River Cafe

4.7
7285 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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, amazing hostess who was so personable and helpful. Food was amazing and the view could not be beat.

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MC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must when visiting NYC. It is a unique dining experience not to be missed. Their professionalism and attention to detail is first class.

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DR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable for special occasion.

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c
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

great place and worth going to. nice inside and they have good food

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AC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding place with awesome food. The views are spectacular. The service is first rate. We hav an awesome time

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

Amazing experience! Beautiful scenery and amazing service. The food was exquisite, would recommend to anyone looking for a special dinner experience.

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

Lovely atmosphere, wonderful food and service. Can’t beat the view of NYC.

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MP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Go for the view, the excellent food and the great Dom Salvador who should have a more prominent place rather than being "hidden away" on other side of the dining room. Highly recommended.

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you arrive at River Cafe. The lights twinkling welcoming you in the cicular driveway.When you enter the seasonal array of fresh flowers will Wow ..you. the resturant has amazing views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. This resturant is for those who enjoy ambiance and food ..superior service.

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, exemplary service, delicious meal, allergy conscious. Spend the money and enjoy!

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner at the River Cafe for our 45th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful experience. The staff were so attentive and all wished us happy anniversary. We sat at a table by the window looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. It was the perfect place to celebrate such an important milestone in our lives.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

1 Estrella michelin a precio de 3 estrellas.
Ambiente ciudado y elegante.
Su punto fuerte, la ubicacion y vistas inigualables.
Calidad de la comida, muy alta.
Lo peor su elevado precio.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

the server and the staff rushing our date. feel like you're paying per hour instead of paying for the food and experience. the staff show a lot of interest on us to eat fast rather to offer outstanding service

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Poconos
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Birthday dinner that was absolutely the best ever , food , service, table , staff were there best!

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OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful way to start the day. Wonderful service and a wonderful view and breakfast too.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend from Europe had one evening off in New York and I think this was the perfect spot!!

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Cannot recommend it enough. If you go, you HAVE to have the avocado on toast. It's.frickin.amazing.

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RP
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and setting is sublime. Magical evening

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the most awkward service mannerisms I’ve encountered. The place is comically stuck acting out an ‘80s-esque perception of how fine dining experiences should be. But the food was amazing.

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NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all-time favorites did not disappoint - AGAIN. Nestled right under the Brooklyn Bridge, it is a unique and fairytale experience. Beautifully appointed for the holidays, it offered a magical welcome for our dinner only to be matched by the service at the bar and table. The food meets the criteria for the Michelin ranking and the ambiance is cozy and comforting! Perfect for that special occasion or to make that romantic impression!

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! We sat in the formal dining room and our table had a great view of the bridge and city. Service was top notch.

Despite the restaruant emailing to confirm our reservation and expressed their dress code is formal attire. Surprisingly, a party was seated around us with someone wearing a hoodie and ripped denim jeans. Regardless, dinner and the experience was memorable.

We look forward to returning. Thank you!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Breakfast here and it was superb, it was my wife's 50th birthday and we were treat like royalty, I would whole heartedly recommend The River Café

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our sins

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AD
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very solid 10/10. A place with amazing vibes. The view was beautiful. Food was very tasty and delicious. The staff were amazing, very friendly and detail-described the food that they served. Would definitely recomend.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary experience from the time we hit the front door and got only better with the many personal interactions we had with the staff ! All timely , friendly and comfortably professional from the Bartender knowing exactly how to make two cocktails that aren’t all that common to the wait staff who brought a “ pocketbook stand “ right next to our table .
My wife is a great chef and high end foodie and the food choices , presentation and mostly importantly the quality and overall taste and experience had her taking pictures of the food and the menu description! Dessert was excellent as was the simple cup of black coffee I ordered with it ! One suggestion to help the out of town tourists... talk to UBer about connecting directly to you site — so either in the way there or out you can hit your website and the Uber symbols and you are on your way !

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S
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap but the most perfect way to end to our stay in New York -Fabulous Cocktails, Food & Wine with first class service. Welcoming, friendly and the most romantic supper venue with absolutely stunning views across the river . Loved it xx

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N
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinario !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything went perfect until I decided to ask the host ( guy called Jess I think) to move us to a table with a sea view. You won’t believe it but he told me that we should “help” each other in order to get the table. That’s right he asked for money so I could get that table. It is just not fair. Acc to the website those table are handed over to those people who arrive fist and there were two tables for 2 available. I spent 500 box in the restaurant and I don’t think I should give more money to get the table. Apart from that everything went fine.

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

We have been to the River Cafe several times, and it has always been a wonderful experience. This time was no different. The food was excellent and the service was terrific. The price of the meal is not inexpensive the value is more than worth it.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This is an overpriced restaurant that is coasting on its location. There is a fine balance between professional and aloof wait staff service. The staff fail in this respect. We felt that we were doing the staff a favour by dining at their restaurant. The rabbit starter was good. The 3 Shell starter was very disappointing. Way too much dressing on the oyster completely overpowered it. The Branzino was excellent. The lobster was ordinary at best. Chewy lobster and over cooked risotto. The soufflé was a disappointing flavour and under cooked. The Brooklyn Bridge looked good on the plate was just average to taste. To be fair when we mentioned our feedback the restaurant offered us a free drink at the bar. A nice touch but couldn’t make up for the disappointing experience. Overall we were unimpressed and would not recommend this restaurant.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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SM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite!

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ME
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. The food and service were exceptional. The view is spectacular.

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

英語が流暢でない私たちにとても丁寧に接客してくれてとても嬉しかったです♪
窓際の席に案内してもらえたので景色も素晴らしく料理もどれも美味しかった☺︎
また是非行きたいです(๑•ᴗ•๑)♡

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MV
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend It!
The service was outstanding and food was exquisite. We were celebrating our wedding day and they went above and beyond to make our afternoon memorable. The view is phenomenal, it is a must experience when in NYC

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PM
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved brunch. The service is first rate. The food is gorgeous as is the setting. A glass of orange juice is $16 dollars which I think is a bit steep. However we really enjoyed the overall experience.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eccellente ! Ambiente superiore e pietanze di qualità

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PS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place great service food and ambiance highly recommend

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PS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant superb service great ambiance unbelievable food what more can you ask for

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s Birthday

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