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David Burke Fishtail
David Burke Fishtail

David Burke Fishtail Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishtaildb.com
  • Phone: (212) 754-1300
  • 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 - 7:00pm
    Sun 12:00pm - 7:00pm

  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Sunday is Lobster Louie night and in the past the baked lobster was stuffed and large. I ordered it this past Sunday and the plate contained 3 small pieces of lobster. The waitress informed me that they serve a lighter dinner in the Summer. The price however was not lighter. Also, we wanted coffee but it was never offered as the check was put on the table. Another example of a very high priced NYC restaurant with less then satisfactory rewards to the consumer"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was good (I had the Lobster Louie on a Sunday Brunch), and service was attentive. Price was slightly on the high side - though expected as it is mid-town Manhattan. A cool place to be at least for once."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is the second time at David Burke Fishtail. Love the place and would go back a third time. Service was better first visit, it was also a Saturday night. Second visit was a weekday, Wednesday, service was still good but not as good as the first visit. Food is fantastic, atmosphere fantastic, comfortable, elegant but not formal. A lovely find."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I been here a few times in the past and the food was always top of the line. Today I felt different, the food looked like leftovers and not like a grilled lobster. It's sad to see how the quality of the food has dropped. Also, the staff freely curse at the bar with some of the kitchen staff."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I've been to Fishtail a few times when my family came into town and we always have a good time. Don't know if it's the food or the family but I always have a great time here."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife and I both had the grilled swordfish with Puttanesca sauce. It was a very generous portion of swordfish and delicious. The restaurant is pricey but the food quality and service was worth it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We live on the upper east side and if we stay in the neighborhood, this is our regular place. It never disappoints. I love the octopus. I always try a fish dish and I tried the tuna this time for my entree with soba noodles. It was so good. Of course, we will return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was terrific, and it could have been an outstanding dining experience except for the noise level, even upstairs."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great food with top-notch service. Food delivery could be slowed just a bit."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Go on a Sunday the lobster menu is very tasty. I had the dumplings, angry lobster and cheesecake tree. All of the courses were delicious."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Love the Townhouse which is currently closed. Thought we would try Fishtail. Pretty place but not as elegant as the Townhouse. Nice price fixed menu but food is uninspired and not memorable. No reason to go back except for the wonderful waiter,Adonis( yes that is his name!)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was only mediocre but the noise level was too much. We were a party of 4 and couldn't have a conversation. I had to ask the waitress to repeat herself more than once. The tables were too close together also."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "disappointed with the drinks happy hour wines were of cheap quality bartender could not make requested drinks order, did not have a common element that all bars carry, ginger beer mojito's were the worst we ever had and what made it worse, they were 14 each booked reservation with open table as special occassion, birthday not recognized by restaurant, very disappointing"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "At the end of my meal the waitress accidentally spilled an entire glass of water on my lap. She apologized and got me napkins and said well thankfully it wasn't the margarita I've been drinking all night and left it at that. There was no accommodation in regards to making up for her mistake like free drinks or desserts or even an approach from the manager saying we're sorry and please accept our apologies with a drinks coupon for your next time here. I felt it was very poor service to the customer."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Fishtail has a whimsical name, and a unique menu from David Burke's imagination. The appetizers were delicious, including the crab cake balls. The lobster sliders were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the Nori crusted Tuna. For dessert, the cheesecake lollipops are not to be missed. We ate downstairs and our server was had a terrific personality and took very good care of us. She made a great meal even better."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The high loud noise level ruined the dining experience."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was great and our server was really very nice. Woman with glasses."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Found the restaurant on a list provided by our hotel. After reading the menu, chose it because we were looking for fish/seafood. Branzino is a favorite fish and we weren't disappointed by it or any part of the meal. Impeccable service, well trained staff. Recommend it--would go back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I think they were understaffed on this day that we went although as always the food was good and the place very cozy. Service was less than stellar on this day although the lone wait staff was very gracious and apologetic so it made the wait times bearable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had made reservations and always end up in the front room. Would have preferred back especially since they had a table of approximately 15-20 business men that came in and then you were not able to have any conversation at our table."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Absolutely a spot on restaurant. Both the food and service were perfect I would recommend this to all. We ate in the bar area which at 5:15 was hopping but service was not impacted. We decided no to have a main course but instead ordered 4 appetizers because we were tempted by all. I will return to try the rest."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. The only criticism was the 2 females next to us we're very obnoxious and loud. Dropping "F" word aloud which was very annoying not only to us but other patrons. The manager should have stepped in."