Central Park Boathouse

4.7
6432 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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Please note: starting on Monday August 16, 2021, New York City will require all guests to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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PeterM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for anniversary. All tables have good view of the water and also is a great way to eat "outdoors" without actually being outside. Food was better than expected with exception of the Halibut which was cooked through (beet salad was a standout). Wine is over priced but assumed it would be given location. Service was also good but clearly they are a bit understaffed. I've lived in NYC for 30+ years and never dined here (just had drinks) but I'm glad I did.

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LisaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our table was not the best (right next to table of 20!) so I will know next time to ask

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visiting NYC with my daughter !

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krnlight53
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boathouse is outstanding from beginning to end! Had lunch reservations at noon and got a table by the water. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. I hope I get the chance to go back again when I am in nyc!

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vipItalian
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always wanted to dine here! Had a fabulous meal. Mohammed was an excellent server!

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KathyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Atmosphere was exceptional. Food outstanding. The wait staff could have been a little more attentive and friendly . It certainly was a dining experience for us . I can understand why so many tourists would pick this restaurant .

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vipBarbara
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

With a 3:30 res. We were very rushed. The kitchen was closing shortly after we were seated. The Niçoise salads were meh, they had been prepared sometime hours earlier.

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RyanL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like in all the movies. Enjoy a delicious meal with an amazing view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda our waitress really enhanced the great experience we had at our lunch! Service and her knowledge of the menu was exceptional!

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vipMarinaO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at an iconic New York location. Service, food, wine and the dessert were amazing!

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RicR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary & it was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hermoso lugar! Muy amables! Todo bien

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CaseyH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, the view was wonderful. And our waiter, and the gentleman that worked the bread service were awesome.

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vipRobertG
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue- enjoyed our lakeside table with wonderful view, attentive staff and delicious food. Truly a quintessential NYC/Central Park experience. Thx so much!

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VeronicaW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the food was amazing! Definitely make a reservation so you can sit close to the water. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Peru
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location in the center of the park with great view. The food was very good and great service.

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ScottK
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent. Making reservations was very easy via Open Table. The wait staff seemed harried. Our waiter attributed it to the day after the US Open finished and there were still many people asking for lunch places. Our waiter was excellent when we asked for recommendations. He was spot on. He just had too many tables/people to attend to.

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vipRoxann
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch. Service was excellent and the views were perfect.

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vipjiml
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the setting of this lovely restaurant. Our service is always good and very friendly. We have never been disappointed with the food.

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LeahS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an incredible birthday here! Loved the service, ambience, and food! I was very impressed :)

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vipmfdiner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The setting is enchanting and the food is now very good. Years ago, it was not. So, the restaurant has really come along. The waiters are also very attentive. A delightful experience, always.

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Meems
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our guests from California and enjoyed a wonderful lunch on a glorious day. She is vegan and your lunch selection was very well received and enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about this restaurant! It’s been on my bucket list since I was a kid and saw it in one of my favorite movies 27 dresses! I wish I could remember the name of our server- he was so amazing! The atmosphere was great and the food was even better! Everyone there was so helpful and even provided more reccomendatikns for our trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with beautiful setting, delicious food & cocktails, and great service.

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FridaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After doing this location in movies, I’ve always wanted to have a meal there. I was able to finally do so. Very delicious food and beverages! What an amazing experience it was!

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MichaelP
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly a great dining experience - from the service to the location and the food .. all first rate. I cannot recommend it enough!!

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vipOwlhunter
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, efficient and friendly service, food was fresh and well prepared, a wonderful experience.

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ScottC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation hoping that the review I read was accurate. It was modest compared to our experience.
The day was drizzly but we had walked through the park to get there, hungry, tired and damp. We were warmly greeted (even with required Covid restrictions) the table by the water was great and the food was delicious, generous portions for a fair price of a restaurant of that caliber. To top it off our server Amanda was fabulous! Her recommendations were spot on but her care for us went beyond “service”.
Taking several pictures of us until she was happy with the lighting and background. Some of our best. Then giving directions by walking with us out of the restaurant to point out the walking route she was mentioning.
Thanks Amanda and to the Boathouse for a truly memorable experience.
Scott and Val

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PAC305
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were simply amazed at the excellent service we received as first timers with no ideas what the experience, food, or service would entail. We absolutely loved it. Quaint, great food quality and exceptional service from hostess to our server Amanda. She made our day with pic's by the railing and went above and beyond. Not to be missed.

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MaryS
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful setting to enjoy a delicious meal with family. The staff were professional and friendly too. Would definitely recommend!

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vipJeannine
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great meal in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Would return there to eat again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best staff and food ever!!!! Would recommend this to anyone and everyone!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Get the scallops and be sure to sit by the water.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to celebrate my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink was great! Our waiter was attentive and made great suggestions based on the menu. Ambiance was perfect! Will definitely go back!!

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vipJoanne
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friends 60th birthday. It was just 2 of us and I did not mention the occasion to the staff but at the end of our lunch our waiter, Angel came over with cake with a candle. He must have overheard me toast her. It was a lovely surprise that she loved.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you arrive there early, you can get a nice table just next to the lake. The view is stunning.

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LisaF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food were amazing, service was great, and they even surprised me with a birthday dessert! So happy I made a last minute reservation- can't wait to go back.

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SeanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was amazing. The crab cake was exceptional. Highly recommend.

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Rubbzie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Clay was fantastic! We took his suggestions and his descriptions were all accurate. The food was delicious and we will definitely be returning.

FAQs

Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.7 stars by 6432 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.