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River Cafe
River Cafe

River Cafe Details

  • 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: American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Brad Steelman
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Contact Luke Vossen in the Catering Department for details: (718)522-5200.
  • Private Party Facilities: Nestled beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with breathtaking view of the New York Skyline, The River Café is the ideal setting for a wide range of events. From cocktail receptions to intimate dinners to the most elegant of weddings, our iconic location and unsurpassed service will dazzle your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Luke Vossen (888) 338-3996
  • Entertainment: The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Fulton St.
  • Public Transit: A or C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge; 2 or 3 train to Clark Street; F train to York St.; Bus #41 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
  • Parking: No
A word from River Cafe
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine.

Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We are local and the River Cafe remains one of our dearest places for special occasions. Wonderful food, cocktails, and wine served with old school efficiency, respect and courtesy. Manhattan and its lights shimmering across the East River make for a uniquely beautiful setting."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! Every course for the four of us. The fried oysters wrapped in smoked salmon and topped with caviar was unbelievably tasty. My duck breast was exquiste. And my wife's large ravioli filled with creamed spinach and egg and topped with truffles and grated cheese a wonderful treat. Desserts equally as great. Each course not only tasted really good but looked perfect. Of course be prepared for the. check. For four of us with tax and tip $800.00"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We chose the River Cafe to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. The ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful, lighting just right and of course the most amazing view of the Manhattan skyline. The food was delicious, a great bar area and very attentive waiting staff. We cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. The view at sunset was amazing. Best time to plan your dinner is sunset. The waiter we had was very inattentive and we had to search for him every single time we needed something. It was extremely annoying and put a damper on our entire evening. The four of us would have given it 5 stars if our waiter would have been more accommodating! Not our first time there, but it was for our dining companions and the night was not the joy it could have been."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Went back for wedding anniversary we got married there 3 years ago do we're delighted when it re opened and were not disappointed a firm tradition for us it's amazing good service and views. A must go if you can."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Lovely view, great ambiance. Attentive staff. The only drawback is the limited dessert menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner -- service was superb, ambiance, wonderful, and the food outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Better than ever, Food , Service , Attitude all four plus,"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is one of the finest restaurants we've very been to. Everything is done perfectly: food, service, ambiance."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and had a most enjoyable evening. Impeccable service and attention to detail, wonderful food and an interesting wine list allowed us to enjoy be moment."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is so special. It is beautiful from start to finish and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. Expensive but very unusual to be this beautiful and to have such an excellent chef"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Attendant at the entrance not up to the level of the restaurant"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The restaurant has a priviledge view of NY city. The restaurant is very fancy and the food is OK. The service is good, but I was hoping a more welcoming staff. In average, the staff look at you as you were not good enough to be there, which was unpleasant. There was an annoying lamp in each table, which the power cord was passing between me and my wife. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends, although the food was good and view was super nice."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Beautiful ambiance. Wonderful attentive service. Divine food. My husband and I were celebrating our 39th Anniversary that night and dining at the River Cafe was the perfect choice in every way. I had the Mushroom Wellington along with some luscious grilled vegetables and creamy whipped potatoes. Even though I am not a Vegetarian after having this dish I would happily become one. The Brooklyn Bridge dessert was sinful sumptuous."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. This is truly a dining experience with the perfectly prepared food, service, view of the city... We were there when sun was setting and saw all of the lights shine after the sun went down. It was a perfect last meal for our trip to New York. Beautiful! Note for families, teens will be fine (we actually celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday) but I would not take my younger children. This is a dining experience, not intended for crying or fussy children."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful to be back at the River Cafe. The staff was very welcoming, the food was wonderful (special sashimi appetizer, wild shrimp, steak, lobster), and the view was incomparable."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • " .... Food was amazing as well as the service"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have gone to the River Café several times over the past several years when we visited NYC, as have our grown children. None of us have ever been disappointed. Truly a special place to have dinner and watch the Manhattan skyline light up."