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Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub

3.6
52 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Live Music
  • Happy Hour
  • Fun
Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub is located just north of Oakland Park Blvd and A1A. We are open 7 days a week and serve the best seafood and sandwiches in town with indoor and outdoor seating. A local favorite in North Beach Fort Lauderdale, we have a full liquor bar and live entertainment 6 nights a week. Come enjoy the food, fun and friends at "Fishtales on 33rd".
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am
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Phone number
(954) 689-2344
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cathy Vassallo
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Catering
Call us for large party catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Federal Hwy
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Parking details
Bring some change. Parking Meters are 50 cents per hour until Midnight.
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Public transit
We are on the GALT LINK of Sun Trolley.

We are steps away from the BEACH COMMUNITY CENTER stop for the Pelican Hopper from Lauderdale by the Sea and a short walk from the Il Lugano Hotel where you can be dropped off by The Watertaxi (stop #12)
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Entertainment
Check our complete events calendar at www.FishtalesOn33rd.com
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Special events & promotions
We love to celebrate. Call or e-mail us so we can make special arrangements.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
What 52 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.4
food
3.4
service
3.2
ambience
3.3
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food was good but service was slow and inattentive. Had to ask for water, ask twice for a glass for my beer (server sat bottle on table and walked away), and my pasta dish went missing, so the one for my friend they delivered sat getting cold while waiting on mine to arrive. Server did the right thing and compted our second drinks but overall the service and lack of attention were enough to not return anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We were seated right away. My husband and I each ordered a Caesar salad and split the Zuppa de Pesce, which was delicious! Live music started just as we finished so we lingered awhile. The band was good, playing a wide selection of popular songs and not so loud that we could not have a conversation.

This is a lively Local night spot which we think is a bonus when we are traveling. We try hard to avoid chains.

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1.0Dined on January 4, 2018

This isn't a restaurant. It's a loud nightclub. I walked out.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Our server was good and tried the best she could given the noisy crowd. We sat outside hoping to having a better experience, only to have everyone smoking around us while we ate our dinner. The food was mediocre at best....husband says it was the worst mahi Rueben he had ever had! The pistachio crusted grouper was flavorful l, but the fish was overcooked....the grouper special was so over spiced my daughter (who is a chef in NYC) said they ruined the fish entirely! The crowd on a Friday night was much older (70+) and mostly drinking so not so fun for my college age family...there are too many good restaurants to enjoy in Fort Lauderdale..don't waste your time here 😡😳

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Stopped in for dinner here for the first time. A few locals at the bar and outside the front. A couple was playing oldies music for happy hour and they were very good. Service was a little disappointing. Initially very friendly and attentive but once we ordered went downhill. There were very few people there but it took a while for our food to come out. We asked for butter for our bread and it took ten minutes for them to bring it. We were drinking water and it was never checked on or refilled. Seems like the bar and the live music are the focus here. Not sure I would come back here to eat but might come back for the live music and a couple of drinks.

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2.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Very expensive for the location and fare. It's okay but we we underwhelmed

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Food just so so. Would not go back for food. Marginal at best. Entertainment catered to an "old" crowd and had an "old" following. We hear that entertainers vary. So may go back for drinks and different entertainment but not for food.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Nice place to get together. Very friendly staff, good service & good food. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

First time there went with a friend. Saw the legends review Frank Sinatra and Elvis. The entertainment was great the food was the super . We each ordered Sunday gravy it was excellent. Looking forward to again in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

the food is excellent! fun atmosphere with live music. service is very attentive. we frequent Fishtales and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Loved everything about Fishtales. We sat outside in the perfect weather. The food was great and so was the service!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Older crowd but we were made welcome even with the kids. Drinks a little too strong but the food was fresh and tasted great. Live music was awesome. Really nice atmosphere. Will be back for a drink and kid free evening!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

From the first minute I stepped in, everyone was super friendly! I ordered the Grouper and it was amazing. Highly recommend it.
Went in on a Thursday, they had a live band, great ambiance. I ended up going back Saturday night but this time I was outside by the outdoor bar. They had another live-show going on and this time the whole place was packed. Bartenders were very nice both days.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

Very nice spot,waiter was great.they had a band playing music which made it even greater,and you cant forget the drinks.i recommend this bar to people who come to visit Florida.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Great food and service. A bonus was the live band and dancing 💃 that started at 9:30 pm.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Great to see Albert Castiglia Live Fish Tales is a great place service unique always can see the owner right up front atmosphere is great and my hubby and i been many times before inc on hurricane day half close still was open the bar. On this time waa my hubby birthday got together with his brother and girlfriend. And we ll love like ALbert Castiglia.
Excelent everything

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2017

The food was good and if that is what is most important to you, then I definitely recommend this place. The service was very slow and yes the place was very crowded, but management should compensate that issue by adding more staff. Because of the crowd it was difficult to have a conversation at your table.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Music is great and food is not bad either!! Come and check it out, you won't be disappointed!!!

