River Cafe

4.8
8496 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
What 8496 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing 🍁🦃

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DiarS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

There are so many places that have a beautiful view and I don’t think that should be the reason for River Cafe to have so high prices- $130 for three course dinner, well for me it’s only two because I don’t care much about dessert (3rd course). Besides service any thing else was not even close to being worth the money.

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AlanH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely a venue that I will be repeating many more times in the future.
A wonderful time in all respects!

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PeterV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met and then exceeded expectactions! A perfect anniversary dinner. If you're looking for a romantic evening, this is the place to go.

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Mike1022
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing experience. The food was by far the most amazing. We were seated right next to the window by the River. It was a perfect evening !

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SusannieW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and great staff! The views are spectacular as well and everyone adhered to COVID rules to make my guest and I dine safely.

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Atahualpa
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cumpleaños de mi hija.

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RosieT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never been before and went for a special dinner and was blown away by the restaurant.

Has a beautiful atmosphere and is welcoming to anyone.

Recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

the service is poor and the staff dropped the cultery a few times. Also, nobody called in advance for the special dress code requirement for men.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as usual !

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Pinkey
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fancy, friendly staff and lovely ambiance!

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YonandyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I celebrated our engagement. The views were beautiful, the food and service was amazing!!! Totally recommend, worth the price. Perfect for anniversaries and special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all around. Service food and ambiance all 5 star.

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AntCast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location. Food was good and the service excellent.

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KenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe is and always will be one of those special places...an amazing culinary experience....

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came for our 9th anniv

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you all so much for a lovely evening! All the staff were very friendly and attentive. The ambience was very relaxed and romantic. The food was delicious. We will hopefully be back in future!

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JuliaM
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner with impeccable service and in a gorgeous setting

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vipMatt
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So consistently excellent from the food to the service. For such a high-end restaurant, it's not pretentious, rather, it's a perfect balance of elegance, comfort and taste. Kudos!

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vipNoname
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River Cafe was perfect in every way. Food was delicious, service impeccable and ambiance beautiful. We opted for an outdoor table which offered a terrific skyline view. Heaters were provided so we were comfortable at all times although the evening was chilly. All in all, River Cafe is always superb in all respects and is one of the best restaurants in NYC if not the best.

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SharmineH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointed at their service. I requested a nice table by the window because we were celebrating our 10 yesr anniversary. I didn’t get a nice table at all, infact probably was the worst table of all by the entrance door. The waiters did not come by the table and I genuinely felt they were catering to the bigger group more. The food and the service isn’t worth the value. Very disappointed. I wont recommend this restaurant to any friends and family

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MarioH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, the food and service were incredible. The gentlemen who took care of us went above and beyond to make sure everything was addressed.

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Alrod
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my wife and I want to dine at a place where the food is succulent, that has great service with great views and ambience to boot we always return to the River Cafe. Already thinking about our next visit.

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LP1023
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for our anniversary and received a stunning table right on the water. All waitstaff were polite and accommodating. I ordered the pork belly and scallop appetizer which did not disappoint. Rack of lamb for my main was cooked to perfection. Portions were generous. Dessert was a predecided trio, it was delicious though nothing that stood out as must order again, would love to see what they regularly offer. Homemade chocolates were a nice touch.
Really the only negative point was that the bartender could not make the after dinner drink I ordered, which was one printed right on their menu and not entirely uncommon. I found it strange that a restaurant of this reputation would place something on the menu they were unable to accommodate. I chose something different and my husbands choice was upgraded.
This was definitely on our top five meals category, between table selection and food preparation it has to be.

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vipfranee
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal, attentive service, seating on terrace offered unbeatable river views.

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NANCY
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was excited to visit the restaurant but after the way the host greeted us, We felt
uncomfortable to be there. She said welcome and you have 1 hour and 45 minutes for dinner. A horrible way to greet someone, for the price you paying you expect delicious food. But the food is mediocre, save your money and go somewhere else. I will never go back or recommend restaurant.

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AliaS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible. The service was excellent and the food absolutely delicious. Unforgettable experience.

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vip30rd
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most spectacular dining experience in NYC! It never disappoints and always surprises you. What more can I say.

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Bob17
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always special... romantic, super-delicious food. Intimate table for 2, open-air, right at water's-edge. The best!!

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vipJFKtoLHR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
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 on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fantastic.

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vipJames
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
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 on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TiantianJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
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
72 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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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8496 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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