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The River Cafe, Brooklyn, NY
Award-winning

The River Cafe

4.8
4.8
8943 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine. Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (718) 522-5200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Jacket Required
  • Executive chef
    Brad Steelman
  • Private party facilities
    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com
  • Private party contact
    Alyson Pike : (718) 522-5200
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighborhood
    DUMBO
  • Cross street
    Old Fulton St.
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.
  • Public transit
    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
  • Entertainment
    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,943 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Best Ambiance

  • New York City

    American

  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Great for fine wines

  • Brooklyn

    Romantic

  • Brooklyn

    Great for scenic views

  • Brooklyn

    Good for special occasions

  • Brooklyn

    Most Booked

8,943 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner experience. Loved every minute being there. Great bar/bartender, all servers were attentive but not overly. Not inexpensive…

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  2. PeterD

    New York City

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special place. Great view of lower Manhattan. Food was superb and the service impeccable. A great place for a romantic date or special occasion.

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  3. JLuisG

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must in NYC with best views in town. Elegant, delicious and beautiful experience

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  4. JohnD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We traveled 3000 miles for a celebratory 75 th birthday dinner. A long planned event lived up to ALL expectations!

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  5. namastemama

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a special occasion favorite for us and The River Cafe never disappoints. the food, the service, the views are all amazing. outstanding service by friendly, accommodating, & attentive staff. chef’s kiss all around!

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  6. StephanK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always was everything I expected and more to celebrate mothers day. Big thanks to Alison from events! Dining at the river cafe is always a special night. Food was delicious would recommend to anyone.

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  7. RxRx

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The parking situation was terrible for Mother’s Day. They had an SUV blocking entry and exit for a half hour. The lobby area was overcrowded as were the bathrooms. It was chaotic and not like previous Mother’s Day. Thankfully the food and ambiance were wonderful when you finally got inside but the entrance and exit were subpar.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous all around!! Amazing food, service and impeccable view

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night, friendly staff excellent atmosphere with excellent food. Loved it 😍

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  10. Aris

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super spot and always at the top. Coming every year since 20 years now

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most spectacular restaurants in the world. The food is exquisite, almost unworldly. Even though you know how good the chefs are, every mouthful is a wonderful surprise. We did have the misfortune of a spectacularly arrogant Maitre ‘d who seemed intent on demeaning any patrons for cluttering up ‘his’ restaurant. It left the only bad taste in what were otherwise a very happy couple of mouths. This restaurant will always be a favorite of ours and we can’t recommend it highly enough. They can make magic out of ingredients. Go! Oh…and then there’s the view! Enjoy.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Établissement haut de gamme et pourtant on vous fait attendre 15 minutes avant de vous installer à table tout en vous disant qu’on vous propose une table moins bien placée que celle qui était prévue ou alors il faudra attendre 20 minutes de plus. À la sortie, presque 900 dollars pour 2 (avec un apéritif et une bouteille de vin), c’est le même niveau de prix qu’un 3 étoiles en France ou à Monaco, et même si la cuisine y est raffinée, on est quand même loin d’un 3 étoiles. Sans compter le bruit dans la salle. On se croirait dans un foirail et pas dans un restaurant gastronomique. Ce qui est positif, c’est qu’il y a une grosse marge de progression

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Let me start by saying that the location and views are absolutely stunning! Make sure you get there before sunset to witness the city turning from day to night. The place itself was less comfortable…for some reason we constantly felt a sort of cold wind blowing which caused my girlfriend feeling uncomfortly cold. This was handled well by providing a blanket, but no wind would have been better of course. The food is good, but not exclusive. The Winelist is classic and offers various top-rated Californian and French wines. The menu comes at a fixed price of USD 195 each. A 20% gratuity was added to the bill automatically. Where I come from, gratuity is an element which is to be given by the customer, not something to be taken by the restaurant. That is the purpose of it.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely expensive though very much worth it! No flaws anywhere. Stellar service. Food outstanding. Beautiful setting. When I can put together another $650, I’ll make a new reservation for my wife and I : )

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  15. MelanieL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best meal we've eaten at The River Cafe yet. The food was extremely well executed and wonderful. Loved the menu. Every bite was delicious and satisfying and also leaving you wanting more. Perfect meal.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible culinary experience. Food presentation & taste, service, ambience. Loved it.

