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Rivertail, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rivertail

4.0
4
1500 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 19 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.
  • Father's Day Brunch on the Riverwalk

    Jun 18, 2023 only
    Treat Dad to a one-of-a-kind Father's Day Brunch at Rivertail! Located on the picturesque Las Olas Riverwalk, this experience is sure to make it a day he won't forget. Our delicious special of the day is a 22oz Delmonico Ribeye, cooked to perfection and served with crispy onions, sunny side-up eggs, flavorful kimchi hash, and a demi-glace. To top things off, enjoy bottomless bubbles starting at $30! Make this Father's Day one to remember and join us at Rivertail for the perfect waterfront brunch!

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!

Popular dishes

What 1,500 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
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for scenic views

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Average food, I expected more from the posts read. Not bad but for a night dinner is just not my type of restaurant,.
  2. Cordi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, signature mixed drinks was weak but overall good, btw the octopus was great but a bit overpriced for only one appendage.
  3. OscarC

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Only dish that was underwhelming was the truffle Mac and cheese. Jenna, our server, was great!
  4. TayTay

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Ray was an excellent waiter and took care of all our needs. Would recommend to friends!
  5. GildaO

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    If your are looking for good food and an area by the river, this is the place to go! The kitchen is careful to attend to food sensitivities. Be sure to sign up for the birthday club- you receive a $40 off credit for spending at least $80 - easy to do as the prices are somewhat high (but worth it). And you earn points for dollars spent. The early bird costs are reasonable. Free valet parking is available at the entrance on Las Olas (after 5pm on weekdays- we ended up paying for parking in the building.. there went our earned points! Oh well...still good.) The wait staff was attentive. Be sure to ask about the early bird specials if you are there between 4pm and 6pm. Our waitress did not inform us...but we overheard another server describing what was available to other customers. We are looking forward to returning!
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Service was good. We had a nice view of the river. However, food was subpar at best. Among our party of 9, we had most of the menu. Everyone said their food was very bland, no flavor, nothing unique tasting. The chef needs to learn about seasonings and spices!! Also, all three fish dishes were over cooked. We won’t be back.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Loved the Corvina and Salmon. Very nice terrace
  8. KailieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience! The atmosphere and food were great and Laurel, our server, was awesome!! We’ll def be back :)
  9. ElizabethT

    Miami

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service, food quality/ quantity and value is subpar. Do not recommend.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I ordered the Whole Crispy Snapper $40, which tasted very good. However, there was barely any meat on it. My friends ordered the Snapper filet and their pieces were full and meaty and cost less. The difference is the whole snapper is fried and the filet was grilled. The atmosphere was nice and the mango margarita was good.
  11. MannySims

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and we had an amazing server named Laurel who did a great job.
  12. Raesquared

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My spouse and I both order fish, everything was barely cooked and slightly warm.
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Food was not as tasty as I thought it would. Our waitresses Tanya was amazing!!! She really made the experience good
  14. MillieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience at Rivertail , I was there for the first time on Mother’s Day and came back the following weekend for my sons 21st birthday. Only complain was the bartender turned the Heat game off while we were watching - it was ALMOST closing time , but wee and other parties were still there. They should turn the tvs off when the restaurant is completely closed not while customers are still there. On a positive note , our server CHAN was A-MAZING !!! She is very sweet , answered all our questions , and always came to check on us. We will be back again , over all a good experience , minus the tv issue.
  15. Michael

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The portion of fish and vegetables was so small, I spent $30 and left hungry.
  16. JazG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved the scenery, drinks were strong, staff was great! Would definitely come back
  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The vibe of rivertail is awesome. Great searing on the water, however, the food is disgusting. Somehow every dish we received was cold. The crab donuts were freezing (which the manager said was normal and how they are served), the nachos had freezing cold queso and shrimp and the Parmesan crusted trout came in barely luke warm. It wasn’t a busy night so I’m not sure how everything was so bad. Even the drinks were a sugary nightmare. Our server was awesome and very fun to chat with but I just think the restaurant is a tourist trap with awful food
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food atmosphere were amazing!! The service was great with recommendations however slow to get us soda juice and small things. Place 9/10 service 7.5/10
  19. GeneticWisdom

