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Rivertail, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rivertail

3.9
3.9
1668 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (954) 306-2665
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    José Mendín
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Events Specialist: (954) 306-2665
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    South Andrews Bridge and Las Olas Blvd.
  • Parking details
    There are several parking garages close and one even adjacent to Rivertail. Auto Nation Parking Garage, Government Parking Garage and 4 West Las Olas Parking Garage. Prices vary by the hour. Metered street parking is also available within a short walking distance.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Bottomless Bubbles on the Riverwalk

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for an outdoor, on the river, a la carte brunch experience featuring bottomless bubbles for $30/guest.

Offers

  • Free Taquito with Every Tito's Cocktail!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Every Tuesday, join us for Tito's & Taquitos, where you can enjoy a FREE taquito, with every Tito's cocktail purchase!

What 1,668 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for scenic views

1,668 Reviews
  1. LorenzoM

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was delightful, and the food was very good

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went with my girlfriends for brunch and my food was delicious. This is my second time here and I have no complaints. Will definitely be back.

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  3. Urbanwannabe

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Worst “seafood “ lunch ever. The shrimp cocktail wasn’t fresh, the shrimp were slimy. Had to send back. The tuna avocado salad was mediocre. For the price definitely not worth it.

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  4. ChadH

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Indoors was very very loud. Outdoors was nice until the music got turned up. Food was bland. Had all the effort of an executive chef but nothing had any flavor. Like they cook with no salt. Disappointed. The hostess was lovely.

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  5. Emma

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been here a few times in the past and decided to have brunch here recently and in my opinion it was “meh”. There was nothing new and exciting on the menu from what I can see. The service was standard, not bad or good. The food was ok but left me desiring for something more. The drinks were the best part. Overall it was just “ok” But that’s just my opinion 🙂

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  6. Francis

    West Palm Beach

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service with great food. Happy hour can't be beat. And the waterside view was terrific. Great place to "People Watch!"

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  7. CharleneW

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was very disappointed with this restaurant. The value for food is not there. They have a main course that includes nothing, you might as well call it an appetizer. It’s the first time I left a restaurant looking for food. The food is ok. Service was great

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  8. StaceyR

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After reading some negative reviews, I was skeptical but still booked for my anniversary diner. It was fantastic! Liz our server was exceptional. Food was great and our orders arrived quickly. Drinks were on point and the scenery is lovely. Very happy that we made this choice!

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  9. LisaS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant was ok. From the pics I saw online, I thought it was going to be fun with a chic design, but the inside was so freezing cold, that everyone sat outside. The atmosphere felt more like you were in someone’s backyard party with basic food & service vs a little more of a high-end lounge vibe, which is what I was looking for.

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  10. EileenF

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was really looking forward to our dinner at River Tail, but I must say I was disappointed. My husband had the seafood pasta and it had no flavor at all. It came with a couple of mussels which were cold. I had the seafood nachos, which I thought sounded Interesting, and they were fine. I just expected something a little better..

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal with wonderful service. Make sure you know how to find it because Lyft was a failure and told me it didn't exist. Was worth finding. Did I mention the food was great!

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  12. ErikP

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so romantic and our server was awesome he knew his wines and helped us pick the best choice. It was our first time going there and very appropriate for date night and valentines everyone was super friendly I recommend it and the Parmesan crusted trout yummy!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First Time at this location. Nice ambiance , my waiter was very attentive.

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  14. OpenDiner

    Orlando

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was not fresh, cornbread was the only thing we really enjoyed. Soup had a deep fried pastry on top, incredibly greasy. Tacos were small and tasteless. Calamaris were not fresh, greasy and overcooked. Both of us got sick that night. Terrible experience

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  15. DeeH

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Laurel was amazing. Very attentive and made sure to accommodate our party and celebration. Would recommend rivertail and Laurel as your waiter. Great time, great vibes, great food and great service!

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  16. SocialCaddie

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently dined at Rivertail in Ft. Lauderdale with my wife, and it was an awesome experience! The pork chop was truly amazing, and the seafood pasta was a delightful treat for the taste buds. Our waiter, Max, provided outstanding service – attentive and accommodating throughout. I highly recommend Rivertail, and if you visit, be sure to ask for Max for an even more delightful dining experience!

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  17. Tanya

    Fort Lauderdale

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a birthday brunch with a party of 8 at Rivertail. The parking was convenient located next to the restaurant. We were seated immediately upon arrival. The unlimited mimosa was very flat and had to be sent back 2x by the 3rd time I ordered a glass of champagne which was delicious. The crab donuts was an odd flavor which I wouldn’t order again. I enjoyed my shrimp egg benedict which was absolutely scrumptious with the sweet plantains. The oysters were a bit dull in flavor. The calamari was not prepared well enough as it was a bit soggy. The fries were crunchy and hot. Overall, good brunch experience but not great. Thanks for the good service.

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  18. AquaSavaggee

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The outing was okay. The snapper I ordered was missing the garnishes and the lychee margarita had no lychee. The food was pretty bland and the service was moderate. My favorite part was the seating table in front of the rivertail sign. The overall experience wasn’t great in my opinion.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a 730pm reservation, wasn’t sat until 750 and the table was dirty. Table wasn’t wiped or presented with menus until 810. Dinner came and we had no silverware and both our dishes were cold. Highly disappointed

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  20. BethM

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice location on the river for pretty good seafood. We ordered the grilled octopus appetizer which was a little tough but tasty. We shared the tuna avocado salad which was good but perhaps a bit too saucy. Our main course was the Parmesan crusted trout and it was cooked perfectly and delicious. The Brussels sprout side dish was also good.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, 100% glad I went and 100% am coming back. They hold up true to their motto: good vibes, good drinks, & good food. They had a private event which took up a significant portion of the tables, so we actually had to wait about 30 mins to get a table even with a reservation, how once we were seated, the manger, Stacy came over to us and offered us a drink on the house and apologized - she was so sweet. We also felt like our waiter was on the slower side because she had a lot of other bigger parties. But aside from this, I really enjoyed my time. We sat inside close to the door to outside and it was great seating, the music they played was fitting. My oysters were fresh and I loved the Mac and cheese. And also appreciated free valet! 100% coming back to visit my girl Stacy and the rest of the Rivertail crew!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Although we arrived on time for our reservation, we had to wait 10 minutes for our table, and once seated had to wait nearly 20 minutes for a server to come to the table. The food was very disappointing - the Parmesan crust on my wife’s trout was burnt and the cream sauce on the trout had no taste. Although my snapper filet was cooked well, the sauce on it was off-putting. We had a side of roasted potatoes and they arrived bathed in an overpowering chimichurri sauce that we found very unpleasant.

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  23. jimr

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time. Food and staff was awesome.. Manager stepped up to serve us for a minute, b/c they were rockin, great lady... FUN

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the location and the service is great. We've been back so many times and the food isn't great. The fries are the best thing on the menu.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was good. The food was definitely overpriced for what it is. Limited menu options but food was good. With better options and lower prices I would give 5 stars!

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  26. Mimi

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This restaurant does not meet with the Open Table standards, the fish was old and hard, and not served according to the menu. Not ever going back, nice waterfront restaurant however have a drink and skip the food.

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  27. MichaelF

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Rivertail was good. Service and food were pretty good. Atmosphere had a friendly vibe, but the music was very loud for a restaurant. Probably overall a 3.5 out of 5.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Our dinner never arrived. They forgot to put the order and we waited over an hour.

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  29. Mojo1

    Naples

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pick. Had a good time. Right pace for service. Food was excellent
    RivertailResponded on January 19, 2024
    Thank you so much for dining here with us at Rivertail... We can wait to see you soon!

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  30. TeanaM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The hostess was friendly and seated us at a nice booth. Even though I stated ( in the OpenTable app and the hostess knew) that we were celebrating a birthday the waitress didn't acknowledge that at all. She was efficient but not very friendly or personable. Only checked on us a few times and didn't engage much.

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  31. SamanthaL

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience at the Rivertail. We went for the bottomless Mamosa‘s and there was a huge group of us about 10 people. You would never have known we were a larger party because food came out in a timely matter we never waited very long for our refills on our drink. The food was really good but nothing topped the manager that was on duty, Stacy. Stacy went out of her way to make sure that we all had the best possible time as we were celebrating one of our friends bachelorette parties. She went above and beyond. In addition our server Julia was incredible as well. She was very friendly and accommodating. I would absolutely refer this restaurant and I can’t wait to come back soon.
    RivertailResponded on January 19, 2024
    Hi Samantha! We are so happy that your party joined us here at Rivertail. You all were amazing and so much fun to have... Come see us again very soon!

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  32. KimT

    Miami

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great and I love the outdoor option! Nice spot along the river. (There was occasionally a garbage-y smell wafting through - not sure what that was about, but it would quickly dissipate. I am hyper sensitive to smells, though, so maybe not everyone would notice.)

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  33. sheldonh

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was mediocre and the ambiance was not impressive. the music was to loud to have any kind of conversation. Because it was raining and not many people wer there you would expect the kitchen to have made a better and more appetizing food. the place did not live up to its endorsements.

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  34. SammyS

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The appetizer and drinks were very good. I ordered the fish sandwich for dinner and it came with the tail on.. kind of grossed me out but whatever I can be a little picky. I cut the tail off and take a bite into the MOST fishy grossest tasting thing I've ever had. I feel bad to say this but it was a disgusting sandwich. Fries were good. My sister's salad was delicious. But my fishy fish sandwich ruined the whole night for me. Otherwise service was great. Drinks were very good and the cornbread app was amazing.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very average experience at a ridiculously exaggerated price considering the quality of what was served. Mediocre clam chowder. Tuna salad was okay. Questionable crab donuts. Overly fried chicken in a thick breadcrumb crust and shrimp from different batches, resulting in uneven cooking. $170 for 3 people… only 1 glass of wine which I suspect was diluted with water (house wine served at happy hour). The location and decor were nice , fortunaly ;)

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  36. RoxanneM

    Fort Lauderdale

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 6 for brunch. The food was really delicious and the portions are great for sharing. Everything we ordered was yummy. We really enjoyed the seafood nachos and the crab donuts. The corn bread was also really good and was great on its own. Cocktails were a 10/10. They also validated our valet, so parking was free which is very rare in this area of Las Olas. We will definitely be back.

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  37. JeffersonB

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Lugar péssimo, Terrible place, little food and expensive! I stayed at the table for 30 minutes without being served, because I had a reservation. Then they tried to charge me twice! as it was already paid for when booking. I don't recommend it and I will never go back.

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  38. kevind

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Music to loud but good oysters and good service.

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  39. LourdesF

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Took forever to get out food reservations was at 9pm we finally got our food at 11 pm and steak was cold. Not a good experience

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  40. Amanda

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Probably the worst dining experience I’ve ever had

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Rivertail is rated 3.9 stars by 1668 OpenTable diners.

Rivertail does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rivertail

4 West Las Olas Blvd, Suite 120, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    South Andrews Bridge and Las Olas Blvd.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    There are several parking garages close and one even adjacent to Rivertail. Auto Nation Parking Garage, Government Parking Garage and 4 West Las Olas Parking Garage. Prices vary by the hour. Metered street parking is also available within a short walking distance.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    José Mendín
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (954) 306-2665
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Events Specialist: (954) 306-2665
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