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Horrible service from an inebriated waitress. we were nine people,4 did not get their order or it came out totally wrong.Lobster ravioli was inedible and the wine by the glass tasted like rubbing alcohol. All in all cannot recommend this restaurant. I understand it was Xmas day but no excuse for all that is wrong.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Great food all around. Good entertainment.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Great ambiance, great live band.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Band was great! FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. We had the Fish Tacos and the Rigatoni. We were pleasantly surprise. Presentation and taste were AMAZING! Will definitely be back for dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2016

If you know Fishtales, you may think of it as a great bar and entertainment venue. However, their food is also great. It is not typical bar food as one might expect. Their pistachio crusted grouper with sweet butter rum sauce and mashed sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus is highly recommended. The price was very reasonable. Can't wait to go back! They have live entertainment every night which is an added plus!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

We went for date night.Good food and great prices.Plus they had live music..I definitely would come back.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2016

Great food and music

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Good music, lots of energy, food good. Not a place to bring kids. Limited outside seating.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

It is rare to find great food and great music with good service and a nice ambiance. The staff is friendly and helpful. They even asked if wanted the volume lowered! I love coming here.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2016

It was a very fun bar even if I was the youngest person in there by 20 years. Apparently the younger crowd comes at ten. But we met great people-great place to make more established business connections and we were impressed with the food. Normally I would not order fish at a bar but I saw it come out for the people next to me and they said it was good so I ordered the pistachio crusted grouper which was excellent and my husband had grouper sandwich also perfect. My guest had the fish tacos which were excellent as well. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2016

Good choices on the menu, comfortable surroundings. Really enjoyed the wealth of songs performed by the Thursday night entertainers.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Was there for Christmas day. Very accommodating to a group of 6. Everyone liked the food, prices were reasonable, and servers were friendly.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2015

Special pricing on drinks & food - plus GREAT entertainment by Fusion band. The servers & bartenders are really great, too.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2015

I looked fishtail up on the Internet and that was the best thing i did we love the music and the vibe was amazing the food came out fast nice and hot we love that the drinks was on point i loved the blackened fish was amazing cant wait to go again

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Good food and entertainment that is always consistent

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2015

We went on a Wednesday night, there was about 10 of us. The staff is great and very welcoming. Happy hour was until 8pm, we got there at 7pm. We ordered every appetizer on the happy hour menu and the food was great. My favorites were the tuna tartare and the ahi sesame seared tuna. The live band was great. We would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2015

1st time-bar gal laurie ann made it work 4 us-most food is fried
would return

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2015

Great food and very good live entertainment

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2015

Waiter was attentive and knowledgeable Late night dinner and the place was busy. All food arrived as ordered and hot. Was happily surprised with food quality and service

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2015

great selection, quality food and reasonable prices. patio dining was wonderful

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2015

Nice bar/ restaurant. Not very big. Sold out show and our reservation was not on the list? They worked to get us a table. Only about 10 tables inside. Food was great. Music was good. Staff was GREAT ! I would go back.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2015

Every time we have driven by Fishtales at night it has been hopping. Not so much when we finally decided to eat there. To be fair, it was the Monday night of the Ohio State/Oregon game, and we did get there and leave before Disco Fever Night started at 9 pm. Still, I am always leery of a restaurant/bar that is empty except for the employees at 7:30 at night. Fishtales might be more of a bar, it has a stage and it does have a long, well stocked bar, than a restaurant, but still, it advertises itself as a fish joint. The menu is so typical of Fort Lauderdale in that there are very few choices of fish available. For a seaside town this place doesn't have much in the way of fish! Maybe Mahi Mahi, maybe tuna (although I don't believe them when they say its local), swordfish, and maybe one other, but even in El Paso where I come from there are more choices! There were 4 in our party. We had a Caprese salad to start he evening. It was ok, but winter tomatoes are always iffy, and these were just fair. It was large enough for the table, but the tomatoes were mushy. Our friend, Carol, had a beach bucket of seafood. It was a small beach bucket I guess. The dish was nicely presented and Carol rated it a meh. Michael had the Chicken Picatta, also nicely presented and well received. He cleaned his plate and gave the dish high marks. My wife's entrée stole the show. She ordered the swordfish, the special that night, served over a seafood risotto. The piece of fish was huge and delicious, cooked perfectly. Everyone at the table tried it and agreed, it was very good. I had fish and chips. I have no imagination when it comes to ordering and I seem to always try this dish. I have had it at numerous restaurants in the area and I would rate Fishtale's version around the bottom of the pack. The fried cod was overdone and had a bit of a burned taste. There was a lot of it, and the chips were ok as was the slaw. Our server was very nice! I'd give the joint a C+.

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