David Burke Fishtail
David Burke Fishtail

David Burke Fishtail

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishtaildb.com/
  • Phone: 2127541300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:
    Sat & Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Mon–Thurs 5:00pm–10:00pm;
    Fri 5:00pm–11:00pm;
    Sat 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sun 4:00-9:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sun 12:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Group and private dining can be accommodated from 12 – 150. Our culinary team can customize your menu to meet your every need. Email melissa@davidburke.com to learn more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Park and Lexington Avenues
  • Public Transit: F train to 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue, N, R, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage on 63rd and Lexington.
A word from David Burke Fishtail
Celebrated Chef David Burke unveils David Burke Fishtail, a new innovative seafood concept on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Located in a historic townhouse, the bi-level eatery combines casual late-night dining with a casual bar in the ground floor bar with traditional sit-down service in the main second floor dining room. Fishtail offers the freshest fare – provided by Litchfield Farms as well as their own company-owned fishing boat out of Brielle, NJ. Known for its sustainable seafood, Litchfield Farms compliments Burke’s & Hara’s beliefs in providing diners with the highest quality ingredients that do not compromise on integrity. Together, they have created a menu of 85 percent sustainable seafood which is coded with levels of authenticity for guests’ reference. The 120 seat restaurant is located at 135 East 62nd St. between Park & Lexington Aves.
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David Burke Fishtail reviews from OpenTable diners
311 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (168)special occasion (141)neighborhood gem (123)romantic (69)vibrant bar scene (55)notable wine list (54)hot spot (46)great for lunch (42)good for groups (33)great for brunch (32)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Barbara
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Attentive staff; delicious and creative menu; wine offerings a bit pricey
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • App night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I went to Fishtail with my husband, son (20), and daughter (13) and we decided to order all appetizers. The pretzel encrusted crab cake was our favorite but all 7 apps that we ordered were fantastic! We would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobsters
    bernie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Never had this in rated restaurant. Lobster was terribly undercooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinning out!
    Rodandco
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We are from out of town from a city with very varied and fine restaurants and wanted to have a night out with good food and a place to talk and relax. We achieved the second but for the first it was difficult because of the ambience noise interfered with our friend hearing aid,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good Enough
    Springer
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This restaurant really doesn't live up to it's own hype. When I visited several items were off the menu though what I ate as a main course (salt roasted cod) was very good. The Raw Bar is really just a choice of two oysters (one West, one East) whereas other establishments in NY manage 10 or more, and the cleaning of the oysters was not the high standard expected. The service was OK but on a quiet night there were two many of the front of house staff paying too much attention to their "friends" and quaffing wine under the pretence of wine tasting! Praise for the barman though - he at least was trying to get some atmosphere going.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We celebrated our 27th Anniversary
    Bigdog814
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was outstanding with attn. to detail the food was awesomely delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, average service at best
    ApsaraDudeVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The seafood is so good it makes up for the rude maître d' and the lackluster service. Upon arrival, be prepared to be treated like you're fortunate to have an opportunity to be graced with a table despite having a reservation and there being plenty of free tables. You may also have to order drinks more than once and switch plates every course with fellow dinners when bus boys, not waiters, drop others' food in front of you. Portions are small but food is delicious. Try the crab cakes, tuna and lobster, miso cod and Dover sole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Chose Fishtail to celebrate my husbands 40th Birthday along with friends of ours. It was highly recommended to us and it did not disappoint. Yummy food, exceptional service and very thoughtful details!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caris
    Caris
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was not as we expect it. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxixoxoxoxo
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive Wine
    ALSnycVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Although I really enjoyed the food in the restaurant and the setting, I was somewhat shocked at how much every bottle of wine was $85 or more. It made a normal expensive New York restaurant too pricey for me. I like the place but if you're a wine drinker be prepared
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good for restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    food is good. Restaurant lacks something that would make a customer excited about it. wasnt extremely impressed. Would go back during restaurant week as the prices are a little inflated
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Occasion Place...
    jdlkVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    ...or to impress out-of-town guests. Food is great (as long as you like seafood since that's the theme), service is attentive but not cloying and atmosphere is very elegant. Food is wonderful--great seafood in interesting preparations. Only negative is that it is quite loud just due to many people talking. Acoustics could be a bit better although it doesn't stop me from returning. Very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Townhouse fun
    Denby
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was excellent. Wonderful oysters, clams and lobster. My nobi tuna main course was delicious. The servers were all upbeat and friendly, and the tables were sensibly spaced. The restaurant was filled with people of all ages and they offer a three course price fixed menu as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rocdocVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Comfortable room. Service was very professional and the "Angry sauce" with the grilled prawns was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistency is the Key to Success
    DGNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Another magnificent meal at DB Fishtail! Love the food, love the atmosphere and love the service! Couldn't be better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You don't have to love fish...
