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River Cafe

4.8
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8436 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8436 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
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4.8
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great staff. Thank You to the maitre d' and Wait staff for making my wife and I happy on our anniversary. We will be coming back for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere of the place is excellent, it has an incredible view of the Brooklyn bridge. Service is unbeatable, sommelier made an excellent pairing recommendation. I loved the place. About food, may be I was expecting it a little bit more outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got engaged to my Gf right before our dinner and we had a fabulous evening! Treated so well throughout and the food/wine etc. was top notch!

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AnthonyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know the term “Disney Magic”?

That’s what I felt dining at River Cafe.

Food? Phenomenal.
Service? Impeccable.
Ambience? Mesmerizing.

Once you dine here, you’ll never want to dine anywhere else.

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vipMary430
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I came here to celebrate my 5 year wedding anniversary. We’ve been here on several occasions and have always been treated politely by the hostess. This time however was another story. Upon requesting for a seat facing the water we were told the seats were only for “regulars” which is interesting because we’ve sat in those seats before. The tables then remained empty for over an hour. As we ate our meal, we watched two different couples request to sit near the water granted and one other couple even returned down the table. The food and wine were exceptional. However the poor customer service experience by the hostess will forever leave a sour taste.

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Jackie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend coming here for a nice dinner in Dumbo. Beautiful views, great food, and beautiful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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dennis
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best over all service food was excellent as always can not beat the view

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viptimothyl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Location is very nice under the Brooklyn bridge. Parking is difficult unless you come down the right street (water st) to pull into the driveway to capitalize on the free valet service. Otherwise parking is tough in the area. Food was good, lamb was a bit under seasoned but well cooked. Desserts were great. Drinks were nice and strong. We sat by the entrance to the outdoor patio. I wished we could’ve been closer to the water.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantástic place, great service and amazing food !!!!

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NeilW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service, & killer views of lower Manhattan.

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ReginaldO
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food.
Especially enjoyed the Sea Bass.

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vipRebeccaC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening. Service and food were incredible, matched by unbelievable views of Manhattan, made for an exceptional evening we will not soon forget.

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AAAAAA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

not seated as required even with two weeks ahead of time

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vipJoann
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say the food here is amazing!!! This was my friend’s birthday and we got pri-fixed menu. For appetizer, we ordered wild shrimp and foie gras, that really melts in your mouth. For entree, we got lamb chop and branzino which also surprised me. And my favorite part is the dessert. Brooklyn bridge shaped chocolate mousse is so tasty! Definitely will come back!!!!

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KathrynM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely celebratory dinner with my boyfriend. Beautiful ambience and delicious meal.

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vipednafan
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The perfect setting for a lovely night out for someone craving an excellent meal, beautiful setting and lovely weather. We live in Midtown and the East River Ferry down and back was a perfect framing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was good, but not spectacular, which it should be for what they charge. Waiter service was glacial — mostly our waiter was nowhere to be found. The busboys do all the work here. I guess since we didn’t look as rich as everyone else, we didn’t really matter, even though we dropped more than $500.00. There was no attempt to be welcoming or even cordial really. And again, the busboys do all the work and are super friendly— they all deserve raises and promotions.

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vipSoHolover
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous views, wonderful dining on the terrace, socially distant, and delicious! Verrry expensive, very small portions, champagne flat but $25/glass, nice for a birthday or dinner for big spenders with lots of PPP!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just superb. First the ambience and view - stunning. Best in NYC hands down. The lights of Manhattan provides a jaw dropping backdrop. Next the service - above outstanding! Thanks so much to Andrea and Ricardo for making our evening so special. You are the best. And finally the food, four stars. Delicious and creatively prepared. I have lived in NY and London, travelled widely, and this is one of the most enjoyable dinner experiences ever.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very pleasant. Food was delicious. I would definitely return again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely date night at The River Cafe. The dishes were delicious and beautifully plated. The staff were gracious and hospitable. I have only ever been the The River Cafe for brunch and was pleasantly surprised to find dinner to be such an elegant and elevated experience. It was our first “fancy dinner” since the lockdown began! What a nice way to get back into it.

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vipClarissa
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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ShabanaM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Highly recommend and will definitely be back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the most special evenings of my families lives. From the service to the food to the atmosphere, the whole night was perfect. We will certainly be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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raulo
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, view, service, and food. Definitely worth going to!

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CarolineN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Valet was hard to find, and food came in very little portions.

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SkenderT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love your restaurant very much! Food and service was great! Thank you very much!

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dukediner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extraordinary, as was the view. The servers were attentive and the ambiance was very romantic. Perfect place for a fancy date night!

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JackO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The widely spaced tables made conversation easy, the open views of the river were delightful, the staff their usual courteous and efficient selves and the food was exactly what one has come to expect of River Cafe. It was a wonderful evening.

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vipEnnaandPik
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting. Majestic view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Impeccable service, that managed to be warm and friendly and totally committed to our pleasure. The food was creative, delicious, and simply exquisite. Can't imagine a better place to have celebrated a birthday. Considering we are in the midst of a pandemic, we felt safe and pampered with a table on the terrace at the water. This is not an inexpensive evening but one we hope to do again, weather it's a birthday or not. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always Celebrate family occasions at the River Café. They always exceed our expectations. The best restaurant ever!

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LoriD
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around OUTSTANDING, service, view, food. The staff made it a special birthday dinner to remember, we've been bragging about our beautiful table, dinner and view to all of our friends. Cannot wait to visit again. Would recommend 1,000,000%

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vipnrdb11
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!!!! Gorgeous setting, amazing service, wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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vipthomasb
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience with great service, wonderful menu offerings and the decor/view is always captivating. Happy to be back given the extended coronavirus closure and quarantine. The attention to detail in every aspect of your experience sets them apart from all other restaurants.

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NeilC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The river café is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. We were a bit skeptical about experience may be like during this Covid time. We were pleasantly surprised with a beautiful set up of tables. Food was consistently good as ever and servers on point

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Manny
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The simpler 3 course menu ahead plenty of good options and my fiance and I were thoroughly impressed by the service and atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Also plenty of great photo opportunities on site and nearby if that's your sort of thing. It's nestled right under the Brooklyn Bridge.

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8436 OpenTable diners.

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