About River Cafe

1 Water St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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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.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Open 365 days of the year
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:30am
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Old Fulton St.

Dress Code:
Jacket Required

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 522-5200

Website:
http://www.rivercafe.com/

Entertainment:
The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations.

If you plan to bring a car to The River Café, please call us to find out if parking is available for the date of your visit.

Public Transit:
A or C train to High Street
2 or 3 train to Clark Street
F train to York Street
Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

Executive Chef:
Brad Steelman

Private Party Facilities:
The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

Inquiries about special events or corporate dinners (30 to 100 guests) are handled by Luke Vossen, the Director of Private Events, who will assist in planning every detail. For additional information contact luke@rivercafe.com

Private Party Contact:
Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

River Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.8

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4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (148)
Good for Anniversaries (121)
Good for a Date (116)
Good for Birthdays (76)
Notable Wine List (70)
Worth the Drive (58)
Fit for Foodies (57)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Tasting Menu (48)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Cozy (43)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Authentic (30)
Business Meals (29)
Great for Brunch (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Historic (25)
Live Music (17)
Outstanding Value (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Groups (12)
People Watching (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Seasonal (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Fun (6)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Private Room (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Modern Decor (3)
Family Style (3)
Molecular Gastronomy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Casual (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
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Fireplace (1)
Spicy (1)
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Everything on the menu was unique and so ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 hours ago

Everything on the menu was unique and something we were not familiar with. We chose the lamb and lobster dishes and both were amazing. It allowed us to try something new and we were not disappointed

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Flawless!!!!!

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Flawless!!!!!

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Celebrated my 20th Anniversary Wine, Foo ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Celebrated my 20th Anniversary

Wine, Food and service exceeded my expectations... The staff was very attentive!

Thx for a memorable evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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Definitely one of the best restaurants t ...

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Definitely one of the best restaurants to which i have been. Amazing food, service and a view "to die for." And free parking. Really perfect. And a beautiful place. Everyone was SO NICE!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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Restaurante fantástico, melhor experiênc ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Restaurante fantástico, melhor experiências gastronômica que já tive! Recomendo...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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Amazing views and amazing food- no matte ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing views and amazing food- no matter what you pick! One the best restaurants in NYC.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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Absolutely phenomenal food and service ...

 
 (Miami)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal food and service pricey but well worth it . Special surprise dessert for our engagement !!

Tags: Historic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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My children and I had Sunday brunch at t ...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

My children and I had Sunday brunch at this restaurant. The service was gracious and attentive. The food was creative and delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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What a lovely spot, over the water in DU ...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

What a lovely spot, over the water in DUMBO looking at lower Manhattan, and including the Statue of Liberty! We went for Sunday brunch, and could not have been more pleased. The service was old-fashioned but not stuffy or intrusive, and superb. The food was excellent, including our Wagyu steak tartare, scallops cerviche, Lobster and crabmeat dish and branzino. Cannot recommend too highly.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, , Scenic View
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Always a wonderful experience dining at ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Always a wonderful experience dining at the river cafe. You feel like royalty and the food is out of this world, not to mention the beautiful views. A truly amazing dining experience!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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Lamb dish was the best lamb ever. Serv ...

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Lamb dish was the best lamb ever. Service was impeccable. Ambiance was one of a kind, overlooking East River and Manhattan skyline.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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Excellent service, food and ambiance. Th ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent service, food and ambiance. The view is outrageous and the people are friendly and not overtly "stuffy".

Tags: Authentic, Historic, Waterfront, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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Excellent! I'm looking forward to making ...

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent! I'm looking forward to making this a regular stop.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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Great atmosphere, staff very attentive, ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great atmosphere, staff very attentive, amazing food and wine. Never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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Beautiful ambiance with views of the riv ...

 
 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Beautiful ambiance with views of the river and Brooklyn bridge and even Statue of liberty.

Service was excellent.

Cocktails - French 77 was exotic and one of the best I have had.

Food on the other hand was good but not great.

Would definitely recommend for a special evening out

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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Celebrated in the cafe birthday of her h ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Celebrated in the cafe birthday of her husband during a trip to New York. Very beautiful and romantic place with a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. The food is tasty and delicious! Service at the highest level!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music
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Great restaurant, as always. We enjoyed ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great restaurant, as always. We enjoyed the food, wine, views and service. Highly recommended for special occasions. One of the best views in the city.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Live Music, Scenic View
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Our return to the River Cafe was not a d ...

