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River Cafe
River Cafe

River Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rivercafe.com
  • Email: reservations@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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We had not dined at the River Cafe in 25 years. It was just as wonderful as ever and as unique an experience as you can find in New York. Superb food, beautiful surroundings, fabulous view...expensive but worth every penny...."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "It was one of the most incredibles night I ever had with my family. Great service, excelent food and extraordinary ambience."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We were headed to an off Broadway production in Dumbo and looked for a good restaurant where we could dine before the show. How fortunate we were to choose the River Cafe. The venue was exquisite, the wait staff professionable and personable. Each person in our threesome had different choices from the menu and everyone was extremely pleased with their choices. It truly is a neighborhood gem. If I could, I would give The River Cafe 4.5 stars"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I had dinner in River Cafe in 1989 eith my parents and we loved it. This time it was with my husband and 12 yr old daughter and it was just ad the first time. Our table was next to the window which made it even more special. The only thing we did not like is that we were not told dessert was mot included in the price, maybe we would have shared instead. In ant case food was delicious. Lobster was great. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. View is spectacular. Service was fabulous, and the waiter and chef catered to our desire to focus on very healthy courses, including a fabulous improvised fruit dessert. Service was timed so we could leave promptly for a Broadway show, and the restaurant arranged for our transportation to the show. Could not recommend more highly! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Was recommended this gem by a friend and what a recomendation. Fantastic food, fantastic service, fantastic food. A little expensive but well worth it! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My wife and I where in New York to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary and had been told about this amazing place. Easy to find located under the Brooklyn Bridge the views were fantastic back across the river to Manhattan. From the moment we walked in the staff were very friendly and couldn't have treated us any better. Although it is a little bit more expensive than the normal restaurants in New York I really recommend it for special occasion or as a great way to finish a great holiday."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The BMW bridge view is outstanding, but the food is not good taste. I went there because my girfriend want to take the brooklyn bridge cake and the cake was bad taste. 1. Too sweet 2. Chocolate taste like stone. The others dishes is okay like other 3 start resturant. Overall, This resturant only has good views and services, the food is so so. Btw good place to take your new girlfriend, but as me and my gf dated for 3 yrs already, it's not a clever choice. My english is not good and I hope this review helps you. :)"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is a real Dining experience absolutely loved it. I plan to bring my Husband in July when we are in New York."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The Brunch was simply marvelous. My guests were thrilled with the food selections which were the best. Service is wonderful each visit and did I mention the stunning view of NYC and the delightful piano sounds. So perfect and romantic this past 25 years ! Rob"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A very nice place, magnificent views, excellent service, the food was very good and the dessert was excellent also, very good experience"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I've been there for my wife's birthday and wanted a fine restaurant with a wonderful view of the brooklyn bridge with the newyork skyline, and we weren't deceived. The food is great, the view is great, the service is really warm and efficient. The only thing, be prepared for a heavy check."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The waiter was the kind that do not like his job The food was not worth the money"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Imagine yourself right below the Brooklyn Bridge, great view of Manhattan's Financial district, a good glass of wine,wonderful dinner and great service. Indeed, the best choice for a special occasion such as your 10th wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We booked a table at 9pm, we arrived half hour early and were offered a table by the window if we sat down immediately, we accepted.We were given menus and had drinks but then felt abandoned for approx half hour!We had finished our drinks and decided to have the 7 course tasting menu but no one came to see us.Eventually our order was taken but we had to ask for the wine menu. The tasting menu was superb but there was a mix up with the order the courses were served.We queried this but were told that there hadn't been a mistake.It was a shame that they didn't just admit to having made a mistake especially as we told them that we had realised their error. We were fine about it but just don't like being treated as a fool!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The only good thing about this rest. was the view and dessert. Overpriced, even for NYC. The monk fish was cold/frozen and another entree was burnt. Most of the patrons seemed to be couples on romantic dates. I guess this is good place to bring someone if you want to brake up with them."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "A restaurant with an outstanding view. Great food and excellent wine. The service is excellent and the price, at least by European standard is very good - given the quality of the place."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was very nice, the tables were too small Which made out stay uncomfortable until we had a few drinks Very expensive to drink and eat Wouldn't return unless I wasn't paying Lovely view of the city"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Expensive but for a special occasion worth it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "They're back after the storm that nearly destroyed them and better than ever. Always an outstanding experience at the River Cafe"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Beautiful decor with a great view. Lovely food and attentive service."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This has instantly gone to the top of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in - and I frequent lots of the best Michelin starred places in the UK. Incredible food, sophisticated but unpretentious service, great vibe, THE BEST view. Worth the trip to New York alone!!