    Lavelocita27
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Downstairs: friendly looking and inviting neighborhood hang. At dinner, dress was after work mixed with UES very casual. Very conducive to grabbing a table and the experience, with nice transition to, Upstairs: comfortable, unpretentious feel of pretty old brownstone. Service very friendly, knowledgeable. Perfectly constructed menu with dishes rangeing from simple to creative - without the usual showy, overly complex concoctions that mask quality. Every appetizer and entree excite and impress to the max in both quality and execution - shocked to say this is destination #1 from now on. Not insignificant is the fact that the price was half of what I've been paying at LB and Atlantic. One extremely minor issue - the table for 2 very small. GO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • robby
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I would recommend this even for an early dinner. Everyone is warm and friendly and makes each patron feel important, which is a delightful way to embark upon a superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    FormerButterFanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I didn't know that they had a $49 prix fixe menu but that was a pleasant surprise that might take me back there more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was just ok
    Diner1111VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is my third visit. I still don't get it. The pastrami cured salmon was decent but far from the excellent quality salmon available so many places. The salmon main course was requested medium rare; it was overcooked. The quinoa side was oily and unpleasant; the artichoke hummus with tough-as-a-board naan was inedible. Steamed bass was bland, and mahi-mahi was ok. Brussels sprouts were greasy. I had been warned against the blueberry tart and found the dessert listing unappealing. Overall, the food was ok, the service good. But I'm not rushing back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food - Bad Bus Service
    Boulud
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Same as ever. Love the food. Not fond of the service. Very erratic pacing to the service and always leave you hanging too long at the end of your meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fishtail is a Win
    Foodie16
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The shellfish tower was great, the entrées were amazing and of course had to go with the cheese cake lollipops(you should too).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    luv2cats
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great raw bar platter for 2. Nice ambience on the ground floor near the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish at Its Best!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From the warm greeting as soon as you step in the door of the lovely Upper East Side townhouse, to the outstanding selection of wonderfully prepared fish, Fishtail does its very best to ensure a fine dining experience. Elegant without being stuffy, this is a place for a Sunday night dinner or a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for groups.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was ok. Price sky high. Atmosphere ok. Service was awesome. Would recommend to first timers, you be the judge. Only thought it was pretty good because of the occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Jmaclighting
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I would rate the dining experience and service amongst the highest I have been to in a long time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Experience
    dissapointednyc
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Hello. From the time we sat down to the signing of the check. Our waiter brought the wrong water, after repeating "sparkling"twice; a martini took 20 min to arrive; we waited 15 min for the nonexistent sommelier, and after pointing to the wine we selected, someone brought a higher priced/diff vintage and it felt like bait and switch. Once corrected, the woman who opened the wine was very sloppy about it. I was brought my soup and waited 5 min for a spoon. Thankfully ,it was chilled. Finally, the waiter, with only 2 tables left at the end of the evening, gave us the wrong check! We could only laugh!
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  • good points
    jackiebVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    restaurant was just as i expected. have been here many times.the food is very good, service exceptional. i dont eat dessert and the waiter went across the street to buy a banana so that they could prepare a fruit dessert to my liking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place for a date
    FoodAnonymous
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First, the food was excellent. The desserts (Peach Parfait and the Peanut Butter Jelly Bar) were good however they were too sweet. One of the other desserts might have been better. The place was very nice and decor was very good. Please be aware that everyone is dressed nicely. Most of the guys had blazers and women had nice dresses. I think this is a great place to bring a date and to come for special occasions with a small group. The service is really excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entree less than spectacular
    Ootiegirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was the second time I visited this restaurant. The service is wonderful and they are very accommodating to special requests. The appetizers were wonderful, as was the dessert, especially the Cheesecake lollipops! However, the entrée, we had the Nori Tuna, which was spiceless and the Branzino which while good, was nothing special. All in all a nice experience though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went here for restaurant week dinner. The food was excellent, especially the dessert. The blueberries tarte was exquisite. The drink were a bit pricey but it's a high end restaurant. The service was very good. Overall excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    TallCdngirlVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The reviews don't do this restaurant justice! We had a great time -- lively crowd, good menu, great somelier and wine recommendations! Although they forgot about us after asking us to wait for our table at the bar, they made up for it with apologies and a terrific rest of the night. Eat upstairs in the restaurant -- it's vibrant and loud and fun in all the right ways. We had a terrific anniversary dinner, very memorable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as Good as the Townhouse
    cathylovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I was a bit disappointed in Fishtail. Restaurant is too noisy and too cramped. The pastrami smoked salmon appetizer was way too spicy. The branzino was very good but I had to take the skin off because it was too salty. Service was excellent. I prefer David Burke's Townhouse.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • David Burke always pleases!
    ole1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fishtail is the best of the best. David Burke is the epitome of great hospitality and his staff does him proud! This restaurant isa gem! The food is delicious and the menu continues to change and delight. Service is terrific and the staff really go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful experience. The bar is hot and if you want something more quiet, dining upstairs is lovely. You must try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but pricey
    SJvisitors
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Even with Restaurant week, a number of items had extra surcharges. Very high wine bottle prices. The bar scene is well beyond energetic, it is deafening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply delicious fish
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great simple fresh fish dishes. Easy to order exactly what you like because all a la carte, but also pricey. Surcharge for choice vodkas in cocktails which seems to be common in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ejc73
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Came for restaurant week with a few girlfriends. Service was impeccable - our server was extraordinarily knowledgeble & very nice. He made wonderful recommendations & our experience was that much better because of him! Bartender was also wonderful & the cocktails we ordered were amazing. Food was good.. For apps - tuna crudo, tartare platter, smoked salmon were all great - skip the crab cakes. Entrees - mahi, angry lobster, nori tuna were fantastic - steak frites was dry. Definitley check it out for restaurant week, don't know if the hefty prices are worth it full price though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Every dish we had was excellent! The server did seem to be rushing along our meal, which could be because it was restaurant week, and never asked if we needed a drink refill after the first. Food still was compensated for the service and I would definitely recommend for anyone to check it out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Issues
    martVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    the food was excellent. One bus boy picked up our plates while food was still on it and while still eating. It is noisy and the table vibrated as people passed our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    After two poor outings by another David Burke restaurant I decided to give him one more chance. Fishtail did not disappoint. Food was fantastice, but don't expect to be able to hear the person sitting across the table from you, it is LOUD.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EatingourwaythruNYC
    SCiv
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Fishtail was recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint! We were fortunate to make it out during Restaurant Week and enjoyed a delicious meal for very reasonable! Nothing topped this meal and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.