YOLO

4.5
4215 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Operated by a philosophy that it derives its name from, YOLO and neighboring O Lounge are vibrant, much-loved staples in the South Florida culinary and nightlife scene. The swanky Fort Lauderdale restaurant and adjacent lounge serves thoughtfully prepared contemporary American cuisine in a sophisticated, bustling atmosphere that includes a bar and dining room with open kitchen, and an outdoor patio, and features inventive cocktails and an extensive wine list to complement the menu. The longtime Las Olas hotspot serves up lunch and dinner daily, and is legendary for its happy hour and Brunch on Saturday & Sunday.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4215 people are saying
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vipKathleenM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chop salad was amazing, as was the trout.

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Pleased
Fort Lauderdale
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening out!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Reunited with an old friend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

was a pleasant experience, staff were pleasant and helpful and make you feel comfortable. I see this as a place i’ll go often

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten at most restaurants in the area & have to give this the best rating. The food was delicious.

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vipFFWalker
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service and very attentive. Food is always consistently good.

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MarybethS
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale we like to visit YOLO because the food is really unique. The monkey bread is amazing, all of the salads are delicious and the tuna sashimi is outstanding. Also the service was exceptional. The atmosphere has a cool vibe. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was nice. Server was great. Filet was just ok, truffle fries were really good. No sauces to go with the steaks, wouldn’t add anything to the pizzas. Dessert was good.

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TeodoroC
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From dinner on the patio to the O Lounge! Everything was great! Had a fantastic time!

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JOSEPHA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe from beginning to end! Service, food, music, all top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m taking a moment to compliment the service we received from Jennifer last night. You guys were busy, the restaurant was at capacity, and she was fantastic! I appreciate a server who does a great job. Jennifer handled our table with a perfect display of relaxed competence. Will be going back soon!

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vipSteveB
West Palm Beach
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and love the new menu! But what made our visit to YOLO special and the reason we will return is the incredible service and personality of our server Jessica! She was funny, attentive, so pleasant and had complete grasp of the menu. We had a couple of folks with specific allergies and she knew every items ingredients and she was just a real gem! We will go back soon and we will request Jennifer! 💙

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space, rain or shine

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Drae
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, food was very delicious. Make my experience very friendly and welcome.

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ConiellB
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The decor, location, style, staff, service were EXCELLENT! However, the taste of food from happy hour menu was average and lacked flavor. This was first time visiting. I will DEFINITELY return and try the dinner and lunch menus.

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vipBill
Savannah
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband has a garlic allergy and our waiter, Reuben, was very attentive and concerned. He went the extra mile to inform us of what he could or couldn’t eat on the menu. It made for a very exceptional evening. We will dine there again….and ask for Reuben!

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vipGESReviewer
Detroit
66 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It's been quite a long time since I have dined at YOLO. A lot has changed... now they have gone to serving food "as it's ready". You often see this in a Tapas type restaurant, but not an upscale restaurant. I consider this very lazy on the part of the kitchen in an "upscale restaurant". And as I expected, all the food my dinner companions ordered came out first. They were essentially finished eating by the time I got my food. It was very disappointing and I wouldn't recommend the restaurant in the future. It's a great place to get a drink at the bar area, but the restaurant portion was quite disappointing. The food was good, but when you're paying a premium price for a "dining experience", you expect a certain level of service. I expect the "basic" level of service is to deliver the food for each course at the same time. I wouldn't go back.

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VickiA
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Happy the staff was wearing masks and tables outside well spaced. Felt safe during the resurgence of the pandemic.
Waiters were helpful making choices on the new menu.
Prices higher than we remembered.

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Marylou
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always we had a very nice evening! Love the restaurant, the vibe, the energy, the food! Highly recommend!

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vipIronChefJoel
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Los Olas several times, but never tried YOLO. I've been missing out. Great food. Great vibe. Great service. Thanks to our server Jelena.

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Jessica
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I went for New year night it was nice. The ambience and vibe is chill which is a plus for me. The menu has change a lot, the calamari was my favorite in the past, however do to the changes the new calamari and fried shrimp is not the best. I would go again just for drinks and ambiance not the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yolo always is amazing.

