River Cafe

4.8
7480 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such an amazing experience! The service and food are unparalleled ... and that view!!

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EN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fuimos a celebrar el cumpleaños de mi pareja. Se esforzaron en acomodarnos en una mesa justo en la ventana para la ocasión. Nos preguntaron a nuestra llegada si nos importaba esperar unos 20 minutos para ello y así fue. Vistas a Manhattan y al puente de Brooklyn espectaculares. La comida impresionante. Dos menús degustación de un entrante, plato principal y postre(145/pax). Bebida aparte( botella de vino tinto) . Nos invitaron a las consumiciones mientras esperábamos por la mesa( no se si es habitual, un despiste o por la demora a la hora de sentarnos en la mesa).
El personal super atento y muy agradables.
La cuenta ascendió a 430$ con propina incluida que ya reflejan directamente en el ticket. No es nada barato, pero si la ocasión lo merece vale la pena sin duda!

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L
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The waiter is quite a character!
Will be back again twice in June...
Perhaps we should come for supper sometime

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

The River Cafe offers exceptional service, dining, and ambiance for a great dining experience.

The decor of the restaurant is very beautiful and the dining area has an exceptional view of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. To add to the experience, the staff is very knowledgable about the dining selections, and they're very attentive to all your needs during your visit.

Additionally, there is a scenic garden on the Cafe grounds decorated in lighting for a relaxing and romantic experience.

Dining at the River Cafe is costly but the overall experience is well worth the value.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The view is spectacular, food is good to slightly above average for the price.

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W
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice experience. Food has improved and quite tasty and service was good...could be better if you compare it to other high end restaurants

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CG
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding mean and view

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PC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i went there for a special occasion...the place ended up being the special occasion!

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Art food beautifully served, the lamb so much better than the branzino. Our grilled octopus was spendid, the shrimpy thing kinda not. Delicious drinks and a lovely split of white, sound desserts and gentle caring service.

Divide the bill by 2 and I'd be a lifelong, twice-a-week customer.

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CO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's Birthday there this weekend. We have been wanting to go there for years, but since we are not local we must wait for a trip to NYC. The night was perfect, temperature about 72, light breeze, and a clear sky. While we waiting for the restaurant to open, 5:30 and not a minute before, we relaxed on a bench and enjoyed the gardens. I was first impressed when I was given a little stool to put my purse on, that was a very nice touch. The service was excellent as well as the food. At first we felt very rushed, I am a very slow eater with digestive issues, but once we conveyed that they slowed down to our pace. We had a table by the window, which made it extra special. It was a lovely evening, but we do believe Over-Priced four a 3 course meal.

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

It was a beautiful evening but sadly there was about a 25 Minute wait, even with a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Negativa perché ho insistito con ben 3 mail per un posto lungo la vetrata e mi hanno dato il tavolo più lontano da questa

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolut great dining experiance. Can only recommend this place and food. Will come always again.

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JH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. No other view like it. Food came quick and was very good.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Classic place. Good food. Dessert was ok. We both chose the chocolate bridge. Too heavy for us and nothing extraordinary.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect location to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary!

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LH
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Cafe never disappoints. Incredible food, flawless service, and the best view in the world. Don't miss it!

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CN
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat in NYC. Charming ambiance, attentive service, excellent food, great views. What more could you ask for?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic! Very attentive, catered for my partner who’s coeliac, and the food was superb!

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RR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wine and service in a beautiful atmosphere with a stunning view. Highly recommend.

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MR
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite New York restaurant. We try to book a table whenever we visit the city.

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DO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great cafe with wonderful service and great food!

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LM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Beautiful view. Food good but old fashioned. They cancelled my table even though I confirmed on open table, and were not particularly helpful when I phoned them.

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HM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful from start to finish. The fresh flowers are amazing and everywhere, the food is truly delicious, wait staff top notch and the views are simply impressive!! I’ll go every time I’m in New York!!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful time!

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BA
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, wait staff fun and engaged, view magnificent. Could not have asked for a better experience.

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AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best dining experience we have ever had!

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CD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most beautiful place to dine in the city... romantic, quiet, elegant, delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever dine at. Perfect intimate dinner date spot. Superior friendly staff. Food was delicate and delicious at the same time. Overall the dining experience was amazing.

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Posto meraviglioso, con una vista unica sullo SKY Line di Manhattan!!

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the price (expensive, but this isn't a surprise), there really isn't anything negative I could say. We went to celebrate a birthday and everyone there, from the greeter, the maître d', the server, and the sommelier made sure to wish a happy birthday and to thank us for celebrating at the River Café. We opted for the tasting menu and the wine pairing for dinner, which was exceptional.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Amiance and service really high level. Food experience is no good value for money.

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t
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD AND AMBIANCE, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place but a little more pricey than it should be. With half bottle of champagne and two glasses of wine. Dinner and service came to close to $500. Unique setting but still significantly more expensive than other high end restaurants I've been too.

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CN
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, babies, promotions!

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RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience and amazing service. Real treat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Great ambiance, impecable Service and espetacular food. A lunch to remember!

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful location, Amazing view and excellent food !

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere. Just plain amazing!

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