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River Cafe

4.8
4.8
8232 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 57 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 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

    Alyson Pike : (718) 522-5200

  • 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 8,232 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Great for scenic views

  • Brooklyn

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience as always never disappointed best room in NYC
  2. H

    Helene

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our dining experience at River Cafe. The staff was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Especially our sommelier Amanda, our bartender and all the others. The view of the river was spectacular. We ate every morsel. What a special place.
  3. MR

    MRNEC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An entirely fabulous meal and evening out. Splurge worthy.
  4. LS

    LauraS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience in every way. Certainly on the pricey end of things
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Definitely a special occasion venue. Everything was spectacular but of course pricey. It is a Michelin restaurant so we expected the top-notch experience and food for the money.
  6. GT

    GillT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked for a friends birthday & wasn’t disappointed from arriving to leaving
  7. D

    Debra

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The absolute best dining experience I’ve ever had! The level of service is mind blowing and the food was some of the best I’ve ever eaten! You have to eat here is you visit NYC!
  8. KB

    KieranB

    Dallas

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth the $$! we were not disappointed as the pictures matched on their actual restaurant… Or the restaurant is definitely worth its Michelin star end of the food, the presentation of the food, and the service was all top-notch. Make sure you get Window a table. We are visiting our son who lives in New York, and it will definitely be on our list to always go back for once a year special occasion.
  9. DS

    DanaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Service was wonderful! Big shout out to the sommelier for a superb wine recommendation - I found my new favorite wine!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal! A beautiful place with amazing food. Just became number one on our list of the best places we’ve ever eaten. Impressed with everything from the food to the staff.
  11. EF

    ElizabethF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family have been going to the River Cafe for decades. After an unpleasant and lack luster experience after a change of hands in the establishment 6 years ago or so we thought the magic was gone and stopped going. Last night we were delighted to find the magic back and in full force. It was outstanding start to finish - the food was exceptional, creative, delicious and inventive. The service was attentive and insightful without being overbearing. The room was warm, quiet, elegant, every touch from the fresh flowers, to the plush banquet, to the quality of linens, plates, silverware - all perfect, elegant....a real treat and we will be back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was excellent and every detail in service was paid attention to
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my now fiancé to River Café last night for our three-year anniversary and a secret engagement proposal. All the staff were pleasant, professional, and helpful. They accommodated my request for a quiet table. Attention to detail on every level from the food to the service to the setting. Complimentary dishes from the chef and a glass of champagne were lovely gestures. I recommend the steak tartare and the lamb. One of the most wonderful and memorable dining experiences I’ve ever had. Thank you, River Café!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They are definitely serving excellent food, and we left having been given an unforgettable experience. Try the French 75 cocktail. Their Manhattans and Negronis are fantastic too. The views of the city and the river are legendary and definitely worth the expense and commute.
  15. RJ

    RayJD

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb, all around. A memorable evening. Pricey for sure but in this instance worth it. We’ll be back.
  16. BR

    BenjaminR

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wines overpriced; difficult to get prefered table; seared 20 minutes after reservation; otherwise, a wonderful evening
  17. HT

    HaydnT

    Warwickshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way - impeccable service, amazing location and fantastic service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful and amazing ! The food is unbelievable!
  19. RM

    RomainM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Magnifique endroit, le staff est aux petits soins, Le menu est très bon avec un choix varié et de qualité. L'intérieur est très très brouillant, les tables sont super proches les une des autres et il faisait très froid à l'intérieur alors que la température extérieur était de 8°. En été (sur la terrasse) l'endroit doit-être très bien.
  20. F

    Frank

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall pleasant experience. The space was a bit crowded, such that my partner and i were sat on the same side of the table and the table had to be pushed out/in to allow us to leave. In the future, I will schedule a dinner later than 9:30 PM as it appears to die down and you are more likely to get a window view table.
  21. FW

    FrankW

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent across all three courses View is incredible Sommelier was very knowledgeable and helpful However, the Hostess/greeting was stiff and unwelcoming, with a scolding about the dress code (we were in compliance) and coats on chairs; the Maitre d' was similarly stern in tone and unfriendly. Most of the staff was unsmiling and intense, which distracted from the experience Our guest had a small bag the size of a purse (7"x10"x3") as a holiday present for us they were not allowed to bring into the restaurant. They we told it would be brought to us at dessert, but it wasn't.
  22. KA

    KAORI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I visited the river cafe for our honeymoon trip, and they welcomed warmly and treated us kindly so much. It was an unforgettable experience.
  23. IB

    IreneB

    San Antonio

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great experience. The service was wonderful and the wine expert was phenomenal.
  25. F

    Foodie

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a special place to enjoy an excellent dinner. The food, service are impeccable Thank you
  26. VP

    VlastaP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was impeccable. Couldn’t fault a thing, absolutely worth the experience.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    My family has been coming here since the early 90’s, and last night was the first time my wife and I were going just the 2 of us. We were super excited to get dressed up and have a fancy, expensive dinner. We had one very simple, ordinary request which was handled in a way that was surprising, to put it politely. The general tone of the staff was surface level smiles with very condescending attitudes that I’ve never witnessed before in a restaurant. It was just like a scene in a movie or an SNL skit, without the laughs (in hindsight we should have had a lot more fun with the silliness of the scenario - life lesson learned). Compared to all of the other amazing restaurants out there, the food wasn’t exciting enough to justify the treatment we received. There are some chefs in Brooklyn and the city doing amazing things, and just as importantly their restaurants are providing friendly and welcoming service (i.e. high class service). Note: We were extremely polite and friendly to everyone. When I finally asked to speak with the manager, they sent over the maitre d’ and she wasn’t listening to us. Even said something untrue that she assumed we wouldn’t know the accuracy of, but we did know the truth. When we alluded to how nonsensical and false what she said was, she just said “sorry we aren’t able accommodate your request.” It wasn’t the fact that our request was denied (a request that no other of the myriad nice restaurants we’ve been to would ever deny); rather it was the way it was handled and the rest of the meal our table was largely avoided by the servers. We aren’t even remotely interested in returning. We’re going to find a new NYC Michelin star restaurant for our family to go on our New York trip. But based on the 1 star reviews (there are very very many of them saying the same things now that I look) and the mention of how the manager responds to problems or unhappy customers, they actually don’t care if we were to ever return. And that is ok.
  28. m

    memcd

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant. The food, ambiance, waitstaff, and setting are all superb. The view is outstanding. Expensive, but well worth it.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at River Cafe. Always a pleasure to dine there.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Incredible meal, wonderful view and great wine! The only minor issue was that we sat there for quite while waiting for our check at the end of the evening. Would definitely go back!
  31. CB

    CarloB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Il cibo non è stato all'altezza della stella michelin. In italia la stella valen molto di più in termini di qualita. Nel complesso un posto da andarci una volta nella vita. La.vista sulla citta di ny vale la cena.
  32. l

    lapaul

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas dinner
  33. MN

    MarianN

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dec 24. It was magic. Best meal I’ve ever had in lovely surroundings, gorgeous view. I just wish somebody had picked up the tab.
  34. I

    Isabel

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening - magical setting, great food, great service!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding is an understatement. One of the best meals we’ve ever had. The service is exceptional, the view is to die for. Thank you River Cafe.
  36. KK

    KenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended especially if you're looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion.
  37. DB

    DavideB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing location, gorgeous view , really good food and perfect service of the waiters!
  38. B

    Belinda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Romantic dinner. They got you! This restaurant is elegant and charming. Service was tip top and the food was delicious.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Overall nice experience, though the maitre d we thought was a bit rude and unhelpful
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife’s birthday celebration was made extra special by the wait staff at The River Cafe

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 8232 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 57 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 5:00 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

    Alyson Pike : (718) 522-5200

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