River Cafe

4.8
8624 Reviews
$50 and over
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 8624 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexandraA
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The view at River Cafe is unbeatable. The food was also surprisingly good. Great for a special occasion.

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DianeM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to the River Cafe. The service was outstanding and the food delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with our friends and enjoyed the experience very much. The food was good, dessert was impressive looking Brooklyn bridge cake was fun. The crowd was older and and there were a lot of families. I recommend if you want to go to an iconic restaurant. For value I would say that you’re paying for the view. The service was impeccable.

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Neury2015
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. The view, the ambiance, the staff particularly Evelyn and Amanda. The food was tasteful and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Father’s Day gift to my husband. This restaurant experience is next level. The new menu is so much more approachable - that is, you can actually eat everything served. The six course was too much, but this three course is perfect. Do miss the wine pairing option tho.

Overall, the experience is superb. The staff are incredible. The food is amazing. The view is lovely. It can’t be beat.

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vipSjp66
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food drinks and service. Ambiance and views were amazing

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AndyO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most spectacular experience from start to finish. Both the service and the food were impeccable. It’s our go to for all holiday and family events. Will be back at Christmas. Thank you, Andy and team.

Sincerely, the Olszewski family. Eric, Andy and Evin Margaret

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vipAngeL
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Full disclaimer: We’ve been to the River Cafe several times post Sandy. Glad to see one of the finer dining institutions reopen from the pandemic. A few changes to note:

The food:
While the menu is still prix fixe, new plating and noticeable smaller portions esp foie gras appetizer and main course. We must commend the kitchen for executed dishes, not overly seasoned and using quality protein products (e.g. duck breast cooked at perfect temperature, no silver). The desserts were mostly carryover from pre-pandemic: soufflé, chocolate bridge/ganache etc. Definitely get the soufflé!

The service:
One major change is the ridiculous water taxi traffic overtaking the beautiful, peaceful NYC skyline view outside the window. Sometimes you feel the boats are coming into dock dangerously fast, the boats maneuver in such a way you sit there with an uneasy feeling. I’m sure The River Cafe is trying their best to fight this unsightly distraction but it may be here to stay. Our waiter, Alexander, was a bit green but very nice and did a nice job with service.

The verdict:
Despite notable changes inside and out, this institution very much represents NYC, destroyed and near total rebuilt post Sandy, shutdown and a reboot post Covid. With hard work and commitment, it’s thriving. The River Cafe is here to stay. Come with deep pockets. It’s the perfect place for that special occasion.

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MatthewL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary. Amazing experience! Food, service, ambiance were impeccable! Can’t recommend the River Cafe more!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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vipExplorer
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant on the river with gorgeous views. Food is exquisite and service sublime. We all enjoyed our dinners and felt pampered by the thoughtful, professional wait staff. The flowers in and around the restaurant add to the feeling that you have entered a fantasyland.

Will continue to go to River Cafe although getting there from NJ is a pain.

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DominickM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !! Staff super friendly...beautiful view...love it !!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to River Caffe for the wonderful reviews I read. I took my wife to celebrate her birthday and we had a great time. From the valet parkong, the hostels, the waiters, the comfortable and the attention was 5 stars. The best view under the bridge and the city nothing better than that. We are sure to return and I highly recommend it.

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vipTessS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Will definitely return again.

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vipTonyK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. An American classic. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful evening. The food was excellent. The staff amazingly friendly, efficient, and accommodating. Hands down New York's finest fine dining experience.

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AnnJ
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very courteous and friendly . I will recommend. It to any who is looking for fine dining

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our 10th anniversary. The food was excellent, the service was as well. The best part was that there was a large party occurring on their outdoor space and for all intents and purposes, had we not seen the party we would never have known it was there. Excellent wine selection and knowledge, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody works really hard as a team to make those who attend river cafe feel special. Such an amazing experience overall from the food to the staff - there’s nothing like it . Everyone should experience river cafe.

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Lorenabalcazarj
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an incredible and memorable experience, excellent restaurant!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Pop Pop’s birthday.

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KateeA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level was higher than what I expected for fine dinning.
Service was great.
Food was amazing
We had the duck and it was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous.

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CobblestoneRider
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know what to say except for one word: exceptional. Of course it's a Michelin-starred restaurant so you would hope it would be so, but that's not always the case with every restaurant. However, for us and for our evening at the River Cafe, it was. From the greeting, to our experience at the bar (we were early) to our window-side table, we were treated like gold. The dining room, the view, the food, and, my wife, were all beautiful.

The only reason I gave it only 4 stars in the category of "Overall" is that I think they could do a little better with some of the dessert offerings. Other than that, it was a 5 star experiernce all around.

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Emia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great setting, attentive staff, it was a great evening.

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WalterM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, and wonderful view and ambiance. Experience is second to none.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. One of the rare instances where a great view and ambiance is paired with world class food and perfect service, not pretentious but attentive and on every detail. We just celebrated our 30th and all of our expectations met. A+ Wine list and Sommelier, Foie Gras perfection matched with Egon Muller Riesling memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! The food was delicious and the view is INCREDIBLE!!

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vipStevenZ
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were married at The River Cafe five years ago and decided to come back to celebrate our anniversary. We have such special memories of the occasion a were really looking forward to returning. All we can say is WOW!! We had one of the more memorable dining experiences of our life. From the second we walked into the restaurant to the second we left we were made to feel special. The service, the food, the wine, the VIEWS!! All impeccable. The staff couldn’t have been nicer to us. They started us off with a complimentary glass of champagne. The steak tartar was magnificent. The fluke crudo was spectacular. The Black Sea bass and the lamb were delectable. The Sommelier helped us choose the perfect bottle of wine to compliment our meal. The dessert was spectacular (including the Happy Anniversary chocolate plaques!) Afterwards we took some pictures out on the deck with the Brooklyn Bridge as our backdrop (the wedding that was taking place there were kind enough to let us crash a bit for our pictures!). If you haven’t been here - GO NOW!! Make up some excuse to dine here. If you are looking for a wedding venue - this is the place!! You can’t choose a better location. If we could give The River Cafe ten stars we would!!

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Vinny
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The view was good for one of us, but the other side was a huge crane. Not a good thing to see. The food was okay but the ambiance and the service was great!

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vipGingerG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to celebrate!

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AlessandraM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were amazing, and the service exceptional! Only complaint was we were seated at 9:15 when we had an 8:30 reservation.

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ManuelS
London
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

It rained impromptu so I guess that threw some sand in the cogs, but staff & restaurant were unprepared, waited for 45m for a table, told to wait in a room that looked like it was set up for a visitation, totally disconnected from the experience one would expect at RC.
The meal was OK, I mean, this is 2021, maybe this was incredible for 2001... The wine list was great.
Hopefully all of this was Covid related, (lack of training for staff, restaurant running a little cold, staff overwhelmed and discombobulated) but I cannot recommend this place, particularly with so many great restaurants these days.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tercera visita a River café y tercera vez que quedó satisfecho. Gran lugar!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out!

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vipAli81
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience.
We were late due to traffic issues, but the crew kept a very welcoming ambience, making the pressure lowing down immediately.
The views are awesome, food and service are at the top, full of mindfulness.
One of the best experience I had in NYC.
With gratitude. A&B

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vipJABB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to sit outside with the westerly view of Manhattan

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vipTonyaP
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the beautiful views and restaurants in NYC!! The flowers inside and out so fresh and beautiful! Outstanding service at the bar and for dinner. Creative cocktails with attention to detail even down to stamped ice cubes. Menu was amazing with perfect portion size. Wine selection overwhelmingly but sommelier helped us select wonderful bottles that perfectly complimented our meals. Truly a wonderful evening!!!

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vipSpoiledFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we've had in a very long time. Everyone pleasant and helpful. The view is incredible. The strawberry souffle was perfect.

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8624 OpenTable diners.

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