Rock Center Cafe

4.4
3313 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
Rock Center Cafe is a midtown restaurant & bar in Rockefeller Center serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch with holiday dining & events available.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Burgers
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 10:30am
LUNCH
Monday - Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm
DINNER
Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:00pm – 11pm
Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday 9:30am - 4:00pm


Rock Center Cafe is open 365 days a year. We hope to see you again soon.

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Phone number
(212) 332-7620
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Buico
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Cross street
On 50th Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave
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Public transit
B,D,F,M trains
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

This ultimate space for memorable indoor and outdoor events in a legendary location, Rock Center Café offers prestige and style with breathtaking settings including the world-famous Ice Rink that transforms into the Summer Garden & Bar in the summer.

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3,313 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
57%
Very Good
28%
Good
12%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Last year we loved Rock Center Cafe and made reservations to enjoy it again while on vacation to NYC. This time, the server was kind and funny but was overwhelmed with serving too many tables. My daughter and my entree came out almost immediately even before water or drinks were served. My husband’s entree came out about 15 minutes later. Also, large tv screens were spread amongst the patio creating more of a bar environment than a nice family dining experience. The setting is lovely. Hopefully, we will have better luck next time!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great place and the service was outstanding. Great late night spot.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Very much enjoyed with the family.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The service was awful and the food was mediocre and a tad pricey. An app, two entrees (salmon and a sandwich) and four drinks were all average for $150.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I had the Eggs Bene and really enjoyed it!! Love the atmosphere too, and of course the location could not be better!

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BC
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I love going here but the food was just not as good as before. Staff wasn’t friendly or attentive. We sat without drink refills for along time and service was very slow.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was fair; I could take it or leave it. I go for the atmosphere. You can’t be lunch at Rockefeller Center!

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OT
2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Waiter disappeared hostess handled check. Kids enjoyed chicken fingers wanted dessert but never had opportunity. To order. Adults had house salad with shrimp it was fine. Apparently waiter was working both restaurant and happy hour.

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C
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience at Rock Cafe. The food and service were excellent!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The food was good. Not the absolute best but definitely good. The location is amazing and the cheesecake was great!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Went for breakfast after the summer concert on the plaza. Convenient and good food.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

First time in New York - great experience!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The service was okay. The food was not good. The flavors weren’t tasty and the food was just blah. Not a place i would recommend.

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VD
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

My lunch was the best in New York City. However, the lemon tart was not very good.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Fun place to bring visiting friends from out of town. The food is not unique but the location makes up for it. Service is friendly and fun.

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2.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The Sardinian Pig Roast was a disappointing experience. The marketing was great, but the pork was not tasty; other items on the menu were merely acceptable. The service was off. Consequently, I will not consider any future special-themed dining events.

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DF
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great restaurant - first trip to New York and so happy to find this place! Only comment, the food portions were a little small but yummy so I wanted more!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had a wonderful Fathers Day brunch with my husband. Service was great, food delicious and great location. We ate outside by the waterfall and really enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend!

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TB
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The food was great. The service was awesome. Great view when sitting outside. Great place to have breakfast or brunch. Servers are very accommodating. Would recommend.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We loved the outdoor seating in the summer. Sitting outside next to the fountain was great.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Always a lovely place to spend a lunch hour outdoors without breaking the bank. It’s a fair mix of suits and tourists. Wine is reasonably priced and the menu is smart, with something for everyone. Service is quite accommodating. Don’t go for the food — it’s passable — go for the weather, a bottle of rose, and Prometheus.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I often take my friends there if they coming visit NYC. The service and location are very good. Unfortunately, the food is deteriorating.

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DP
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great outdoor ambiance...good food, music and drinks.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I ordered the Chicken Milanese was good wish it was hotter. guacamole was delish. Drinks were okay could have been better. overall an 7 1/2 out of Ten.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The hosts were to busy talking.....and the waiter was very condescending and rude! I have been here on numerous occasions and never this disappointed. The feel was as if it was under new management

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BA
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great place for brunch. They had a jazz band playing and the waterfalls going so it was a really nice setting.

The food was great and so were the drinks.

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AT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was nice to sit and have a view of Rockefeller Center. We had the choice of dining inside or out. We chose inside because of the weather. Service was wonderful. Our server offer great choices for not only food but cocktails as well. We came here right after a show. Short walk from the Longacre Theatre

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OT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Nothing special. We got the food we paid for

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The service was awesome. Our waiter was absolutely fantastic. The food was mediocre but we were there mostly for the atmosphere.

The hostess did not submit our reservation to OpenTable after we honored the reservation. This seems to be an ongoing issue and is frustrating.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food is good, the best thing about it is it’s location, right at the heart of the Rockefeller Center

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RM
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Restaurant was empty. Only a handful of tables were occupied. We had a table for 2 by the windows. A large party came in and was seated right next to us at a round table almost on top of us. Thinking they had a reservation. If that were the case, why were we seated where we were and not at one of the other empty tables for 2 near the windows?

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The service here is always excellent. I never feel rushed. The restaurant is lively but not noisy. It’s a lovely place to savor a good meal and escape the bustle of Midtown’s streets just above you.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great vegan food option in Midtown at Rockefeller.

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C
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Excellent service and attention. The food was well prepared and tasty!!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We had a business lunch where one of our diners got delayed. The wait staff was very patient yet attentive. The delay caused us to have a short turn from order to check. Again, no problem. Instantly our food arrived, and we had plenty of time to enjoy it.

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MP
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Place is good, well located and convenient!
Easy to get a table.
Might be a little too overpriced to the food/service you get though

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MM
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Waitress was courteous but extremely busy. Guacamole was not good at all. It tasted rancid. Manager handled very quickly and was very amicable about the process.

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DM
3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Ambience and location is excellent. Food is fine but not extraordinary. Service would be perfect if only the servers or the manager on site would not hover around excessively - it made us feel rushed to finish our meal and get out. It was raining during our visit and the restaurant is almost empty. We wanted to relax and finish our discussion but felt that we need to leave immediately. I would recommend this place only for the location and nice ambience.

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PP
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food and service was wonderful. The menu choices were limited and I thought it was very expensive.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very disappointed with their service. Group of us dined there for my colleague’s Farewell lunch, because Del Friscos Grille was not available. It was a beautiful day so decided to seat outside. Their service was very slow as our waiter took 45 minuets to take our orders. I have been there few times in the past after work, but I have never experienced anything like this. Food was good but I will definitely avoid dine there for business lunch.

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