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  17. ColinR

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing venue with outstanding food to match. Staff very attentive & pleasant. Our visit was certainly a highlight of our holiday.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me encantó el lugar, casi todo estuvo delicioso, el plato principal la capa que traía estaba un poco pasada de sal. Pero todo lo demás de maravilla, además que el chef mandó otros platillos complementarios. Cócteles deliciosos y gran cava de vinos!

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  19. shabby

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service started off very strong then tapered off to the worst as it looks like wait staff had a long day and didn’t want to keep up anymore.

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  20. GreatVibe

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, stunning location. Love this place

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  21. Gourmet01

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Un lugar muy recomendable para una ocasión importante, ambiente muy agradable , con una vista grandiosa, platillos exquisitos! Mariscos y pato excelentes con una gran carta de vinos internacionales, solo el filete de pescado muy delgado.

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  22. pbeebklyn

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely one of the most romantic restaurants in the world! Well worth whatever the cost.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Un ristorante costoso che di fatto monetizza sulla meravigliosa vista. Il resto è: molta confusione, tavoli attaccati e conto di 600 $ in due con due bicchieri di vino e acqua San Pellegrino da 10 $.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The River Cafe was fantastic. The food, service and ambiance was amazing. It’s a very special place for my wife and I. Highly recommend for and celebration or a night out on the town.

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  25. TheresaT

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Celebrating 15th wedding anniversary and was a wonderful fine dining experience. Very enjoyable evening. .

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  26. BklynGuy

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dining experience. Terrific food and excellent service. The restaurant’s ambience is unmatched in NYC. Wonderful all around!

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  27. earl

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Racist and obnoxious metro D talking to people like he owns the city doesn’t not have any sense of respect or educational background and extremely ignorant We would absolutely not go there ever again or recommend it 

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  29. pierrea

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing view Fantastique fois Great service I strongly recommande this restaurant

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  30. JPopen

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a perfect, magical evening!!! Fantastic food and service!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Très bon moment avec Alexandre qui a su nous détailler les plats en français c’était gustativement parfait !

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    the place is unbelievable! I’ve loved the ambiance, not so much the food.

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  33. LindaP

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wao, it was above our expectations! We travel from Puerto Rico because we wanted to have dinner here to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. This restaurant is spectacular, the view is breathtaking, the entrance is beautiful, the service was outstanding, the food was amazingly delicious. Definitely, a night to remember!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there to celebrate my partner’s birthday. With great views and elaborate meals, this is indeed a great place to celebrate special occasions. Outside the regular course, they also serve items in between to change the palette. Most items we ordered were out of this world, but some were underwhelming too (like the Branzino). However, I found the place a bit pricey. I have been at other fine dining restaurants before and 200$ per meal should get you either more courses or more variety in the food. Also, tables are a bit too closely packed leaving almost no privacy. Finally, wish they had more non-alcoholic beverage options (sure it’s a fancy place as justified by their 500+ wine options but still)

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always. This place never disappoints.

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  36. Stephanie

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1000/10 experience from the service to the food and the ambiance. They treat you like royalty. A wonderful special occasion restaurant. The chef also brings out special plates between courses that were amazing. Staff was incredible.

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  37. GreatFood

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and terrific view. Noise level is very high and chairs are very uncomfortable.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. Celebrated my birthday there. Will do it again!

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  39. SReH

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The price point is extreme. It is a beautiful location, but there are other ways to experience the East River and a glass of wine without such expense.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful evening at The River Cafe. Food was excellent & enjoyed by all four of us dining that evening. The service and attention, the ambience and the views of New York from Brooklyn Bridge all added to the overall experience. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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FAQs

The River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8943 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for The River Cafe

1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Old Fulton St.
  • Neighborhood
    DUMBO
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Jacket Required
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.
  • Public transit
    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brad Steelman
  • Entertainment
    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (718) 522-5200
  • Private party facilities
    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com
  • Private party contact
    Alyson Pike : (718) 522-5200
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