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River Cafe

4.8
4.8
7946 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • Public transit

    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,946 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Scenic View

  • Brooklyn

    American

  • Brooklyn

    Most Booked

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  1. CM

    ChrisM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience at River Cafe is exceptional - from the greeting at the door to the end of the meal, it is simply superb. The food and wine, the relaxed atmosphere, the stunning views and the wonderful staff create a memorable evening.
  2. DB

    DanielB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food is ok, no more than that. the experience worth a one-time visit.
  3. ST

    StephenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not for the first time, our evening was one of continuous pleasure from the initial welcome through to our departure. The service was impeccable throughout and that allowed us to relax into the ambiance to enjoy the exquisite food and the ever changing light over lower Manhattan and comings and goings on the river. We will return.
  4. AB

    AntonioB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come back after four years finding the restaurant more elegant and friendly. We’ll return!
  5. MA

    MAGDALENAC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very delicious. Staff very attentive, even brought me a shawl as I was very cold in the section I was seated. Beautiful view of the city and the Brooklyn bridge.
  6. w

    wayneb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service was a bit slow. The team was great, however, the head waiter was a bit aloof with us and did not seem to want to engage us in conversation although he did with other partrons. Our low rating above it also based on his attitude towards us. The food portions should have been a bit more based on the prices paid.
  7. AN

    ANDREAM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and amazing food. I look forward to returning in the near future.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience bringing my best friend for her birthday was indescribably wonderful. The staff was courteous and helpful. The vegetarian menu has wonderful choices, the dessert is exquisite. The quality of their food and service is unmatched. Thank you for a lovely evening. We will be returning. Very happy with our experience.
  9. CB

    CarolB

    Central Texas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly one of my very favorite restaurants. Our New York visits would not be complete without eating at the River Cafe. The food is amazing, the service impeccable and the view is spectacular.
  10. KH

    KathleenH

    West Palm Beach

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always ! Service views food everything was just perfect!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food, views, service was amazing!
  12. LM

    LadyM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant of all time! The food, the service, the view are all outstanding. Very special place
  13. NR

    NuriaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table with a wonderful view of Manhattan. The food is outstanding, the service was excellent. My favorite dish was the coffee soufflé. It was an amazing experience.
  14. V

    Vinnie

    Monterrey

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Not what you expect from a Michelin star restaurant. Sommelier did not opened the bottle of wine in front of us, neither did she provide the cork when offering to taste the wine. We order lobster and beef. The lobster was great but the beef Requested to be cooked medium was COLD inside. The quality wasn’t good … more on the tuff side. The bone marrow was used over and over again to stuff with short rib and had no bone marrow. They did try to make it up in the end offering a glass of “champagne” that was not champagne. Lamps where dirty… Sorry lost another customer
  15. PS

    PoSh24

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Anniversary dinner
  16. AB

    AndreaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    L'atmosfera magica ci ha accolti in questo locale unico. Il personale, professionale e molto gentile ci ha coccolato con discrezione. Il cibo è stato all'altezza delle aspettative, che erano decisamente alte. Sarebbe stato perfetto un tavolo davanti alla vetrata con lo skyline di Manhattan, tuttavia, tutti i tavoli sono ben disposti e permettono la splendida visuale a tutti. Il prezzo, soprattutto per noi Italiani, è alto, ma da fare soprattutto se c'è un'occasione speciale da festeggiare, la serata resterà indimenticabile.
  17. A

    Amanda

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING every time incredible experience from start to finish. Staff extremely attentive
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's always wonderful at The River Cafe!
  19. M

    Mochi

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience, would highly recommend!
  20. MC

    MarissaCB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an awesome experience. The view is everything. Service on point, totally have to revisit Went for our 15th wedding anniversary
  21. N

    Noname

    New York Area

    196 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience, as always, was superlative. The food was incomparable, the service perfect and the room and view were spectacular. For me, this is the best dining experience in NYC.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top, we loved it, every detail from the beginning until the end. Thank you
  23. AJ

    AaronJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience from the start to finish. The staff is amazing, especially Amanda! The soufflé is probably the best desert I had in my life!
  24. AK

    AK123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to be. However, their suit/jacket policy for men is very strict. I tried taking my jacket off for 5 mins just bc I felt a bit uncomfortable after eating and the manager came and asked me to put it back on despite me telling him that I just ate and I wasn't feeling too comfortable. The bill was almost $500 and I couldn't take my jacket off for 5 mins kinda strange but whatever
  25. a

    aura

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service excellent as always. The ambiance and view quintessential New York. But seeing Buzzy, owner, and hearing Domique play the piano always make the evening quite special.
  26. RP

    RobertoP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful culinary experience. Excellent service and food
  27. e

    emjayef

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything outstanding. Steven great server. Great views.
  28. MD

    MDavis

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Wonderful service. Great view.
  29. SM

    SMich

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for my partner and it was amazing. The food and the very attentive team service was well worth the $$$.
  30. AH

    AaronH

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The River Cafe is a great restaurant to visit when in NYC. The location is fantastic, right on the water. We got an early reservation and were able to get a table right next to the window. Just the two of us but we did order a third appetizer to share so we essentially had a four course meal. Would definitely recommend.
  31. j

    jamesm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous night for my 60th Birthday. Staff were wonderful and looked after us very well.
  32. D

    Drake

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable view and great food.
  33. JJ

    JamieJ

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting and good service but not worth the money food was average
  34. GR

    GR23

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you want a special foodie experience with the best view in NYC, go to River Cafe. Take guests. Everyone is impressed with the food, service, wine selection and the fantastic view. We have loved it for years.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  36. H

    Haley

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Experience! Have come here for birthdays and anniversaries for years, always beautiful memories
  37. j

    jannef

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazings settings. The view and the service was over the top!
  38. JL

    JenniferL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Views were great but the restaurant was LOUD, considering the dining experience they sell. For a fine dining restaurant, they need to decrease the amount of people dining on any given night to reduce the volume of the crowd.
  39. JZ

    JohnZ

    New York Area

    382 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    382 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was amazing! Beautiful views, Food was spectacular, excellent cocktails and the wine list is to die for. Amber the wine sommelier recommended one of the best wine I ever had. She was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Love this place and valet parking makes it a lot easier. We will be back 100%
  40. m

    mrotheim

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special place. Elegant with superb food & service. One of our favorite restaurants in the whole world and we've been at many

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 7946 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for River Cafe

1 Water St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • Public transit

    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

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