Merchants River House

4.2
1295 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 55 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare. The expansive menu includes burgers, chicken, salads and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips. Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers and penne pasta.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1295 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Say outside, quietly watching the sun set across the river. Staff was very welcoming & attentive. Food came quickly and served hot and was very good. My fish & chips cooked perfectly, wife’s chicken sandwich was huge. Great dinner, will return.

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Ally
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Waitress was rude and didn’t seem like she wanted to be there. Rolled her eyes at every question and request- we didn’t ask for much at all. That was the only issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food is not the best but beautiful location.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Went when not very busy. Ordered the chicken sandwich and the bread was stale. Still ok. The server was attentive in the least. Never came to check on us when passing by we asked for dessert menu and he never came back. Asked another server for check and left.

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shroony
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is amazing. Our server was not always available, but we truly had a great meal and it was a beautiful view. Lobster Mac and cheese waffle cone was incredible! Will go back for that for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Took forever to get food.

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vipAlyson
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Very disappointing. We had 7:45 reservations and received a text at 6:00 pm that our table was ready. Upon arrival, we were seated quickly but then largely ignored. Once the waitress came over, we ordered everything at once because we didn’t know if she would come back! Unfortunately, they brought all of our appetizers and entrees at the same time. Our small table couldn’t handle the plates. No one ever came back to get us more drinks or to ask if we wanted dessert. They lost a lot of money on us. I chased someone down for water and we chased someone else down for a check.

The location on the water is the best thing they can offer.

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SpecialK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Superb server. View is terrific. Avocado fries amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very friendly and helpful; food was served quickly , was hot and good

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Chris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Only go here for the view because you’ll be disappointed by the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good food, well overpriced. Great view. Enjoyed my time their but will not go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff, and great view

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MariuxiT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was nothing spectacular. Had the shrimp scampi and my friend had the cauliflower steak. She felt the steak was in a small plate and hard to eat since the plate was so small. The scampi was ok but a bit watery. They definitely wanted to turn our table once we were done, no time to linger.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

5 mosquito bites from Indoor dining

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Joan
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was great. A bit hot outside with minimal shade. That would be our only complaint.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The trees blocked the scenery and the avocado fries had more mayonnaise than aioli and no wasabi

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and beautiful views

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Bridget
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made us feel welcome! It was a wonderful experience and I thank the company for making my anniversary dinner with my boyfriend so special.

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MissA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Wanted to treat my mother that was in town on her last night to a sunset dinner and found this place on OpenTable. Let's just say ... 10/10 DO NOT RECOMMEND. The service was horrible! We were seated and waited 10+ mins to be given water when the rest of the party joined us we waited another 10+ mins to take our drink order ( 4 of us and 3 of us ordered the same drink. ) The drinks took 20 Mins to come out. it was only after we said something did anyone inform us that they were down a bartender and drinks were running slow (we had already been at the table for upwards of 30 mins and the table next to us didn't seem to have any troubles getting their drinks out.)
When the food finally arrived only 3 of the 4 meals arrived with no indication of when the 4th meal would arrive ( of course it was my mother's meal that was delayed) so again we waited 5 mins and no food it's only when I got up to get us silverware ( we had been sitting for close to 50 mins t this point and no silverware) and inquire about the meal was I told that it takes a little longer to prepare than the other dishes. SO WHY NOT START THAT ONE FIRST???????? Honestly, it's my worst pet peeve when a table doesn't get their food delivered together only to be told that XYZ takes longer to make, like umm I am not in the kitchen, I don't know that! so either time it right to make it come out with the other food OR let me know so perhaps I might make another food selection.

no one ever asked us if we wanted another drink, no one asked us if we wanted a dessert. eve though I mentioned on the reservation that we were there for a special occasion. tried to get a to-go box, given the wrong lids for the boxes. lol it was just a night full of errors.

so all in all, I won't return. And this is coming from a person that used to work as a server and still works in the hospitality industry. ( and 2 others at the table do too, so trust we are all VERY forgiving but this was just a bit ridiculous.)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was a birthday weekend celebration. Night before restaurant (different restaurant) made family feel welcomed, special, acknowledged the occasion etc. Not the case at all here which is okay, but certainly a contrast. Seating was quick but slow after that. Had to ask for dessert menu, then the check, then again to take our check so we could finally be on our way. Completely understand places are short staffed and packed our patience. But there were several empty tables and workers were just standing around talking to each other. Food was okay. View was beautiful!

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StanleyS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

One of the best water view restaurants in Manhattan. Simple menu but all things we had were very good.

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vipEllanaS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with The view ! Food is fresh, and tasty , friendly staff. Just wish they had more vegetarian options.

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Tonoman
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place for a relaxed lunch on a Saturday (although we were surprised that only the brunch menu was available at 2:30pm). Table ready when we go there. Attentive waitress, good quality food (Ceasar's salad, burger and lobster roll) at decent prices. Had a table next to the window with a great view of the river and NJ skyline, with even a peek to the Statue of Liberty.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Huge portions
Great casual bistro fair
Mediocre service
8/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The waiter approached my friend several times inappropriately and made advancements towards her. Gave her extra shots in the drink and whispered in her ear. She got so nervous and uncomfortable that she needed an escort to the bathroom. Definitely a place for a girl’s night out, not.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good overall . We had a lovely time , food was all good .

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vipNikita
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Very average.
You pay do the location/view more than anything.
Wait staff was inattentive.

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SAB23
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was horrible. Waitress had to ask the manager about everything, place was dirty, staff was dropping and breaking glass everywhere multiple times/yelling at one another, we had to ask for staff to clear our plates. Even the customers to the table next to us were so annoyed about the entire experience they complained to us without us even mentioning anything.

Food was fair at best and value was overpriced due to the location being on the water. Our salad was missing part of the order and the staff never checked up on us to see how things were going. Management needs to address service and assure proper service is being provided to customers.

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WilliamP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A somewhat limited menu but there was enough to choose from. Enjoyed the salmon entree. Server may have been new. Our apps came the same time as the entrees which is really annoying however the overall experience was good and would give it another try when in the area again.

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CindyE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch.
Burger was great!
Waiter was attentive!
A++

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vipHilaryS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Froze was amazing, the service was great. Will definitely go again.

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vipMariequeenbee
Phoenix
107 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a charming place! Not overly large, great outdoor seating with beautiful views and casual enough for everyday. Even better was a great menu with a diverse variety of options and substantial cocktail and wine list.

The dearest loved his burger and the fish & chips were sublime.

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Amazing
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our first time dining out since before the pandemic and our 1 year wedding anniversary.
The host made sure we were at a corner outdoor table, very far from others, all the waiters wore masks, and we had full coverage from a large umbrella; throughout several downpours of rain, we remained dry.
The service was excellent, the waiter and bussers were lovely.
We will definitely be back!

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Karma
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fabulous views of the Hudson!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and delicious food! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Smaller place than I thought. Table was near exit door with draft from incoming patrons. Overall food was good, service very friendly and the view of the river and sunset over NJ was gorgeous

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location, great atmosphere, great food. A very nice way to spend an evening.

SM
SharonM
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We dine at Merchant's in the past. On father's day we ate there and it was very disappointing. The salmon my husband ordered was cold and undercooked. My salmon was just ok- nothing to go back to the restaurant for. My daughter's mac and cheese was also not hot and not very tasty. We ordered the Octopus apptized and that was fine.

While the views are nice, I would not recommend the restaurant for anything other than a burger. The entrees were disappointing. I don't know why the quality of the food has declined versus other visits but if you are hungry, it's risky to eat there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is relatively small but is in a great location along the water. There is a limited menu but the food was tasty. I recommend getting the lobster cone. The wait staff was pleasant. I recommend getting a table outside just make sure the umbrella is not in direct sunlight or it can still be hot on sitting out there when the temperature is at its peak. Would definitely go again.

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vipcnyc
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fish and Chips were very good. Great for river views.

FAQs

Merchants River House offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 432-1451.

Merchants River House is rated 4.2 stars by 1295 OpenTable diners.

Merchants River House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://merchantshospitality.securetree.com/.

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 bookings at the moment.

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