Central Park Boathouse

4.6
6194 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!
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McGleenon
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location, lovely food and staff. It was a special anniversary occasion for us and Angel, Gene and staff took care of us well.

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HeidiG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was absolutely amazing - so pleased we went a fabulous experience!

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Jojo
Meath
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was at the boathouse in March . It was a beautiful day and the boathouse opened back their windows . Food was exceptional and service fantastic . It was a special meal for my friends birthday and it didn’t disappoint.

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Alicia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I would say this place is lucky to have the happy Aussie guy, he provided some sort of nice service.
The hostess was the worst, she didn’t even look up at me when I told I had a reservation and in what name. She’s in the wrong business field.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service!

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Popmaster17
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The girls on the front desk were unwelcoming and unhelpful. It made for a terrible first impression, we’re from the UK and I’d built my visit here up to be a really special occasion so was really saddened to have such an unfriendly greeting. Food was okay but I had a hair in my cocktail. Really disappointing, not at all what I expected.

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TBill
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was great but service was terrible. Ordered drinks that were never delivered but included on our bill. Did not see a server until food arrived so could not even remind anyone about our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I loved the experience! What a view of the park we had from our table! The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipDinesOutALot
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipEdwardN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As ever, lovely place with surprisingly good food. Not exactly restful--everyone is so busy. Hostess could use some hospitality training.

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Ollie
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good food, service fantastic big thanks to Clay!

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GrahamB
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food undercooked. Due to this we could not all eat together at the same time.. Meals had to be sent back and revoked. Got the feeling from the start we were not really welcome. Order was wrong, ordered 2 soups and only one delivered very poor service will not book again

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view over the water. Would love to visit again in the summer. Service and food were lovely.

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TrishaD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most of the service was amazing. However one of the 2 gentlemen who waited I e me was short and barely checked in, only twice. The other server was so sweet and nice.

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vipLarryCarat
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful spot. Has changed for the better over many years. A memorable experience awaits.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I missed a vegan menu.

I ate pasta and salad and found the price / performance ratio not good. Pasta costs 36 ? dollar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, the crab cake was amazing! View was very nice we had a window seat overlooking the lake.

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SimonF
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and restaurant was simply outstanding. As a family of 5 we all agreed the it was one of the best dining experiences in NYC. The dishes we we had: Eye Fillet, Lamb Shanks, Road Chicken, Cheese cake and apple pie.... all were absolutely delicious.

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the view of the buildings over the serene pond were relaxing. We will be back!

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vipMrBGB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my brother and his girlfriend becoming lawyers and they went above and beyond to make it such a special occasion for everyone, the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th birthday celebration

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vipBrianS
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife wanted to go here as she had been here years ago and loved it. It did not disappoint. Had a wonderful meal the salmon was spectacular and the crab cake appetizer was great as well.

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TinaP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, great service and beautiful day!! Will definitely be back for another visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fabulous location and superb service.

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Maria
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely recommend to anyone a must see especially you’re traveling from overseas- like we do !

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StefanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food. Beautiful view over the lake and the city skyline.

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BrendanS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited in January 2020 with my wife, had an amazing lunch very good food and also found it to not be too expensive compared to what you would expect. I highly recommend this restaurant and if I find myself in Newyork again would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1/7/20 excellent crab cakes!!!

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Nomi
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably best food & definitely best service we received whilst in NYC

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our honeymoon trip and we wanted to share a meal somewhere special. The Boathouse, Central Park was special. Despite the initial wait for our table,
which was a little chaotic, and the extended wait for our mains, (our waiter apologized profusely for this) we enjoyed our experience there. Food was beautiful and the setting sublime. The wine was also excellent! I felt we got value for money at The Boathouse and will return when next in NYC.

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ANNIKAF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The restrooms line was crazy
Would be nice to separate the restaurant from the to go food
Made the nice restaurant feel like a tourist attraction around the bar

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AngelaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great table location by the window overlooking the water which we requested.

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CassieG
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue, food and service! Very happy with everything

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

In reservations it never mentioned a shuttle; I mentioned in reservations it was a special birthday!!NEVER MENTIONED IT , I surely would have done something else!!
SNOBS! and yes we left a good tip !!! We were stupid all around!

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AliciaB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Beautiful Christmas meal - the atmosphere was great, however, although we had a 2.30pm reservation we had to wait 1 hour to be seated. The bar was incredibly busy as passerby’s were using the restrooms and crowding the bar area...thankfully we have patient children.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We spent the day in nyc right before Christmas - Great ambience and food - if you are not ordering cocktails or wine then decent price for a nicer lunch in nyc - everyone loved their entrees -

I may have given an overall higher rating except that our main waiter was aloof bordering rude -the other wait staff made up for it - but unacceptable behavior for main waiter during holidays

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DavidB
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Steak special was average at best. Sea scallops were delicious.

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vipKathyP
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as outstanding as the service from our server, whose name we believe was Gallo? He even offered to take our picture when he saw that I was taking a photo of my husband and son. Better yet, I’ve been getting positive comments on social about what a great pic it was. One of our favorite places to visit, especially at Christmas.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An epic location in Central Park

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Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.6 stars by 6194 OpenTable diners.

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