Best Restaurants in Las Olas (Fort Lauderdale’s Top Dining Spot)

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale is a bustling hotspot known for its proximity to the beach, trendy shops, bars, and an incredible array of the best restaurants in Las Olas that cater to every palate. Whether you’re craving contemporary American cuisine, Italian delicacies, or a taste of Latin-Asian fusion, Las Olas has it all. Las Olas Boulevard is a place very close to my home, and today I’ll share with you my take on the top places to eat on Las Olas.

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Las Olas Restaurants and Food Guide

  • Experience the best of Las Olas with contemporary American cuisine at YOLO Restaurant, gastro pub delights at American Social, seafood haven Wild Sea Las Olas and more.
  • Indulge in sweet treats from Kilwins or feast on fresh fish at Lobster Bar Sea Grille.
  • Enjoy Latin-Asian Fusion delicacies at Casa Sensei, Italian traditions at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante & Pizzeria and a Mexican fiesta atmosphere Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar.

A Taste of Contemporary America: YOLO Restaurant

YOLO Restaurant, situated on vibrant Las Olas Blvd, provides an upscale dining experience that will tantalise your taste buds. The pleasant outdoor patio and engaging open kitchen concept indoors provide the perfect setting for a relaxed meal with friends or a special dinner date.

Serving contemporary American cuisine, YOLO Restaurant presents mouth-watering dishes like oak-grilled artichoke halves with lemon aioli dipping sauce, cedar-roasted salmon, and rotisserie Greek Chicken. Accompanying their exquisite meals, they present a variety of specialty cocktails such as the Devil’s Hammer, Strawberry Caipirinha, and the Dragonberry Mojito with fresh blackberries.

From shareable appetizers such as Grilled Artichokes with lemon aioli dipping sauce and Szechuan Calamari with garlic chili sauce to their Fire Roasted Corn Dip, YOLO Restaurant ensures a memorable dining experience that will entice you to return.

Savoring Gastro Pub Delights: American Social

American Social is an ideal spot for those who appreciate an informal and vibrant dining ambiance. Situated in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s food scene, this renowned establishment in Broward County is known for its American gastro pub fare, local craft beer, and popular dishes such as Chicken & Waffles and shrimp & pesto flatbread.

The ambiance at American Social, located near Big City Tavern, is energetic and convivial, particularly during the weekends. The restaurant also offers outdoor seating, providing the perfect setting for people watching while enjoying your meal.

Beyond the scrumptious food, American Social features a comforting fire pit where you can unwind with a cold brew or savour one of their signature dishes like Chicken & Waffles or shrimp & pesto flatbread.

Seafood Haven: Wild Sea Las Olas

Seafood enthusiasts will find Wild Sea Las Olas to be a top destination in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This seafood haven offers a chic, modern ambiance with an outdoor terrace overlooking Las Olas Boulevard, providing an ideal setting for a memorable dining experience.

The menu at Wild Sea Las Olas features an array of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, including signature offerings like beignets, salted caramel ice cream, and key lime pie. Helmed by Executive Chef Toby Joseph, Wild Sea Las Olas has gained recognition as one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

Wild Sea Las Olas is not only renowned for its great food but also for the cost-effectiveness of its prices. With such a combination of quality and affordability, this seafood haven is a must-visit for those exploring the vibrant culinary scene of Las Olas Boulevard.

Sweet Indulgence: Kilwins

For those with a penchant for sweets, Kilwins in Las Olas is a dream come true. This dessert haven specializes in hand-crafted chocolates, fudge, ice cream, and offers an impressive selection of over 100 different confections and ice cream flavors. Using traditional candy-making techniques, Kilwins produces hand-crafted chocolates in small batches, ensuring the highest quality and taste. Some of the most sought-after items at Kilwins include caramel ice cream, chocolate fudge, and chocolate waffles.

With flavors like:

  • Rich Vanilla Cinnamon Apple Pie
  • Blue Moon
  • Signature Turtle
  • Butter Pecan
  • Cake Batter
  • Cappuccino Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate

There’s no doubt that Kilwins has something to satisfy everyone’s sweet cravings. Why not treat yourself to a sweet delight while traversing the culinary landscape of Las Olas Boulevard?

High End Seafood & Grille:  Lobster Bar Sea Grille

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When you want to really treat yourself, I recommend you check out one of my top seafood restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Lobster Bar!

The Lobster Bar holds a corner of real estate and it’s inviting entrance piques the interest of anyone who strolls past this high-end, ultra-fancy seafood grille.

