Merchants River House

4.3
1251 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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 55 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1251 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KathleenS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

We had an 8pm reservation and were sat immediately, but after 30 minutes we had to request menus. Over an hour later we got drinks and our appetizers….which were both cold.
But the view was amazing.

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Alejo
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The service was a bit slow and the staff was inattentive, particularly upon arriving at the door.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was slow. Food was just okay, not enough flavor. I wouldn’t go back because the service was terrible

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EnoD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is the perfect spot. the staff are nice, the food is amazing and the ambience, just incredible

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nycisgreat
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was beautiful especially indoors. For the outdoor, there should be more umbrellas.

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DeniseD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Overall, the location is great for people watching and the views. The food was ok, not great, but the service was terrible. Waiter never greeted us and we had to flag him down to take our order. Never checked to see if we were ok. That being said, the hostess and bus boy were more attentive. Disappointed experience.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I loved everything from the food to the service. Not only do you get good food but you also get an amazing view, something to enjoy with friends and family.

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Sova
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meeting friends with fantastic view.

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Andy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in a great place with wonderful staff!!!

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janinab
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was so accommodating. She made my birthday a little bit more special. Thank you!

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JPaul
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for anniversary dinner. Outside table had great view of the river and sunset. Best spinach and artichoke dip ever. Generous wine pours.

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vipMarinho
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and ambiance

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AmeliaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat outside at sunset which served as great atmosphere. The kale and beet salad was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience5

Food was great, waiter was very attentive, and the view is amazing. But my bad experience came in after I was seated and the hostess asked if I could move to another table so that she could seat another party. I’m sorry, why do you even think that’s an appropriate approach to a customer. So many thoughts went through my head. I made reservations a week in advance, arrived on time for my reservation, was very polite. So to me I checked all the appropriate customer dining experience boxes. Was it because I am black and the only black person dining at the time? I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have said, hey guys, left my wallet at home, do you mind if my meal is on the house. I was very disappointed in this experience to be frank.

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vipAdrianaM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great our door seating by the water. The pita, spinach and artichoke dip was amazing. The staff was great.

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JenniferD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome views and delicious Mac and Cheese in a cone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Definitely enjoyed our food! We also had a great view! I do think the drinks were too expensive but hey that’s Manhattan for you. Overall we would definitely come back!

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SuzanneF
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner here last night and the service, food and ambiance was outstanding! We sat outside and were able to enjoy dinner overlooking the water, which was delightful! We had the artichoke dip and pita as a starter and the salmon and ravioli as entrees. Everything was excellent!

Will definitely be back many times during the summer!

JP
JacquelineP
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Would definitely go back for the views, service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Looking over the Hudson while dining was special.

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vipMamaMaggi
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner - had hoped to be outside but the sudden rainstorm cancelled that option and the restaurant moved us to a great window table inside.
Excellent service, good cocktails and food and wine choices. And a gorgeous river view. Highly recommend it.

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txl211
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant features a nice view of the water. The food was good & the waiters were attentive. There are plastic dividers between tables as an added COVID precaution & hand sanitizing stations throughout.

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Daphne
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were enjoyable! We had a beautiful Bday for a friend including the cake with the song! The view was sooo calming!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We forgot to say we were celebrating my birthday. We were in NY for my birthday and had a great evening at your restaurant .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great area , execpt on windy days , this place is amazing , from the food to the service professional everything is a bless to be here at the merchant riverhouse with amazing views
Is a dog park but is very great for drinks and food with family

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Reserved indoor seating then when we arrived only outdoor was open. Kindly asked to be inside and they nicely made it happen. Then halfway through our meal the manager rudely lectured us on how to make reservations and how we were idiots and did it wrong. It was very rude and extremely uncalled for. Other then that the food wasn’t bad though the lobster roll was in a hotdog bun with a plate full of potato chips. It was good but not worth the price. Our waiter was nice but spacey and only came to take our order and hand us the check.

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Mikki
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous environment views cocktails and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, my experience at Merchants River House was wonderful. My friends and I ordered margaritas and spiked lemonades, which were made well. We also enjoyed the lobster Mac and bacon Mac in a cone, which was very tasty. For our entrees, the chicken sandwich and fish and chips were both crispy and flavorful. My friend’s salmon and mashed potatoes was also delicious.

Lastly, what I was MOST impressed with was the service from our waiter Peter. He was extremely attentive, accommodating, and just a pleasure to be around. Peter, along with the entire staff, made sure our experience at Merchants river house went great; thus, we will definitely be back!

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Shai
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Avocado fries made everything perfect - view and service was lovely

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Jaclyn
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience by the water - good drinks and food for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ashif was the man!!! Every single drink suggestion was on point. He checked in on us frequently and was so attentive. He made our experience so much more fun and worth the trip from Queens. We had mussels and the Mac and cheese lobster cone and shared the lobster roll and chicken sandwich entrees. Everything was great and the view tied it all together.

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MeOr
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my daughter's 10th birthday here. She's always loved their kids menu as it's extensive. Staff went out of there way to get us a nice table and surprised my daughter with cake, a candle and singing. Outdoors, by the water, sunset golden hour - what could be better?!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Was a little disappointed after having a great visit 2 years ago. Food is ok and view is fantastic. Service wasn't good at all.

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ShirelleS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful views and ambiance, wonderful service and hospitality!

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vipSandraB
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We appreciate the COViD precautions- decided to eat inside since we were all vaxed. Our server seemed new, but that was fine at first—we enjoyed not being rushed. We ordered the fried avocado, spinach:artichoke dip and calamari for starters. All pretty good. The entrees— strip steak, salmon and kale salad with salmon were reasonably priced, tasty but not large portions either. Finished with dessert and that’s where things started to fall apart. It took 20-30 mins to get our server to focus on making our coffees and grabbing our dessert, which sat on the serving station, while we overheard her telling others that she was, “really busy right now.”
Finally got a manager to step in, but then it took some more effort to get our check and pay our bill.
Overall, it was fine. The food was good enough, the location is the real plus. May or may not go again.

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BillZ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ashif was our excellent waiter for an early outdoor dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service was prompt, with suggestions by Ashif that showed a real familiarity with the menu. The restaurant really shined when I was incorrectly served a steak sandwich when I ordered the hangar steak dinner. They swept away the wrong order and the manager came to our table to apologize and to offer a complimentary round of drinks. I view the mixup as understandable, but see the effort made to correct it as extraordinary in the new reality of the post-COVID hospitality industry. The food was excellent as well and the location is dreamy!

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TravelNY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food. Nice view. Great service. Can’t wait to return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice view extremely slow service

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Certainly the view of the river is great, especially at sunset. But the service was very slow and the food nothing special considering the prices. But the worst thing is that some of the outdoor seating is right in front of the entrance to an apartment complex. Residents and their friends and their dogs were passing by all night. Better to just bring a picnic and sit in the grass by the river. They did feel guilty about the wait however and offered us another glass of wine each, and I appreciated that.

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JonathanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The waitress was delightful, but we had to wave her down when two of four orders arrived cold, and when we wanted more drinks. No one asked if we wanted desert. Waved someone down, ordered, 10 min later it still wasn’t there. I’ll give them some slack because it was the same eve CDC relaxed guidelines and it was packed, but they were probably still understaffed.

FAQs

Merchants River House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 432-1451.

Merchants River House is rated 4.3 stars by 1251 OpenTable diners.

Merchants River House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://merchantshospitality.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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