River Cafe

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went to The River Cafe in 2016 and had a great experience. My guest and I always do the 6-course chef's tasting with the wine pairing. In 2016 it was impeccable, from the food to the wine to the service. Perfect. Fast forward to 2019 and we were treated as if it was a surprise we were at the restaurant. I had to ask for the 6-course menu (which they had no copy of) and I had to ask for the wine pairing. When I requested both for the table, the waiters acted taken aback by my request. It was insulting. I felt as if we were being rushed in and out. Which was obvious with the changes to the dining room and the cramped space. The River Cafe has lost its appeal. I eat at Michelin restaurants all over the world and I won't be going back to TRC anymore.

PF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, outstanding food, as always.

EV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every accolade it has received. View, service, food all spectacular. Take the relatively new NYC Ferry. The landing is directly next door.

m
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, view, food!!!! Should be on everyone's to do list!!

T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We can’t wait to return, hopefully sooner than another ten years.

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

Perfect site We chose the 3-course menu, and with the starters they put on and repeat drinks we ended up paying $ 450, but it was worth it. My mother told me it was the most beautiful dinner she had ever had. Perfect live pianist. We asked to be at the window and they put us there as soon as there was a free table. And the views are ... amazing

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Cafe next disappoints! The food, ambiance & setting is unmatched. A bit pricey but perfect for a special occasion!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

DS
New England
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting over the East River and under the Brooklyn Bridge. We have been here before for special occasions and have never been disappointed. Quiet piano music ( and he never took a break all night).
Walked from A train Brooklyn Bridge subway stop after Wednesday matinee of Hamilton. Food was outstanding and it is very expensive $$. Worth it !

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great nite fabulous food, service and views.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The river cafe was a wonderful experience. The food was delectable and service did not fail to disappoint. The only concern we had is that the mela was on the expensive end. This won’t be a monthly spot but is amazing for special occasions.

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

Beautiful setting, amazing service, delicious food

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Un sitio extraordinario me encanto , lo unico un poco caro, pero esto es lo que hay..

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place

FB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The overall price level is not ok compared to what you get. Service is not very friendly only quick

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was absolutely amazing! The restaurant itself is very pretty with so many fresh flowers outside of the place and also inside the restaurant, on the dining table. Then, the waiter and waitress are super nice and friendly. Josh is the best, who served is champagne and complimentary desserts! I feel welcome and special!!
The view of Brooklyn bridge is the highlight but anything else is really outstanding, food is great!

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended by a friend. I was visiting NYC with my 16 and 19 yr old grandkids and decided to treat them to something special...and indeed it was! The decor and setting is lively, food was beautifully presented and service impeccable. Since I’m a piano teacher as well...I’d comment that the live piano music was great. The only criticism I’d have is, that for the price, it would have been good if coffee/tea etc were included in the buffet cost.

P
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fine dining restaurant! From the time you hand over your car key to the valet to the time you exit the restaurant the experience is exquisite! The hosts are gracious, the service is outstanding and the food is a culinary delight. We were mesmerized with the presentation of each dish, the colors and the ingredients which kept teasing us with different flavors! Add to this the lovely views of the East river and Brooklyn Bridge. Honestly I didn’t want to leave the restaurant, I enjoyed the experience so much! I highly recommend this restaurant!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and atmosphere
food was amazing

MM
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience. One of the best in New York!

DL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, wonderful service, great Lemon Drop. Nice portions. The signature dessert delicious. Great for a celebration. Atmosphere was wonderful. I would love to have the experience again.

NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, magical evening. Often, restaurants that are located in a beautiful setting don't have the best food, but the River Cafe is not only a stunning restaurant, the food was exceptional as well.

EN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!!! Amazing food, gorgeous food, superb service!

WX
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view of Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge. best view in New York. Food and service are impressive too.

MF
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing experience at The River Cafe. The staff was attentive and the food was spectacular. Totally worth the price!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Posto meraviglioso, cibo ricercato e molto buono

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

celebrate my husbands birthday and it was a sucess, we will absolutly come back

WT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ein Klassiker, der an Attraktivität über die Jahre nichts eingebüßt hat. Einfach gut gemacht. Allerdings gnadenlos teuer. 4 Personen, Standard-Menü, 1 Flasche italienischen Weißwein aus dem unteren Preisdrittel, Taxi vom Hotel und zurück = knapp 1.000 US-Dollar. Danke Deutschland. Dafür entspricht die gastronomische Betreuung den gleichermaßen hochwertigen europäischen Standards. Und in New York kostet das - bzw in Verbindung mit einem einzigartigen Blick - dann halt entsprechend.... Unbedingt zu empfehlen, eine tolle Erfahrung.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We lucked into a window table. It was a magical spot to dine. Service was excellent. Food very good and overall a really lovely evening.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. We loved. Amazing environment and food.
I will back.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and accommodating staff. Great service and the food was the best. Over the years I've

been in many fine dinning establishments, River Cafe is the best.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing evening we had celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. The food, service and ambience were all perfect! Thank you for a truly memorable experience.

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Perfect for a celebration

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place to have a meal. The setting is phenomenal and so is the food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from the moment we walked in until the moment we walked out. Great views, service was amazing, food and drinks delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner for my engage day!

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want the best look no further.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent

Waiter spilt water every time he topped up water glass.

No petit fours given or offered with coffee.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ; attentive staff; beautiful ambiance

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! We love to go there to celebrate..it’s worth the trip from Westchester. The room,food and service could not be better.

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