River Cafe

4.8
6903 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open 365 days of the year
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
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Phone number
(718) 522-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Brad Steelman
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Cross street
Old Fulton St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations.

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.
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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
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Entertainment
The River Cafe features live piano nightly.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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6,903 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
83%
Very Good
12%
Good
3%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful piano player

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been there in such along time, it was well worth the time and money spent..
It’s also so easy to get to from Manhattan, just jump on the ferry and you are there!!!
I Rate it 5 Stars.

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B
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overpriced. A dinner for 2 cost more than a brunch for 4.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal from beginning to end. Servers were attentive to us throughout the course of the night — even going beyond to make sure we had the best dining experience there. When it comes down to food, well, where do I begin? It was an absolute mind-blowing experience!

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great, service was outstanding, loved every aspect of the meal except the bill haha.

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M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance and romantic. We went here about 10 years ago and 10 years later the service and food are still exceptional. You can also see the Statue of Liberty and the view of Manhattan is breathtaking from this view.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a MUST GO place. Food, service, and environment are beyond what words may describe. Will definitely come back the next time my wife and I return to New York

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was less than expected .disappointing
Waitress was not interested in customer needs but met her needs. Interrupted x3 . Never came to check on us.

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L
Caribbean
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we get in to the NYC Area we love to visit River Cafe, the food quality, service and the view are amazing, I am not sure yet why they had not got their 2nd Michelin star, they deserve it.

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Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An expensive, upscale experience which lives up to its billing. Food is fantastic with everything else to match. Gents having to wear a jacket is not the obviously most fun thing to do but treat it as contributing to the charm and elegance of coming here

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R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The way you see nyc dining in movies but not real life! Everyone was professional, exacting, meticulous!!!! Perfection. With the NYC skyline as your view, the staff could slack off. But, they didn’t. They were very very attentive.
BTW...food was really terrific.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal as usual, where the staff is so attentive and accommodating! Great views and atmosphere. Thank you for being mindful of my gluten and pineapple allergies! See you again soon!

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m
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting overlooking the East River, almost under the Brooklyn Bridge... we had the brunch tasting menu, which was excellent. The staff graciously accommodated an allergy to one of the courses by substituting another delicious choice, and let us substitute the Brooklyn Bridge dessert for another choice on the set menu. It was a very special way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Highly recommended!!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 5 vest restaurants in New York! This place invented the term "free range chicken!! This is the perfect place to dine and celebrate

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was excellent! A must at when I visit NYC.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing but service was very slow.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, great food, service, and ambience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing meal I have ever had!! I would highly recommend this place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and romantic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Increible lugar y comida, muy caro

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MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We chose this based on Open Tables list of 100 most scenic restaurants. This was a special celebration. The dining experience was outstanding! Food absolutely wonderful. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, and over looking the river right under the Brooklyn Bridge the experience is one we will never forget. Wait service impeccable and attentive. Incredibly beautiful and appointed dining room but not stuffy or over bearing.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was delicious, though save room for dessert. It is massive! Ir also takes a very long time (~20 min) to get the check.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making my parents 40th wedding anniversary a night to remember!

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting before going to a wedding

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the great time, we went there for an wedding anniversary and early birthday celebrations. The services was amazing. Food was delicious. Definitely will come back.

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DM
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab place. From the location, to the attentive service to the quality of the food and presentation, an overall 10. Friendly and attentive staff. Good timing between courses. Goes without saying the view is priceless. Worth the price

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most wonderful evening spent at the River Cafe to celebrate our daughters birthday! We travelled from Thailand for this special occasion and it didn’t disappoint, in fact it excelled on all levels! Such a beautiful restaurant and location is wow!
Thank you all at River Cafe, great memories forged hope to see you again soon! The Osborne’s

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous space
Great staff
Excellent food

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

7 years married

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome. The food was unbelievable. The views are priceless.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The A/C was freezing!! The rest is just perfect for a romantic dinner in front of the skyline!

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V
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like I had walked into the dining hall on the Titanic for dinner. Spectacular views and top notch service. The staff and chef went out of their way to make this night a special occasion and No one there knew it was my birthday. Food was exquisite.

Yvonne Parrish

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Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Llevamos años cenando en el River Cafe en nuestro aniversario. La vista es espectacular, la comida es excelente y presentada muy fina. El ambiente es muy agradable, y todo el personal de lo más amable.

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Citenship Dinner

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been better. As always - many many thanks to Joshua and his team (and Mikey). River Cafe remains our favourite restaurant.

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BR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful place to share on Father's Day. Outstanding food and service above all expectations. A real hidden gem

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

hadnt been back since destroyed by hurricane several years ago and was outstanding -- just as before. highly recommend for special occasions, holiday get-togethers, etc... impeccable service with a smile, and great food. perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was very romantic. The service was great and they were very friendly. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the gluten free options, especially considering I had not indicated any food allergy until our arrival. Our meals were exceptional. We started with the octopus and scallops for the appetizers. Sea bass and lamb were our entree choices and we finished with peanut butter dessert. The dessert was probably one of the best I have ever had. The drinks were also quite tasty. Overall it was a lovely experience; however, we did feel it was a bit overpriced.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

3 course meal including Entree, Main, and Dessert was rather simple; none of the "foam" and flourish of other Michelin starred restaurants. All but the veggie option were praised. Cost reflects location. Dinner for 4 with moderately priced wine, drinks came to just over 800.00 before gratuity. Memorable but expensive.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised my wife for our Anniversary and couldn’t have been happier with the selection. Everything from pulling up to the restaurant to the dessert was perfect. The staff was great, the view and food were amazing. This is definitely not a place you come to often because it is on the pricier side but well worth saving for.

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