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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

5
4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (124)
Romantic (123)
Special Occasion (122)
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Waterfront (110)
Good for Anniversaries (101)
Good for a Date (86)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Notable Wine List (55)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Worth the Drive (44)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Tasting Menu (29)
Business Meals (28)
Authentic (28)
Great for Lunch (26)
Cozy (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Live Music (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
People Watching (15)
Hot Spot (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Healthy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 hours ago

Outstanding food quality, service, and ambience. One of those the best restaurants we have ever experienced. It is worth the considerable expense for a special occasion.

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·Dined a day ago

Having eaten in many restaurants around the world, ee rate this amongst the best. It is outstanding.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant. High end. Food quality excellent. With 3 course price fixed menu and a cheap bottle of wine will run you $400 for a couple.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Muy buena comida , ambiente y servicio !!!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 5 days ago

An excellent dining experience with an extremely fabulous view of the Manhattan skyline. World class!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The River Cafe is a superior eatery! Excellent service, delicious food and lovely ambiance come together here for a delightful experience.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for a special night out.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent place, beautiful view of the city from its windows.
Very nice people, we feel very comfortable and very well cared for.
The exquisite food.
We will be back !!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic - 2nd visit here, visited last year for wife’s birthday from UK, this year we are over for daughters 21st. Setting is perfect, service was fantastic, food was incredible. Can’t ask for much more

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great in all respects !! Service could not have been more accommodating and the food was excellent. Of course, you can never beat you at the River Café offers of New York City.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It is known that my mother has amazing taste but there are times when her recommendation is a bit over the top.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Buena comida. Gran sitio.
Solo dos problemas:
- Mesas pequeñas y poco espacio entre ellas.
- Mucho ruido

Me parece algo caro calidad/precio

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Vistas espectaculares, la comida muy buena. El servicio impecable. Es caro pero vale la pena el capricho.
Menú a precio cerrado (entrante, plato y postre) por $130 + IVA + 18% propina. Además hay opción de menú degustacion por $160.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always and treat and never disappointing. The setting and service is only eclipsed by the menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I loved The place! It’s wonderful! The Food is delicious and The Staff is very kind!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

One of the best lamb dishes of all time,

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very good service. Food was phenomenal.. a little expensive, but worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Splendide....rien à redire. Le lieu est magique, la nourriture parfaite et le service aux petits soins !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Just excellent!! Everything was amazing food, service , ambience, view! Definitely will return.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Sensacional!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

子供と赤ちゃん連れだったので、
平日の朝行きました。
朝ごはんなのにディナーくらいの値段で驚きましたが、NYの物価では仕方ないかと納得。
でも、雰囲気も良いしサービスも良かったので
払う価値あると思います。
今度は是非ディナーに行ってみたいです。

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The most delicious food I ever had. My husband and I ordered the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The chef sent out an extra course which they matched with an extra wine. I am not a huge fan of seafood but I didn't want to restrict my courses so I didn't let the chef know. (They do ask about allergies and restrictions before beginning the tasting.) We cleaned every single plate that was given to us. We were also given two different desserts both said "Congratulations" because we were on our honeymoon. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing service , attention to detail and the cuisine was fabulous.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Doesn't worth half the price you pay. A place exclusively for tourists, because no one is willing to come back. Decadent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went to the River Cafe for my husbands 40th birthday and it was stunning... yes it’s a little expensive but it’s worth every penny. The views over Manhattan was spectacular espeacially at night. Perfect location and would defiantly go back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our visit was at breakfast time - Food was ok.
Service was very friendly and excellent in terms of speed and efficiency.
Venue is now tired and a bit worn, especially outside.
View over the river and Brooklyn Bridge is very good but you can see the view in a public place without visiting the restaurant.
We had a far better quality breakfast in overall terms, at a 5 star hotel in lower Manhattan during our trip which was significantly cheaper.
Overall we were disappointed with the experience but can say we have been to the River Cafe.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent service and amazing views! Go for dinner so you can see the City lights at night!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Wonderful meal.beautiful place. Everything was perfect!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We dine here at least once a year, and ambiance and service are still amazing. However, I wonder if the culinary quality are doing downhill. The menu does change seasonally, but somehow still manages to feel the same year-in and year-out. That's not necessarily a good thing. While the duck breast was great, as always, the branzino very clearly tasted previously-frozen, and if not previously-frozen, it just didn't taste fresh or well-prepared. In all, I'm very sad to say that this felt like a pricey meal that fell short of remarkable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Unbelievable experience by far one of the most enjoyable and delicious dishes I have ever had.....Omg the steak and Gnocchi was literally to die for!

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excelent restaurant. Nice place, superb service and very tadty food. They even lend you a jacket, rsrs

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Three shell was the best appetizer I have ever eaten, worldwide! Period, stop, end. We always go when we're in NYC. And are never, never disappointed. Superb food, wonderful service and the greatest view of lower Manhattan across the river you could possibly imagine. Pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

River Cafe is a superior culinary experience in all aspects of dining. Service, ambiance and food were perfect.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

2 meals for $420?? Too much. Sure you find something better in NYC. Ambience too old fashioned and service not exceptional.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The atmosphere and the views are top in the ranking. The staff also excellent and the menu is correct but not with dishes to die for. The Brooklyn bridge chocolate is a cute signature dessert ;-)

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Incredibile atmosphere with very fantastic dinner.
I suggest to all to be 1 time in their life to the River

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a fantastic food experience on the East River under the Brooklyn bridge. A great end to our visit.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2017

25th wedding anniversary

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I dined here with my daughter and it was an amazing place. The food and the service was outstanding. It’s a great place for a special occasion, and the view was fantastic. We were lucky to be seated by the window and just loved the whole experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful as always. The River Café is a must whenever we‘re in NYC

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