Merchants River House

4.1
1374 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Slow waiter, delicious food! Worth it

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MarkB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This was our first time here at Merchants River House. We sat outside to enjoy the weather. The food was excellent. Our service was alright. We were seated immediately and placed our drinks and appetizer order which came out quickly. After that our server kind of disappeared. Eventually another server arrived and took our entree orders. Aside from that, there were no complaints. The managerial staff stopped by our table at least twice to check in on our evening. I would definitely eat there again.

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Repoman
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Do something about the bathroom lines! Staff waiting on tables took too long to bring items requested. For the price paid for their starter appetizers $17 for spinach dip that was not worth that price. Half would have been better.

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BettyV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The weather was nice so we ate outside, with views of the river and the Esplanade. Service was efficient and friendly, food was very good. Reasonable for NYC

DP
DannyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ice machine not working for frozen drinks
Asked for a birthday dessert on opentable reservation no dessert was provided
Steak took over 35 mins to come out

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Starting with the rat that ran behind me, there were flies, bees, nats, and mosquitos everywhere including our food that was inedible and cold. This restaurant has so much hope from the outside but it does not live up to the image portrayed

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vipPeytonF
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Other than being impossible to find, we had a reservation for indoor seating but was sat outside, not a big deal. Then they didn’t have the seasonal Sam Adam’s IPA, then they were “out” of the steak.

Once our food arrived we then had to wait at least 4 minutes for someone to bring us silverware and the additions to our meals. Service was below mediocre.

Overall pretty disappointing place. If it’s a date or a special occasion you might be better offer choosing somewhere else.

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SarahR
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice views.

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vipNancyG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with a group of girls, great stuff waitress and food

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NycTourist
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting right by the water! Yummy food! Lovely patio

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ErickaJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shout out to Mercedes!!!!! You were fabulous!!!! Thanks again.

JP
vipJkmPkm
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waterview dining. Just north of Battery Park so we paired it with our trip to the Statue of Liberty. Relaxed dining with delicious burgers. A nice find off the main roads!

MC
vipMarC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The ambiance and the view are excellent, but the food is average. The batter used for the avocado fries is a little too think.

I am getting used to the service by wait staff in NY - we are all learning from each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, mac n cheese waffles also very good. Server was attentive but busboys were in such a hurry to clean the table. I was not done with my soup and they already wanted to remove my plate, also happened with appetizers and wine glasses when we still had some wine in the bottle. Appetizers and main entree came all at once.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Experience
Everyone was cordial and they checked on us very often! It was great. Food was pretty good as well - no argument there. Level of service was in point. I would dine again

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food was good but restaurant seemed dirty

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LuisG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Extremely disappointed with the overall experience at Merchant. Was looking forward to celebrating a party of 6 with a bit more bang for the buck. Unfortunately, the food was underwhelming, the drinks were lacking and, the state of the restrooms was filthy. The overall experience was average at best.

The service was really good and very much appreciated. The ambiance was nice but, all in all, my family and I were not particularly fond of the dining experience.

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. All 6 of our party enjoyed the meal. Staff was super attentive

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Kiki
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

great tasting and quality food. drinks were watered down. waitress forgot about our table for over an hour

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MikM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was subpar. I understand we are in rough times, but you would expect at least a little decency for the service industry in general. They were out of some core menu staples, and the appetizers came with dinner instead of before. But the food we actually ate was great! So if you are willing to set aside appropriate for good food id say dine here but there are plenty or comparable restaurants in this area with great food and great service.

JM
vipJohnMac
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Inside and outside dining with great water views. Food was excellent with impressive presentation. Reasonable Manhattan pricing for the value.

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

nice to eat with water view.
staff very friendly
waitress rather slow with bringing food
coffee not hot
food good

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CdBBetter
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Gorgeous day so it worked out nicely to sit outside but wait staff don’t wear masks so it’s a little off putting now. My food had to be sent back for more cooking. Ordered a salad with steak medium (lightly pink) and it came more like rare to med rare and blood on plate. They do put it separate so I was glad that wasn’t bleeding on my salad.

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vipHarrisH
London
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Inferior service and attention staff was confused. Good very ordinary. You'll long time btw courses.

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DeniseE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, apps, drinks and entrees were all outstanding and the view couldn’t have been better!

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since there were no outdoor reservations left, we reserved an indoor table that had a lovely view of the river, and the promenade. We were asked to show our vax cards which was great because even though we’re all vaxxed, being inside was a concern as one of our party is more vulnerable than the others. The food was delicious, was served in generous /healthy portions and priced just about what I expected. The staff was very attentive and courteous.

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ChrisEats
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super view, laid back but attentive staff, and great food. Best lobster roll south of Maine. Try the avocado fries and the octopus.

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Share
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The server must have been new. Mixed up our order and didn’t really know what to do. No manager concern. Probably won’t go back.

MB
MarianB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food. Convenient Location. Friendly Staff. Recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was chain restaurant quality, terrible slow service. No mention of the birthday cake I requested

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PriceyBadServiceNoQuality
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Had a lovely view of sunset over Hudson River/NY Harbor. Friendly staff. They were put of several menu items including Mac-n-Cheese cones and roasted chicken. Which I had wanted. Nice experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice treat and a good view made for a satisfying experience
Service was good as was the food

RM
RachelM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish, lunchtime...food didn't come with shoestring fries like menu said but they were delish none the less. I had the chicken sandwich that they were able to grill the chicken instead of the fried.

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OLIVIAM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken sandwich was DELICIOUS! And the frose was fun as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, staff was very nice and professional. I went at night and the view is spectacular. Highly recommended.

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KevinI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here each year on September 11th. Beautiful and relaxing views w great food and service in a great location.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great view of the Hudson. Staff friendly and attentive.

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vipfamily
New York Area
404 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was perfect, over looking the Hudson River and statue of liberty.
The manager accommodated our request for a window table.
Our meal was delicious and the staff professional and knowledgeable. A perfect evening.

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ElsW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was ok, a little bit of bugs outside. Very attentive service but also seemed like they really wanted to rush you to get next table in. Fried chicken sandwich was excellent as were the fries.

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vipanotherbethesdadiner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, we had an attentive server, location is nice, and prices reasonable. Had the scampi and salmon.

FAQs

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

Merchants River House is rated 4.1 stars by 1374 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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