 
 (London)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Our return to the River Cafe was not a disappointment

The service is stunning from Holly greeting us at the door, the barman, the serving staff of mention Alex from Peru

It is a very special place -we can't imagine a trip to NYC and not going - although it is an expensive treat!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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Fantastic food & service. Really lovely ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Fantastic food & service. Really lovely evening.

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A memorable evening! A special thanks t ...

 
 (Kiel & SH)·Dined on February 9, 2017

A memorable evening!

A special thanks to the sommelier. I can get passiononate about the wine, and he really went the extra mile with me.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Romantic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, , Notable Wine List
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Excellent meal in beautiful waterside lo ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Excellent meal in beautiful waterside location and views of the NYC skyline.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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one of the best meals in a long time.... ...

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2017

one of the best meals in a long time....

it seemed that truly elegant dining--with discreet, attentive, careful, knowledgeable service people, a beautiful ambiance, and excellent food--had disappeared along with the charles masson era at la grenouille, but it still lives in brooklyn heights at the river cafe. a very nice surprise, and a very special treat. (only an occasional one, however; be aware that in the evening one has a choice only of a $125 prix fixe or an even more expensive tasting menu. so with wine and coffee, a meal is north of $150pp.)

if the tariff isn't a disincentive, this is a nice meal-stop before the nearest neighborhood distraction--st. ann's warehouse theater. the river cafe was considerate enough to allow us to leave our car at the restaurant while we went to the theater--a real boon in a hard-to-park-in area.

except for the shock of the prix fixe (i shd have checked...but who does prix fixe anymore anyway?), the experience cd hardly have been better....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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Don't know how it could have been any ni ...

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Don't know how it could have been any nicer! Pricy, but delivered excellence in food, service, and atmosphere. It is nice when reality lives up to the hype.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy
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Wonderful venue for a last night in NYC. ...

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Wonderful venue for a last night in NYC. Server was delightful girl trying to get a part in a show. Food was worth the price just for the presentation. Will be back. Make sure you can help your Uber driver find it.

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An unique environment for a special occa ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2017

An unique environment for a special occasion. Breathtaking views and thorough service. Worth to travel to NYC just for this place.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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The people and the service is outstandin ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2017

The people and the service is outstanding. They make you feel very welcome

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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Excellent food, service and attention to ...

 
 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Excellent food, service and attention to detail with a great view. A bit expensive but worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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Went for anniversary date night. Food is ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Went for anniversary date night. Food is not worth the cost at all and felt like they were just trying to upsell us. Have had much better meals for less. View isn't good unless you are seated right by the window (which is cold). Can't hear piano unless you're right next to it. Ambiance is stuffy, i.e. asked someone to take a picture and were told they could do it in 5-10 minutes. Wouldn't recommend.

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Great place, great people, personable se ...

 
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great place, great people, personable service, beautiful flowers and terrific food. What's not to like !

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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Fantastic! Great service and food!

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Fantastic! Great service and food!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Waterfront
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Superb. Everything was perfection, from ...

 
 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Superb. Everything was perfection, from start to finish. The cuisine was beyond compare, as was the attentive service. Our first visit, and certainly not the last.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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Great views nice ambiance food was ok

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great views nice ambiance food was ok

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This restaurant is spectacular in all re ...

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This restaurant is spectacular in all

respects. We had a marvelous afternoon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Historic
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Excelente lugar y comida me pareció un l ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Excelente lugar y comida me pareció un lugar elegante apto para festejar un evento especial

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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The foo was amazing, the view was amazin ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The foo was amazing, the view was amazing, and the service was amazing!

Tags: Waterfront, , Creative Cuisine
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The entire experience was spectacular!

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The entire experience was spectacular!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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Amazing experience. Great food. Excellen ...

 
 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Amazing experience. Great food. Excellent service. Incredible View.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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Increíble el lugar, es una cena cara en ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Increíble el lugar, es una cena cara en nyc, pero lo vale, los platos son abundantes, y los vinos increibles

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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Went for a birthday at it was delightful ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Went for a birthday at it was delightful! the room and view were charming and spectacular. The restaurant has stayed true to what it is...charming and romantic new york.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Historic, Waterfront, Cozy, Authentic
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Hermoso lugar a orillas del Hudson, la v ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Hermoso lugar a orillas del Hudson, la vista nocturna es alucinante. Demasiado estrictos con el dress code.

Atencion de primerisima. Comida excelente. Solo se llega en taxi/Uber

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