Merchants River House
Merchants River House

Merchants River House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merchantsriverhouse.com/
  • Phone: (212) 432-1451
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Our brunch menu is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am - 4:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Jossemar Tejada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Merchants River House offers full service in house catering, perfect for any event from 10 to 250 guests. From birthday parties to lavish wedding celebrations, our courteous and creative staff will work with you to design your own signature celebration.

    Whether ordering for delivery or dining at the restaurant, the Merchants River House dedication to quality, consistency, value and customer service guarantees a pleasurable experience.
  • Private Party Facilities: Located on the Hudson River Esplanade in Battery Park, Merchant’s River House is an upbeat, casual, family-friendly restaurant offering great views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Private Party Contact: Charles Waddy 8665390835

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hudson River Esplanade between Albany & Liberty Streets
  • Public Transit: Easily reached by the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, E, N, R and PATH trains, as well as the M20 and M22 Bus.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street as well as several private parking lots. The closest 24 hour parking is Central Parking located at 345 South End Avenue, NY, NY 10280. Tel: 212-321-2316. Special rates for Merchants River House guests are available at $20.00 including tax for up to 3 hours; Monday - Sunday from 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Restaurant is located directly in front of the parking, facing the Hudson River.
A word from Merchants River House
Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 70 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson. The decor features a copper top bar, bistro chairs and blue checkered table cloths in the dining room.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare.The expansive menu includes burgers, pizza, chicken, salads, and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as Oven Roasted North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips.Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers, and penne pasta.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Merchants River House reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (70)great for outdoor dining (57)neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (17)good for groups (17)romantic (13)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (7)late-night find (7)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • nice small eatery
    captmikeVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    great spot along the esplanade just north of battery park. Food was very good. Had late dinner and brunch the next day. They have a basic menu and everyone should be able to find something to eat. Burgers pizza pasta gluten free salads Service was attentive but it was not crowded for dinner. Brunch had a pretty good crowd and service was still fast and efficient. Great spot for people watching and views can't be beat
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and view are great; service terrible
    FromPA
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We came here as a group of 8, which they were able to accommodate by putting 4 tables together. We all thought the food was wonderful and the view beautiful, especially when the sun set. However, the service was horrible. I could see service being slow when busy but the restaurant was not busy. The waitress was completely inattentive to our table and we were constantly flagging other people down to get refills, condiments, sugar,etc. I strongly recommend the food but my suggestion is get it to go and sit on the esplanade to eat it rather than wait for service inside.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    Fred
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    My wife and I were visiting NYC and decided to try Merchants River House, primarily because reviews mentioned the great view. The view really was great, but the food and service were very good as well. We started with a Malbec Martini, which was quite good and a crab cake appetizer, which was also very good. I had pan seared skate and my wife tried the special (crab stuffed shrimp). We thought the entrees were excellent. We followed dinner with cheesecake and coffee, also very good. So, the view was fantastic and the food was very good. And our server was outstanding. A great meal and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • for family and friends
    vine
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    good location with an excellent view, reasonable pricing, have some outdoor sitting areas if its warm, quiet and cosy, good for brunch, meeting friends or romantic endeavour, if youre in financial district worth visiting
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service was a touch slow & we changed servers like 3 times...not by choice. However, it was totally worth the view of the River & Statue of Liberty!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fellow Foodie
    jadorefood
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love this place. Their pan seared salmon has to be my favorite. Nice view of the water and Jersey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AndyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place to go in the area for good food. Indoor seating is limited compared to outdoor. It was a windy night when we were there and the staff was nice in accommodating us to another location away from the wind.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Sunset View
    Kali
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very romantic setting for a sunset view. Plenty of outdoor seating, great staff, a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water view
    KarenKVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had a nice meal here by the river. Very good basic food. We had an excellent burger and great bar pizza. Fried zucchini was delicious!!! The hostess seems she was not having her best day but our server was very pleasant and attentive. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great.
    PeterP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food and service is nothing special but, the view is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boat and People Watching Spot
    Joe2goVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Lingered over bloody Mary's and brunch. Friendly wait staff. Good food. Beautiful scenic view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • POOR AND RUDE SERVICE
    HandsUp
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When we arrived told the hostess we had a reservation.she said "we are not busy" and sat us outside in the middle of a high traffic area. When I told the waitress about the reservation she said not necessary we are not busy...it was like a circus eating with everyone walking past and the service was pitiful..food was cold to say the least (and they were not busy) waited long time to get it and how can you ruin wine..they did!..worst dining experience in NYC
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great View
    Dinnergirl1VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good menu selection and very scenic view of New York harbor. Our waiter was extremely attentive and service was quick.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    nycjess
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took my parents here when they came to visit me and my sister. They loved it. The food was great, the view is phenomenal, especially at night. Our waitress was very attentive, and especially nice. When my sister told her she forgot to tell the busser that she wanted to save her dinner, she ran in to the kitchen to stop him in time. I would recommend the Spinach and Artichoke dip to start. The home-made, warm pita chips are to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whewwww.
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We just moved into the neighborhood, but I was somewhat reluctant to try Merchants, given the experiences of others. However, it was a beautiful day, and we decided to go for it . I'm so glad we did. The service was great - friendly but not obtrusive. The lobster in the lobster roll was wonderfully tender (which made up for the overdressed side salad), and the views of the river are perfect. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful View
    IAmWhoIAm
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Restaurant is within easy walking distance of 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It is on the Esplanade, overlooking the water. We ate outside because the weather was lovely. The food was good, but the real draw was the scenic view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Picturesque and pleasant