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was our 2nd time dining at Rivertail (1st visit was exceptional and I wrote a 5 star review.) Unfortunately, this experience was held with the same expectation and we were completely disappointed throughout. Upon arriving, we were being taken to our table and a waitress spun around without looking and rammed into me like a linebacker - spilling a drink all over this man's shirt. Our server was nice, but inattentive. We placed our order and my order was wrong and an appetizer was not delivered. It was VERY loud, yet not overly crowded. We also had to keep swatting flies away from our faces and food! This was NOT the Mother's Day dinner we were anticipating. $300 not well spent.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rivertail is a very nice restaurant on the river. Great atmosphere and the food is amazing! I definitely recommend the seafood nachos and the lobster tail. The prices aren't too bad either. The manager checked in on us more than once, and our waiter was great. I'll definitely be coming back!
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Mothers Day brunch was great! My mom enjoyed the location & food! Will be back.
  22. JayMc

    Nashville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific casual Mother's Day experience. Many different food options well prepared and presented. Attentive friendly service.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Took an hour and half to get food. Service was lackluster last night.
  24. ErikF

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went here on a saturday night with several friends, there were 19 of us. we made a reservation but they had a hard time accommodating all us. They did the best they could and went out of their way. All of the staff were very nice, food was great. Grilled octopus is fantastic, the seafood chowder is to die for. The corn bread is amazing! Will certainly be back here again some time.
  25. MattW

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Enjoyed our visit but only saw our waiter at the beginning and end of dinner. Manager Stacy helped us when we needed a few things n between, she was very personable and absolutely awesome! After dinner, we went to the outside bar, bartender Jay was really cool. We even witnessed him deesclating a distressed patron. Kudos to him!
  26. KrisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    I didnt like the food it as ok, my husband and son liked it. The chicken and waffles was served cold, I like my food hot. It wasn't tasty like other places. Nothing to recommend. My husband liked his hamburger and my son liked his chicken sandwich. Location was good, its next to the water taxis. We asked to be switched to outside seating, which was declined. Then the seats were empty the entire time we were there, 2 hours to be exact. Will not go again.
  27. Natalie

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    After seeing the pictures and reviews I was super excited to come to the Rivertail. Unfortunately the food did not live up to my expectations at all. Wait staff and the decor and ambiance was nice but if you are coming for the food I am sorry you might regret it.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, great view! Service was good, food was good, although I expected it to be bold and it wasn’t. I had the brunch menu and asked for the ceviche (was good, not great, not so flavory) and a po-boy (also good but nothing special, especially when you have lived in and tried the real ones in New Orleans). Would definitely recommend if looking for good enough food plus ambience and beautiful relaxing view by the river.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Juan our waiter was fun, great service,. We were there for our mom’s birthday, both the manager Jim and Juan made our experience memorable. We will be back.
  30. Pass

    Austin

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Hard pass even though very lively location. Terrible service and overcooked food.
  31. Victoria

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was underwhelming for the price Music choice is poor
  32. PatrickL

    Caribbean

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was very nice my server was attentive and very accommodating the food was very flavorful I enjoyed my experience I'll be back
  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing. The best tasting shrimp and grits I ever had.
  34. JohnS

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding , love the food and service , I will definitely go back
  35. GalaS

    Portugal

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The kitchen was out of everything that we wanted to order. Served us different fish that was tasteless, took one bite and returned. End up having just some appetizers and drinks Very dissatisfied and disappointed. I invited another 2 couples with us for dinner and was sorry for wasting their time. End up going to a different restaurant for deserts.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    They were out of every entrée item that was fish. The last item of whole snapper was still available. They didn’t tell me that it was unavailable until about 30 minutes in to a glass of wine. 
  37. MonicaM

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Oysters were extremely small. Their menu lacks an identity, but the drinks were delicious.
  38. DonnaT

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server, delicious wahoo crudo and the pineapple martini was chef’s kiss
  39. RuelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was excellent, our server recommendations for drinks and meal, was truly a representation of customer service and brand catering.
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good but was disappointed in the key lime pie. Took it to go and did not have the meringue as advertised, nothing on it. Very plain.

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 1500 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 19 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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