David Burke Fishtail
David Burke Fishtail

David Burke Fishtail

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishtaildb.com/
  • Phone: (212) 754-1300
  • 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
239 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (130)special occasion (106)neighborhood gem (94)romantic (59)notable wine list (48)great for lunch (36)vibrant bar scene (35)hot spot (34)good for groups (32)great for brunch (27)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nothing fishy about about this place but Delish!
    Honey
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Girls weekend staying close by! Great food drink and fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RoostVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Love the Lobster dinner on Sundays! Especially the lobster dumplings and angry lobster.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 2nd Visit
    Madeline
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Second time we've been here and we would come back on a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I was referred to David Burke Fishtail by a business associate as a pleasant alternative to the standard midtown restaurants. She was correct. The food, service, ambiance, and overall experience was very good. I will go back. Although some tables are close together, We found the clientele to be easy going and appropriately conversational. Typically I prefer not to get involved in adjacent table conversations but we found the restaurant to be full of interesting people that added to our overall good experience. If you want good seafood in a neighborhood environment, this is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise breaks the sound barrier.
    Agnes
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Despite the gracious service and sumptuous surroundings, on a Friday night this place is less than enjoyable. It is impossible to have a conversation because of the noise level. The help is running in all directions trying to catch up with the overwhelming demand. I had lunch here several times some years ago and even the food was more satisfying than it is now, which is overpriced and over-hyped. Some of the desserts defy comprehension, specifically a pumpkin-ginger creme brulee that was accompanied by a pot of peanut crunch, covered with whipped cream and two pieces of cookies. An overkill that was not worth the effort and ingredients that went into it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This was the best dining out experience ever. The food was unbelievable and the service was stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, Mediocre food
    iFoodVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Went on a Sunday for "Lobster Louie" $45 prix-fixe. Portions were small but tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing good to say
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Found this restaurant to be a great disappointment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find in Upper East Side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Wonderful meal. great atmosphere and creative menu - all experienced with top notch service. Our party of eight was given excellent service and individual attention. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    PamBeauVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I've been to Fishtail a number of times over the past 2 years or so. Each visit was a terrific experience. Excellent and creative food. Attentive and informed service. Wrapped up in a lively scene and atmosphere. It's a place where I take my Mother, my downtown brother, my fish foodie daughter, and my boyfriend...it's all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HarbarVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Always reliable and good neighborhood restaurant. Lovely setting in a townhouse, not too noisy, consistently good food, especially fish dishes, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner once again
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food and service is always impeccable. We had friends in from Atlanta and wanted to show them what a great dining experience in NYC was like. You did not disappoint and they were very impressed by the food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Anniversary Treat
    WeluvXVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Each of our 3 course PrixFixe dinners was presented beautifully and tasted even better. The complimentary popovers were unusual & good. Kale salad, coconut squash soup and pastrami lox appetizers were tasty as was the delicious black cod and arctic char salmon entrees. Our ending with 3 flavored sorbet and tartes was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is not in their vocab!
    MUdiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very disappointed with the service. Only one bartender providing drinks to the entire restaurant. Had to drink a martini out of a rocks glass because they said they were out of them. Waiter seemed uninterested and did not let us know during our meal that if we wanted the cake in a can for dessert that it would take 20 minutes. One positive thing is that the cake in the can was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    Lucky1VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We expected more from the reviews. Good was mediocre and not a pleasant dining experience. Crowded and noisy. With all the fine choices in NYC, would not recommend this one.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect...as always
    Tennis
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great food and wonderful staff. Always a pleasure to dine here and Never Disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspired
    Dee1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our first visit 3 yeas ago was wonderful. This visit was not. Lobster soup lacked flavor. Tuna main course came significantly over cooked. I had asked for rare tuna as it should be served and received fish approaching medium. The rigatoni with chorizo and lobster tasted no better than what one would get at an average Italian restaurant. Sticker price of 100 dollars per person was outrageous for the quality of food we received. Service, while friendly and solicitous, was very slow
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always.
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was fantastic. I had the Angry Tails appetizer and the Salt Roasted Branzino as an entree. Both were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food great but service was poor
    CHARLEYVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    altho the food did not disappoint,service slow and when we were told why it was taking over 20 min to get our dessert we had to ask for it our dessert and our waiter was no where to be seen and the hostess explained that the regular desset chef was not in and so the delays--we only had the prix fixe dessert selection, a tart and one vanilla ice cream.. We go the tart after long wait and then had to ask again for the ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was FABULOUS! A real find!!
    LoisV
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent food and service that sets the bar for excellence. Met the manager, Kat, and got to tell her how much we enjoyed our dinner, drinks and desserts!! Will definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Goodfood
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had reservation on Tuesday night for 5:30. By 6:30 every table was taken. The service was very good. We had a simple green salad, grill arctic char and simply grilled Scottish salmon. All were very delicious. The atmosphere is very nice. However, like most of the things in NYC it is expensive. My glass of wine $18. Anyways, the dinner for 2 was $210. However, as I indicated before, every table was taken. They must be doing something right.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs. T
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Fishtail is a recent discovery. First visit was lunch and returned for dinner a week later. Did not disappoint both times. Fishtail will be my go-to place or my "dining room" from now on. Their prix fixe lunch menu is good and priced reasonably but the dinner one is a tad expensive at $49.95! Good food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Travel123
    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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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