    emeraldcitizen
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a wee bit of trouble finding this place because we were not familiar with the neighborhood but once there, the staff was friendly and the setting was beautiful. It was a Sunday afternoon, the weather was perfect and our mini family reunion went very well in part because we weren't hustled or hassled by the staff. It wasn't terribly busy which helped. The food was good and plentiful. Overall, it was a lovely afternoon and we all walked away very happy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the food
    everlast
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place keeps its presence only because of the scenic view it has. Food is worse than mediocre, service is average. Food selection is not impressive. Prices are not worth what you get on your plate. I'd absolutely not recommend it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    dinewamex
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant was a last minute thought. My wife and I were in lower Manhattan on a pleasant weeknight and wanted to dine outside. Tried calling the restaurant direct for a reservation but I was told there was nothing available until 9pm. I used OpenTable and was able to reserve a table for 7pm. Excellent view west towards the Jersey City skyline as the sun was setting. The food and service were excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awhite
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything was great! Outdoor dining was fantastic- getting there was a bit tricky if you don't know the area so improved site directions could help. The food was good too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute river-scene gazing spot
    UWS2VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food OK, a touch above Chili's. Service was fine, nice and casual, befitting the restaurant's neighborhood vibe.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a favorite
    eggsVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We take a walk from battery park city along the river all the way to the Intrepid and there are few other restaurants along the way and none with this view of the river. The food is always very good and service usually good. A great way to start a nice long walk. A great find. We look forward to it every year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went for brunch on Sunday. Views were spectacular, the staff was great and the food was very good. Great place to take guest from out of town
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good place tobeat
    Lola
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Do not waste your time or money, bad food, bad service and it is nothing what they make look in their website.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely setting
    Ruffian
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was very good and was enhanced by the view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Lovely little find overlooking the Hudson river - really atmospheric with good food and service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time as good as the first...
    MattyBlue
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Merchant River House doesn't let you down. The food, the service and the views are terrific. I would def recommend this place for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    alex42371VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I love this place... I live in the area and it's a great place for Lunch or romantic dinner...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise on the water!
    Zoey4
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We passed by a few times while walking and decided to try it for my kids Anniversary. The staff was great, our food was delicious. My husband and I had the salmon, it was perfect. We had gorgeous views. Everyone loved Merchants River House! We had our 10 month old granddaughter with us and she was treated so nice by the staff. We will be back soon!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Requested outside table - had great table with view of the water and the garden, lovely. Food was delicious - my husband had the lamb shank, and myself the salmon - both were wonderful. Daughter's chicken was forgotten on her salad and took 10 more minutes to get which was a small bummer but still no big deal. Would definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    love the fish and chips, fried calamari and mussells.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific View & Friendly Service
    freebird888
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, incredible close up views of the water, boat traffic and Statue. Food was good, service not rushed. We brought friends from out of town and stayed quite a few hours. There was never the feeling that we were sitting too long. Of course, we came for a late launch so eventually the place emptied out, yet still we felt welcome. Food is standard menu but well done and very friendly service. Noise level when full is pretty intense. Will definitely come again. Open Table - the restaurant did not have our reservation! Was not a problem. We showed the confirmation, they acknowledged it, did not have the reservation and we were seated at a great table anyway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 406 reviews are from the Merchants River House reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food is pricey for what you get. Service is slow but friendly. View is spectacular. Access is difficult- and no signs or maps to find place- is tucked behind buildings with no direct street access - have to walk in. Handicap accessible form only one side- not labeled. Bathrooms need to be better managed and serviced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Disappointed
    graf04
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had family coming in from CO so I was looking for a place that would show off NYC beautiful view - Merchants River House nailed it! View was spectacular and the food was ok, basically what I had expected from reading the other reviews. The service was the worst part of the whole meal, with no fault to our server, he was just set up for failure. First, they didn't have enough wine glasses so they gave us champagne flutes - fine, whatever, at least we got wine.The creamer for coffee came out in a glass cup, so it was near impossible to pour into our coffee. And it did take a while for us to get a second bottle. Overall, nice place to go with friends, but if you're trying to impress someone, I would recommend coming only for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    great view of the river and quick lunch for business folks
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really horrible
    DanikaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I usually don't like to write negative reviews as I am in the business but oh boy. they lucky they have a good location. food was terrible. 27 dollars for a lobster salad sandwich that was in a dry hot dog bun. they brought al the courses together appetizers and main courses. one main course they forgot to bring. had to send back chicken salad was so dry. the waitress Lauren tried to do the best she can but she was alone and tables started to be full. nobody came back to offer dessert or bring check, had to get up and go to cashier just to pay. very unorganized, they were cleaning with smelly chemicals right when we were eating, it was wet floor and waitress even fall with food in hand. terrible experience.
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  • BerdieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Beautiful restaurant on the Hudson River. Our reservation was honored right away The food was very good. My husband had salmon and it was not fully cooked and he couldn't eat part of it. It is in a remote part of the city and I'm not sure if we would return. If I lived in the neighborhood I would return. I wish this place to do well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find with best view in NY
    HidesVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful ambianse and a hidden gem. Food is very good, but be aware portions on kind of small. There is something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than average
    Economistwholovesfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was the same flavor and quality as usual good but not great. View of the harbor and Jersey City was as usual. Service was same quality as usual, good but not great. Everything is ok, ambiance is what keeps me coming.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional location, but that's it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The location, right on the Hudson River, can't be beat! The food was just OK and the service was spotty. The food came out WAY too fast. It's hard to explain how this is a bad thing, but we felt very rushed through the entire meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic