River Cafe
River Cafe

River Cafe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rivercafe.com/
  • Phone: 7185225200x
  • 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: Seafood, American
  • 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 8883383996
  • 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
River Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
491 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (431)special occasion (404)romantic (396)fit for foodies (198)notable wine list (181)neighborhood gem (74)great for brunch (62)great for lunch (55)hot spot (44)late-night find (29)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (18)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Good views to Manhattan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This restaurant stands out for the views of downtown Manhattan from Brooklyn through the East River ... Food is good but not impressive and tables are clearly too close to each other.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Place with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great place. Romantic . Outstanding food. Little expensive but classy... Thumbs up;)))
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The River Café is a truly beautiful location, with outstanding food, service and atmosphere. A wonderful place for that special occasion or 'treat', prices are higher than average, but very much worth it for the experience. Very popular booking WELL in advance recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Evening
    mother3boysVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It is hard to match the River Cafe for bowling over visiting friends . The food is creative,tasty and sized just right for three courses. The river view is terrific and the interior dimness is beautifully interrupted by spot lit flowers.friendly service is always present
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Brooklyn with skyline view
    Silber
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What a place, we had a great lunch with superb food at a waterfront table with a stunning view of Manhatten skyline. This must be the most romantic place for a special occation. We're looking fw to next time visiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch at the River Cafe
    MandM
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fantastic experience at the River Cafe. Had lunch there Saturday - started with the foie gras 2 ways. Excellent meal. The hallibut was great, so was the steak. Pricey - maybe, but great value for your money. This place is first rate. Will be back. The live piano music was a little load for my taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best view ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We always go to the River Cafe when we visit NY, and always lunch or brunch. The ambiance is perfect; great seating, not too snobby, and the view is to die for. Hands down, the best view of any restaurant I know. We were a party of 4 and all our dishes were very good, and the service was excellent. On this occasion there was an event going on next door, and I noticed that the bathroom is a bit small to accommodate more than the restaurant clientele. Also, when confirming the reservation, we were told to not wear open toe shoes. My sister ended up wearing dressy open toe sandals (it was 80 deg), and we were a bit worried. However, upon arrival, 2 of the hostesses were wearing open toe sandals! They should be more clear on the dress code.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a fantastic restaurant
    msabu
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I hope to go back there when I visit New York again. My experience was marvellous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extraordinarias vistas.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Genial restaurante en la orilla de Brooklyn del East River... Vistas increíbles del Skyline de Manhattan. Un servicio estupendo, gran atención de los camareros, varios de los cuales, sabían español. La comida bien, aunque se paga más el sitio que lo que se come. Aun así merece la pena ir... Genial experiencia en un restaurante al que volveré.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome experience
    southernfoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    An incredible dining experience! Awesome on every aspect. Food was amazing. We arrived around 6pm and watched the Brooklyn skyline light up. A bit pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The duo of fois gras - nothing particular, the duck instead of medium rare only medium+ and dry, the crust too many spices - you taste spices and not the duck. Price-quality ratio poor. If I eat at Villa Loraine, Comme chez soi in Brussels or at Bucuse in Lyon I have top quality food for the same price. Nevertheless the place is beautiful and the sight at night spectacular, which makes up for all the rest.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York at its best
    Nonnaheaven
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Brooklyn's gem!! Had the most wonderful time from the Moment I arrived. Was there for a special occasion and they picked up on it immediately. Very special evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasting the View
    DinnerDiva
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The view of Manhattan was spectacular. We did the tasting menu. Everything felt like it had been sitting on the plates waiting to be served for too long. The bread was warmed in the microwave--so turned to chewy rock. The soup was room temp. The pasta was al dente but not hot or cold or tasty. That was the entire meal. Not memorable food but the view YES. It's like Tavern on the Green was in the old days---you go and you pay for a sort of fake elegance and you don't really mind the food being so-so. The piano music was nice and they have strategic mirrors placed so everyone gets the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    James
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It is definitely good for special occasion, and it happened to have firework that night. My gf and I had a lot of fun, and the staffs are amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunishing
    MarielOropeza
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great place! Great view, great service, the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place
    RogerTiff
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great dining experience ,excellent food and outstanding service.Would recommend this wonderful location to any visitors to New York .We are from Australia and will recommend it to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The3Musketeers
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. A photograph of all 3 guests would have been nice but an opportunity did not arise whereby we could ask for a photo to be taken without disrupting service. The food was exquisite and we were made to feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my third trip to The River Cafe and the first lunch. We were not disappointed! It is a long taxi ride from Times Square, however it is like another world. Quiet, beautiful cafe and views. The food is very good and the service impeccable. Make your plans in advance as reservations are hard to get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey; A+ for Special Occastion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Absolutely gorgeous view and dining room. Small portions for the appetizers, but good size portioned entrees. I had the strip steak, which was perfectly cooked. I would say that it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Desserts were also large and tasty. We got the Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge and Milk Chocolate Souffle. $115 fixed price dinner includes small tasting of soup compliments of the chef, bread, appetizer, entree and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    Kimiko
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything was perfect... Even though we arrived 30 min late for reservation due to cab issue ...reservation for.Friday @ 6:30 .....they still had our table and we didn't have to wait. That is priceless
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has it all!
    CardiacKidVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Most "scenic view" restaurants lag in food or service. The River Cafe sits at the apotheosis of New York dining, wooing every one of the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great view, SUPER expensive.
    Anitabel83
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was good, but I was not informed that it was a fixed menu and it's over priced (SUPER super expensive). Even though the food is good and the view it's breathtaking expect to pay at least 180usd per person.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nina
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    very very nice restaurant!! very good "omotenashi" We love it !!!!! We would like to go next time staying in nyc.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining
    Jorn
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent food in a very nice environment. Highly recommended for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. Very attentive service and yet discrete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food, service, and of course the view were all perfect for our 10 year anniversary. Worth the drive in traffic and the hefty price tag. I hope to return some day when we are back in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quelle vue!!!!!
    dabe78
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nous avons eu la chance de diner près de la fenêtre avec une vue somptueuse et dégagée sur la baie de Manhattan et le Brooklyn Bridge et c'est une vue de rêve. Alors oui la note est un peu salée, la carte des vins pas très fournie pour un restau de cette classe et on pourrait demander une cuisine un peu plus inventive... mais pour ce qui nous concerne c'était parfait pour une occasion spéciale et nous ne sommes pas prêts d'oublier cette soirée...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NY's best.g
    Flick55
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food, the view, the service all outstanding. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Esdomgar
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Gran cena en un gran restaurante. El servicio y la cocina a la altura de su reconocida fama. Enhorabuena
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice food, lovely view, great staff
    Hect123
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    As the title says, we had a great experience. View is spectacular at dusk, most of the staff is extremly friendly (we had one exception, namely the guy receiving us, he looked like the maitre d'). Food is great although slightly overpriced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best views of New York
    Britdiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Fantastic restaurant, with brilliant views of Manhattan at night. You walk through beautiful gardens lit by fairy lights to get to the restaurant, which has a lovely ambience. Food was outstanding, and the service was also very good. Couldn't recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience
    Jorgesco
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Unfortunately, the temperature inside the restaurant was too high. They turned the air condituoned on and off but it was not enuogh, perhaps they had a problem with it. I felt so bad that We had to leave after the main course. Impossible to wait for the dessert, coffee, etc. It was a blessing go outside and had some fresh air!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice restaurant
    Nico
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I went to River cafe with my husband at our special day. We could spend a good time ,nice food ,beautiful night view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lighting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The lighting is very nice - at first. But like many restaurants it does this rather tacky thing of suddenly dropping the light level around 7PM. I don't think anyone would be unhappy to see the lighting stay at the original level. The view would still be incredible, the ambiance romantic and one's food and table mates would be visible. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I was thrilled to see it reopen after the ravages of Sandy. I am disappointed to see them practice the same lighting pattern of lesser venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful but,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We finally made it to River Cafe. The views are breathtaking, the food good and the service excellent. It is a non smoking restaurant....but...the smokers exit and enter through a door that lets the smoke in.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely outstanding!
    ubtravVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our dinner at the River Cafe was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had, and we have dined in top restaurants all over the world! The service, food, ambiance and views were positively spectacular. We cannot wait to return on our next visit to New York City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    Ianabellado
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place was perfect to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. I am so glad that it didn't disappoint me at all. The view is incredible and very romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was wonderful but we had problems with the service. We had to ask for our main course as it seemed that the waiter forgot us. He also took away my wine glass before I finished my wine and I had to ask for it back. When we were leaving, one of the staff members tried to leave the same time we were at the double door. When he opened his side of the door it scraped my ankle cutting it slightly. He should have paid attention and waited until we left the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view
    Changes
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The River cafe must earn a lot on perfect location. Nice view on Manhattan Skyline. Wear nice clothes and eat decent food, at relatively high price. The food wasnt as good as I expected but it was well over average. Profesional staff. (A lot of them). The Brooklyn brigde cake is a must.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It. was a Highlight of our N.Y. Visite.We where there for the third time!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, service & view
    JJTravels
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you want one of the best views of Manhattan whilst being treated to excellent food, wine & service then look no further. The set menu is a splurge for a special occasion but memorable. The bar is also small but friendly with piano player on our visit. A real find but book early!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate