Central Park Boathouse

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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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Mississippi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Arrived early and got seated quickly

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Boathouse. It is our favorite restaurant and we are from California. Great service, great food and wonderful relaxing environment.

ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My request for a quiet, waterside table had been met so that made it a good experience on the day. Food was good, portions oversized for us as Brits. Would recommend and intend to return soon.

NT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. The food was amazing. The service was outstanding. We were visiting NYC from California . One of are memorable experiences while visiting New York. Definitely would recommend to put this on your list of Restaurants to go to.

J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at the boat house for our 44th wedding Anniversary and our dining experience was excellent! Our server Amanda was friendly , professional and took perfect care of us. David the boat house shuttle driver was friendly and courteous and helpful. Can't wait to come back
Thanks Amanda and David!

DS
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time at the boathouse, the staff moved our table to get a better view of the lake as it was our anniversary. The cost of food and drink is above average for the quality you are getting but the location is great.

OT
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, food was gorgeous, staff really good

S
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal amazing place a must when you are in New York.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A must, not because of the food but the atmosphere and location.
The service was excellent but the hamburgers were very red even though I asked for well done.
But we had a beautiful table, it was an unforgettable experience.

JK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is amazing especially on a blue sky day. Staff very efficient & helpful. Food amazing. Booking is a must. We would definitely re-visit.

AH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls weekend with my daughter

PA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Very disappointed with the greeting went arrived hostess was very rude . Overall no what I wish for

l
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & pretty setting. Highly recommend. Lunchtime booking for group of 6 & all enjoyed

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Made a late lunch reservation to celebrate our 15th anniversary since we got engaged at the Boat House. Boy, a lot has changed over the years!
It’s no longer an elegant exclusive place to dine. It’s a busy tourist trap that has zero crowd control and people wearing baggy sweats and baseball caps at the tables next to you.
You walk into the busy bar to see a huge line along the wall. Turns out the line is for the lone restroom that everyone in Central Park must be utilizing. If you are a diner there you are screwed.
If you don’t know where to check in and you end up at the coffee shop side, they’re not very friendly with guiding you to the hostess podium that is in the bar - it gets hidden by all of the people surrounding it.
We were seated quickly thankfully because of our reservation. Wait staff was friendly.
Food came out oddly quickly. Lobster tostada appetizer is bland. Sea bass specialty had no crispiness on the skin side that was served face up - lots of steam coming out of it which leads me to believe the thing was just microwaved.
We skipped on coffee and dessert.
The nostalgic part was nice but won’t need to return!

AD
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this for a surprise birthday lunch and we were not disappointed at all. The staff were very courteous, professional and engaging and the food was just amazing (Crab Cakes were off the scale and fully recommended). From booking with OpenTable to actually sitting down and having our meal was a pleasant experience.

OT
Italy
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Purtroppo dove abbiamo mangiato noi (posto molto comodo e largo causa passeggino) c’era un po’ freddino. Per il resto tutto ok! Anzi molto buono!

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VR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went with friends for my birthday lunch.
Food very good. Had a wonderful time.
Love the place.

OT
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Setting is excellent. Food was good, but overpriced. Service was very good. Had a late lunch there and was very satisfied.

WO
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed perfect 50F weather outside before entering restaurant. Seated at requested window. Bread selection was superb. Enjoyed daily specials. Lunch menu was expensive, halibut somewhat dry, filet great! Very noisy at 2-4PM time.

B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Location location location. Lovely setting. Good food and service. Price is about what one would expect. A perfect meal on a lovely day in the park

JW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Unfortunately the food could be better and if they did offer more quality food they could attract locals along with the tourists. I don't think locals will go there due to the below par food - but the ambiance is very nice and the service was very good.

NC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch at The Boat House, a real treat, food was really good, not fussy and great portions. Our waiter was good and suggested some dishes for us which was good as we probably would have gone for the safe option! Lovely view over the boating lake, expensive, but lovely for a treat.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Exceptional service staff. Restaurant was a little crowded for floor space size which increased noise level & temperature greatly. Nice food, however quite limited basic menu.

J
Nashville
38 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Romantic late lunch with my wife, fabulous setting with very friendly service. As always it was busy and somewhat noisy. The scallops and shrimp were excellent, the bread was just so so. Some mistakes ... the kitchen lost our order, so food was service was very slow ... silverware was not clean ... glassware was heavily spotted.

M
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The bar service pre dining was appalling. I have never seen bar tenders in this great city not look at their customers.The whole experience was saved by staff who desperately need a leader not a manager. The maître d’ had an absolute meltdown and simply got in the way of some wonderful talent. The food was as it was on our last visit and if it wasn’t for the entertainment provided by watching staff do their best to deal with the distraction of an incompetent maître d’ it would have been a total disappointment.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have lunch on a crisp autumn day. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

AQ
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best crab cakes in the world
Also seafood pasta was amazing

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Partners 50th birthday,

SO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose to spend my birthday, having lunch at the boathouse. When I could not get an earlier time on Open Table, I called the day of and explained to the women that I am a party of one, who just had a knee replacement and would love to dine at an earlier time for my Birthday. Without hesitation, she opened the time slot and gave me the most magnificent table, setting the mood for a fabulous day. The service, the food, the person delivering bread and water all were top notch.
I could not have had a better experience. Even on a rainy day the ambiance was lovely.
Thank you so much...

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Everything was fine, the food, the service to the table,the view, except the hostess that was not sympathic or polited when we arrived, because she didin’t place us beside the window as I already requested in the app, and I’m always attended, because we were in two persons, and my reservation was for four. There was two tables availables, one of that was mine but the girl didin’t agree in put us in those tables. She was rude! But I’ll come back again, she didin’t disturb my lunch.

l
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely low key dinner by the water - nice to have some fresh air at dinner!

Food was well cooked and my daughter loved her kids pasta!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bronzino, Scallops, salads and desserts were delicious, the service was very gracious. We live in New York and the historical Loeb Boathouse is a special experience which cannot be matched by the many “regular” restaurants in New York.

AT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The ambiance of the Boat House was great. We were looking forward to a romantic evening. We ordered a very good bottle of wine and then ordered our entrees. We ordered a crab cake and the salmon. It wasn’t five minutes before our food came out. Had we been in a fast food restaurant that would have been great. Not in a fine dining establishment. The food was obviously prepared earlier and microwaved. The salmon was warm but the Brussel sprouts the salmon was on top of was cold. Very disappointing

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and company! And a nice little suprise/treat to celebrate our honeymoon....and finish the night!

TA
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

On our last night in NYC for my birthday, we made reservations at the boat house for dinner. We requested a water view and they sat is pretty close which was nice. While the food and service were exceptional, the noise level was nearly unbearable. I sat 2 ft away across the table from my husband and I could barely hear him which made dinner conversation difficult. Other than that my birthday dinner was topped off with an unexpected dessert with the waiters singing Happy Birthday to me. Great menu - highly recommend the blue lump crab cakes which are actually an appetizer but tbeyll bring you dinner size portions (2 instead of 1)

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top et super accueil pour les enfants.
A recommander

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A
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its our first time and me & my wife celebrated our 10 year anniversary... superb service and nice ambiance. Definitely recommended and will go back again. Kudos to staff and management (:

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, very good food, attentive and excellent service.

KH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful view and fantastic food. Service was great, very friendly wait staff never had to ask for anything he just new what we needed. Had the seared scallops and they were delicious And the crab cakes, best I’ve ever had. Definitely a highlight of my vacation.