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.
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
If you plan to bring a car to The River Café, please call us to find out if parking is available for the date of your visit.
2 or 3 train to Clark Street
F train to York Street
Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
What Insiders Are Saying
A special-occasion restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Great location and very good food in a magic atmosphere. We’ll be back soon.
The whole experience was amazing. The views of the waterfront are beautiful and you can see it from any table. The service was impeccable as was the food.
Would definitely go back for another special occasion
This place is just too stuffy for my liking. Servers are expressionless. Zero friendliness or lightheartedness. I was excited to go during a recent visit to NYC because this place was highly recommended, but for me it was a disappointment. It's very expensive but that's not my biggest concern. I was more than happy to pay the rate, I just wish I'd had a more enjoyable experience.
Took my daughter here for a special evening. She is lactose intolerant and from the beginning of our meal, appetizers to dessert, the chef made her entire meal dairy free. Amazing! We so appreciated this very personal attention to making her meal so delicious and memorable!
Excellent food and service. New nyc favourite
Wonderful creative food
Plain and simple, over-priced. $400 when all was said and done for teenager and one parent. Reserved far in advance, special occasion. While people were getting candles in there dessert and sung happy birthday, we were given nothing even after special request. Pretentious and overrated. Beautiful setting in Brooklyn but buyers’ remorse as we could have packed dinner and just ridden the NYC Ferry water taxi like 50 times and had a better value. Sorry, no return visit for us.
Average food at well above average prices. Venue in need of renovation. Debris and water drops falling from the ceiling.
Good wine list.
Been there several times. One of our favorites! Need I say more?
Orribile posto carissimo 200 dollari a persona devi mangiare quello che dicono loro due portate da 140 dollari loro ti offrono dolce arriva conto 140 cena 50 mance 30 tasse un furto ...aria condizionata tipo congelatore ambiente buio e vecchio polveroso vale solo panorama
We celebrated our anniversary in your restaurant - we got a table in the back without view except on the entrance for the waiters right on the left of the table. The appetizer, main and dessert weren‘t very special, the food was okay but not even worth a michelin star... The main plate was too much (We would recommend how the michelin stared restaurants are doing it in Europe, small plates but more than 3 plates). The price for the quality of the food is to expensive...
The view is legendary, the food is exceptionally good and the wine list is as good as any. Add to that the astoundingly competent orchestration of the dining room floor by the maitre d’ and professional staff - restaurants this busy are not supposed to be so accommodating! This place is a floor show. We had a blast!
Every table appeared to have something important going on. Despite the animation of the guests and the attentiveness of the servers, the venue was sufficiently private that our table afforded easy conversation and the occasional voyeur’s glance at our fellow guests. Beautiful table top flowers.
We can recommend the lamb main and cheese plate (my wife’s choices) as well as the crab appetizer without qualification. A nice place to enjoy dinner.
This restaurant never disappoints..wonderful service
Perfekt Service, good Food, nice Ambiente. Best regards from Austria!
It was for celebrating my Dad’s birthday, it was amazing view, and great service.
A New York classic—can’t do better for a celebratory dinner!
good place for eat and nice views for the city!!
Food and service was fantastic. Ambiance and view were amazing. However, I was required too keep my (mandatory) suit jacket on for the entire meal even though it was quite warm to the point of being uncomfortable. Also, although the food was absolutely delicious and I was satiated at the end, the portions were small and it was a very expensive dinner - to the tune of $400 (including tip) for just 2 people.
The first time at River Cafe was amazing. The lunch menu was a very interesting experience. Everything was delicious . The staff are very friendly and attentive. I strongly recommend this wonderful place.
Amazing dining experience. We will be back. The chef’s creatations are unique and exquisite! Best dining experience in NYC!
Ottimo locale., cucina in linea con le aspettative , servizio curato e di qualità . Una vista quasi unica sulle luci della città
The location was outstanding with superb views of Lower Manhattan, and the food was delicious with attentive but not intrusive service.
In New York overnight and a friend from Cape Cod recommend the River Cafe. It was great in every aspect a true gem for our special anniversary!
Fue mi primera ocasión, muy importante saber que debes ir vertido adecuado a la ocasión y es formal. Atención espectacular!!!!!!!!
Excelllent food/try the tasting menu !!!!
Went to New York for our 25th anniversary and dinner at the River Cafe made the trip extra special. Restaurant is completely charming. The noise level was perfect. There was someone playing the piano at a level you could enjoy the music and still carry on a conversation. In this day and age, restaurants are so noisy, that we noticed how lovely it was to sit in a romantic setting and carry on a conversation. The true star of the evening was the magical view of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan.
They were gentle to change our table to one better
Nos sentimos muy a gusto. El lugar es fascinante y el servicio cuida cada detalle.
We had a very enjoyable evening celebrating my husbands birthday. Food was very good, service excellent, view not to be beat.
Unfortunately, I had asked the bus person to wrap up the fois gras I did not finish ( more than 1/2 the portion) but somehow I did not receive it. The restaurant offered to credit my bill when I called the next day - but little solace to soothe my craving for a very delicious appetizer.
This is a dinner that dreams are made of. Every moment and every morsel was extraordinary. The staff is efficient and friendly. Not a bit stuffy.
The piano music was a lovely addition.
It is expensive but there are times when expensive is called for and appreciated. It was my best of many birthdays.
Very helpful with special requests concerning food allergies and a gluten sensitivity.We did not feel as if we were missing anything. Every desert on the menu is gluten free but you would never know it!
Food and service were fantastic! They do special occasions very well!
If we’d known it was fixed pricing going in we would have never made the reservation here. That wasn’t made clear to us when they called to confirm, maybe it is clear somewhere and I missed it. Would have preferred a window seat for our first anniversary as well, but it still wouldn’t have been worth the price. There truly isn’t a “bad” seat. The food was obviously good, and the service is top notch, but it was freezing inside and no outdoor seating due to a wedding. Not a good fit for our special day as we didn’t want a 3-course meal, just a great steak and a view— I’m sure many people love it here, just not a good fit for us.
My wife and I ate crab cakes, she had a lobster and I had a steak we both had water and the bill came out to $317.00. The menu had no prices on them and I had better food for much cheaper.
Good place , great venue . Wonderful chef and employees. A little over priced. However, in New York everything is expensive .
Outstanding service with the quality of food to match. Amazing view. Perfect for a special occasion.
Great view of Manhattan. Amazing food and drinks. Stunning place all around
Amazing all around service. An experience me and my wife will never forget.
Went to celebrate my engagement. We had an excellent lunch. The view was amazing and the food was delicious. Formal and upscale environment. We had a fantastic time.