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Rivertail, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rivertail

4.1
4.1
1276 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 32 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 1,276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for Brunch

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for Lunch

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Outdoor Dining

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Scenic View

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  1. a

    azdonev

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, really nice location and ambience, clean inside, nice staff
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of favorite “go to’s” in Fort Lauderdale. Fun location. Wide variety of good food and professional service!
  3. d

    dixie

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice location , food was ok . Our server was very nice . Alot to be desired
  4. EJ

    ElJeffe12

    Miami

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Time
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, but the service was way too fast in between each courses in fact, one came upon the other without a pause.
  6. JG

    JimG

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting on the river. Food was inconsistent. Octopus and cornbread and Brussels were excellent. The snapper was over cooked and mediocre at best. Our service was fine. I expected more based on other reviews
  7. F

    Foodie2

    Nashville

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  8. A

    Alex

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our waiter was great! Cute place on the river
  9. EB

    ElizabethB

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Jordan was excellent! He made great recommendations, was very knowledgable about the menu and made our evening very enjoyable! It's a nice place to go to eat before seeing a show as well as a pleasant walk to the theatre.
  10. B

    Bill

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Too loud but not so much that a conversation was impossible. Our server was really good. He was very smart, anticipating what we might need next and provided good advice on our food choices. The food was above average and some portions excellent and very unique. We’ll be back!
  11. KP

    KerlyP

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I reserved outside and the waitress tried to stick me in a corner without a water view even though there seats available. Food was not the best. The only thing that was good was the cornbread. It was overhyped.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    The food and drink menu seems to have changed a bit but the major issue was our service from a server named Christian. Very rude with some hints of profiling. Contacting the restaurant about that today.
  13. RH

    RickH

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very taste, super octopus, great waiter! Delightful!
  14. VP

    VincentP

    West Palm Beach

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant is located on the new river while although it was not the restaurants fault a boat load of very drunk persons docked right beside the outdoor seating and were blaring acid rock and would not turn it down. The restaurant continued to serve them which made them stick around longer. The manager did buy us glasses of wine as an apology.
  15. AB

    AniciaB

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Let me start with the positive. My seafood nachos was pretty good while hot. I like being by the water and the weather was good. Music was relaxing and not too loud. Good vibes. However, our server was not the most alert or attentive and didn't get somw instructions accurately which caused some anxiety when the bill came. I think her name was Victoria. Nonetheless, the whioe experience was not the best and did not match the beautiful day it was. We sat outside and it was dirty and messy. I may give it a second shot but I'm not sure its worth it.
  16. a

    azucar0606

    Naples

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Best cornbread and smoked fish dip was good also. Had the bottomless mimosas and we definitely got our moneys worth!
  17. MG

    MichaelG

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Location next to waterway is reason I give four stars. Bloody Marys too spicy. Two of the plates came with minimal amount of food on them (the Crudo, mini-ceviche tacos; no complain about their quality); taco of the day (pork belly) was reasonably priced and delicious, as was the key lime pie dessert. Rivertail is in a good location, where one can watch people stroll by and boats navigating the river that flows right past. I can recommend this restaurant to someone who lives in Ft Lauderdale, but not if that person would come from Miami, as we did, as there are other places that would be better. But it would not take much to get five stars from me: just improve the Bloody Marys, and put a bit more food on some of the plates.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was underwhelming. We had high hopes but the best thing we had were the wings as an appetizer. The seafood nachos were blah and the pork chop was a solid 5. The lobster roll was good not great. The shrimp and grits looked ok and my friend said there were barely any shrimp. Another friend got the whole fried snapper which was a cool presentation but she said it was just good. Nobody loved their dish. I wouldn't go back.
  19. JE

    JoshuaE

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I waited close to 10 minutes to be seated with a reservation. At 7:20 some items on the dinner menu were unavailable "until 8 pm". The seafood nachos were a bit overpriced at $24.00 as I had a difficult time finding the seafood. Juan our waiter did his best and was attentive
  20. J

    Jamie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was very good but all food is a la Carte and portions are small for price
  21. JD

    JenniferD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The menu sounded so good, but the execution needs some work. Happy hour drinks were great, our server was great, but food was definitely not worth the money.
  22. MW

    MartinW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The Pina Colarda needs to be improved. It was watery!
  23. h

    hotcoco

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It's a beautiful restaurant on the Riverwalk. Fun to watch people, dogs, and boats. The waitress Bella was very nice and attentive. We had seafood nachos, ceviche, pork chops, and mashed potatoes. We enjoyed the nachos the most, the ceviche was ok. We would go back again.
  24. B

    Brnfoodie

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent oysters and seafood nachos! Delicious ! .
  25. ME

    MarjorieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good. Excellent welcome. Great location also.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Date night with my husband. Food & Drinks were great. Live the location, vibe & ambience. Service was Great. Good to walk around after dinner.
  27. G

    Gigi

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Great apps, incredible salad…terrible music too loud
  28. LH

