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Rivertail, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rivertail

4.0
4
1142 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 49 times today
Experiences are available.
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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 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 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

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for an outdoor a a carte brunch experience featuring bottomless bubbles.

Offers

  • Get 3 Oysters with Every Martini Purchased

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Every Thursday starting at 7pm at Rivertail, join us for our Thursday night, "Shaken, Not Stirred" & order Martinis your way where you choose your spirit, style & garnish. Receive 3 oysters for every Martini purchased!
  • Free Taquito with Every Tito's Cocktail!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 5:00 PM - 10:00 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 1,142 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
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Scenic View

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Most Booked

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  1. AA

    AlejandroA

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Such a disappointing restaurant, Fish was super salty, Waiter was lost.
  2. F

    Foodiejp

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our Server Ray was absolutely wonderful. He was so nice and helpful and made our experience top notch. The atmosphere is nice because you can watch the boats go up and down the river. The restaurant has fans outside to keep things cool, which is nice. The crab donuts were very good and I would definitely get them again. It’s like a little glazed donut with crab meat inside. I was surprised that the crab meat was cold (it’s supposed to be, but I expected it to be warm). The bacon wrapped dates were just ok. I would say to skip those. The shrimp and grits were decent. You get 4 shrimp with the tails still on. The snapper is really good and it’s huge, however it attracts flies and did so for any patrons who order it. As soon as it comes out flies come out of nowhere, which effects the ambiance. Definitely ask to be seated in Ray’s section if you go!
  3. A

    Anne

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Service was
  4. YC

    YvetteC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The cornbread was absolutely delicious as was the lobster chowder. My dirty martini 🍸 was really good too.
  5. GL

    GeorgeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience. Delicious food and beautiful place!
  6. Y

    Yum2

    Jacksonville

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent. It was just very loud so hard to carry on a conversation.
  7. LS

    LauraS

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really good food. Creative, delicious, on point (as one would expect from a James Beard nominated chef). Prices are about what fine dining costs these days so no complaints there. Our waitress was very attentive. The reason for 4's rather than 5's is that it boasts river views, but we were placed behind a wall on the patio that blocked the view of the river and because I had reserved indicating dinner was for a special occasion - my daughter's birthday. Not even so much as a candle was placed in our (paid for) dessert and there was no acknowledgment of the event, so obviously there is lack of communication between the Open Table booking and staff. Between those two oversights regarding making the evening special, it really didn't rate a 5. BUT - the food was fabulous. So if that's what is driving the decision to go there, don't hesitate.
  8. BB

    BeverlyB

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Was disappointed that I told my waitress the side was extremely salty and I couldn’t eat it. She didn’t offer me anything else and I was charged for it. Wasted money.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Wasn’t the best
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Definitely will come back!
  11. A

    Alli

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great place. Professional and courteous staff. Food and drinks were great.
  12. r

    ratlas

    Fort Lauderdale

    467 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    467 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The fish we had was salmon and mahi. The fish was tasty. However the broccoli side dish was presented with garlic which was not on the menu. We had to return it because I’m allergic to garlic. The portions were pretty small and they were tasty however.
  13. P

    Philly86

    Philadelphia

    179 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We all enjoyed our meals. Service was prompt and friendly. I really enjoyed the whole crispy snapper. We had one member in our party that did not eat fish or meat and there were no other selections except a salad. Would recommend they add more choices for the non-fish and meat eaters.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Spicy mango margarita was very nice! I was disappointed majority of the dinner selection was not available. My server Jordan was exceptional.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I would recommend going early. I took my husband for Father's Day Dinner at 8pm and they were out of alot of stuff not sure why on a Sunday and on a holiday weekend . The food we had to choose from was ok. I have been for their Sunday Brunch would recommend Brunch over dinner. But the atmosphere is very nice and you can watch the boats go by.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I came to this restaurant with a reservation for 8 people on Father’s Day June 19th 2022 7:15pm and the restaurant is unprepared I ordered 3 different items and they ran out of everything no stone crab no carbonara pasta no fried whole fish…. bill came out to $650 and we had to order food we didn’t expect to eat tonight we came to eat stone crab and they ran out…. fried fish ? They ran out … I mean come on if you know it’s Father’s Day and your only accepting reservations you should be prepped for a holiday I could of spent $650 on restaurant that actually had what we wanted to eat …. I call the restaurants to make sure they have what we wanted before we get there but guess what??? I get a automated phone message saying we are unable to accept your call right now please leave a message … really ? You don’t pick up your phone… you run out of almost everything on the menu I mean if only there was a simple system that would send automated messages to guests with reservations that they ran out of certain foods I would of saved my $650 staying at home … I do not recommend this restaurant to anybody very unprepared for special occasions.. never will I visit again how embarrassing..
  17. MP

