Central Park BoatHouse

4.6
5594 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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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful frigid day to have a nice late lunch inside at the boat house. Love the winter warm drink options — the spiced hot cider with rum and the bailey’s coffee are delicious. The steak frites and the crab cake were crowd favorites with our party. Definitely recommend in the winter (even if it’s more popular in the spring and summer) because the view is still Lovely.

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Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even on such a sunny cold day the restaurant was nice and cozy with delicious food and good service. We had a nice lunch even if walking in the beautiful but windy and very cold park to and from the restaurant was hard. Fun waiter to talk with and he served us well. It was a very nice lunch!

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O
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Lost our ticket and has to reorder again - the server asked us for our choices 4 times !!

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ER
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a mid afternoon lunch on a freezing cold weekday, so the place was quiet. The food was, as always, excellent, interesting, delicious and beautifully presented. The setting couldn't be more gorgeous. The Boathouse is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was the best, the food was ok. A little pricey but the view was worth it.

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a
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was GREAT! So glad we could experience it!

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HR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband’s 60 th - loved the view, the ambience and the food- we had a warm cider in the bar beforehand and also noticed excellent home cooked things for lunch very reasonably priced - will go back for lunch before we leave and get there early to sit by the open fire - lovely staff too .

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L
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really nice restaurant to sit and look onto the water. Food and wine very nice and very reasonably priced for the area.
Although I struggled to get a booking when I arrived more than half the tables were empty which was strange. Best to say when booking you want a window seat and reiterate that upon arrival.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Boathouse tremendously on our first visit to this fine establishment.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice lunch in central park. Great location and even on an overcast day it was lovely. Service was good.

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

The menu is very limited and extremely overpriced for lunch.

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view, the service, the food...all amazing. Will return soon.

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RZ
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & the food was exceptional! Travelling from Australia to dine here & I would definitely return.

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MI
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

très bon restaurant dans un cadre superbe et avec un très bon service

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GF
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals we had in NYC. Insanely busy but waiter was still attentive and friendly. Didn’t try to rush us. Great view and menu choices. Not as ‘posh’ as I’d thought which for a New Year’s Eve lunch after a long walk was perfect.

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Central Park Boathouse has a great ambience. The service was excellent. Water was continually topped up and overall the service was perfect... not too intrusive.
The food was really tasty... bistro style. You do pay a premium for the location but would certainly visit again. A great experience.
Thank you!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great experience. However plate clearing was a bit slow even when we asked to have them cleared.

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PB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place, wonderful view and atmosphere, good food - a must

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location in Central Park right on the edge of the lake. Wonderful clubby ambience and service is excellent, as is the food. Restaurant was busy for a lunchtime (Christmas period) but service was still exceptional. Food good and we were not rushed even though lots of people waiting to come in. We would definitely return!

Not enough bathrooms for the ladies though! Had to get in a long line twice!

Also you should know Opentable that the restaurant does not take bookings before 12 noon as it is not open until that time. You took ours for 11am and we arrived only to be told come back at noon.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely views and our food was excellent!

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience. View was lovely particularly for someone who has never been in New York in winter before. Service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Das Lokal ist mit Sicherheit eine Institution, die man sehen möchte. Die Speisekarte ist übersichtlich, internationale Gerichte werden angeboten. Der Service ist freundlich und aufmerksam. Allerdings ist das Finish des Essens ausbaufähig. Das Boathouse ist ein guter Zwischenstopp, im Sommer wird es wohl mit seinem Flair für einen längeren Aufenthalt geeignet sein.

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We visited the boathouse after a recommendation from friends who visited a couple of years ago. First impressions were good. We were greeted at the reception desk and taken to our table. We were given menus and waited for a drinks menu. Our order was taken and still had no drinks. Our starter arrived and almost finished before we received our drinks. The food we had was very good however we were never asked during the meal if everything was ok even when we finished our meal. Small things like not having a side knife for your bread and having to use the same knife for your main meal when paying $150 on lunch for two. As said food was great but overall experience very poor given that service is supposed to be excellent.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was very nice but I expected a little more WOW factor as far as holiday decorating goes.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends and I had a lovely lunch at the Boat House recently. We were seated immediately with our reservation. Service was very good and our waiter, Muhamed A., was outstanding. The food was very good with a good selection of choices. It's a busy place this time of year but the tables are well arranged so that you have privacy and the noise level is fine with so many people visiting. It's a lovely setting, overlooking the lake with a lit Christmas tree perched on a boat which must be lovely when the city darkens. It's a very nice restaurant for a special occasion. Ii just wish they were open for dinner during the winter months.

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BM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Food and service were excellent. However, the glare of the blinding sun through windows , which shifting the awnings did not eliminate , made the overall experience unpleasant. Why they do not have semi opaque window coverings that would block most of the glare without totally obscuring the view is beyond me. I have now dined there 3 times, the first two being wonderful and this most recent being unpleasant.

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AK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent, the dining room was gorgeous, and wait staff was attentive.
I was a single female with a reservation. I was in line for when the restaurant opened in the morning...despite the empty dining room, they sat me in the back away from the window, next to another single female. We weren't good enough to sit toward the front - at least that's they way I felt and the situation was perceived.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Slow service. Food below average and not worth the price

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food lived up to the expectations, service was great. Would come back again next time in New York.

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Advised by a friend to go here when visiting New York - and we were not disapointed! Lovely food, great vibrant atmosphere and staff were superb

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MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and good food..had lunch with a friend to celebrate our annual Christmas trip to NYC

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real treat in the centre of New York a must do place to go, lovely staff excellent service.

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MA
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere and service!!!!! I would definitely recommend for a great lunch day

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KF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous venue with stunning views. Our Waiter was both knowledgable and efficient. He made three recommendations all of which I choose for my lunch, I wasn’t disappointed. I would definitely go to the Boathouse again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boathouse is always a must for us when we visit New York-winter, spring, summer or fall!

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place. I booked a table before I arrived in New York from home in England. Great food and service from lovely staff, so much so that we took the chance again on our last day to have lunch there. Just as good as our first time, all the food was beautifully cooked and presented and the Panacotta is the best I’ve ever tasted.
Wonderful.

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SL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Boathouse to celebrate my mother’s birthday. You can’t beat the location and hands down, this was the best meal we had while in New York.

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HZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing scenery. Amazing food and amazing service.

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