Le Rivage

4.4
4125 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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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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 4125 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was bland and unimaginative. Too many good restaurants in nyc to waste time on this one. That being said, if you like very expected typical French food, the prefixe is a good deal.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great value. Food was fine, depending on what you order. Salads good. Steak reported to be very good. Trout also. Bread pudding, no. Very pleasant ambience. Not noisy. Very friendly service. Perfect for before or after theater.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious lunch in the theater district. Great value, it is our go to place when we see a show in NYC.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We picked Le Rivage because of its proximity to the theater we were heading to. Once I looked at their prix fixe menu, I knew it was going to be a great time. It was by far one of the best meals I have ever had. The ambiance is so relaxing and nobody rushed us but our server made sure to ask us the first time he came to the table if we were going to the theater and what time our show was so that there would not be a time crunch. I will absolutely be going back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Experience was delightful. Each course was delicious and delivered promptly with style and grace. Will definitely be returning.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food and friendly service. Prices were very reasonable. We will return soon.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful place to go pre-post Broadway. Nice pre fixed menu with attentive service. My wife and I went twice during our week in the city. We will make sure to go the next time as well.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

By every measure, Le Rivage is a NYC gem. A real treat. We love the place.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Perfect pre theater
Good reliable food
Great service
They know their niche
Lobster bisque
Boeuf bourgignon
Crime brûlée
Consistent always

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Decent place for a pre-theater dinner. The staff was extremely attentive and efficient. Every single square foot for table space was utilized, but understandable seeing how busy they get in the 530pm-730pm pre-theater timeslot. I chose their French onion soup and award-winning French onion soup burger off the prix fixe menu. The soup was typical, with little to report good or bad. The burger was a wet mess, but the flavors and idea were nice. My gin martinis were meager and ungenerous, but mixed as I asked. Overall a solid 3 out of 5, but as my wife loves the place... I’m sure to be back one day.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Appetizers and entrees were good. Service was good. I like the atmosphere. Desserts were okay.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Very pleased to have happened upon this intimate French restaurant while staying in the area on a business trip. Everything we had was excellent, from appetizers through desserts, with excellent French wines, by glass and bottles and exceptional service. They clearly go out of their way to accommodate theater-goers, but we had time and enjoyed spending it there. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Lovely dinner - great food and service - best crime brûlée

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Food was excellent. Pre Fixe menu was very reasonable with a nice selection of entrees. Service was impeccable.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great pre-theater spot with an affordable and delicious pre fixe option. Sarah gave us excellent and friendly service and pacing was perfect for us to get to our show. Beet salad is yummy and both the trout and coq au vin were very good. Bartender made perfect negroni's. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Cozy old fashioned French restaurant in the Theater District. Good food, warm surroundings and attentive and deft staff. Worth a visit even if not going to the theater. Very reasonable prices.

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food was fair. The quiche was described as coming with a salad but was not served with one. When we asked our server, he plopped a plate down with lettuce with no dressing. The apple tart was soggy and too sweet. The service was rushed, hectic and anything but relaxed. I would never recommend or return to this restaurant.

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Wrong day to dine, Wednesday--for lunch, pre-theater crowd. And this day the place was extraordinarily crowded and busy due to the pre-theater lunch crowd and it was also a "Restaurant Week" day! Service was very slow--and awful! The waiters--not the usuals--must have been temps--they were overwhelmed, inattentive, and did not listen to the customers. Two of the waiters were themselves yelling at each other--in French, disturbing our table. The food portions were tiny this day--that's unusual. Even the "basket" of bread was puny. My appetizer order of pate was pathetically small--a quarter of its usual size. Our Cokes--$4 a coke!!!!-- were served mostly of ice, very little syrup. Where was the Coke? As we ordered our meals, we cautioned the waiter to make sure our entrees were served PIPING HOT; he ignored us, of course, bringing my entree in a "hot plate" but the Coqu' Vin chicken itself was just tempid in temperature. Ditto for my friend's beef burgonone. THAT entree was not even served on a "hot plate", and, it, too, arrived lukewarm, instead of piping hot, as requested. My dessert was also puny in size--a napoleon; and my friend's creme brule was served cold, not even an attempt was made to brown the custard's top. Blah. When the bill was presented, I saw that we wwere charged for the creme brulee--when the desserts were supposed to come with the prix fixe lunch. I brought the overcharge to the waiter's attention--again, he ignored me, explaining that "that" dessert had a "supplemental charge"--something he did not point out when it was ordered from the prix fixe menu. He refused to make amends. I gave them my credit card to just pay the bill and to hurry out of there! I left a decent tip only because I hate to stiff waiting staff, no matter how bad the service. This waiting service was very bad! The food was eaten "lukewarm" only because our time was limited.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This was my first time at this restaurant. A friend recommended it. It was delightful. The food was excellent as was the service. I would definately go back.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We had a good meal. Both our entrées -pan seared salmon and truite amandine- were superb, very well prepared, tasty and presented on a heated plate!
Another good thing to mention- we never felt rushed, so we enjoyed our meals and
our wine while listening to the lovely Jazz trio in the back.
Good job!!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I have been frequenting LeRivage for over fifteen years. In that time, the menu and staff has changed, but the food and service is still exceptional!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The ambience, food and service are great. My salmon was done to perfection, crispy skin yet not overcooked. I booked again and will bring a friend next visit. Highly recommended for pre/post theatre dining and for dinnertime, I heard about their excellent duck l’orange served every day of the week.
Authentic French cuisine.
Ludy

