River Cafe
River Cafe

River Cafe

  • 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: 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 Service
River Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
581 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (505)special occasion (473)romantic (458)fit for foodies (240)notable wine list (210)neighborhood gem (92)hot spot (61)great for brunch (61)great for lunch (60)late-night find (39)great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (30)vibrant bar scene (23)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • special occasion
    Cherie
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Very attentive staff. Made my hubbys 40 th very special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most romantic restaurant we know (for us)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The third time we were in the River Cafe in 32 years. It still is like a dream. How romantic it is as well the food and service. We loved every minute in this memorable place. For us it is only sweet memories even this time this week. The restaurant knows so well what service is.So nice jackets for men required. Lovely an evening without leisure wear and sneakers.... For us it was a sentimental journey because we lived in NYC and my husband asked me to marry him here 32 years ago!. We are both from Holland but met eachother in NYC!! We bought a boat 7 years ago and we named it the River Cafe. We live in The Netherlands and our boat is on a little river in front of our house and....... we like to drink on our River Cafe a glass of wine (or a bottle or so). Thank you dear Chef and team to cook so well for us and sign the menue. We will never forget neither the excellent service. We have been in so many Michellin star restaurants but the River Cafe does not need it because for us it is a 5 star restaurant. Thank you so much for the unforgettable evening. This is for the whole staff. Hope to visit you soon again. Véronique & Robbert Jan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Style over Substance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    such a shame that great location, ambiance and style let down by the way good ingredients are treated by those in the kitchen. Top marks to front of house staff. Shouldn't take too much effort to sort this out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The River Cafe
    Inquiringmind51
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The River Cafe is the most romantic restaurant in Brooklyn. It also has the most ambiance and the food and service is beyond reproach. For a special treat, you must order the Brooklyn Bridge for dessert. It is their signature confection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth money unless you get window seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Unless $400 is pocket change for you, I suggest you dine somewhere else because you need to be a "regular" to get the best seating. While service and food is quite remarkable, they were not worth the $200/person I paid for (incl wine). If you're wealthier off, kindly ignore this review as it does not apply to you.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    A great place to spend a Sunday Afternoon, great food and ambiance, will revisit next time i am in NYC
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was the star of the evening...
    westie1
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We went to celebrate a birthday, however the quality of the food impressed us the most. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible! Got engaged here!
    Jvs5066
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Incredible restaurant with stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge, WTC, Statue of Liberty, and Empire State Building all in one! Expensive, but definitely worth it for a special occasion or if you have money to spend.. Food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. Nothing but great things to say about this place!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection.
    crankyVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The River Cafe is absolutely perfect. The staff is so professional and friendly. I appreciate the space they give you to sit back, enjoy the service, the view, and the lovely food Really, I cannot think of a single place that is more reliably wonderful than The River Cafe. Thank you for making our experience always so special. It is a rare treat.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to please!
    MSWZ
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Our first return visit since remodel. Very pleased. They haven't missed a beat. The same fabulous restaurant. It was as though time stood still.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    It was cold inside when we arrived and I got my wife´s coat for her. It was 10.00 pm. In the restaurant it was much colder than in the entrance area. At 11.45pm it got very cold and we got the impression that the remaining guests should become motivated to leave as soon as possible. We saw the plant leaves moving, they did not move before. Prices are on a high level, so - from my point of view - the restaurant has the obligation that guests feel comfortable. My wife and me were perished when we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente vista aunque comida 8/10
    Juamon
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    La vista es maravillosa. Si uno no lleva saco formal le prestan uno. Es costoso y exclusivo. Hay platos excelentes como la entrada de salmón y la carne, pero otros como el pulpo que son muy normales. Buen vino y champaña. El te no está incluido en el Fixed Price. Vale la pena ir.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River Cafe in December
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Mmmm... a luscious experience for the eye, the palate, the soul. Take someone you love, relax, 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.
  • Amazing view, food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Perhaps the best romantic, anniversary dinner I could ever have had. The view, the food, the service - all were outstanding. Simply outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to have dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great place to have dinner, great food, great view of Manhattan, people is very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply spectacular
    Davor
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Ideal for special occasions; one of the best places in Brooklyn with a great and unsurpassable view to the finantial district of Manhattan. Pricey buty so worth it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, 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.
  • THE BEST RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK
    shearnerve
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The River Cafe is the best restaurant I have eaten in in decades. One of the best in the world. Simply great service & food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Special Occasion
    NCVisitors
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We elected to celebrate our 40th anniversary at River Cafe and it couldn't have been more special. We had come to New York from North Carolina to enjoy the weekend, culminating in our dinner at the River Cafe. Knowing that it was our anniversary, the maître d seated us at the window tables looking out on the scenic NY skyline. The food was outstanding, the service impeccable and, of course, the restaurant was gorgeous. Truly a unique experience and a night to remember. We couldn't imagine a better place to enjoy a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing
    Inmymemory
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    While expensive, enjoy this amazing place for a special occassion...no regrets and amazing food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    Katzi
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We recently went for dinner here when we were in New York to celebrate amongst other things that we both just retired. The evening would have been almost perfect but for the noise in the restaurant. It felt very much to us like being in a crowded bar in the West Village. We had a wonderful table with a terrific view but as the restaurant filled up it became harder to hear each other.( we may be retired but we are not hard of hearing!). I would have liked to rate the River Cafe right up there with my favourite Cedars at Hohenort in Cape Town, but alas the noise level let it down. We did have a great evening though with some excellent food and made friends with a charming couple sitting next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go experience it soon!
    DallasFoodiie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    From the time you enter the gate, the River cafe is a special experience. Wonderful food and service. The view is spectacular. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, drinks and service!
    KMHasthi
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The River Café has a perfect location under the Brooklyn Brigde by the water, overlooking the amazing Manhattan Skyline. As a European visiting New York from time to time, for me a visit to the River Café is always mandatory. Try the Dry Martini, with gin and olives!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good!
    EatBK
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We went there to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary expecting a tourist (albeit romantic) trap. I was pleasantly surprised! The food is really good, but the service was just amazing. It was disappointing not to get a window seat even though I called to request one and was told it wouldn't be a problem, but other than that we had a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dinner
    Steffiandstefan
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We celebrate our Engagement in The River Café. It was a wonderful evening. Thank you to everybody!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Beautiful scenery with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline. Great service: very attentive, not pushy, and informative should you have questions about the menu. Inventive dishes served with care and plated beautifully. Great for a special occasion. A true fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful!
    Food4life
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My fiancé and I went here to celebrate our engagement. Walking in, you're immediately struck by the beautiful view. Live music, great decor. We were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation time, but soon found it to be worth the wait. The food was fantastic! We shared the shrimp and the foie gras appetizers. The chicken and the branzino main dishes. The chocolate Brooklyn bridge and the milk chocolate souffle for dessert. Every single dish was delicious! Our waiter asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. We mentioned why we were there. Our desserts arrived with candles, a chocolate bar saying "congratulations" and a plate of assorted bon bons and cookies. We spent the rest of the night just saying yummm. Loved it!
    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.
  • Moonstruck14
    Moonstruck14
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The River Cafe looked like a great place for lunch, as we were lured there via some movies we've seen in the past. Beyond being beautiful, the food and service were over the top. We were not disappointed and would love to go back on our next trip to New York. It's just magical!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    Planktus
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A birthday celebration for my daughter. Perfect in every way. Could not be faulted. Staff attentive in a very positive way. Food and drinks excellent. View in the evening magnificent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect night
    Bobbywats80
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The river cafe is set in the most idealic place , views are amazing with service and food to match
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit
    Anthony
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    View still stunning and food still fantastic. However, we thought service was poor this time. May have just been a busy night or lots of regulars commanding attention - but not good enough when you have large gratuities and tips added to your bill as of right. We will probably still go back - the view is still worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Simply the finest restaurant experience year after year, no gimmicks, no hype, just divine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Had requested a window table a month in advance. We got a postage stamp table back from the window. I have so enjoyed the beautiful roses on their tables in the past, but there was not even a flower on our table. Probably won't drive so far next visit when there are so many elegant other restaurants to choose from.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food ruined by rude staff
    ChrisC
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We were recommended the River Cafe by staff at The Lagham Place Hotel to celebrate our elopement - Upon arrival we were met by an extremely dull & sour faced blonde lady who looked us up and down and barked at us to go to the next door - there we met a second lifeless lady & a pretentious Maitre d' who both looked us up & down, pulled faces & we were then shuffled off to a table at the back where we had to jump lamp cords to sit down - by now the celebration night was ruined. Food was nice but not spectacular. I made the mistake of removing my jacket due to the heat & was promptly pounced upon by his royal highness the Maitre d' as if I had just killed someone - staff need to get a grip of where they fit in the world...you're waiters
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable evening
    ckoatz
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in style. The staff was extremely attentive, the view unparalleled. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab-u-lous
    Edinburghgent
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Fantastic location, food and service. Everything that you would expect from 1 star dining. Sommelier was excellent, food was exquisite, the rack of lamb was one of the most hearty that I have had the pleasure of being served. Remember to arrive early and take a drink at the bar so that you can savour that magnificent view for a bit longer. Highly recommended for that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enchanted
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Beatiful restaurant. Like walking into an enchanted world. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely!!!!
    Drocha
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I was enchanted! So beautiful, great service! Everything was perfect! The piano, the flowers, everything!...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • orlex
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    perfect place, the food was outstanding and the view of the skyline was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location - terrible staff
    AvoidRiverCafe
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Booked a table weeks in advance for a very special engagement dinner, specifically asked for window and called to reconfirm this again a few days before. On arrival at 6pm a very condescending restaurant manager laughed at our suggestion even though restaurant was pretty much empty and seats free at window. He then mattered to enjoy our evening as he sat us as far away possible from the window. Food is overpriced and was given a large steak with a paltry small bone marrow mash which equated to two mouthfuls of potatoes for an entire steak. Staff were wooden and stuffy and created a chilly atmosphere in what is a stunning setting. We had some other amazing meals in NYC for half the price and with real New York service and personality.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    PaulaEats
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I cannot think of one single thing that they could do to improve. Everything was absolutely perfect. From the moment you walk in the front door the service is spectactacular. The food is incredible, perfectly cooked with fabulous presentation. Unbelievable view of the city. This is my favorite restaurant in the world. So happy they came back after Sandy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate