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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MV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place in beautiful surroundings, in Central park. Good food and great service. Rekommended!

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

Very nice restaurant in the middle of Central Park. Ask for a table near the window.

JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service and the quality werent that good. I aspected more compared to the price quality. Altough it was a Nice evening

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

Everything was amazing.

SP
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, excellent service, lovely food

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

We booked this restaurant as a special treat to celebrate our wedding the day before in New York and it was so disappointing. The food was so bland & very uninteresting flavors, I had the weird bowl of lettuce and cold bland flat chicken and my partner went with the burger slider option, I added on a side of burnt oil tasting fries which I did not eat(the server didn’t ask why the bowl of fries were still full so I chose not to say) my partners burgers were so greasy and plain tasting. We were so disappointed with Picking this establishment for our “celebratory lunch” so overpriced for the tasteless greasy food we received. We were not thanked when we walked by the receptionist for our custom.. maybe people pay for the “ambiance & the view” which was nice, but we pay for the food. We walked away from here thinking we should of saving our money & dined elsewhere.. so underwhelming...

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special occasion

L
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether you live in NYC or are in for a visit, the Central Park Boathose is a fabulous NY experience. My favorite time is midday lunch. The ambience cannot be beat...enjoy watching the boaters as you dine and then take a walk through the park. The menu is not extensive, but has something for everyone...and everything is delicious. A bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny. Treat yourself!

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

Such a lovely evening venue to have dinner while watching the sunset. Everything was delightful. It was a birthday celebration and they provided a complimentary dessert.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is perfect for a treat. Everything about the experience was perfect and flawless. The crab cakes are to die for!

AS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to have dinner. With amazing views. Incredible food and a 5 star service! Highly recommended whoever visits New York.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely love the boat house and always enjoy a great meal there

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent service by a very professional staff. The venue itself is a little chaotic, however, the tables by the lake and the views are well worth it. The food was decent. Well worth the trip.

JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, friendly service,
To bad a special surprise from friends send by email was forgotten in the first place. Luckily it was noticed while we were still there. The excuses were accepted by us.
We had a very nice evening!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

everything was wonderful at the restaurant itself. Saw some rats scurrying on the nearby rocks and it was a little unsettling. wanted to take a little stroll through the park after dinner and low and behold another rat ran right across our path. I know its a big city but was very upsetting!

KM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Terrific service, great food and great atmosphere!

CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Muy buena cena.
Pero luego recibí un email de OpenTable diciéndome que yo había hecho un no show. Absurdo.

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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service & a beautiful setting. Had the honey chicken which could’ve been better. Thanks.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Yes, only for special occasions. The price is too high for the quality of the food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was spectacular ! They treat us fantastic , we came about an hour before because the kids were tired and they didn’t give us any problem ! The food was fantastic , our waitress was really nice and the guy in charge of the restaurant was also really nice with us . I would really recommend this place , the location is marvelous and so was the food and the service ! We really love it !

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! My wife and I enjoyed everything about the boathouse. Can’t wait to go again.

I
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot ... service and food were great. Very cool view of the pond. If you throw a few crumbs in the water you will visited by fish and turtles.

RG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our overall experience at the boathouse was excellent. The service, atmosphere, view and food was sensational.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even a balmy day a rain-drenched manhattan could not diminish the quality of our experience at the Boat house. With a small bit of help from a fine Silver Oak, the gastronomy delighted all of us, and the service was very good. A unique experience in the heart of manhattan, for sure, and one that reminds us how special central park and new york city are.

a
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I had on my holiday. Lovely staff and very relaxing. Great to watch the huge fish and turtles in the lake.

GG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maravilloso espacio, menú sublime y atención perfecta. Felicitaciones

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely location. The food was great. We went over a holiday weekend do I think they were short on wait staff. We have been there before and the service is great. However this time it seemed short staffed. Otherwise it was great.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It’s great location to stop at in Central Park. The restaurant sits on the water; offers a romantic scene for a date night. Food and service was just ok. Husband got the lobster special. He complained that the lobster was too tough. I ordered the chicken dinner; it was standard, but a little bland. The manager made up for the food with great conversation and a surprise dessert. May keep it on the list for a great happy hour spot for the views of Central Park.

OT
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très belle expérience, bonne cuisine, excellent service avec une attention à notre anniversaire. 10/10
Nous allons y retourner

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to celebrate a special occasion. Perfect setting, fabulous food and very attentive staff make this the most memorable meal in NYC. Highly recommend!!

w
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice entrees, great view of the boats and water. Breaf could be much better.

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They really pay attention to detail. I mentioned in the reservation that it was for our anniversary, only because naming an occasion was required to complete the booking. We received such exceptional service!! Our server did not rush us and was very attentive but not overbearing or nosey, the food was delivered quickly and fresh, and everything tasted great! The bussers and food runners were also very friendly and attentive. The only thing is I wish we would have had a table right next to the water but I understand that those tables are in high demand and get booked up quickly. We sat a table away from the water and were able to see people on a boat and turtles! Highly recommend this place!

AD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. Good wine list and reasonably priced.
I was concerned the quality may be not be great considering the iconic location, but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and the service. Would highly recommend.

II
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some restaurants with signature locations seem to think that their location and view gives them a pass on what they serve. Not so for the Boathouse... everyone in our party of 4 was pleasantly surprised by the quality and presentation of their orders. Great food, great view.

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was terrific and the ambiance spectacular.

g
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The manager should really learn how to treat his employes. There is no entusiasm, no smiles no dedication to the job they’re doing. All he does is yelling to them. You feel that this is just a money making machine. Fast in fast out, overpriced and boring.

G
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to dinner in the evening, not so busy as the daytime on this day. Lovely ambiance and friendly staff. Table was right near the lakeside, food was excellent wait staff was very personable and friendly.I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a Romantic dinner or celebrating a milestone, anniversary etc..

G
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was great. We were six and had a lovely round table overlooking water. It was drizzling but still serene. Service was friendly and efficient. Overall a great experience!

M
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location! Great view!
Crab cake was AMAZING!
Grilled octopus was okay. Different, but it was okay.
Seafood linguini is to die for!
Scallops were delish!

Will definitely give it another try the next time I’m in NYC!

AR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time at the boathouse however we were charged twice on our credit card which caused fraud to be suspected in my card and for my card to be cancelled. Therefore that left a very bad taste in my mouth as I was left hight and dry the next day and with a mission to sort out with my bank. Really terrible end to a really awesome lunch

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