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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

4.1

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (119)
Special Occasion (119)
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Waterfront (101)
Good for Anniversaries (92)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Birthdays (68)
Notable Wine List (50)
Worth the Drive (46)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Tasting Menu (25)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (23)
Authentic (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Live Music (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
People Watching (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Fun (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Casual (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined a day ago

Wonderful time, wonderful view.

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·Dined 2 days ago

The most romantic dinner and atmosphere in NYC! THERE IS NO BETTER VIEW.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Pas un bon rapport qualité prix ils ont inclus le pourboire sans demander notre avis comme certain restaurant le font avec les étrangers mais c’est irritant et au moment de partir on vous dit qu’on ne peut pas appeler un taxi pour retourner à Manhattan et on vous propose un service voiture bien sûr plus cher
Belle vue

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This place is always special and fabulous. Ben there a few times over many years

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Went here with a friend in April and loved it so decided to go back for my husbands birthday. Both times we were fortunate to be seated by the window with that stunning view. The first time we ordered off the menu, this time we had the tasting menu. Both are great options. The service was excellent, the sommelier was knowledgeable and gave good advice and we are already planning to come back when my in laws visit from England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Our hostess Sarah and maitre'd Andy were the best! We were in town from Atlanta and had a hard time with transportation and running late. They both made sure our experience was worthwhile. The view, the food was delish. We will be back again.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Una vez más River Café no defrauda. Ambiente cálido y exclusivo. No apto para bolsillos ajustados, pero una vez, de vez en cuando, merece la pena.
Extensa carta de vinos. Buena cocina y materias primas de primerísima calidad.
Visita obligada si se va en pareja a Nueva York. Hay que reservar con MUCHA antelación!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Carisimo, calidad bien pero relación calidad precio...justo. El lugar impresionante....

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Totally awesome food as could be expected

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

From the time we arrived, everything was superb. Our dinners were delicious with so much flavor and the desserts were phenomenal.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Beautiful food and faultless service. The views are gorgeous. Definitely recommend, especially for a special occasion

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Lovely restaurant, but the big selling point for me is the view, I was a little disappointed I dint get a window table even though I booked months in advance and it was my wife and i’s 20th anniversary,

Lovely food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The River Cafe is still one of the special finds in NYC. There is no view like it of Manhattan . It has an elegance often forgotten in today's restaurants. Our waiter was high caliber and friendly. Food superb. Where else can you get the Brooklyn Bridge in chocolate for dessert and your purse seated on its own footstool ?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went to this restaurant for our anniversary and it was truly special. We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gorgeous view with incredible food.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful service, brilliant food, incredible view

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food. Service was ok but not good enough for this type of restaurant. Table were way too small for this type of dining experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very noisy, a lot of people in small space, but with amazing views, good food, very friendly service, but very expensive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Was told by others who have been here, great dining experience, food, & Manhattan city viewing along the river. Fantastic experience that didn’t disappoint, my BD girl was so moved with the restaurant in all aspects. What a wonderful & magical venue that will surely be a family tradition!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great overall experience, best evening view lower Manhattan, overall not over complicated. Food good choice we’ll presented. Slight blip one main course was cold, rectified quickly, hence 4 for food
Well worth 30 min cab ride, definitely visit again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 27, 2017

A fabulous, upscale dining experience! Absolutely everything was spot on. The bourbon Manhattan started off the memorable meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very good food but don’t go there for the ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantástico lugar !

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in New York! The service goes above and beyond and The fois gras is some of the best I’ve had.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Stunning location. Service fantastic. Perfect for a special occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

While the River Cafe did not have Southern Comfort on hand at the bar for my favorite kind of Manhattan, they made it up to me by giving us a window table and an exceptional evening of service and cuisine.
I have worked in fine dinning and have been to world class restaurants, so I know what to look for and the River Cafe exceeded all expectations.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We celebrated an anniversary here recently. The food was severely lacking, especially for this price range. To start, we had the scallops and pork belly (excellent) and the scallop special (disappointing). The scallop special was almost like a poorly made crab salad with the beautiful scallops chopped into fine pieces and immersed in a tasteless mayo. For our main course we had the lamb - excellent as expected, and the branzino which again was disappointing and bland. Dessert was respectable as we went with the classics: Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge and the Key Lime Soufflé. Overall, unfortunately, the food did not live up to the Michelin star expectations or the price. There are far more extraordinary (and modern!) culinary experiences a couple can find in NYC in equally beautiful settings. The ambiance was stuffy and the decor dated. Just because your restaurant is next to water doesn't see you need to decorate it like a boat. The service was truly outstanding and the scenery may be outstanding as well depending on where you are seated. In our case, we were seated at a table with limited views of the harbour and no view of the bridge. Our wine pairing was perfect.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Nice view of Manhattan and good service. Food is just okay.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Top notch service, a good meal, wonderful view. Always a lovely time. A real classy joint in no small part due to the staff.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Definitely coming back. Couldn’t ask for a better anniversary experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food and service. Ambience was wonderful. Lived up to all our expectations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A wonderful restaurant an amazing location. Made my special anniversary even more special.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was our 35th wedding anniversary. We were surprised by being given a very special window front table. Lovely touch. Will definitely go back!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I dislike writing these reviews, because to be perfectly honest, I don't have much to say about most restaurants. But the River Cafe is nonpareil. The view is spectacular, the cocktails are well made, and the food is visually appealing and delicious And the professional but gracious service is like something you will not experience anyplace else. I've been there a dozen or so times in the last ten years. It's pricey but worth every penny.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Absolutely amazing! We went for our 10 year anniversary and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The River Cafe is a great little spot just under the Brooklyn Bridge. We booked this place for a meal on our last night in NYC. We heard about it from family that have been here before and always come here on every visit to New York.
Firstly the River Cafe is on a brilliant location and the scenery is just bliss! You probably won't find a better view of the New York Skyline anywhere else. The view is just incredible!
As for the dining, the staff were very attentive and always on hand. We felt sometimes even a little too much, like overly attended too. Once we finished our dishes the waiter was over instantly. The food was great and was what you would expect of first class dining. The dishes were small yet flavourful and filling. For the price we paid I wasn't blown away, as in it wasn't the best food I had ever tasted but take nothing away from the chef it was great food!
The ambience of the room was great and is ideal for a romantic evening dinner. This is what we felt we were really paying for, the view and the setting.
A 3 course meal is $130 each so you can imagine the bill.
But none the less this is a great restaurant to visit and I would highly recommend it if you only plan to visit NYC once, you have to do it.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

Muy buena comida , ambiente y servicio !!!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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