River Cafe

4.8
8618 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 8618 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoriC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around right down to the valet gentlemen. That was my 2 nd time there. I would go again.

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Btran
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, beautiful decoration, good food and great services.

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LudwinF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing start to our anniversary weekend getaway. Everything you would expect from a fine quality restaurant. Details from lady scarfs if your cold to small benches for purses. The food and fragrance was spectacular. Highly recommend this place

CM
vipCatrionaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful setting; this iconic restaurant offers a thoughtfully curated menu with extensive wine list and delicious cocktails.

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vipRoslyn
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive service. Have been coming for many years and the quality remains unchanged. Bravo!

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Susand966
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe is a NYC gem and the perfect place to celebrate a special evening.

The staff is first rate from the minute you pull into the drive. From the parking valet, the hostesses, the bar tenders, asst waiters and head waiters, all wonderful.

Next, is the ambiance both inside and outside. I knew it was waterfront, with a picturesque view of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even the Statue of Liberty. I didn’t realize there is a beautiful garden on property also.

Finally, the food. Each dish had the sophistication one would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. The cocktails offered at the bar were also beyond the ordinary.

If your goal is to have a very special evening out, with outstanding service, ambiance and food and cocktails, the River Cafe is on point in all aspects.

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KokoS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want an old school, top notch dining experience, you need to look no further, River Cafe is your answer. Pricey, yes. Worth it, absolutely. From the service, to the food, to the scenery, to the pianists… it is an establishment that shouldn’t be missed!!!!!! It’s an absolutely classic dining experience, and oh so very classy too!!! Treat yourself!! Go! Go! Go! And… dare I say it… Bon appétit!!!

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Nana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service Attentive staff that makes you feel like royalty. An amazing experience.

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KarolinskaV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice gastronomic experience, Amazing NY view & great service

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went in with high expectations for the restaurant since it was a Michelin restaurant and it did not disappoint. The service was amazing and attentive. The food presentation was gorgeous and the chef was so generous to provide complimentary items. The view at night is one of the best views in NY I’ve ever seen. The pianist Dom Salvador plays the most incredible music that ties the entire experience together. It would be perfect for any special occasion. I’ll definitely recommend to all my friends and visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent albeit smaller portions for the $. Excellent service but much too formal Need to dial it back a bit. Been to one Madison and Blue Hill at stone Barns. Experience was much more memorable for both than this.

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vipRHS143
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and drinks, attentive waitstaff. Been here several times, they have yet to disappoint.

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John
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rack of lamb was the best I've ever had - cooked to a perfect medium rare throughout, tender and beautifully seasoned. River Cafe delivers top notch service and ambiance and a beautiful view with master-chef cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time here and it was definitely worth it and up to its reputation. Food and ambience were great. Price point is high which brings my review down from 5 Stars. Tough to beat the view, and the food was excellent. This is an old school place with old school ambiance and quality. Worth it for a special occasion.

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RobertC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated our 1st Wedding Anniversary. Got engaged at River Cafe. The service was outstanding, the views are amazing. The food was very good but the portions seemed smaller than what we had last time we were there. Overall a very good time and a great place for a special occasion.

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RawleS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dining experience to remember. Perfect for an anniverary.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was excellent. Complimentary appetizers were served. Atmosphere was elegant and sophisticated. Nearly a perfect night.

Only thing that could’ve gone better was the seating arrangements. Called a month in advance to see if it was possible to reserve a table on the water. I was told that seating was done first come first serve based on availability. However, upon arriving we saw a table available for on the water and when we asked about it, we’re told by the hostess that the table was reserved for another party. This was a little frustrating seeing as I had specifically called in advance to see if this was possible. Kind of a double standard, like there were two classes of customers.

Other than that, everything was great.

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FromNYwithLove
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for a special occasion. Loved every second.

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vipMS2020
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!

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vipIrishfe53
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joyful. Beautiful. Fantastic up close view of water traffic. NYC at its finest. Great respect for perseverance of owner, chef, sommelier, florist, pianist Dom Salvador. Proud staff who work together well. Three of us tried many of the dishes on the prix fixe menu and liked them all. Delicious. Creative. At the top of my list for relaxed exquisite dining.

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JoanR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening enjoying the wonderful food and the beautiful scenery.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible views, incredible food!

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vipDominick
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our anniversary place every year for at least the past 12 years. It did not disappoint. All around excellent and memorable experience. Was worried that we had heard a lot of senior staff was no longer there including 2 maitre D’s who knew us. But Andrea deserves much credit for stepping in and making us feel special again.
Yes, it’s a splurge but we felt it was well worth it. Price has gone up a lot but that is to be expected everywhere due to increased costs. So we’ll definitely continue to return. Thank you again to Andrea and to the entire River Cafe staff.

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vipAngeliqueI
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing in every way! Driving up to the front doors, youre greeted with hanging lights and a beautiful garden. Be ready to be treated like royality! The staff is attentive and the view is simply amazing. They took into account our dietary restrictions and the meal was one of the best I've ever had. Great for people watching also. I will most defintiely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining without the usually expected pretentiousness.

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LyndaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only problem is getting to this beautiful restaurant. It is now on a one way street.
Trying to get to the driveway on a weekend took us 15 minutes.
However, it was worth it anyway.

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viphazumif
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Despite reporting allergies, the ingredients were provided. That was the only disappointment

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WenyuM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good place for a date. Food is relatively traditional but of good quality. Ambiance is awesome with pleasing piano music.

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vipTucker
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible - best in NYC for a special occasion

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Vincentxie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go with my girlfriend; 07/17 special date

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were sat by the hostess stand and couldn’t see the River so that was disappointing for a $700 meal. Felt like the restaurant really packs people in, was quite surprised how many tables they can squeeze in. Didn’t have the ingredients at the bar to make a mai tai. Food was very good but ambiance disappointing given our table and how crowded it was. Ultimately wouldn’t go back unless I could be guaranteed a table with a view.

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ShadenM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe lives up to its reputation and is absolutely worth it. The food, service, personnel, room, china, view, drinks, etc. were all fantastic. I will go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

Very accommodating

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vipStevenS
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the finest establishments in NYC. Excellent and attentive service, lovely dining room overlooking lower NY harbor and just about underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The food (selection and preparation) was superb. Will return very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed everything we had for dinner but above and beyond the food and the view, I would say it was the service that made our night stand out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.

SM
vipSharonM
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food not nearly as good as the previous times we have dined there, service just ok. View as good as ever, but I don’t remember all the very close commuter boats, not so great.

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HarryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an iconic New York City (BRooklyn!) restaurant that isn't past it's prime! Welcome to 50 year veterans and tourists alike. Stellar service. Great good. Great ambiance.

The wife and I got married there and come back every year! A true classic

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience
3 course meal with various options, all incredible.
Very romantic ambience and outstanding service. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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vipOphelia
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Incorrect Pricing on OpenTable!!! Listed on OpenTable for $125/ppl but actual price is $160/ppl. Misleading and unpleasantly surprised at restaurant! The meal was good but the portion does not justify the price. There's no reduction in capacity nor did the staffs wore mask so you can't say the increase in price was due to PPE or limited capacity. Anyway, I guess if money is not an issue definitely worth a try, but I am very upset about the misleading pricing, that's an additional $70+tax+tip =$87, which can be another very nice meal for two.

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8618 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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