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Red Hat on the River
Red Hat on the River

Red Hat on the River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redhatontheriver.com
  • Phone: (914) 591-5888 x0
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm; DINNER: Monday - Thursday: 5pm-9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm; SUNDAY BRUNCH: returns in the Fall
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Lamb VanNess (914) 591-5888
  • Entertainment: We offer live jazz on Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Michelle Lamb VanNess with your special event requests. 914.591.5888 or events@redhatontheriver.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Hudson River
  • Public Transit: The Metro North (Hudson River Line) Irvington Station is within 100 yards of Red Hat...35 minutes to Grand Central.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Two private parking lots are within walking distance of the restaurant.
A word from Red Hat on the River
As MH Reed observed in the New York Times in February 2008, “Red Hat is so close to the river in Irvington that when the wind is up and the waves slap the shore, their icy spray covers the riverside path to the restaurant.” The two level, French bistro-inspired eatery is housed in a hundred -year -old factory building that has been transformed to feature an uninterrupted, 180 degree view of the river from the main and loft dining levels. Guests will enjoy the seasonal, Hudson Valley ingredients, as well as French bistro classics. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary French
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my third dining experience here. It continues to offer excellent ambience, service and food. I will return."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "No better place better for a romantic couple that truly enjoys Exceptionally prepared food and wine. We were well taken care of in every way . A reservation yielded the perfectly placed inner table at the window. We had the crab cake appetizer PEI muscles , pork chop And a customized fruit platter for dessert . A complimentary glass of dessert wine with a small wedge of pungent cheese was brought to us by the manager who had been with the owners for many many years . Service was seamless. Attention to detail was Impeccable. All this and the ability to be outside by the river as the sun was going down. Exquisite !!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The restaurant has a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The food was adequate; although we have eaten there before and on those occasions the food has been much better. It may be because in the summer months it is very crowded. The view, however, makes up for any shortcomings in the kitchen."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great food with a beautiful view of the river. Very cool and comfortable atmosphere. The dining room was full but not noisy. We would love to dine there again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great location with a great menu. Staff was so considerate - when it got quite cold while eating on the patio, the staff went around and handed out shawls to keep everyone warm."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Spectacular setting on the Hudson River! Food is very good seasonal fare. Ricotta gnocchi, scallops with corn and tomato, pork/duck rillettes, steak frites were all done very well. Wine list is nicely varied and very affordable. Service is friendly and fine. Place is very popular regardless of day of week so volume can get very energetic!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Delicious food, carefully prepared. Excellent service. Festive atmosphere with fabulous river views."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We have been to the red hat scores of times since it has opened. It continues to excel in ambience, small but significant changes in/additions to the menu, a million-dollar Hudson River view and sunset, a roof-top bar with comfortable couch seating, and most importantly, a humble, kind, gracious, empathic and thoroughly entertaining owner, Jimmy. Multiple friends of ours from Manhattan have asked to come back to The Red Hat after taking them there for the first time."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Fantastic place. Really lovely setting; this is not just a joint coasting on a nice river view. The interior is truly special. The service is top notch. The food is excellent. I had the hanger steak frites. It was the most tender hanger I think I have ever had. The bernaise is clearly made with care. All of the details were lovely. All that was missing was the high chair! This is not to an urban restaurant. Most diners likely come from families in the area (though this is hardly a "family restaurant"). If you have high chairs you will get us back more often and not just when we can get a sitter."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Hey, you're sitting al fresco right next to the Hudson River, so that made up for the lousy mussels. It said PEI, and I even asked the waitress if they we're plump and luscious and she assured me they were. Yet the mussels came out dried and tasteless. My friends salmon sandwich looked good and she said it was ok. Like I said, the Hudson. River view makes up for lack of top notch food."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "First time at the Red Hat and we had a lovely time. The atmosphere was very cool, food was delicious and wait staff was super accommodating and nice. Would go back again."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • " when you give potatoe puree (which is mashed potatoe) with a meal you should give more than a tablespoon, which was all that it was. That truly is ridiculous"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Love Red Hat! As a local to Westchester this is just a beautiful restaurant with great food, great view and great service to take anyone for lunch, dinners, drinks or brunch!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Fantastic food, excellent service, lovely setting, but not in upstairs seating area. Too noisy and too little view of the river and the outdoor area. Will return again, but would definitely ask for a first-floor reservation in the future."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We thought we'd be going to an average dinner just for a beautiful view of of the Hudson. But we were pleasantly surprised when we first tasted the crab cake app & knew then we were in for a treat! The chef prepared my swordfish perfectly & my husband was delighted with his lobster roll which consisted of more lobster meat than anything else! The service was delightful & the bartenders on the roof pour well blended drinks! One warning - you cannot reserve outside seating. But if you're lucky enough to be seated downstairs by an open window, you'll feel as if you're outside on the river."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Usually good food an atmosphere. We ate upstairs and the view was very good."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Portions were small and wine list was a little short but the view was spectacular. The ambience was very nice and wonderful attention."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great place to sit outside on summer evenings while waiting for a coveted table. One can sip drinks and gaze at the Tapanzee over the Hudson. Snag a window table and the view can continue. The bistro menu is limited but good and the food is prepared to your liking. The hamburger stands out and, in my view, is one of the best items on the menu. One dessert deserves mention: fresh Jersey peaches were used in instead of apples in the tatine, and I requested vanilla ice cream in lieu of the offered whip cream; the resulting dessert was outstanding. The service is solicitous and the ambiance is romantic. However, the restaurant is quite noisy until later in the evening."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "There are many places in lower Westchester County that you can go to and get a good and expensive meal, but there are very few places where you will get that good meal right on the Hudson river, in such a beautiful and fun atmosphere. And, while you can spend copious amounts there if you choose, if you go for lunch and you order judiciously (soft drinks, instead of wine, for instance) this place becomes an affordable luxury that is the perfect venue for special occasions or just for an occasional indulgence. The burger with blue cheese is divine (and I am not a big meat fan)and there are many other choices for a variety of tastes. It is the perfect escape from the bustling lives that many of us lead here--a guaranteed good time!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We dined outside and enjoyed ourselves. The service was very good. The patio overlooking the river and sunset is dog-friendly, but not all dog owners are people-friendly, so we watched a very large dog pee on the patio ground lights and listened to him bark. The food was average and the wine over-priced, but then again the view compensated for any short-comings."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Nice outdoor dining but they need more umbrellas, sun was way to strong to sit outside without proper coverage. Great jazz, food was okay nothing special & good drinks"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "ALthough we had reservations for 1:00pm, it didn't apply to outdoor dining. We decided to get wine at the bar, and head outside to wait.It was quite noisy inside, and outdoors was lovely.. Our table was ready after 45 minutes or so. The service was attentive, with someone constantly filling our water glasses, and to check on our needs. The cheese omelette was a bit thicker than most. The smoked cheese was on the mild side, so it wasn't overpowering in the omelette. It was served with a side of fresh caesar salad. The portion was on the large side. Cream puffs were served with coffee. They were soft with a vanilla flavored custard filing, that did not disappoint. The cappuccinos were served with a candy swizzle stick."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Love the Red Hat the food is always fabulous. Out door patio is beautiful. I always take family and friends when they come to New York and they love it. I will go back again and again!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Know what the best kept secret in Irvington is? It's Red Hat on the River! From the shimmering late afternoon sun on the Hudson to the amicable staff to the amazing food, the Red Hat has it all. We surprised a friend with a birthday dinner and by the end of the meal she said she couldn't think of any place she would rather be. That comment says it all. Grab your honey, a few friends and enjoy a great evening on the River. MaryBeth and Jimmy went out of their way to make us feel like regulars, when in fact, we were first timers. What a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Red Hat is a river-town gem, and never disappoints. We had a lovely meal - everything cooked well and served quickly and efficiently. I learned on this occasion that the prosecco split was an especially good choice in the summertime - cold and festive, and a good buy."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Weather was perfect for our early dinner on the outside patio. Waiter was gracious and accommodating. Food very well presented and tasteful. Already spread the word to family and friends. Plan to return again soon to enjoy more delicious menu offerings."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food (we had swordfish and salmon). Crab cake was delicious as we'll. not to mention the chocolate base dessert. Service was warm and the ambiance was great. Must try!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The Red Hat is a find for Westchester folks as it really has everything: very good food, a beautiful dining room where it and the large outside deck have direct views of the Hudson, and pleasant service. It's also dependable."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "for is good, staff is polite and attentive, meals tend to be overpriced"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Beautiful view of the Hudson, imaginative food for lunch, and pleasant staff. I would recommend it, especially in nice weather."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The setting is just spectacular and the food is very good. Love the old factory buildings and of course the river. The Arugula and Jersey Peach salad with chicken was "summery" and delicious with an ample portion of well seasoned grilled chicken. Perfect spot to share a lovely couple of hours with friends."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Service was attentive although maybe a bit pushy and could have been more professional."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I really liked the decor of this place and every table has a wonderful view of the Hudson River. There is also great outdoor seating. It is a little bit more of a wait so if you asked to be seated outside when you make your reservation if you want to sit outside. The service was great. The food is very good especially the salads."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a great time. Food was very good. Try the Steak Frites."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went for the view and the relaxed outdoor atmosphere. But on that night, the skies opened up and the down-pour came. We experienced a typical, almost tropical, torrential rain with high winds and 50 degree temps. So, we spent our time inside and still had a nice time. We sat down stairs, facing the Hudson. Food was good, service was efficient, and the crowd was business smart. We will go back again and try to enjoy the whole experience, with better weather, outdoor dining, and drinks on the roof. I can see why this is a hot spot and reservations are hard to get."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Set right on the Hudson, Red Hat on the River is the perfect place for lunch or dinner with a view (indoor or outdoors). We were there for the second time this past Friday & everybody had the same idea (let's eat outside!). The outdoor tables are first come/first served (no reservations).The wait was two hours. There is a rooftop bar to wait but it's very small with very few seats (we had a drink & left). Moral of the story: don't chance it - make a reservation for an inside table - with the floor to ceiling windows you'll still have the view. Very good food, good service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food was really great. Requested outdoor seating. Was told reservation was only for inside. Outside seating had a 1 1/2 hour wait. The table they gave us was no where near the windows to see the view & it was VERY loud."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed a delicious dinner inside, followed by relaxing outdoors and watching the sun set. Very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "If cocktails and a view are most important to you, then come to Red Hat, if food and noise level are most important, then I would suggest you find a different restaurant. The sword fish tacos (4 bite size tacos for $16) was a joke and the hanger steak could not be chewed. The scallops and salmon burger had more salt than fish. The service was great and they tried, but they could only do so much. A special occasion not well spent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • " Had a lovely lunch overlooking the Hudson River. Been here for evening dining as well. Service, food, and general atmosphere--very special."
    Dined on 7/7/2014