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
510 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (447)special occasion (422)romantic (407)fit for foodies (206)notable wine list (189)neighborhood gem (83)great for brunch (62)great for lunch (52)hot spot (49)late-night find (31)great for outdoor dining (28)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Stunning view but at a price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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.
  • FABULOUS RESTAURANT
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Hurricane Sandy renovation is incredible. Such attention to detail. And the service and food was even better than I remembered. We had a romantic water view to start, but the service, quiet atmosphere, fabulous food and feeling that you were special to the staff made the experience five star. The $170 caviar is worth the price! And, we enjoyed fireworks after dark, courtesy of a Wall Street celebration.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best meal we've had in NYC
    ArtyWoman69VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We arrived at the charming River Café to celebrate our son's and daughter-in-law's upcoming birthdays. The gracious, charming entrance provided a lovely first impression. We were warmly greeted and seated by the window with excellent views of the water, sunset and later fireworks that lit up the River! We had excellent, reasonably priced wines and a sumptuous, delicious meal. The service was flawless and perfectly timed so we could talk and enjoy our fantastic food. I haven't been at the River Café in more than 30 years, but its new reincarnation is a delight for New York and visiting gourmets. Run, don't walk to the River Café for your next special evening! You will be well-rewarded! It is a delight for all the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brooklyn charm
    HersheyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    River Cafe should be on everyone's list of things to take in when in the area. Iconic view, matched by a very well tuned staff that attended to our questions and provide great suggestions. Fixed menu for brunch, provided great selection. Impressed with food and its presentation, couple that with location you have a great memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding views of Manhattan
    tickalltheboxeschris
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my wife and our friends who joined us, first trip to New York. So a special evening was in order. The River Cafe did not disappoint. A fine table by the window gave us a splendid view of the skyline, while the piano player tinkled the ivories Shame the Bridge was under repair. We had a few drinks at the bar whilst waiting for a window table admiring the skyline then a fine meal served by the very attentive staff. Even a lesson in practical first aid was given by our waiter when he performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on another guest, luckily for her. Although I needed first aid when I got the check. Food prices are reasonable for the fare, just think the drinks are a bit unnecessarily to expensive. All in a great venue & experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ASeim
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We made an early reservation (6 months) and asked for table with a nice view. Information was that Maitre`D decided the seating, and I was afraid that we would be stuck in the back, being non-celebrities, first time there and tourists. How wrong could I be! Prime table, lovely staff, excellent food, fantastic view over Lower Manhattan as the sun set and a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • River Cafe
    Missg
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Amazing views and a lovely romantic setting. Food excellent. A must on your trip to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memory Making Dining Spot
    VolumeBetty
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is without hesitation a 5 Star restaurant. The decor, the staff, the culinary skills that go into every plate are superb! It was the highlight of our 60th birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and view, ok service
    klm123
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My mom and I were given a recommendation to this restaurant based on its incredible view of Manhattan, and told we should try to specifically be there for sunset. As NYC was overcast for the entire day, we were unable to see sunset, but the view did not disappoint. Our service started out fairly strong as we had an early (6:00) reservation and the restaurant was still fairly quiet. As more people trickled in, however, it was like we got forgotten about at several instances. After we finished dinner, we waited a good 10-15 minutes before having our plates cleared, and another 10 after that before being given the dessert menu. My wine glass remained empty, as did my mom's coffee cup. Disappointing service at the end, but really great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good views to Manhattan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This restaurant stands out for the views of downtown Manhattan from Brooklyn through the East River ... Food is good but not impressive and tables are clearly too close to each other.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    iesterday J send you my comments (negative) on my dinner at the River Cafe. But my comments were not published , because there are only positive experiences. Not believable!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elder with a Heart - condition
    Elderhostle
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The ambiance and service was, as always, top notch. Cocktails were average, the wine list excellent. Realizing it is NYC I still find the prices over the top. Of course that will never stop the restaurant from being as successful as it has always been. It seems they are now trying to make up for the damage Sandy did with the pricing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place with a view
    Mrkristian
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great place. Romantic . Outstanding food. Little expensive but classy... Thumbs up;)))
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aggiedad
    Aggiedad
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food, great service, great location, great view! You can't beat the River Cafe they do everything well. They will treat you like royalty. Coming to or live in NYC this you must try!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    viewtodine2
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We have been to the River Cafe several times over the last 35 years and we always come away with a wonderful experience. The view is beautiful, the ambiance is great, the food is delicious and the service is outstanding. The duck was especially delicious and our chocolate dessert was outstaning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View was spectacular
    HanSolo78
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My significant other and I went to The River Cafe on our last night in New York. It had been recommended by a friend as having great food and a spectacular view of Manhattan, and it did not disappoint. With the set menu and amazing wine list all our needs we covered. The ambiance was very calm and romantic (tick!) and there is enough space between tables so that you do not feel overheard by fellow diners. We had quite a late sitting and for our dessert course we were offered a table closer to the window so that we could really enjoy the late night view. Staff were very good and polite and could not be faulted. Overall an evening to remember, and a restaurant I would recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    NickVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    In the reservation I made it was clearly stated that we were celebrating my girlfriends birthday. I was expecting for the message to hit the kitchen in hopes they could do something special for dessert. This was not the case, dessert came out with nothing. We had to tell the food runner we were celebrating a b-day. He took the dessert back and add a candle. Lets work on communication. Besides this mishap, food was good and I have to point out the amazing wine list. I'll probably be back for casual dinner, but highly doubt for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate