I am not a big fan of reviewing restaurants because each person has different taste and a very particular perspective on what consitutes fine cuisine and a welcoming ambiance. That said, I have to confess that I was intrigued by the pretentious aura of YOLO.
Secudled in the far end of Las Olas Boulevard, among tall buildings that somewhat shade the sun, it is a sight from the start. A big pitfire welcomes you to the main entrance, where a bleached blond hostess that won't even look you in the eye guides you to your table and stamps the day's specials on a blank piece of paper. First point for this place.
Next come the drinks. Tried two different ones and they were not only well poured but generous in size, unlike other local joints. While you wait for food to be served you can either admire the surrounding buidings, people watch, or simply enjoy the diverse music selection they play overhead (it went from tribal to chillout lounge to Morrissey in matter of minutes.) Second point for this place.
The food. What can I say? My companion and I just looked at each other when we tried the asian style calamari (don't remember the exact name) and paired it with the grilled artichokes. Entrees were of equally superb quality, but we both agreed that the appetizers and drinks were the strength. Our waitress and server were both very friendly in a professional way, although the bus guy could be taught some lessons in addressing people, or at least saying hello when bringing plates to the table.
I was very satisfied overall and the price is reasonable when compared to other restaurants with similar ratings on this site. We tried to return for dinner but Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer that got sidetracked. It will definitely be on my list of places to stop for my next visit.
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