    MichelleP

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were fortunate to get a brunch reservation and sat inside. Food was good, service was excellent. Will definitely go back to try the dinner menu
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The patio was cute and inviting. Tables were spaced nicely. Service was average. We had to ask for things several times, she didn’t check in often after food was brought. I would go back
  19. JR

    JackieR

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    although staff was very nice, place was clean the food was disappointing. My Chicken and Shrimp was salty. My daughter's chicken salad was not great and chicken dry. I would recommend sticking to the traditional Cesar salad as usually is a "safe" plate for picky eaters. My son's chicken and waffle was made different and the glaze sauce was too much.
  20. AA

    AshleyA

    Miami

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good experience, everything was good except for the mahi fish, it was very dry.
  21. AL

    AngelaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad all around. Would not recommend to anyone. Not worth the money.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Snapper was extremely dry Ceviche is not traditional ceviche - fish tasted like chicken Accommodations not flexible- could not split the check or get a double for a cocktail.. had a reservation but the hostess took us all over the restaurant to find a seat and there was nothing so we had to come back to the front and wait 20 more minutes.
  23. C

    Colleen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Will definitely be back! Service was excellent. Outdoor dining was very nice along the river. Food quality was very good too. We had an issue with the size of one of our items -- the manager promptly came over and went above & beyond to help. Had a great evening!
  24. DA

    DavidA

    Miami

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time dining at Rivertail. The only negative was parking. After parking in the Auto Nation building and walking a block and half to the restaurant, I learned that I could have valet parked my car at The Wharf for free with the ticket being validated by the restaurant. Other than that, the ambiance (sitting outside by the river but under cover with fans circulating air), the food and the service were exceptional.
  25. KT

    KimT

    Miami

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new spot right by the river. We had a really nice pre-theater dinner here. Everyone loved our cocktails, appetizers and entrees. We will definitely be back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! We loved Rivertail! We tried the octopus, cornbread, crab donuts, shrimp and grits, ceviche tacos and the Brussel sprouts. We will DEFINITELY BE BACK! Thank you for the great service and delicious food!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick dinner and drinks with my bestie for my b day. Food was amazing our server was gorgeous Vibe was on point Happy birthday to me
  28. CE

    CatherineE

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We waited quite a while for service, I think we were an afterthought for our waiter. Ordered drinks and dinner. Dinner came well before drinks. Waiter “graced” us with his presence when we indicated we hadn’t received drinks, to the server that brought our meal. My drink glass was broken, with a glass chip missing. Overall, TERRIBLE experience. Would never recommend.
  29. j

    justme

    Orange County

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, too loud!
  30. MD

    MDrath

    West Palm Beach

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful patio on the water (covered with fans)!! Great food, service and drinks. Will be back soon!
  31. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful food, average service, stingy cocktails, and way overpriced.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I came for brunch and had the most amazing service from Jordan. Management was really nice when we had to move inside due to unexpected rain and overall it was a great time. I can’t wait to come back! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reynaldo was amazing! Great service and amazing food!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods and drinks were amazing. Will most definitely go back. I will become a regular here for sure. 😊
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Sister in law birthday
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister graduation dinner
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The waitress was great and attentive, the ambiance and scenery was beautiful. However, everybody’s dish was bland. I had to ask for pepper for my cold pasta, the fish sandwich was flavorless and soggy. The smoked fish dip was good, but the crab donuts were just ok. The quality of the food was not worth the price, to be honest.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I was expecting a DJ and livelier crowd for Sunday brunch. Atmosphere could have been better. Food and service was good
  39. SS

    StubbsS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The crab dounuts, kinda fishy. We moved on to the corn bread, was outstanding. Service was outstanding and timely. Great vaule. Will dine there again.
  40. A

    Alfiex

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Been here before and had a great time. This time service was poor at best. Disappointment

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 1142 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 49 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 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 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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