Merchants River House

4.2
1359 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 55 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson.

Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare. The expansive menu includes burgers, chicken, salads and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips. Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers and penne pasta.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 1359 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.3
Ambience
3.9
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MikM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Service was subpar. I understand we are in rough times, but you would expect at least a little decency for the service industry in general. They were out of some core menu staples, and the appetizers came with dinner instead of before. But the food we actually ate was great! So if you are willing to set aside appropriate for good food id say dine here but there are plenty or comparable restaurants in this area with great food and great service.

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vipJohnMac
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Inside and outside dining with great water views. Food was excellent with impressive presentation. Reasonable Manhattan pricing for the value.

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

nice to eat with water view.
staff very friendly
waitress rather slow with bringing food
coffee not hot
food good

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CdBBetter
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Gorgeous day so it worked out nicely to sit outside but wait staff don’t wear masks so it’s a little off putting now. My food had to be sent back for more cooking. Ordered a salad with steak medium (lightly pink) and it came more like rare to med rare and blood on plate. They do put it separate so I was glad that wasn’t bleeding on my salad.

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vipHarrisH
London
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience1

Inferior service and attention staff was confused. Good very ordinary. You'll long time btw courses.

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DeniseE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, apps, drinks and entrees were all outstanding and the view couldn’t have been better!

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CarolG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Since there were no outdoor reservations left, we reserved an indoor table that had a lovely view of the river, and the promenade. We were asked to show our vax cards which was great because even though we’re all vaxxed, being inside was a concern as one of our party is more vulnerable than the others. The food was delicious, was served in generous /healthy portions and priced just about what I expected. The staff was very attentive and courteous.

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ChrisEats
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super view, laid back but attentive staff, and great food. Best lobster roll south of Maine. Try the avocado fries and the octopus.

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Share
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The server must have been new. Mixed up our order and didn’t really know what to do. No manager concern. Probably won’t go back.

MB
MarianB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Food. Convenient Location. Friendly Staff. Recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food was chain restaurant quality, terrible slow service. No mention of the birthday cake I requested

PB
PriceyBadServiceNoQuality
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Had a lovely view of sunset over Hudson River/NY Harbor. Friendly staff. They were put of several menu items including Mac-n-Cheese cones and roasted chicken. Which I had wanted. Nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
20 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice treat and a good view made for a satisfying experience
Service was good as was the food

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RachelM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delish, lunchtime...food didn't come with shoestring fries like menu said but they were delish none the less. I had the chicken sandwich that they were able to grill the chicken instead of the fried.

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OLIVIAM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chicken sandwich was DELICIOUS! And the frose was fun as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, staff was very nice and professional. I went at night and the view is spectacular. Highly recommended.

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KevinI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dine here each year on September 11th. Beautiful and relaxing views w great food and service in a great location.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great view of the Hudson. Staff friendly and attentive.

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vipfamily
New York Area
402 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The setting was perfect, over looking the Hudson River and statue of liberty.
The manager accommodated our request for a window table.
Our meal was delicious and the staff professional and knowledgeable. A perfect evening.

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ElsW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

It was ok, a little bit of bugs outside. Very attentive service but also seemed like they really wanted to rush you to get next table in. Fried chicken sandwich was excellent as were the fries.

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vipanotherbethesdadiner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good, we had an attentive server, location is nice, and prices reasonable. Had the scampi and salmon.

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viprice6980
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Service was good, view was beautiful. The steak was so fatty and hard to cut even with a steak knife. The asparagus was fantastic with a little char and extra flavor.

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MisaelS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was great. Service was great! Good place for date or special occasion

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Josh
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

We had like three or four waiters throughout the evening and they all made conversation very awkward and uncomfortable. Not very attentive either. We were going to stay for dessert but it took 45 mins for them to clear our plates so we just opted for the bill and left.

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vipGourmeg
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

The service was harried and the food was okay. What is spectacular is the location facing the Hudson and a walkway Ali g the water.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing. My taste buds are hardly ever so excited as when I ate that food. Highly recommend. Definitely pricy, but so worth.

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Gavin
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to be outside to eat, and Kamila a great server-waitress... awesome place

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MrsELK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I would have given the food 5 stars, except that everything we ordered except the lobster mac and cheese cone was served cold. There needs to be better coordination between the kitchen and the service staff, especially if they are under staffed The service otherwise was first class and the Manager very apologetic and sweet. She did replace my order of steamed mussels, but then the coffee came out cold on arrival. We will definitely return. Sitting outside right by the river in a casual atmosphere is wonderful, but will ask for hot food when ordering.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

Steak was not rested for ample amount of time. The drinks, friendly staff, and views are definitely the highlight of this restaurant.

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SusanK
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome drinks and views

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ASHLEYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The view,ambiance, and wait staff are nice. The food was pretty good too. However, none of the staff were wearing masks, except for one of the hostesses; and they never asked for my vaccination information when seated indoors. I know they dont have to enforce it until September, but it just made me feel uncomfortable that no staff wore masks nor did they ask about vaccination info. The place is also really small. Luckily it wasnt crowed when I went. I would recommend to a friend once they start enforcing the vaccination mandate and if the staff wore masks.

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Towacette
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rainy day but still a great view & so close to 911 memorial.

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NancyP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

We arrived at the back entrance and Were told to go down and around and walk to the front entrance. When we got there, the inexperienced hostess said we were an hour early and made an issue about seating us and wanted us to walk back to the other side again. They were many open and available tables. Finally, someone else came out and approved seating us. Two congenial and attentive waitresses brought us delicious food. Unfortunately, when we asked for the check, we were told the system was down and we would have to wait a bit which was no big deal. We waited 20 minutes. When we finally got the check, I told the person that it would have been nice to offer us A complimentary dessert since we waited so long. After apologizing profusely and telling me I’m right, after waiting 20 minutes she finally offered a dessert. No thank you at that point. They could’ve at least offered us a coffee while we waited. Good meal but we will not be coming back here.

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Page
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

Our daughter asked if the lemonade had free refills and the server confirmed it. When the bill came, we were charged for refills. They removed the charges but made us look cheap. It's the principle and honesty that matters not the money. Also the software broke down so we waited more than thirty minutes for our bill and the dining manager did nothing to assuage the guests.

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Butters
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food is terrific and the wait staff are wonderful

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TanStep
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration was absolutely wonderful and the food was delicious. Service was great (hostess was quite attentive and welcoming)and added view of the Hudson River was spectacular. Love it and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Was fun, only had it been sunny!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

A stormy night in NYC ahead of Henri! We were seated promptly for our reservation. Excellent service. We both ordered the $29 lobster roll. Unimpressive, generic little hot dog roll, toasted for a nano second, partially filled with about a half cup of decent lobster salad. Served tipped on its side on a huge plate with a slew of broken potato chips. The roll looked very lonely and unappetizing. A little more effort guys. 4 bites later and we were outta there.

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DanielleM
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food! great service! love the aesthetic of it.

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mbukur
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Went for our anniversary. Chose this place because it was close to the Van Gogh experience and we went around sunset. Beautiful views of Hudson and lower Manhattan. Menu is simple but food is tasty. Overall very good experience

FAQs

Merchants River House offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 432-1451.

Merchants River House is rated 4.2 stars by 1359 OpenTable diners.

Merchants River House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://merchantshospitality.securetree.com/.

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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