River Cafe
River Cafe

River Cafe

  • 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: 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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River Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
570 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (497)special occasion (465)romantic (450)fit for foodies (235)notable wine list (208)neighborhood gem (91)hot spot (60)great for brunch (58)great for lunch (55)late-night find (39)great for outdoor dining (34)good for groups (31)vibrant bar scene (22)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Excelente vista aunque comida 8/10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    La vista es maravillosa. Si uno no lleva saco formal le prestan uno. Es costoso y exclusivo. Hay platos excelentes como la entrada de salmón y la carne, pero otros como el pulpo que son muy normales. Buen vino y champaña. El te no está incluido en el Fixed Price. Vale la pena ir.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view, food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Perhaps the best romantic, anniversary dinner I could ever have had. The view, the food, the service - all were outstanding. Simply outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply spectacular
    Davor
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Ideal for special occasions; one of the best places in Brooklyn with a great and unsurpassable view to the finantial district of Manhattan. Pricey buty so worth it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, 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.
  • THE BEST RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK
    shearnerve
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The River Cafe is the best restaurant I have eaten in in decades. One of the best in the world. Simply great service & food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Special Occasion
    NCVisitors
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We elected to celebrate our 40th anniversary at River Cafe and it couldn't have been more special. We had come to New York from North Carolina to enjoy the weekend, culminating in our dinner at the River Cafe. Knowing that it was our anniversary, the maître d seated us at the window tables looking out on the scenic NY skyline. The food was outstanding, the service impeccable and, of course, the restaurant was gorgeous. Truly a unique experience and a night to remember. We couldn't imagine a better place to enjoy a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing
    Inmymemory
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    While expensive, enjoy this amazing place for a special occassion...no regrets and amazing food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    Katzi
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We recently went for dinner here when we were in New York to celebrate amongst other things that we both just retired. The evening would have been almost perfect but for the noise in the restaurant. It felt very much to us like being in a crowded bar in the West Village. We had a wonderful table with a terrific view but as the restaurant filled up it became harder to hear each other.( we may be retired but we are not hard of hearing!). I would have liked to rate the River Cafe right up there with my favourite Cedars at Hohenort in Cape Town, but alas the noise level let it down. We did have a great evening though with some excellent food and made friends with a charming couple sitting next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go experience it soon!
    DallasFoodiie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    From the time you enter the gate, the River cafe is a special experience. Wonderful food and service. The view is spectacular. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, drinks and service!
    KMHasthi
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The River Café has a perfect location under the Brooklyn Brigde by the water, overlooking the amazing Manhattan Skyline. As a European visiting New York from time to time, for me a visit to the River Café is always mandatory. Try the Dry Martini, with gin and olives!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good!
    EatBK
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We went there to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary expecting a tourist (albeit romantic) trap. I was pleasantly surprised! The food is really good, but the service was just amazing. It was disappointing not to get a window seat even though I called to request one and was told it wouldn't be a problem, but other than that we had a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dinner
    Steffiandstefan
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We celebrate our Engagement in The River Café. It was a wonderful evening. Thank you to everybody!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Beautiful scenery with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline. Great service: very attentive, not pushy, and informative should you have questions about the menu. Inventive dishes served with care and plated beautifully. Great for a special occasion. A true fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful!
    Food4life
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My fiancé and I went here to celebrate our engagement. Walking in, you're immediately struck by the beautiful view. Live music, great decor. We were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation time, but soon found it to be worth the wait. The food was fantastic! We shared the shrimp and the foie gras appetizers. The chicken and the branzino main dishes. The chocolate Brooklyn bridge and the milk chocolate souffle for dessert. Every single dish was delicious! Our waiter asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. We mentioned why we were there. Our desserts arrived with candles, a chocolate bar saying "congratulations" and a plate of assorted bon bons and cookies. We spent the rest of the night just saying yummm. Loved it!
    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.
  • Moonstruck14
    Moonstruck14
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The River Cafe looked like a great place for lunch, as we were lured there via some movies we've seen in the past. Beyond being beautiful, the food and service were over the top. We were not disappointed and would love to go back on our next trip to New York. It's just magical!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    Planktus
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A birthday celebration for my daughter. Perfect in every way. Could not be faulted. Staff attentive in a very positive way. Food and drinks excellent. View in the evening magnificent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect night
    Bobbywats80
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The river cafe is set in the most idealic place , views are amazing with service and food to match
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit
    Anthony
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    View still stunning and food still fantastic. However, we thought service was poor this time. May have just been a busy night or lots of regulars commanding attention - but not good enough when you have large gratuities and tips added to your bill as of right. We will probably still go back - the view is still worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Simply the finest restaurant experience year after year, no gimmicks, no hype, just divine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Had requested a window table a month in advance. We got a postage stamp table back from the window. I have so enjoyed the beautiful roses on their tables in the past, but there was not even a flower on our table. Probably won't drive so far next visit when there are so many elegant other restaurants to choose from.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food ruined by rude staff
    ChrisC
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We were recommended the River Cafe by staff at The Lagham Place Hotel to celebrate our elopement - Upon arrival we were met by an extremely dull & sour faced blonde lady who looked us up and down and barked at us to go to the next door - there we met a second lifeless lady & a pretentious Maitre d' who both looked us up & down, pulled faces & we were then shuffled off to a table at the back where we had to jump lamp cords to sit down - by now the celebration night was ruined. Food was nice but not spectacular. I made the mistake of removing my jacket due to the heat & was promptly pounced upon by his royal highness the Maitre d' as if I had just killed someone - staff need to get a grip of where they fit in the world...you're waiters
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable evening
    ckoatz
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in style. The staff was extremely attentive, the view unparalleled. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab-u-lous
    Edinburghgent
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Fantastic location, food and service. Everything that you would expect from 1 star dining. Sommelier was excellent, food was exquisite, the rack of lamb was one of the most hearty that I have had the pleasure of being served. Remember to arrive early and take a drink at the bar so that you can savour that magnificent view for a bit longer. Highly recommended for that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enchanted
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Beatiful restaurant. Like walking into an enchanted world. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely!!!!
