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!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Central Park BoatHouse reviews from OpenTable diners
577 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (475)great for outdoor dining (369)special occasion (355)romantic (340)great for lunch (270)great for brunch (189)neighborhood gem (86)fit for foodies (85)hot spot (84)good for groups (71)notable wine list (68)kid-friendly (57)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (24)Show More
  • A Must do while in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Boat House was recommended to us by a friend. We weren't let down.The ambience and service were second to none, however the waiter did point out the Dakota building to us and I know from previous visits that it's was clearly not the Dakota. One disappointing aspect was that I ordered the Tenderloin of pork 'med. to well done ' and it really was quite rare. Tasty but never the less not cooked to my request . Over all however we had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, Service, Service
    ken29VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. With that being said its disappointing the service was not on there A game. When you go to a beautiful place and the food is great the service has to be as well. We will go back again because it could have been just a bad server or off day. Understandable . We both had the swordfish and ice cream for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Came here a second time for my mother-in-law's 79th birthday lunch (first time was dinner for my wife's birthday). Always a pleasure coming to the Boathouse - it was a gorgeous summer day, the view is lovely, the service is great. Lunchtime is kid-friendly - we had our 20 month old with us. It was great to have a nice lunch in a fancy restaurant that is child friendly. There were other toddlers and kids there enjoying their experience, and the place is outdoors and loud enough to keep the kids noise from being intrusive. The food is good - not amazing - but certainly good enough. Good food, plus great view/ambiance, and excellent service gives the Boathouse 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food in a wonderful environment. Our waitress was attentive and really tried to help even with information outside her duties. It is not the cheapest place, but worth every cent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ambiance, good food
    MikeFTL
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have to go here for lunch every time we visit New York. One of the most romantic settings you will find anywhere watching the boaters in Central Park while you have a glass of wine and a delicious lunch. The hostess was very charming and accommodating and was able to give us one of our favorite tables. The monkfish entrée was delicious and we could have lingered there all afternoon but, of course, that wouldn't have been fair to our server or other waiting patrons. You could just stop in at their bar and just stay awhile and enjoy the ambiance if you preferred.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    BalletFan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The crab cake appetizer was superb, in fact my wife ordered a second serving! The scottish salmon entree was also delightful - served hot but still perfectly moist. Rather surprising for such as busy place. The friendly, efficient but not overbearing device was also a treat. This was our fourth visit in the past year and we have yet to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the perfect lunch restaurant, the only bad thing I have to say is that it was a little to noisy, but the view was great, the food was very good and the location was perfect for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was a great restaurant, we really enjoyed ourselves as we were celebrating our 20th anniversary. It was an extremely hot day, so sitting under canopy on the water was an amazing experience. thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No food for one hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant only to find a long queue of people only to be told that there was a problem in the kitchen and no food will be served for at least one hour and they can seat us if we agree to it. We had to find other place completely messing up our business lunch plans. No prior communication from the restaurant either. I would be careful whether to book this restaurant or not next time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gratuity Included
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Was excited to take my husband to the Boathouse for his birthday. Was surprised the menu entrees seemed so run of the mill, I opted for the veal chop which was very good but the presentation had much to be desired. Also, the service was so so. Perhaps, it was because we didn't order alcoholic beverages. I find that when you don't order alcohol at certain places, the service seems to automatically drop. I was also surprised to see the gratuity included for a party of two and it was only 15% which was all I would have given. Maybe out of towners don't tip or perhaps the service needs a lift. Still one of the nicest places in CP to see the sunset. I recommend appetizers, skip the maincourse, and have dessert to save on an expensive dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food! Horrible Staff
    TriciaS
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Food was to die for! The Staff was Dreadful! Our waiter was rude, condescending, looked down us and assumptive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ERivera
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very romantic dinner, had a great time! My girl and I loved it. It felt like we where not in NYC!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Date
    Janski
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We started off with a gondola ride and dinner to follow. The atmosphere is beautiful with a great view. Be careful to book well in advance if you need a specific day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic boathouse dinner
    emk001
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I really enjoyed having dinner at the Boathouse restaurant. We were seated pretty soon after our reservation time and almost all the tables have a really lovely view of the lake which the restaurant sits on. The food was also really good and worth the price. My only complaint was that our waiter was a bit discourteous and seemed to be trying to rush us out towards the end. Otherwise everything was great. It's probably one of the most romantic spots in the city and definitely worth trying out whether you're just visiting NYC or live here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner at the lake
    MarcelPR
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed a romantic dinner at the lake. Good food, good service. Kitchen closes at 9ish, so be ready to order fast if you make reservations for 9pm. There is also a bar in the front that's very charming as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    xceptional
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at the Boathouse. Outdoor dining away from the city noise was very pleasant. The weather was perfect as was the service and food. We would highly recommend the Boathouse.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fabulous restaurant in the heart of the park. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Gem
    HCcouple
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Beautiful spot, very good food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Came for lunch and everything was just right.....Food, service, it was all perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    KayEmm
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, beautiful view. A little pricey. If you can't afford dinner price, consider lunch or brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just amazing
    3aussies1canuck
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a great experience, food was delightful, our waiter was helpful and attentive, the view across the lake watching the boats - everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvNY
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed dining with a couple of friends in this restaurant. I had the monkfish and it was superb. The setting on the lake added another dimension. The service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience, thank you!
