River Cafe

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American
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  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
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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IS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast I’ve ever had. Could not recommend The River Cafe enough. Wonderful and attentive staff with food to match!

GI
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do when in NYC. Perfect location riverside in Brooklyn, overlooking Manhattan.
Wonderful food and superb service from welcoming and professional team.

P
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Ambiance, Food, Service. All top notch.

MC
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say about the restaurant that has not been said already? Answer probably nothing!

We had a wonderful time and although it is comparably expensive it was worth every penny and the view is spectacular😀

RB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wondeful experience. Great food and service

r
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very expensive, but the place has great ambience, great food, and the service is very friendly.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The most wonderful, romantic place. Perfect service, amazing view, s beautiful room.

AC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Had the most delightful dining experience at The River Café.

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance cannot be beat. Simply breathtaking views of Manhattan. My only negative is if you are a vegetarian you pay the fix menu price as someone enjoying the main menu. For example, I had crab cakes and lobster and my husband had vegetables and mushrooms and we both paid the $145 pre-fix price. I would think vegetarians should have a different price... other than that the meal was wonderful. Would go back again!

DN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This trip to the River Cafe offerd the best food we've ever had there and the usual stellar vistas. Our Maitre d', Josh Brown was very accommodating and got us a window seat which really please our friends who had never been there before. The bar staff were very nice to us and very attentive as was most of the wait staff. However, what could have been the first perfect 5 star evening had a damper put on it by our head waiter (tall bald gentleman) who was brusk and unwelcoming. He kept us waiting for more than 10 minutes after we sat down until I called him over and requested some bread service to keep the cocktails we had at the bar at bay until dinner arrived - others around us had already gotten bread. I was greeted with an excuse about we don't usually do bread service till............I had to cut him off politely and request the service. We were very civil with everyone all night. My wife and our friend were also not offered a rest for their purses - others around us had them. It amazes us that a waitstaff who depend on tips (in our case over $1100 check total) can be unpleasant. The waitstaff at Manhatta, where we had lunch the next day, was wonderful all the way around and they are a no-tipping restaurant - fixed service amount included - go figure.

B
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every detail at The River Cafe' is outstanding!
Girls weekend highlight from the champagne to the dessert...

OM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the most quintessential restaurant in the City ( NYC, Brooklyn etc.)

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We went to the River Cafe based on a recommendation from friends. This was due to the view. However the view does not compensate for OK high end food at outrageous prices. Understand marks ups for restaurants but $57 plus 18% for low end wine is a joke. The restaurant has attempted to cram as many tables as possible into the venue. Hence you are best advised to spend your money at other restaurants that offer significantly better value for the food quality. Not recommended.

F
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous dinner at a very special restaurant .

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

雰囲気、料理、サービス良いが、高い。
アメリカなので、仕方ないがサービス料、チップというメニュー表に書いてない部分がかかり高額になる

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner for my beau. Food tasted excellent. Only thing that would have made me give it 5 stars across the board is if the portions were bigger considering the prefix menu of $145 per person.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, one of the best experiences of my entire life. Every dish, every presentation, every pairing was made with so much purpose and passion, it was palpable, and palatable. It was my fiancé’s birthday as well as our anniversary so I decided to go with the 6 course meal and the pairings. So worth it.

Every single dish brought out was beyond exquisite and delectable, some of the most memorable where the crab stuffed shrimp, the Halibut, the aged parm ravioli with shiitake broth, and of course, the highlight, Foie Gras! I’ve had it a handful of times before but this one was cooked to absolute heavenly perfection. So much so, I had our Maitre D mention it to Chef Brad Steelman and he agreed to meet us. He requested we meet him in the kitchen, where we had a tour of his immaculate kitchen and showed us all the upgrades after hurricane Sandy flooded them.

Chef Brad is an absolute gentleman and a scholar of his craft. His artistic culinary experience is one that must be encountered!

Although the price is steep, I wanted the chef to have free reins of his culinary artistic freedom and it was undoubtedly one of the best choices I made. My Fiance was floored as well with the overall experience, and also agreed it was one of her best culinary experiences she’s encountered, and we love to travel and wine/dine in elite circles.

