River Cafe

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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter for her 21st birthday breakfast. We loved everything about it. The food was perfect, the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed.

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was wonderful- food, service & atmosphere. Outstanding experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

When I made the reservation, opentable didn’t say that we could only be seated if we order brunch menu. The availability is 2pm so when I made the reservation, I thought I could have something for lunch first and go to The River Cafe to celebrate my husband’s birthday by ordering their signature Brooklyn Bridge Cake and other desserts and have some drinks while we enjoy the river view. I was totally wrong. After I was seated and when the waiter knew that I was going to order desserts directly, we were asked to sit outside at the bar...this is horrible and impolite not to mention this is my husband’s birthday. They should make it very clear on Opentable before I make reservation. Disappointed and awkward... maybe won’t go to this restaurant anymore.

GF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have enjoyed in a long time. The service was top notch and the views were expansive. We enjoyed the brunch menu so much we are making plans to return for dinner!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sixth time here and the place we got engaged. It’s expensive as you would expect but worth every cent. We will be back

MR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable setting for a restaurant. With food and drink to match.

1
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This night was absolutely spectacular! Pricey but worth it. Views, decor and food was amazing. For sure 5 star rating.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s no finer view, we had a window seat and the Brooklyn Bridge was just overhead and the East arrived ver vista directly ahead.
The initial greet was warm and friendly and this level of service rang through the entire meal
The lunchtime menu was inspiring and the quality of the dishes was sublime (strongly recommend the vintage daiquiri as a warm up to your meal)
This restaurant is a must visit!!

JM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks, awesome place and unbelievable staff and service. The gifted us the menu as a souvenir for our fifth marriage anniversary!

CI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in NYC. This was my second time, I brought my sister and her husband and they were impressed!

D
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, staff very attentive. Food was very good and enjoyed the whole experience! Couple next to us got engaged - if you’re gonna do it... go here!

O
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our breakfast, will come again for dinner! Will recommend. Stunning location and staff were excellent

S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a lovely restaurant overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

OT
London
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and friendly from start to finish. Food is exquisite and as close to perfection as you would expect from a one star restaurant. Stunning views of the city at night which complements the atmosphere.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a fabulous place! Came from Cleveland and was on bucket list, did not disappoint. Better than pictures show. Attentive staff, alot of staff actually. Only complaint is my chair kept getting bumped by all that staff who serviced the table adjacent to our four top ( bench seating against wall).
A beautiful atmosphere decorTedfor holidays. Everyone loved their food, excellent wine selection. Glad we went, thanks.

P
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegance personified. Superb service. Inspired menu. Incredible views. One of the top dining experiences we’ve had; anywhere. Our sincere compliments to all staff for an evening we will long remember.

JF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Super disappointed with our experience here.
Booked a breakfast table for 11:15 and, as tourists in the city, we got slightly lost finding our way there. I rang at 11:10 to say we were running ten minutes late and got told that the kitchen stops serving at 11:30 so if I wasn’t there before then that was that. Considering it’s a highly touristic spot you’d think the staff would be considerate and warn you of this in advance.
Got there flustered and gave our name and before we even got to the table, my husband was told to take his hat off with a blunt manner.
We sat down anxious about ordering as we had been told it was a strict 11:30 cut off and after waiting 10 minutes, actually had to ask for the menu to be brought to us.
We ordered two coffees and two eggs on toast with bacon and the bill came to $90. I understand it is a high end spot but the portion sizes weren’t great, the scrambled egg was average and paying $14.50 for a small cappuccino seems ridiculous.
After the disappointing food, we were at least looking forward to the view out the front of the restaurant which we had seen customers enjoying when we arrived.
I went to walk through and was told there was cleaning going on so we couldn’t even make use of the view after all that!! The hostess was in no way apologetic and made no attempt to offer an alternative.
The overall atmosphere is pretentious, the food is disappointing and with that, extremely overpriced.
I wouldn’t recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutamente recomendable.
Volveremos como todos los años.!!

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S
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is spectacular, but it is also a fine restaurant with stellar service, very good food choices that were well prepared and presented, and an overall ambiance that is casual yet refined. Though expensive, it was not as costly as many restaurants in NYC, and to me well worth the price.

BS
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are few places to dine this well with so magnificent a view and such perfect service. It comes at a price so you need to be prepared for the $150 pp charge that gets you a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert. But for that you’ll get food prepared as artfully as possible and served by waitstaff who have their craft down to a science. If great wines are your thing, you’ll drool at the contents of the cellar. Watching the lights of Manhattan shimmer on the water is the ultimate topping. Not to be missed at least once in a lifetime.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

tutto eccellente nulla da dire: prezzo adeguato all’eccellenza del posto!

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KG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to celebrate a special occasion. The atmosphere and the scenery are simply spectacular.

HA
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a New York institution and should not be missed. We have returne - as out of towners p many times and still consider it most reliable as to food, ambience and service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

いい場所でブリッジが良く見え
マンハッタンが素晴らしく綺麗でした!

新婚旅行の祝いで
良いレストランに行けたことが
とてもいい思い出となりました!

窓側の席に座らせてもらい
大変満足しました。

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice view.
Food ok.
Service ok.
Too expensive for the overall.

Sorry, i’m French 😉

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. This was our first Michelin star restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. We will be back. Staff was excellent as well.

ZS
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect setting in NYC for a special dinning experience, have been for dinner and lunch always delivers perfection.

M
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s as wonderful as you expect and it was every bit the special 30th birthday experience I wanted for my daughter. Service was amazing all the food was great although I didn’t care for the texture of the onion omelet didn’t feel like eggs. Otherwise everyone at the table loved everything. One complaint. If you’re going to have a dress code and remind me about it over and over again then enforce it. I was very disappointed to see a couple in their 50’s in jeans next to us. Don’t given in!! Hold on to the fancy nature and experience. I wouldn’t have let them dine.

r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place - Beautiful views of New York
The food is unbelievable and so is the service
Highly recommended

MA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, quelle expérience remarquable! Tout était parfait! Le nourriture était si savoureuse, bien au delà de nos attentes. La vue est tellement magnifique et si romantique. L'accueil était chaleureux et tous les membres du personnel étaient soucieux de répondre à nos moindres attentes. Tout au long de la soirée, nous sous sommes sentis privilégiés de vivre ce moment unique et mémorable! Merci pour cet instant de pur bonheur!

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love the atmosphere - simple as that!
So when the service and the food is good, it becomes perfect!
Åse <3

EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Posto perfetto ottima location servizio gentile e premuroso ottima cucina.
Molto raccomandato

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i
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance overlooking lower Manhattan across the river, fine dining that will fill your stomach, excellent wine, and perfect service.Our tradition whenever we come to NYC.

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary lunch. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we had a table right by the window—amazing view of the river, bridge and skyline.
We have eaten at the River Cafe in the past but the food was even better than we remembered. Everything was delicious!
Our only “complaint” was that the wine by the glass was expensive but it was also very good.
Overall the whole experience was wonderful.

SO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely, delicious meal. Wait staff was very professional, food presentation was beautiful and tasted delicious. A very memorable meal.

ED
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was the Third Time I sent. It is better each time ! The venue is outstanding, thé personnel Carina and profesional. The food is excellent and the wine list covers any desire.
I will come back !

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service plus valet parking was a good add on

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atención de primera, de principio a fin. La comida una experiencia Regresaré.

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OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

S
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food; amazing service. Doesn’t get much better!

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