Central Park BoatHouse

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5666 reviews
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With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my sisters here from California. They loved it!
Special place

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service . Everyone had a good time. Only thing is that they tried to take our plates before we were finished a couple times. Except from that great.

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VG
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Food had been pre-made instead of getting crispy skin fried fish we were given soggy fish.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Extremely disappointed! Having dined here before I saved this experience for my friends last day in the city hoping to impress. It was their first experience of nyc. The setting is beautiful but on this occasion I was extremely embarrassed at my recommendation. The glasses were dirty, the bar and toilets were filthy, the bread was stale and the service was aweful. I would not go back!!!

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G
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've walked past the BoatHouse many times when we visit NYC and I finally decided to make a reservation so that we could try this place out.

We loved it! The food (scallops & cauliflower risotto, seafood bucatini), drinks (prosecco and rose wine) and service were phenomenal! Central Park BoatHouse will be a definite repeat when we're back in NYC. :)

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JH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Rushed as they shut early. Shame

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c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table overlooking the pond and it was lovely. We really enjoyed the relaxed ambiance and food.

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Newcastle
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat lake side, exquisite service, great food.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boathouse experience for my husband and I was second to none. Service and food impeccable. The only downside was I had specified it was my husbands birthday when I booked it and I also rang the restaurant an hour before we arrived to remind them but I had to remind them again after our lunch and deserts were finished. I would highly highly recommend this experience to anyone traveling to New York.

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The biggest problem was the food. I had the shrimp salad. It had four different types of greens and each one was incredibly bitter. Which tells me they were not ripe. So, they were pretty awful and ruined the entire meal for me. My companion had the two mini burgers. She offered me one of them and it was raw even though she ordered it done medium. I thought it couldn’t be and took a mouth full and nearly spit it out again because it was literally raw! I reported this to the waiters and they didn’t care. They also added a tip in without my permission so we paid a tip for this horrid cuisine and service . I had to looked forward to eating at the Boathouse at Central Park and this was a huge letdown and also quite the cashectomy!

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in great location. Staff were very friendly and we were lucky to get a window table so perfect view while eating. Cocktails were beautiful.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great views, great food, and Christopher was the best waiter we have had in the city. Just enough attention, but not overbearing. Excellent experience. Cast iron chicken was a hit for the immature pallets. The sea scallops were cooked perfect with great cauliflower risotto base.

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 1

Beautiful setting, stunning views, fabulous service, food very well presented but just lacked a little in taste

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my 50th birthday.
Second time for us and got a table looking over the lake.
Everything was perfect.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the ambiance and the food. The service was wonderful! Definitely a place we will visit again and recommend to friends.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal here for our 25th wedding anniversary. The food was really nice and the waiters came regularly to refill water glasses and make sure we were happy with our meal. We had a window seat which was nice to look out of especially as it was a sunny day

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D
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

food was great and drinks ok view was nice and we enjoyed! Waiter was typical New Yorker! :)

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is very friendly especially the bar staff good bunch of guys they know how to treat a person I’m coming there Again for sure

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, especially crab cake and salmon+rice.
And definitely nice service! server was so friendly and attentive. He made the day great memory.

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Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary lunch while visiting from Scotland and not disappointed. Lakeside view and excellent service.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience in the Boathouse was one of the highlights of our trip to New York. I would highly recommend anyone travelling to New York to try it. Fantastic.

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SE
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Eating at the boathouse was on my bucket list and I enjoyed every minute of it. From the environment to the food and the service. We were lucky enough to get a lakeside seat and it completed our visit perfectly. I would definitley recommend to others and will visit the next time I'm in NYC!

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very limited menu, service was not good, waiters were not nice at all. Like any other place in NYC, they should allow people to eat at the bar which is only to have drinks. The hamburger I had was good but not spectacular. I think I could have had a better Hamburger at Shake Shack.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Not enough variety in the menu. Too many “American food” choices, I saw hotdogs on the next table. Loved the location.

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 years after our last visit the Boathouse still impresses with its setting, service and food. If you are looking for that special celebration venue then this is the place for you

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DR
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service and ambience

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

decent experience. menu was limited. view was fantastic.

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Amarillo
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for our spring break trip!

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1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a favourite spot when we visit NYC - love the view overlooking the pond. Just a nice vibe. But fancier but not stuffy.

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting NYC with my mum and sister, whilst we were there it was my mums birthday and we wanted to surprise her with something extra special and that’s exactly what The Boathouse provided. I placed the booking a month in advance and requested a waterfront table which provided us with stunning views of Central Park. The food was lovely. I can’t recommend The Boathouse enough, if you’re looking for something a little special you should take a visit. I can’t wait to return, I would love to visit at night.

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JV
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, impeccable service and great ambiance. If you are looking to eat in Central Park, this is the place to go!

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ultimate iconic New York experience! Thank you to the Central Park BoatHouse staff.

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London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely setting. Fish and chips - superb.

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C
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great view of lake; good service; pleasant atmosphere!

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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boathouse was recommended to us by an air stewardess on our Virgin flight so we booked it for lunch on our last day in fabulous NY. It didn’t disappoint the service food and ambience were all fantastic we would definitely go back and recommend to friends and family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

your choice of food is by far too limited. before renovation your choice was better

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GD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a mid-afternoon meal at the BoatHouse in the first week of March. The food was great and the view of the pond/park made it special. It was a welcome shelter from the extreme cold.

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and amazing place!! Cold day that made this atmosphere all the more inviting.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, made our trip to NYC even more memorable- thank you

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CP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the city

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