Le Rivage

4.4
4062 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
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Gift Card
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
Reviews from verified diners
4,062 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
58%
Very Good
31%
Good
8%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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S
Orange County
6 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. A very enjoyable dining experience. I wish I could have had multiple delicious sounding item on the menu.

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E
New York Area
18 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. The food, the service and the ambiance met all of our expectations.

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GP
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to NY for an overnight visit and a play. Le Rivage was so good that after the first night we decided to eat there the second night. I love good food and especially French food. I had the muscles and bisque appetizers, the duck and the beef bourgonione, with the napoleon and bread pudding for desert. My wife had the muscles both evenings, the salmon, then the trout, the chocolate mousse and the apple tart. All were excellent, the Mussels and duck were the best I have ever eaten. The Prixe Fixe menu is a great bargain, and I will be back. Service was great and personable, atmosphere very romantic. A close to perfect experience. Thank you Le Rivage!

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AD
New York Area
3 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We came during French Restaurant week and found your restaurant through that venue. However, when we arrived on 7.14, the waiter did not honor the $38 price nor did he give our one glass of wine free (which was on the website along with entrees, etc.). Other than that, the food was excellent.

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XL
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their burger is wonderful. It looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but it's a deep hole. It's actually a pretty big restaurant inside.

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JC
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. I've never had quiche so good -- fluffy as a cloud. And the lobster bisque was heavenly. Will definitely return.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic French restaurant
Price fix good value
Amazing food , great service

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S
New York Area
28 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Service and Food for Birthday Celebration. Pre Theater Price-Fix great deal for 39.99. Sea food crepe and strip steak outstanding. Good variety of choices.

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f
New York Area
8 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for French restaurant week. The good was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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i
New York Area
53 reviews
4.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was terrific. We let her know we had a 7 PM curtain and she made sure the food - all 3 courses of the pre fixe dinners for 6 of us - came in time. She was very pleasant without being fawning. The food was good and plentiful.

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AS
1 review
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at this restaurant and
It was excellent. The service was top notch and the food...wonderful. We never felt rushed. Everyone should give it a try.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Did the Restaurant week lunch menu. It’s intimate for a date and not too loud. I would come here again.

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RD
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Rivage never disappoints!!
The pre-fixe dinner is authentic and the staff are so friendly and attentive. A favorite on restaurant row almost everytime I visit NYC!

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LR
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good traditional French fare. Exceptional value in the $39 price fix pre theatre menu. I would recommend !

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M
New York Area
30 reviews
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Because of plan changes, I had to change the reservation time. There was no problem. Arrived 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. The food was very good. Had their onion soup burger.

My only complaint is that there was supposed to be a special menu for “French Restaurant Week”. That was never offered.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date Night with my favorite person in the world my CUZ was absolutely amazing! Our waiter was so pleasant and gave great advice about the menu and drinks! Definitely will visit again. We were very impressed and our faith in French cuisine was resorted!

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HD
New York Area
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the shortribs was slightly overcooked but otherwise everything else was delish

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FC
San Francisco
7 reviews
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The Duck was Dry . The Beouf Bourguignon was ok ( some dry overcooked chunks of lean meat )
Overall expensive for the quality of the food we got .
Service was ok ; unfriendly waiter

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TH
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant I the city. The food is amazing!!!! Staff is perfect. Every time we got to a Broadway show, we have dinner here first. Cozy with great ambience. It feels like you are in Bilbao Bagins house in the shire. Highly recommend!!

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FF
Philadelphia
90 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We booked Le Rivage for dining between 2 plays. The fixed price menu worked out ideally as we were able to order down to the dessert in advance. As a result we were able to enjoy each segment of our meal without concerns about the time. My friend had a beet appetizer, which was very good. However, my seafood bisque was short on seafood and the traditional flavor. We both had the salmon fro our entree and it was prepared very well with an appropriate amount of fingerling potatoes and broccoli. The chocolate mousse and peach melba were very good. Service was appropriately attentive.

