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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sister's birthday here, fabulous resteraunt

WW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical location. Full moon & perfect weather for outdoor seating. The food was one of our best NYC meals while visiting.
Service was very good.

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my second time at the Boathouse restaurant and it was very good. A little pricey but overall it was nice and the food and the service were perfect.

OT
Mobile
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing lunch to remember! I made a reservation for 9 which included 2 children. We were seated at a table by the water. Such a view of the paddle boats and lake. We met our friends from Brazil. Our waiter could even speak Portuguese! Service was amazing!! Our meal started with a delicious selection of bread. Our lunch menu selections were all yummy! When in NYC, don’t miss this hidden gem in the park!

JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous view, excellent service, great food we will be coming back again.

MS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Atmosphere was lessened by the number of people in ripped jeans, tee shirts and tennis shoes.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Called ahead and was guaranteed that it would be safe for Celiac/Cross Contamination/Food Allergies. When we arrived, the Manager said that there could be a risk of Cross-Contamination and very limited, up to, no inventory of certain dishes (like the scallops) on the menu. The Manager did comp us a drink that we had preordered, for our trouble, as we did not stay to dine to celebrate our First Year Anniversary.

FO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the Boathouse to a friend, the setting is just amazing and so relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and when back in New York will surely revisit.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time with our kids in Central Park; they loved the row-boats n dinner after :)

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

There was at least one mouse in the restaurant and it did not seam to be a surprise for the waiters. We had to change table to get away from it.
This is a tourist trap. I would not recommend this to my friends for dinner. To many other good places.

WT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Great location and surrounding but the food does not deliver especilly due to the prices. Service and ambience were good but value for money very, very poor.

LB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It actually hurts me to write this negative review; cause I love this restaurant and highly recommend it to so many people.

But today; the experience was far from what we’ve ever experience. Made a reservation to take my mom and brother, who were visiting from Sweden, for my moms birthday.

The hostess kept seeming like she couldn’t find our reservation. Asking if it was Scott or Shauna. No matter how many times my name was said.

Then we sat down; and ordered. Two chicken dishes and pasta; and it took almost an hour before the food came out. Other tables that sat after us, got their food before us. And it wasn’t even as busy as it usually can be.

I’ve never had such poor service; and especially from a place like this. And the least that could have been done was for my meal to be comped after waiting so long.

When I finally finished eating; they came over and asked if we wanted dessert; we had booked this for my moms birthday - and if we hadn’t wasted an hour waiting on my food - we would have loved to celebrate with one of you dessert options.

But instead; we left.


Again; I’ve never been so disappointed with a dining experience and for a place I really love; it was just very sad.

OT
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Great speed of service, menu was great and not too complicated.

Drinks came out very quickly as did the food which was great.

Overall, very impressed

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All good but it was very cold.

S
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Amazing location. Food is good, especially the fish. Service is slow though, maybe typical for NYC. Some very irritable customers made it quite an experience. Again, maybe typical for NYC.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

Overpriced

S
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Food was outstanding!

CP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amber was our waitress and she was wonderful! She was kind, knowledgeable and informative. We had a table of 5 women from Dallas there on business who needed a relaxing night out. I highly recommend the Boat House for anyone. Beautiful and elegant setting but not too stuffy.

F
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not my cup of tea. The type of atmosphere was very bachelorette or old society.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good and very seviceminded, Lottie bit noisy for me who have problem with hearing

RO
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It's a really enjoyable experience in the park. Great views.

A
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i can see why this is a romantic place for dinner, sat in the middle of central park and watching the sun set and the lights come on must be amazing!
in the drizzle of a n autumnal grey day with low cloud obscuring the upper floors of the skyscrapers makes it a bit more surreal.
the food was perfectly prepared and presented and the service cause it was a slow night was highly attentive, great advice from the waiter for the wine pairing and a nice touch of a chocolate cake as a celebratory gift made the decision for desserts so much easier.

OT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and varied menu, attentive staff and incredible ambience. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

La cocina es muy buena pero no excelente. Nuestro mesero estuvo impecable. El ambiente y el lugar son de excelencia

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AC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great dining experience in a special location! Exceptional food, friendly and professional service. Book ahead and request a window seat, you wont be disappointed.

WT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Beautiful location, but one of the service staff had an unwelcoming way about them. Our primary waiter was very nice but could have visited our table more often. Our water glasses were dirty. We sent a seafood dish back twice because the fish was way under cooked—a fish that should be served only fully cooked. No effort was made to apologize for making one of our diners eat after the rest had already finished their meal. Nice to visit for the famous location but the restaurant isn’t worth the money. Just go for drinking to take in the view.

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. One of the best places in New York to enjoy excellent food and the beauty of nature in a cozy setting.

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful view. Service great and food delicious!

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful setting, good food, fabulous wait staff. Overall a great night for my wife and me.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enchanting atmosphere. Everyone very attentive. Food is exceptional. Wonderful. Will always return on every trip to NYC. Thank you for a memorable evening.

TK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall dining experience; would definitely recommend!

CP
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal for a 21 Birthday Celebration! The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful! Looking forward to the next time there!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

birthday, nice location with a view

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Excellent food and service !

NB
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting on a beautiful day. Food was a lot better than I was expecting which is why I should imagine it remains as popular as it is. A NYC must do.

MB
New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was fantastic, the setting , service , food, all perfect. Thank you!

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful view accompanied by delicious food.

BE
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We were first at the Boathouse last year and had a delightful dinning experience and were anxious to return
Our second time unfortunately was disappointing. We had 8:30 reservations and arrived promptly.
The first contact with our main server was not pleasant and we didn’t feel welcome but even worse rushed. Our secondary servers and bus help were very pleasant and attentive which helped the cause. We were seated by the water which is quite nice however the manager at approx 9:45 started closing the glass partitions to close off the patio. We were eating dinner as each glass partition was rolled past us. We rushed through our dessert and coffee and left the restaurant by 10:10. I personally will not return but I must say the food was excellent and the ambiance is quite tranquil and beautiful for NYC. I sure hope other visitors to the Boathouse experience what we did the first time.

MG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful! They sat my party waterfront just as we had requested, our server did an excellent job in helping us, and everything was delicious. Will definitely be coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Romantic place <3

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