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About River Cafe

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.

1 Water St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Open 365 days of the year
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Old Fulton St.

Dress Code:
Jacket Required

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 522-5200

Website:
http://www.rivercafe.com/

Entertainment:
The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations.

If you plan to bring a car to The River Café, please call us to find out if parking is available for the date of your visit.

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

Executive Chef:
Brad Steelman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

River Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (85)
Romantic (82)
Scenic View (70)
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Good for a Date (64)
Waterfront (61)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Notable Wine List (40)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Worth the Drive (30)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Cozy (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Great for Brunch (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
People Watching (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Live Music (7)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Casual (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 19 hours ago

A great experience in a magic location. The view on Manhattan is breathless. All the staff was nice and the food very good... A special place for a special occasion

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful setting and delicious food!

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Atmosphere and view were superb! The food was delicious and did not disappoint at any course!!! The staff was helpful, nice and attentive!!! A view of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, when snowing, and quality of food, well worth the price!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Magical. Reserved a table for our anniversary. We choose the six course option and it was fabulous. Combine this with our window table viewing out at the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline with a light snow falling and you can understand why it was a wonderful dinner. The service by Terry and Ricardo and the rest of the staff was superb. When I go to the River Cafe I feel like I am on vacation. This evening was no exception.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Superb staff that is professional, friendly and inviting. The classy, romantic ambiance is matched only by its location. Food is consistent year after year as it is delicious! One of our favorite "go-to" places in NY!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

My fifth trip to The River Cafe over the past 15 years. A magical night watching snow fall while walking up to the restaurant and from our window table. I was the only one at a table of Texans who had been to TRC before. The ambiance and service were unparalleled, as always. Our dinners were excellent, except for my wife who had a tiny lobster, maybe 3-4 ounces. It was the smallest lobster I have ever seen served. She was very disappointed. Kind of difficult to justify paying $160 prefix price for a tiny lobster tail entree. I had a NY Strip, excellent and easily 16 ounces. The tiny lobster suffered in comparison. Everything else was excellent tasting, but small portion size. I don't recall the small portions in the past. Our dinner for 4 with tip was $900.00. You are definitely paying for great ambiance at The River Cafe.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We haven't been back since the post-Sandy reopening, although it was a favorite prior to the storm. It has maintained it's elegance, wonderful food and excellent and attentive service. A wonderful room with of course a view.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Probably one of the best restaurants in New York City And the country and with one of the best views. The all inclusive food tasting and wine tasting menu was unforgettable. The people that work there are at the top of their craft and make it all the more memorable. If you want the best this is it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Elegant restaurant with incredible views of lower Manhattan matched only by the food and service. White jacket service. Lamp lite tables with bouquets of fresh flowers.

An pre fixe menu with multiple options of extremely well preprepared food. Extensive wine list with a expert sommelier that recommended a bottle of wine that was matched perfectly within or price point.

We were celebrating a special occasion but feel that this restaurant treats every guest as if they are celebrating something special.

Dining at the River Cafe was an experience that we will be bragging to friends about for months.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic curb appeal, arriving at night to tree lights and the Manhattan skyline. Arrived at our table, only to feel like we were intruding on the next table’s date - very close together. My husband kept getting bumped by passing waiters serving the table behind too. After 15 minutes of that, I moved the table myself to give him more space - much to the waiter’s disapproval. However, the Maitre d’ moved us straight away, and our second seating option was much better. Food is amazing. Cocktails were great (French 77 is a must) and view is superb, but I will always remember the seating debacle - which is a shame.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing experience at a Mitchelin Star Restaurant. Great menu and setting. Highly recommended but be prepared for an expensive evening (Even though we thought it was worth it)

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (México)·Dined 7 days ago

¡Extraordinario!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

You feel special just pulling into the driveway. The view is always spectacular, and the food & service are equally great. Still one of NYC's treasures.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Super romantic! It felt like being on a cruise.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Most wonderful restaurant with service and food second to none. Definitely will dine again when back in New York.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday and made us feel so special. Would definitely be coming back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was amazing at this restaurant. The service, food and ambiance were outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very romantic restaurant but a bit crowded. We were a table away from the window but once the couple next to us left, they offered to change our seats over to have the best view of the city. How nice was that!
Walked in, there was a coat check so the nice attire is a must. The menu varied from seafood to meats to sorbets and chocolates. You WILL be able to find something you can eat even if you are picky.
The presentation was amazing! Take a lot of pics but don't turn off the lamp even if there is a glare (learned this from the table that sat next to us).
At the end, my boyfriend and I were stuffed! The chocolate is HEAVY. Don't run over to Shake Shack before your dinner - no matter how hungry you are.
The bathroom is outside by the waiting area which is good.
By the way, you can mention it is a special occasion and they'll have something on a plate for you.
Overall, don't regret coming here at all. Questionable to whether it is good enough to return to though.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for a Date, Live Music, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Wedding dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Brilliant service. Delicious food. Stunning views. Perfect for our anniversary celebration.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Healthy. tasty great wines. wonderful service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good restaurant!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great ppl .. food.. and view everything was perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Best view of the NY city lights ! Very romantic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing view ,service and food.

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 (London)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Had the most wonderful evening at the River Cafe. Second visit and would not hesitate to book again. The food was devine and we were looked after by Ralph and his team.......the very best of service. You are made to feel special and welcome from the moment you arrive.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It lashed rain the evening we went and was a pity as the view is amazing and so romantic , the service was good and we got a window seat as requested , the food was good but the Brooklyn Bridge desert looked amazing but didn’t taste great , it’s was special occasion that came with a special price not sure if it matched the price , a once in a life time thing but wouldn’t rush back

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always excellent food + service... very romantic spot...expensive but well worth it

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The hostess was super helpful (and even helped me reapply my false lashes in the bathroom!) I was very thankful for her. I was proposed to just prior to going into the restaurant, so I cried my makeup off! We received spectacular service, and were congratulated by everyone there. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a special night out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I can honestly say everything is great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A very good place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went here for lunch on a Saturday with my wife. Service from the second we walked in the door until the moment we walked out was superb. We were sat at a window table and the view was absolutely magnificent. The food was top notch and the two course lunch was more than filling. Drinks were pricey as was the food but you definitely get what you pay for. Will definitely be back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Just amazing!!! Absolutely amazing! Helena was great!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I went there for breakfast at 8:30am in the morning. The atmosphere is really good and love the environment very much. The food is good and view is great. Love the experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had dinner for my girlfriend's birthday, the place is lovely, almost on the water, with the view of manhattan and its skyscrapers from afar.
The service exceptional , they take care of every detail, the only flaw (I would say fundamental for what we paid) is the food. We ordered stuffed ravioli with egg yolk and good spinach cream but the truffle above was old and nn smelled of nothing. For me, a slice of very good meat, my girlfriend ordered the duck with spelled underneath that she sent back. Terrible desserts! They only take care of the aesthetics of the plate while the taste does not exist. The base of the dessert had no taste, the cream with a jelly on top not worthy of a high pastry. We ordered the cheese cake and the Brooklyne bridge.I recommend it for an aperitif but absolutely not for dinner. you pay a lot but the product is not worth the price.


Abbiamo cenato per il compleanno della mia ragazza, il posto è incantevole praticamente sull'acqua con la vista di manhattan e dei suoi grattacieli da lontano.
Il servizio eccezionale, curano ogni dettaglio, l'unica pecca (direi fondamentale per quanto abbiamo pagato) è il cibo. Abbiamo ordinato ravioli ripieni con tuorlo d'uovo e crema di spinaci buoni ma il tartufo sopra era vecchio e nn sapeva di niente. Per secondo io una fetta di carne molto buona, la mia ragazza ha ordinato dell'anatra con del farro sotto che ha mandato indietro. I dolci terribili ! Curano solo l'estetica del piatto mentre il gusto non esiste. La base del dolce nn aveva sapore, la crema altrettanto, con sopra una gelatina non degna di un alta pasticceria. Abbiamo ordinato una cheesecake e il Brooklyne Bridge. Lo consiglio per un aperitivo ma assolutamente non per cena. Prezzi alti considerato il cibo non eccellente.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We went to celebrate getting engaged and it was the best restaurant I have ever been to in my life. Stunning views and fantastic food and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

What more can be said about this wonder? Plenty! It was trashed inside from the hurricane that decimated lower NYC, and they have rebuilt more beautiful than ever. This is the place to say that your evening is meant to be unforgettable.
We celebrated a birthday, and the staff, from Captains and Managers, to Musician and Servers, was always doing all they could to make us feel cared for and special.
Thank you all so much, for understanding and respecting the idea that events are to be commemorated and done in a BIG way.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Anniversary

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