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River Cafe

4.8
4.8
8094 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • Public transit

    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 8,094 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Notable Wine List

  • Brooklyn

    Scenic View

  • Brooklyn

    American

  • Brooklyn

    Most Booked

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  1. PR

    PaulaR

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant, amazing views, amazing food, great service
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is amazing
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful experience. I left a note that it was for my husbands birthday and my brother would be proposing during the meal. We did make a note to please congratulate my brother and soon to be sister in law for their proposal. It was mildly awkward when they brought out a candle and happy birthday dessert for my husband but did not acknowledge my brother just proposing. I mentioned this to the waiter and they quickly brought out a congrats chocolate and glasses of champagne. This was a very nice gesture after the awkward moment but overall excellent location and wonderful dinner.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the service was excellent but especially your sommelier was exceptional! 👌🏻
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Incredible food, service, and atmosphere. This is my go to restaurant in NYC and I have never been disappointed. The chef offers an extra “taste” each time showcasing the kitchen talent and interesting blends.
  6. T

    Tomi

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was good. Staff very friendly and professional. Location was amazing.
  7. PL

    PhilipL

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening. Food and service were wonderful as always. Will be back when we are next in NY
  8. R

    Robie

    New York Area

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting.
  9. SL

    SeafoodLoverReview

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A magnificent experience from start to finish! Steven was amazing and the food was beyond amazing! The food was the star of the night, not one dish disappointed! We will certainly go back!
  10. MG

    MikeG

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go to place in NYC for extremely special events. You will be treated like a king. Very pricey but worth is given the food, service and outstanding views of the NYC skyline at night!
  11. n

    nadiar

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place, food and service, with a fantastic view!
  12. k

    kevins

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view was absolutely great, the service was top notch. The valets were very helpful and professional.
  13. F

    Frenchie60

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing Birthday dinner. A magical night to remember !
  14. N

    Noname

    New York Area

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Cafe is a perfect restaurant with attention given to every detail. The service is impeccable, the food and ambiance outstanding and the view awesome.
  15. S

    Sharon

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    You can't beat the view at River Cafe. Just gorgeous. We enjoyed dinner very much. The food was very good and the restaurant looks very nice. The gardens outside are magical. My only issue was that the wait staff, while friendly and helpful, hovered too much. I felt like someone was always walking by looking at our plates. When we were seated and ordered our cocktail, the maitre de walked by and asked if we were ready to order. We said not quite yet as we hadn't gotten our drinks yet and would like to enjoy them for a few minutes before ordering dinner. He said no we couldn't do that because we were at a window table. Rather rude I thought and unexpected. He paced around the entire time we were there. Expected more for the price.
  16. I

    Iggy227

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb experience. View is outstanding especially at the hour we ate with the sunset.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  18. S

    Sheli1989

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, beautiful location and outstanding service. A lovely option for a special occasion.
  19. MS

    MarieS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Me parece un lugar muy lindo pero sobrevalorado. La comida no es nada especial, si es buena pero nada espectacular, los meseros no están pendientes cuando acaba uno de comer, no nos retiraron los platos rápidamente, entre uno y otro plato tardaron mucho. Extremadamente caro, te acorralan con un menú de 3 tiempos von un precio fijo que me parece excesivo.
  20. CV

    ChristinaV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to celebrate and feel special at. Highly recommend asking for a wine pairing to accompany your meal
  21. GG

    GillesG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place. marvellous evening. excellent food. we really enjoy
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service. Incredible food. Our favorite restaurant.
  23. C

    Cmarsh

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant , every time we come to New York we come here, the food, the views ,the service, it’s all amazing!
  24. MC

    MarcoC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic Location. If you want to have a view of Manhattan by night while having a superb dinner, this is the restaurant for you.
  25. DJ

    DJohn

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The food definitely wasn't worth the money. Octopus was cold and dry, steak wasn't juicy or tasty. The view was really nice, service was terrible. For $685 check at least service should be great. I felt like discriminated. I don't think everyone got the same service. Probably the staff was overworked and tired. Unfortunately places with great views don't have great food, I thought river cafe would be different.
  26. MM

    MarjorieM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a wonderful experience. Amazing view. Terrific service.
  27. P

    Picky

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was likely the most romantic delicious dinner my wife and I have ever had. Service was superb. Food was fantastic. View across the river with the city in the background was riveting. Nothing more needs to be said. However, you do pay for the experience.
  28. LO

    LOURDIEH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    IT WAS SUCH AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. THE STAFF THERE WERE GREAT, FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE PLACE IF QUITE GORGEOUS.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the most special dinners we have had and we have had dinners in various cities. The staff was beyond exceptional, the food was delicious, and the views were beyond. Such a special experience! Highly recommend.
  30. JF

    JohnF

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The dishes are all wonderfully presented but the quality of some dishes for example the crab and duck was poor,
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual
  32. P

    Patrick

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience! Took my wife here for a surprise first year anniversary and we had a great time. Customer service was top notch. Food was quite memorable. And the whole time we had such a great view and were well attended to; what you'd expect from a fine dining restaurant. Would absolutely return!
  33. DK

    DawnK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous once in a lifetime experience dining here. Food and service were amazing and the view spectacular.
  34. AF

    AllanF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Terrible service ruined our anniversary. Lies about reservation policy, followed by being ignored. Token remuneration left us feeling like second class citizens.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always spectacular!
  36. LL

    LeoLove2

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Went here for our 2nd anniversary and from the moment we walked in, we were treated marvelously. The food was fantastic and the view was amazing. Definitely worth the price and is a one-of-a-kind experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience
  38. TK

    ThinzarK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our food! The service was great.
  39. PG

    PriyankaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A classic new york experience! Lived up to its repute!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my husband’s 75th birthday at The River Cafe. The views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the waterway were magnificent., and the dining room was very nice with beautiful flowers at our table. The service was very efficient and friendly, up until the coffee service where it was a bit slow. The three course meal was very good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8094 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for River Cafe

1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • Public transit

    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

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