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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
  • "Came here for our one year wedding anniversary. You have to get a reservation way in advance, but very worth it. Service was excellent, food was amazing, and the scene was really set by the added attention from the restaurant staff knowing it was a special occasion for us. Will definitely be going back in years to come for the great experience and setting."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food and ambiance were excellent. Lobster tail (which is rarely cooked properly in any restaurant), was moist and tender and served with a delectable creamy corn sauce. The lamb was perfectly cooked as well. An assortment of desserts (Highlighted by the Brooklyn Bridge) made it impossible to choose which was best. The only thing left to be desired was the service which was somewhat rushed, with the waiter hovering when it was clear we were not ready to order."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday at The River Cafe and it was splendid. The views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge were spectacular, as was the food. We would certainly recommend this restaurants for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner experience at the River Café on July 25. First, the location -- on the eastern shore of the East River, with a magnificent view of Manhattan across the water -- was terrific, as the sun set on a beautiful day and the city lights illuminated the sky. Then, the food was excellent, from appetizers through desserts, perfectly complemented by wine recommended by the sommelier. Throughout -- from 20 minutes or so at the bar before dinner through the meal itself -- the service was both impeccable and friendly, with not the slightest haughtiness that sometimes seems unavoidable in restaurants of this caliber. All in all, a perfect evening."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The breathtaking view from our window table set the stage for the rest of the evening. Our waiter was knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. From the complementary amuse-bouche to the personalized birthday dessert, our meal was delicious and innovative. Our appetizers (roasted rabbit, octopus, wagyu steak tartare) were amazing. Main dishes were equally as impressive (steak, lamb, duck). The desserts were to die for. What a wonderful dining experience! While pricey, I would recommend the River Cafe to those looking for an outside the box special occasion meal."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The dining room is absolutely beautiful and the view of the Manahattan skyline is tremendous. The food- not so much. My wife had the fried oysters wrapped in smoked salmon. The oysters were Luke warm at best and the dish would be so-so if the oysters were freshly prepared. I had foie gras two ways and the piece of foie gras with rhubarb was almost frozen. My lobster dish was very good and my wife's black bass was simple but good. My wife's desert souffle was not baked enough to set and she as a chocolate and dessert lover abandoned it. My apple crisp was very good but not worth crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.The tab including tip was $480 for two people, which was expensive given the quality of the food. Simply does not measure up."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Came here with my family on their last night visiting me in New York. The meal was incredible. Everything about the dining room is very "special occasion" and very "old New York"--there are beautiful flower arrangements, lovely live piano, handsomely appointed editors and maître d on hand. Each plate of good was better than the last and beautiful arranged on the plate. Highlights were the wild shrimp appetizer, the lobster entree, and all of the desserts (we tried one of each!). Perfect spot for a celebratory meal."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Very good food, very well prepared. Had not been there before and the evening exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "What a superb restaurant, great location, wonderful food. Just remember if you are going from Manhattan by cab to leave a good hour to an hour and a half before your booking as the traffic is a nightmare"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "It has great food, service and view. Years ago I was a regular taking clients there for dinning or private party. I stopped going because they made me so angry in a private party event. In that event, I orally promised 20 people and asked them to prepare for 30 people, the way I always did with them. There were about 20 people showed up that day but they charged me for 30 people. After talking to the management for several times, they still refused to refund the money. They made me feel that as long as they grabbed your money, they don't care about you. It was so insulting."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a great time and the views are amazing but the check for three people was VERY high. You're essentially paying for the view because the food and service although good was not amazing. Portions were very small and service was hit or miss. I also found our seating to be rather cramped and uncomfortable. The view of lower Manhattan was beautiful, especially when the sun went down and the city lit up. For that it was very memorable but because of the price I would recommend many other restaurants over River Cafe."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Everything was great! Food delicious, service always around, and the view is fantastic at sunset."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This beautiful and elegant restaurant fulfilled all of our expectations. Gourmet food, amazing views and great ambiance, All in one! Simply perfect."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Not a cheap date by any stretch but certainly a beautiful setting with excellent service and food. Had a drink at the bar before dinner and the bartenders were exceedingly friendly. The steak was as good as any steakhouse I have eaten in. Although not a big fan of dessert, all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. The dark chocolate replica of the Brooklyn Bridge was a wonderful end to a great evening. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The River Cafe was recommended by a few of our friends here in Alberta. It is the most lovely restaurant! Spectacular food, service and location. When back in NY we will certainly be returning. Thank you"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The River Cafe provided one of the most exquisite and memorable dining experiences I have ever had, anywhere in the world."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The River Cafe is a timeless classic, beautiful room and views, terrific food and service."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A fabulous experience from start to finish. The beauty and uniqueness of the setting, are just the beginning. We were treated and seated immediately, and had constant, yet invisible service all evening. The menu was fabulous, and the deserts a must have. For a special or any occasion, the river cafe is not to be missed."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "River Cafe is back to its old self. Great food, wonderful service, and fabulous views."