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.
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
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.
2 or 3 train to Clark Street
F train to York Street
Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
What Insiders Are Saying
A special-occasion restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront.
We decided to start the season’s festivities in our local favorite spot. As usual, everything was excellent. Thank you River Cafe!We will be back soon!
An unbelievable experience!!! Josh is an amazing manager. James the sommelier was wonderful as well as all the wait staff! An amazing meal! The decor is warm and beautiful . Decorated for the harvest season. The view of Manhattan is amazing!!
Exceptional service by all staff, especially head waiter who took order and was very sensitive to dietary issues. Beautiful view & location, a wonderful 3 hr lunch
Una experiencia para recordar... habrá que ahorrar para una próxima vez
Excellent on all accounts
The price fixe menus was vey well done and presented
The service was impeccable and the view was breathtaking
I’d recommend the River Cafe as the quintessential spot for a special celebration
Somehow the staff knew we were there for my birthday and the brought an unexpected special treat
Well done all around
Simply the best❤️
Great food and service but temperature too low
What a beautiful gem! Service was impeccable. Breakfast was delicious. We will definitely be returning when we come back!
I found this restaurant by searching "Restaurant with a view in New York City", the place is lovely and very elegant. I made a special request for my boyfriend desert and they bought it out has I requested. However I wish I could of gotten a photo by the river but were not allowed to open the doors "due to the breeze".
Outstanding venue, food, ambiance service outstanding
The food did not disappoint. Quality and portion sizes were ideal. No skimping here and we were full by the end of the three course prix fixe. Lively yet romantic. Great for a special occasion.
Josh and the rest of the staff at the River Cafe are beyond professional.
Everything, as always was perfection.
Thank you for the experience!!
We had the 7 course tasting menus with wine pairings and the food was outstanding. The wait staff were attentive and very knowledgeable about both the food and the wine.
The best of the best hands down. We celebrate my wife’s birthday every year at this iconic and magical space and each year exceeds the last. We’ve dropped big cash at such top rated spots as Blue Hill at Stone Barn and Restaurant Boulud. But time and again The River Cafe stands above them all for gracious and attentive service, exquisite food and that singular view. And it beats those venues in value even with the full experience of the chefs tasting menu and wine pairings. Can’t say enough about the River Cafe and it’s incredible staff, from the front of the house to the back. Shout outs to Ricardo and James who led us through yet another incredible evening. And thank you Dom for serenading us, as you do every year.
Ricky is outstanding. Josh is always welcoming
First time in NYC. Amazing dining and view
Meet all exceptions , great service , great food , good location.
This place is a great romantic place, also great for dining with family and friends. Fune cuisine. Very professional and friendly staff. I got exactly what I was looking for. Great view of the east river, gorgeous at night. I loved everything about this place. You will not be disappointed.
Outstanding as ever!
We celebrated my son in law’s first NYC marathon race. He did it in 3:23:59!!! Our evening at The River Cafe was exquisite. The cuisine was unique, delicious, and creatively presented. My husband said the lamb was the best he ever had. The service was impeccable and our server recommended a delicious wine that didn’t break the bank! What a wonderful celebration!!!
Mediocre food- lousy service- many better places
Not for friends. Only for date. Otherwise great.
Great restaurant at a fantastic location in Brooklyn. Very romantic, great food, excellent service. We knew we had to dress up. (Eleven Madison - number 1 restaurant in the world, doesn't even have such a strict dress code) So we knew River Café is taking themselves very seriously. That's all fine until my husband wanted to take his jacket off as it was very warm in the place. He was kindly told off by the maître d' and asked to put it back on. Thought that was interesting....That aside, great experience and would still highly recommend!
excellent lunch, very friendly staff and unbelievable food, i have rarely eaten so good.
Excellent service, food and dining room. The view to Manhattan is amazing
Very expensive- $640 with only 2 glasses of wine and one G&T for 3 people. Yes great views, good food but cramped dining area so much so that waiters repeatedly bumped the chairs. Of course fantastic views.
Excelente lugar, la comida, el servicio, el ambiente ideal para disfrutar una ocasión especial !!!
We have been to many restaurants around the world and were really looking forward to a nice night after having it recommended by some friends. Whilst the views are stunning the food isn't for a Michelin starred restaurant. Presentation and quality of each dish was ok but the taste was bland and this should be of utmost importance especially for such an expensive meal.
Amazing experience. Will come back and tell everyone who comes to New York. It was my birthday. Not only were they extremely professional and wishing me a happy birthday- but brought out a amazing little birthday gift. Too knotch.
My 40th birthday will be an unforgetable one.
My hubby mentionned it once and it became a rolling Ball
Very nice experience and thoughtfull people!!
Terrible, snotty service. They moved my fiance's chair in multiple times while she was eating, disrupted our meal without hesitation.
This place is uptight and pretentious, and the food is just not that great.
Also there is some sort of barter system for seats (you don't get to sit next to the window unless you are old white and have money to tip the staff).
Amazing from the moment we walked in! Service was world class and food was all outstanding!
Amazing Experience at River Café, everybody loved it, best Spot for Special occasions!
Amazing experience, with an incredible view, in my opinion is great for special dates. The price is a little bit overrated for what you get.
Picked out by my boyfriend as a fine dining establishment out of the blue. We made reservations as one of our fancy date nights while we are in NYC for the week. We were absolutely blown away with the ambience and location (great views of the Financial District)! The food was the best we have ever experienced and we even found our new favorite champagne, a Rosé Brut blend. The experience was all around amazing and we highly recommend.
A magical place for a marvelous food, drink and service experience. And then there is the view ... Manhattan at night with a thousand lights under a million stars ... did I say magical?