Rivertail

4.2
170 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 girl's night out, Rivertail can accommodate the perfect dining experience with live music, fresh cuisine, and craft cocktails.

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Free Taquito with Every Tito's Cocktail Purchase!

Starting Oct 27, 2020 · Tue 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
(*First 100 reservations receive their first Tito's cocktail on us!) Every Tuesday, join us for Tito's & Taquitos, where you can enjoy a FREE taquito, with every Tito's cocktail purchase! (*Please note, from 4-5pm we'll only be serving our happy hour menu, which will be available until 6pm. Our Dinner service will begin promptly at 5pm.)

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
What 170 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
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4.4
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3.8
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kimmm
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! All in our party thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Beautiful restaurant. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal. Expertly crafted and the presentation is beautiful. Highly recommend a visit.

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vipMoe73
Miami
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This was not anything we expected. We were seated at a dark table on the riverwalk and the outside patio was not even busy. Stone Crab Claws fishy, not fresh nor did you get a fork or anything to eat them with. We had to get up and pull plates from another table to eat our other appetizers as they did not take the plates with shells away. Not sure if the donuts were so supposed to be hot or cold but whatever they missed the mark. The chowder was also not fresh tasting and very heavy on the cream. We couldn't get past the appetizers and did not order anything else. Too many good seafood places in the area I would skip this one. We should have turned around when we walked past the kitchen and saw all the kitchen staff all on their phones.

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vipNicehuman
Miami
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always...great service, great food, great atmosphere

Rivertail
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you most kindly for the 5 star review as we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail! We do hope that you will visit us again very soon :)

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susanp
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location! Sit outside and watch the boats go by!

Rivertail
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Susan, Thank you for the glowing 5 star review as we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail! We hope to see you again very soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I looked at the menu, I thought this just can’t be good. It’s just so odd, the combination of ingredients. But WOW, everything We ordered was absolutely amazing.
The steak tartare with caviar was amazing. Kale Greek salad, the flavors how did they get kale to taste so good? The branzino was cooked to perfection. Finally key lime pie in a a jar... what? Divine.

Rivertail
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail and hope to see you again very soon :)

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vipMelissa
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was off the chain good! So happy to have tried this place had great ambiance and was lovely to sit outside and enjoy river walk. Juice was our server and he was awesome... will be going back for sure!

Rivertail
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review as we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail! We hope to see you again soon :)

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Johnt
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The staff is friendly and attentive without being overbearing . It is always a good crowd of people, and the food is fantastic.

Rivertail
Responded on November 17, 2020

Dear John, Thank you for the wonderful review and positive comments. We are delighted that you always enjoy your time with us at Rivertail and hope to see you again very soon :)

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vipKenH
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in a beautiful setting. Very good food and good service.

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Crankycouple
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I think Rivertail is just trying to be a few different things - not sure yet what it
will become when it grows up. It's on the New River, right on the Riverwalk, there are
boats, people walking by - it's not quiet. And the recorded music in the bar is way way
too loud. I thought this was supposed to be an upscale, fine seafood restaurant - ie
Trulucks. I probably got that wrong. We were told by our server that the Chef had
won 3 James Beard awards. But by then, we'd seen that the tables outside had no
tablecloths, were pretty plain - and it was dark out. We asked for some light and the
hostess seemed surprised but said they did have a candle. The need for light became
more apparent when the server pointed to the large QR code on our tabletop and said -"Because of covid, we have no menus". . .so scan that QR code for the menu. It was
dark - we eventually could see the menu - pretty small print on our cell phones. Way
too dark to be useful. So. . . .I said - what about paper menus???? He said they
sometimes had them???

So, we were served a caviar amuse bouche. . .here, the "fancy" touch. We ordered
drinks - again, so hard to see the menu. Martini was good; double vodka on the rocks
came in a tall glasss ie a rum punch glass . . .
My husband had lobster in a fra diavolo sauce over pasta; I had a cheeseburger.
The lobster was fine. My husband said ok - My burger was cooked correctly and the
beef had a nice flavor but it had nothing at all to make it stand out. No unusual
sauce - just lettuce, tomato, cheddar (which I couldn't taste) and bacon. A burger
may not be what they want to feature - but I didn't see any fish choices that
appealed. I asked for mustard - didn't get it. The server, who really was trying,
said, as we were all done - "Well I put the order in". . . .
We were comped a dessert as it was sort of obvious we weren't too happy.
For that meal, the prices were so so high. We won't return -many better choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday lunch.

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JacquelineT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely delicious, but don't expect large portions. Also, if seafood is not your thing, this might not be the place for you. Great service. Time it took for the food to come out after being ordered was very good. Chill atmosphere. Would suggest making reservations, especially for outdoor seating on the weekend. There's plenty of ceiling fans to keep everyone cool outside. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose here as we wanted to dine outdoors. Had just rained so the seating was limited as many tables got wet. They knew it was important to us to be outdoors so they moved things around to accommodate the group. (The doors were open to the indoors so we probably would have been fine there, but that was not our preference.)

On to the good stuff. Great river view. Very unique menu. Donut holes stuffed with crab, ahi tuna tacos that were to die for, amazing snapper fish. Service was outstanding too. Fun party vibe.

River Tail is a great new addition to the Ft Lauderdale Las Olas riverfront!

Rivertail
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you most kindly for the wonderful 5 star review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us...we do have a great view(best in Las Olas)! We hope to see you again very soon :)

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Camilleh
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again my server Ray did his thing. He goes above and beyond to ensure comfort and quality service is met.

