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
491 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (430)special occasion (403)romantic (395)fit for foodies (197)notable wine list (179)neighborhood gem (76)great for brunch (61)great for lunch (51)hot spot (43)great for outdoor dining (29)late-night find (26)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • excellent
    Kimiko
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything was perfect... Even though we arrived 30 min late for reservation due to cab issue ...reservation for.Friday @ 6:30 .....they still had our table and we didn't have to wait. That is priceless
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has it all!
    CardiacKidVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Most "scenic view" restaurants lag in food or service. The River Cafe sits at the apotheosis of New York dining, wooing every one of the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great view, SUPER expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was good, but I was not informed that it was a fixed menu and it's over priced (SUPER super expensive). Even though the food is good and the view it's breathtaking expect to pay at least 180usd per person.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    very very nice restaurant!! very good "omotenashi" We love it !!!!! We would like to go next time staying in nyc.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent food in a very nice environment. Highly recommended for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. Very attentive service and yet discrete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quelle vue!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nous avons eu la chance de diner près de la fenêtre avec une vue somptueuse et dégagée sur la baie de Manhattan et le Brooklyn Bridge et c'est une vue de rêve. Alors oui la note est un peu salée, la carte des vins pas très fournie pour un restau de cette classe et on pourrait demander une cuisine un peu plus inventive... mais pour ce qui nous concerne c'était parfait pour une occasion spéciale et nous ne sommes pas prêts d'oublier cette soirée...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NY's best.g
    Flick55
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food, the view, the service all outstanding. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Gran cena en un gran restaurante. El servicio y la cocina a la altura de su reconocida fama. Enhorabuena
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best views of New York
    Britdiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Fantastic restaurant, with brilliant views of Manhattan at night. You walk through beautiful gardens lit by fairy lights to get to the restaurant, which has a lovely ambience. Food was outstanding, and the service was also very good. Couldn't recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience
    Jorgesco
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Unfortunately, the temperature inside the restaurant was too high. They turned the air condituoned on and off but it was not enuogh, perhaps they had a problem with it. I felt so bad that We had to leave after the main course. Impossible to wait for the dessert, coffee, etc. It was a blessing go outside and had some fresh air!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice restaurant
    Nico
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I went to River cafe with my husband at our special day. We could spend a good time ,nice food ,beautiful night view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lighting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The lighting is very nice - at first. But like many restaurants it does this rather tacky thing of suddenly dropping the light level around 7PM. I don't think anyone would be unhappy to see the lighting stay at the original level. The view would still be incredible, the ambiance romantic and one's food and table mates would be visible. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I was thrilled to see it reopen after the ravages of Sandy. I am disappointed to see them practice the same lighting pattern of lesser venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful but,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We finally made it to River Cafe. The views are breathtaking, the food good and the service excellent. It is a non smoking restaurant....but...the smokers exit and enter through a door that lets the smoke in.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely outstanding!
    ubtravVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our dinner at the River Cafe was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had, and we have dined in top restaurants all over the world! The service, food, ambiance and views were positively spectacular. We cannot wait to return on our next visit to New York City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    Ianabellado
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place was perfect to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. I am so glad that it didn't disappoint me at all. The view is incredible and very romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was wonderful but we had problems with the service. We had to ask for our main course as it seemed that the waiter forgot us. He also took away my wine glass before I finished my wine and I had to ask for it back. When we were leaving, one of the staff members tried to leave the same time we were at the double door. When he opened his side of the door it scraped my ankle cutting it slightly. He should have paid attention and waited until we left the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The River cafe must earn a lot on perfect location. Nice view on Manhattan Skyline. Wear nice clothes and eat decent food, at relatively high price. The food wasnt as good as I expected but it was well over average. Profesional staff. (A lot of them). The Brooklyn brigde cake is a must.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It. was a Highlight of our N.Y. Visite.We where there for the third time!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, service & view
    JJTravels
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you want one of the best views of Manhattan whilst being treated to excellent food, wine & service then look no further. The set menu is a splurge for a special occasion but memorable. The bar is also small but friendly with piano player on our visit. A real find but book early!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    In one word: amazing! All we should write in this review would be less than the reward they deserve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More special than ever
    Bklyn718
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Back from hurricane Sandy and spit and polished to perfection. Food is if anything lighter and brighter. Round tables with large flower center pieces are romantic. The view is always spectacular. Special occasion? Small wedding? Proposal or just a date to remember - this is the room!
    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.
  • Amazing food, view, location 5*
    CheshireCat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We just celebrated our wedding anniversary with a special meal here. When I booked it back in February I mentioned it was a special date and they made a real fuss of us, welcome glass of pink fizz, "Happy Anniversary" chocolate motifs on our dessert and super, friendly, but highly efficient staff. The sommellier recommended a wine my better half hadn't heard of (and he's usually quite good at knowing which wine goes with what), but it was perfect for his dish. We were stunned by the view of the Manhattan skyline by night, watching the illuminated ferries and other boats going by. As a location, it could not be bettered, and the food really was amazing - picture perfect AND delicious.
    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.
  • Lifetime View
    John
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If all you do is enjoy the view it would be a great evening. But the River Cafe food equals the view and the service is also excellent. We both enjoyed the shrimp/crab appetizer which was amongst the best first courses we have ever had. The branzino and lobster were also exceptional. A three course fixed price at $115 per person was on the expensive side but well worth it. Book early and try to get a table next to the window overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan sky line at its finest. All tables have good views. Enjoy!!!
    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.
  • Best Restaurant and Dinner Ever
    Maryann
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    All fabulous. The view was amazing. Go in time to see the sunset (traffic was terrible over the bridge so give yourself at least 20 extra minutes). Lower Manhattan, World Trade, the Statute of Liberty glowing in a magical sunset. The food was the best we've had. Small portions but very rich. We were full. We had the lamb and duck. Both cooked to perfection. Dessert as good. The entire staff made every moment perfect. Bring your camera. There is a small deck that you can take amazing photographs from. Location. Literally just next to the Brooklyn Bridge. Hurricane Sandy destroyed this restaurant and they have come back more beautiful than ever. Need reservation well in advance. Definitely a must go. Fabulous piano bar New Steinway Cozy bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A night to remember.
    urca
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I booked this restaurant for a romantic wedding anniversary dinner following the advise of my son. I have to say that River Cafe surpassed all my expectations. It was superlative in all aspects: food, drinks, ambiance, sight and service. The fixed price menu offered a wide variety of attractive choices and so did the wine list. Definitely worth every penny. I will be back every time I visit the City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River Cafe, New York, 10/10
    Anderson
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This place is a must if you're looking to 'push the boat out' while in New York; romantic ambience, Michelin star quality food, extensive wine list and spectacular views over to Manhattan. Budget for at least $200 per person.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place but overpriced
    DPPC
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good service, good food and a great location! Overall a good evening - I just think it is largely overpriced for what it is - e.g not convince it is great value for money... We took the degustation menu with matching wine. For 2 person we end up paying 750$ including service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's mostly about the view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This restaurant must have one of the best views of any, given that it looks over the New York skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Shame then that they try and cram so many people in to see it that the noise level makes it more like a bar than a top restaurant. The food and wine was good but on the expensive side, although the staff were very friendly and the service was very good. Worth a try for the view alone but you pay for it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bwtter than ever
    Krupsmaster
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I know River Cafe for approx 25 years and was now there the first time since the reconstruction. Everything as it was - but the kitchen better than since a long time!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oh my god
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This restaurant was simply amazing and beautiful. The food was unbelievable delicious. Took my boyfriend here just because I love him and wanted something nice and he told me he had the best night of his life. He loved it and so did I! Food is definitely worth the price and I would come back here again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Ricardo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I got engaged in this restaurant, very romantic and with a beatiful view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at River Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was definitely as case of 'the Emperors new clothes' the hype about the river cafe is all hype, no substance, if it was not for the view at night then it would have been a very mediocre experience that cost a considerable amount. The maître dee wanted to choose our wine for us before even offering a menu, he explained all courses to the couple at the next table but never to us, he probably hoped we'd overheard it. For the money it was not worth the effort of getting there from Times Square @ $100 return in taxi, found better food and better service at half the cost. If I visit New York again I would not revisit the River Cafe, it was a huge disappointment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A romantic dinner by the river.....
    Pablo132
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was a great experience. The food, the service, ... all contributed to a terrific dinner. Certainly recommendable, specially for very special occasions, as it is a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night in Brooklyn
    Elennon
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wonderful view, and food was amazing! Great for a romantic evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    RICP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. And no other view can compete with the NYC skyline!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zu teuer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Es ist wunderschön und wir schwärmen heute noch vom essen! Allerdings ist es wirklich ohne Ende teuer und das der Tisch noch nicht fertig ist und man an die Bar geht ist wohl eine "Masche"! So kommen die ersten 40$ zustande!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    From the moment we walked through the door until they served dessert and wished us "Happy Anniversary" this was a fantastic experience. The staff were friendly but not obtrusive; the food was excellent and the wine one of the best we have ever drunk. We couldn't recommend this restaurant too highly and look forward to celebrating another anniversary there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpleasant experience
    GeneKellyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was criticized for wearing a hat. No one enjoys being told what to do in a restaurant, especially in the hostile, and critical tone taken by the maitre d', who tried to teach me, a professor in his 70's, good manners. I'd never go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    yvrvisitor
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Beautiful spot in a charming neighborhood. Excellent friendly, efficient staff. Beautiful delicious food. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great!
    wIndsorfive
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our first time back since the hurricane - why did we wait so long? Perfect spot for weekend lunch or early dinner while the light is still so pretty and the view and the garden are at their best. From the reception greeting, across the gang plank and into that serene space, one feels so calm and yet excited at the meal to come. We had a supreme experience with such finely prepared food and professional wait service, we wanted to stay on and on, and there was no feeling of being hurried. From the immaculate table linen to the boeuf tartare elegance, wine service and amazing main courses, we were so impressed. We only saw the elegant desserts but have to return to include one in another delightful meal. Still a gem in New York!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.