Rivertail

4
682 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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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 682 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan was absolutely Fantastic. His upselling and skill quality might have me steal him from this establishment. Beyond knowledgeable and service standards was impeccable. Always checking in and asking for our next beverage. We will be back soon. Thank you Jordan!!!

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vipDianaM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing staff! Went for my bday brunch and everyone was extremely amazing from the manager to the waitstaff. Definitely try the cornbread and crab doughnuts. Will definitely keep coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food not worth the cost, more expensive than the rusty pelican but food was bland

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food underwhelming ok but not great …menu boring …

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vipElyseandEvan
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here, love the location! Food was delicious!

Rivertail
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the five star review! We're so happy you enjoyed dining with us :). We can't wait to host you again soon!

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vipJERRY
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

No staff wearing masks was EXTREMELY disconcerting and our main reason for not returning to this venue despite interesting enough menu and tasty food! Poor kitchen management had servers bring out main entrees before we were even halfway done with our starters! Riverwalk patio dining noise level incredibly high making conversation without shouting quite difficult.

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vipLocalDiner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This relatively new riverview restaurant on the Ft. Lauderdale River Walk offers fresh and innovative cuisine, frequent cocktail and appetizer specials, and a really nice atmosphere right on the river. It's easily accessible and very approachable. Food is a little pricey -- though exceedingly well prepared -- but happy-hour specials are great for a thrifty budget. Service was really wonderful, as our waitress took pains to answer questions and provide guidance on a variety of menu items. A lovely house DJ brings just the right ambience to the place, offering a great background soundtrack for indoor dining, and a festival party atmosphere to the bar and tables outside. As part of the "Wharf" operation right next door, Rivertail is a home run.

Rivertail
Responded 6 days ago

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful review. 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. Your review rocks!

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Zane
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I went for brunch. First the menu doesn't have many options. What options they do have allow for almost no changes/substitutions, and to me the portion size for a few dishes was small. That being said our server was amazing, very helpful and super attentive, the atmosphere is lovely, its right by the water and a little park so you can go for a nice walk especially during the day its beautiful. Everyone was friendly and accommodating, I would definitely recommend!

Rivertail
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the recommendation, Zane! We're so happy you enjoyed the friendly service and overall atmosphere. We'd love to host you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was okay. We ordered and shared: Mussels (can feed 4), lobster toast (more like cold shredded lobster on a tiny piece of cornbread), taquitoes (the size of your pointer finger I promise but great flavor) we ordered 4 for the 2 of us, and truffle Mac and cheese which was the bomb. Our cocktails were okay. We had 1 each. The DJ was so good! He was going with the vibe of the guests! It was awesome. So many people were dancing and singing along to the 90s/early 2000s music, the well known reggaeton, and even some 80s music! It was great. The view was great outside too but indoors was mainly families and u can’t hear the dj. We had fun .

Rivertail
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to share about your experience with us. We're so happy you had fun enjoyed your evening :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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NoryL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really was expecting more being that I love pubbelly sushi and the chef creations. Not sure if we ordered the wrong items but overall my party of 5 felt the same that it was average and that we wouldn’t return back. The steak tartare had way too much caviar. Also, they ran out of the chocolate dessert which I had requested earlier on. Our favorites were the crab donuts and corn bread.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really tasty food and great service make up for the loud and fast paced atmosphere. Everything on the menu is ala carte so it can be pricey if you’re going all out. Dinner with appetizers came to 148.00 for two without drinks. Still there are items on the menu that are more affordable. I can’t say enough about the service however. I will be back.

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Hi Mark! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a constructive review. I will share your sentiments with the rest of the team. We can’t wait to host you again soon :).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

This was my second and last time. I returned because I love the location and we were going to the Wharf afterwards. But I’m dismayed because we asked to be seated in a booth and was told it’s a busy night and we could not be seated there. I informed the waitress that we made reservations and would feel more comfortable in the cushioned booth. She still insisted that we could not be seated there. We were there for about two hours and the booths remained vacant throughout our entire visit. That’s it for me.

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nicolew
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great first impression I was very happy along with my friend’s will definitely return

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Hi Nicole! Thank you for taking the time to share this review! I will share your sentiments with the rest of the team! See you soon :).

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ElaineD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I chose Rivertail as our night out. It never disappoints. Ray our server was so good and catered to us as if we were VIPs. We had the seafood for two. It was amazing!

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, Elaine. 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
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Nice restaurant with amazing food & service!

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review! We can’t wait to host you again soon.

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vipJessicaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible food. Our waiter tried hard but had no support.

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vipJR210
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Great food and drinks, beautiful view and lively music!

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Aww, you’re making us blush. Thank you for the kind words. Your review is the kind of review that makes us love what we do even more :). We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall we had a nice experience. Some of the food was excellent and someways just OK. The cornbread, Louie salad and crab donuts were excellent as was the special wahoo fish. The lobster roll was mediocre as was the elote corn. It was lovely sitting on the patio by the water but not sure I'd run back for the food

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave such a constructive review. We will definitely share your sentiments with our culinary team. We're happy you enjoyed the outdoor patio. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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VisitingfromMiami
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and beautiful view on the river. The inside space looked very appealing too.

Rivertail
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback. Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :). We'd love to host you again soon!

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AngelaC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience our waitress, Alice W., was very attentive and made my husband’s birthday celebration wonderful. The drinks are good too.

