Merchants River House

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$31 to $50
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Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 70 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare. The expansive menu includes burgers, chicken, salads and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips. Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers and penne pasta.
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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful waterfront location. Staff is super friendly and accommodating. They do not rush you, and we were able to relax and linger over brunch. The food was fantastic as well!

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, ambiance and location is great, good food, at reasonable prices.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding and food fabulous!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, good food and friendly service! Will recommend.

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food just ok, but views fab. Would go again for happy hour.

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v
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

food was amazing, and the prices aren’t terrible for being in tribeca on the water

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible service, seated us outside as we had been promised after we insisted that we were promised an outside table. They were going to seat us inside.
Service was atrocious- took forever to order, get drinks and entrees- which were only burgers!!! Would not go back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and amazing view. It was nice to have experienced a great vibe and to taste awesome food.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place by the river with great views and nice food. The service was also very nice. I would recommend the place, especially for lunch or brunch.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific and so was the service! I will definitely be back!

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L
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful early evening dinner! As usual, fabulous menu and fabulous food. Although there are limited options for vegetarians (one of three of us is veg), I was able to find something to eat and be very happy. Love the bartender/mixologist! Consistently wonderful martinis! Our server really stood out this time. He was so nice, not rushing us, made some great suggestions and was very attentive. We were outside and eventually it was a bit chilly - he allowed us to take another table inside and made no fuss about it. Totally, totally fabulous evening... Will keep coming!

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since moving to New York from Chicago this is our favorite go to place. We frequent this place often, and Beatrice has become our favorite waitress !!Everyone has a smile, patrons and waitstaff. You can’t mess with the beautiful view of the Hudson river!

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KC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch outdoors. Great eggs Benedict. View of the river was beautiful on a sunny spring day. Service very good. Attentive server, frequent water refills. Hostess was cranky, but not a dealbreaker. Would highly recommend, especially sitting outside.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very nice and the service outstanding. The food was very good, quality ingredients.

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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit with work colleagues. Good food and service. Would consider another visit. Spinach artichoke dip appetizer was delish!

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DR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our burgers were amazing! Also has fantastic views (at night across the Hudson) and friendly staff with quick service

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MJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovely first time experience. Delicious cocktails, solid signature burger (fresh), fun and beyond yummy mac hospitable staff who, lovely views. $111 in grand total (including tax & tip) for 2 cocktails, mac&cheese quartet, one signature burger. ($85 food•$6tax•$20 cash tip)

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JJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had salmon, was cooked as requested and very tasty.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was really poor. Host was rude and did not even try to be friendly. Sat on the patio, which was fairly empty, but noone came over to take our orders. We finally waved down another waitress and she thankfully took our order anyways. 2nd round took forever, check took forever. Bussers didn't speak English and couldn't understand our request to get our waitress for the check. Sigh, terrible night overall. Views were nice. That's about it

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great views

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BM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view and outdoor space with super-friendly waitstaff - can see the Statue of Liberty while dining. Unfortunately the food was pretty lousy and quite expensive. I would not go back; I'd look for another restaurant in Battery Park area.

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect day to enjoy their outside seating. The service was excellent. The food was good . But $50 per person for brunch seemed like a lot. The uniqueness of the place made up for it.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great, and very nice view of Statue of Liberty

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MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I decided to go to NYC for a day and i was nothing but amazing. We had a great time and the good was great

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine food fine people great setting!

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SH
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, food nice and our server, Bradley, was very attentive and helpful. Enjoyed our experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite place close to 9/11 memorial! Delicious lunch, very friendly service, perfect place to relax in the city !!!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch here the food was good the view on the water was beautiful. Really a nice calm spot to grab a bite and some drinks with wonderful company. Definitely will be back soon!

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It's a small intimate place. With an amazing view.

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KE
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic small and quaint restaurant with stunning food and a great serving team. I took my step mom here for her birthday and it was a huge success. THANK YOU for the desert on the house. Highly recommend to anyone!

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E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch and drink with friends was fantastic

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GE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant place, with grate views of the river. The service is friendly and fast, and the food is good. I ordered a prix fixe menu, which was reasonable, though the slice of the cheesecake that came with it
required a microscope to be visible.

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L
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there to celebrate my daughters bday over lunch. It was the perfect location. It was a very warm March 15 and the water views and the “people watching” on the river walk were perfect!

We ordered the Mac & cheese appetizer to share for the 4 of us. We just had to get it since it was a special occasion. My daughter and her BFF enjoyed it.

The staff (from manager to bartender to bus boy) were very friendly and accommodating.

We will definitely go back!

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good and the waiters and maitre'ds bend over backward to help you. I've gone there for years and always had a lovely meal.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They don’t have none of the food that was posted on social media ... I am never coming back here

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great river views, especially at night!

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, awesome views and great food!

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RG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous restaurant.. great food...
Whenever I visit New York from Toronto, Canada I make sure to visit the Merchants River House at least once on my trip if not more often..
Not only is the food great... the overall ambience is relaxing and friendly... not to mention the views of the Jersey shoreline on the Hudson...

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. Could be a bit chilly in some sections during the winter.

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service very good, view terrific, salad delicious, but fish and chips main course was not tasty, and the dish had just a single smaller piece of fish.

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