Rivertail

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828 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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  • Get 3 Oysters with Every Martini Purchased

    Multiple dates available

    Thu 7:00 PM - 9:15 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 - 9:15 PM

    Every Tuesday, join us for Tito's & Taquitos, where you can enjoy a FREE taquito, with every Tito's cocktail purchase!
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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 828 people are saying
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SK208
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall disappointing- maybe because it was a Sunday night but service to food was a let down.

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KathyL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch on a brisk day -- but we wanted to sit outside. After hostess seated us, waiter came over and recommended one of his empty tables in a less-breezy area, which was very appreciated! Had some raw oysters and the broiled ones with kimchi. Both were outstanding. Waiter recommended the East Coast oysters because they were bigger -- but they were still really small. Can't imagine what the West Coast oysters looked like. They were delicious, anyway, and the fresh horseradish on the side was painfully wonderful. I ordered a lychee and champagne drink that came pink, which was curious. It was yummy, though, and when I ordered a second one later, it was white with a lychee on top. I must have gotten the strawberry drink the first time, but it was nice to try both. My companion was pretty sure she did not get the right flavor of bloody mary (they offer several variations), but again -- it was so good, she didn't care. We split lobster benedict and the shrimp louie salad. We nearly licked the plates. There was a DJ, which can sometimes be stupid loud at some places, but it wasn't too bad. We could talk and it was still a good vibe. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch. Limited menu but still enough options for most people. Food quality and taste were very good. I think the price for the grilled octopus is quite high for the portion size. Good bloody Mary and Aperol Spritzer. We would go back and intend to take out of town guests there. Location, ambience and music are very good@

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irened
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We had a reservation and after we were seated the little girl at reception came back TWICE to ask our name and reservation time
Our appetizers arrived before the bottle of wine we ordered.
Our main dish arrived only half way through our appetizer...we sent it back and are sure they kept it under a heat lamp (curled edges on fish).
Surely this was related to whatever was going on in the kitchen, as even our waiter was surprised.
And the noise level precludes conversation.
So, no, even with better than OK prep of the fish, would not come back or recommend this restaurant.

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MARKUZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my wife had the greatest experience there the waiter was top notch and the service was spot on

Rivertail
Responded a day ago

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, Markuz. Your review is the kind of review that makes us love what we do even more :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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JanelleB
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The ambiance was great, we sat on the outside patio. There was a lot of energy And good vibes. The check in process was smooth. The appetizers were amazing but the entrees left a lot to be desired. I’d definitely go back for drinks and appetizers.

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Janelle, Thank you so much for the great feedback. We're so happy you enjoyed the drinks and appetizers :). We can't wait to host you again soon!

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noname
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pisco sour and food very good

Rivertail
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the amazing feedback! We couldn't agree more, the pisco sour is a always a crowd favorite :). We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

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AldoC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great! We really enjoyed our dining experience!

Rivertail
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback, Aldo! We're so happy you enjoyed dining with us :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place!

Rivertail
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the great feedback! We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

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GaynorW
Naples
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was good. The atmosphere is nice, and the service was good as well. I was pleased with choosing this restaurant even though I was skeptical based on reviews. All was good, I would return there.

Rivertail
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, Gaynor! We're so happy you enjoyed dining with us :). We can't wait to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pre theater is very good.

Rivertail
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the great feedback! We'd love to host you again soon!

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MickeyLB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Can not beat food here!
Did not realize the outside area was like a seaside chowder shack - not bad, just wasn't expecting the deeply casual vibe for more than a moderately priced restaurant.
Kids appear to manage the arrival and service experience which also ties into the comment about price point.
All in, good spot with some quite interesting and very tasteful food, some minor tweaks to the other related items would help.
Oh, also some pretty decent cocktails!

Rivertail
Responded on January 18, 2022

Hi Mickey! Thank you so much for your honest feedback, we're thrilled you enjoyed the food and cocktails! We really hope you will come back and give us another try.

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MitchellJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were good I would consider going back if I return.

Rivertail
Responded on January 18, 2022

Thank you so much for the amazing feedback, Mitchell! We're so happy you enjoyed the food and drinks:)

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dinner: Not at all what I expected. Overall, the food was just okay. The chips used for the fish dip was stale. The Honey Kimchi Wings, Dynamite Scallops were good and the Parmesan Crusted Trout had no flavor, and to crispy. Maybe your experience will be different.

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vipEliD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. Service was very good

Rivertail
Responded on January 17, 2022

Thank you so much for the great feedback, Eli! We're thrilled you enjoyed :).

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NatalieR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We enjoyed the location and our server. Overall the food was not good. We ordered the Catch of the day, which was a tiny, oily piece of fish with a side of fries, which also weren’t great. Also ordered a fish sandwich, which was strangely mushy, I couldn’t even eat the whole thing, which no one noticed to ask if something was wrong. On top of the food being mediocre our bill was $90 and we didn’t even have any drinks.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lovely ambience.

Rivertail
Responded on January 16, 2022

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, Susan! We're so happy you enjoyed dining with us :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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ROBINREALTOR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Award winning chef lived up to his pedigree! Food was outstanding from the scallop appetizer to the yummy Brazilian Fish Stew. Even the chocolate cake wasn't too sweet. Pleasant atmosphere, not too crowded, outdoor dining 100%.

