The Balcony Las Olas

4.3
109 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
The Balcony, an upscale two-story restaurant which features an open-air rooftop and balcony on Fort Lauderdale’s trendy Las Olas Boulevard, is now open. It features New Orleans-style cuisine, including tapas-style small plates, craft cocktails and live music. Owned by the PDKN Restaurant Group and led by Executive Chef Simon Porter, the restaurant will incorporate the dynamic tastes of New Orleans, which blends French, Spanish, West African, Amerindian, German, Italian, Irish and Vietnamese influences and ingredients
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SL
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing and fun experience!

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JD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been here for brunch twice and both times it was excellent. Great Service and food. They keep the bottomless mimosas FULL. Will definitely be back.

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r
Miami
291 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch menu was diverse and tempting. We had the bowl with eggs and biscuits and gravy. Very good. The Steak and eggs were delicious.

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j
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Made reservations on line and later was called because the up stairs was suppose to be full, we ended up sitting on the street level out side on the side walk , service was ok as well as the food , after eating we went up stairs and there was plenty of seats available , not sure why we made a reservation?

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!

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TB
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drink are to be found here. Good location right on Las Olas Boulevard. The real star of the show here is their nice live New Orleans - style music .

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C
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve already recommended friends and family to go and have an amazing dinner and drinks with such a wonderful ambiance thank you

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. The band was awesome.

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r
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

with our reservation the seating was still not reserved but we got to sit in the sidewalk cafe area and we enjoyed it alot. am hoping to come back soon to try more of the interesting tasty foods on the menu. it is a bit expensive.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Friendly staff. The brunch was excellent.

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m
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible food ,extremely expensive we were very disappointed

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. It was fantastic.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Wanted to love it - place is visually appealing but service wasn’t great and food was over cooked, fruit wasn’t fresh, bread was stale. Ordered a drink and there were bugs in the glass... they quickly replaced however you just have a hard time wanting to drink anything after that. Wouldn’t go back.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat up on the balcony. The environment was really nice and the drinks were good. The food took much longer than expected. I think the staff was confused on who should be running food upstairs. Took 35 min for appetizers, decided at that point to cancel the entre. I would definitely go back but just for drinks at the bar.

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A
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing special.
Food was okay.
Needs more authentic food from Louisiana

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SL
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

This is the 3rd time here. The food and menu is great. The last time we tried upstairs on the balcony and it was too loud and didn’t care for it. So for brunch we asked to be seated downstairs, they had nothing, said they tried to call and ask, which they didn’t (they had the time before), so we went upstairs. The music was so loud we shouted at each other the entire meal. Looked around and so were other tables? Not what I was looking for, maybe others do call this energetic?!

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MD
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I loved this place. Have been there a few times but this last visit, service was really disappointed.
I made a reservation with three weeks of anticipation for 6 adults and request a high chair for a kid. When we got there,they have put us on a booth and no high chair (supposedly they didn’t get the request)
After requesting a manager, talk for more than 15 mins and almost leave they finally moved us to a table (high table) and we were not able to use the high chair because it was smaller than the table.
No need to say it was very uncomfortable and a sad way to celebrates my mom bday.
Not sure we are coming back

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l
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant although featured in Food and Wine is more of a sports bar. If you desire seafood skip The Balcony.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

It was hard to get our servers attention, she was never around and by the time they brought dessert, the table was full of plates, glasses etc...she didn't have a candle ready. There were two plates that were returned, the duck salad and the jambalaya dish. The filet mignons were over cooked. Enjoyed the drinks.

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D
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Ok. Food OK. Too loud. It’s more of a bar than restaurant. A dinner reservation had us on a hi top table, but they did move us to a table. The prices, particularly the wine list were overpriced. Seems they aspire to foodie but are really a bar.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, decent food. I would come back just for drinks! :)

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PR
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager, Katie, was incredible. Helped me impress my business clients by allowing use of their bar for the big game! Entire staff was fantastic. Drinks and food were great. Thanks Katie!!!

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GR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food & service were good. We were there for Jazz Brunch. There was live music. The band was good, but it was not Jazz. If you’re advertising a Jazz Brunch, you should have live Jazz band.

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AS
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch at the balcony. Would definitely come back.

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FM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great the service was excellent. Marshall our server went out of his way to make sure we were delighted. It's not everyday someone welcomes you with a handshake greeting. His service was very personable and genuine. Looking forward to the next visit.

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IO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience and food was delicious!!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice but too loud.

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KK
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Fabulous Cajun fare!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

New Years Day (our wedding anniversary) brunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to hearJessi Campo and enjoy Brunch with my friends.
Johnathon was are waiter —- excellent service from the moment we arrived thru our departure!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Let me start by saying I was so very excited to be going again to The Balcony, my first experience was amazing and I couldn’t wait to take my mom, sister and family for some quick drinks and tapas.
We had reservations at 7, we arrived promptly on time with a 2 year old in tow. We were greeted by who I assume was the manager who quickly addressed my 2 year old and was very nice. We were seated immediately as the restaurant wasn’t busy. We sat down, happy as could be ready to order some beverages. Time went by, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes.... finally 40 minutes later we had a very distracted waitress who said she would be back with water and we didn’t have time to order anything else. 10 minutes later we were served water. Being that we had already been there for some time we were ready to order pretty much everything. She only took our drink order and walked away. We saw the drinks be made and also watched them sit there in shakers awaiting our waitresses arrival. A good amount of time passes, she finally comes back with the drinks and takes a partial food order. Thank goodness the babies was included! We all take a sip of our beverages an you can clearly taste the watered down alcohol. I had a dirty martini, it was water. No amount of stirring could fix it. Anyways.... the food wasn’t as good as I remembered it and the service was really bad, the manager didn’t even come by once in all that time. I was really excited to go back but I must have went on an off night. (Also, we saw 2 other tables sit down, not be served quickly and they left)

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Excellent service and yummy food. Hoping to have my birthday dinner there as well next weekend

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L
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a friend’s birthday, requested upstairs seating and reserved almost a week in advance with preferences. When i got there they informed me it was no longer available since a party of 20 had just arrived. Super disappointing & feel like they ask for preferences without knowing if they can accommodate. Regardless, we sat at the upstairs balcony bar & had a great time. Food was amazing, bartenders were amazing — super friendly and fun. I would def go again for the food but they need to organize themselves and get all their systems in sync & know if they can accommodate what guests are requesting.

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RB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous true New Orleans!!! From the poboys to the fried green tomatoes to the gumbo to the bananas foster!! What more could a French Quarter starved south Florida person look for??!! The answer, nothing!!

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NS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

i only recommend them because of the chef. food is delish! but we are very disappointed. We went to the balcony for your happy hour. When it was time to pay the bill we asked our server why our appetizers were not discounted. He said he apologizes and that he showed us the wrong menu for happy hour. When we walked in, we asked what menu is happy hour and he said everything under tapas. At the end of the night he realized he showed us the wrong menu and we had to pay full price. For your servers mistake, the customer should not have to pay full price. He walked away as if it was ok. And then expecting the piano player to start at 7, in which it did not so we left. Very disappointing especially since nobody has yet to contact us about this. bad management.

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MT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch on Sunday, going back for Happy Hour tomorrow. The oysters were delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Lunch

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CV
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Server. Great recommendations and delicious vegetarian options.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to fellowship!

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MP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous!!!!

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