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.
What Insiders Are Saying
A special-occasion restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Excelente lugar , muy lindo, y muy buena comida.
The RC provided a wonderful, accommodating, and very special dining experience and is a more than excellent choice for dinner. From the moment you arrive at that part of DUMBO, you begin to experience the special atmosphere they’ve prepared for their guests; from the lighting in the trees, crickets chirping in the background, lovely walk into the property in their lush, mood-lit garden. Once inside, the service staff takes over; professional and over the top “on-it”, but not stuffy. As they knew it was our daughter’s 30th birthday, we were sat riverside at a lovely table by the window with a beautiful view of Manhattan at night. Very importantly, she felt like a queen...just what we had hoped from this classic and well loved establishment. ...and bonus, my wife and I are vegan and the River Cafe has a vegan and vegetarian menu, from which we ordered; the preparation and craft for these dishes was delicious! Attentive table service just right too. We’ll be back...maybe tonight!
Complete experience invites you in from bustling Brooklyn scene to a quiet nautical oasis complete with secret garden. Cared for every step of the way with excellent service so much so you almost forget you came for a meal. The menu is so well thought out and the food is truly excellent from preparation to presentation. Perfect portions leave you completely satiated without feeling you have over eaten.
Ce restaurant est magnifique...le service, la nourriture et le personnel....FLAWLESS...et la vue de Manhattan ❤️❤️❤️
Got engaged to my fiancee in the garden! The restaurant is incredible. Great food and amazing service. Definitely worth a visit.
Our new favorite go to restaurant for our celebrations. What an amazing restaurant! From the very beginning, walking through the gardens to the entrance, the beautiful entrance foyer with all the plantings, the magnificent dining room overlooking the best view of Manhattan, with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Freedom Tower and the East River with all the boats, right outside. Amazing! The service was impeccable, the food was superb and the piano player added to the amazing ambience. I had the crabcake appetizer, which was delicious. My main dish was the lobster, which was excellent. My husband had the 3 shells appetizer, which he thoroughly enjoyed, and he had the strip steak, which was divine! Cooked to perfection and delicious (I had a taste). The dessert we both had was probably the most creative and delicious dessert we've had in NYC, and we're foodies. We go to many Michelin Star restaurants. It was the Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge dessert. Amazing! The presentation was so artistic. The bridge was made of chocolate, the base of the bridge was a chocolate mousse with chocolate crumbles as the base, served with coconut sorbet. Just amazing! Wow! This is our new celebration destination!
Absolutely lovely place to have dinner. The atmosphere is really cosy. Really enjoyed that the restaurant is quiet as many other places are very noisy. The food is really good and beautifully decorated.
The team at River Cafe could not be more courteous, professional and welcoming. Patrick, the host, was gracious enough to inform us a table had opened up on the window and we were able to enjoy the finest view in Manhattan. The food was absolutely fantastic, albeit pricey. Given the level of service and the quality of the room, I was more than happy to pay for it!
Service and food was excellent, but maitre d'hotel he said some kind of nonsense, we asked to give us a table by the window, but he said that another couple would be sitting there, at the anniversary. this is complete nonsense, we also had an anniversary, and when we arrived there were 4 tables by the window.
Absolutely perfect in every way. Service excellent, location perfect, food delicious!
This was really very special in every way - Thanks
the best experience my wife and I have had, the service, the food and the place were excellent and the attention from Ricky Granados was the best
Final day of a family vacation, exquisite cuisine housed in a quaint building with truly eye-popping views!
An event we’ll always treasure!
We had an incredible dining experience. There isn’t a better place to celebrate a special occasion.
The atmosphere is amazing for celebrating special events, all the food are delicious especially the foie gras. The service is amazing as well. Will definitely recommend to others and will for sure visit again.
Great place for dinner tucked away under the bridge. The entree and appetizer were great, but the chocolate dessert shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge was absolutely amazing and I love my chocolate! The servers were very attentive but didn’t impose. I would definitely recommend.
Wow! What a beautiful experience! Thanks to the friendly, caring staff & talented chefs for making our meal as spectacular as the views! The halibut was thin crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside & totally fresh. The duck with farro was absolutely amazing, and the cocktails were delightful. We will be back!
Absolutely the best restaurant in Brooklyn, and possibly all of Manhattan!
My wife and I had an awesome experience at the River Cafe for brunch. We had a table nearest to the window looking over the East River towards Manhattan. The drinks and food were very good. the food was filling, would have liked a little larger portion. Service was great, the staff was friendly and helpful. A very nice experience.
Wonderful from start to finish!
A MUST!! Go and experience it for sure! Amazing service and food!
The food, ambience, and view cannot be beaten. The service is excellent. It’s no wonder the River Cafe remains a favorite after all these years. I will be back again.
Absloulty amazing the waitress was perfect!
We got engaged there and went back to celebrate ... and have gone over the years .... and again... 28 years later... it didn’t disappoint ...
The River Cafe is one of the finest "old school" restaurants in NY, without a doubt. Starting with the way you're greeted when you arrive, it's one of the best dining experiences in New York. Cheers, enjoy.
Service wasn’t great by the “captain” as they call him, but the sommelier was very kind and knowledgeable.
We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was good. The salmon crudo wasn’t anything special, but the shrimp with white asparagus, cheese ravioli, and steak and mashed potatoes were great. The Riesling that was served with the shrimp was our favorite.
Dessert was the signature Brooklyn bridge chocolate with cake. The chocolate was very good.
Fabulous! Food drinks view service all excellent!
It was brilliant! The view is amazing !!!!!!!! The prices are ok , you get a perfect service and a great food so it’s worth it!
Very expensive and not fun. I do not recommend it at all.
An “our place” restaurant - classy, friendly, lovely
Incredible experience, ambiance, scenery, service, and excellent food.
Excellent as usual!!! Looking forward to next time!
Amazing atmosphere, service and food! Great views too!
Outstanding service, table setting and view. The food was superb. This is an expensive evening but for a special occasion it is worth every penny. Even the cocktail (French 77) was the most delicious cocktail ever tasted.
Bello il posto ma troppo troppo affollato, tavoli troppo ammassati e costo alto.
Servizio ottimo , cibo primo e secondi ottimi dolci nella norma .
Over all it was a very beautiful evening. The whole staff were very attentive and friendly. Thank you to the River Café for a beautiful anniversary.
My wife and I have dined at the River Cafe twice, once before, and once after sunset. This of course determines the nature of the beautiful and spectacular view of the Lower Manhattan skyline, across the East River. Your constant companion, of course, the historic Brooklyn Bridge. This only adds to the warm and classic ambiance provided by this one of a kind restaurant. Include expertly prepared and presented delicious food, provided with old style elegance and aplomb, and attentive care, and a Wine Spectator renowned wine list, and you will revel in a memorable dining experience.
I have been there multiple times and have always had an amazing time, but this time was different! Food was price fixed with minimum of 3 servings. Portions were so small and not many choices. Bill was $500 for 2 people and we left hungry! Never again!