Central Park Boathouse

4.7
6276 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 6276 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTPNANDI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day Celebration!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day. Excellent food but shocked by the price of their prefixed menu for kids. $40 for my 3 year old to pick at some French fries. We’ve dined there a few times and never had a bad meal, drink or experience.

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vipNewYorker15
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent all around. A NYC institution is back and better than ever!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and an amazing view of the park and the boats! A true NYC icon not to be missed!

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vipdonaldf
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great view, with good food and great service.

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AngelicaV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food is great but the service not so good, I’m talking about the hostess they were so rude and they assume we know how everything goes, we got an appointment and we got 5 minutes early and they said come back in 5 minutes so we did and the they said you have to wait outside and outside was a long line that we could do when we got there the first time, but they didn’t say anything, and they were not pleasant at all. The place is beyond beautiful and the food great but I would never go back again, and we travel all the way from California to go to that place. That’s a shame

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vipThomasM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect. From begining to end it was perfect. I highly recomend.

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DHolly
El Paso
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delightful evening, we started out at the bar while waiting for our table (we were early) and the bartender Tyler was spot on with our cocktails, our table was next to the water and what a view! The food and wine were excellent, our server Gallo attended to our table perfectly.
The Boat House is a definite must if you are in New York.

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vipBird
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Amanda. Food was delicious! And of course the setting spectacular.

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vipdoowopl
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous table. Amanda our server was wonderful. Knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. Food was so good as were the drinks. We got a really great table. Both of us had a perfect view of the lake. We were treated to a birthday dessert along with a candle. Very nice touch. Fantastic experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly . The food was good and the view of the water was beautiful. Great date for my husband and I.

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vipJWD3
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible atmosphere....always worth the trip....not to be missed

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MarahS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most delightful time back at the Boathouse— the food and service were both exceptionally lovely. I ordered the swordfish special dish which came accompanied by eggplant ratatouille, which if they are serving— is a must order!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother was visiting the city and The Loeb Boathouse is probably her favorite memory of the trip! Our server was so welcoming and attentive. Beautiful scenery and incredible food.

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vipDiane
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We were able to sit right by the water and it was a beautiful evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not seated with a view by the lake - bummer for a special birthday. Not enough vegetarian options / pretty much no vegan ones. Margarita in an upscale restaurant using sour mix? Not good.

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vipnatasha
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

thrilled that the Boat House is back. Food was especially good. Love the ambiance.

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vipMadelineF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary service snd attention to my food allergies. Everything was made to order and delicious!!

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Peliza
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nothing can replace the joy of sitting among natural beauty of Central Park in a sunny day with friend

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

They first sat us inside where I assume the weddings are held
We asked to be moved to water side and yes very happy once we were probably seated

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KarlaF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was the best steak I've ever had, and my husband could have eaten their entire supply of olive bread. This will def be our anniversary date for the next few years.

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SBaj
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great ambiance and service was excellent,restrooms were clean
Enjoyed our afternoon,just that rain brought very cold temps👍

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vipRachelG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I had a lovely time celebrating our wedding anniversary - attentive staff, good food and lovely view of the pond. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so happy to hear that the Boathouse was re-opening, and they did not disappoint!! Food was great, and the service was excellent, but as usual, the view takes the top prize! There’s nothing like the serene view of the rowboats out on the water, flowers blooming, and the park as a backdrop. Perfect day!

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viplynnb
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Reservation was for 2:30 specifying outside. Arrived on time. I was handed a buzzer and told I had to wait for my table. I had to ask the hostess to sanitize...HELLO, we’re still in a pandemic! With an attitude and in a huff, she sanitized it. Fifteen minutes later, we were shown to our table which was in an ante room indoors. Unacceptable! We waited another 15 minutes and were shown to a table plopped in the middle of the room near the serving station! I happened to notice a better table and insisted on it. More than 30 minutes after the reserved time.
They are overbooked and not adhering to the 1 1/2hr dining limit.
The food is mediocre. Beware, the tip is included in the bill already!!
Also the outside waiting area...filthy.
They need to get rid of the buzzer.....this isn’t Kansas Dorothy! Nor is it Applebee’s!

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

Great food Wonderful helpful waiter I made a res for may already

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TamaraL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to have the Boathouse back and better than ever! Well done Loeb Boathouse Team!!

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BonnieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are SO happy that the Boathouse has re-opened! Our entire experience was wonderful. You all did such a great job! Thank you! Can't wait to come back.
Take care, Bonnie

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vipmbpatch
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was extremely great as my waiters were attentive and the view is extraordinary!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Was expecting outdoor seating which I specified and it was closed. Had to sit indoors which I have been scared to do during covid. Food was average-ambience was blah and indoors the restaurant is nothing special. Very disappointing.

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vipjewele
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have lived in Manhattan all our lives and someone never got there! Always thought it was a tourist destination. Were we surprised. What a wonderful experience. Delicious food. Lovely setting Fabulous service. Will highly recommend it

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Rozz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, except for the intensely noisy atmosphere. It was hard to engage in conversation with my lunch companions.

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ReginaldG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and atmosphere was amazing! My wife absolutely loved her 48th birthday brunch, thanks again.

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vipTroyR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad you have reopened! Everything was wonderful!

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KathleenW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special time for my friend and I to have lunch at the Boathouse! The food was delicious, the service was great! Couldn’t the ask anything more!! Kathleen and Wendy

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LisaH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son here for lunch on his 18th birthday. Staff was very attentive and accommodating. My sister brought a birthday cake for him and they plated it and delivered it with candles, singing and fanfare. Everyone went out of their way to make this a special day for him. Food was delicious and you can't beat the view!

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Hermia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, good food and cocktails. Great service. A little pricey, but worth the overall experience.
It was our anniversary and we had a great time. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Birthday Celebration! Food was fantastic, service staff was 5 ⭐️

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barbaram
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely, my favorite place in New York City.....The Boat House is very special

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ConnieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always wanted to eat at the Loeb Boathouse, and it was everything I had hoped for. The food, service and atmosphere were all amazing. The Crab Cakes are a must. I will definitely go back when I visit Manhattan. Central Park is my favorite spot in Manhattan, and now it is over the top ... the best in my book. A must if you are wanting a memorable experience.

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Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.7 stars by 6276 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.