    BrissyFoodie2104
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was my and my husband's first visit to this restaurant. We're from Brisbane, Australia and we're hoping for a fabulous place to have lunch in Central Park for my husband's birthday. While it was difficult to find, and taxis aren't able to drive you to the door, we did eventually find the place, and were 15 mins late. I was in a slight panic given many reviews talked of queues and having to be on time or risk losing your table. All was well and while the restaurant was completely packed at 12:15 our table was waiting! Our waiter was an American whose wife was from Adelaide, so we were in great hands from the start. Food was fabulous, from the crab cakes, to the salmon and the clam linguine a standout! We' return for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Special Occasion Place
    ETFishmanVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The BoatHouse is a great place to take visitors from out of town, or to mark a special occasion for New Yorkers. The setting on the lake is spectacular. It was a beautiful day when we visited, but I think even if were raining it would be beautiful. The food is very good and served in large portions, which they should be, as the prices are high. The only complaint I have was that our server was not terribly attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It is a nicely done rest. with a nice lake backdrop. On Open Table when I tried to do a 1:30 pm res. for 6 it showed as 2:30pm being the only time closest to that time.But when I immediately called the rest. direct they had the 1:30pm time .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude service, medorice food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I heard great things about this restaurant but my experience was unfortunately not the best. Sat at the bar for a few drinks before dinner and the bartender was extremely unpleasant and rude. The host was also rude, when I requested a specific table he said it was for VIP (the diners who eventually sat down were clearly tourists and not VIP). The food is nothing special. I ordered the lamb chops and the serving size was small and not worth the price. Though the view/atmosphere is nice, I will not be recommending this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It's a nice restaurant located in the middle of Central Park. Beatiful views to the lake. The food was good and the service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for outdoor dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very busy at lunch midweek, make reservations I did and they had a table for me at my res time, nice touch. I had wild caught fish of some kind it was the best piece of fish i have had in a very long time. It was cooked to perfection.My guests, my 11 year old daughter enjoyed her linguini with clams and her 11 year old friend had pasta with butter and enjoyed several slices of cranberry bread. The scene of course is quite unique,row boats and trees out door dining. The service was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late lunch at the Boathouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I always return to this spot on our trips to NYC. In contrast to the touristy chaos outside, when seated, it's a civilized oasis overlooking the rowboats in Central Park: white tablecloths, professional staff, excellent traditional food, outstanding wine list. Reservations are a must, with hordes waiting for walkup availability.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The boat house
    Giant
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went erlier, 30 min., The reception guy, told us to waite and The table was in a not good location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, view, and ambiance
    foodie212
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our lunch was for a birthday celebration. We were given a beautiful table with a wonderful water view. The drinks, food, and service were all top notch. We felt special and enjoyed every moment
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View Fantastic Food
    NYC82
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I would like to thank the Central Park Boathouse restaurant for their great food, service, and seating arrangement. After proposing to my now fiance, I took her in for a celebration lunch at the Central Park Boathouse. My fiance was more than excited and pleased with the great view from our table. The food was delicious and had a couple glasses of champagne to celebrate or engagement. Would recommend this place for the food and location. I do strongly recommend to reserve ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall an excellent experience!
    Klmklm
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Good food, great service and lovely ambience! One of my favorite places in NYC
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not friendly service
    Grch
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent location and ambience. But service coulbe be better. The staff is not friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jorge
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It is always a treat to dine at The BoatHouse in Central Park. The staff is warm and welcoming, the food outstanding, and its location in the park with a view of the lake is just beautiful. My husband and I spend at least three weekends a year in NYC and we always make reservations to eat at the BoatHouse.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking
    OurItalian
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary at Central Park Boathouse. We were led to a lake view table. The day was sunny and the waiters couldn't be more attentive. One waiter suggested the halibut which was Devine, perfectly cooked and served over a bed of fresh vegetable slaw. We live on the other side of Central Park and walked through the park to the boathouse. Great views, great food, we made a great choice to celebrate there. Wonderful day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Rebeccahmed
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fresh air, good food, beautiful view. I had lunch with 2 friends and was really nice. We are from Brasil and they were very nice with us!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too long of a wait
    LuZendron
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our reservation was for 2 p.m. And we only got seated at 2:50 p.m. Since we had a reservation, almost an hour waiting for a table is way too long, and made everyone cranky. The food however was delicious, as well as the ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong at the BoatHouse
    LindaTampa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had lunch on a beautiful day in mid August. You can't beat the atmosphere and the view! The food was very good - we enjoyed the crab cakes the most. Our lunch entrees were also delicious. The services is good. My only disappointment is that the bread is not served warm. The prices run high but the view is worth it. I recommend the BoatHouse when visiting NYC especially when the weather is comfortable! Make reservations in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • romantic ambiance
    Miche
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    we had a reservation and came early for lunch, the waiter found us a very nice table near the water. It was a wonderful moment out of Manhattan noise. I recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet