River Cafe

4.7
8291 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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vipKathleenH
West Palm Beach
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!
View was amazing
Grounds are new
Piece of heaven in Brooklyn

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rjwfalcon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special occasion venue. (Personally I was on vacation from the UK and visiting for my partner's birthday). The food was exquisite and the service level was second to none. Obviously the price is steep (especially the wine list, though I'm sure there are plenty of people with greater expertise than I out there that will provide assurance that this is a world class destination for wine, and the wines are so special that their price tags are well justified), but I honestly feel like we were paying more for the service level than anything, as that was truly outstanding. Obviously the food itself was equally an experience, my partner likened the menu/descriptions to poetry, and the food itself lived up to this billing, was exquisitely prepared and sang with flavour. When set against the beautiful view and live piano, the result is a special evening. And who can ever complain about paying premium for something that feels special through and through. I hope to be able to return some day, but if I don't, I will be equally satisfied with remembering it as a once in a lifetime memory.

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

Excellent food and ambiance. Will always come back.

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Mark
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the most amazing and possibly the best restaurant in the world. Outstanding on every level

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Rich
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Firstly, the service was outstanding from the moment you step out of your car to the moment you leave. We were originally seated at the back which was quite disappointing as it does limit the view and you are seated next to your parter rather than opposite. The hostess however did reseat us very quickly after I asked and a table next to the window became available. The views from the window and middle row are amazing. Noise level is moderate and it’s a pleasant ambience. The menu has plenty of choice and I was torn between quite a few dishes! We ordered scallops and rabbit for appetizers which were both very flavorful and well cooked. I ordered medium rare duck for the main which I did find was a little on the rare side but I did enjoy it and the portion size was generous. I was not blown away by the flavors however and would probably recommend trying another dish. Dessert was the Brooklyn bridge chocolate cake which was delicious and fantastic presentation. Overall this was an enjoyable meal and romantic setting however it is very expensive at $500 for the two of us with a cocktail each (including tips and tax).

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vipMikeM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night great service great food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent but very overpriced

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Brooklyn
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although very expensive it is the best place for a special celebration or just a treat for yourselves. From the moment you arrive and valet your car you are treated as a special guest. The menu is fantastic.

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vipCarlosA
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida el servicio y la vista espectacular

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience overall. We definitely will be back

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FernandoL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !!!!! It’s a wonderful place and delicious food.

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WillG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, good food, good service. EXPENSIVE!

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PatxiD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience - would definitely recommend to anyone visit. Price absolutely worth it.

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Angelo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary at the River Cafe and it was a wonderful experience. The staff was beyond welcoming, attentive and professional. The food was delicious, plentiful and a work of art. The view, well it was simply OMG romantic! Pricey but you definitely get more than what you pay for here. At times my wife and I forgot that we were not cruising up the East River. I recommend the River Cafe for all intimate occasions.

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SerenaH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the most, if not THE most delicious meal we've had in our twelve years living in NYC. A perfect way to celebrate the New Year.

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saki
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food ! Great Ambiance! Excellent Service!
Should advise guest to have a better traffic direction into the restaurant.

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Ashley
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The ambiance, the views, and the service is exceptional. The meal portions are way too small and the food was not worth the outrageous price they charge. The food wasn’t bad but it wasn’t mind blowing which is what I was expecting for the prices they charge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Very bad service

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Emily
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food quality & ambiance made for a perfect evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years celebration

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ValR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, experience was very positive. Only complaint was feeling a bit rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottima cena. Posto magnifico. Personale molto cordiale e disponibile. Prossima volta che tornerò a New York sarà sicuramente la mia tappa preferita.

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SimonS
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memory that will last forever

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vipmemcd
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at the River Cafe. We celebrate our anniversary every year at the River Cafe and this year our favorite restaurant did not disappoint. From the perfect setting to the attentive wait staff to the delicious meal everything was perfect.

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vipLovetoeat
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow…always more than a meal. It is a treasured time to spend with friends and family. Impeccable.

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SamutA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Toute était magnifique de la prise en charge à votre départ restaurant avec une vue magnifique très chic

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vipLF56
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River Cafe is a very special place. We got married there and go back every year for our anniversary and the experience is consistently excellent every time.

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vipJayski
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a peak dining experience. Service is efficient and attentive but also casual, not stuffy, and inviting. Some of the best prepared food in New York. Also, very friendly to celiacs and other gluten-challenged folks. Beautiful view - even at night. Great bar, knowledgible staff. Who could ask for anything more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Its very bad. Worst experience. Had my reservation booked a year ago for special birthday dinner. Put me in the lonely corner all the way in the back with almost no view. Said that the water view and middle rows are for VIP and repeating customers??? Ok..arent we all the same and paying same price for your price fixed menu????? Shouldnt be first come first serve for the table with nice view? Table flowers are dead. Appetizers over priced and very small portion.. Main course is right. I will personal never go again due to the bias customer treatments. Worst experience with $500 price tag. Never ever!

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TimothyW
Bath
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly unbelievable venue. Beautifully decorated during the Festive Season and spectacular views. Food incredible and service even better. No better place for a celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience except for one of the female greeters. At the end of the evening as I was leaving I went to smell the roses and picked one and was chastised by her. Terrible way to end a beautiful evening

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Mannny
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect from the time you set foot into the restaurant up until you leave. Service, food, ambience, incredible.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and lighting. Wonderful courses!

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vipSarah
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the great dining experiences in NYC—the view of Brooklyn Bridge and East River combined with food and service make it a favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience1

Fed us nuts after we alerted the restaurant of a severe allergy

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vipBJDC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best that NYC has to offer. Simply perfect from start to finish. Thank you for such a lovely Christmas moment.

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vipPaolaR
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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FabianeReschke
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Very romantic. Really special for a special moment. The view is fenomenal and the food is really fantastic. I strong recomend!

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AnthonyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a fine dining experience at the River Cafe. It never disappoints!

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HonoraT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place that is worth the trip to Brooklyn from other NYC boroughs or when in NYC for vacation to go over the bridge for this gem. The view into Manhattan and the iconic Brooklyn bridge is breathtaking. The food melted in your mouth and for better with every course. The cocktails, desserts and after dinner drinks were a masterpiece not only in flavor but with the design as well.

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River Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 8291 OpenTable diners.

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