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The River Cafe is a special place. It's pricey, yes, but the food is terrific and the staff goes out of their way consistently to make every guest feel special. A great New York experience every time I have been there."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The six course Chef's special with paired wines was outstanding! The food, the wine, the service, the view were remarkable! Each course provided something special for the palate! I can't think of a dining experience that has topped this one!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I enjoy to be there celebrating my wedding aniversary."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Came here for an anniversary dinner. Stellar food and service. Get the lobster and lamb and shrimp!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Expensive but it's worth it!! It's really an amazing restaurant"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "An excellent restaurant for a special occasion, unless you have more dollars than you know what to do with. The food itself was not outrageously expensive for a special occasion restaurant, however the beverage prices are "over the top". Coffee at the end of the meal was $7.50 a cup and I object to the tip being added to the bill- ours being $40. We would have left a tip of course, but the tip included assumes that we were completely satisfied. We had calculated for the two of us that the total bill would be around $300 however with tips and taxes it was closer to $400."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "After having not been to the River café since Sandy I was excited to go back and see if it was still one of the greats. Much to my disappointment that would not be the case. Food was good but not great. View was amazing as always. Service was very bad almost to the point of comical. Too bad."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "River Cafe continues to out do itself - our first time back since they reopened. Highlights were the rack of lamb and cheese platter after dinner. Piano player and bar staff round out a complete, over the top experience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went to River Cafe to celebrate our daughters 17th birthdate and our last day of a New York vacation. We were aware of the prices, and they are high, but I must say that it was worth it. The whole experience was amazing with great service and wonderful interior. The food was as good as expected, or better, and the wines as well. The view is spectacular!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "A perfect view of NYC!! Food is good for brunch and waiters are very kind."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went to the River Café for my birthday. The service was great, the ambience was just what we wanted for a special birthday, and the food was excellent. This is a great good choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "First time back since the long re-build from Sandy and happy that everything is back to the same or better!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "first time back since hurricane sandy caused such devastation the new "old" river cafe is as beautiful as it ever was it's hard to believe that it was totally destroyed the decor is lovely the ambiance is the same as ever the food is fabulous and the wait staff is superb"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Most high priced restaurants in NYC are good at one thing: high prices. They confuse artistic food presentation and creative food ideas with good quality, and in a rush to be the next "in" place, they forget that they are a restaurant, and not an art gallery or discotheque. River Cafe, re-opened after being closed for some time following Superstorm Sandy, has managed to strike the right balance. The food and wine selection is very good, and even though the place is pricey, you don't leave feeling your pocket has been picked. Moreover, the staff does a wonderful job making good suggestions -- when asked -- and generally being appropriately responsive. Needless to say, the views of Manhattan from river level are extraordinary. Job well done!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a first rate dinner in June and returned for Saturday lunch. Again, welcome, ambiance, food, wine and service were very good. Far superior in every way to the struggling Tavern on the Green. If one wants to compare restaurants, better comparisons are Asiate, Gigino and Blue Hill. Liked the special fresh corn with cream ravioli appetizer. Waiter recommended that the sliced duck breast be cooked medium rare.The thick slices were a bit tough in the restaurant but made a wonderful at home left over. The unusual sweet potato spaetzle was delicious. The trio of sorbets was excellent. The best in the City. For the first time saw a Staten Island Ferry go up the East River and return. Plan extra time for travel because of Bridge construction."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It is a lovely venue with spectacular views over the river. The service, food and drink were amazing. We had a superb night - the most romantic evening ever - just perfect!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What an amazing experience we had at The River Cafe for my beautiful wife's birthday on the 10th July 2014. From the moment we arrived the service was exceptional and the food was delicious. The views were spectacular especially after sunset as you are just about under the Brooklyn Bridge right on the water edge looking across at the Manhattan skyline. Having travelled to New York from New Zealand I booked online and the process was very easy and the follow up and reminders were fantastic.Seriously we could not have asked for a better night and we also meet some really lovely people there too. I felt compelled to write this review so if you too are looking for the "perfect night" then The River Cafe is definitely the place to go."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "yesthe food is pretentious and bland for my taste, but who cares? This place is all about the mabiance and service. Great views, nice classy decor and appropriate lighting for a fantastic night with the person you love. The brooklyn bridge desert tops it off with something delicious and memorable. Im glad to see it reopened after Sandy, and will always see it asa go-to place when i want to give my company a special night. I was perhaps harsh in describing the food, but it is well presented and Im sure carefully prepared by top chefs. I just like a lot more spices and seasoning in my food. But, as i said, this place has a lot more going for it in terms of view, atmosphere, and presentation."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Fantastic view that delightfully entertains as it changes the NY skyline from day to night. Food was scrumptious from appetizers to dessert. Perfect portions for a high-class restaurant. My only dissapointment came from our server who placed our bread choices on the wrong dishes, on the right rather than the left. Even my 9-year-old and 13-year-old commented on the mistake. Not something you would expect from a restaurant like this."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A perfect way to spend our birthdays, or any other occasion or no other reason, than to enjoy great food,service,ambience and a sensational view."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Back in style. Our evening was simply perfect. Great food Gracious service. Spectacular view. They made a celebratory evening memorable."
    Dined on 7/8/2014