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 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Sun 10:30am - 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
315 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (177)special occasion (147)neighborhood gem (126)romantic (74)vibrant bar scene (60)notable wine list (51)hot spot (48)great for lunch (40)great for brunch (36)good for groups (35)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A wonderful meal delivered with great service in a swanky setting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood-As Good As It Gets!
    Lovetravelling0820VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Birthday celebration for my husband- 6 guests, all New Yorkers with critical foodie comments. Their positive comments speak volumes: ...Delicious, spicy lobster soup ...Amazing homemade smoked salmon ...Outstanding grilled salmon with red quinoa and artichokes ...Salted caramel and peach parfait with honey? Outrageously sweet, but couldn't stop eating it! ...Peanut butter and chocolate for dessert? I am in heaven! Thank you to David Burke and your professional staff who served us and who prepared a very special birthday dinner with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    Happy2eat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoyed everything about dinner at Fishtail. Great restaurant week find! The smoked salmon appetizer, Tuna and branzino main course and peach parfait are definite must haves! ENJOY!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • busy, busy
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    restaurant week here is a mixed bag. the food is still excellent -- wonderful and original preparations of fish and seafood, but because of the bargain, the place was a madhouse and wildly noisy when we dined on a Sunday at 6 pm. Note to self: must try off-hours next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday night dinner
    NYC515VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I tried Fishtail as part of Restaurant Week. It is delicious and welcoming to solo diners. The selections were open to the entire menu. David Burke's pastrami smoked salmon appetizer is amazing, served with tiny pancakes and creme fraiche. The black bass is wonderful. My salted caramel dessert was a little sweet for my taste. The table next to me let me tast their cheese cake lollipop tree (served for two), and those are fantastic, in a variety one favors! The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. It is a great dining experience and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. I cannot wait to return with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ladiesVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    . What a wonderful Restaurant Week menu! Offering their full menu gives the diner a chance to really "try out" the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    JayL
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed our RW meals here, basically have a full menu to choose from with supplementals for some items. Different scene sitting upstairs vs downstairs, I prefer it down by the bar, feels much less formal for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect
    Tennis
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great Lunch with friends. Food was great as always. Love to eat in the Bar. Everyone is so attentive. ..Always!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied..
    Niceplace
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    There were four of us celebrating a friend's bday. I informed Fishtail about the occasion..I sort of expected a bday greeting for my friend in the form of maybe a slice of cake or something, but there was nothing at all. Otherwise, we were quite satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEYOND SPECTACULAR
    nodivaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fishtail, a beautiful designed space, never disappoints, and is always amazing! The entire staff is always very helpful, accommodating, and knowledgeable. They cannot do enough for you. Managerial staff, waiters, hostesses, et al, are at the top of their game. The cuisine is incomparable... THE BEST THE CITY HAS TO OFFER!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Order dinner in the bar
    ForkontheRoad
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dishes were well prepared and plated. Steak was perfectly cooked. That said, the loud and cramped atmosphere detracted from our enjoyment. Hey, we know space is at a premium in New York, but it felt like the couple next to us were almost sitting in our laps. Not a good thing, because they couldn't keep their hands off each other..yuk! And our server was quite frankly a little snot; very dismissive of any questions we had about the menu...what a put-off. Prior to dinner, we had a pleasant wait in the bar downstairs and in retrospect, we should have sat at the bar and ordered our meals and it would have then been a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaddt
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fish entrees were amazing (all four of them at our table!), and desserts were surprisingly really good, decadent without being too rich! The appetizers were a bit of of a hit or miss - the angry calamari wasn't very spicy, more sour, but their crab cakes were divine. The smoked salmon needed less wasabi pancake and more wasabi, but very good nonetheless, and the crab salad gazpacho was also a little too acidic/sour, needed a bit more balance. Overall really good. Staff are very attentive without being overbearing! Starter bread was really really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOUCHDOWN !!
    krmoore
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a dinner reservation, got there 20 minutes early and we were seated promptly. The waiter was very helpful!!, the food was FANTASTIC !! Next time in New York City we will be there once again...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    flygirl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were lucky and got a table upstairs, away from the very noisy bar area. Food was very good. Servers were overly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Shopper
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was absolutely sensational! The atmosphere was busy and noisy. The service unfortunately didn't meet up to the food standards. We were rushed throughout the meal-removing plates when we weren't finished. It was sort of fast food service-the meal was about an hour in total. It was certainly a great deal for restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative fish restaurant
    ChrisDP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went here for restaurant week and it was great! The food was amazing. Delicious flavors and innovative presentations. The dessert was also great (and I used to be a pastry chef so I tend to be critical of desserts!). Our server, Judy, was really nice, attentive, and had good recommendations when it came to the wine list. The atmosphere is very hip and trendy-a fun place to go on a date night. We were celebrating our 9 year anniversary and they definitely made it special. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.