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Have been going here for years for birthday lunches. Never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Le Rivage was only a block from the show we were seeing. Our reservation was for 6 & we lucked out in getting a spot in the lot directly across the street. They sat us promptly and, more importantly, served the food promptly so that were were on time for our show. It's a rustic bistro with good food, great service, and reasonable prices. We sat in a small room with a only few other tables off the main room, so it wasn't too loud. Our waitress was delightful. The crowd was older, so if you're looking for a hot spot, keep looking. If you're looking for hassle-free dining in the Theater District, this is the place.
My husband had a caesar salad (made with a spring mix?) that was ok. My frisee salad was much better. We both enjoyed our entrees. He had the liver, I had the trout. The portions are satisfying but not huge so you don't have to worry about wasting food or falling into a food coma if you're going on to a show. We both had the AMAZING chocolate mousse. It was quite rich, not just pudding. Mine came with a candle & a song since it was my birthday.
I'd recommend Le Rivage to anyone & we will definitely be back for dinner before our next visit to Broadway.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service and food were excellent. Our waiter was very attentive. The special of the day was soft shelled crab, my favorite. It was delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The Trout Almondine was excellent! Ambiance terrific - cozy, welcoming respite from the crowded area. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the value is amazing if you get the prix-fixed meal. Will definitely return when in New York for the theater!

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food was just average. Definitely not worth the 4 stars of Trip Advisor, etc

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

WE come to NY 1-2 times /year for the theatre and always come to LeRivage, and it never disappoints. This time I made a reservation and was happy that I did. The food and service never disappoints. Joan Allen

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was attentive. We had a wonderful dining experience and had plenty of time to get to the theater

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Friendly excellent service, delicious food, low noise level...love this restaurant!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Food and service were spot on!!! Didn't rate a 5 because felt crowded-in from tables on both sides. Not enough room between tables.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We love our visits to Le Rivage. We have gone annually for the past 3 years and enjoyed our Mom & 2 Daughters birthday celebration prior to the theater matinee again this year.
The food and the service are by far FABULOUS. We love the ambiance and the location.
Price Fixe is an added plus and we do order a bottle of wine to celebrate our birthdays in style.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Ate here TWICE while in NYC, it was that good, also close to my conference. Beet salad...OMG....the next time I had calf's liver, don't worry they have plenty of other choices, good bistro food. Charming atmosphere

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Very well located and the menu choices and pricing are set well for pre-theater dining. They could probably be better if they were catering to a regular dining crowd so the adjustments they make, I think, reflect that this is largely a pre-theater dining experience vs. the culinary expertise of of Le Rivage. That means pre-fix menus, you order all three courses at one time and they move you along quickly. If I were ranking this purely as pre-theater I would give it 5 stars across the board. If I were going out for a stand alone dining experience, I would go elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Nice place to have dinner before theater. Great prefix menu. Friendly staff and delicious food

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Le Rivage is a great choice for pre- or post-theater meals. Their prix fixed menus can't be beat!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Quaint French bistro. Food was authentic and very good! Shout out to Sarah our server!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Waiters disappeared after we were served. Place had emptied out pretty much. We had to hunt down a waiter to order dessert and then again to pay the bill. Good food. Weird/spotty service. I assume they deal with tourists to a large extent . If so, this would explain the service issue.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Convenient location in theatre district and fixed-price menu with many options. Food was good and servers were attentive and pleasant. Not for young children but teenagers ok. Would recommend.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

have been there many times; reliable;
food arrives fast, tastes good; pleasant desserts; nice atmosphere; close to theaters and Broadway

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