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E
New York Area
38 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our family had an excellent dining experience at La Rivage. We were greeted warmly at the door and we found the staff very attentive despite the fact the restaurant was busy. We would highly recommend the French Onion Burger and the Coq Au Vin.

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E
New York Area
18 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went here after theatre. Food is traditional French Bistro; very good, and excellent value. Lovely atmosphere, great service. Excellent for pre- and post-theatre.

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HF
Philadelphia
33 reviews
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The prix fixe menu has a lot of options. We enjoyed the trout almandine and beef bourguignon. The soup was very good, but the salad was disappointing. Both desserts, the apple tart and cherry sundae were very good. Service was good, even though it was very busy with pre-theater diners.

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M
New York Area
45 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit to Le Rivage. Food was excellent. the offering on the Prix-Fixe were not limited to just a small menu, as with most places. one of the better restaurants on restaurant roe.

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CL
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've dined at Le Rivage at least 10 times in the last four years. I've enjoyed each occasion. I've brought friends here for their birthdays. It is a lovely get away from the noise of the theater district. Can't wait to go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were not theater people and it was very packed when we first arrived around 7pm. We waited for a larger table and they were very accommodating. Food was very very good. My waiter even sang for my birthday. My only issue was waiting for the check.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is definitely a tourist restaurant. Meals are rushed and staff wearing stereotypical outfits. It reminds me of the French restaurant at Disney Epcot vs a serious NYC restaurant.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service with the pre-theater prix fixe. Also, they did a great job with our son who has a nut allergy.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was the best meal we've had in the theater district. Our reservation was July 4th at 5:45 PM, so it was quiet. Very pleasant atmosphere-our server, Sarah, went above & beyond to make sure we were happy. My husband and I each had their signature burger - It was super scrumptious. We gave it a 4/4 napkin(s) rating (literally and figuratively) !

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for girls night, ended up staying for 4 hours. The best dirty martinis in the city!!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slower than normal this time but food was outstanding as always!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing !!!! They had live music and the ambiance was wonderful . Great food too !!! And it was nice to be able to dress nice casual and pay a moderate price for fine food and experience .

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A
Miami
21 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were part of the theater crowd so the place was jumping. Apart from the initial ordering to get drinks which was slow, everything thereafter was seamless.

The courses were excellent in terms of quantity and quality. The veal liver just melted in the mouth.

We live in FL and visit NY multiple times a year. Over several years we and our friends ( its never the same ones) have dined here without once being disappointed.

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SP
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was nervous about trying this place but was SO pleasantly surprised. Perfect location near theatre, diverse price fixed menu. Cozy atmosphere yet not crowded. Excellent attentive staff, flavorful meal, lovely ambiance. Chocolate mousse was divine. We will be back!

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JG
New York Area
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Having lived in France for many years, we've come to know and appeciate the quality of food, service and ambiance that defines French haute cuisine. Le Rivage is loyal to the owner's French heritage but for me it was a little too Americanized that one would not normally see in French cuisine (i.e. an Onion Soup Hamburger or a pork chop).
We went for a Saturday pre-concert dinner and luckily we had reservations. Despite that, it took nearly 15 min for our server to take our order and all 3 courses of their prix fixe meal had to be ordered then.
The menu has a good selection and my wife had the seafood crepe and I ordered boeuf bourgignon. Normally boeuf bourgignon is so tender the meat doesn't need a knife. Not the case here.
My wife's seafood crepe was done well but she felt that some of the seafood was overcooked.
As to the ambiance, it was a pre-show crowd so quite noisy. However no one asked how our meal was and I had to ask 2x for water.
Admittedly the restaurant was packed and a number of diners were adamant about having their meals served quickly which put pressure on the kitchen staff.
We may very well come back on a quieter night since I'm sure the restaurant can be an excellent dining choice for fine dining.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great before theater meal.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can confirm that Le Rivage is an excellent pre- theatre dining experience!

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PR
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine place to dine with an intimate atmosphere, great service and fantastic food. Try the Roast Long Island Duckling.

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s
New York Area
15 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaRivage has an excellent menu, service is excellent and a fine wine list.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seating, food and service were excellent, as always, thanks to Gigi and Thibauld!

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