River Cafe

4.8
8418 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 8418 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.3
Value
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FatimaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
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 21 hours ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

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QuijanoG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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
36 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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luvNYCvisits
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! The view of the Manhattan skyline was outstanding and the food was creative and delicious. The service was attentive but not intrusive. All of the staff went out of their way to enhance our experience and the piano music added an extra layer of ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you are visiting New York and you want an amazing evening of food, service, and ambiance make a reservation at River Cafe! All was exceptional they deserve at least 2 Michelin stars.

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Truthfully123
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

First let me say that I gave a lot of thought to my ratings because I understand the impact. I am being extremely fair with my recent dining experience our family had with visit to the River Cafe. I had dined their a few months ago to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary and it was a fantastic experience. This is what prompt me to reserve our daughters 30th birthday celebration on October 6th.

We were seated in the back of the restaurant next to the wine glasses and ice buckets. This caused for constant interruption of servers retrieving glasses and ice buckets that contained bottles to replenish drinks. Many times a maître d would stop by the table next to us to discuss the menu, wine selections and would chat with them about their anniversary celebration. We were in very close proximity to the next table and it became quite annoying when the maître d would be chatting with his backside in front of us, coupled with servers constantly reaching for glasses. Many times, it was an “excuse me”, because their reach for glasses would intrude into our personal space at our table.

Our maître d was missing in action. While he did take our order, he didn’t stopped by our table to ensure our dining experience was pleasant. After completing our appetizers, we waited nearly 15 minutes, and no one cleared the table. I had to call a server over to ask him to please remove our plates. Our water glasses were almost empty before they would be refilled, crumbs from the dinner rolls remained on our table. I saw servers tidying up other tables constantly and there was definitely not that special touch or attention to detail performed for us. When the Maitre d brought our check, I told him that I was extremely disappointed with the service. He merely said a couple of people called off, they just don’t want to work, and he would tell management. A poor excuse for a Michelin star restaurant. The Chef did a great job, but the service truly was absent and poor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

very arrogant service. arrogant waiters!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time, we enjoyed

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Morante
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

River Cafe es un lugar espectacular por su comida, su ambiente refinado y la vista a down Manhattan. Es un lugar único que vale la pena conocer. Es una experiencia inolvidable.

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vipBenW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Frankly, the service is chilly and condescending. It almost spoiled the evening.

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barbara
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magical!! Beautiful ambiance
Service exceptional!

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KeithP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant. The food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Increíble cena, experiencia y ambiente. Muy recomendado para todas las edades que busquen tener una experiencia inigualable

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vipPaulG
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A true NYC experience! The venue with its stunning views, the impeccable service and delicious cuisine are all amazing. You have to experience it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing...an unforgettable experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Muy buen lugar!

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River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8418 OpenTable diners.

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