    LorraineH

    West Palm Beach

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Still hesitant about thumbs up or thumbs down. It's more than casual but less than fine dining. Music is loud but I think overall it fits in the neighborhood which seems to appeal more to 25 year olds. It's nice being on the waterfront and the new buildings bring a long needed vitality to the whole area.
  29. MH

    MHATexas

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Terrible experience. When there are lots of choices in the FT Lauderdale area for dining, we won’t come back here. Patio was dirty. Had to scan the QR code for a menu (bring back legit menus please). Waiter walked up and said “what can I get you?” No hello…my name is ___….how are you tonight. We tried ordering a few standard drinks on their menu and was quickly told they were out. Very abrupt sounding. We went ahead a chose something else. Ordered an appetizer and our meal. Waiter left. Didn’t return to our table but the two tables on either side had a great time with him, laughing, taking photos, etc, while we were ignored. Food came out. Still never saw waiter to ask for another drink. My mahi mahi was terrible. Way overcooked, chewy and dry. I NEVER return food, but I couldn’t even fake this. Took a good 10 minutes for us to make enough eye contact that waiter would come over. When I told him it was dry and chewy, he took the plate and said “I’ll send my manager over.” No I’m sorry or anything. The manager did make his way to us and we discussed our opinion of the service and food, just giving him a heads up. Our waiter did everything he could to avoid our table the rest of the night, and would not make eye contact with us. What a shame! I wouldn’t waste my time or money there. Too many other great options in the area!
  30. JG

    JohnG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Great friendly bar service. Incredible oyster value at happy hour
  31. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    If you want cornbread..it’s excellent. The fish however was over cooked, I had Mahi. Grouper, overcooked and the trout had so much breading and sauce that the fish was..well nonexistent. Service.. maybe she was new. Overall so disappointed and won’t go back.
  32. f

    forsa

    Fort Lauderdale

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice patio by the river. Very good shrimps & grits. Good service.
  33. T

    Taylor

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing waterfront spot. Seafood was extremely impressive. Showed up with 10 people on a work trip and Jazzelle did an outstanding job. Will definitely come back someday!
  34. AS

    AmaliaS

    Fort Lauderdale

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service
  35. RM

    RonaldM

    Exclusive

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Good service, good view , horrible food. The fish dip is from Cheney Brothers that they doctor up. It is good but you would think a seafood restaurant would make its own fish dip. I had the lobster roll which was 35 dollars and flavorless. The bread was stale and the fries were luke warm at best and limp. We also had the snapper which was so overdone and rubbery that you needed a knife to cut it. The sauce on it was good. Our first time here and would never go back again.
  36. CR

    CatherineR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was fun and the service was great, but the food was sub-par, unfortunately. I tried to like it more!
  37. JS

    JessicaS

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Easy ride on Brightline Train to get to the Fort Lauderdale area.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Went on a Sunday evening and virtually half the menu was 86’d as they ran out of food the day before. The waitress was extremely nice but didn’t know a thing about the menu. We were a party of 8 so ordered most of the appetizers (2 orders of some) including the seafood tower, and they were what I would call mediocre bar food although they were priced as if they were great. The tostones were so hard you couldn’t even chew them and the seafood nachos were served with greasy chips and not a speck of seafood to be found. The same greasy chips destroyed the fish dip which was otherwise decent. The shrimp on the seafood tower was so rubbery we didn’t eat them. The entrees were terrible. No one finished their main course: Fish was overcooked and 2 people ordered steaks that were literally inedible and were sent back. A few positives: octopus was tasty; cornbread was actually really good; chicken wings were decent wings; and the crab donuts were unique enough to please my palette. I felt terrible as I picked this restaurant for my coworkers on a work trip and they always trust me to research and find the best restaurants which I thought I had. I really think the menu is great but it always come down to execution and they failed miserably. Our dinner was nearly $1,000 and we literally joked that we would have been more satisfied at Waffle House for less than $100. I know every restaurant has an off night on certain items but not on every course. I literally eat all over the world and have had several bad meals, but this one ranks up there with the worst.
  39. KB

    KarenB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We went to Rivertail for brunch as it is not far from the performing arts center where we were going afterwards. We only ordered the lobster Benedict and spicy tuna toasts, which were both very good, but we waited 40 minutes for our food. The manager was very apologetic but they need to service their theater goers much faster.
  40. VK

    ValerieK

    Washington DC

    123 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Horrible food. We eat out 4-5 times a week and travel 1-2 weeks a month. Honestly one of the very worst meals we’ve had in forever. Very few gluten friendly appetizers. So we ordered broccoli as an appetizer. It literally was broccoli thrown and charred on a grill with no topping. Not even butter or seasonings. Plus. It was still RAW! Then the entrees came. Fish. Over cooked and VERY small portions. Obviously it had been frozen and then topped with cream and a few capers. And where was that bamboo leaf promised on both the blue cobia and on the mahi mahi? Shocked and very very disappointed. Service was good. Waiter was working super hard. He needs to go to a better restaurant! Beware. There are so many better options and ones who at least put candles on the tables.

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 4.1 stars by 1276 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 32 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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