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
530 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (469)special occasion (442)romantic (421)fit for foodies (219)notable wine list (199)neighborhood gem (92)great for brunch (65)hot spot (55)great for lunch (52)great for outdoor dining (32)late-night find (31)good for groups (27)vibrant bar scene (18)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • NonameVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    River Cafe is magnificent in every way. It is among the best restaurants in NYC and is worth a visit from anywhere.
    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.
  • Scenic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We would recommend this restaurant but probably only for lunch with a note that they should check wether there is a set menu before they book. We had dinner there and although a lovely setting, they only had a 3 course set menu for 115 dollars. We would have preferred the choice of one or at least a 2 course dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My husband and I had a total enjoyment celebrating our anniversary here. Although at first we didn't get to be seated on the table with the window view, our wait staff, Steven moved us before our dessert course! We ordered the chef's signature and loved it. The topper was a chocolate signs wishing us happy anniversary. It was the best dining experience we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Made reservations months in advance, knowing we would be in NYC. Was already aware of the spectacular view from the restaurant, and was absolutely blown away with the food and the service. With my wife having Celiacs, we were pleasantly surprised that one of the first questions from staff was "are there any dietary needs?". We were immediately advised of all the modifications that could be made to accommodate those needs. They served the best "gluten-free" bread we have ever had! My wife had the lobster and I had the Branzino - both outstanding. Finished the meal with a Madeira tasting of three varieties/ages. Pick a date, make a reservation, enjoy!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    A delightful restaurant. Lovely atmosphere, piano player, great view of the city. Excellent, polite service. Reasonable expectation for service charge. For us, some of the food was disappointing. Fois gras starter excellent, scallops disappointing, though beautifully presented. My son enjoyed the duck. For me, the lobster was ruined by the sauce and accompaniment which totally overwhelmed the flavour. Dessert was excellent although we had to wait about half an hour. Overall highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    KevinM
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was the best brunch, EVER. What a beautiful spot, outstanding service and wonderful food. Add the live music, a stunning view and you have a Sunday you will never forget. This is my new favorite and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    A favorite place for brunch and the classic NYC experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our request for a table by the window was accommodated, views were amazing and food was too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best View of Manhattan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The restaurant is on the Brooklyn waterfront with a fabulous view of Manhattan. I love to see people dressed for a nice dinner and jackets are required. Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly stunning!
    Lexi
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The whole experience at The River Cafe was fantastic; from the food to the wine, from the service to the ambience and the scenic view over Brooklyn Bridge was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything great
    Chewy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nothing overlooked couldn't ask for anything more. Lots of special occasions and happy people. Great views and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing views and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First time in Brooklyn and this place was a great find. The choice on the menu for the set lunch was great and the food was faultless as was the service. The views of Manhatten accross the water in the sunshine were fab too, as is the actual venue of the restaurant. My only criticism was that my friend had the fish dish as his main and was lacking any vegetables as was my steak dish. Perhaps some extra sides would be a good addition to the menu. Would highly recommend though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The River Cafe.....
    Cutie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love to enjoy dining here, however, I felt the food quality was much less than before....mostly they were very salty, which made me thirsty and feel tired immediately....but the service is very professional and outstanding...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    An amazing restaurant which ticked every box. This is a superb venue. Service was outstanding, the menu excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb EVERYTHING
    Barb4080
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    From the wait staff to the outstanding food, everything was over the top wonderful! A must for a special occasion. This dinner went down as one of our most memorable culinary adventures.
    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.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The night was so special: the music, the food, the view... a perfect romantic place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but not the best service
    Rickard
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had a wondeful dinner and everything was good up to desert With the service and everything. Unfortunkey it took us 30 min just to get i contact With the server to order the desserts. This was because a table With businessmen sat Down NeXT to us and all the focus by the staff was on that table. Mayby just a unlucky night for us but when ypu pay $450 for a 3 course meal you expect a good service thru out the Whole stay. The Food was amazing and the view overlooking Manhattan was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much money for a normal dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The only good thing of this restaurant is the view to Manhattan. The food is okay, but I didn't like the fix price. It was very expensive. I had a wonderful dinner in other restaurant (tao) for the half of what I paid here and I had more dishes and the ambiance was much better. If you have money to pay a fix price is okay, if not, better go to other restaurant-bar in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GoRoyalorGoHome
    GoRoyalorGoHome
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    View alone is worth the trip! Nothing less than breathtaking. Right below the Brooklyn Bridge, looking back across the East River at Manhattan. Food is excellent an service was amazing. Pricey but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memeinthecityVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This restaurant is top shelf. The whole experience was wonderful. A beautiful memory permanently etched!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Teddy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Picturesque location on the river has lovely grounds. Our delicious meal was served impeccably.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Perfect for a romantic occasion and a phenomenal view. I would highly recommend a visit, and food/drink was priced much more competitively than i imagined which was a welcome surprise. The lamb was generous and cooked perfectly pink. The souffle for desert out performed the Brooklyn Bridge, which was a novelty but technically not wow. Service was a bit hit and miss, but didn't really matter, as everything else was very impressive. Don't debate, just book up and go, and you will definitely not regret it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    luvtheview
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    A truly wonderful experience with spectacular views. Definitely a high light of our recent visit to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, 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.
  • livetoeat
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The River Café has opened up after the hurricane as if nothing had happened - excellent job with the renovation. The only noticeable change is the higher prices. The décor, view and service are first rate as they always have been - however I found the food to be absolutely beautiful to look at, but a little lacking in taste for 2 of the dishes I had. The Rabbit Bolognaise was rather bland and the Lobster dish taste more like celery - frankly I couldn't detect the lobster flavor, just the texture. Desert was excellent. For what they charge, it would be nice to get some more flavor in the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tosi Daniele
    Dennyatl
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I duggest to try the Amazing dessert menu. Magic ambience and sky ascwell.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Jaston
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had a really enjoyable evening on my last night in New York. Turned up earlier than our reservation time and was still able to be seated. Food was excellent as was the service and the amazing view rounded off the whole experience. Would highly recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were treated like stars. It was totally brilliant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    oustanding view; good service; too much expensive due to fact is not adviced in advance about fix rate in the evening. Finally you pay for the view more than for the food /
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the River Cafe
    scrcooks
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Gorgeous view. Spectacular flowers to welcome you. Valet parking. Beautifully presented food. Specially baked gluten-free bread. Delightful amuse bouche to begin and complimentary chocolates to finish a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Time Here
    Chris
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Previously been here for dinner in May - and all the courses were fantastic. Decided to come back and try the brunch menu. Once again everything was fantastic. We were lucky enough to get a window seat and that made an already great experience perfect. The service was wonderful - and they make you feel like royalty. It's really hard to pick a favorite dish, since everything was 5 star, but I highly recommend the steak tartar and the waffle eggs benedict. The price is $55/pp + tax and tip, but The River Café is awesome and well worth it. Also, you will be surprised by some of the dishes they bring out between the courses you ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River Cafe: Years of Amazing
    TWEBB
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food, ambiance, view, service…everything is amazing and still continues to be such for soooo many years. If you love white glove service, miss the old days of the Rainbow Room, Tavern on The Green and high tea at the Plaza this is the place for you. Food is absolutely fantastic. I had the pancakes with 24 carat gold chocolate (yummy) the best bacon in the world, and the steak was to die for (you can cut with a spoon). I have been a fan of River Cafe since I was a child and it still maintains its reputation for Regal dining right on the water and in Brooklyn. Even after being effected by Hurricane Sandy and renovated it has kept its look.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Espectacular
    Unforgettable
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was a spectacular night! impeccable care, outstanding quality food, the atmosphere, the view. In short, a magical night! Unforgettable!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Adorable evening😊. Warm ambience, kind attentive staff, exquisite dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York Classic
    lukeindc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everyone should visit River Cafe at least once. This place is a total, hidden gem.....spectacular view, superb service and great food. The ambience is slightly old school chic but charming and, the staff is warm and accommodating. I'd be a regular if I lived there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning view but at a price
    Wim2
    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.
  • UNHAPPY CUSTOMER
    AshleyW
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was great for the most part, the service was horrible in my opinion. From not being offered the six course menu to having to ask for bread in the beginning initiated the laundry list of complaints. We waited a long time for our appetizers to come out and even more for our entrees and at that time the wait made us lose our appetite which we felt the dinner could have been a bit more appetizing if it was brought out in a timely fashion.The deserts were brought out with a candle on the one my boyfriend ordered and since we didn't have spoons on our table the two waiters walked around the whole restaurant and back into the kitchen until we had spoons; by time it was given to us our ice-creams were half way melting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Unforgettable dinner
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Unforgettable dinner was certainly one of the most wonderful dinners in New York. Though expensive, worth every penny ..... The view is simply wonderful!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.