Central Park BoatHouse
Central Park BoatHouse

Central Park BoatHouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/
  • Phone: 2125172233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 4:00pm Walk-In Only; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm- 4:00pm Reservations Recommended; Dinner (Seasonal Mid April-Last Week in October): Saturday & Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm Reservations Recommended. Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Seasonal Mid April-Last Week in October) Reservations Recommended
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Fred Mero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Stops 6 Train Lexington Avenue Hunter College 68th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Weekdays from 3pm to 7pm when vehicles are permitted in the park, you can use our parking lot. At all other times, we recommend using the Metropolitan Museum garage at 80th Street and Fifth Avenue and taking the free Boathouse Trolley to and from the restaurant. The garage is open 24 hours.
A word from Central Park BoatHouse
With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Central Park BoatHouse reviews from OpenTable diners
558 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (457)great for outdoor dining (354)special occasion (333)romantic (312)great for lunch (267)great for brunch (169)fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (97)hot spot (93)good for groups (73)notable wine list (57)kid-friendly (51)vibrant bar scene (28)late-night find (25)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent service and food. Will defentely go back to this restaurant next time I visit New York
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I booked this restaurant for my birthday dinner and it was incredible! I had family visiting me from out of town and I wanted to take them to an iconic restaurant in the city, and I've always loved the ambiance of the Boathouse. Plus, the host mentioned my birthday when we arrived, guided us to a perfect table by the water and put a birthday candle in the dessert! Those touches were very much appreciated and I had a fantastic time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. The waiters were attentive and the scenery was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect spot in NYC!!!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch...was not rushed, the food and the view of the water made us feel like we were in a movie. The whole place was a 10!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    pvnyc
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We go here every other months for lunch. We love this place, beautiful view, quiet and special, because they the only one in central park.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Captures NYC
    Mark
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Want to get a great feel for CentrAl Park? Don't miss a weekend brunch at the Boat House. Been here before and will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The awesomeness stops at the view
    Omoshiroi
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Rude staff. Got my menu chucked at me Unhelpful hostess. Was lied to about having a booked house and how only parties of 3-4 can be seated at the waterside. Then 2 other couples were seated at the waterside (we were celebrating our wedding, all the way from Australia too) Food wasn't too bad even though the advertised pork tenderloin is actually pork fillets (wrong cut for the style of cooking which made it very tough and hard to eat). Canned apple sauce with it. Wrong entree delivered. On top of it all, we weren't allowed to choose our tip, they precalculated that all in for you. Convenient Dessert was overly sweet and not a good variety. Kinda killed a good day for us and bought the mood down
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect !!!We loved!
    reginacaniato
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We loved the this place , is very comfortable for lunch with friends . We definitely would return to try more dishes next year. The steak was amazing and the salad was refreshing. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problems getting a good table
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The Maître d' insisted on siting us towards they back although there were several tables right next to the lake were the view is best. They claimed that those tables were for 3 or more gusts but there were a few of those tables with only to people. When they saw I was then going to leave, the agreed to sit me on the table next to the handrail (were I wanted to sit).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect dining spot
    Lynda
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant. The location is amazing, but the food and service were also terrific. We were not rushed, enjoyed the evening and had a variety of dishes. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • little beauty
    food4thought
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Lovely atmosphere with very good food & friendly service. Little bit expensive but worth it especially for special occasions . Two important things to note is book in advance & due to its popularity don't expect to be seated on time. Would definitely recommend & love to visit again one day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Last week we had a lunch at the boathouse. The sun was shining en the view on the park was magnificent. We made a reservation at 1.30 pm, but it was crowded and we had to wait till 1.50 before we could sit at our table. The food and the service were both good. The restaurant is pretty expensive, mostly because of the view and not the service/food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    It was our daughter's birthday and the Boathouse was very special. Even the misty rain added some drama.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An oasis in the park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had the opportunity to have a late lunch at the Boathouse and it was a beautiful setting. The food was wonderful, though there were a lot of different servers during the meal, the service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere in Central Park
    gr8place
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Located right in the heart of Central Park. Dining experience and service very good. Great place to have lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hi-light
    mikeH57
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was the first time family joined us in NY from Italy and we were anxious to leave them with some off beat memories. The water front table was great, the racoon and floodlit fish a delight and the food as to be expected from a good reputation. Not as elegant or pretentious as the T on the Green in its hay-day and a pity that the taxis didn't appear to know where the place was. Hardly the fault of the restaurant which is to be applauded. Staff were uncharacteristically polite, efficient and "charming"... Great wine and suitably attentive waiter. Pity about the desert menu which we thought somewhat bland... the cookies went down well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on a Friday
    NCUSA
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Superb view, Superb service, Superb food...was a great first stop in NYC...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a great table overlooking the lake. Service was excellent. Food was very good with a variety and good level of prices
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • service good, food OK,
    ronone
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The service was good, the food OK, lamb a bit fatty, crab blob good, beef OK, vegetables not great, desserts nice. Wine list OK, bit over priced. Need better outdoor / lake lighting for night dining
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yves
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A place to visit as a tourist first time in NYC. Great location, good food, but maybe somewhat noisy and windy
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CaPi
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Whenever in NY, my husband and I make sure we have enough time to go this great restaurant, even for a quick meal. Food is delicious, view is spectacular with a great ambiance. Late-nigh dinner is a wonderful option and having the shuttle to take you to 5th Avenue is perfect!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Venue
    Scotgoats
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Setting lovely, service great, food fabby. The Restaurant was really busy but we still had a lovely relaxing lunch as the waiters did not hurry us along, they left the appropriate time between courses and topping up drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic restaurant!