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Very tasty food with elegant display. We were celebrating our engagement and all the wait staff were wonderful and helped us celebrate. Beautiful views as well, we will definitely go back at sunset."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I have dined at all the best restaurants in London where we live, I can wholeheartedly say that the food at River Cafe from starter through to dessert was the best I have ever tasted The ambience and service was first class with breathtaking views across the bridge. The River Cafe will be our first port of call on our next visit to New York. We will definitely recommend it to our friends."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Apart from the 2 reception women (who looked uptight and up themselves - no real genuine smile or enthusiasm) the experience for me and my girlfriend was fantastic. The barman was very warm and talkative, the maitredee was very helpful and made our table available event though we were a bit early. Food was fantastic, delicious and very polite and courteous. View was amazing. My only hope is they sort out the person who represents the restaurant when I got in contact with them via phone simply to ask few questions about my booking, found this person to be bit rude, not very willing to help and some enthusiasm doesn't go a miss. Nevertheless the actual experience on the day was excellent."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Went here with my son & daughter (we were visiting from California). What a great view from the dining room! The staff was very attentive to us, making it a most memorable evening. The food was great (I had the steak, my kids each had the lobster) and their Brooklyn Bridge dessert was creative & delicious! It's a bit pricey,but you get what you pay for here. If you want to celebrate a special occasion, or have an authentic NYC dining experience, by all means, make your reservations at the River Cafe. This will always be a fond memory for us."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went there for my girlfriend's birthday , it is a stunning venue , food exceptional and the service second to none. Fantastic restaurant for any special occasion , and I haven't even mentioned the view .............. !"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We have always felt the River Cafe is the premier restaurant in New York. We were bereft then it was flooded and closed for over a year but we are happy that Buzzy O'Keefe has brought it back EXACTLY as before. The wait star is perfect from top to bottom. The food is as always American, local, yet inventive. There are some additions to the menu but it also features the old standards. Absolutely delightful for any occasion."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Glad to see River Café has returned better than ever! The food, the view and the staff are all 5 star. A "must go to" every time I am in New York on holiday."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A memorable experience for my family celebrating a birthday milestone. My purse got its own "chair" for goodness sake. Everyone at the table loved their food, in particular, the lamb and the rare wagyu beef appetizer. Incredible attention by all staff start to finish. I wish everyone an opportunity to see that view from sunset to nighttime. The piano player was fantastic as well. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The River Café is fabulous ! the food, wine and the view cannot be beat. We celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary there and we had such a great time ! The service is fantastic and the desserts are the best I've ever had ! Truly a must go to place on the bucket list !"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had a quite good dinner but I don't like those restaurant which pretend luxury. too many useless waiters (someone unprofessional) You pay only the scenic view of Manhattan"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We got married here 3 years ago... And when sandy blew through and nearly destroyed it we were devastated! Luckily with the leadership and will of "buzzy" it has all come back together! Thank you thank you thank you! Being there the other night really made us realize how important this place really is to ourselves and our city! Everything was amazing, the service is outstanding and most of all the food was spectacular. We are so lucky to be able to spend every anniversary here and look forward to next year..."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "So glad to see this great restaurant back after Sandy...a fantastic meal with spectacular views just can't be beat"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This NYC gem is my favorite place in all of North America and I happen to live in a wonderful food town - Chicago. I brought my wife and two kids and they had a blast. My children were respectful, polite and completely understood that this was something very special. It was an awesome evening and great experience for my children."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We chose the tasting menu and had some apetizers and 2 main courses at the chef's choice, which were delicious. Since we wrote it was a special occasion when we booked, they prepared a special dessert plate with candles. The service was very good and the maître is very hospitable and corteous. The check was definitely high, but the night we spent there and the view we enjoyed were surely worth it. We recommend this restaurant for special occasions!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This place is AMAZING!!! Everything was wonderful!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Best seat in New York. What an experience. So glad they reopened. A must for anyone who wants to experience the views of the best city in the world! Great food and outstanding service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I had been told about this restaurant and the views over Brooklyn bridge. The food and service were excellent but I could not take my eyes off the beautiful view. A word of warning, if you visit in daylight the restaurant doesn't look up to much, but once inside I'm sure you won't be disappointed. One of the highlights of the trip"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The evening could not have been nicer. The atmosphere was magical. From the entry of cobblestones to the white tuxedo doorman the atmosphere was elegant and cozy. We had the seat by the window overlooking the lights of Manhattan. Even as a NYer the view was mesmerizing. The food was very good. The meal was pricey (about $380) a couple but tasty. This restaurant screamed special occasion or first time visitor to Brookyn's finest. Really lovely evening."
    Dined on 3/28/2014