Central Park Boathouse

4.7
6359 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 6359 people are saying
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip2nickels
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

As a native New Yorker I thought it was about time to try the boathouse. The food was good as was the service; my cocktail was disappointing, though not more expensive than other local establishments. It was a cosmopolitan and wasn’t made properly with fresh lime juice. Overall it was an atmosphere that can’t easily be duplicated in New York City and was worth a one time dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good though not quite as good as we were expecting but the service was great. The setting was very nice looking out over the lake.

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VictorG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have a beautiful dinner, thanks for all your services, food was really good 😋

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vipskinstud47
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had not been to the Boat House for years. I was so good to be back and find to be as wonderful as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, highly recommended spot for any occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and drink. They were very generous with us, didn’t rush us out the door or try to turn over the table. No other view like it in the city.

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vipKathyinNOLA
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The location cannot be beat - beautiful location in Central Park. The food was better than I expected for such a big tourist spot so we were happily surprised. We shared the burrata with asparagus and then had the halibut which was the special for the day, and it was delicious and my daughter had the roasted chicken -- portions were large, the chicken was enormous with way too much for lunch. Tables are close together and there were several large parties near us so the noise was a bit overpowering at times. Service was adequate. It was also a very warm day and the overhead fans were barely moving and did not offer much air movement - they are also spread far apart. I would return on a cooler day without a doubt just for the location alone.

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CarolynB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service in an iconic setting. Great place to relax when visiting Central Park.

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Sova
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit noisy, but very nice place.

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johnh
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Everyone friendly and helpful except the hostess at the entrance to the restaurant. She is the wrong person for that job. No smile. Not friendly and when we left restaurant she said nothing and made no eye contact.

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VivM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice patio. Food was just okay except for the dessert. The cheesecake was amazing!

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JoeD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a hot day and it looked like the fan was on extra slow. I thought I saw some a/c units but no air. Had to cut visit short too too hot. Put some fans in to circulate air or at least a slight breeze🙄😡

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CarolS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere but mediocre food and poor service.

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vipMarJim
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful location and nice restaurant.

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vipNancyDrew
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so excited to get there after A summer squall. we sat by a window that was able to be opened within the first half hour. It is so much better than I ever hoped for both my companion and I had a fabulous Fish and good homemade bread. Besides this, you are actually waited on. There were tablecloths and you feel like you are not being rushed stunning setting I will be booking again thank you for a lovely evening and for being a fixture in Manhattan.

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MelicaE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience all the way around from the boat ride to the table, service and food! Definitely will go again!

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vipMkay
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had lunch at the Boathouse with friends whom I hadn’t seen in a year. It was the perfect setting for that. The room is lovely and the view of the lake was very picturesque.The food was fine and the service was excellent. The menu was more like dinner than lunch food and the prices were a bit high for lunch as well. The equivalent of a Cobb salad ( probably the lightest entree) was priced at well over $30. Nonetheless overall it was a very nice experience.

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LisaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the dinner was wonderful. We enjoyed the ambiance, food and service. We took the shuttle back to Fifth Avenue.

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Exigente
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special way to enjoy delicious food and Central Park simultaneously!

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vipJayP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quintessential New York Dining!

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vipLetseat
New York Area
299 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love the boathouse. Have been coming for years. We are moving away from NJ in 2 weeks so it was so perfect to make our last dinner in the city at the boathouse. The weather was perfect. The food was very good the service was very good and you can’t get a better view and a great walk in Central Park after a long lunch.
Also with good friends we will miss NYC and all of our friends.

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vipMaryK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Celebrated my parents' 51st wedding anniversary there and brought our young daughters ages 9 and 13 for their first visit. Food was delicious, service was excellent, and the ambience and views are incomparable. All ages enjoyed and felt comfortable. Tables were a tad close, but all else was great. Fully outdoor, covered seating so we felt safe. They also make great cocktails, bake 4 different kinds of fresh bread, and have a children's menu. Iconic, family friendly NYC spot to celebrate!

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viplouisp
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience.

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vipSAL1
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job arranging tables with open windows/doors to accommodate CDC advisory. Food & Service is great, as always. Salads were fresh, bread is awesome. Thank you for coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the last seating on Memorial weekend Saturday, walked through Central Park to and from the restaurant. It was a great experience, wonderful service, and not expensive.

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LisaK
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful table for my daughters birthday weekend

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KamaraB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my husband had a fantastic time celebrating our five year wedding anniversary at the restaurant five years ago we got married in central park so we only felt it was appropriate for us to dine there to celebrate this new milestone thank you so much for making it such a special occasion

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vipKato
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

A lovely setting and an interesting (although not always successful) menu make this a quintessential New York City experience

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Caroline
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in delightful setting. Highly recommend

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viphgmd
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was shockingly good. I did not go with high expectations but thought it would be a nice setting for an anniversary lunch. The food was great. I had the vegetarian option with asparagus and grains and my wife had the tuna nicoise. Both were plentiful, fresh, and beautifully presented. We shared the banana split for desert. Also, creative and delicious.
Bread basket was as good as any in NYC.
Service was good and pleasant and of course setting was unique.
Tried to get a reservation for Father's Day but astoundingly they do not take Reservations for FD.

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Peliza
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Third meal since re-opened and each visit a joy. Natural beauty and wonderful servers make it to the top of the list. Hard to find lobster in risotto and portions way small (scallops) but tasty.

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vipAnna
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful lunch. The view of the lake was lovely. The service was excellent. The menu had a nice variety of choices. One of us had the seared tuna salad and the other had the cheeseburger.

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TonyaR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was our first time there and I'll definitely be going back. The crab cake alone was *chef's kisses!*

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vipRobinW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the most perfect evening. We eat out a lot, and generally don’t take the time to discuss how our meal, service, ambiance, etc… was. From the monk fish wrapped in bacon to the prom loincloth in sweet potato purée, along with excellent service from Margin and a spectacular view; it was sublime. Don’t put the word out. We want to make sure we can get a reservation to come back. Xcllnt!!!!0

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Lachinafit
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exeptional, beautiful vew, delicious food, great place for a romantic meal, business or family dinner

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vipjoseph
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful setting with excellent food, and attentive service!

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brooklyngreen
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, amazing view. Perfect.

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LynnC
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt a little rushed at first but our waiter and staff were such pros that I always felt taken care of and welcomed! The food was excellent!

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handerl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I could be anywhere in the world. Food and service are exquisite. I asked for a candle in my reservation and what a birthday dessert it was. HIghly recommend

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vipMatthewS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You feel like the hustle of the city is a million miles away while dining overlooking the beautiful lake. Service was outstanding and the food was excellent.

FAQs

Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.7 stars by 6359 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.