Central Park BoatHouse

4.6
5612 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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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was lacking. Bathrooms were dirty. Bartender had a serious attitude problem. It was much better last time I was there.

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R
London
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had booked a table for lunch at 1430 which was not ready when we arrived. Went to the bar to wait for our table. Took a good 10-15 mins to get served at the bar and we were eventually shown to our table at around 1500. Once seated the service was good and reasonably attentive as the restaurant was still busy. I had the burger, my wife the fish and chips and my daughter the veggie chilli all of the food was good and we had a nice afternoon despite getting off to a poor start.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were accommodated and shown to a window table before our pre-booked slot - this was great and was a pleasant unexpected surprise....
My partner’s schnitzel and my hand made burger were delicious ...followed by cheesecake and apple crumble. 10 out of 10 ! Xx

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place, the food and service were amazing, our waiter made our experience, very helpful and friendly, couldn’t do enough for us. We were worried about there being a dress code but no one blinked an eyelid at my jeans and trainers. Definitely recommend

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DV
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot even on a cold, rainy day! Clay gave us fantastic service!

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F
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, we were checking it out for a wedding we will be attending in the summer. By then the grounds will be very pretty. The food was very good and our waiter, Sani was great .

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We were there celebrating an anniversary, and we waited 1.5 hours for our food to come out. When it finally came out we were so put off we didn’t care about ordering dessert and had to ask for the check immediately. Our Server was very nice and we could tell he didn’t know how to fix the problem. The manager did next to nothing to help recover our experience. We will not be returning or recommending to anyone.

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WB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak and chips I’ve had in a long time

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LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A gem in the Park right on the Lake , even frozen is great. Excellent service from friendly upbeat staff. The crab cakes are the best . We'll be back

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KB
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to go to look across Central Park, we were lucky to get a window table which was great. Slightly pricey for the type of food, but go for the ambiance and view

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A
Italy
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Meravigliosa location in mezzo al laghetto di Central Park. Non si deve aggiungere altro.

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CI
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view even on a rainy day ! Wait staff were lovely

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UW
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
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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B
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
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
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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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RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Great setting, atmosphere, views. Beautiful space. Outstanding service. Food was appallingly bad.

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a
Orange County
13 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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JP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I was surprised at the limited menu. Did it have something to do with it being in the middle of winter? It didn’t match the location, ambience nor the quality of service - all of which were excellent.
I’ll still visit again - next time I’m in New York.

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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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RR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was a good restaurant with good food. However, I wouldn’t say the service was the greatest & the atmosphere was quite limp. Could have been the time of day we were there (1pm) but waitresses weren’t very friendly or helpful.

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OT
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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EO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best things we did when visiting NYC. Would highly recommend

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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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