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Rivertail, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rivertail

4.0
4
1353 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

10:30 PM


Booked 41 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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!

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What 1,353 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale

    Great for scenic views

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for scenic views

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  1. S

    Sidney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    overpriced, food is low quality, very noisy. bad experience
  2. T

    Tanny

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Hostess was great! Waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable. Food was not good at all! Snapper was fresh but presentation and taste was awful! Not going back!
  3. h

    hpleibo

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Rivertail. Always looking for a nice place to eat prior to the shows at Broward Center. Rivertail was close, they took reservations and the food was excellent. Adds to the overall enjoyment of the evening. Will definitely be back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and Saturday night vibe
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food/drinks were okay and could have been better. The ambiance and noise level of the restaurant is really nice.
  6. ET

    ElioT

    Fort Lauderdale

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Crispy Snapper had way too much garlic. Fish was overwhelmed with garlic sauce. Hope the chef reads this. Jordan (our waiter) was amazing.
  7. t

    terrileed

    Miami

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Jordan was an amazing server
  8. AR

    ARLENEF

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed the evening and really enjoyed the food
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience sitting outside by river. Waiter was excellent
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    So bad experience very expensive very noisy food is just eatable
  11. PM

    PeggyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was subpar but outdoor dining was nice
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Happy hour and apps were delicious and bartenders excellent Wait staff and dinner was horrific No one in our party had a decent meal. Not recommended for dinner. But definitely for happy hour
  13. D

    Dave

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Rather disappointing all around. The portions were tiny, overcooked, and al carte. The service was cold and transactional. Orders of cobia were a 3 ounce tail portion. I regret bringing out of town guests here and would never return.
  14. CL

    ChrisLB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was ehh at a way too high price point
  15. KR

    KellyR

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service some food was excellent some of the food was not good. Drinks were good
  16. PD

    PinakiD

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Service was a little slow.
  17. A

    Ariel

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Got seated with our reservation but no one came to us for water or nothing for 20 mins. We were so upset so we left. They didn’t even care. Maybe the food is good but we never will get the i find out. Terrible service and really embarrassed to have brought friends here.
  18. J

    Jojo

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This a cute option for the downtown area. It's on the water with an outdoor bar and plenty of outdoor seating. Great place to people watch. The service was good and the food was great. Parking in the area can be tricky depending on the day/time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was terrible. The door staff seemed like they could hardly be bothered to be there. The food was marginal at best. One step above long John silvers. They couldn’t even get all of the food out together.. our entrees showed up then about as we were done the Mac and cheese we ordered showed up.. we had forgotten we even ordered it. The Lobster roll was very sad and contained more mayo and fillers than actual lobster
  20. SB

    SteveB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to Rivertail. Everything was amazing. The cornbread is like cake. The chowder is amazing. I had the fried chicken and shrimp. Really fantastic!
  21. MO

    MichelleO

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good but over priced- chicken sandwich- $20. Service overall below average but our waitress was great once she showed up.
  22. LB

    LynneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The views were great, service excellent, food was delicious. We will return
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great.
  24. MI

    MIchaela

    Fort Lauderdale

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Very average no ambiance
  25. t

    tinas

    Fort Lauderdale

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very very expensive. The lobster roll was good but overpriced. The cornbread, octopus, and crab donuts were very good.
  26. KD

    KatieD

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ray was excellent. The crab donuts are a must! Loved being on the water watching boats go by.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our waiter was on-the-spot & friendly. Food tasted good. Food came quick! For the price, portions were modest. Would return again with out-of-towners because the location is superb, but wouldn’t make it necessarily a frequent haunt. Noisy.
  28. S

    Stacey

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was mediocre at best. Cesar salad was great. Fish way to salty!!! Pasta dish was nasty. Manager wanted to comp a dessert but it never came. Like most restaurants, seems to be short staffed which is ok but did a lot of waiting….
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dad 70th birthday
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambience and food was good!
  31. DL

    DanielL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Jordan the waiter was great and apologetic. The service was incredibly slow. The octopus was way too rubbery. The fish dip wasn’t as good as usual and the presentation of this fish dip was really sub par. It’s a pricey restaurant. The service and quality needs to be better. I’ll be back because this nice restaurant needs another try. But I was highly disappointed.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    I think they seated us when they didn’t have the staff to provide service.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Hard to find, parking was not convenient. Don’t bother going here
  34. SP

    SandraP

    Fort Lauderdale

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    My husband and I chose the spot for brunch on Sunday based on the good reviews. The views from our outdoor dining table were amazing, got to see the yachts and boats passing by. Good music was playing. The food was ehh, decent. wait time on food appetizers and drinks was extremely long… Our server was nice too
  35. CR

    ChantelR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    The aesthetic and design of the restaurant overall was great. Service was ok, but food took almost an hour and a half to come. Understandably, it was NYE. The drinks were good as well. Overall I would recommend, just be mindful of the time frame you go in.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went for New Years Eve. The food was good, and service was okay. They were very busy so we understand. We sat outside on the Riverwalk. Lots of foot traffic and The Wharf right next door attracted a large crowd. It felt unsafe. This is my second time going, and I’m not wowed by the food or ambience. It is still good service, decent food and a really nice location.
  37. KK

    KelsieK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Some of the value is questionable but overall good experience.
  38. HP

    HotPepper

    Orlando

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Our server, Juan, was the best thing at the restaurant.
  39. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This restaurant has wonderful outdoor seating with views of the intracoastal waterways. The food is not that good. Both of our fish dishes were not cooked well. The outside of the fish was so tough, we literally had to cut it with a sharp knife. The inside was lightly red and you could see it had not been cooked through. On the positive side, my husband did enjoy the raw oysters. We would not return again.
  40. SW

    ShannonW

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good unique casual food. Gorgeous location and views of river

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 4 stars by 1353 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

10:30 PM


Booked 41 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

  • 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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