one of the best that I ever had! The mimosas were very good and worth the money. Very noisy place but fun. Service was very good considering how crowded it was. A lively place for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good even though a couple of mistakes were made. My wife’s steak was overcooked she asked for medium rare it came out well done. My best friend asked for Sunnyside up eggs and he got poached eggs. The food was good even with the mistakes. The service was not the best. We have been here many times this was probably the worst experience we have had.

NM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. We had a 8:30 reservations and were seated as soon as we got there which was amazing considering it was a Friday abs Valentine's Day!

PR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day so was extremely busy. But in spite of the busy day, our server was excellent. Very nice and extremely attentive. Food was very good but not as good as the last time. Location and atmosphere are fantastic. Very enjoyable

LE
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This reservation was for Valentine's Day dinner. The attention paid by the wait staff (Thomas) was great as was the food. Wasn't too noisy as was expected for this event. Food was surprisingly good and served while hot!

DJ
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice of cuisine. Great atmosphere. Enjoyed immensely.

B
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

everything was great, service,ambience and most of the food. Stay away from the pizza!

KW
Tulsa
45 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!

f
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great food and a great atmosphere. Wonderful for small and large groups or just a cozy dinner for two. My favorite place on the las olas strip!

B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Caprese Salad, calamari and mussels were very good. Chicken cutlet dish was a little dry. Service was very good. Could use a longer draft craft beer list

l
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat “outside” which was lovely, indoors tends to be quite loud. The service was wonderful and the food was quite good. We had the salmon filet dinner; the pappardelle with shrimp and the mussels in white wine with pasta .. all the dishes were nice. Drinks were good, all in all, very enjoyable.

BL
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great boozy brunch with our family and had a great time. The food was yummy and the juices in the drinks were fresh. Our waiter and host were great.

B
Miami
67 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lively crowd. Upbeat vibe but too noisey for conversation.

j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question, the most consistently superb restaurant on Las Olas. From Ambience, to Food to service they never fall short.
The Skirt Steak is the best in South Florida. Chicken Milanese not far behind.
Great cocktail and wine list to complement the fine food.

AH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Love the decor and the location of this place. I usually go for brunch and never been disappointed.

OT
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Great food , outstanding bartender!
The entire experience was marred by a group of extremely loud foul mouthed Australian group who took over the entire bar area. There behavior was unacceptable but the management did not intervene and everyone else had to suffer.
Great restaurant but please the ambience needs to be maintained and not allow a sports bar / lounge atmosphere. Extremely disappointing experience.

D
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch & from the minute we walked in until we left the service was outstanding. We ordered a meat & cheese board, well presented and plenty of meat and condiments on the board. We added 2 cheeses as well and both were complimentary to our board. Also ordered the maple bacon grilled cheese sandwich, the bacon jam in the sandwich absolutely made the sandwich a stand out, one to be ordered time & time again. Had coffee, literally THE best coffee I have had at a restaurant EVER!, smooth, rich, not strong or muddy at all, just right! Ordered the “daily donut”, which was a glazed Cinnamon Toast Crunch topped moist and cake like donut, not heavy or dense, and fresh!!, ask the server what the donut of the day is and get it! Our server, he was outstanding! Well versed on the menu, helpful, friendly, and overall attentive to our needs. Another plus, a pretty glass bottle of cold water on the table for us to share without having to ask the waiter. Thanks Big City Tavern, we’ll be back!!!

NW
Ottawa
137 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Asian fish bowl & lettuce wraps were great. Burger was cooked as ordered. Frites are too thin and turn cold & hard too quickly. Warm strudel was authentic except I couldn't detect raisins or nuts. Only complaint is the unbalanced loud sound system heavy on the base. Dining music choice was inappropriate causing most patrons to yell or talk loudly for conversation.

m
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoy dining here. The food is great as well as the service. We often bring out of town guests here to enjoy the Las Olas vibe.

TA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience1

The noise levels were so high that we could not hear each other at all.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and service

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The Salmon dishe was really small, but good taste.

LU
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was FANTASTIC. The menu has something for everyone! Service was subpar but it could have just been a busy night for them.

P
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was decent, beer cold. Some of the servings of the hors devours were simply too large for two people. For example, the french fries, with varous toppings were good, but huge portions. The service was not very good. We probably waited 10 minutes before a waiter showed up. By that time, we had already had bread and water delivered to the table, but no drinks. The entire evening, I spent half of my time wondering if the waiter would ever show up again. I had three glasses of wine, my wife, two draft beers. Refills were always late, at best. We ordered a charcuterie platter (small) and an order of meatballs to start. We ended up with a large (Huge) charcuterie platter. That and the meatballs pretty much did us in. We did order, and split, a small salad. We had had sufficient food. We probably should have sent the charcuterie platter back when we saw it, but it did look good. It was. Next time, I will be more careful in what we order. I never had any confidence in our waiter.....

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, atmosphere - all great! A really nice dinner with the hubs before seeing a Jesse Cook at the arts center. Roxanne was a great server- very attentive and friendly.

OT
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from start to finish. Food was upscale, cocktails amazing. Duck confit pappardelle was a favorite, scallops and shrimp pad Thai were also outstanding. The service was first class. Dan did an awesome job. He was familiar with the menu and gave us great recommendations. Save room for the Big City Tavern chocolate cake.

SU
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, great restaurant for dates or small groups.

MJ
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good overall experience. Great service from Roxanne and enough choices on the menu to suit all tastes.

AD
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Big City is one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale! It is located right on Las Olas, with outdoor and indoor seating. Their menu is amazing whether you want breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are many options to choose from whether you are in the mood for the healthy option they have great salads including the arugula and quinoa salad, to the delicious Bacon Marmalade Grilled Cheese and assortment of pizzas. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays are fantastic- unlimited mimosas or Bloody Mary's for only $14 with the purchase of an entree. After just a couple mimosas you will be feeling good! The prosciutto on avocado toast is so fresh and delicious. The ambiance and environment make the restaurant an even better place to spend time and relax with good friends. Great happy hour specials and is never overbearing with people. Can't say enough good things about Big City!!

MB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food. Bottomless mimosas before a show!!!

SI
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is amazing. I have never been disappointed when I come to big city.

RB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good. Location is loud due to the bar. Made it hard to converse.

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