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River Cafe

4.8
8477 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8477 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMatt
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So consistently excellent from the food to the service. For such a high-end restaurant, it's not pretentious, rather, it's a perfect balance of elegance, comfort and taste. Kudos!

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vipNoname
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River Cafe was perfect in every way. Food was delicious, service impeccable and ambiance beautiful. We opted for an outdoor table which offered a terrific skyline view. Heaters were provided so we were comfortable at all times although the evening was chilly. All in all, River Cafe is always superb in all respects and is one of the best restaurants in NYC if not the best.

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MarioH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, the food and service were incredible. The gentlemen who took care of us went above and beyond to make sure everything was addressed.

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SharmineH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointed at their service. I requested a nice table by the window because we were celebrating our 10 yesr anniversary. I didn’t get a nice table at all, infact probably was the worst table of all by the entrance door. The waiters did not come by the table and I genuinely felt they were catering to the bigger group more. The food and the service isn’t worth the value. Very disappointed. I wont recommend this restaurant to any friends and family

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Alrod
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my wife and I want to dine at a place where the food is succulent, that has great service with great views and ambience to boot we always return to the River Cafe. Already thinking about our next visit.

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LP1023
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for our anniversary and received a stunning table right on the water. All waitstaff were polite and accommodating. I ordered the pork belly and scallop appetizer which did not disappoint. Rack of lamb for my main was cooked to perfection. Portions were generous. Dessert was a predecided trio, it was delicious though nothing that stood out as must order again, would love to see what they regularly offer. Homemade chocolates were a nice touch.
Really the only negative point was that the bartender could not make the after dinner drink I ordered, which was one printed right on their menu and not entirely uncommon. I found it strange that a restaurant of this reputation would place something on the menu they were unable to accommodate. I chose something different and my husbands choice was upgraded.
This was definitely on our top five meals category, between table selection and food preparation it has to be.

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vipfranee
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal, attentive service, seating on terrace offered unbeatable river views.

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NANCY
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was excited to visit the restaurant but after the way the host greeted us, We felt
uncomfortable to be there. She said welcome and you have 1 hour and 45 minutes for dinner. A horrible way to greet someone, for the price you paying you expect delicious food. But the food is mediocre, save your money and go somewhere else. I will never go back or recommend restaurant.

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AliaS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible. The service was excellent and the food absolutely delicious. Unforgettable experience.

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vip30rd
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most spectacular dining experience in NYC! It never disappoints and always surprises you. What more can I say.

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Bob17
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always special... romantic, super-delicious food. Intimate table for 2, open-air, right at water's-edge. The best!!

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vipJFKtoLHR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic from start to finish. Every course was very good. The wine list is full of bucket list selections. But most of all it all feels authentic. Quality night all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fantastic.

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vipJames
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, service and view. The best? Well, the most dependable high end dining in NYC...IMHO.

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vipJosephF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and service! Food of course phenomenal as well!

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TiantianJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very romantic and food is great. The outdoor seating is warm under the heater which makes the whole experience even better. Would definitely recommend my friends to go there!

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vipthomasb
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an experience worth waiting for, the food is wonderful and the service is attentive, yet not pretentious. Won’t be long before I’m there again. Incomparable view and ambience!

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vipCarlaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sooooo impressed !!! I loved everything from the view to the attention to detail the staff and the food ! It’s definitely a special occasion place and prepare to spend $$$$ but worth every dollar ! My birthday was super special and celebrated with dije cuisine . Would highly recommend !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the times....exceptional. Never dissatisfied.

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DanielN
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it, beautiful views, very professional staff, and Covid-19 safe. A memorable experience!

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Lissarette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing experience celebrating our anniversary. The table was absolutely perfect and we couldn't be happier with the experience we had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Best restaurant in NYC

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zululights
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe has figure out to do fine dining Covid style. The employees are all wearing masks that compliment their attire. The food is, as it has always been, fabulous! The tented setting is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Superb service. Excellent food selection

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CarlosA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar! Si bien no es nada económico, es una experiencia que vale la pena. El lugar con una vista perfecta, la comida deliciosa (recomiendo la entrada de pork belly y la carne con strudel de papa), el personal muy amable. Todo perfecto!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and views! Highly recommend for a special night!

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Dominick
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We pretty much knew what to expect since we had eaten there several times before, but considering the ongoing pandemic, we felt extremely comfortable without any of the experience being sacrificed.

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JamesH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been our "GoTo" place for the past 6 years in a row. We celebrate our wedding anniversary there. Outstanding quality, service, and attention to detail.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Uncaring staff. Friendly, but no effort. At this price point ($250+ pp), I expected more (plenty of restuarants do it better; for example Buddakan). Manager was so condescending to me that I told him to get lost. I've never said that to anyone at a restaurant before.

Food was good but hard to call it spectacular. And the whole experience was rather underwhelming except for the view (but Cecconi's view is better, as is the service and food in my opinion).

Felt like they thought they were doing me a favor by letting me eat at their restaurant. Living on their reputation from the past, but hopefully the attitude catches up with them.

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JoanIeB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at River Cafe!! Service ambience and food are excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish staff was attentive food a d service was as always wonderful

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LeslieR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time celebrating our wedding day and dinner at River Café was the icing on the cake! Everything from the outdoor gardens and waterfalls, to the lighting, skyline view and the food and staff was perfect! The ambience was magical and it felt like a fairytale. Thank you for such a beautiful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful and special with a million dollar view.

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Hellollysa
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning, lovely and romantic place to celebrate a special occasion. Came here for my husband’s birthday. The ambiance, food and service were exceptional. We will definitely be back.

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BrianB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! The outdoor dining set up is incredibly elegant and comfortable . I am a 40 year patron and it was better than ever . Service outstanding . Everything just fantastic

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viplyndah
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime. A magical setting with stellar food.

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TamaraA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, the food and the service was outstanding. I rated. 4 for value because a cup of coffee should be included in a fixed menu. It was a great experience that you should do at lease once. Ooh. And the steak perfection. !!!

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Abbie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, and amazing view! Such a wonderful dating spot and family dinner!

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LeidyG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was more than amazing, I went with my boyfriend for our anniversary and people where so special. All the time they were polite and cheerful. This restaurant at the river is beautiful more than in pictures!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing really nice service and food. The view is outstanding.

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8477 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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