Rivertail

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738 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Situated in the bustling neighborhood of Las Olas, on the banks of the New River, Rivertail is the first Fort Lauderdale outpost of James Beard-nominated chef, José Mendín.

Our indoor/outdoor establishment features a seafood-driven menu in a fun and upbeat atmosphere.

Whether it is a family night, a business dinner with associates, or a girls night out, Rivertail can accommodate the perfect dining experience with live music, fresh cuisine, and craft cocktails.
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    Thu 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

    Every Thursday starting at 7pm at Rivertail, join us for our Thursday night, "Shaken, Not Stirred" & order Martinis your way where you choose your spirit, style & garnish. Receive 3 oysters for every Martini purchased!
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    Tue 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 738 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience with client meeting .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance was great. We had a great server and the drinks were good. Had the crab donuts, grilled octopus and clam chowder for appetizers which were all good. One person in our party also had the mussel appetizer which was a plentiful portion that she enjoyed. My entree was shrimp & grits which I returned to the kitchen as it was heavily over salted and tasted more like brown gravy. Worst shrimp and grits I have ever had. The key lime pie and NY cheesecake were good also. On a scale of 1-10 I give this place a 5. Doubt I will ever return the food just isn’t worth it for me.

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vipJHHH2DALCONT
West Palm Beach
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good variety, reasonably priced and great ambiance. We prefer seating on the riverwalk for less noise and the people watching.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Relative to other restaurants we went to in Fort Lauderdale and given the expectation, the overall experience was okay. The food was good, the service was lacking. The value wasn’t there. If asked I’d recommend trying something else.

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KatE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waitress was not friendly and not informative, maybe they were short staff, food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Our sever was terrible. Not a nice person at all

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Denisem
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I ordered the fish sandwich and it was greasy and tasteless and very expensive. My husband had the chowder and it was very nice hearty and full of fish.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Denise, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate your experience with us! We really appreciate your honest feedback. We hope you will come back and give us another try.

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LorettaC
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My friend and I sat outside and it was a beautiful day. We had amazing service! I got excited about the lobster roll, and even though the waiter told us there wasn’t a lot of lobster on it, we ordered it anyway. It was delicious but it was like an appetizer-sized sandwich, and they charged $35 for it. It was not worth what they charged. Everything we had was delicious and we really enjoyed our luncheon.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Loretta! Thank you for taking the time to share this review! We're so happy you came by for lunch, and enjoyed our food and service :). We'd love to host you again soon!

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NancyJ
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. It was my guys birthday and certainly worth the trip

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Nancy! Thanks for celebrating with us! Nothing makes us happier than reading about an experience like yours :). We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Not that great. Very small portions and there are much better options for seafood in FLL. The ambiance is very beautiful and the location is great on the river. Better for drinks than for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
34 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for my birthday dinner with my two closest friends and left happy! Their main burger was delicious and their drinks were different yet strong! Woo! They could put some upbeat music to create more of a vibe.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi! We're honored that you decided to spend your birthday with us! Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :). We can't wait to host you again soon!

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Roxi
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the Corvina fish they had as Catch of the Day !!! Waitresses very nice and service excellent too !!

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Roxi! Wow, thank you so much for your kind words. We love reading about what dishes our guests enjoy the most :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance of this place was very cool! DJ was playing some good music, but it wasn’t too loud or overpowering that you had to yell when talking at tour table. Our waitress was very attentive and always ensure we had water.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a positive review! We're thrilled you enjoyed and can’t wait to host you again soon :).

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Ignored by waitstaff for nearly 30 minutes after meal served. No water or drinks provided during dinner, or even an inquiry as to who meal was good. It’s very sad when you spend $125 on dinner and have to apologize to your date for how bad it was.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The snapper was phenomenal!

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi! Wow, thank you for the kind words about our snapper! We hope you can join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone was friendly and helpful the food was reasonable value for money. The food was also very tasty and fresh. The food was not outstanding but very good. So that’s why it’s not getting 5 stars . I would still recommend it.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a constructive review. We really appreciate the recommendation! We hope you can join us again soon :).

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vipBobD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was not good. Noise deafening. Staff did their best

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GinaA
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early reservation because we were seeing a show at the Broward Center. We sat inside. It wasn't crowded, at that time, and was fairly quiet. However, I saw that they were set up for a couple of big parties.
We started with the fish dip, which was excellent. Then for our entrees we had the snapper fillet with the miso sauce and a special, which was chicken and shrimp with bucatini pasta. Everything was great! We really enjoyed and will go back again.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Gina! Your review is the kind of review that makes us love what we do even more :). Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience with us! We can't wait to have you back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the glowing review! You made our day!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails and music were all amazing. Ambience was a 10 out of 10. The staff was so personable and happy to be there that I’ll be back for sure!

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled you enjoyed it all :). It will be a pleasure to host you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our food was cold . Drinks were very weak and when we mentioned it to our server she said sorry no solution. We had to order another shot for the margaritas
The crab donuts were very salty and we told our server she again said sorry. No solution. Our bill was $400 and we left hungry

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Happy hour drinks are great, but there aren’t too many food options on the happy hour menu.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to share this review! We're so happy you enjoyed our happy hour drinks and will definitely share your sentiments with our culinary team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food came out very fast, we werent finished w/oysters when it arrived. Panko fish was flavorless.

