Merchants River House
Merchants River House

Merchants River House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merchantsriverhouse.com/
  • Phone: 2124321451x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
    Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm

    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
137 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (112)great for outdoor dining (97)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (49)great for brunch (44)kid-friendly (37)good for groups (22)romantic (20)special occasion (18)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)fit for foodies (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a favorite
    eggs
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Horrendous service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Upon arrival at the restaurant, we requested to be seated outdoors. They were very ungracious in seating us, making us feel as we were asking too much. As it turns out, the two other tables around us were empty the entire time we were there, so clearly this was not an availability issue. The view was spectacular on the river at sunset. However, that was all we got. My soup was lukewarm and the salad greens were pale and looked old. The other entrees at the table were subpar at best. As a mixed blessing, I never even received my entrée. When paying the bill, I wanted to confirm I would not be charged for the missing entrée. The server seemed unfazed by their error, but did not charge me. We will never return to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    VERY GOOD ATMPHOSFERE, AND THE FOOD INA GOOD PRICE.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The waitress was TERRIBLE, she was rude, condescending and most of all completely incompetent. I would not go back until i know she has been replaced.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KballVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Enjoyed sunset dinner on the Hudson at Merchants River House while visting NYC. The food was very good, not gourmet, but very satisfying. Like your dependable neighborhood cafe. The staff was outstanding - upbeat, positive attitude, willing to talk to and work with you on ordering exactly what you need. The sightseeing is terrific with the passing parade of people along the esplanade. Hard to go wrong with MRH.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner spot!
    jtj1968VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great early evening dinner with our three young children. The view is exceptional and the food mtches it well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy, but great casual dinner
    LetsEat23
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went here for our mom's birthday and had a great time. Decent dinner menu, nothing spectacular in the ways of interesting flavors but not bad either. The dumpling appetizer was great! Go for the view of the sunset on the river and the ambience of Battery Park. It's great for casual dinner and a walk along the waterfront afterwards. Great dinner date option.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a summer evening
    RogerSVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is good, simple but well done. However the great location and friendly service make this better than most downtown destinations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food is mediocre, everything seems to have the same deep fried taste. The service, although friendly was poor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Claud
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Wonderful little place right on the Hudson. Tables outside and inside. Great Bartender PJ! Yummy Buger!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    NICE OUTSIDE DINING BY THE HUDSON IN THE SUMMER...OTHERWISE MEDIOCRE
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    lunchontheclouds
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was Waooooo amazing. I had the flat iron stake with mash potato. I almost eat the knife. Even the lemonade was amazinly good. Nice place for romantic lunch or dinner. Killer view and service is great and fast. A must go!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing better.
    DonQVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We are in the city fairly often and decided to visit this place for brunch. Everything was pretty stellar. Food and views were great. The service, however, was FANTASTIC. Our waitress was truly amazing (I think her name was Lena). She was attentive (but not too much), very pleasant, knew the menu well, and was always smiling and professional. This was especially important since we had 4 hungry kids. We never felt rushed or ignored. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    They were out of most beer and some wine - they said that they had had a busy week. The servers were friendly and apologetic. We finally decided to leave when our burgers didn't come after 45 min.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weeknight Dining Experience
    fun2dine
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The restaurant definitely has great views of the Hudson. Food was good and well done. Service was a disappointment and ignored for a good half hour due to a large outdoor party. They need to hire more staff to handle private parties and still service other customers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    recently went to lunch at the Merchants River House and it was a nice experience. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable on menu. One of my pet peaves is waiting for water this did NOT happen at this establishment so I was happy. Most of the people at the table enjoyed the food. The view was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate