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River Cafe

4.8
4.8
8030 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • 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

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 8,030 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Notable Wine List

  • Brooklyn

    Scenic View

  • Brooklyn

    American

  • Brooklyn

    Most Booked

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  1. MM

    MelissaM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular, and the service was outstanding in a way I've never experienced. From the front desk to the sommelier the River Cafe's staff is truly adept at delivering a unique upscale experience while making you feel right at home. This place is a true gem, and the definition of a New York institution. I went for dinner to celebrate my wedding anniversary, and I cannot wait to dine with them again!
  2. FL

    FahidL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You will not be disappointed! I took my girlfriend for our anniversary and she enjoyed every bit of it!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely spectacular in every way! We are world travelers and can honestly say this was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Setting - gorgeous. Service - impeccable . Timing of courses - exactly right. Food - delectable on all counts. A beautiful and memorable occasion for our family. Thank you all.
  4. KF

    KimberlyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular views and food prepared to perfection!
  5. P

    Publikaty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and romantic place! All people very warm and welcome. Love it!!
  6. EG

    ErolG

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and memorable place for a special occasion! Outstanding service and cuisine.
  7. r

    rose

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here many times since the 80s. Never ever disappoints. One of our favorites. Looking forward to returning soon.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting is unique and beautiful. Soft lighting, floral arrangements and warm colors abound. And that amazing NYC land / seascape provides an ambience that is rare and alluring. Service is impeccable. The food is also quite unique and delicious. It is of course expensive, but a complete delight on special occasions!
  9. TF

    TexasFoodie

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner was like a dream.
  10. BJ

    BJB4

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful and not disappointing this time either!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and experience. The location is unbeatable for a special occasion.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maravillosa la comida, la atención y las vistas. Formidable! Repetiré!
  13. SG

    StephenG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food there was outstanding. There is a lot of old traditions that they uphold which is nice if you are into that but I do not think it’s necessary because the food is really the star. Overall a great experience that I would love to do again.
  14. WM

    WilliamM

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful for a special occasion
  15. LB

    LoriB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, great view, great food, highly reccomend!
  16. CG

    ChristianG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an unbelievable experience. First the ambiance is exquisite, the city view, views of the river, boats passing by. Inside you’re greeted by such warmth and indulgence. FOOD wow, beyond words. My pallet was dancing whimsically with every course. I highly recommend for a special occasion or just a lovely 1 on 1 experience.
  17. s

    salvatore

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The River Cafe was outstanding as usual. The food, service and ambiance were fantastic. I have been dining at the River Cafe since it's inception and plan to continue visiting the restaurant. I now have a Granddaughter and look forward to introducing the third generation of family to The River Cafe.
  18. EC

    EdithC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We booked a table for our 20th wedding anniversary a long time ago, asking a table near the window. Our request was not fullfilled, which is not admissible for a restaurant of that claimed standing. Inside the restaurant the atmosphere is absolutely not as romantic and quiet as one would expect: It is very noisy and the staff is running all around from beginning to end. The food is good but not exceptionnal. Theres's a fixed tip percentage which is not normal either. Politeness of the staff is limited to the strict minimum. As a conclusion, we are quite disappointed. There is still a lot of work to do in order to reach the level of elegance and customer's service of a french gastronomic restaurant. It's nothing more than a high-priced brasserie with a (partial) view. We won't come back and we won't advertise this restaurant.
  19. M

    Mermer

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The scenery was really pretty, I loved all the lights outside and the overlook of the city skyline. The pictures and ambiance was just amazing. However, the food was okay for the price, the service was nice but felt a little weird.
  20. RP

    RubenP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quintessential high-end romantic dinner spot. View was gorgeous, service was immaculate, food delicious.
  21. JK

    JanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday celebration that was confirmed with 3 different staff members but did not get the candle or extra.
  22. A

    Anleofred

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great old school New York restaurant with surprisingly young clientele. Suits are mandatory for men, and they have a closet full of them, in case you come without. Three course meal is a nice portion, quality of food is of an average good New York restaurant. But the service and ambiance more than make up for it. And the spectacular location of course. Restaurant’s decor with luscious greenery, fairy lights and fresh cut flowers makes it really stand out
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great.
  24. IL

    IanL

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to New York from London for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I booked our table based on previous reviews not knowing any restaurants in NYC. From the moment we arrived, all of the staff were so welcoming and very attentive. We had requested a window riverside table only to be told there were none available. Disappointed we spoke to the Maitre d’ and he was on it to resolve our seating. Less than 10 minutes later he was back and moved us to the riverside as requested, Great service. From the very first drink and every course of food that came out afterwards the presentation and table service was first class. The food was amazing and the attention to every detail combined on your plate was an explosion of flavour in your mouth. Everything about the River Cafe made our anniversary dinner a night we will remember. Excellent food, service and ambiance would highly recommend this place. Only negative: the seats at the tables could do with a seat cushion as they are uncomfortable after a couple of hours..!
  25. KZ

    KellyZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience- views were wonderful and food was original, well-prepared, and delicious!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Probably the best lamb I’ve ever eaten, and the service and attention was excellent, but the tables are squeezed in way too tight. There was literally a wine bucket between our tables so it’s impossible not to listen to hear your neighbours conversation. You can’t hear the piano over the background noise. The waiter banged my chair every time he served our neighbouring table. Horrendously over packed which ruined the experience for us.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing! I will definitely return here again. If you want to go all out for a date night, this is where to go.
  29. S

    Santi

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing from the time you enter the drive
  31. RV

    RosaV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 34th anniversary with our dear friends. From the moment we arrived we were delighted by the surroundings. Convenient, friendly and ready to help, a valet parking was waiting for us. Equally the receiving party in the reception hall were attentive to our needs, like my friend, who wore a hat, which had to be checked. The dining experience was really pleasing. The food was great and the little treats the chef pampered us with were delightful. A repeat is a must! Definitely a little pricey but worth it!
  32. s

    stempy

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a hugely enjoyable early birthday celebration here. Fabulous views, marvellous service and the food was fantastic. We had good wines by the glass.
  33. AV

    AmandaV

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely perfect experience! The food was excellent. The service was accommodating and very friendly. I don't get to New York very often, but I cannot wait to go back!
  34. RW

    RickW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated next to the water, perfect view. Service was outstanding. Food was very good. Looking forward to coming back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Cute place. Despite all the servers, we seemed to be forgotten several times. Sat with empty plates in front of us for a long time after each course, and took a while for them to take our order. Food was good, but a high price for 3 courses!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner Reservation. Top of the line service
  37. PH

    PatrickH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location, history and elegance of this Restaurant is second to none. Upon entry to the Restaurant is where all the magic begins at the courteous Valet Service right on through the Front Door to the Hosts. Then suddenly as your waiting at the Bar to be seated at your Table your sipping on your favorite Alcoholiic beverage looking over at Brooklyn Bridge and Freedom Tower. The servers and food and overall execution of service is by far one of the best I have ever experienced. Highly recommend that who ever May visit the Great Borough of Brooklyn to experience this Dining experience. Patrick Hanly
  38. h

    hoyhoyhoy

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My boyfriend proposed! The entire staff treated us like royalty. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate our special moment.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved it! Iconic!
  40. JA

    JAYW

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great surprise at end when the waiter brought final bill and we found out that our sons and their wives paid for everything

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8030 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for River Cafe

1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

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