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
526 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (464)special occasion (439)romantic (418)fit for foodies (217)notable wine list (196)neighborhood gem (91)great for brunch (66)hot spot (52)great for lunch (49)late-night find (30)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • GoRoyalorGoHome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    View alone is worth the trip! Nothing less than breathtaking. Right below the Brooklyn Bridge, looking back across the East River at Manhattan. Food is excellent an service was amazing. Pricey but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memeinthecityVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This restaurant is top shelf. The whole experience was wonderful. A beautiful memory permanently etched!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Teddy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Picturesque location on the river has lovely grounds. Our delicious meal was served impeccably.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    A truly wonderful experience with spectacular views. Definitely a high light of our recent visit to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The River Café has opened up after the hurricane as if nothing had happened - excellent job with the renovation. The only noticeable change is the higher prices. The décor, view and service are first rate as they always have been - however I found the food to be absolutely beautiful to look at, but a little lacking in taste for 2 of the dishes I had. The Rabbit Bolognaise was rather bland and the Lobster dish taste more like celery - frankly I couldn't detect the lobster flavor, just the texture. Desert was excellent. For what they charge, it would be nice to get some more flavor in the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    Jaston
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had a really enjoyable evening on my last night in New York. Turned up earlier than our reservation time and was still able to be seated. Food was excellent as was the service and the amazing view rounded off the whole experience. Would highly recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were treated like stars. It was totally brilliant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    oustanding view; good service; too much expensive due to fact is not adviced in advance about fix rate in the evening. Finally you pay for the view more than for the food /
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the River Cafe
    scrcooks
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Gorgeous view. Spectacular flowers to welcome you. Valet parking. Beautifully presented food. Specially baked gluten-free bread. Delightful amuse bouche to begin and complimentary chocolates to finish a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Time Here
    Chris
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Previously been here for dinner in May - and all the courses were fantastic. Decided to come back and try the brunch menu. Once again everything was fantastic. We were lucky enough to get a window seat and that made an already great experience perfect. The service was wonderful - and they make you feel like royalty. It's really hard to pick a favorite dish, since everything was 5 star, but I highly recommend the steak tartar and the waffle eggs benedict. The price is $55/pp + tax and tip, but The River Café is awesome and well worth it. Also, you will be surprised by some of the dishes they bring out between the courses you ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River Cafe: Years of Amazing
    TWEBB
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food, ambiance, view, service…everything is amazing and still continues to be such for soooo many years. If you love white glove service, miss the old days of the Rainbow Room, Tavern on The Green and high tea at the Plaza this is the place for you. Food is absolutely fantastic. I had the pancakes with 24 carat gold chocolate (yummy) the best bacon in the world, and the steak was to die for (you can cut with a spoon). I have been a fan of River Cafe since I was a child and it still maintains its reputation for Regal dining right on the water and in Brooklyn. Even after being effected by Hurricane Sandy and renovated it has kept its look.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Espectacular
    Unforgettable
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was a spectacular night! impeccable care, outstanding quality food, the atmosphere, the view. In short, a magical night! Unforgettable!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everyone should visit River Cafe at least once. This place is a total, hidden gem.....spectacular view, superb service and great food. The ambience is slightly old school chic but charming and, the staff is warm and accommodating. I'd be a regular if I lived there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning view but at a price
    Wim2
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Absolutely great view and good food, but the prices are definitely up there too. Usd 115 for a three course dinner and usd 22 for a glass of wine ... This was my 3rd time there and probably the last. Becomes a bit too expensive now.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great nigth, but expensive
    Maralara33
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The view is amazing, the ambiance is wonderfully romantic, the food is good and the service is almost perfect. I would recommend it for special occasions as it is expensive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UNHAPPY CUSTOMER
    AshleyW
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was great for the most part, the service was horrible in my opinion. From not being offered the six course menu to having to ask for bread in the beginning initiated the laundry list of complaints. We waited a long time for our appetizers to come out and even more for our entrees and at that time the wait made us lose our appetite which we felt the dinner could have been a bit more appetizing if it was brought out in a timely fashion.The deserts were brought out with a candle on the one my boyfriend ordered and since we didn't have spoons on our table the two waiters walked around the whole restaurant and back into the kitchen until we had spoons; by time it was given to us our ice-creams were half way melting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Dining Experience
    FreshFineFoodQuest
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The setting and views at the River Cafe are stunning. The food was expertly prepared and elegantly presented. There were four us and we each made different selections, we were all very happy. The service was impeccable. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal Views and Food!
    Dawn
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Amazing in every way, I highly recommend River Cafe. Will return on my next NYC trip. Beautiful views looking across the East River at Manhattan. The decor is lovely and food was excellent and the service was world class.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable dinner
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Unforgettable dinner was certainly one of the most wonderful dinners in New York. Though expensive, worth every penny ..... The view is simply wonderful!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dazzling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The most beautiful spot to dine in New York. Shimmering with attentive service and elegant accouterments. Creative well prepared artistically plated high quality good. Excellent wine selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but...
    AllenVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    the setting is beautiful, the food very upscale but I dont love the idea of prixe fixe menue only. Service was very overdone, and in fact the different servers couldn't coordinate who was doing what so at one point they changed the wine glasses ( empty) 4 times in 5 minutes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Both the level of service and the politeness of each individual person were of the highest standards.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding place at a cost
    AnCa
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have loved the food and the unbeatable view of Manhattan skyline. Unfortunately the service was not as high in quality as the food and the overall feeling may be spoilt when you leave by the unclear check and the two guys at the door pushing you to get a private car on your way back to Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legendary
    JanneDenmark
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant is amazing. The service is great - the food was great - the view was awesome. To sit and just watch the Manhatten skyline over a nice cooled glass of wine. Try it in the evening, it's very beautiful. We asked for a table by the window, which we got. Nice service!♡
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Great Dom Salvadore !
    TruthBeTold
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    So glad that this Brooklyn gem has finally re - opened after Hurricane Sandy. And that the River Café has generously bought another piano for the great Dom Salvadore to come back and continue playing. The piano lounge at the entrance to the main dining room helps to make this a grand experience .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food, view and service were all wonderful! Thanks for a wonderful birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Experience
    NebraskaDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the River Cafe. We were greeted warmly and wished Happy Anniversary upon our arrival. Our table view was spectacular. Our service was attentive and we were made to feel very special. The food was outstanding! The topper was our two desserts with chocolate signs wishing us a happy anniversary. My husband and I said that was the best meal and restaurant experience we have ever had. We were still talking about it two days later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Ambiance
    Majsan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice Saturday lunch; we were lucky and got a perfect table by the window, excellent service and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is simply a gem!
    4leafclover
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We made the trek over to the River Café for a 1 PM lunch, we loved it. The food was spectacular and not overly expensive considering the location and view. We had a table that was right at the window and watching the boats go up and down the river while eating fantastic food and having a nice glass of wine cannot be beat. I had the tuna tartar (outstanding) and the steak (superb). Take lots of pictures and enjoy the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything was great! Can't wait to come back! Foie gras was amazing! The mushroom entree was soooo delicious! Loved every minute of my experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attitude
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The wait staff was snooty, even for New York. The food is high quality and the view gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were a small group of 4 ( 2 couples ) visiting New York from Europe and enjoyed every moment of our dinner at the River Café . The food was great , the service outstanding and very friendly and the view over Manhattan unique . The only negative is the price we had to pay for the taxi which was arranged by the receptionist : USD 49 requested by the driver against 25 mentioned by the receptionist . Otherwise I do not hesitate to recommend anyone to go there for a special occasion .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • top class restaurant
    ABZcoupleinNY
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Was apprehensive that it may be too posh due to strict dress code but the staff were nice & friendly from the start to finish. In any event the food was excellent & definitely the best I have eaten in a long time. Well worth getting dressed up for and it felt special. Recommend the steak, it was better than steak I had at a very expensive steak house earlier that same week. The location is bit out of the way but the view over the river, below the bridge, looking at Manhattan was really nice. Everything was good but the food stole the show for me.
    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.
  • Didn't Want To Leave!
    Tablefor5
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I took my friend to River Café for her birthday while in New York for her very first time. Our reservation was at 7:00pm but we arrived 30 minutes early so that we could enjoy a drink at the bar and watch the sunset behind the skyline of Manhattan! What an amazing view of the city from this restaurant! Not only is the atmosphere at this restaurant beautiful, the bar and wait staff were friendly and very professional. And the food...it was delicious. It's not your average nice restaurant menu. The menu was creative and different. Overall, my friend loved it so much she really didn't want to leave when it was time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    Foodfanatics
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My wife and I visited the River Cafe for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we couldn't have been made to feel more special. From the moment we arrived and were greeted to our extra special desserts we were totally spoilt. The food was perfectly timed in it's delivery, delicious and beautifully presented,the wine list was comprehensive and varied, all of the staff gave the same personal high standard of service. A night we won't forget in a hurry.
    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.
  • Never changes
    MAASIK
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I've been there many times, although the menu seems reinvented, it is not inventive or contemporary, the lobster was chewy and the rest I do not remember, food was not memorable. Service is great although pretentious and the restaurant needs an architectural renovation. A good experience not a great one; I might come back if they renew and truly reinvent the place and menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorial Dinner at the River Cafe
    para
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Their service and atmosphere were excellent! We family celebrated 45th Wedding for parents. From the beginning, they welcome us with message. Food, especially my favorite was “Hudson Valley Foie Gras Two Ways” ,,, The best terrine and foie gras mousse that I have!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An incredible place !!!
    Andy
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The place is really beautiful and the food fantastic ! I can have dinner looking for Manhattan on the other side of the river ! It's expensive to a dinner but for a romantic and special dinner, each spent cent were well done!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best!
    HotSpot
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I had been waiting for the River Cafe to open back up so I could return since I had such a good experience my first time. It is one of my favorite restaurants if not the favorite. It is pricey but the food and experience won't let you down. I just took my wife there for our anniversary and she was over the moon that I had made reservations there. We didn't have the ideal table by the window like the first time but no matter where you sit you still have the great view.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bigbird
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our first visit to NewYork and we spent our last night at River cafe. A night to remember and a highlight of our trip. Food super but felt a little rushed.perfect setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.