River Cafe

4.8
8392 reviews
$50 and over
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 8392 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.3
Value
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

what an amazing experience! this place is not something you can read about it, nor appreciate in photos. nothing comes even close to the atmosphere, quality of service, creativity of it's menu and their attention to details and neccesities of each guest. If you can afford it, you NEED to try it out, even once in your lifetime.

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Alrod
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, flavorsome food and ideal service. Will return again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the greeting to the goodbye, it was perfect across the boards. No weak links at all. The food was marvelous, as usual, and the setting is like no other in the city.
The River Cafe is our go-to destination for special occasions, because they always deliver a first class experience.

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FredP
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An outstanding, albeit pricey experience as would be expected at a restaurant of this caliber.
The location is outstanding, the food superb, and the staff exemplary.

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vipLindaH
Denver
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique, special and great service! The food was wonderful and the ambiance was great!

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Chris123
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, very attentive and knowledgeable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant with delicious food and amazing service. A wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good and unique

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FrankL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The River Café more than lived up to expectations! What an amazing view from every seat in the restaurant, amazing food, great drinks, and great service! Alex took good care of us and we had a great discussion about whisky. We will definitely be back when we return to New York.

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JonathanY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a pleasure dining at The River Cafe. Their attention to detail was unlike any other restaurant I’ve dined at. Each staff member was focused on ensuring that the night was one to remember. The food was top notch and I left very satisfied. Good value for money.

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DanS
New England
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We come here every year. Beautiful setting and excellent cuisine.
The best restaurant that I have ever been to !

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing views amazing dinner and wine will go again i love it

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FatimaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would love to come back again.
Food was excellent and love the view as well. Amazing experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Reserved 2+ months in advance, they contacted me weekly to confirm, which I did. Then they called days before to confirm, which I did. Then asked about my special occasion, which I confirmed. Got to the restaurant and after all that they sat us in a small booth, near the back corner and away from anything that felt special. Really? Food was excellent and service was great until we were done and then no one to be found for our bill so we waited and finally flagged someone down to help. Frustrating experience overall.

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vipJohnE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, food, and ambience werw amazing. Perfect place to celebrate our wedsing anniversary.

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MelKel27
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience. The staff is extremely attentive; the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable food and experience. The views of the city are beautiful. Will return for sure

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JohnT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

30th Wedding Anniversary. The total experience from the staff to the food to the ambiance was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fue una experiencia única, la comida, el servicio y el lugar son fantásticos, debo decir que no es nada económico pero si tienes la oportunidad, Do it !

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me encanto el lugar ! Lo recomiendo totalmente , la comida excelente y el servicio igual ! Reserva con tiempo que esta súper lleno

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Hermoso lugar, gran ambiente. La comida es buena y la atención también. El precio es caro unos dólares 300 por persona

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ArislendyR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service from the minute you show up to their front door, till when you get to exit. Amazing time and excellent venue. View was great! Food was brought up on time, not to mention how delicious it was. I will definitely be back. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and he loved it. 10/10.

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LoriM
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The River Cafe is a very special place. Elegant atmosphere with outstanding service. Fixed price menu with several delicious appetizer, entree, and dessert choices. Portions are not large but there was plenty and we left very satisfied.
Breathtaking views of the Manhattan night skyline from all over the restaurant. We recommend arriving early for photo ops on the adjacent pier and in their beautiful courtyard.
Men are required to wear a jacket, and ties are preferred.
Get your reservation early. This place is quite popular.

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Maxinem
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful ambience, great food--especially the foie gras appetizer--worth the cost!

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QuijanoG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

Wow - what a place but WOW - WHAT A TERRIBLE ATTITUDE.
First of all, nothing is genuine - let's start there.
This place is no welcoming AT ALL. Everyone is a robot, programmed to act as if they're providing outstanding service but you can see right through it. The location is amazing, the restaurant beautiful - everything seems to work, but it falls way short.
No one is genuine, they are aware they are in a very fancy restaurant and they just act as if.
The first guy you see is literally blocking your way asking: "What can I do for you..." No question mark... When it should be- "Good evening! Welcome! Do you have a reservation for tonight? " Then, the girls inside have ZERO personality. No questions no chit chat, no fun pitch telling you about where you are - only worried about you not following their dress code.
Remember! You're about to spend a boatload of money for so-so food!
At this place, with these prices it should be all be P-E-R-F-E-C-T !
The headwaiter is another robot with no personality and they sit you at a table with a cable that runs between you and your date.
The view of the harbor is blocked partially by a huge awning and reservations in the earlier slots get crappier tables.
Then - the selling begins, done in a style that makes you feel as if they think you can't afford to be there but that even if you can they will almost guilt you into buying the extra items to raise their revenue to the tune of $300 per person.
If I go to this place and I want a glass of wine or a bottle of wine or two - I ask for it... I don't need someone coming to my table every 5 minutes to sell it to me - it's ridiculous.  There were at least 10 employees standing right by our table  waiting to pounce on tables interrupting and being kind of a pain.
Then comes the food.  SURPRISINGLY NOT THAT GREAT! As a contender for a culinary art contest - yes... but as a gastronomy contendor I would give it a B+ at most.
The octopus appetizer was sublime and it overshadowed the extre

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originalq
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my boyfriend for special surprise birthday dinner here, one of the best experiences I've had.
The food was amazing, the staff friendly, and so courteous. The service was impeccable, they were on top of every step of how the timing the food was brought out and to when the water was poured.

Definitely will be coming back here again for special occasions

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

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AngelyR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved it, everything is good, the food is spectacular, the ambience is cool, the service and the attention 10/10 I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Food, Service, and Ambiance was great but you have to get buy Appetizers, and dessert along with your Entrée. Makes this place very expensive and I don’t know if it was mandatory but the waiter pitched it to me as if it was and when I got the bill I was shocked! To say the least…

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary. Fabulous as usual! Hope to return soon.

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SYLVIAJ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not have chosen a better place! The venue, the location, the view, the service, staff and last but not least, the food…all outstanding!

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JamesH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrate our anniversary here every year. It is always a pleasure to make the trip here from the Jersey Shore. The food is always top notch and the service impeccable. I highly recommend eating here.

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vipRosario28
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

JUST AMAZING, WE HAD A TABLE BY THE WINDOW AND ENJOYED NOT ONLY THE FOOD BUT THE VIEWS..GROUNDS ARE AWESOME TOO.

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IanS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

They used to do a tasting menu which was a great experience, and made it feel worth the price tag. Now you only get to pick a starter, main and desert for $180… the food was good but definitely not worth the price any more with no tasting menu

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TessaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Romantic atmosphere, beautiful view, delicious meal

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Timetoplay
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a very positive, memorable experience. Ambience and gracious service
are both first class: truly professional but in no way pompous atmosphere.
Can't image anyone not having an very enjoyable experience Prix fixe menu
offers sufficient choices, is delicious and, we thought, fairly priced for NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very bad food

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Ahiram
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, had live piano. Food was great, specially the sides of the main dishes.

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lmabs
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful time celebrating our wedding anniversary at the River Cafe - the food was delicious and interesting, the setting was so romantic, and the best thing (we thought) was the service. We are both long time New Yorkers and this felt like a special, old school New York experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful!! Amazing, best dinner in our trip to NYC

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8392 OpenTable diners.

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 reservations at the moment.

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