River Cafe

4.8
7324 reviews
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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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JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious. My husband and I eat Keto and the chef made some wonderful substitutions to their menu to make the experience very low carb. Our server also reviewed the menu with us in detail and warned us about any sugary or starchy items. Thank you all for an amazing anniversary dinner!

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T
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, and amazing food. The view is beautiful, and makes it a wonderful restaurant. The staff were also wonderful, and very attentive. Would highly recommend.

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

Excellent food and ambience for special occasions!!

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came back to celebrate our anniversary again after 5 years and it’s still a wonderful experience from start to finish. Highly recommend.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service, lovely food and fab location. Seemed very expensive for a lunch without drinks.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve visited River Cafe several times. It’s always superb, both in food and service!
Slightly disappointed that even for a big birthday celebration with only two people, they didn’t seat us by a window though there were several open tables. Others who knew the maitre’d waltzed right to those tables!! Hmmm!

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AP
London
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic views, excellent friendly service and amazing food (King salmon was superb). Given views and location they could have got away with less effort on the food. Highly recommended and great value on Saturday lunchtime.

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L
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite dining fir the most special occasions. Enjoy a long uninterrupted dining experience. Never rushed. Highly attentive staff and outstanding food.

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KM
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glorious spot, delicious food, impeccable service. Admittedly, I think the prices are a little high, but you're paying for that view of the river and the city on the other side. So not really an issue. Absolutely somewhere to go for a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I took Chef’s tasting menu for the dinner and everything was perfect at The River Cafe.
Didn’t expect that they would give birthday person a plate of small pieces of cake but they actually did and it was so amazing.
The guy introduced and explained every single plate patiently and the service was beyond wonderful.
Thank you for the very nice dinner.

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PT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best anniversary dinners we have had.
Thank You

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k
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River Cafe never fails to provide an exceptional dining experience. The staff is friendly and courteous, the ambiance is divine, and the food is exquisite. The overall experience is wonderful.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my wife

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CL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here is wonderful! Nowhere can you get this level of amazing cuisine, attention to service, and also have such an amazing view. Thanks to hour maitre-d Josh, he made the afternoon very special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ricky is so nice to introduce the dishes for us

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got married nearby and decided to celebrate with our wedding meal nearby, just the two of us.

The ambience is delightful, staff are charming, the views are stunning and the food is great too.

This is a place to celebrate a special occasion without doubt, yes it’s not cheap, but it has the Wow factor..

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Was great just the main host was kind of ridiculous. Dined w a broken arm and they tried to force a blazer on me. Other than that food was phenomenal and the service was great.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s my third time been there and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Posto meraviglioso.
Atmosfera elegante, trovi l’alta Società di Manhattan a condividere la cena con te.
Servizio impeccabile e cibo ottimo.
La vista è davvero qcosa di unico!!!
Spesa decisamente alta, obbligatoria perchè hanno un menù fisso di 145€ a persona vino esclusi. Abbiamo speso 200€ a testa.
Certo sei a NY City, nel 🔝 del 🔝.
Se vuoi sorprendere qualcuno il posto è davvero ottimo.

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MP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! From the food to the service to the ambience, truly a treasure. And what fun to have a tiny, upholstered stool placed beside each of the ladies to hold our purses!

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JR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good but overprice not worth the price we pay for it

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific evening! Relaxed dining! Delicious food!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was whatever but the service was amazing, the view and the whole experience. You’re paying for that more than the food, I was expecting something blowmind but it wasn’t.
Anyway I’d go again and recommend it.

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view was beautiful and the service was exceptional. I’d definitely return the calamari was delicious, too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing setting for a special occasion!

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p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have eaten at the River Cafe numerous times over more than 30 years.
The surroundings are like no other in NYC but the food has not always been in the same category.
This recent visit was our best meal ever.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, and a beautiful view.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food—everything we ate was delicious! We both did the tasting and it was divine. Specialty cocktails were superb. Our waiter was fantastic—very attentive but not overly so. He was helpful with recommendations and knowledgeable about the menu. The ambiance is perfect. The view is pretty much unbeatable. Would be perfect for a date night or special occasion and even just a Sunday night dinner. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone visiting or living in New York.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience, however the lamb entry was disliked by 2 of my guests. I almost asked not to be changed for those 2 dinners.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travelled from the UK, and it exceeded my expectations. Made my partners 40th extra special. Nothing was too much trouble-thank you so much to all the staff

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Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant but comfortable dining. Presentation of dishes is excellent as is the quality, creativity and taste of the food. Excellent service; beautiful piano playing; flowers , view, and a totally enjoyable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect pick for our special occasion. The only glitch we felt was one of the desserts that we ordered which didn’t hold up to the rest of the meal, service or ambience. It was the soufflé and had a strong taste/smell of an egg.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a post birthday lunch & had a wonderful time! The bar staff was so lovely, they catered to our specific drink requests. The staff all around were absolutely fabulous, so attentive, knowledgeable & kind. The moment you walk you notice all the amazing efforts they make to keep this classic restaurant so special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food; great staff. It was very pleasant dining here and will come back again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, amazing hostess who was so personable and helpful. Food was amazing and the view could not be beat.

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MC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must when visiting NYC. It is a unique dining experience not to be missed. Their professionalism and attention to detail is first class.

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DR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable for special occasion.

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c
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

great place and worth going to. nice inside and they have good food

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AC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding place with awesome food. The views are spectacular. The service is first rate. We hav an awesome time

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Beautiful scenery and amazing service. The food was exquisite, would recommend to anyone looking for a special dinner experience.

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