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River Cafe
River Cafe

River Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rivercafe.com
  • Phone: (718) 522-5200
  • Hours of Operation: Open 365 days of the year; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Lunch: Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Brad Steelman
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Contact Luke Vossen in the Catering Department for details: (718)522-5200.
  • Private Party Facilities: Nestled beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with breathtaking view of the New York Skyline, The River Café is the ideal setting for a wide range of events. From cocktail receptions to intimate dinners to the most elegant of weddings, our iconic location and unsurpassed service will dazzle your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Luke Vossen (888) 338-3996
  • Entertainment: The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Fulton St.
  • Public Transit: A or C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge; 2 or 3 train to Clark Street; F train to York St.; Bus #41 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
  • Parking: No
A word from River Cafe
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine.

Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, outstanding service. Expensive but worth it"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Just one complaint about this outstanding restaurant: We were seated and cooled our heels for too many minutes before we were served in any fashion. And so many servers and "suits" wondering around. Inexcusable, but we got over it because the ambience and food were so remarkable. Probably didn't help that we had been in a car for an hour coming from E69th st. breakdown on the bridge."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Too expensive and food is not good! Too short menu. Decoration is old with old fashion furniture."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "A unique combination of high quality culinary experience and a superb view on downtown Manhattan"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The view is spectacular all though the overall experience felt like I was going to my grandma's country club. The food was just ok. It's was expensive. The dress code was annoying, and stricter then really high end restaurants, like le bernardin. I've had countless better meals in Brooklyn for that price or less. Waitstaff was attentive. If you like eating at country club's, you will like the River Cafe."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed dining here. The dinner was delicious and ample. The service was great and the view was spectacular. The neighborhood was fun too. I would definitely recommend dining here."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This place was crowed. The chairs were uncomfortable as they were made with rattan. Ladies, if you wear dresses or skirts, be prepare to have marks on your thights. The maître'd by passed us (of four) and gave preferential treatment behind us so we had to stand on the side and waited for him to take a couple to their table and chatted with them for a long time before he took us to our table."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Sort of hard to get to from Midtown but worth the drive to Brooklyn. The view, service and ambiance were excellent."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I read so much good stuff in the other reviews, so I was disappointed, when I was there. The waiter seemed so annoyed about all the birthdays und anniverseries. The sommelier was worse. It seemed like he did not want People to drink his wine, because they are all not good enough. After all the Restaurant we visited during Restaurant Week the River Café was the One with the worst Service. They did not go the extra mile for the Customer."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Bellissimo con vista mozzafiato! Indimenticabile. Serata fantastica"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Beautiful fifth anniversary dinner. At 6pm it was fairly empty and service was team-based and attentive. But as time wore on and more guests arrived, the service slow and we waited longer than we should have. Still a special night, but service a bits king."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Old school fine dining gem. Everything was impeccable. Live pianist in the background. Wonderful service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Eventhough its extremelly expensive its worth it for an special occasion"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Desde que llegamos el ambiente es fabuloso y la comida es exquisita. Brayan y Alex son muy buenos anfitriones. La vista es espectacular e inolvidable. Muchas gracias, fue la mejor celebración de aniversario que podíamos haber tenido."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The location was spectacular. The food was very good and the service as well. It had good ambience. The decor was a little worn. The price was a little over the top for the quality of the food; it struck us as about 15% too high. But I guess you're paying a premium for the view."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Bad service : i reserved one week before traveling from México for that special night , birthday of my Wife and mine, asked for a table near the window. When we arrived They didnt know it was our birthday there were tables free in the window and They didnt gave it to me. I didnt asked the check and the Manager ( tall guy with no hair and glasses ) gave us the check !! ( not fair in this restaurant ) i wanted a cofee and They brought me the check.And the worst thing:The check had an extra dessert 18 dls and Also a 45 dls Fee and other services i asked them to take it OFF and They did it There were Many managers in The restaurant and i didnt felt confortable its a shame, probably because qe were visiting from other country.The check was 370"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We came a few years ago and had a fantastic time. TODAY IT Has gone terrible. They are there to make money nothing else. In the country of fantastic service this is the exception... 412 usd for 2 adult and 1/2 dinner for a kid and the food is just good.... Nothing special. They force you to take the menu and charge you 15% tip without asking.... They probably know you would not leave even 5%. LOOK for comments on internet."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a fabulous dinning experience. We celebrated our 50th anniversary and loved the food, wine, service and breathtaking views of NYC and the Brooklyn Bridge. Pricy but so worth it."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I made my reservation way early for my wife's birthday so that we can get nice seats with view. But unfortnately, when we arrived, our seats were all the way in the back. We were disappointed but understood everyone comes in for a view and can't accomodate all requests. As we go through our dinner, the guests who sit by the windows finished their dinner and left. Then we saw, a couple who were sitting right next to us were awarded the seats. We asked our waiter and host if we can do the same. The host told us people are waiting outside and can't do that. I begged to let us sit for 5 min to take photo. He reluctantly said OK. When another seats become available, he allow other couple to move to the seats again. We had enough and left."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "First mention, when you confirm the table I asked to put the table half hour before, you said was ok but the thy give us the table after 40 mn. The place is very nice but everything seems to me regular, not an experience at all. Nice business for the owner but not a restaurant to recommend but just for the views. Hope that helps to improve."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Love going down the glass elevator to this super chic restaurant. Very personal service and great food and wine! I go here every year!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "It was just a perfect evening to celebrate 28 years in the same place."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We ate in one of the best restaurants of the United States : a delicious dinner and an excellent service with a magnificent view on the Manhattan skyline. Unforgettable and a worthy end of our vacation in the U.S. : an unique experience and recommendable for everyone ....."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Went here with my partner for a special occasion and it was truely one of the best dinning experiences we've had. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We both had 3 courses and adored everything that was put in front of us - the Bridge dessert was a big hit! Afterwards, we wandered around the courtyard afterwards to look out over the amazing view. Fantastic night, highly recommned."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The location is romantic and with a great view on NY...and under the beautiful Brooklin Bridge. The food is simply fantastic."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "De fato, The River Café é um restaurante que deve ser considerado por todos aqueles que estejam dispostos a buscar por uma inesquecível experiência. Pode se entender bem o que se está aqui a dizer no momento em que se adentra no ambiente do restaurante, muito refinado e com uma vista maravilhosa do rio Hudson, de Manhattan e da ponte do Brooklin. Tudo compõe um quadro muito especial que serve de adequado fundo para se degustar os muito bem elaborados pratos ali oferecidos. Além de tudo, o serviço é impecável, do porteiro ao maître. Comemorávamos eu e minha esposa nossos vinte anos de casamento, e ao saber disso, o maître, cuidadoso, ao trazer nossa sobremesa, a apresentou com uma plaquinha de chocolate alusiva à ocasião. Sempre voltaremos."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We've celebrate a birthday. Amazing food and wine-menu, wonderful ambiente, service perfect. We've just missed a little more personality. But it was okay. An unforgettable evening. Thx !!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "A perfect evening. I have been dining here for 27 years. It is always spectacular. The food, the views, the attention to detail and the very professional service. There is no place that comes close to The River Café experience."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The River Café is a very special place with views across Manhattan. Best visited in the evening on a visit from Englsnd. The majority of staff were very attentive and took care of every detail such as opening doors and helping you to your seat. The food I ordered was superb. Unfortunately my husband ordered a blue steak which was served overcooked. When he drew his to the attention of our waiter another was brought. However, it took a long time to arrive by which time I had finished my meal. When it arrived it was no better. The waiter asked how it was. When my husband said it was no better he brushed it off and left it at that. Given the standards in the restaurant and the prices we would have expected better."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to The River Café for her birthday and was looking for a special experience and memorable evening The River Café did not disappoint and we had a wonderful night Food and Service was excellent and the Ambiance was perfect"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent experience. Not one complaint. For a moment I thought the service was a little slow, but then I had to remind myself that for once a restaurant wasn't trying to move our table along to ensure as many covers as possible. Once I realized that I enjoyed the pace of the meal. Service was excellent, from the maitre'd to the server."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "As usual the restruant was absolutely wonderful. I'm so glad to have this gem back. First time I was able to take my husband to this favorite spot we always try to make on our "chick trips.""
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I think is not necessary to say a lot about River Cafe, it has a great service, view and top level food. A total recommend, specially for special occasions"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening! We'd been trying to get to River Café for years. Something always happened and we'd have to cancel our reservations for one reason or another. Then Hurricane Sandy hit.... So glad they're back and so happy we finally got to experience firsthand what all the hype is about. It's not just a fabulous dinner - it is an event! And every person on staff there makes you feel welcome and made the whole evening very special. Everything was perfection!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I liked the small menu, and the dishes that we picked (Appetizers: Rabbit, Wagyu Beef Tartare entrées: Duck Breast, Lobster) were very delicious. I've been to other restaurants that charge just as much and the food was usually a disappointing experience. Everything leading up to the restaurant the cobble stone road, lighting, plants, Brooklyn bridge and Manhattan skyline in the background really set the mood for a very special evening. The restaurant itself was also just as beautiful. It really is a special experience."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We've been going to River Café for special occasions and scenic brunches since it first opened. This was our first time back after the lengthy closing. It was worth the wait. River Café has never looked lovelier. And the menu was more interesting than we remembered it. On this occasion we were celebrating milestone birthdays for three of the four people in our party. We were seated at a window table, and, it being a clear night, we had breathtaking city and harbor views."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We were glad they are back. We returned to celebrate our anniversary and weren't disappointed. From reception to leaving everything was wonderful. While a little pricey, it was worth it because everything was done right. We expect to return for other special occasions."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "our experience was perfect end to end (and the weather cooperated). service was gracious from the moment we stepped out of the car, and always attentive yet we never had the sense that anyone was hovering. The food was terrific & the wine recommendation was perfect and of course the room is gorgeous."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The only thing that one must know if you are going there for your first time is that it's like going to Disney, it's very special and very expensive. Worth every penny! Just top notch, delicious small portions of food, different if you are a meat and potato person, me, I will try almost anything! View to die for!!! Service, top notch! Very special place!!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The menu, view, and fact that you are on a permanently docked vessel under the Brooklyn Bridge are all pretty awesome! The drink menu is exquisite and the Brooklyn Bridge chocolate cake is an amazing dessert! The service in the way of waitstaff carried a few mistakes on drinks and attentiveness."
    Dined on 7/29/2014