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The appetizer special was a tomato & watermelon gazpacho with crab meat. It was amazing. As was the sea bass main course. Perfect for a Summer night. Apple tart & coffee. And I forgot to mention the sauvignon blanc wine which was wonderful. The service was also outstanding. A very friendly waiter. Very helpful with the menu. He announced the prices of the daily specials which I appreciated very much. I will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We ate in the bar area and watched the World Cup. Service was the best - waitress and bartender. Food was fantastic. Would recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "service was not that good at all. waited a long time for a table. fish was good. glassware did not match the whole table. waitress was rude."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I usually love Fishtail. Dining at this beautiful town house on a tree lined street in the upper east side makes one feel as though they are invited to a special home. The lobster bisque was as good as I have ever had. This trip, we were celebrating the birthday of a friend in from out of town. Unfortunately, several options were not available to her as she is gluten intolerant. Also, we sat forever waiting for my husband's dessert which never came. The server brought the bill before checking. She was apologetic but this was not up to the standard we expect and have experienced at this restaurant. Don't put your fork down or someone will try to swoop in and remove your plate. I hate that."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We loved the lobster louis brunch. There was good variety to choose from and the food looked and tasted delicious. There was a bridal shower in another room and that is the reason the noise level was little higher. We sat in a lovely alcove."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This was our first time at Fishtail and we really loved the food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wonderful space, excellent service and fresh delicious seafood. Perfect evening with friends. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We ate Sunday "Lobster Louie" brunch--the best in town. Excellent service. Excellent decor. Excellent food! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "What a wonderful dining experience. My boyfriend and I arrived fairly early for an 8:00 reservation so we decided to have a drink at the bar before checking in with the hostess. The bartender was so friendly and helped me pick out a wine he thought I would enjoy based on what I told him I usually liked. After hanging at the bar we checked in for our reservation and the hostess seated us in a great spot upstairs. Our waitress was wonderful and gave good recommendations. We chose the lobster rigatoni and seafood tower to share, both were delicious. I highly recommend Fishtail if you are looking for a nice seafood restaurant to try for a date night. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Walked in and seeing the staff hanging and horsing around by the kitchen set the tone for the night. Right away I felt that this was not a "tightly run ship" but a looser, not so serious restaurant. After about a 5 minute wait, a 50 something Bartender came over and was not focused on us, he was talking to another staff while trying to wait on us. We then asked for a HOUSE white wine, but instead served a brand @ $21 a glass! Realized it when we closed the tab to move to our seats upstairs. Started with the not-so-big "Tower"- the raw was delish, the lobster however was the size of a jumbo shrimp. We ordered the 'special' Crab for another app, but instead was served Calamari (Focus!). Entrees (Skate & Tuna) were tasty but small portion. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Simply, yes. Holy moly was it good. The nori crusted tuna was spectacular. My mother and I are still talking about the food 2 days later. I cannot wait to get back to NYC just so I can eat here again! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Made a reservation for a birthday celebration and it was noted in the reservation. Upon arrival, we were left waiting to be seated for 25 minutes. The staff apologized profusely but no one offered a complimentary anything to apologize for the inconvenience. Once seated, we were seated in the center of the front room upstairs. Couldn't hear a thing since the noise level was overwhelming. That said, the staff was attentive to the dietary/allergy needs of the party and the food, once served, was outstanding. Off to a rocky start, the evening left everyone satiated. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Terrible service, terrible food. Hostess was rude over the phone before we even arrived at the restaurant "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "WE were celebrating my birthday, and wanted a very special romantic place to eat close to our hotel on the upper east side. Fishtail was recommended by our concierge. It was wonderful: intimate atmosphere (in a townhouse), great service, many wonderful seafood selections and delicious food. Loved our meal, the atmosphere and very accommodating wait staff. Couldn't have picked a better place for a special occasion. Our guest was a foodie from Chicago and she appreciates good dining. We were all impressed with Fishtail and we will be back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food excellent. We were given a quiet corner when complaining about tables too closely placed. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The lobster appetizer was delightful - consisting of a small cup of lobster salad and a small lobster tail. As an entree, the nori and mustard crusted tuna was absolutely superb - the crunchy, flavorful nori adding texture to the warm perfectly cooked tuna itself. Service could not have been friendlier and I was delighted by the wine selection. My only critique was the room itself; unlike David Burke Townhouse it is a more open and therefore noisy space that lacks some of charm I was expecting; the tables downstairs in the bar also have a bit of a "diner feel". But that's a very small issue compared to the terrific food and generally tasteful ambiance. Would definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Everything was great! Can hardly wait to go back to NYC and visit them again. Hope that david burke townhouse has finished their renovation by that time also. Love that restaurant also!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Went for a very special birthday dinner, and loved everything about it. Despite the upper west side location, this restaurant serves brilliant food, with good service, and absolutely without pretention. Exactly what we were looking for. The food was simply brilliant. Please get the angry calamari and the tomato gratin. Lobster roll and lobster cockatils were perfect."
    Dined on 5/19/2014