    Drocha
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I was enchanted! So beautiful, great service! Everything was perfect! The piano, the flowers, everything!...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • orlex
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    perfect place, the food was outstanding and the view of the skyline was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location - terrible staff
    AvoidRiverCafe
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Booked a table weeks in advance for a very special engagement dinner, specifically asked for window and called to reconfirm this again a few days before. On arrival at 6pm a very condescending restaurant manager laughed at our suggestion even though restaurant was pretty much empty and seats free at window. He then mattered to enjoy our evening as he sat us as far away possible from the window. Food is overpriced and was given a large steak with a paltry small bone marrow mash which equated to two mouthfuls of potatoes for an entire steak. Staff were wooden and stuffy and created a chilly atmosphere in what is a stunning setting. We had some other amazing meals in NYC for half the price and with real New York service and personality.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    PaulaEats
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I cannot think of one single thing that they could do to improve. Everything was absolutely perfect. From the moment you walk in the front door the service is spectactacular. The food is incredible, perfectly cooked with fabulous presentation. Unbelievable view of the city. This is my favorite restaurant in the world. So happy they came back after Sandy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • View and food only
    unnamedny
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very crowded and noisy. Space between some tables were less than a foot. Food value is very low, but it was tasty. There are nicer places with better service and food at same price in the city. We got served water and wine before menus were taken away. Issuewith that that table for two was so small that we had no spot to put it. Tea and coffee came 7 min later than desserts. It wouldn't be an issue if desserts were not with some sorbets. Waiters were changing big table to a smaller one in the middle of the night, it was disturbing the atmosphere and we were not the only indignant couple. All men are forced to wear suits, meanwhile some women did not wear appropriate attire. Overall it was not bad, I doubt I'm coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    chocolatemaniac
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We returned to the River Café this year, after it was totally remodeled from being damaged by Hurricane Sandy. It was more beautiful than before! From the moment we arrived to the romantic lights on the trees and bushes, to the entryway filled with flowers, to the beautiful dining room with awesome views of the city across the water, everything was amazing! First class service, wonderful menu, excellent Cosmos and wine... I would recommend this highly! We look forward to going back next fall when we return to NYC!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Special Experience
    EdieGVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant is established by the magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty off in the distance. The food was very well done and beautifully presented. We particularly loved the chocolate dessert which came with a mini-Brooklyn Bridge in chocolate - nice touch! Our only complaint was that our "romantic" table was all the way in the back corner, so our view was diminished and because the tables are so crowded it made it hard for our waiter to get to us..... so he rarely did. This meant, for the most part, we poured our own wine and really had to flag someone down to get more water. The disappointing service would not deter me from returning. It was a very magical place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    It was delightful. a special place to recall memorable moments. We loved it. no rush. let us just enjoy the moments together!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Beautiful and atmospheric place and good ingredients but something lacking for the price. I had the duck and ordered it rare but it came well done. My boyfriend had lobster which had a slightly odd taste. Overall a good experience but too expensive for he quality
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Xixon
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great atmosphere, great food. Friendly service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were so glad to go again. We are from Argentina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We began to go since 2006 when we go to New York City, almost once a year.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, professional, and Worth it
    RestaurantHopper
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I chose the River Cafe for my anniversary, and they did not disappoint. They even came out with a cute and small chocolate covered bridge with Happy Anniversary written on it along with a candle. My Queen loved it! Moreover, the view is priceless, and the food is delicious! I look forward to having another anniversary there!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb venue for Manhattan lovers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The view is second to none. service , food and venue just lovely . The team looked after us so well, and the Brooklyn bridge desert is to die for ! Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To celebrate a honeymoon
    Rafa
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Tudo muito bom, desde o atendimento da hostess até o garçom que falava portugues para nos ajudar com o cardápio. A vista é maravilhosa e a comida espetacular para celebrar momentos especiais e romanticos. Eu e minha esposa adoramos tudo. Parabéns a toda equipe.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    tglinares
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I went to celebrate the birthday of my daughter, and everything was really good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Exelent food! High price , but ist perfect! Very good vinelist!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular Restaurant
    Judy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had dinner with two guests recently and I must say it was one of the best dinners I have ever had. Everything about the place is top notch. Friendly staff, beautiful setting, great food. Highly recommend The River Café, especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.