River Cafe

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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.
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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow...we were WOWED @ the River Cafe today @ Sunday Brunch!
Starting with the manager who made possible my party of 7, an increase from 6!

The River Cafe restaurant is nestled right under the Bklyn Bridge, easy commute from NY, NJ, Staten Island. The restaurant offers spectacular views of the Bklyn Bridge and Manhattan Skyline! ✅They provide valet parking to patrons with a reservation✅
The service by EVERYONE...friendly personal attention...attentive hostess and staff that caters to your every need ... just amazing! ✅ It is clear that they work hard at the Customer Experience to keep patrons returning.
Now the food...the food!!! 3 words...delicious, tasty, creative!✅
Yes, it’s a but pricey, but the overall experience made it well worth it!! We will definitely be back next summer for dinner!✅

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

If you really care for your significant other and want to have an amazing time in NYC, then you most certainly should consider bringing them to the River Cafe. (S)he won't be disappointed😀 Exquisite food and outstanding service all round!... and what a great sight to boot! Bring something warm in case you wish to spend 5-15 mins outside on the observation deck.

DD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the absolute best from beginning to end. The ambiance, the food, the service...a very special place. Worth every penny.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful environment with incredible views of the city. Everything we tried was delicious. Service perfect. Price as expected.

GL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service are excellent.
Valet parking is a nice extra bonus.

I love the piano player.

It's a world of leisure and indulgence. Everyone should get the chance to experience it.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The restaurant was over price the chairs was not contruble the person how take my order was horrible i will never going back and never recommend this restaurants

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

What a load of overpriced tut. Bang average food. Bang average cheap wine. Two for dinner $830. Total joke

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful. Didn’t get the window seat I asked for months ago but I know everyone asks for their special occasion. I would like if you noted that we have been going for special occasions for 15 years and recognize us with a “welcome back”. That’s all..... you don’t have to give us anything else special.

h
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are so many exciting new things to do while in New York! We make it a practice not to repeat experiences but this is our exception!! We will visit here EVERY time we come to the city!!! A must!!

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! The martinis were the best the lobster superb, the steak tartare a gem. The soufflé was a big problem aNd a Big bore. But it is a six-star place!!!!

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful view and surroundings fs, ideal for an event, the service is great. Classic good quality foods.

AM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing and perhaps best dining experience anywhere.

Food was perfect and the service the best.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Next Year, same place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

NYC旅行最終日に訪れました。昼の軽食で、パンケーキとアボカドトースト食べました。食事はどれも美味しく、サーブもとても気を使っていただきました。お店の雰囲気も外の景色も良く満足です。

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a New York institution, just the best. The job they did rebuilding after Sandy is amazing. I make it a point to go there very few years, am never disappointed. Can't say enough good things about it!!

OD
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

Amazing place! High professional crew, the food- to die for! Unforgettable experience, definitely coming back again. My wife said that she wants every her Birthday to celebrate in this place . Thank you !

r
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Personnalized and very refined welcome, in à very quiet place: a garden of Eden in front of the wonderfull skyline of New York by night.
We came from France and were here to celebrate my 50th birthday and the finishing of the marathon. At the end of a succulent diner, there was a charming surprise for dessert.
An absolute unforgettable memory!
Thank you River Café and ils staff!

n
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, great service, great food. A real treat one of the best in New York.

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

River Cafe always provides the most professional service, the most delicious food and the most incredible view of any restaurant in New York City. I have been going to River Cafe for more than 20 years and it has never disappointed. The gorgeous floral arrangements when you first walk in set the tone for a spectacular dining experience! The view of Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and of course the Brooklyn Bridge are like no other and are only out done by the wonderful food and service!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wunderbar!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff at River Cafe was outstanding! Jake at the bar who prepared great drinks, Joshua who found us the same table as 12 years before and Jake who made wonderful wine recommendations. We wanted a special evening for our daughter’s birthday and The Rivet Cafe delivered again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely stunning! Wonderful views of the city, delicious cuisine and a very extensive wine list!

NY
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you want a memorable dining experience with outrageous views of the Brooklyn bride and Manhattan this is your place. Very price but oh so worth it. Phenomenal service and our meals were perfect. I ordered the duck breast which was quite possibly the best I’ve ever had and my aunts steak was perfectly cooked medium rare. Drinks were stiff and delicious. This place is a must for anyone’s bucket list!

RC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The views are amazing and be sure to check out the garden out front. The staff was extremely attentive. I proposed to my girlfriend before we went in for dinner. The maitre d, Josh made our evening exceptional. The staff made my fiancee and I feel very special and helped us celebrate a romantic evening. I highly recommend for a special evening or to celebrate a special occasion.

d
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most romantic and beautiful atmosphere of any restaurant anywhere! The food is amazing, the music amazing, friendly and efficient wait staff and overall a top notch dining experience. This is our new favorite celebration restaurant. We will definitely be back. And we'll be sure to get the chocolate Brooklyn Bridge for dessert again!

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

food A Service A+ Wine list C. note well chosen and way over priced

BT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. An elegant restaurant, the view is fantastic and really makes it special and the service is first rate. Great for a special treat. The prix fixe lunch is a good deal, but be prepared for a substantial bill increase after adding drinks and dessert. Lunch for three with dessert and non-alcoholic drinks (water, soda, coffee) came to almost $350 (with tip).

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food I have ever eaten with one of the most stunning views in the world. For a special occasion in New York I don’t think there is anywhere that could top the River Cafe.

MO
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

It is a magical place with a beautiful view. It was a perfect place for my wife's birthday in New York.

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

too noisy
too fast service
pushing us out the door as soon as possible
incredible view

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good but expensive. Beautiful views. Old style.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience with my husband at The River Café. The view is just breathtaking, the food excellent and the service great.
I have to be honest, I don’t think I would go again and spend all that money for a three course menu and a glass of Champagne. I am sure the prices are too high, however if you can afford a 450 dollars dinner I would recommend it to someone as a lifetime experience.

JT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my friend here for her birthday. What a special treat it was. So lovely with fresh flowers on the table, soft piano music, spectacular view of Manhattan, and excellent menu. Ralph was our waiter and he was so knowledgeable of the menu he made the perfect recommendations for us. I will definitely go there again!

PM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional in every way

Great setting, food and ambience

l
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

2nd visit in 3 days. Same amazing service and outstanding breakfast. Will certainly return!

p
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

We went here for breakfast - spent over $230 for two- not worth the special occasion I'm afraid.
Food was of good standard but service a little slow and having tinpot $9 for extra coffee was poor. Had planned a dinner event but glad we did not. Would not recommend or return and we have dined in Michelin restaurants worldwide .

BO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful evening from the host to the bar to the table. All involved were awesome!! We will definitely make this a must visit each time we come to NYC!!

l
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing breakfast. Really amazing service - they really look after you! We had pancakes, omelette and eggs Benedict - all very tasty. Great view even on a rainy day!

SC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister and I had a wonderful time at River Cafe for Sunday Brunch. The food, atmosphere and service were perfect in every way. We look forward to going again on our next trip to New York!!

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. It's nice to find a place that hasn't forgotten how fine dining should be done.

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