I recommend this experience to anyone looking to be wowed, and to anyone who appreciates good food and is not afraid to think and eat outside the box. If you have the taste buds of a toddler, then I’d suggest you look elsewhere, but if you want an explosion of flavors and a medley of palates then let the chef do his thing! You’ll thank me later ;)

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food was served quickly and was delicious.

LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was nice but it is not as expected for a one star Michelin restaurant

DS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was amazing. Everything would be perfect maybe with less guests: it’s a bit noisy for the class of the restaurant and the view could be even better

E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in America! Stunning view, a different arrangement of fresh flowers on each table, welcoming, expert staff and a perfect pianist. Food and wine fantastic- a sumptuous treat.

MM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Experience our 10 year wedding anniversary! Highly Recommend!!!

CM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I’ve been going to the River Cafe for over 30 years and it is my favorite restaurant without question but this past year, has not been the best. The past few times I’ve gone for dinner the food has had far too much salt. So much that it ruined what would have otherwise been a fantastic fresh tuna appetizer. The service is off as well. We’ve had to ask several times for drinks before they come and flag down someone for service. I will continue to go but will be sure to ask for no salt as you can always add your own and hope that the service steps up a bit as well. It’s still a fantastic place!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant I Recommend it to friends

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

CH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for my birthday on Saturday. Such a great experience! Food was not only delicious, it was presented beautifully. Wait staff was amazing - friendly and engaging while still being incredibly efficient. And the views from the windows facing the East River are stunning. In a word, it was perfect!

M
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was undoubtedly the best dinner I have ever had. My friend and I were visiting New York (it was my first time, and her second) and we wanted to have one fancy dinner. This place has an absolutely phenomenal view of Manhattan so I would definitely recommend going at night. We were promptly greeted and checked on regularly, the food was always promptly delivered and plates taken away promptly when we finished. I was a bit skeptical on the service since we are two 21 year old girls and look young, but we were treated fabulously. It is expensive, but completely worth the price. I left feeling full, and they even gave us complimentary Champagne and window seating to enjoy it. Would absolutely recommend to everyone looking for a nice dinner.

S
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the pleasure of dining @ The River Cafe to celebrate our anniversary. The Maitre d’ was able to seat us @ a window table, so we enjoyed an amazing meal with impeccable service and a beautiful view of the NYC skyline!! This was an amazing experience...highly recommend, but it’s expensive. ; )

N
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very romantic restaurant ! Great view and sorrundings. However there was a lot of noice and a very bad accustic in here!

BB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mater d was wonderful. Special attention the whole time. Food bursts of flavor on tongue. Presentation of food spectacular too

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente lugar, con excelente servicio y ambiente!
Muy recomendable

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view, food and ambience, will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant and experience was amazing, but there were a lot of fruit flies.

JM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are any number of very special wonderful eating and drinking experiences to be had in NYC. There is however , only one River Cafe. It is very special in every way you speak about a dining experience. A true joy to be able to be a part of. Staff , ambiance, service , presentation , food , wine list , trying to think of something to complain about but can’t think of a thing. One more thing ,,,,,,, so nice to have an enforced dress code. Appreciated not having a table of people in cut offs or worse , ruining the serenity of the beautiful surroundings .

PG
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the River Cafe after our elopement and everything was fantastic! Can't fault it and the food was delicious. Amazing view and outstanding service :)

B
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

excelente vista de la ciudad, quizas las mesas son pequenas, lo que se paga en el river cafe sin duda es la vista de la ciudad

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J
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good food although the vegetarian selection could have been most creative. Friendly staff although perhaps a little stuffy. Amazing location with extraordinary views of Manhattan. Perfect for a r ally special occasion.

DR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

You know when you go to the River Cafe that you are going to have a special night of ambience. But to our surprise the food lived up to the Michelin rating. We highly recommend the River Cafe to celebrate a great night.

TD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RC never disappoints! Fab service coupled with exceptional food makes for a perfect evening!

CJ
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River Cafe is a perfect location for that special evening with someone. I truly enjoyed my experience there and would return.

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