River Cafe

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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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

誕生日のお祝いも用意して下さって、料理も最高に美味しくて、夜景もとっても綺麗で、とにかくおすすめです!

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T
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect don’t to the details. Great food well prepared. Staff on point. Beautiful setting. Will return.

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and gorgeous view

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Amazing views and appetizers + mains were delicious. Desserts were somewhat of a disappointment.

We had a relatively late reservation but had to wait at the bar and once we got to the table it took a long time before anyone took our drink and food orders, we had to ask for some bread meanwhile. Could have been a miss-communication amongst staff (who were very friendly otherwise) but not what I would expect at this price point.

SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue. Wonderful ambience. Best service I’ve experienced in years. Incredible food. Unrivalled view. Lovely music. Only two suggestions - stock Brooklyn Gin and swap your plastic straws for a more sustainable product. I’ll be back soon to check if you have implemented these ideas. Thank you for a lovely evening

SC
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an extraordinary venue and a memorable one from the moment you arrive at the property. The smell of fresh cut flowers, an exceptional and attentive staff along with exquisite menu offerings. Hard to oversell the River Cafe. The view is icing on the cake. Highly recommended.

DG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for tree great service. I look forward to coming back.

JM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River cafe is a special experience. We went for lunch and it was over the top. The attention to details was flawless. From the time you booked the reservation until you left every detail was attended to and taken seriously by the entire staff. Food allergies to transportation and our special occasion. The food was crafted with passion and exceeded the michelin star rating. I would argue that it should receive two stars. You really feel special in this restaurant and the view of NYC and the east river and Brooklyn bridge is nothing short of magical. If your a local or visiting I would highly recommend you won't be disappointed

MT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a special occasion and could not have been more perfect, especially the attentiveness of the staff.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great, the ambiance was very romantic went there for my wife’s birthday and she was stunned with everything. Service was A+ the food. A+ most definitely recommend for any special occasion.

IS
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Service from check it to dining was amazing. So many attendants waiting on us during our meal. We opted for the chefs menu - so glad we gave it a try! Every plate was beautiful and delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A flawless dining experience. We celebrated my wife’s 40th birthday in New York and chose the River Cafe for dinner with two close friends. The staff gave us all an evening to remember, with incredibly attentive service, stunning food and drink, a classy live piano maestro and a view to die for. We opted for the six course tasting menu with the wine pairing and were bowled over by the culinary creations and wine combinations that followed. A special mention must go out to the sommelier, who was excellent - warm, friendly and a great sense of humour, he is an asset to this place but really the whole team were terrific and made us feel at ease. This place oozes class but without feeling pretentious. It’s a premium dining experience but it is absolutely worth every dollar.

FT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal served by extremely attentive staff with the amazing Manhattan skyline as a view.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and theervice was great but the quantities which were served were very small with the exception of the desserts. It should have been the inverse.

MS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXQUISITE : care , service and food. A most incredible dining experience. From the moment you first enter til you leave you feel so well taken care of. The view from almost any table adds to a most romantic evening.

DF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time. During dinner we were moved to a window table. How nice of them. It was her birthday dinner and management could not have been nicer. It’s an elegant dining experience. The food was not just wonderful, the presentation was beautiful. Wine list was extensive and we enjoyed a smooth Malbec.

We enjoyed everything, and hated to leave. Thanks for a memorable, romantic evening.

CK
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an excellent table by the wi doe in a beautiful clear night. My guest was from Paris and raved about the food. Service was fine if a bit slow. Be aware that the dinner is prix fixe si come hungry. Outstanding desserts as well. No complaints if you are prepared to pay a lot for the experience.

HT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very sophisticated but friendly. The day I visited was very sunny day, so it was so bright and plants inside the restaurant look beautiful. I do recommend my friend to go and I would like to visit in dinner time again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience5

Locale ed atmosfera incantevole! Mi ero recato per trascorrere la domenica è fare il Brunch con mia moglie! Non ho mai mangiato un bruch composto da sole due portate! Un antipasto ed un secondo piatto. Costo elevato decisamente elevato! Peccato!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love it when we come here, but I did something extra special by adding a message on our menu for my fiancé. AND HE LOVED IT!!! He’s actually framing it. The food was awesome! They got us drunk😂😂😂😂 and the dessert was amazing with every bite. We are coming back for Mother’s Day so that we can spread the joy of the menu and the ambiance with our favorite people on earth. Thank you River Cafe for allowing us to dine with you this weekend

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

S
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable setting lovely ambience and fantastic service. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. I loved all the flowers 🌷

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was our engagement meal but disappointed that we where put at the back of the room , there was an electrical lead to a lamp passing through us . I did pre warn them about my intentions of proposal and all we had in return was congratulations

SK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second dining experience at River Cafe. It is hard to top the magic of the first time for any occasion but we had seats with a wonderful view of the river and the food and service were spectacular. We will be back when we visit NY again!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engagement celebration.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Under the Brooklyn Bridge the views back to Manhattan are stunning. The service is courteous and extremely professional. The food is the best I have had in the USA. Can’t be faulted!

GC
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect place, amazing location , superb food, unparalleled view , sublime flowers

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was excellent! The wait staff was excellent and the food was amazing!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Veel te snelle bediening

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CC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delivers on its promises. The food was excellent but maybe a tad on the conservative side. Service side very good made it all a very pleasurable experience. Ok

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible. We went here for my birthday dinner and view definitely matched their food. The service was impeccable too. Sure it's expensive - but it's once of those restaurants for special occasions.

PL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe is a special setting meant for special celebrations. The atmosphere, setting, service and food are all top notch but it is expensive. A brunch for 4 with only 2 drinks cost just over $400 with tip. We loved it and had a good time but just be forewarned.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was between good and mediocre. I told before hand that I try to stay away from cream. I’m not deadly allergic, but I’m intolerant. Either the staff member did not deliver this information or the chef didn’t care. I got sick from what I’m guessing must be the potato puree. So our dinner night celebrating my birthday ended very painfully for me. I started feeling sick after two bites and stopped eating. It was the last course. I didn’t even have the energy to say something to anyone and I was too disappointed to spend the energy honestly. I just wanted to get out if there at that point. I’m so glad I came here, so I’m not going to wonder how cool this place must be. I know not to ever come again.

I
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect from the beginning to the end. Four sisters were in NYC to celebrate the 70th Birthday of one.
I had requested a window table and said we were celebrating a birthday.
All wishes were granted. The Birthday girl and two others had never been to The River Cafe. I had been a few times.
They were in awe of the location, view, flowers and service.
A lovely memory that will stay for a long time.

SS
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always loved The River Cafe! It’s been a while since we’ve been back but this visit just re-affirmed that this is still one of our all time favorite places! The views are spectacular and the food and service excellent!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinning experience!

BM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice place but they didn't have the lamb and the price fixe lunch no longer includes dessert (it used to).

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best

G
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pear salad, the crab cakes, the lamb and the steak. All delicious and delectable. A jambalaya of flavors that will take your palate to heights not ever reached before. The outside and inside decor, super romantic and beautiful. The service was perfect, specifically by Michael and his assistants; everyone was very patient by pleasing us in taking our time ( 3 hours)going through the experience of celebrating my wife’s birthday. Also loved the music. A must come back and neighborhood gem.

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