Rivertail
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hi Angela! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review, we're happy you enjoyed :). Happy Birthday to your husband! We can’t wait to host you again soon.

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VictoriaJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous service, unfortunately they ran out of the item we wanted for dinner. Sides a little expensive for the amount. But overall the food was delicious

Rivertail
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hi Victoria! Thank you for the kind words about our service and food and for your honest feedback. We apologize for running out of the dish you wanted. We hope to see you again soon!

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JimG
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi was great and nice to eat along the water

Rivertail
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hi Jim! We're thrilled you enjoyed the sushi and the view! We can't wait to host you again soon :).

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RickyW
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Way overpriced for the quality and portion size.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Not worth the cost. 20% service charge in addition to tip

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vipFoodie17
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very good, fresh and creative. Enjoyed the vibe and despite that our waitress was very busy because of short staff, she managed to give us good service and attention. Will definitely go back for the ceviche tacos and the lobster roll!!

Rivertail
Responded on October 6, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your amazing review! We love reading about what dishes our guests enjoy the most, we couldn't agree more with your choices :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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Greg
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Waiter was good. Food was decent. Probably trying too hard with the menu. Price was a little high for value. Need to spray outdoor area for flys daily. Or use bug candles.

Rivertail
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hi Greg, thank you so much for your honest feedback. It was extremely helpful to our team and we hope you will come back and give us another try.

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viptracy
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

First time here. Service was great, ambience was good. We sat outside. We had the fish dip for an app and it was just okay. Wouldn’t order again. I got Mahi Mahi dish with lemon caper sauce. The sauce was not what I expected. It was a cream based sauce.

Other dish was the cobia fish with kimchi sauce. the sauce was on the greasy side.

We got the mac and cheese and brussel sprouts. Both were great

They were out of a few dishes on the menu.

Drinks were good.

Overall just an okay dinner.

Rivertail
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hi Tracy, thank you so much for your honest feedback. It was extremely helpful to our team and we hope you will come back and give us another try.

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AngieD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Rivertail many times, it is one of our favorite restaurants in Las Olas… The atmosphere is excellent, the view is beautiful. The food was delicious , it always is. The entire staff was professional, friendly, and our server was amaizing.

Rivertail
Responded on October 2, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, Angie. We're thrilled you enjoy the experience of dining with us :). We can't wait to have you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing this place should have 5 stars! Doug was such a pleasure! The food was amazing and will be back soon.

Rivertail
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for the great review and awesome feedback! We're so happy you enjoyed having brunch with us :). We can't wait to host you again!

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DanaW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view, great service.
Highly recommend. Will be back

Rivertail
Responded on October 2, 2021

Hi Dana! Thank you for the glowing review! You made our day :). We can't wait to host you again!

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BONNIEC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood restaurant in south Florida with a lively and unique setting

Rivertail
Responded on September 27, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words! You made our day :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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Mona
Fort Lauderdale
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Parking is horrible, our waitress was slow and food mediocre.

Rivertail
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback, Mona. It was extremely helpful to our team and we hope you will come back and give us another try.

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LuizL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was really slow and the food not great. Always believe on YELP review before you go. I made the mistake to not believe on it.

Rivertail
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback, Luiz. It was very helpful to our team as we are looking to improve every single day. We hope you will come back and give us another try.

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Jesus
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and superb food , excellent and friendly service , will keep going back !

Rivertail
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank-you Jesus! We're thrilled you enjoyed the food and service. We can't wait to host you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

First time there for brunch. Server recommended the grilled octopus... was ok. Then hubby's first drink...for the money, was very weak. Then we both ordered main course.... chick nd waffles, and chicken/shrimp platter. Was very disappointed in the quality of the food, for the price paid. They served the cheapest part of the chicken... the thighs. Was awful.

Forgot to mention the seating. Requested outdoor, and was seated on the patio with somewhat of a water view.

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SharylR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Went there with my son's for my birthday. The food is good. The drinks are really good. The service is wonderful. Its a nice casual place. I would recommend.

Rivertail
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review, Sharyl! Happy Birthday to your son! We can’t wait to host you again soon :).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing cocktails are water down and paying $17 for a water down old fashioned its a shame. Food was amazing probably the best octopus and fried fish I’ve ever had.

Rivertail
Responded on September 25, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share this review and feedback, we greatly appreciate it. We couldn't agree more on the octopus :). Can't wait have you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Unfortunately, had a bad experience at Rivertail. They seemed to be “out” of a good amount of menu items. We had the peel and eat shrimp and they made me get sick. They smelled like cow manure. The manager apologized and removed it from the bill but I’ll never go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Beautiful location nice ambiance. Excellent & creative menu choices. Service lacking, our server wasn’t attentive. We had to wait for sides after receiving our entrees. Lobster roll had very little filling. The lobster toast had more and was less expensive.

Rivertail
Responded on September 25, 2021

Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We're so happy you enjoyed our food and ambiance :). We apologize for the lacking service, we actually take comments like yours and use them in our staff training as we strive to be better every single day. We hope we can host you again soon!

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MichaelD
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Great place to have a date night. I will be back to try something new.

Rivertail
Responded on September 25, 2021

Thanks for the great review, Michael! We can't wait to welcome you back!

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Rivertail is rated 4 stars by 682 OpenTable diners.

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

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