Le Rivage

4.4
4308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Le Rivage offers you a cozy, romantic French country atmosphere where traditional French cuisine is expertly prepared for your pleasure. Fresh flowers embellish each table. Prices are delightfully affordable with incredibly rewarding selections; a true bargain in the heart of the theatre district.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:45 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 pm–2:45 am
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Phone number
(212) 765-7374
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Denamiel
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Cross street
Between 8th and 9th Avenues
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Parking details
There is a public lot located across the street from the restaurant.
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Public transit
C & E trains to 50th Street; N, R & W trains to 49th Street; 1 train to 50th Street; and all trains to Times Square/42nd Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 4308 People Are Saying
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M
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We met a friend for brunch who doesn’t live in NY and this was the perfect venue.

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

We had reservations on Saturday night for 4 before a show & then a few hours prior we needed to add two more people & the maitre’d accommodated our request on such short notice which we greatly appreciated.
The food & service was top notch & flawless even though the restaurant was crowded due to the pre-show dinner crowd.
The restaurant offers an amazing Prix Fix Menu that is well worth the money!

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AF
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place before going to a broadway play.

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

Having been a loyal salmon devotee at Le Rivage for years, I ventured out on Saturday and tried the Coq au Vin, the aroma coming enticingly from an adjacent table even as I didn't bother to open the menu. What a pleasant surprise! The breast was perfectly moist yet fully cooked and fork tender; the dark meat quarter wonderful and the sauce warm and perfect. Although Le Rivage has had to raise their fixed price a few dollars after many years of holding steady, it is still a remarkable experience - relaxing, welcoming, professional yet warm and delicious, as well as well worth the reasonable price. The staff could not be friendlier nor the atmosphere more delightful. I have eaten here over twenty times (have lost count). It is my home away from home in NYC. Thanks, Paul, Gigi, Clara and Thibault. I can't wait to return...but I will now have a harder time choosing an entree!

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

Le Rivage is an excellent dining experience, combining outstanding full portion meals with a beautiful ambiance. The Wait Staff is most attentive too.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, consistent meals. I keep coming back and I know what to expect at Le Rivage.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A theater district favorite, for many years. Excellent food, good service, nice atmosphere, welcoming.

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Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Showed up a half an hour early...no problem. Great ambiance. Great food....well prepared. Authentic french cuisine. Simple menu. Great value. Would definitely go back. What a find!

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

This was a great find on google and a treat to have live music. There is definitely live music on Thursday nights (the night we went) 7-10pm. And I think Monday evenings from 6 or 6.30pm. The 3 of us had a lovely evening. Everything was great.

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HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Superb escargot and frogs legs followed by coffee and lemon ice. Outstanding lunch for only $33 + tax and tip. Very attentive service and friendly atmosphere. Family owned and run. Great value and location for theatre.

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

Dependable
Reliable
Good service
Comfortable

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Forgot to bring bread then forgot butter - had to ask multiple times-
beer was not chilled only had one bottle left of first choice-
food was authentic but not somewhere I'm going back to -my duck is as good and skin on mine has a crunch-
Cog au vin was ok and if a house special I would invite chef over - mine has more flavor to say the least

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A
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Five women friends had dinner at Le Rivage after attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. We had the choice between the three-course Prix Fixe menu or ordering A La Carte. We ordered a wide variety of food, from Boeuf Bourgignon to Troute Almondine. Everyone enjoyed their selections. The restaurant was cozy and I enjoyed the colorful paintings on the walls. The noise level was not too high--we had no trouble having a conversation. We had the added bonus of enjoying a jazz quartet that performed during dinner. They were great. I highly recommend this restaurant for before or after theatre dining.

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J
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been dining at Le Rivage for over 25 years whenever I'm in the theater district. As always, the food does not disappoint!!!!

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ZS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My girlfriend and I have eaten here twice now and we love it. You can’t beat the experience for such a low cost (the 43$ 3 course meal is our go-to) and we will definitely be back soon.

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J
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service very attentive

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NW
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to eat before a show! Food was fantastic. Wine choices superb. Staff very friendly.

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RK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except kitchen closed before our dessert order and could not get creme brulee. Took a star off for this. This place is a gem in the theatre district and if you take post theatre, the whole menu should be available to the end. It was a birthday and my friend loves creme brulee.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I was a solo diner and reserved a seat at the bar. Most restaurants don't have this option. The service and pre-fixe menu was outstanding, but the noise level was deafening coming from a packed pre-theatre crowd.

