River Cafe

4.8
8619 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 8619 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Neury2015
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. The view, the ambiance, the staff particularly Evelyn and Amanda. The food was tasteful and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Father’s Day gift to my husband. This restaurant experience is next level. The new menu is so much more approachable - that is, you can actually eat everything served. The six course was too much, but this three course is perfect. Do miss the wine pairing option tho.

Overall, the experience is superb. The staff are incredible. The food is amazing. The view is lovely. It can’t be beat.

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vipSjp66
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food drinks and service. Ambiance and views were amazing

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AndyO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most spectacular experience from start to finish. Both the service and the food were impeccable. It’s our go to for all holiday and family events. Will be back at Christmas. Thank you, Andy and team.

Sincerely, the Olszewski family. Eric, Andy and Evin Margaret

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MatthewL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary. Amazing experience! Food, service, ambiance were impeccable! Can’t recommend the River Cafe more!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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vipExplorer
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant on the river with gorgeous views. Food is exquisite and service sublime. We all enjoyed our dinners and felt pampered by the thoughtful, professional wait staff. The flowers in and around the restaurant add to the feeling that you have entered a fantasyland.

Will continue to go to River Cafe although getting there from NJ is a pain.

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DominickM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !! Staff super friendly...beautiful view...love it !!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to River Caffe for the wonderful reviews I read. I took my wife to celebrate her birthday and we had a great time. From the valet parkong, the hostels, the waiters, the comfortable and the attention was 5 stars. The best view under the bridge and the city nothing better than that. We are sure to return and I highly recommend it.

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vipTessS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Will definitely return again.

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vipTonyK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. An American classic. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful evening. The food was excellent. The staff amazingly friendly, efficient, and accommodating. Hands down New York's finest fine dining experience.

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AnnJ
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very courteous and friendly . I will recommend. It to any who is looking for fine dining

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our 10th anniversary. The food was excellent, the service was as well. The best part was that there was a large party occurring on their outdoor space and for all intents and purposes, had we not seen the party we would never have known it was there. Excellent wine selection and knowledge, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody works really hard as a team to make those who attend river cafe feel special. Such an amazing experience overall from the food to the staff - there’s nothing like it . Everyone should experience river cafe.

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Lorenabalcazarj
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an incredible and memorable experience, excellent restaurant!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Pop Pop’s birthday.

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KateeA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level was higher than what I expected for fine dinning.
Service was great.
Food was amazing
We had the duck and it was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous.

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CobblestoneRider
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know what to say except for one word: exceptional. Of course it's a Michelin-starred restaurant so you would hope it would be so, but that's not always the case with every restaurant. However, for us and for our evening at the River Cafe, it was. From the greeting, to our experience at the bar (we were early) to our window-side table, we were treated like gold. The dining room, the view, the food, and, my wife, were all beautiful.

The only reason I gave it only 4 stars in the category of "Overall" is that I think they could do a little better with some of the dessert offerings. Other than that, it was a 5 star experiernce all around.

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Emia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great setting, attentive staff, it was a great evening.

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WalterM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, and wonderful view and ambiance. Experience is second to none.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. One of the rare instances where a great view and ambiance is paired with world class food and perfect service, not pretentious but attentive and on every detail. We just celebrated our 30th and all of our expectations met. A+ Wine list and Sommelier, Foie Gras perfection matched with Egon Muller Riesling memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! The food was delicious and the view is INCREDIBLE!!

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vipStevenZ
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were married at The River Cafe five years ago and decided to come back to celebrate our anniversary. We have such special memories of the occasion a were really looking forward to returning. All we can say is WOW!! We had one of the more memorable dining experiences of our life. From the second we walked into the restaurant to the second we left we were made to feel special. The service, the food, the wine, the VIEWS!! All impeccable. The staff couldn’t have been nicer to us. They started us off with a complimentary glass of champagne. The steak tartar was magnificent. The fluke crudo was spectacular. The Black Sea bass and the lamb were delectable. The Sommelier helped us choose the perfect bottle of wine to compliment our meal. The dessert was spectacular (including the Happy Anniversary chocolate plaques!) Afterwards we took some pictures out on the deck with the Brooklyn Bridge as our backdrop (the wedding that was taking place there were kind enough to let us crash a bit for our pictures!). If you haven’t been here - GO NOW!! Make up some excuse to dine here. If you are looking for a wedding venue - this is the place!! You can’t choose a better location. If we could give The River Cafe ten stars we would!!

