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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
River Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
442 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (390)special occasion (357)romantic (347)fit for foodies (170)notable wine list (162)neighborhood gem (57)great for brunch (56)great for lunch (46)hot spot (35)great for outdoor dining (26)good for groups (25)late-night find (24)vibrant bar scene (13)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Even better a decade later.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Ten years ago we found this excellent eatery on the way to Barcelona. We stopped again on our way to Italy and it was even better. Incredible view. Great prix faire menu. Innovative, fresh and beautifully played foods. Excellent wine list. Superb service - maybe dropping off as the dining room Filled up. But excellent nonetheless.
    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.
  • Glad to be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My connection goes back to when Charlie Palmer, who later created Aureole and other notable venues, was one of the chefs. Over the years it has been a place for special occasions and delightfully romantic evenings. The reconstruction looks flawless to me, nothing struck me as different from the way I remembered it, which makes it as special as it always has been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes, It is worthy of all the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    River Cafe did not disappoint. The food, atmosphere, and service were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    Local
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I went for the first time to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary and it was a great spot for it. We did dinner. Make the reservation for 7-730ish because there was a sun glare off the water at 6-630ish. However if you had sunglasses it was still great. Views unreal. Service impeccable. Food delicious. Shrimp, rabbit, duck and steak all top notch. Never rushed. We had a romantic 2 hour dinner. Then we walked along the water for beautiful nighttime view of the nyc skyline. Nothing bad to say about our River Cafe experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romeo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The bottle of Brunello was bad, we send it back, should never be brought to the table
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JoAn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed every minute and can't wait to return....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent but so hot
    CLZW
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, views are outstanding and the service was excellent. However, the restaurant was unbearably hot. We (including the tables surrounding us AND the waitstaff) were all sweating and we had to ask multiple times for the air to be turned up (or even on). The gentleman next to us took his jacket off because it was so uncomfortable and was scolded by the maitre'd. That's not fair when it's incredibly hot and not the customers' fault. It's a special place, but disappointing to have the experience soured by feeling so uncomfortable- especially with the prices being charged.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    FrenchFranklindining
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of our best restaurant experiences ever! Food, service and view were all outstanding! 5 stars!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant
    bigwiz46VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Never disappoints. The finest food, the most attentive service and ambiance that cannot be duplicated. Get there before sundown and watch the Big Apple light up
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent restaurant
    Mariabg85
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place, i totally would recomend this place, the food was excelente and has very good service! The view is beautiful
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Three years ago I went and had the tasting menu; everything was fantastic. It was disappointingly different this time. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We waited long before we got the menu and water. Food (pre-fix menu) was just mediocre. Steak was a little over cooked and duck breast was tasteless. I left a message when I made the reservation weeks ago, saying we'd have a birthday boy, because I know they would write/place something on the dessert if it's a special occasion. Yet, our waiter said happy birthday to me, placed a chocolate chip saying happy birthday on my dessert and hand the bill to my boyfriend... why would I bother to leave that message?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sensatioanl!!!
    BelleVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food, outstanding service. Expensive but worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good value for money
    Gonzalo
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The service and ambience were very good but the food was not good enougth for the cost. The views are amazing, but from the windows. We were just in the other part of the room. I will not repeat except if I could be just close to the window.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost Perfect.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • benefit - cost relation
    erkafm
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Too expensive and food is not good! Too short menu. Decoration is old with old fashion furniture.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luckyluke
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A unique combination of high quality culinary experience and a superb view on downtown Manhattan
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a country club with a better view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie56
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CDMNUPVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sort of hard to get to from Midtown but worth the drive to Brooklyn. The view, service and ambiance were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Anjaberlin158
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!!!wonderful view!!
    Anupa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bellissimo con vista mozzafiato! Indimenticabile. Serata fantastica
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Happy to see that it was restored exactly as it was before Sandy hit the area. It remains one of the best places in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYcouplewithchildVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River revisit
    Sugarshoc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Old school fine dining gem. Everything was impeccable. Live pianist in the background. Wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Down river
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    If you are a gourmet foodie, you definitely don't wanna go to this place. The food is bad that I can tell after trying 3 different courses. The light is bad and each table the brightness is different. When transferring from the bar, my wine took forever to arrive. Btw, the cork was dry and got all inside the vinegar wine...bad bad bad
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, too expensive
    JacobSpain
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Eventhough its extremelly expensive its worth it for an special occasion
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La mejor vista de mi vida
    jecamacho
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We've been looking forward to going to the River Cafe since it reopened and it did not disappoint! River Cafe continues to be our favorite for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    GrasSim1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very nice place whit a speial view. Very good the food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First-time visitor
    billnyc
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food worst service and check
    German13
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    muito agradavel muito caro nao recomendaria pelo valor
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ONLY for the view
    Cedr
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • River Cafe
    Steve
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for some, terrible for others
    DisappointedHusband
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALL AUTOMATIC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Rockefeller Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weddinganiversary
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was just a perfect evening to celebrate 28 years in the same place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning in an excellent restaurant
    guillermo45
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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 .....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.