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JM
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we received delicious food in s comfortable setting with a bonus of live jazz in the background. That is available Monday and Thursday evenings.

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DK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find! A fun, tasteful, calm experience even if it is in the theater district.

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PR
Richmond
189 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 3 of us. One had the lamb chops and thought they were terrific. Another had the prix fixe salmon with a ceasar salad and chocolate mousse for dessert at a great price at $33 and very tasty. I had the quiche appetizer and wasn't very happy with it. It looked like 2 leftover slivers of vegetable quiche that tasted fine but did not include the roasted potatoes and only 3 or 4 small pieces of frizzy lettuce as described on the menu. The wines that we selected by the glasses were great. We will probably go back but I will speak up if I order the quiche again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous price fix with excellent choices. The trout was delicious & the beet salad was also excellent. Service& atmosphere made for a great post theatre dinner.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a party of six the food was very good and our waiter was excellent he was entertaining and very efficient would recommend this restaurant to anyone

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AF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, foid was very goid, very nice ambience. Will visit again.

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h
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service wonderful, as usual. Had reservation for 5:00. Got to theater in plenty of time for 7:00 show. Never felt rushed.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food&service great value with lots of choices for pre theatre lunch ! Our go to rest for lunch before the theatre

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SE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our price fixed lunch. The food was very good with the exception of the bread. They got us out in plenty of time for our show.

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FM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good authentic French restaurant. Escargot in their shells and frogs legs being a good example. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place! 3 course price fixe only so no ala carte. There are many varied choices for all 3 courses and all the food was so good. The price is reasonable for a full dinner. This is perfect for pre-theater. I’m already thinking about next time- a different combo of 3: app,main and dessert. Excellent!!

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went before the theater... they are known for their French onion soup burger and it didn’t disappoint. Service is a bit slow everything else is good. Give yourself plenty of time if you are ore-theater... and expect to be smashed together like sardines!

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C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as usual! Following in my Mom's tradition of eating at Le Rivage before a Broadway show. They are mindful of showtimes and always get you out in time for the show. I had the French onion soup burger for the first time and it was yummy - smothered with melted cheese and carmelized onions as you would imagine. So tasty.

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BB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place for a pre show dinner. Prix fixe menu has lots of good options. Escargot and salmon were perfect. Cozy atmosphere.

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E
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a friend before the theatre. Staff sensitive to getting theatre goers out on time, without minimizing attention to detail and great service. The food was delicious, ample (meaning large portions) and the prix fixe value amazing. I enjoyed my roasted beat salad, calves liver (finally a restaurant that understands how thick the liver should be) served with mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts (they could have been cooked more or roasted) and bacon. My dessert was peach melba. My friend had the beet salad without the creme fraiche (they didn't say...oh that's how it comes), salmon and apple tarte.

Can't wait to go back. It's truly a find in the theatre district and anywhere else: great food, great service, great value.

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P
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a good meal. The value is good for New York City. A little to rushed.

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OT
Indiana
164 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The good news is the location- very close to the theaters. The restaurant itself is pretty and the staff is friendly. The service was good. But the food just okay. My wife had the trout almandine- it was edible but not good enough to return for. My meal was fine. We enjoyed our dessert. The wine list was not memorable. The restaurant was crowded as it was a play night. They specialize in pre theater diners and seem to have a good business but not for us again. We did enjoy our dessert.

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v
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great post matinee meal. Three of us ordered the Onion Soup Burger which was AWESOME.
Two Beef bourguignon. I had my favorite escargot!
Everything was delicious, great service.
Will return for our next outing !

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i
New York Area
214 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

For me to choose the same restaurant twice in one week says something good about the restaurant. There were a number of things on the menu I wanted to try. And so, since we were in the same neighborhood, and had had such a good meal on Sunday, we chose Le Rivage again on Wednesday. And everything that we ordered this time was equally wonderful. No wonder this restaurant has been a mainstay of restaurant row for so long.

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S
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I don't think I'll return for awhile.
When you're seated and left unattended for five minutes that's not good service. There were a lot of workers moving around, but none in our direction. I was about to leave when a waiter finally appeared. The food is better than the service, but that's not a great recommendation.

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MG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time to celebrate our anniversary at Le Rivage with 4 years in between. It was as good as we remembered. Suburb food and wine. I was hoping to try a desert, but the entree was just to great that I couldn't leave any room. Guess, we will have to go back.

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