Central Park Boathouse

4.7
6472 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 6472 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TravelGirl30
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Not our first visit and Covid is not gone, so surprised waiters not wearing masks. Getting that out of the way…. Usual prompt service. Waiter was really rushing us to order, like we needed to eat, pay and get out. Food was quickly delivered. Food was good, as usual (crab cakes, burgers, no dessert, coffee was never delivered) Waiter hovering to remove almost-empty plates. I think they, like every restaurant in the USA, are doing the best they can. So we tipped them 20 percent for mediocre service and hope they are still in business at the other end of this pandemic. Be patient, everyone!

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vipChristine
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch at the Central House Boathouse yesterday. This is an oasis in the middle of Manhatten. Food was exclellent and you can't beat the view!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Amazing service. Amazing food. Incredible view. Perfect.

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LisaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly Staff, beautiful view the the lake and awesome food ! No to mention the drinks ! They’re fantastic

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DoctorJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I celebrated the anniversary of our engagement here today. We reside in NYC and came here years ago after I proposed to her. The Boathouse, therefore, has a sentimental value for us. We were very pleased with everything about the restaurant: from ambience and food and champagne to the exceptional service. This is saying a lot. It is an excellent restaurant, not only for tourists but also for discerning New Yorkers.

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vipJackNYNJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a lovely charming fun place! The venue is beautiful and the views are great. Delicious food and very cordial staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating 50th anniversary. Our server Edgar made it a special night.

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Momma5280
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 6 enjoyed a late lunch outdoors with a beautiful view. The outdoor terrace was at full capacity but the service was still great. It was such a relaxing meal after a busy morning at the Met.

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Caela
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! We went here for lunch to celebrate our anniversary and the hostess was so kind to put us by the water for a better view. Amazing food, a little pricey but nothing out of the ordinary for the city. It's gorgeous and the perfect stop for a Central Park afternoon!

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miamiwahoo
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and ambience even better! I had a wonder birthday luncheon. cocktails were amazing also!

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vipJeannine
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere and food were both excellent. Highly recommend. On the expensive side but would return for a special occasion.

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AndyV
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great food and the best service…!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant & courteous server.
Table- Had requested close to water but got an interior table up against a serving station which was tight with elderly parents & 2 walkers. Otherwise all enjoyed and server brought a complimentary dessert for father’s 92nd birthday.
Given distance & rain, a shuttle service would be a good idea from E72nd st entrance to park for the elderly

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CarrieP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and great food. Highly recommend for a nice dinner in the patio

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I requested a table by the water for my birthday. I actually told them several times this is my birthday dinner. We arrived only to be told sorry every request cannot be filled. I own a restaurant, so ok. Our waiter would stop at one of his tables and no lie have 10 minute conversations. Thus, his other tables including mine were not his priority. I had a $320 bill, which I expected . We ordered two desserts even and not one was given to me . I’ve eaten Gramercy Tavern and Babbo, fir my birthday and they are much higher end in my opinion snd sing Happy birthday. They bring you a plate with Happy Birthday and your name written in chocolate sauce. It’s not that I had to pay for my dessert. It is the poor customer service and lack of appreciation for customers.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boathouse is always magical. So wonderful to be back after this pandemic year! Special shout out to our amazing server, Angel, who was the best!

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Pietro
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Beautiful location and very effective service. The food is good (but not the best feature), the ambience is a bit too noisy for being an almost outside setting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. My favorite part was the panna cotta

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vipMangiabene
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really special experience for my 10 year old’s birthday. Service was outstanding as was the food.

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vipCaraR
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience4

It's one of those places you go to because it's NY
Food is ok. Nothing amazing to about it. Service was decent, except for this guy who looked miserable and would spill every time he served water.

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DavidG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Can’t wait to return!

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Michelle
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place! Good food! Amazing ambience and service is the top!

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vipCmg2018
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a lovely way to enjoy a nice lunch by the water and feel completely disconnected from the noise of the city. The food was very good and generous portions. The service is amazing!

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KathleenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special treat! Service, food and view were all fantastic!

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SuzY
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was both patient and accommodating. Such a beautiful setting. And good food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good👍👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about this place. It’s featured in so many iconic movies and for nice dining in New York it has a great variety of prices! Our waiter was amazing and gave us GREAT recommendations. Overall 5/5 experience on everything. I will be returning before I leave New York.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

ngl, great vibes

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service all around. Great food with delicate care to flavor and style. Definitely pricey but worth the experience! Had water constantly being refilled and really enjoyed the Pineapple Mojito cocktail!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Pésima atención en la parte de afuera s

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated our ten year anniversary!

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Marc
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great ambience by the water. Hard to beat this location.

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bonniep
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience; the waiter was great. The hostesses gave us a great table without any argument . I am vegetarian and the vegetarian option was delicious.

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vipIncognito007
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic NYC restaurant with great food and service.

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vipAnneK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of a kind location. Central Park overlooking boats and gondoliers active on water.

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Sailor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The view of the boat pond from the restaurant's terrace is lovely, especially at twilight.
The food is very good, but I am disappointed to see the prices
creeping up since I last dined there, less than a month
ago.

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DovD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well located- excellent ambiance. Great food ( try the superb crab cake…). Staff is very efficient and extremely nice.

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Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.7 stars by 6472 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.