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Samuelj
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster rolls are a must and also the brussel sprouts. Great service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Great decorations! Excellent service! Music was just a little lousy where we were sitting. Overall great experience!

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vipragarcia
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

This place has incredible potential, but the staff needs a lot of training. A lot.

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Luly
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The food and the drinks too to long to be served.

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vipJorge
Miami
85 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was tasty but small size servings. I had the cobia fish which probably was 5 oz for $24 without any sides, so adding a side order adds up from $8 to $12 also micro sizes.

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NNEKAV
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. And the vibe is just right. Will definitely be going back

Rivertail
Responded on November 4, 2020

Thank you kindly for the glowing review as we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time at Rivertail. We do hope to see you again very soon! Kristina General Manger

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Really awesome place and would recommend for anyone looking for a great place to eat! Service was really good too!

Rivertail
Responded on November 4, 2020

Thank you so very kindly for the wonderful review as we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Please visit us again soon :) Kristina General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food and service were on point! Sanitation procedures were visible, tables properly distanced, staff gloved and masked.

Views from the patio were excellent - watching the yachts cruise up and down the river make for a beautiful ambience during your meal.

We dined for brunch and our group especially loved the broiled oysters and crab chilaquiles! Another hit was the lobster frites with yuzu hollandaise. The French fries were bangin!!

The manager Kristina stopped by to make sure we enjoyed everything and we really did We’ll be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad was in town!

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vipNorthBayDiner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Nice location. Server was attentive. There were many employees everywhere. Our complaint was the food. We always order Cesar salad so we were anxious to try this one made from baby gem lettuce. The lettuce was grilled which would have been ok but it was over dressed! Soggy and too much dressing! Would not recommend. The flank steak was delicious but they serve it with a bone which seems like it should have marrow but then nothing is there. The crab donuts didn’t work for us. The sweetness and runny filling was off putting. It was a disappointment on our last day visiting Ft. Lauderdale.

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ShaniquaW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely loved it beautiful service and wonderful food

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agg139
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the location, the service, and of course the food. I am coming back soon with froends!

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Camilleh
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ray our server was awesome, attentive and provided exceptional service.

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TracyG
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining with friends. Our waiter was friendly & knowledgeable, our drinks well made & dinner delicious. Would return to Rivertail when in Lauderdale.

Rivertail
Responded on November 1, 2020

Hello Tracy...thank you for the glowing 5 star review and the lovely compliments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and do hope to see you again in the very near future! Kristina Lathan General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fabulous!! Restaurant lived up to the fantastic reviews! Perfect location on the waterway, creative craft cocktails & amazing appetizers & entrees! Highly recommend!!!

Rivertail
Responded on November 1, 2020

Thank you kindly for the wonderful review as we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed Rivertail! We do have a perfect location with the best view in Las Olas. We hope to see you again very soon! Best, Kristina Lathan General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place in Fort Lauderdale by far! Service was outstanding as well as food.

Rivertail
Responded on October 30, 2020

We thank you for the glowing review and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail! We do have lots of greatness at Rivertail and are honored you chose us with so many options in the area. We do hope to see you again very soon :) KL General Manager

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DaleB
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We've been there before but even as "young" 50'somethings the music (even during happy hour) is club like (loud and obnoxious). Our waiter was CLEARLY new and since he knew we were there for only happy hour and apps we were sorely neglected. Food has always been amazingly delicious although a bit pricey for what you get.

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vipTonyaW
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I wasn't to pleased with the food. I want to try brunch but the scallops dish had NO FLAVOR... THE SCALLOPS WERE BLAND. Sorry. Drinks were Great!

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ShantelleA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was amazing! Great ambience inside and outdoors. The crab stuffed lobster was soooo good!

Rivertail
Responded on October 30, 2020

Hi Shantelle! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail and thank you for the wonderful 5 star review! We do hope you return to see us in the near future! Kristina Lathan General Manager

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RoyR
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must visit restaurant in South Florida. A top 10 establishment in South Florida. A 5 star experience.

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vipAshleyG
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall, it was a good experience. The concept of bringing the food out as ready is ok, but it caused the busser to just hover over us, grabbing at dishes to remove while food was still on the plate and cocktails were still nearly full. It was actually really bizarre. For $350 for 3 people, I'd really like to relax and enjoy my dinner and we all felt like we couldn't with people hovering over us and basically rushing us to eat. The flip side, of course, is sitting there desperately trying to get the waiter's attention while empty plates sit on the table for 20 mins... But there has to be happy medium. Even though the restaurant is lovely and the food was decently good, I can't say I'll go back. In my opinion, Blue Moon Fish Company is better if you're looking for a fine dining experience at a seafood restaurant.

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vipGreat
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The staff is great and very attentive. The food is a unique presentation of an array of flavors and tastes

Rivertail
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review as we are delighted to hear your wonderful feedback in regards to service and food. We do hope to see you again in the near future! Kristina Lathan General Manager

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KonstantinY
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable
Food is very good,
Highly Recommended

Rivertail
Responded on October 30, 2020

Hello Konstantin- Thank you for the wonderful review and thank you for your return visit. I do hope to see you very soon, my friend! Kristina

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vipKeynote79
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were amazing! Will be back for sure

Rivertail
Responded on October 23, 2020

Thank you for your kind words as we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Rivertail! We hope to see you again very soon :)

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vipAngieLafayette
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience all around!!!

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friendfun
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious seafood

FAQs

Rivertail is rated 4.2 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.