The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant

4.6
311 Reviews
$30 and under
American
For the finest food on the river, look no further than The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant, where rustic charm meets metropolitan flair. Thoughtfully prepared seafood dishes and satisfying comfort-food favorites fill our menu, perfect for savoring after a day in the outdoors. Try a hearty sandwich or the catch of the day, and finish with a delectable dessert.

Support The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Mother's Day - a la carte Brunch

    May 9, 2021 only

    Join us for an a la carte Brunch at Tailwater Lodge Restaurant for Mother's Day! We will be offering a special holiday menu for this event - please visit our facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/tailwaterlodge or call directly at 315-298-0715 Please note: Due to NYS Regulations Maximum table size is 10 people Social Distancing/Cleaning protocols enforced Face Masks Required Max 1.5 hour seating as we are at 75% occupancy

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • 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 311 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tailwater was a great dining experience! Highly recommended!

TB
TiborB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good .. Outstanding service! Will definitely dine here again..

CO
COOPC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Excellent menu choices and really good service, particularly during these difficult and challenging COVID times. There are some creative, healthy and modern options on the menu, which is a pleasant surprise considering the remote location of this excellent resort. There are very few places in this region where you can enjoy menu options like Tailwater offers -- and that's a very welcome addition. Breakfast sandwiches are good, but some dishes are on the too-greasy side. A main concern is the portion sizes at dinner -- really way too much food. I'm not a fan of food waste, but it's unavoidable here. I know this resort caters to a fishing crowd, who may enjoy large meals, but -- wow -- cut back on the portion sizes. Also, there are some menu options -- like the Reuben sandwich -- that stray too far from the true recipe (roast beef instead of corned beef) -- leaving me disappointed in those menu options. Not every menu option needs to be reconstructed and dolled-up.

LB
LuisaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was food was excellent along with the drinks. Service was friendly, professional,
and knowledgeable about the menu. Would definitely return.

RG
RobbinG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Venison, haddock, burger, NE clam chowder, Caesar salad, apple cinnamon coleslaw and Asian coleslaw were very tasty! Excellent rolls served with our dinners. We will return.

JB
JeremyB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food was absolutely delicious! Our waitress, Jenna, was awesome and made the experience better because she made you feel like a friend and not just another customer.

JS
JeffS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Highly recommend the food

HS
HeathS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good, but not spectacular. Everything was cooked well, but was not very flavorful. The restaurant is very aesthetically pleasing.

EB
EBethO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere is perfect, Covid Standards to perfection! Dining and food is outstanding, even when ordering to bring to your room, pricing is exceptional. All staff there have been so friendly, professional and very prompt. I would highly recommend not only the Tailwater Lodge, but to enjoy an amazing quality restaurant.

AR
AnnR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

I was there Easter Sunday with my Daughter, Grandson and his wife. The Chicken & Biscuits had way too much seasoning and the biscuits were overdone, we returned the dish and got Broiled Haddock and that was bland and overdone. The Thai Shrimp was good. My rice with the Ahi Tuna was half cold and half warm. The warm part was under the spinach. It was our first time there and unfortunately we were very disappointed in the food. The ambience is beautiful but that’s not enough when you expect a nice dinner.

d
deedee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with very nice servers, kitchen help and hostess's...

We had a great brunch...not rushed at all....we always like going to the Tailwater!

F
Florence
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of ate at Tailwater. Two of us had a simple meal of cheeseburgers and French fries. The third ordered the cottage pie from the dinner menu. All of us were pleased with our meals, and we all ended up with some food to take home. The burgers were cooked to our order, and were very good. My son said the cottage pie was delicious, and he looked forward to having the left overs for lunch the next day.
I can't say enough about how friendly and accommodating the server was. She checked several times (without being intrusive) to see if we were doing OK, and was quick to get anything we asked for. I love this restaurant and am pleased that it is close to home.
Its what I would call 'upscale rustic' in decor, and we will all be happy to have occasion to return.

VW
VeronicaW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

When they tell you the steak special can only be medium (or more) done it tells me it’s leftovers... EXPENSIVE leftovers.... wasn’t impressed. I would recommend the bar food, not the restaurant food.

