The Tailwater Bar and Restaurant

4.6
452 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 452 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Naples
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

We have been long time customers at Tailwater. Unfortunately last night was very poor. Our waitress was delightful and made the best of things, but things were out of her control.

On the beer side, draft and bottle, I tried 3 times to order a beer listed on the menu, but found they were unavailable. (COVID?)

The bread basket and salads were reliably delish. Two out of the three entrees were delivered cold, and then just a tad warmer. (COVID?)

But worst of all, no adjustment was offered(or demanded) from our bill. (Not COVID!)

Very disappointing, as we spoke so highly of the food on our drive to the restaurant!

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PaulineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

our service was friendly and efficient. Our meals were delicious and bar drinks were excellent. We plan to come back again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were great.

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HannahP
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazingly friendly staff, delicious food, and a great atmosphere. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!

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EleanorK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The French onion soup was the very best, will be back!

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SkipT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We highly recommend Tailwater Lodge. BWe have had a dozen or more lunches/dinners at the Tailwater Lodge restaurant, and we have never been disappointed. The food and service is excellent. The staff is always friendly and quick to help with requests. When you talk with the staff they are happy to work at Tailwater Lodge. The staff works to ensure every person has a great experience when at Tailwater Lodge.

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We dine here every Thanksgiving and this year the food was not as good as it has been, it feels like something changed. We all got the same plate and none of the portions of turkey matched, on one of our plates there was not even 3 slices and what slices the other person received were extremely small. The green beans were extremely hard al dente almost raw, none of us were able to eat them. And the stuffing was very salty. The sangria was super good as well as the gin crush drink but the waitress never asked if we wanted anymore so we only got one. We really do enjoy our Thanksgivings here, but after this year we are thinking we may try another place closer to home. We travel from Syracuse and have done Tailwater for at least the last 5 years for Thanksgiving. We were disappointed when we left. Normally I would highly recommend this place but after yesterday I am very hesitant to do so. I hope this was a one time thing.

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Tailwater service was perfect !!! Every single employee gave over the top service and were so nice! The Benchmark of what hospitality should be !!! Special shout out to Kayla at Front Desk, Jerry at maintenance (he is awesome!) and the staff at the restaurant. I cant say enough how great the staff here is . Truly among the best I’ve encountered in my lifetime

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CHERYLG
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The menu has a variety to pick from, we ordered the beer battered fish and seared salmon...excellent! Our favorite dinners after visiting several times. My only complaint is the table seating is a bit tight, I would have expected more spacing between tables, especially given the COVID pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly, attentive staff. Consistently good food.

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Meghan
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Understanding that the kitchen was overloaded, we were fine with the wait. However after waiting, the burger was completely charred. The wait staff and the manager we're lovely. Just disappointed in the inedible food.

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, amazing food a little expensive.

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Satisfied
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food and service was excellent; however noise level from the bar affected our enjoyment of the evening.

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AlishaD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy, quaint atmosphere. Food is delicious, and unique.

JA
JustALocal
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience2

This is my second time dining at Tailwater and unfortunately it may be the last. The food was absolutely amazing but we also almost left before getting the food due to the horrible customer service. We arrived 30 mins early for our reservation, sat at the bar while we waited and was still seated at our table late. Once we arrived at our table, we were placed with a Mason jar filled with nothing when everyone elses tables were provided with candles and the table was so wobbly that we had hurry to drink our beverages down halfway so that they stopped spilling everytime the table was touched. We were also in a spot right next to the wait staff doors and dirty dishes from surrounding tables were placed right behind my boyfriends chair. I'm not normally one to complain because I have worked in many dining establishments so I understand being short staffed and issues that arise. I picked this establishment to dine at as this was our anniversary dinner and I wanted to do something nice for my other half. Considering the prices of the meals and the general reputation of this establishment, I expected better and was extremely disappointed by our experience. That being said, we did decide to stick it out and our food was amazing even though our waitress was not personable at all.

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VickieF
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed taking our daughters and son-in-law out to dinner while they were here for a visit. Everything was wonderful. Especially the service. Our waitress was so nice.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The service was outstanding and the cocktails were perfect. The food was not of the quality that we feel it should be. The haddock tasted like it had a tablespoon of salt on it and the prime rib was very tough.

The place is outstanding, however, they need to improve the dinner specials.

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DaveZ
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top notch.. I have been going for a couple years under someone else's recommendation, and have to say... they were right over and over....

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Wally33
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, service & food! Definitely a stop when fishing on the Salmon River!

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DianeM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

First, the service was impeccable. Second, the food was less than luke warm bordering on downright cold. The risotto was undercooked and cold. The waitress was great and took my potatoes and veggies back to warm them but by the time they came back I had eaten most of my steak and was full. So my meal was very incomplete.
If they work on the temps to the table, this would be a great place to dine on a regular basis. I can get cold food at home.

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vipMandiS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails and corn fritters were delicious . I had the lemon chicken and my husband had the scallops and risotto special. Both were superb. The Tailwater never disappoints!

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vipPackard40
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hotel food (excellent) at it’s best. Large menu, draft beers, nice wine list.

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JudithU
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fabulous. Delicious food and the staff Was excellent, they went above and beyond to make our luncheon
For 8 a great experience!! ⭐️

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PeterD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great restaurant in and unexpected location. Food outstanding!!

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vipPackard40
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This chef is outstanding. Food was great and large portions. I think they cater to the fishermen. This is a Tapestry hotel for Hilton and is great place to stay in the middle of nowhere. Live fire pit outside. Caters to fishermen with private riverside fishing. Again restaurant top notch.

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LorrieB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem on Piseco Lake.. the food & dining experience is well worth the drive. It’s a must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Consistently good food and excellent service!

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DebbieH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a hidden gem for sure! I ordered the salmon and it was fabulous. Wait staff was pleasant and accommodating. Delicious drinks too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent.

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PatriciaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Noise level made talking with our guests a little difficult. Would have preferred to be in a quieter location, were seated too near the bar.

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MattR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always! Have been coming up for 7 years and will continue to!!

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StaceyF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wedding anniversary getaway

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Connie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent. Service was equally as good, especially with as busy as they were. So surprised

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BillV
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service

Great atmosphere

A little loud they could use some sound absorbing elements

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StacyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tailwater staff and food are amazing!!! Would definitely recommend to anyone!

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JuneO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very impressed with this off the beaten path beautiful restaurant and lodge. The food was absolutely delicious and our server Marjorie was a delight! We loved the atmosphere since we enjoy hiking and the outdoors. Everything was very classy and we will definitely be going there again!

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KayForbes
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful anniversary meal. The food was amazing and was very reasonably priced. Our waitress was attentive and friendly.

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Tarah
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Gabby was delightful! Food was delicious! Top notch place!

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BarbaraF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Varied menu tasty food. Presentation well done. Service good. Ambience average nothing outstanding. Off the beaten path location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and excellent service. Never disappoints!

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 452 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.