Rivertail
Responded on January 16, 2022

Wow, thank you so much for the kind words, Robin! Nothing makes us happier than reading about an experience like yours :). We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

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Trumper
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Save your money,. Happy Hour is very confusing.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent date spot!

Rivertail
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you! We're so happy you enjoyed :).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! The crab cake donuts and corn bread are a must!

Rivertail
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank yo so much for the fantastic feedback! We're thrilled you enjoyed :).

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vipDANIELS
West Palm Beach
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was OK. My Bronzino was really good but my girlfriends trout was a little dry. I was disappointed in the ambience. Granted it was raining however they need to update their furniture given their location. The metal chairs with different colors reminded me of a daycare center. The overhead lighting inside was super bright.

Rivertail
Responded on January 12, 2022

HI Daniels, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize we were unable to create a five-star experience. We have shared your feedback with the management team and hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ordered two drinks and they were out of ingredients. Waitress forgot to bring drinks to us after we ordered. We had to ask

Rivertail
Responded on January 12, 2022

Thank you so much for your honest review. We take great pride in having a well-trained staff and we apologize that our service fell short during your recent dine. We have shared your feedback with the management team to ensure quality service to all of our guests. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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JoeGrine1
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The food was very bland with no flavor and doesn't appear to be fresh. I ordered the whole snapper and it was meh tasted like the fish was caught weeks ago.My wife had the 8oz steak and she also said it was not fresh and tough to eat. The side dish if broccoli tasted like something from a can and not edible because of how chewy it was.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it food was amazing. Waiter was awesome

Rivertail
Responded on January 12, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic feedback with us! We hope you can join us again soon!

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AlexR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I love river tail, typically go for brunch. This weekend I brought a couple of my friends for dinner, our server was very short and rude and we ordered espresso martinis and they basically just gave us all the vodka they had with a splash of chocolate milk. Food was overall pretty good, but next time I’ll go somewhere else for the price.

Rivertail
Responded on January 10, 2022

Hi Alex, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize we were unable to create a five-star experience. We have shared your feedback with the management team and really hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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vipbobbybrat
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Rivertail our first night in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoyed it so much we went back last night. Excellent food and service

Rivertail
Responded on January 9, 2022

Hi Bobby! Thank you for taking the time to share your amazing feedback! Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :)

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall1food2service3ambience3

The portions sizes are very small resulting in what I felt was a very overpriced dining experience. 1 dozen oysters were $42- ridiculous and they were small. Definitely won’t be back!

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vipbobbybrat
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service along the River.

Rivertail
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi Bobby! Thank you for taking the time to share your fantastic feedback! Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :).

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Barry
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good and the service was fast.
Problems:
After we ordered we were later told that food was not available. We also overheard that being told to a nearby customer.
Waiters should be wearing masks.

Rivertail
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi Barry! Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback, we really appreciate it. We hope you can join us again soon :).

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vipRichardM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Two of the orders I placed they didn’t have food was okay

Rivertail
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi Richard, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize we were unable to create a five-star experience. We have shared your feedback with the management team and really hope you will come back give us another opportunity to impress you.

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vipSonnyP1226
Fort Lauderdale
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Good food, service and atmosphere as we chose outdoor dining watching a few boats go by. We're going back for "Round 2" soon!

Rivertail
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to share your fantastic feedback! Nothing makes us happier than a happy guest :). We can't wait to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere...great chef specials!

Rivertail
Responded on January 2, 2022

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

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Disgusted
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Maybe because it was New Year’s Day, but everything was awful. The waitress condescending attitude, the worse drinks we had in a long time and terrible food. The manager was nice and tried to help, but it was too late. I’ve been to the other restaurants owned by the chef and never had such a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our brunch party of 8 enjoyed the appetizers (even though we were brought another table’s food and the server insisted it was ours)… but 2 out of the 8 meals were not good (crunchy, greasy and too spicy shrimp and grits) and the power bowl quinoa was not prepared well (under cooked or not husked). The other 6 meals were great! And all of the cocktails were fabulous! Great spot to people watch and our server was very nice.

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Quan
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had a good NYE dinner with my wife. Food was good but with small quantity. Table outside was a great option with view on the river. We will come back.

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TrevorG
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

First time trying since the open after hearing different locals reviews. Worst New Years dinner you could get. Portions were tiny and tan like a catering hall. Over priced for the food quality and quantity. An infant gets fed a larger portion!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We bought the new year’s celebration experience for 9 people. The ambience was great, this was the only positive. The quality and the amount of food did not meet nor did it warrant the price paid, especially after paying for a pre-fixe menu. The service was rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The pre fix price of $75 without drinks included per person for the food amount served was overpriced. The server, Victoria, was excellent! The location was great.

Rivertail
Responded on January 2, 2022

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your honest feedback with us. We really hope you can join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Being a NYE party the process was quick and easy. Our server Brian was ok. The restaurant is in a nice location and somehow expected a bit more elegance (the food certainly was).

Rivertail
Responded on January 2, 2022

Hi! Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled you enjoyed spending New Year's Eve with us :). We hope you can join us again soon!

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FAQs

Rivertail is rated 4 stars by 828 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.