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River Cafe

6622 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Romantic (82)
  • Special Occasion (82)
  • Scenic View (67)
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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American, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(718) 522-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Brad Steelman
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Cross street
Old Fulton St.
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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.
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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
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The River Cafe features live piano nightly.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 6622 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipReshula (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Is always a nice place to go. The view is a gift and the extraordinary kitchen.
This time we had a delicious waygou tartar, foie grass, lobster, steak, a good Bordeaux wine and a glass of champagne. Everything was perfect.

vipAspen21 (Orlando)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful place for a special dinner. Great place to celebrate my 50th Birthday!

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Amazing! It’s worth every minute! Service, ambient and overall, the views!

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

50th Wedding Anniversary. Would have thought for the amount of money we spent that we would have been offered a complimentary glass of champagne or proseco. But no!! Disappointing.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

A great experience in a magic location. The view on Manhattan is breathless. All the staff was nice and the food very good... A special place for a special occasion

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful experience, wonderful food and wonderful service. Very enjoyable.

Laura56 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful setting and delicious food!

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Atmosphere and view were superb! The food was delicious and did not disappoint at any course!!! The staff was helpful, nice and attentive!!! A view of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, when snowing, and quality of food, well worth the price!!

vipMarks (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Magical. Reserved a table for our anniversary. We choose the six course option and it was fabulous. Combine this with our window table viewing out at the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline with a light snow falling and you can understand why it was a wonderful dinner. The service by Terry and Ricardo and the rest of the staff was superb. When I go to the River Cafe I feel like I am on vacation. This evening was no exception.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Superb staff that is professional, friendly and inviting. The classy, romantic ambiance is matched only by its location. Food is consistent year after year as it is delicious! One of our favorite "go-to" places in NY!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

My fifth trip to The River Cafe over the past 15 years. A magical night watching snow fall while walking up to the restaurant and from our window table. I was the only one at a table of Texans who had been to TRC before. The ambiance and service were unparalleled, as always. Our dinners were excellent, except for my wife who had a tiny lobster, maybe 3-4 ounces. It was the smallest lobster I have ever seen served. She was very disappointed. Kind of difficult to justify paying $160 prefix price for a tiny lobster tail entree. I had a NY Strip, excellent and easily 16 ounces. The tiny lobster suffered in comparison. Everything else was excellent tasting, but small portion size. I don't recall the small portions in the past. Our dinner for 4 with tip was $900.00. You are definitely paying for great ambiance at The River Cafe.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We haven't been back since the post-Sandy reopening, although it was a favorite prior to the storm. It has maintained it's elegance, wonderful food and excellent and attentive service. A wonderful room with of course a view.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Probably one of the best restaurants in New York City And the country and with one of the best views. The all inclusive food tasting and wine tasting menu was unforgettable. The people that work there are at the top of their craft and make it all the more memorable. If you want the best this is it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Elegant restaurant with incredible views of lower Manhattan matched only by the food and service. White jacket service. Lamp lite tables with bouquets of fresh flowers.

An pre fixe menu with multiple options of extremely well preprepared food. Extensive wine list with a expert sommelier that recommended a bottle of wine that was matched perfectly within or price point.

We were celebrating a special occasion but feel that this restaurant treats every guest as if they are celebrating something special.

Dining at the River Cafe was an experience that we will be bragging to friends about for months.

BethanD (Yorkshire)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Fantastic curb appeal, arriving at night to tree lights and the Manhattan skyline. Arrived at our table, only to feel like we were intruding on the next table’s date - very close together. My husband kept getting bumped by passing waiters serving the table behind too. After 15 minutes of that, I moved the table myself to give him more space - much to the waiter’s disapproval. However, the Maitre d’ moved us straight away, and our second seating option was much better. Food is amazing. Cocktails were great (French 77 is a must) and view is superb, but I will always remember the seating debacle - which is a shame.