We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Review of Fishtail by David Burke - CLOSED

Fishtail by David Burke
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: Between Park and Lexington Avenues
Transit: F train to 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue, N, R, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.
Description: In 2008, The David Burke Group unveiled Fishtail, an innovative seafood concept located in a beautiful townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The restaurant seats 130 people in a vibrant bi-level space that features a lively 16-seat bar. Fishtail's menu is replete with fresh fish and shellfish selections - including Salt Roasted Branzino, Blue Fin Tuna and Whole Sea Bream. Many offerings illustrate signature creative spins - highlighting flavor and technique - such as Nori & Mustard Crusted Tuna, Braised Beef Cheek, and Lobster Rigatoni. Fresh-from-the-sea raw bar items round out the menu beautifully for any fish lover. The Sunday special, Lobster Louie, is a three-course lobster dinner for $45. And on Monday through Saturday evenings, Fishtail's seasonal prix-fixe dinner features three courses for $49. Fishtail offers the freshest seafood provided by the company-owned fishing boat out of Brielle, New Jersey and the Hunts Point fish market. With the sustainable seafood movement gaining momentum, the menu reinforces our belief in maintaining the integrity of each item on the plate.
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Sadly, Fishtiail seems to have gone downhill (downstream?) We had our first sub-par dinner during restaurant week but went back because of so many good dinners in the past. Tonight, the crabcakes were cold and the famous angry loblster was not a whole lobster, just its lesser parts - a significant limitation that was not revealed on the menu. Moreover, there's "read the fine print carefully" problem, as some oysters are excluded from the special prices, as is at least one desert, maybe other items too. If you are careful about finding exclustions and don't mind compromised (room temperature, less-than-promised, extra charge) dishes, Fishtail may be OK, but it does seem to be slipping.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank InandFlyer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviews (190)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

113 - 117 of 190 reviews

Reviewed February 25, 2013

This casual fish restaurant manages to procuce excellent sea food dishes, beautifully presented and served by a very profesional staff. Try their lobster rolls! They are delicious and plentiful.
This place is very popular and invariably crowded and noisy, try to get a table next to the windows, they are very cherie and quieter than the rest of the place. Try it, is a fun place, with good food and reasonable prices.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Raoul P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 12, 2013

I've been to Fishtail twice and had an amazing meal both times. The taco sampler all by itself is almost enough for me to give the restaurant the highest marks. But there are many other dishes that are similarly extraordinary, and make me salivate just thinking about going there!

The dining rooms are designed in a whimsical and fun way with lampshades in the shape of waves and fish art and motives everywhere.

The only possible drawback I can imagine is that the restaurant's prices are rather high. But they do have specials of all kinds, like dollar oysters for happy hour during the week. And we've been there for brunch, and found that fairly reasonable. It's hard to be too critical of the prices, though, since they are in step with the neighborhood - Upper Eastside prices are going to be high. Now, if Burke were to open a restaurant in the East Village, it might be a different story!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Charming_Karl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Like David Burke´s Townhouse although almost exclusively fish here, the combinations and recipes are almost shocking in their innovation. It offers an interesting and exciting menu that enlivens the palate. Definitely worth it for fish lovers who can venture beyond grilled sole. The raw bar is also extremely good offering a variety of oysters.

Thank Ahungrybear
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Tonight's dinner consisted of drinks (wine and champagne) appetizers (Nigiri, California Roll, Ahi Poke, Grand Tower, and Lobster Dumplings), entrees (Angry Lobster and Skate Wings special), 2 desserts (can't remember, not memorable), coffee and tea.

My entree of the Skate Wings and the Angry Lobster were the best eats of the evening. The table next to us ordered the Branzino. One liked it and the other didn't.

The restaurant consists of two floors. They are like day and night. The lower level is more of a bar feel and hopping. The upper level is much more reserved, sedated and "dressier".

I would definitely skip the seafood tower. It wasn't worth it. Although, the lobster portion of the tower was very tender, but not worth the expense of the whole tower. The sushi was mediocre at best. I would compare them to a high end supermarket quality. The lobster raviolis were not high in lobster content and bland. Skip them as well. The quality was the same as if not less that an Asian market variety in taste and texture.

I would rate the food as good, not great. The prices were not cheap. For the same pricing, I'd rather go someplace else. The service was decent. The hostess was very accommodating and helpful.

All in all, I'd give this restaurant a pass.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank VeniceInMyHeart
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Fishtail by David Burke also viewed

New York City, NY

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing