River Cafe

4.8
8346 Reviews
$50 and over
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday meal for both of us and a return to River Cafe, our 5th visit which has become part of our NYC planning when travelling from UK.

Lovely welcome, acknowledged our birthdays and that we were returning customers, great table looking straight out across the river to Manhattan.

Lovely food, great service, great choice of food and drink - excellent as always, we will return when we next visit NYC.

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MarisaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Utterly Overpriced. Even with the view. Come to Italy. We’ll show you what real value is.

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vipEmil
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience. The service was perfect - attentive but not hovering, food was brilliant, and the view is spectacular. Can’t wait to go again on a future trip to NYC!

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LisaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding with attentive and pleasant staff. In the evening, great view of NYC lights,Pier 17 and the Brooklyn Bridge.

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vipRebeccaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the most wonderful meal and service ever! Will definitely be our all time favorite restaurant when visiting NYC.

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vipARChapel
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening and as special as always . Great food and wonderful service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience, from the service to the food. 10/10.

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vipThomas
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for an anniversary or birthday dinner. Not to mention the amazing view and chances to see some famous actors/actresses seated just feet away from you! Definitely will come back every time we are in NYC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all around. Super knowledgeable sommelier, every course was outstanding and gorgeous views of bridge and Manhattan. Will definitely be back.

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JULIEC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Fantastic service during meal. Shame after service wasn’t quite the same. We asked them to call a cab and we were told to download an Uber app! When we said we don’t want an app we want a cab they said they would call one if they had too!

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HeleneS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent option for a special moment in Brooklyn.

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stevet
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic location with beautiful views of the city and Brooklyn bridge. Food was very good, bar service was attentive before dinner, and we loved that they held standards for dress code. The sommelier Steve was great and knowledgeable, and the host/Maitre d' was welcoming and made a nice first impression. Our servers seemed to have good teamwork, although our head waiter almost seemed uninterested in providing a great experience. He was the only dim spot in an otherwise fantastic dinner. Will return in the future for special occasions.

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JingtingC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We asked for window table because it was my first anniversary with my husband, but they gave us a coach far away from window and told me window table only for regular customers?! The octopus was too salty and other dies was fine. However, when we ready for the desserts the waiter came and asked us if we want any tea without telling per tea is 7 dollars! We spent $500 at this restaurant and didn’t worth to sit by the window!! Never come back.

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Manny164
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views, the food, the service - fantastic. My wife and I love it for our special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New resident of Brooklyn Heights. Just wanted to dine in the neighborhood at an elegant place.

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vipAndrewP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, friendly and astonishingly efficient service, exquisite cooking and a great wine list. A perfect anniversary dinner location.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cumplí 4 años de casado y es el lugar ideal para celebrar una cena con tu pareja. Lo recomiendo ampliamente

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SKLH
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a special table. Truly a magical experience. Could not have wished for more!

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vipPatM6872
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a bit late for our 5:30pm reservation. Traffic was awful, UBER driver dropped us off 3 blocks away. Captain gave us a window table. Service, food, presentation & ambiance were all outstanding. When you want a special night out in NY, this should be on the top of your list.

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vipNicholasA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe is the finest restaurant in New York! Everything is done with class, dignity and the ultimate in style. The food is delicious to look at and even better to eat!

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vipSheila
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It is quite expensive and we were celebrating an 81st birthday. They don’t do anything extra and we brought along an 8 year old who we thought would be thrilled. Too expensive to go again. Food was very trendy but nothing fabulous

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Stefaan
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

The restaurant was perfect. The service for ordering a cab was very poor. We missed our theater show on Broadway as they were not able to order a cab on time. Disappointing. But the food was very good!

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Loucel
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views!? The food is incredible and service flawless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE!!

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Jason
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic views; food excellent - its pricey and while the food is fantastic you really are paying for the location

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georgem
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every respect, exactly what I have become accustomed to over more than 30 years. The place somehow succeeds in appearing never to change, yet every visit is better than the one before. A New York treasure!

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OpenTable Diner
Aguascalientes
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The place is amazing, the food was really really good. The service was algo very nice, just the hosts were not so nice to us. Overall everything was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical place. A must for a special night out

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the small portions.

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vipJudithL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was perfect. The views are amazing, the service impeccable, and the food absolutely delicious. The lobster was the best I have ever had and the apple soufflé was fantastic. We can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful as always! We enjoy each year for our Anniversary.

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MichaelS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The river cafe was absolutely stunning with amazing crafted food with top notch service

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jennyh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I've ever had! Delicious food and wine options. Everything we tried was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!!! All was fantastic!

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RodrigoMx
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food, but I asked for a table with view (Did the reservation weeks in advance) and I got a table in one of the corners (Without view and space).

To expensive for that table. ($500+ for 2 ppl. If what you´re basically paying for is the view)

Asked for lemon several times and never got it. (Small details)

I wouldn´t not come back

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Martin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for a special occasion! The menu is delicious, service excellent, everything is outstanding. You have to be prepared for a 500 dlrs bill.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I’ve been to the River Cafe for over 15 years and this recent experience was possibly the worst customer service. I had to look for my waiter for a drink, my table was never cleaned off and there was just no attention to detail. All the little things makes River Cafe, this experience those little things were desperately missed. The food was, as always exceptional.
The strict dress code is lightly enforced, 2 gentlemen were in sneakers when I was told I would not be able to wear sneakers. I was in a full suit with a button down. One gentleman came in baggy jeans and Yeezy sneakers.
I would recommend River Cafe if it’s your first time. If you’re a returning diner, there are better options for $160.00 per person.

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vipCCSF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Inside the dining room, the experience is FANTASTIC! But the personnel outside (the valet, the hostess) are EXTREMELY RUDE. There are no words to express how belittling they are towards the patrons feel offering NO HELP at all. We saw it time and again with multiple guests. It’s probably not worth the experience inside the dining room.

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BillyTheJudge1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. Excellent in all respects: food, service, decor simply wonderful. Magnificent assistance with selecting our wine for the evening. Well done, indeed. We hope to return in the near future.

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JoseT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been several times and cannot way to return. Food is great. Service is outstanding and the ambience is just fantastic.

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8346 OpenTable diners.

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