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Rhousewynwood
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was just Ok. Nothing spectacular to give a review about.

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loosecannon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall an OK dining experience. Upon arrival, the hostesses seemed more interested in talking to each other than greeting guests. We were seated outside with several large fans blowing on high speed. We asked if there was a less windy spot. Apparently there wasn’t because we go re-seated at an even windier table. Apparently it’s to keep the mosquitoes at bay. It took awhile to get a servers attention, but Jordan took care of us the rest of the meal. The happy hour margarita was tasty though a little weak. I had three. Crab donuts were interesting and tasty. Cornbread nuggets were nice, as was the charred little gem Cesar salad. The shrimp and grits were nice, although with the dans blowing on them they cooled quickly. Overall a decent pre-theater experience.

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CynthiaC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed our dining experience at the Rivertail. The food was excellent; the service as well and we did not wait too long to get served. I would definitely go back.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We were looking forward to my birthday dinner however the first 5 dishes we ordered were not available. Felt that it should have been shared as we were being seated so after the 5 one we said why don’t you tell us what you do have. By this time we were so irritated that we ate oysters and left. My husband went next door for food.
Waitress said the weekend dried them out as our reservations were Sunday at 8:15 pm which was 45 minutes before they close.


We were in town for one night from California.

To be fair I will say ambiance was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The waitress was very polite and attentive; the drinks were great, and the food was pretty good.

MJ
vipMsJones
Fort Lauderdale
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined in on a Sunday evening around 5. The space next door was having an event and there was a bit of noise. There was a nice crowd around the restaurant.
We were celebrating by mother's 78th birthday.
Our server was Juan and he was extremely helpful. They were busy the night before and were busy for Sunday brunch. They were out of a few items we had selected. Juan provided excellent substitutes that left the 3 generations at my table very satisfied.
So many restaurants in South Florida, Rivertail is worth a 2nd trip.

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BigZaddyNando
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Fried Chicken appeared uncooked but was informed from the server that it was slow cooked and ensured to be good to eat.

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vipJudyK
Fort Lauderdale
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Not worth the Money way better restaurants in south Fl

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vipLukeS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First time there! Food was fantastic! Atmosphere was a super fun vibe! Service pace was a bit of a miss though. Took a really long time to be approached once we were seated and the wait in between courses felt really really long. Busy Saturday night so willing to overlook and head back.

Our server Lou was very pleasant and her recommendations from the menu did not disappoint!

Rivertail
Responded on November 8, 2021

Hi Luke! Thank you for taking the time to share this review! We're so happy you enjoyed Lou's recommendations, and would love to host you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Not thrilled about this experience. Was recommended by a chef to come here only to be disappointed. The host tuned away a black couple and then the next couple that came up she sat. This was while we were still walking for our reservation. A complete tourist area I wouldn’t recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

While the service was great, the food was just average. The truffle mac and cheese was disappointing and lacked flavor. It seemed that the pasta may not have been properly drained as the sauce was watery. My salmon was good and while the crab donuts were very tasty, the mix of warm donuts and cold "stuffing" was a bit odd. I'd still order them again as the taste was very good, probably the best item on the menu.

Rivertail
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback, we really appreciate it. We will most definitely share your sentiments with our culinary team and hope you will come back and give us another try.

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viperican
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining there beautiful
Pleasant weather and seating outside
Good was outstanding

Rivertail
Responded on November 8, 2021

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback. Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :).

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TiffanyM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The hostess and one waiter were great and unfortunately my grandfather couldn’t stay outside due to it being such a windy night so we asked to love inside where it was freezing and the music was raging louder than most clubs with the same beat over and over and over again! Uggh we all left with headaches. Food was delicious but our server was overwhelmed.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

Rivertail
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you for the fantastic review! We're so honored you decided to celebrate with us :). Happy Anniversary!

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Michael
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

There was nothing wrong about anything we ordered, but nothing really stood out as particularly good or that I would go back for.

The crab donuts were chilled - which I wish was written on the menu - and the branzino was warm but not hot when it got to the table. Mostly just disappointed that the premium price tag didn't yield a premium product.

Rivertail
Responded on November 3, 2021

Hi Michael! Thank you so much for your honest feedback, we really appreciate it. We hope you will come back and give us another try : ).

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lechilango
Mexico City
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and surprise when we went to this place.
It was Halloween night, people everywhere, and although we made a last minute reservation, we were ver lucky to have an outside table, riverside.
All personnel was very accommodating, smiling and welcoming.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentionate, always checking out how we were doing, despite the crowd in the restaurant.
Food was very good, although we took peelable fresh shrimps as a starter, and they brought us 5 for both of us instead of 6, which would have been easier to divide.
We ordered a Moqueca, typical Brazilian specialty.
It was delicious. The only complaint would be, that there was not enough rice, but problem easily resolved by our waitress, bringing us the additional rice to complete this delicious course.
Desert was also great, the Rivertail hazelnut- chocolate cake.
And to accompany the meal, a great Rosé de Provence, Whispering Angel.
A very much recommended place to have a a great dinner.

Rivertail
Responded on October 31, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words! We love reading about what dishes and drinks our guests enjoy the most! Thanks for the recommendation : ). We hope you can join us again soon!

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Rivertail is rated 4 stars by 738 OpenTable diners.

Rivertail does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/rivertail-restaurant/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.