River Cafe

4.8
7773 reviews
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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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OP
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The RC provided a wonderful, accommodating, and very special dining experience and is a more than excellent choice for dinner. From the moment you arrive at that part of DUMBO, you begin to experience the special atmosphere they’ve prepared for their guests; from the lighting in the trees, crickets chirping in the background, lovely walk into the property in their lush, mood-lit garden. Once inside, the service staff takes over; professional and over the top “on-it”, but not stuffy. As they knew it was our daughter’s 30th birthday, we were sat riverside at a lovely table by the window with a beautiful view of Manhattan at night. Very importantly, she felt like a queen...just what we had hoped from this classic and well loved establishment. ...and bonus, my wife and I are vegan and the River Cafe has a vegan and vegetarian menu, from which we ordered; the preparation and craft for these dishes was delicious! Attentive table service just right too. We’ll be back...maybe tonight!

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Complete experience invites you in from bustling Brooklyn scene to a quiet nautical oasis complete with secret garden. Cared for every step of the way with excellent service so much so you almost forget you came for a meal. The menu is so well thought out and the food is truly excellent from preparation to presentation. Perfect portions leave you completely satiated without feeling you have over eaten.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ce restaurant est magnifique...le service, la nourriture et le personnel....FLAWLESS...et la vue de Manhattan ❤️❤️❤️

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got engaged to my fiancee in the garden! The restaurant is incredible. Great food and amazing service. Definitely worth a visit.

d
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite go to restaurant for our celebrations. What an amazing restaurant! From the very beginning, walking through the gardens to the entrance, the beautiful entrance foyer with all the plantings, the magnificent dining room overlooking the best view of Manhattan, with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Freedom Tower and the East River with all the boats, right outside. Amazing! The service was impeccable, the food was superb and the piano player added to the amazing ambience. I had the crabcake appetizer, which was delicious. My main dish was the lobster, which was excellent. My husband had the 3 shells appetizer, which he thoroughly enjoyed, and he had the strip steak, which was divine! Cooked to perfection and delicious (I had a taste). The dessert we both had was probably the most creative and delicious dessert we've had in NYC, and we're foodies. We go to many Michelin Star restaurants. It was the Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge dessert. Amazing! The presentation was so artistic. The bridge was made of chocolate, the base of the bridge was a chocolate mousse with chocolate crumbles as the base, served with coconut sorbet. Just amazing! Wow! This is our new celebration destination!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely place to have dinner. The atmosphere is really cosy. Really enjoyed that the restaurant is quiet as many other places are very noisy. The food is really good and beautifully decorated.

s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at River Cafe could not be more courteous, professional and welcoming. Patrick, the host, was gracious enough to inform us a table had opened up on the window and we were able to enjoy the finest view in Manhattan. The food was absolutely fantastic, albeit pricey. Given the level of service and the quality of the room, I was more than happy to pay for it!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Service and food was excellent, but maitre d'hotel he said some kind of nonsense, we asked to give us a table by the window, but he said that another couple would be sitting there, at the anniversary. this is complete nonsense, we also had an anniversary, and when we arrived there were 4 tables by the window.

EW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely perfect in every way. Service excellent, location perfect, food delicious!

MR
Munich
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was really very special in every way - Thanks

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

the best experience my wife and I have had, the service, the food and the place were excellent and the attention from Ricky Granados was the best

HW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional classic!

WS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Final day of a family vacation, exquisite cuisine housed in a quaint building with truly eye-popping views!

An event we’ll always treasure!

TS
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible dining experience. There isn’t a better place to celebrate a special occasion.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is amazing for celebrating special events, all the food are delicious especially the foie gras. The service is amazing as well. Will definitely recommend to others and will for sure visit again.

BW
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner tucked away under the bridge. The entree and appetizer were great, but the chocolate dessert shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge was absolutely amazing and I love my chocolate! The servers were very attentive but didn’t impose. I would definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a beautiful experience! Thanks to the friendly, caring staff & talented chefs for making our meal as spectacular as the views! The halibut was thin crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside & totally fresh. The duck with farro was absolutely amazing, and the cocktails were delightful. We will be back!

M
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Brooklyn, and possibly all of Manhattan!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an awesome experience at the River Cafe for brunch. We had a table nearest to the window looking over the East River towards Manhattan. The drinks and food were very good. the food was filling, would have liked a little larger portion. Service was great, the staff was friendly and helpful. A very nice experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish!

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A MUST!! Go and experience it for sure! Amazing service and food!

BH
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience, and view cannot be beaten. The service is excellent. It’s no wonder the River Cafe remains a favorite after all these years. I will be back again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absloulty amazing the waitress was perfect!

RS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got engaged there and went back to celebrate ... and have gone over the years .... and again... 28 years later... it didn’t disappoint ...

CR
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Cafe is one of the finest "old school" restaurants in NY, without a doubt. Starting with the way you're greeted when you arrive, it's one of the best dining experiences in New York. Cheers, enjoy.

L
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service wasn’t great by the “captain” as they call him, but the sommelier was very kind and knowledgeable.
We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was good. The salmon crudo wasn’t anything special, but the shrimp with white asparagus, cheese ravioli, and steak and mashed potatoes were great. The Riesling that was served with the shrimp was our favorite.
Dessert was the signature Brooklyn bridge chocolate with cake. The chocolate was very good.

HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Food drinks view service all excellent!

S
Austria
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was brilliant! The view is amazing !!!!!!!! The prices are ok , you get a perfect service and a great food so it’s worth it!

OH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very expensive and not fun. I do not recommend it at all.

DV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An “our place” restaurant - classy, friendly, lovely

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience, ambiance, scenery, service, and excellent food.

BN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!!! Looking forward to next time!

BA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, service and food! Great views too!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, table setting and view. The food was superb. This is an expensive evening but for a special occasion it is worth every penny. Even the cocktail (French 77) was the most delicious cocktail ever tasted.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 2

Bello il posto ma troppo troppo affollato, tavoli troppo ammassati e costo alto.
Servizio ottimo , cibo primo e secondi ottimi dolci nella norma .

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BL
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over all it was a very beautiful evening. The whole staff were very attentive and friendly. Thank you to the River Café for a beautiful anniversary.

SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined at the River Cafe twice, once before, and once after sunset. This of course determines the nature of the beautiful and spectacular view of the Lower Manhattan skyline, across the East River. Your constant companion, of course, the historic Brooklyn Bridge. This only adds to the warm and classic ambiance provided by this one of a kind restaurant. Include expertly prepared and presented delicious food, provided with old style elegance and aplomb, and attentive care, and a Wine Spectator renowned wine list, and you will revel in a memorable dining experience.

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I have been there multiple times and have always had an amazing time, but this time was different! Food was price fixed with minimum of 3 servings. Portions were so small and not many choices. Bill was $500 for 2 people and we left hungry! Never again!

I
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful view ... The food was delicious but very overpriced
Also their obsession of keeping the suit on little crazy 😜

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