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TaylorG
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the new menu, the atmosphere was inviting and warm. Was sat by the bar on New Years Eve so of course it was on the loud side. But you're not going to get a quite dinning experience anywhere on New Years.

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BryanP
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evything about the evening was amazing! The drinks, service and atmosphere was so nice.

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vipSeanO
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, food was delicious, as always, and our server, Laurie, was fantastic.

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vipMichelleP
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went there for NYE dinner because we had dined there before numerous times and loved it. Unfortunately, with the new renovation came a new menu. Many of the items that lured me back time and time again have been removed. The majority of appetizers are seafood, which I do not eat. We ordered an angry fried shrimp appetizer for my mom and nephew and it came with a glob of guacamole and 6 teeny tiny little shrimp in Buffalo sauce. And $9 for French fries?? I came for the Greek chicken and it’s been removed from the menu so I didn’t eat. We all agreed we will never eat here again. The music was soooooooo loud we couldn’t even hear each other at the table. The new decor is nice but nothing to bring me back again.

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vipArtemismelissa
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott, our bartender was amazing. He made sure we had a great experience. Made great suggestions, always made sure our drinks were full.

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RicD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service and food.

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JeanetteJ
West Palm Beach
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! We really enjoyed our New Year’s Eve dinner

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KrisE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yolo has a great environment and in the heart of downtown Las Olas. The staff and service is amazing as well as the food!

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John9
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!! I loved the new menu!! The ambiance was amazing!! Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The reno is great outside much nicer.
Food was not as good as in the past. Chopped salad weak and smaller. Fish was overcooked.
Service nice.

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vipDFNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

They’ve made changes and it’s not for the better. Food good but felt very rushed - just churning people thru like a cheesy chain restaurant - wait staff has tablet harnessed to them to take orders and at end take it off and hand it to you to pay with straps and all and they awkwardly stand there or try and step back for you to tip. Dumbs the place down. Our table was in high traffic area where wait staff goes in and out - not enjoyable to sit there at all - no atmosphere and distracting to have staff whizzing by constantly.

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TitusF
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite places in Fort Lauderdale.

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vipGregD
Fort Lauderdale
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

YOLO has been one of our favorites for years, having dined here dozens of times. We love the abundance of outdoor dining space, the lively atmosphere and the convenient valet parking. (We try not to sit inside because you can't hear yourself think.) We have found the menu consistent and creative and service to be very attentive.
In this new incarnation, the atmosphere is still very lively and pleasant, a perfect place for a SoFla winter evening. There is a great list of craft cocktails and a good wine list. We ordered several flatbreads which were well prepared but the dough was a bit thick. We enjoyed the calamari, nice and crispy, not too saucy.
The new menu and service scheme, however, makes it less attractive as a dinner choice. The new "shareable" menu and service where your order comes out from the kitchen whenever it's ready makes it well suited to a drinks-with-snacks evening. I would not recommend it for a dinner, as some at the table would be sitting there with no food while others where gobbling it down before it cooled off. Most starters are very shareable, but passing around a plate of salmon isn't easy, nor is everyone comfortable doing so. The service continues to be very good and attentive.

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vipCherie
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

I have lived in Fort Lauderdale for 7.5 years and have come to Yolo frequently. The food used to be good but after the new reopening the food is terrible. Our cocktail waitress was great but we won't be back because of the food.

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vipFoodies101
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Menu very small. Expensive. Lack of options.
Great service. The food they do have was very good.

This place is really just a bar that serves food. Great place to have a drink and hangout with friends. But much better places for dinner in Ft Lauderdale.

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AK55
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Very happy! Definitely going back! :)

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Yummyinmytummy
New England
57 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Yolo is one of our favorite places to dine. We have eaten there every time we come to Florida. Unfortunately this was not a good experience. They changed the menu snd many of our favorites were no longer to be had. The drinks were small snd not worth the price we paid. The pork dinner was dry and rubbery. We will not be going back any time soon. They tried to make some changes with the menu, but it was not an improvement

FAQs

YOLO offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 523-1000.

YOLO is rated 4.5 stars by 4215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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