Whether you opt for their numerous preparations of lobster, or any of their other fresh fish, you can’t go wrong here.  The  bar is very happening, offers a happy hour food menu, and is great people watching.

There’s also the option for top grade steaks if you aren’t a seafood eater!

Latin-Asian Fusion: Casa Sensei

Nestled in a scenic waterfront location, Casa Sensei delivers a distinctive fusion of Latin and Asian tastes that crafts an unparalleled dining experience. Established by Patricia Lara and Victor Diaz, Casa Sensei combines the vibrant flavors of:

  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Thai
  • Latin traditions

You’ll be happy to know this is a go-to restaurant for us and among the top Asian experiences in Fort Lauderdale.

Signature dishes at Casa Sensei include:

  • The Post burger
  • The Times meatballs
  • The Casa Sensei Luxe Burger
  • Truffle Edamame
  • Charred Octopus
  • Chef K’s Kung Fu Lo main with shrimp

Their most popular Latin-Asian fusion dish is the Korean Carne Asada Taco, a must-try for those looking to explore new culinary horizons.

Featuring a comprehensive sushi menu, specialty cocktails that amplify their dishes’ flavors, and an extensive wine list, Casa Sensei offers a pleasing blend of pan-Asian and Latin American fusion that will have you yearning for more.

Italian Traditions: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria

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Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria is an unmissable spot for fans of Italian cuisine. Established in 2015 on Las Olas Boulevard, this traditional Italian eatery serves:

  • Authentic Italian cuisine
  • House-made pasta
  • Wood-fired pizza
  • A diverse range of Italian wines

The vibrant ambiance at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria makes it an ideal spot for socializing with friends and family, and many consider it the perfect restaurant. The menu offers a variety of:

  • Traditional Italian staples
  • Intriguing and innovative dishes
  • House-made pastas, pizza dough, gelato, and breads
  • A range of salumi and dry-aged steaks

Featuring modern décor adorned with plants, Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria caters to various dietary preferences, providing options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. Experience the warm, inviting atmosphere and indulge in the Italian traditions at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria.

Now, if you want to venture north a few miles, the best Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is Casa D’Angelo!

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar whisks you away to a genuine Mexican fiesta, featuring a varied menu, lively ambiance, and an extensive selection of more than 425 tequilas. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is celebrated for its exuberant yet accessible ambiance that keeps patrons engaged and returning on a regular basis.

Signature dishes at Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar include Totopos (Chips and Tres Salsas), Guacamole, and Birria Tacos. The restaurant also offers a variety of tequilas, such as Solerno Blood Orange and Milagro Silver Barrel Select, ensuring a memorable dining experience that complements the bold flavors of their dishes.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional Mexican cuisine or looking to sample unique tequila offerings, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar provides an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of Las Olas Boulevard.

Another Mexican place thats more of a party scene is just down the street – El Camino.

You can’t go wrong at either of these fine Mexican establishments.  (I like Rocco’s better for food, and El Camino better for drinks and socializing.)


In conclusion, Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale offers a diverse and captivating culinary scene, catering to food enthusiasts of all kinds. From contemporary American cuisine at YOLO Restaurant to Italian traditions at Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria, there’s something for everyone.

Embark on a culinary adventure through Las Olas Boulevard and experience the vibrant flavors, exceptional service, and unforgettable ambiance these restaurants have to offer. Buen provecho!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Las Olas known for?

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is renowned for its fashion boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bars.

Is Las Olas Blvd walkable?

Las Olas Boulevard is a pleasant and walkable street, lined with flora, charming boutiques and shops, jewelry, finery, imported footwear, delightful crafts, and sweet treats.

What food is Fort Lauderdale known for?

Fort Lauderdale is famous for its seafood, with signature dishes featuring local fish such as grouper and sea bass. Latin-inspired restaurants are also popular with locals and travelers alike who come to enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere.

What type of cuisine is offered at Casa Sensei?

Casa Sensei offers a unique culinary experience featuring a blend of Pan-Asian and Latin American flavors.

What is the specialty of Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria?

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, featuring handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza and a range of Italian wines.

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Tim Schmidt is a 20+ year Entrepreneur and Digital Marketer. A Fort Lauderdale-based "Digital Nomad," he enjoys traveling as much as possible with family and friends. AllWorld is his escape to document all of his adventures, including being a hardcore "foodie." He has property in Costa Rica and visits several times each year and is happy to offer his expert advice for planning your trip.

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