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Vinny
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The view was good for one of us, but the other side was a huge crane. Not a good thing to see. The food was okay but the ambiance and the service was great!

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vipGingerG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to celebrate!

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AlessandraM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were amazing, and the service exceptional! Only complaint was we were seated at 9:15 when we had an 8:30 reservation.

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ManuelS
London
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

It rained impromptu so I guess that threw some sand in the cogs, but staff & restaurant were unprepared, waited for 45m for a table, told to wait in a room that looked like it was set up for a visitation, totally disconnected from the experience one would expect at RC.
The meal was OK, I mean, this is 2021, maybe this was incredible for 2001... The wine list was great.
Hopefully all of this was Covid related, (lack of training for staff, restaurant running a little cold, staff overwhelmed and discombobulated) but I cannot recommend this place, particularly with so many great restaurants these days.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tercera visita a River café y tercera vez que quedó satisfecho. Gran lugar!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out!

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vipAli81
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience.
We were late due to traffic issues, but the crew kept a very welcoming ambience, making the pressure lowing down immediately.
The views are awesome, food and service are at the top, full of mindfulness.
One of the best experience I had in NYC.
With gratitude. A&B

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vipJABB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to sit outside with the westerly view of Manhattan

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vipTonyaP
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the beautiful views and restaurants in NYC!! The flowers inside and out so fresh and beautiful! Outstanding service at the bar and for dinner. Creative cocktails with attention to detail even down to stamped ice cubes. Menu was amazing with perfect portion size. Wine selection overwhelmingly but sommelier helped us select wonderful bottles that perfectly complimented our meals. Truly a wonderful evening!!!

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vipSpoiledFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we've had in a very long time. Everyone pleasant and helpful. The view is incredible. The strawberry souffle was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super amazing! Waited a little longer than expected on the desserts. But it was amazing

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WesleyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect setting to celebrate a birthday! Great ambiance and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good choices and quality of the food, compliments to the chef. Excellent service. One of the best views in Great NY.
I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends.
We had fantastic time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Best view of lower Manhattan ever! Jackets are required for gentlemen and this is a refreshing departure from the casual dining attire exhibited as of late, but then I admit I take any opportunity to wear a dinner jacket! Currently there is three-course prix fixe menu, 5-6 selections each course, $155 pp. Menu is a bit abbreviated right now I presume b/c of COVID. We had a table at the window so the view was spectacular. There is a pianist adding to the romance of this old-world gem. The chef starts every table with an amuse bouche trio which was delightful. We selected seared foie gras and octopus dishes to start, then lamb rack and duck breast, and finished with semifreddo and chocolate marquise. All were perfectly seasoned and prepared, and delicious. Value is subjective, but for the same price we've had 2 more courses at Michelin-starred restaurants in the City. They don't offer a formal wine pairing addition but I expect the attentive and knowledgeable sommelier would be happy to curate one for you. We constructed our own with one suggestion which is typical for us. Markup on wine is very high vs retail, but what you would expect at this level e.g. a glass of Louis Roederer - ‘Premier’ - Brut is $25.

Our only qualm was that the white-jacket-clad backwaiters are poorly trained or either don't care a great deal as they consistently backhand guests and reach across the table (instead of walking around beside each guest) when presenting the courses and particularly when clearing. I observed this at many tables other than our own. It does a disservice to the rest of the staff at such a storied restaurant and it should be remedied.

Overall our experience was wonderful and we will return when we want to be whisked away to the golden age of NYC dining again! Cheers 🥂

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8619 OpenTable diners.

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