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River Cafe

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8466 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8466 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJFKtoLHR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic from start to finish. Every course was very good. The wine list is full of bucket list selections. But most of all it all feels authentic. Quality night all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fantastic.

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vipJames
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, service and view. The best? Well, the most dependable high end dining in NYC...IMHO.

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vipJosephF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and service! Food of course phenomenal as well!

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TiantianJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very romantic and food is great. The outdoor seating is warm under the heater which makes the whole experience even better. Would definitely recommend my friends to go there!

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vipthomasb
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an experience worth waiting for, the food is wonderful and the service is attentive, yet not pretentious. Won’t be long before I’m there again. Incomparable view and ambience!

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vipCarlaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sooooo impressed !!! I loved everything from the view to the attention to detail the staff and the food ! It’s definitely a special occasion place and prepare to spend $$$$ but worth every dollar ! My birthday was super special and celebrated with dije cuisine . Would highly recommend !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the times....exceptional. Never dissatisfied.

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DanielN
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it, beautiful views, very professional staff, and Covid-19 safe. A memorable experience!

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Lissarette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing experience celebrating our anniversary. The table was absolutely perfect and we couldn't be happier with the experience we had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Best restaurant in NYC

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zululights
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe has figure out to do fine dining Covid style. The employees are all wearing masks that compliment their attire. The food is, as it has always been, fabulous! The tented setting is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Superb service. Excellent food selection

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CarlosA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar! Si bien no es nada económico, es una experiencia que vale la pena. El lugar con una vista perfecta, la comida deliciosa (recomiendo la entrada de pork belly y la carne con strudel de papa), el personal muy amable. Todo perfecto!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and views! Highly recommend for a special night!

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Dominick
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We pretty much knew what to expect since we had eaten there several times before, but considering the ongoing pandemic, we felt extremely comfortable without any of the experience being sacrificed.

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JamesH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been our "GoTo" place for the past 6 years in a row. We celebrate our wedding anniversary there. Outstanding quality, service, and attention to detail.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Uncaring staff. Friendly, but no effort. At this price point ($250+ pp), I expected more (plenty of restuarants do it better; for example Buddakan). Manager was so condescending to me that I told him to get lost. I've never said that to anyone at a restaurant before.

Food was good but hard to call it spectacular. And the whole experience was rather underwhelming except for the view (but Cecconi's view is better, as is the service and food in my opinion).

Felt like they thought they were doing me a favor by letting me eat at their restaurant. Living on their reputation from the past, but hopefully the attitude catches up with them.

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JoanIeB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at River Cafe!! Service ambience and food are excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish staff was attentive food a d service was as always wonderful

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LeslieR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our wedding day and dinner at River Café was the icing on the cake! Everything from the outdoor gardens and waterfalls, to the lighting, skyline view and the food and staff was perfect! The ambience was magical and it felt like a fairytale. Thank you for such a beautiful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful and special with a million dollar view.

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Hellollysa
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning, lovely and romantic place to celebrate a special occasion. Came here for my husband’s birthday. The ambiance, food and service were exceptional. We will definitely be back.

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BrianB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! The outdoor dining set up is incredibly elegant and comfortable . I am a 40 year patron and it was better than ever . Service outstanding . Everything just fantastic

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viplyndah
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime. A magical setting with stellar food.

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TamaraA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, the food and the service was outstanding. I rated. 4 for value because a cup of coffee should be included in a fixed menu. It was a great experience that you should do at lease once. Ooh. And the steak perfection. !!!

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Abbie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, and amazing view! Such a wonderful dating spot and family dinner!

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LeidyG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was more than amazing, I went with my boyfriend for our anniversary and people where so special. All the time they were polite and cheerful. This restaurant at the river is beautiful more than in pictures!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing really nice service and food. The view is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great staff. Thank You to the maitre d' and Wait staff for making my wife and I happy on our anniversary. We will be coming back for lunch.

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ClayL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year three of us ladies get together to celebrate our birthdays. This year the River Cafe was a perfect choice. The staff and venue certainly rose to the occasion especially considering the difficulties we are all facing right now providing a much needed interlude of peace and pleasure. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. The view of course is outstanding. We joked (?) about returning once a month.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere of the place is excellent, it has an incredible view of the Brooklyn bridge. Service is unbeatable, sommelier made an excellent pairing recommendation. I loved the place. About food, may be I was expecting it a little bit more outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got engaged to my Gf right before our dinner and we had a fabulous evening! Treated so well throughout and the food/wine etc. was top notch!

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AnthonyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know the term “Disney Magic”?

That’s what I felt dining at River Cafe.

Food? Phenomenal.
Service? Impeccable.
Ambience? Mesmerizing.

Once you dine here, you’ll never want to dine anywhere else.

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vipMary430
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I came here to celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary. We’ve been here on several occasions and have always been treated politely by the hostess. This time however was another story. Upon requesting for a seat facing the water we were told the seats were only for “regulars” which is interesting because we’ve sat in those seats before. The tables then remained empty for over an hour. As we ate our meal, we watched two different couples request to sit near the water granted and one other couple even returned down the table. The food and wine were exceptional. However the poor customer service experience by the hostess will forever leave a sour taste.

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Jackie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend coming here for a nice dinner in Dumbo. Beautiful views, great food, and beautiful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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dennis
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best over all service food was excellent as always can not beat the view

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viptimothyl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Location is very nice under the Brooklyn bridge. Parking is difficult unless you come down the right street (water st) to pull into the driveway to capitalize on the free valet service. Otherwise parking is tough in the area. Food was good, lamb was a bit under seasoned but well cooked. Desserts were great. Drinks were nice and strong. We sat by the entrance to the outdoor patio. I wished we could’ve been closer to the water.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantástic place, great service and amazing food !!!!

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8466 OpenTable diners.

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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