W
Watertown
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We look forward to returning to Tailwater for a future meal. Our server was so personable that we would request them by name next time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent service and consistently great food!

m
montaukmom
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, great service from Heather! Already made our Easter reservations!

MM
MaryM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent! The waitress was warm and friendly. Also, service was prompt! The whole evening was so enjoyable. We are definately going back!

TS
TomS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My experience was great and always has been great.
Thanks

FH
FelicityH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is advertised for "casual" dress; the meal is casual as well. It would improve with refinements, like true salad dressings and not a generic cream, a seafood meal with more seafood and less rigatoni for what is a not-inexpensive dish, and a slower pace so salad plates are removed before the hot main course arrives. We enjoyed it, and will return, and look forward to it.

DR
DRoberts
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for any occasion. Drinks were good and the food was delicious! They even have a fun hangout room by the bar with a pool table now!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service could not have been better. Everyone we came in contact with from the hostess to the bar service to the waitress made us feel that they genuinely cared about our experience. The food was wonderful. Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food. Very relaxed atmosphere.

DH
DorothyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tailwater is great! Food is delicious; service is wonderful! Highly recommend!

SS
ShawneS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. All the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help you. The facility was very clean and we felt extremely safe there- we will be back again!

B
Bean
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My only issue is the length if time it takes to get your food. We were an hour and 20 minutes into our meal and had just gotten our salads. The dining time is close to 2.5 hours so be prepared. This was my second time here and the last time same thing. We had been there for over 2.5 hours and no one had even been asked about dessert yet. We ended up leaving the rest of the party and taking off because we had to get home and it was going on 3 hours 😳

TJ
TerryJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the food and the staff, and always look forward to our next trip! Everyone at Tailwater is fantastic. Unlike some properties or establishments, all of the employees embrace the fact that they are in the hospitality industry, and go out of their way to greet and assist you at every turn. More importantly, they are genuine and appear to enjoy their work. Exceptional service is what separates Tailwater!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!! Will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our 34th anniversary. Our waitress was lovely, extremely competent and an excellent waitress. She went above and beyond to make us feel great and have a wonderful dinner amid the Covid restrictions that were obvious.

A
Annie
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved the Thai shrimp as the appetizer, the meatloaf was enjoyable. And we found a new favorite beer.

AR
AROD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have dined here numerous times. Great food and service always. We had to wait for our other party to arrive. Asked to sit at the bar, told we could but, had to order food. I understand Covid protocols but, couldn't understand why we should have to order food at the bar when we were going to dine in the restaurant. We did sit at our table and waited for our party to arrive.

LC
LoriC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It was our 3rd trip there. The food is always good, but the service left not the best taste in my mouth. As soon as she came to the table wanted to know about appetizers before taking our drink order. The food came everything was fine. It wasn't a very busy evening. It took awhile for her to return. She dropped the check and then disappeared. I finally had to go to the bar and pay. I brought family with me. I won't be in a hurry to go back.

J
Jeffy
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time there. We enjoyed a great meal.

AG
AnnieG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food with outstanding service in a comfortable setting.

MM
MondoMan
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot if you are in the area and want something a little more refined. Restaraunt and hotel are very nice but also welcomes the local outdoorsmen.

e
ewager
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall our experience couldn't have been better. Reservations were easy to make. The restaurant was lovely, very nicely decorated. Food was delicious. Our server was friendly and made great recommendations for dinner.

GB
GaryB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Tailwater. Great food. Beautiful place.

r
robertb
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the wife and i enjoyed a very tasteful dinner and nice esthetics and a very nice waitress gabby thanx for following protecall and being there for us signed very full thanx

TJ
TaylorJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

$35 filet minion that tasted like charred beef! Was very disappointed.

S
Satch
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome spot for a getaway in the north country to snowmobile or fish. Everyone goes out of their way to be nice and helpful. Only criticism was that we were never told that had to ask for daily maid service because of covid. after second day we complained and learned protocol. Love the place, third winter in a row there for our anniversary. I would have given five stars across the board but because of covid there have been noticeable but understandable differences. We definitely will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal and timely waitress

FAQs

The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 298-0715.

The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://tailwaterlodge.com/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.