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The River Cafe is probably one of the most romantic restaurants there is. The food, views and service were just outstanding! We spent our 40th anniversary there just recently and it was everything plus more than we had expected. A very special place."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. The food and service are outstanding, and the view is spectacular. Pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had an amazing experience at the cafe. The service was great , and the food was excellent. A spectacular view of the city as well . To anyone that is looking for a great night out for dinner in Brooklyn I recommend the River Cafe . You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Couldn't have been happier with my first visit to the River Cafe! Everything was perfect, and we will definitely be returning!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It was my husbands 50 th birthday and he was quite impressed with the food, views & service. We have eaten at many notable restaurants with famous chefs and this was the best. The only thing is that you get what you pay for and with food & drinks, it is quite steep. Best to go when your credit card co. is offering 3x points so you could at least get a free trip"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had lunch today with a party of four. Its our first time back since hurricane Sandy. Our appetizers (foie Gras) were superb as were the salad available. We chose Breast of Duck, Amish Chicken and Steak as our entrees. The service was mellow, the food was stellar and we are planning our next visit. How did we manage to survive with The River Cafe closed for over a year. It is back and better than ever. Kudos to you, Mr. O'Keefe for a job well done. As usual, the Kir was the best in town, nobody does it better."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is high quality, well presented and good portions. Ambience is very classic, piano-playing in the background, the view is outstanding, the NYC skyline at night. Lovely experience"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "but expect to be crowded in like a cured sardine. The food was very good; about what we expected. Service was accommodating (substitutions were encouraged on the tasting menu) and at times hovering, and yet still inattentive and aloof. We wanted to order dessert wine, but all we could get was a "bus boy" to point to one choice on the dessert menu. It feels like a lost opportunity to have a special restaurant to go with the special view. Too bad."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "You think it is a pricey option, but it is not. Compared to other higher end locations in the city there is nothing like it. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had brunch there the last day in NYC before we left back to Norway. The view was great, the service was great and the food was perfect!!! I'll definetely go back to this place to have dinner if i go to NYC again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was the first time back since the restaurant was closed from hurricane sandy which devastated the restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food as before was outstanding . Of, course the view is everything!! It is expensive but worth it. The service was outstanding as well. A great place to spend a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Everything was perfect , the food terrific, the service attentive and unobtrusive. The prix fix menu was extensive, nothing was extra such as specials. Obviously the view is amazing. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "They really took care of us. The food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I can't think of a nicer way to celebrate a special occasion. I had a marvelous birthday dinner. I've lived in NYC for 35 years and honestly can't remember a better evening in a restaurant. The food, service, ambiance and view could not be beat."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We celebrated my girlfriends birthday here, June 17, and it was amazing! Outstanding service, outstandig food, ( try the duck ), and lovely view over Manhattan. Amazing experience! :-) Many thanks from Sweden"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant by 2 people and we were not disappointed. the food was excellent, as was the service. The staff knew just how much to interact and were very attentive."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Siamo stati a cena per festeggiare il compleanno della mia ragazza. Stupenda vista su downtown. Servizio ottimo e cibo di buon livello. Il conto adeguato al livello. Tavoli un po' troppo vicini tra loro."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Always a fabulous experience. Knowledgeable , friendly staff. Food is nothing short superb. Bypassed dessert tho they looked superb""- presentation throughout is first rate. And the floral arrangements inside and out are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and beyond equal."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Exceptional meal and service , lovely setting nestled below the Brooklyn bridge and with views over the river to the world trade centre and quick Acces back to NY city by water taxi"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "River Cafe: the view, the setting, the ambience, the service and the food all together in a spectacular dining experience: tasting menu was absolutely delicious and the view at night was breath taking. A fabulous evening on 6/16 2014, my 55th birthday dinner, with a final little candle on my Brooklyn Bridge dessert. I had requested a table next to the window when I reserved online, but I had to ask the maitre for my "birthday table for 2" again: then, my table was near but not next to the windows. I live in Milan - Italy: next time in NY I would love to return to River Cafe."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The scenic view associated to the fantastic food, lead us to a romantic world. I really like to be there when I visit NY"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "River Cafe A very special place...feels like you are stepping into a movie set and once seated you are watching a living postcard of New York City. Tremendous attention to detail. Beautiful flowers. It is crowded, but the view and general atmosphere is so captivating, you forget that you are surrounded by many other diners. Recommend: lobster. Allow two hours at least for dinner. Would I like to return? Absolutely."
    Dined on 6/16/2014