    Uzma
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Scenic, peaceful and romantic venue in the heart of a vibrant city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location
    franzipan
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I booked ahead and we had a great table looking out over the water, the service was excellent, despite how busy the restaurant was . It was our second visit and we felt the food was better last time, although it could have been the choice we made: monkfish - cooked to perfection but the accompanying couscous was pretty dull and the grapefruit with it didn't go at all. The blueberry and plum crisp for desert was delicious and the wine list has plenty of great wines to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Lunch
    takeme2dinner
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Central park Boathouse was the perfect choice for a recent birthday celebration lunch. We had a table next to the window overlooking the lake as requested. The food was delicious and the service efficient and friendly. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch.
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The boathouse is a beautiful spot to enjoy a romantic dinner or an evening out with special friends. Everything we ordered was delicious and presented beautifully. Top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We both had a lovely evening. It was a bit noisy. The food was good and the staff very friendly, scenically it was superb, we enjoyed a lovely 46th anniversary dinner which was very special. The courtesy bus was terrific,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing After Dark
    nadiaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    People who make reservations for after 7:00 p.m. should be warned that the park drive closes at 7:00 so people must wait on one of three corners of 5th Ave. for up to 15 or 20 minutes for a shuttle to take them to the restaurant door. The shuttle radio blasted rock music and featured a basket asking for TIPS. Another basket for tips in bathroom, though no attendant present and bathroom needed attention. Lights on shuttle were too dim and the lights in the dining room too bright so one can't see the view because of the reflection in windows. The food was okay but nothing special and not worth the price. Music was often too loud and unappealing in the restaurant. May be better at lunch, but I won't be going back to find out.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Meal but Sneaky Tactics
    MilkyWay
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a lovely evening but my only disappointment was that as soon as we were seated the waiter gave us our menus and said "Still or sparkling water?", we said still. He then took the water glasses off our table and returned with blue water glasses and a glass bottle of water with re-sealable stopper (that they obviously re-use as we weren't allowed to take our un-finished bottle with us). About 5 minutes later another waiter with a jug of ice water goes to each table to re-fill the other diners glasses. As he approaches our table to fill our glasses, our waiter makes a slight hand movement and points to our blue glasses and the 2 of them nod at each other. I just feel this is a very sneaky, underhand way or making an extra $8.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wedding Anniversary dinner
    Donnie03
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very romantic setting. Beautiful view of central park. Food was great. Ambience was great. However, our service was not the best especially with how fancy this place is. The restrooms were not up to par either, especially with how fancy it is. Overall, it was very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    LukePT
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Been to the boathouse three times and it never disappoints. Food and service was excellent, just make sure you have reservations if you plan on eating in restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem amongst gems.
    CantgetNYCofmymind
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to NYC and we wanted somewhere outstanding to eat. Uncle Jacks and Oyster Bar were fine but this place was way way better and the prices were far lower. The food was excellent. Our server Eddie was the most laid back chilled server we met. I actually made the point to the manager that this place does not charge enough for what it offers. There is a first! For me this is from now on a must visit for a chilled, romantic meal, in stunning surroundings and I would gladly have paid twice the price!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favourite place in the world,but
    Jeannie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is really my favourite place in a very big world. The location and scenery and ambience is perfect, but our waitress was inhospitable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must when visiting NYC
    JudypitutyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The best place to eat in Central Park! Food is always excellent! Service is spot on! Beautiful view looking on the lake with people rowing their boats. Fun to watch. There were 6 of us dining for lunch and everyone's food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice experience
    Chippar
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food and service very good. Setting with view very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Venue for a Special Day
    Toffee
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is the first time we had dined here and would return tomorrow if we could (live in Scotland) from the moment we arrived to the finish we could not have asked for more. There is a good selection of food and wines. I We could not recommencement this Restaurant highly enough
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such a special place
    JennaBSydney
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great vibes, good food. NYC moment. We went with friends for lunch and then hired a boat after lunch, great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch in the Park
    Patoupatou
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great place for lunch with open terrasse and vue on the Lakers. Service good but too fast... As soon your appetiser is finish you already recive the main course that is not so good for European peuple.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The Central Park Boathouse was a great place to enjoy a special birthday lunch with friends. The atmosphere was friendly, and service was very attentive. Our table was ready and available precisely at the time of the reservation. Between the four of us, our orders were divided with two chicken and two pork entrees. All orders were excellent with attractive presentations. We especially liked the variety of breads served before the meal. The only negative was the up close view of the water in the lake, but beyond the swirling green condition, the landscapes surrounding the lake are typical Central Park beauty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Luvfood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    First time here recommended by friends we will come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate