Rivertail

4
645 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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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MichaelD
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

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

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vipMikeM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Unfortunately it was extremely loud and not the greatest service. Food was really good, but I brought my wife there for crabs and they no longer serve king or snow crabs. Otherwise the food was great, but it could have been so much better with better atmosphere and service!

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vipBruceC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was okay—nothing to write home about. Burger was good, pork belly was great, but snapper filet was very over cooked and very under seasoned. The biggest issue was really the service. Less a problem with service staff, and more a problem with management. One of the managers was at the host stand when we arrived, and he was very rude and condescending to everyone. For example, the group before us walked up and said politely, “hi, we don’t have a reservation, but would you be able to accommodate us?” He replied sarcastically, “okay…how am I supposed to know how many you are?” Other issues: servers were covering way too many tables. I get that this is an issue with hiring in general right now, but here is how it impacted us: we put in drink orders. 15 mins later and no drinks—server forgot to enter them. He was apologetic, left right away to fix it and we didn’t have a chance to enter our entrees. 10 mins later drinks show up, and we order our mains. 10 mins later and our appetizer comes out, but they are placed at the wrong table by a runner. We recover them. 10 mins later, our entrees come out, but only 2 of 3. We wait for 15 mins but no sign of the third, or our server. We try to flag bus staff and the hostess, and are generally met with an “I’m too busy shrug”. Finally, our server comes out, apologizes that he forgot to enter the third entree and assumed we were sharing (?), but says he’ll expedite. He does bring us a free appetizer as a gesture, but at this point everything is cold. I order another drink in the meantime. 15 mins later, drink has still not arrived, so I just go to the bar to get it myself. At that point the third entree shows up, but at the wrong table, and we have to flag it over to us. We basically didn’t get to eat our mains until well over an hour after we arrived, and by then, most of our entrees were cold. Just a frustrating experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Very greasy food. Grilled fish had oil. Broccoli had oil.

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vipFrequent
Miami
91 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was good but she had no help. They have people from the kitchen helping her serve the food which spilled it all over our table initially so we needed a cleanup which we waited 10 minutes for kind of ruined the meal. The salmon and snapper were good the appetizers mussels cornbread Caesar salad‘sWe’re not so good.

Rivertail
Responded 4 days ago

Thank-you so much for your honest feedback, we sincerely apologize for the delay in the service We are always looking for ways to improve and appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience, it was extremely helpful to our team. We hope you will come back and give us another try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
31 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I came here for a girls’ brunch and the lychee mimosas were divine! I also got the wharf burger which was pretty good. The best part was the delicious, warm corn bread! Yes to that!

Rivertail
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback, we totally agree, that cornbread is to die for ;). Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :). We can't wait to have you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Food was OK. Service was very slow. Extremely crowded and noisy. Nice tourist place to discover with a fun atmosphere but I would not be a regular guest.

Rivertail
Responded on September 13, 2021

Hi, thank-you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We hope you will come back and give us another try.

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StevenG
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and great food-some of the most flavorful dishes I've had. A little overwhelming and DEFINETLY NOT A DATE NIGHT locale. Also, the downtown locale is a mob-scene on the weekend. But the staff was friendly and attentive.
Great for groups!

Rivertail
Responded on September 13, 2021

Hi Steven! Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments!! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and service. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipJHHH2DALCONT
West Palm Beach
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a party of 8. Everyone was very impressed with the food. We started to sit outside, but the fans were annoying to a couple people so we opted to go inside. The noise level was very loud inside. Good for a party, but hard to talk. I would stay outside in the future. That's just my preference. Otherwise great food.

Rivertail
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a constructive review! We're so happy you enjoyed the food :). We can’t wait to host you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday evening with the wife and son. Enjoyed the food and service. The atmosphere was great as well.

Rivertail
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank-you so much for the five-star review!! We're so happy you enjoyed dining with us :).

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DwayneJ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to visit only for happy hour..very pricey after happy hour

Rivertail
Responded on September 12, 2021

Thanks for your great review Dwayne! We're thrilled you enjoyed our Happy Hour! Come back soon, and bring friends ;).

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good! Ambiance and service likewise! Definitely going back

Rivertail
Responded on September 7, 2021

Thanks for the amazing review!! Can't wait to have you back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my birthday. The service and the whole snapper was amazing.

Rivertail
Responded 4 days ago

Happy Birthday!! Thanks for the great review!! We're so happy you enjoyed the snapper :).

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JulioM
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

My experience here was very SO SO! I had a couple of friends meet us here good time so so food for the prices! NOBODY WAS WEARING A MASK VERY SCARY AND NOW I HAVE COVID-19 THE MORNING AFTER! Save your money and try another place! Drinks and very so so almost like going to TGIF. FYI soda water cost $4 laughable! Let’s add that for 4 people over $300 :( and it’s food you can get anywhere else cheaper!

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vipMARK
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Overall we were disappointed with the our experience.
Considering the cost and everything being ala carte' we expected the service and the food quality to be excellent but sadly, neither were. Our server tried to rush us through dinner and when he realized we were going to take our time he basically abandoned us. So, needless to say we won't be going back.

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MarciaW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I wanted to like this place, but the food and service are poor. Nice location on the water. But we waited for 30 minutes for our waitress to come over. She did not officially greet us. As she slowly walked by (and never stopped) she said: "I'll be with you in a moment. Scan that code to look at the menu." After we ordered drinks we learned that the bartender was NOT familiar with how to make basic drinks...like an Espresso Martini and vodka and muddled cucumber & mint on the rocks? Last, but not least, the mussels we ordered were spoiled and the lobster chowder and snapper fillet were cold when they arrived. When she came over about the lobster chowder before I could speak, she asked "Was it too cold?"

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan our server, amazing! Very attentive & accommodating, 10 out of 10.
Frank, the GM, amazing! Very welcoming. 10 out of 10 for food. Ambiance was phenomenal. Not our first time, and every time is just fantastic.

Rivertail
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you so much for the glowing review! You made our day :). We're thrilled you enjoyed and can't wait to have you back!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a casual birthday dinner. Bartender was very courteous and attentive. Our drinks were delicious. The chef brought out a little dessert in celebration of my birthday. That was very thoughtful. I would definitely be back soon.

Rivertail
Responded on September 3, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words. We loved reading about your experience with us. Happy Birthday and we hope you can join us again soon!!

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bijouxlover
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time visiting. The yellowtail hamachi taco app was outstanding! I also had the cold lobster roll, which was also delicious. Hubby had the chowder, which also said was wonderful. Then he had the Branzino with asparagus, that was equally yummy. So big YAY! on the food. Our female server was great. She handled it all efficiently and had a lovely personality. If I had any gripes, it was regarding the parking situation. Nothing available in the Park garage next door, so we had to circle the block and use the valet at the end of the street. Also, a few more fans on the outdoor patio would be helpful this time of year. I was OK with it, but hubby was totally soaked by the time we left at 8:30pm, and said we're not eating outdoors again until November.

Rivertail
Responded on August 30, 2021

Nothing makes us happier than reading about an experience like yours, thanks for sharing with us! We're thrilled you enjoyed so many dishes and the service :). Thanks for sharing your feedback as well, we will for sure share it with our management team. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lessons learned: Outdoor dining isn’t the best at night in Florida due to mosquitoes lol!
Reserved standard indoor dining but was placed outside. Busy night, took a long while before our orders were taken. Food turned out to be okay for me but my date probably made the wrong choice since hers was quite unsavory and bland. Drinks were good too. I’ll try Rivertail again, one day.

Rivertail
Responded on August 30, 2021

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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not enough staff.. service could have been wayyyyy better

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you so much for your honest feedback. It was extremely helpful to our team and we'd be more than happy to welcome you back and give us another try.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I made a reservation for four people at 6 PM on a Saturday night. The service was good but not excellent. It was not to busy. For appetizers we had the grilled octopus, the ceviche taquitos and peel and eat shrimp. They were all good but not amazing. For entrées we had the salmon with ginger soy and a side of garlic mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts, Parmesan crusted trout, shrimp and grits and Mahi with lemon caper sauce. The ginger and soy sauce what not flavorful and the lemon caper sauce had no capers. Everything was cold and they were flies everywhere. I had been looking forward to coming to this place for a while but unfortunately I would not return or recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits...Yum.
The Mac n Cheese for the kids...delicious!
The waiter was excellent.
We met the executive Chef. He was a nice guy, and explained some of the items on the menu to us.
We will definitely be back.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words. We love reading about what dishes our guests enjoy the most! So happy you enjoyed your overall experience with us. We hope you can join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautifully swanky intercostal restaurant, balmy night. Attentive & fantastic wait service.
Aesthetically amazing environment.
Delicious drinks.
Killer appetizers.
Entrees delicious but fish was so boney.
Sides pricey but just “good”.
Pricey & posh menu.

Awesome anniversary celebration.
Honest critic.
We will be return.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank-you sooo much for the 5 star review!! We're thrilled you enjoyed your evening. Happy Anniversary! Come back soon, and bring your friends ;).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was okay, some things better than others but the kitchen was completely inflexible to meet our needs. The music was more like Muzak, not the vibe I think they are looking for. The bar was slow, so much so that I canceled a drink order.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

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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Alexcrodz
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

First time we ate here it was great as well as the service. That was about 3 weeks ago. Went the this weekend and both food an service weren’t too good. I guess it’s a hit or miss kind of place. Will return anyway because we like the location and ambiance.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments! We are thrilled that you enjoy the location and ambiance! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Counsel
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Don't go here. Waitress was very rude, unpleasant and unprofessional. Food average and expensive. Only good thing is ambience.

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vipOrBe
Fort Lauderdale
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is good, but took forever to arrive. They automatically add a 20 % gratuity to your bill, which is perfectly fine if it’s deserved, the waiter we had was clearly having a bad day. This was our third time at this restaurant in less then two months, this review is based on our last visit.

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Bobb
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall it was ok, nothing great, overpriced. The bartender was the best part of the experience, she was helpful and happy and wanting make the experience all it could be.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Hi Bobb, thank-you so much for your honest feedback, we are always looking for ways to improve and appreciate you taking the time. We are so happy our bartender made such a great impression. We would love it if you could come back and give us another try, we are confident we can turn your experience around.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Very basic. I wrote that it was for a birthday party and they didn’t even say happy birthday, bring a cupcake, nothing to make the occasion special. Not family friendly menu. This is more for adults.

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RobinJ
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service was a little slow and the oysters were salty. Otherwise good and service were good. The chorizo dates and the Louie salad were outstanding. The drinks- we had the mango margarita and the banana old fashioned - were fantastic.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Hi Robin! Thanks for your feedback, we will most definitely share it with our culinary team. So happy you enjoyed the fruity drinks! We'd love to have you back soon!

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David
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Lobster roll. Can’t tell you it was good. No lobster in it to be recognized. Definitely not worth the money.

Pricey and 20 percent gratuity automatically added.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Hi David, thank-you so much for your constructive feedback. We will most definitely share it with our culinary team. We are disappointed we were unable to fully impress you, we hope you will give us another opportunity to to do so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good. They charge a 20% service charge. They should tell you that from the start.

Rivertail
Responded on August 29, 2021

Thank-you for your 4 star review and feedback! We are always looking to improve and will for sure share your comments with our team. We hope to see you back soon!

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Deva
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Happy Hour. Our usual Raw Oysters and those huge Shrimp. Thank you Jordan for suggesting we try the new scallop appetizer. Omg. Great spicy taste and perfectly cooked. They melted in you mouth. I highly recommend you try these. Shout out to Executive Chef Paul for stopping by and chatting about the new scallop appetizer. Jordan also suggested some other new appetizers. Great choices. Will definitely be trying them our next visit. Cant wait to try the mussels

Rivertail
Responded on August 21, 2021

Hi Deva! Thank you so much for your amazing review!! We're thrilled you liked our new appetizers, so happy you got to try them. It was a pleasure to serve you and we can't wait to have you back soon :).

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vipToddD
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This took the place of a long standing Irish bar in 2020. Renovation was nice and modern finishes and lighting. Food was not as up scale as expected it was more like bar food as appetizers. Presentation was good and service was attentive We did not have entrees only drinks and appetizers and dessert

Rivertail
Responded on August 21, 2021

Thank you so much for your honest feedback Todd, we will share it with our Team. We're happy you liked the renovation, service, and presentation, and we hope you will come back and give us another try.

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vipCHS1
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The best thing about this restaurant were the cocktails, which were delicious. The food was expensive, consisted of small portions, and was mediocre at best. There are better places to go for the same atmosphere and lesser cost.

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vipcheetah
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience1

Alice our sever was excellent and she made up for some disappointments.We had a table for 7 and the noise level made it extremely difficult to hear each other.
Some dishes were excellent such as ceviche,hamachi crudo and excellent oysters shucked perfectly and presented with an excellent cocktail sauce and horse radish and mignonette.
Disappointments were the Caeser salad which was overloaded with dressing.the Fra Diavlo seafood pasta which lacked spice. and the escargot scallops.
The dessert of chocolate layer cake was excellent with just the right amount of sweetness

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WendyR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only my second time at Rivertail but both times have been a complete pleasure!! The staff rules, especially Mario at the bar! The drinks are great :) will be back!

Rivertail
Responded on August 21, 2021

Hi Wendy! Nothing makes us happier than reading about an experience like yours. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!! Thank-you!

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Rivertail is rated 4 stars by 645 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.