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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TI
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful ambiance and absolutely fantastic view over Manhatten. The restaurant itself is a classic and ambiance is classical / conservative as well.
Fine dining and also expensive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner, everything was perfect.

TG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and ambiance, immaculate service and great food - the 1 Michelin star is justified. A little over-priced but still worth the experience once in a while.

JD
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to the River Café to celebrate our recent engagement and it could not have been more perfect. The staff was courteous and polite, the food was impeccable and served the best lamb I had ever experienced. The restaurant provided an outstanding experience, and it is quite obvious why they have a Michelin star. I simply can’t wait to go back.

J
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful from beginning to end!! I would totally recommend this restaurant to anyone!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service. The chef was able to make most of the dishes gluten free for me. Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge was scrummy!

DH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! We were stuck in traffic. 45 minutes late. And they took great care of us. And accomadated. Our late arrival. Best evening ever!!!

KW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I was really disappointed with the seating arrangements. We were sat at the opposite side of the window when there were open tables that were next to the window. I chose this restaurant strictly based off of the view and I did not have one. Extremely disappointed

PL
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. This is our special event celebration place. Great food and service.

C
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Creative food presentation. Delicious!

BB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary for us was beautiful

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. From the flower filled entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge dessert. Perfect. Thank you Buzzy.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El servicio y la comida fue espectacular!!!! Muchísimas gracias por todo, fue realmente una experiencia de excelencia

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CH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with friends who did visit NYC for the first time and we had a table right next to the windows. Great, spectacular view to Manhattan's Skyline! Very courteous staff not only at the table but also at the reception and bar. Starting with a drink at the bar until our table was ready and enjoyed the view. Delicious menu and an excellent wine recommendation by the sommelier. If there's a negative point at all, then at most the noise level… but that may depend on the day/guests. It was my fifth stay in NYC and my fifth visit at the River Cafe and it was not my last visit for sure!

CS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Have wanted to go there for quite some time. They did not disappoint. From the ambiance to the food to the service. Everything was terrific. Our server Jed was the best! We will be back.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend the River Cafe to anyone looking for a super special meal in a special place. Food, staff, view are perfect. I live here and am sorry it took me all these years to get here. Hint:best way to go to brunch is via the NYC Ferry.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food impeccable service
All the staff made the visit extra special

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went to The River Cafe in 2016 and had a great experience. My guest and I always do the 6-course chef's tasting with the wine pairing. In 2016 it was impeccable, from the food to the wine to the service. Perfect. Fast forward to 2019 and we were treated as if it was a surprise we were at the restaurant. I had to ask for the 6-course menu (which they had no copy of) and I had to ask for the wine pairing. When I requested both for the table, the waiters acted taken aback by my request. It was insulting. I felt as if we were being rushed in and out. Which was obvious with the changes to the dining room and the cramped space. The River Cafe has lost its appeal. I eat at Michelin restaurants all over the world and I won't be going back to TRC anymore.

PF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, outstanding food, as always.

EV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every accolade it has received. View, service, food all spectacular. Take the relatively new NYC Ferry. The landing is directly next door.

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute you walk thru the door you are treated like royalty. The staff and service are outstanding. The food and view can't be beat.

P
Manchester
57 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again on our visit to New York we dined in what has become one of our favourite restaurants, I must add, worldwide. From our first visit in the middle 80's the River Cafe has become a ritual on our regular New York trips. We never have a problem recommending it to whomever we know is going to New York. Yes we survived the barren years after Hurricane Sandy and returning was like welcoming an old friend. On this visit once again, from the recognition nod from Dom at the piano, when we have our pre-dinner cocktail, to a table with the finest view anywhere we once again enjoyed fantastic food with excellent service. The tuna carpaccio special was perfect, pear salad delicious and the crab cakes second to none I must admit that I now find on my NY visits that the only place I eat steak is here and the strip sirloin is the best The black bass eaten by my wife was heavenly. Again this is a restaurant where you have to eat desert and although the soufflé does take a little time it is well worth the wait. For those a little more adventurous and a liking for chocolate the Brooklyn Bridge is highly recommended. We had excellent wines to complement our meals but unfortunately the evening was rather tarnished by the fact that the Maître d’ ,when bringing our check, announced “For the benefit of our international guests we have already added the service charge “ We were understandably annoyed. Did he assume that because we were not from New York we did not understand the concept of tipping? We have probably been visiting this restaurant for more years than he has been alive! We found this totally patronising and would ask that please this practice be dropped as in our opinion it is no better then the rude comment one gets in diners from the waiting staff who want to make sure that foreigners do tip!

m
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, view, food!!!! Should be on everyone's to do list!!

T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We can’t wait to return, hopefully sooner than another ten years.

l
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect site We chose the 3-course menu, and with the starters they put on and repeat drinks we ended up paying $ 450, but it was worth it. My mother told me it was the most beautiful dinner she had ever had. Perfect live pianist. We asked to be at the window and they put us there as soon as there was a free table. And the views are ... amazing

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Cafe next disappoints! The food, ambiance & setting is unmatched. A bit pricey but perfect for a special occasion!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

DS
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting over the East River and under the Brooklyn Bridge. We have been here before for special occasions and have never been disappointed. Quiet piano music ( and he never took a break all night).
Walked from A train Brooklyn Bridge subway stop after Wednesday matinee of Hamilton. Food was outstanding and it is very expensive $$. Worth it !

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great nite fabulous food, service and views.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The river cafe was a wonderful experience. The food was delectable and service did not fail to disappoint. The only concern we had is that the mela was on the expensive end. This won’t be a monthly spot but is amazing for special occasions.

IH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, amazing service, delicious food

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Un sitio extraordinario me encanto , lo unico un poco caro, pero esto es lo que hay..

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place

FB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The overall price level is not ok compared to what you get. Service is not very friendly only quick

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was absolutely amazing! The restaurant itself is very pretty with so many fresh flowers outside of the place and also inside the restaurant, on the dining table. Then, the waiter and waitress are super nice and friendly. Josh is the best, who served is champagne and complimentary desserts! I feel welcome and special!!
The view of Brooklyn bridge is the highlight but anything else is really outstanding, food is great!

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended by a friend. I was visiting NYC with my 16 and 19 yr old grandkids and decided to treat them to something special...and indeed it was! The decor and setting is lively, food was beautifully presented and service impeccable. Since I’m a piano teacher as well...I’d comment that the live piano music was great. The only criticism I’d have is, that for the price, it would have been good if coffee/tea etc were included in the buffet cost.

P
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fine dining restaurant! From the time you hand over your car key to the valet to the time you exit the restaurant the experience is exquisite! The hosts are gracious, the service is outstanding and the food is a culinary delight. We were mesmerized with the presentation of each dish, the colors and the ingredients which kept teasing us with different flavors! Add to this the lovely views of the East river and Brooklyn Bridge. Honestly I didn’t want to leave the restaurant, I enjoyed the experience so much! I highly recommend this restaurant!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and atmosphere
food was amazing

MM
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience. One of the best in New York!

DL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, wonderful service, great Lemon Drop. Nice portions. The signature dessert delicious. Great for a celebration. Atmosphere was wonderful. I would love to have the experience again.

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