Central Park BoatHouse

4.6
5963 reviews
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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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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great location to enjoy Central Parks beauty while enjoying a great meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

First trip to Central Park:)

OT
Spain
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining area with a lovely atmosphere. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and made sure our experience was the best. The food came up very quickly yet was still very tasty.

t
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic seating, great service,yummy food.
Excellent views and entertainment from the rowers on the lake.
Well worth talking time out of your day to enjoy this oasis in central park.
Recomend you finish it off with a horse and cart ride.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location, great service!!!
Celebrated our wedding here.

TT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special occasion lunch for my husbands birthday. We had to change the time the day before and the hostess was very pleasant and accommodating. Upon arrival we were seated immediately at a prime table overlooking the lake. The food and service were exemplary. It was a wonderful farewell lunch our final day in NYC.

JE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for the location and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service.

JL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good is some of the absolute best in NYC! Plus you gave a great view in the heart of Central Park!

EM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a special experience at the Boathouse.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and atmosphere. Expensive though.

CK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this iconic location to celebrate my 50th birthday, it was everything I'd hoped for and more!! Seated by the window overlooking the lake, from the moment we were seated the service was exceptional. All of our meals were delicious, I chose the roasted chicken and it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten, would thoroughly recommend. The ambience, food, service and overall dining experience is one I will never forget.
An "on the house" birthday dessert platter complete with a rendition of Happy Birthday made my day. I loved every moment, Thank you for adding so much to a very memorable birthday.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful evening for dinner. Incredible atmosphere.

BR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought the entire experience was amazing

G
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Landmark restaurant in the heart of Manhattan with a spectacular view of the Central Park pond. Good food. Definitely worth a visit.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was a little pricey ($50/meal), but it was very good! The view over the pond in central park is great. We went on a Friday night at 8:30 PM, and it was very crowded and loud. Besides that it was a wonderful experience.

RP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed every minute of my experience! The service was excellent and so was the food! I will definitely be back when I return to New York!

S
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect birthday lunch to remember forever. Beautiful food, service & location.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect. The food and service were excellent. We had the perfect table and the perfect weather! It couldn’t have been any better.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and delicious food! The service its amazing!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, fantastic food and outstanding service.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I brought our 19 month old Daughter to CP and decided to try the Boathouse. We had both heard great things but never had the right opportunity to go. I actually thought it would be a tourist trap but I was highly mistaken! We were greeted by the manager, Jonathan who along with his team, made our experience wonderful. He paid special attention to the fact that we had a busy toddler and suggested that we feed the fish to burn off her energy before dinner. She absolutely loved tossing the bread he gave her to the fish and he was right, it did the trick, and she actually ate her dinner and allowed us to enjoy ours as well. The restaurant is beautiful, cocktails refreshing and the food was delicious. Order the crab cake!! We dined on a Tuesday evening around 6:30 & though open table showed no reservations available until 8, we were able to walk in and be seated. There is a very lively but subdued outdoor cocktail lounge with live music (part of the restaurant) overlooking the lake as well.

Moderately priced for NYC with sizable portions and Friendly service.... We will be back for sure!!

LF
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the turtle watching! One or two more menu options would have been great.

JA
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was excellent - crab cakes are the best of the best anywhere - our server was Amanda and she was most attentive and very personable, adding to an already great dinner on the lake -

JM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for lunch. Great menu selection; something for everyone. My friend and I had the salmon... delicious!
Very attentive service. Best ambiance; it’s location on a small lake with rowboats in the background is so beautiful and relaxing.
Worthy of a celebratory lunch or dinner.

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you go during summer, ask for the waterside table. Sitting there, you can see carp and turtles coming by in the floodlit waters, with the Central Park trees and the NY skyline in the background. It's great. The food is great, with good service. For dinner in NY, it was very reasonable. I'd certainly recommend it for a dinner.

SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda was our server for both brunch and dinner and we are glad she did. She was knowledgeable, friendly with that smile she made us feel very welcomed and comfortable. The food was great, the ambience was perfect!

EZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is an amazing experience in Central Park.
The food and the service are very good but you have to go for the amazing atmosphere.
Is really an amazing place

PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Gathering of cousins from across the world

AC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great!... drinks not so good.
I wish they will improve I order the cosmo and it tasted like cheap sour mix only terrible.

R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is gorgeous & the view is beautiful.
Good food, great service & fantastic ambiance.

ML
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a long-term "Friend Of The Boathouse"- dinner in the backyard, Manhattan Style. THE BEST

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at the Boathouse. The environment can’t be beat, light, lovely and great view of lake and people. The only thing that rubs me wrong is the attendant in the ladies bathroom. There is one in the woman’s but not in the men’s. Apparently it’s not degrading for a woman to work in a women’s bathroom but unacceptable for a man to do so.

RG
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a friend from Europe to experience all that Central Park has to offer for NYC. Dining on the deck at the Boathouse is an essential part of that-Was a spectacular meal. Thx again!

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fu place tp eat. Very pretty views of Central Park and the lake. Service was outstanding!

MS
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service fabulous food amazing location. A must do!

RK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of friends (6) catching up after 3 years - great place - excellent food & service - open air venue wonderful

PC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Terrible food
Hygiene very poor glasses filthy on the table
Fly s in and on or around the mojito mix
Dirty hands of staff touching ice cubes in a unacceptable way!
Very bad exoerience never will visit this place again

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Beautiful location and food quality was excellent. Service was slow and waiter was non attentive. Drink service was especially wanting. But the location as mentioned was wonderful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there!

k
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed the evening despite the heat in the corner at the waterfront
Our Kosovian waiter was priceless!!!

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