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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

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (101)
Special Occasion (101)
Scenic View (98)
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Waterfront (80)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Good for a Date (68)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Notable Wine List (45)
Worth the Drive (39)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Cozy (26)
Tasting Menu (24)
Business Meals (17)
Live Music (17)
Authentic (16)
Great for Brunch (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
People Watching (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Excellent!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

From the beautifully lit entranceway to the beautifully lit skyline, the setting could not be more perfect. My husband had had an accident & they were willing to be accommodating. And, of course, the food was superb in presentation & taste! A wonderful experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

La perfezione esiste. Luogo di charme, vista unica dello sky line di New York,cibo raffinato, ottima lista dei vini e servizio impeccabile sin dall’arrivo.Bravi!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 3 days ago

Went to celebrate my anniversary here with my wife, and I must Say, had the best food/ dining experience in New York. The view was to die for, the ambiance and the friendly staff made us feel right at home. Would come back here in the future for sure.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

We had an amazing experience! The food and service is phenomenal

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Service and ambience are amazing. Worth the splurge.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Caro, excesivamente caro considerando la calidad de los platos.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent. The service was fantastic. The ambiance was great as well except the table full of 6-8 men that was in the center. They were the loudest group on our side of the room laughing and conversing loudly. Almost like they were the only ones in the room. Would’ve been better if the reastaurant had separated the dining room by couples and groups. Not sure if that’s possible though. Other than that we had a fantastic time w the food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

20th Birthday celebration. Amazing service, food, ambiance!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. Eat here several times per year. Last time we were unhappy with the food and service but this time. the restaurant and staff redeemed themselves. The meal was flawless - both the quality of the food and the service. Had been feeling like the menu was getting boring and the restaurant old, but they have upped their game and changed items on the menu, as well as, it seemed, some fresh new and energetic staff. Totally pleasant experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We went to River Cafe for our engagement dinner. Everything was perfect: the setting, service, quiet atmosphere, view, and food. One of the best restaurants we’ve ever eaten at.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fantastico!!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything perfect ecco for the noise in the room. The sommelier and the waiters were excellent and so was the tasting menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Obbligato ad indossare una giacca già usata da altri clienti, altrimenti sarei dovuto andare via... unica nota positiva il panorama spettacolare e il servizio, cena di buona qualità, il costo molto alto. La violenza subita per aver dovuto indossare la giacca mi impone di non tornarci più.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The place is wonderful! Helena received my wife in a kind and always helpful manner! The food is delicious and presentation always beautiful! Finally, the enchanting place, with Manhattan in the background, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge framing the spectacle to the eyes!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The River Cafe is outstanding we visited on our last evening in New York before returning to England. What a superbly special evening, we had heard good things, but experiencing it first hand was truly amazing. We would like to say a very big thank you to all the wonderful staff, who all made the evening even more special. Love the River Cafe and we’ll be back as soon as we come back to NYC!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Ein fantastisches Restaurant in Brooklyn mit einem grandiosen Blick auf Downtown Manhattan. Das Essen ist ausgezeichnet und das 6 Gänge Menü für $ 160 ist für das Gebotene angemessen. Weine sind amerikanisch teuer, aber die Auswahl ist enorm. Immer ein „Must“ für uns in New York!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Highly recommended.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Good place, good view.
The restaurant is small but very hospitable and the food is fine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

River Cafe is the best meal and best dining experience we've ever had. I booked the table on New Years Day with the intention of proposing to my girlfriend, and I mentioned this when I emailed the restaurant to confirm the booking. On arrival, it was immediately clear that this restaurant is something special. The decoration, floral displays, welcoming staff taking our coats and guiding us through to the restaurant was all just perfect. The soft sounds of a pianist drifted through the restaurant, but never so loud that is was anything other than lovely background. The staff were amazingly attentive at every stage, but never so much that we felt that we weren't able to mind our own business and enjoy the experience and our meal.

When my girlfriend visited the restroom, our main server approached me, with a knowing smile, and had evidently been made aware of my intentions, and offered to take the engagement ring away and bring it out with desert, or anything else I wanted. I think she could tell that I was very nervous, and that helping me in this way would make me relax a lot more... it certainly did and my girlfriend and I proceeded to have an absolutely delicious 3 course meal. It is fine dining, but suffers from none of the pretentiousness that I've seen elsewhere... all three courses were absolutely delicious, and we were both certainly full by the end - the portion sizes are just right in my opinion. If you're ravenously hungry or have a very big appetite perhaps not, but then this is a dining experience, not a diner.

When our desert was ready, the server and her waiting staff all seemed aware of my plan, and caught my eye to make me aware when they were coming out... and it all went perfectly (and successfully!), at which point they all offered their congratulations and brought us complimentary pink champagne.

This place is perfect - pricey but absolutely worth it for a special occasion (for fixed menu & 1 bottle of wine I spent $400 for 2 of us).

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Live Music
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A real treat. Excellent in every way. The food, the service, the view and the live music.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Berlin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Perfect view of Manhattan skyline and exceptual service!

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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The River Cafe has been on my bucket list for a while. Quite simply, my expectations were fulfilled in every measure and my family have memories of fine dining that will stay with them always. Service, food and ambience delivered too perfection!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very expensive but the food had amazing flavor. Great place to celebrate a very special occasion.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service and lovely for a special occasion

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing food and view!! Perfect Birthday experience!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place, very fancy with a nice view of the city.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It s my fourth Time in river cafe taking friends. It's always amazing for me and for friends

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was great, especially the Salmon Benedict.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Birthday Thanks for a great visit.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 29, 2017

So worth the travel from midtown- excellent in every possible restaurant way

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I live in NYC and wanted to take my out-of-town parents here for their 50th wedding anniversary. I made the reservation about 3 months in advance and requested a table by the window, letting them know way ahead of time that it was for a 50th (I called and spoke to someone who said it shouldn't be a problem and I also left a note on the OpenTable reservation itself). When we got there, they seated us elsewhere even though we ate very early and there was a window table open throughout our entire meal. When I quietly went to ask the maître d about it, I was taken aback by how much of a jerk he was, telling me that they “needed to keep window tables open for regulars” and that we would have to “enjoy our meal wherever they put us.” The immediate sharp attitude was a shocking bummer. The food was average for how super expensive it is — average and uninspired — silly prices for average (over 700 for 4 people and w a wine pairing this would have been doubled) — a glass of just-okay wine was $22, dumb. There was a greasy, sad piece of pork belly that one of us had as an appetizer and two of us had the lobster which was rubbery and mediocre, the duck was a C at best — not one thing stood out as very good. One of the desserts was made up to look like the Brooklyn Bridge with waxy-tasting pieces of chocolate and random smears of sauce -- it was like food from a bad wedding caterer in 1988 -- embarrassing.

I chose this restaurant to celebrate a milestone for our family and sadly had much higher expectations than I should have. The view is nice (a view we ended up having to strain all of our necks to see), but in a city filled with incredible service and food, it’s very hard to understand how this place is even remotely worth it. My heartfelt advice to anyone facing the same situation -- walk along the promenade for the view and then go to a place (that actually cares) to have your supper.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a lovey time here on Boxing Day, food was great and the staff were very attentive. The only thing we were disappointed with was the fact we mentioned we would like a window seat if upon arriving, it was free, however from the 2 hours we were there, the very right hand table in the window of the restaurant was empty. We were just confused as to why it would be left empty that entire time, when it could of been enjoyed by someone else. We celebrated our engagement here, and although we didn't get the window, the staff brought out our dessert with a candle on each and a chocolate sign saying 'congratulations '. This was a nice gesture and we also have a memory to remember.

This didn't ruin our experience at all, but it would of been spectacular otherwise.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We missed the dinner reservation and made a reservation at 11 AM instead. Actually we thought it was lunch reservation, but it was different and they had only breakfast menu. It was not bad, however lower than we expected as we experienced a great dinner here last time.
Also, a staff rushed us to order even though there were some parties which came in after us, and it made us more disappointed. The atmosphere was not bad, but it’s different room from the dinner room, which is much greater. So, this time was not special and we should have been there for dinner if we want the special experience as well as last time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Exceedingly good food, very very poor and bad service, at least at this day!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nel complesso esperienza sicuramente ottima , assolutamente da rifare!!
Cibo ottimo e personale estremamente cordiale e a disposizione!
Se devo trovare delle “pecche” una è la rumorosità , pensavo ci fosse un’atmosfera molto più intima a differenza del vociare di tutti i commensali, mentre la seconda, beh... le abat-jour sui tavolini laterali.... è assurdo dover cenare con un filo in mezzo alle gambe o fra te e chi ti siede accanto, con il rischio (come è successo a me tre volte) che si stacchi la presa da sotto la seduta spegnendosi...
Comunque ripeto, da ritornare assolutamente, sono molto soddisfatta!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything about The River Cafe is fantastic... the food, the service and the views.

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 (London)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Impeccable service, top rate food and, of course, beautiful view. My wife and I were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and the staff was wonderful, food amazing and the view was breathtaking.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Will definitely recommend to friends visiting New York really special place with beautiful view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View
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