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River Cafe

1 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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(718) 522-5200


  • Sunday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 11:30 am, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Monday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 3:65 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Cafes, Seafood Restaurants

4.6 of 5.0 from 132 reviews

price range:more than $50


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River Cafe Reviews

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  • mkw_1996 reviewIt was my wife's 50th b'day. I called a week ahead for a special table and I was promised a candle on her dessert. I spoke to them 3 times. When we arrived, there were 4 window tables empty. However, even though I was promised one they were not available to us. (The owner had them reserved I was told) My wife did not receive a candle and even though some kind of plaque was promised that was missing too. The food was good and the waitress was nice but the special occasion that I desired was not what I was promised and I would not repeat that mistake again.

    11111 by mkw_1996

  • ChefMozIncredible views (in a lot of movies)- better views than the Water Club over on the Manhattan side.Food's good; service is good; expensiveBest if you can sit where you can look at the NYC/river view

    44444 by ChefMoz.org

  • Mia AAMAZING place, very delicious set menu. I would highly recommend to go on sunset time. It's a bet pricy but absolutely worth it.

    55555 by Mia A

  • Jazzie C.While small and crowded, the service moves fast. The rabbit, duck and lobster. Superb!

    55555 by Jazzie C.

  • Pauline KWe tried the wild shrimp, the rabbit and lobster everything was delicious. Outstanding service and a wonderful view of the south manhattan skyline. Very romantic. Bonus: pianist

    55555 by Pauline K

  • Papa SHad the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairing. So good. Great views of Manhattan. Phenomenal service. James the Captain, Javier, Lewis the wine guy were terrific.

    55555 by Papa S

  • Mary CCelebrating a special birthday!

    55555 by Mary C

  • Mary CGoat cheese - cheese cake!

    55555 by Mary C

  • James K.I believe the appropriate term is 'fancy shmancy'. Great for a special occasion and spectacular views.

    55555 by James K.

  • Trevor MAnybody knows if giving your card's number for making a reservation is a common practice there?

    22222 by Trevor M

  • Paulo RDigno de um restaurante michelin... fantástico

    55555 by Paulo R

  • Irem JWonderful!

    55555 by Irem J

  • kiptripSpecial food menu for Christmas was first class. Great service and amazing views, even if you're sitting further in from the windows.

    55555 by kiptrip

  • hania BThe view is breathtaking,the food is average but the portion is quite big , the service is good but the welcoming was a bit strange they gave us too much rules، I will come again for lunch maybe

    55555 by hania B

  • Alexandre P.Estrela michelin com skyline imperdível de manhattan!! Sempre que venho não falto! Recomendo tb o brunch aos finais de semana.

    55555 by Alexandre P.

  • John SFabulous views and a great location, superb food, great service.. a (very) expensive treat

    55555 by John S

  • Consumidora SEl pianista es magnífico y toca las canciones más hermosas de México

    55555 by Consumidora S

  • John JCavatelli pasta w/ roasted pork shoulder & black truffles.

    55555 by John J

  • Bert V.What's the use if they won't let you in without a suit jacket ... unless you make an (international) phone call to book, or: "I'm incapable of judging the price of your jeans so you can't come in"

    33333 by Bert V.

  • Alexandra TThe food is beyond awesome. Went there for my birthday on a Sunday and got the brunch menu : the foie gras and the duck breast are delicious ! And the staff is also really kind !

    55555 by Alexandra T

  • Nixie JTasting menu

    55555 by Nixie J

  • ayfer CGreat spot yo have breakfast.so peaceful, great view.

    55555 by ayfer C

  • Pedro GImperdible el steak!!!

    55555 by Pedro G

  • Andrew C.After reading so many amazing reviews - I was super excited for dinner here!!! Food and service was beyond spectacular... but the small portions for the high cost was disappointing and no sunset view!

    33333 by Andrew C.

  • G KEh. Food is neither bad nor impressive. I did see an actress.

    33333 by G K

  • Lucy M.The view was nice and the food and service were excellent, but the decor is outdated and I thought the venue would be bigger...I was underwhelmed with the view and atmosphere.

    55555 by Lucy M.

  • Jenna O.Go for a special occasion like an anniversary, incredible views and service

    55555 by Jenna O.

  • Olly KGreat food, great service, great view!

    55555 by Olly K

  • ZubinAm I in New York or a country club in Cape Cod? Foods decent but the spot is quite pricey

    55555 by Zubin

  • Stefanie KThe food is ok but that view!

    33333 by Stefanie K

  • Emma hThe steak and the pistachio dessert are to die for! Fabulous views

    55555 by Emma h

  • Jenny KirschTwo course lunch (+amuse bouche and chocolates) for $50 is a great deal for this restaurant.

    55555 by Jenny Kirsch

  • Zeebamehrin M.What a shame....beautiful place only wish they had a better customer service.

    55555 by Zeebamehrin M.

  • Chad W.Great Food & Wine and a beautiful view of NYC. Be prepared to spend some loot! It's not cheap 😉

    55555 by Chad W.

  • Linda JExcellent food + the staff was very friendly and attentive. Definitely worth a visit ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (set price for a 3 course meal is $120, with an 18% tip added)

    55555 by Linda J

  • High Quality Tours JBeautiful gardens with views of the Bridge! Take a luxury tour of Brooklyn with us today to see this gorgeous place and much more! #hqt #highqualitytours #therivercafe #luxurytursofnyc

    55555 by High Quality Tours J

  • Thomas CPricey but maybe the most lovely view of Manhattan. Super romantic.

    55555 by Thomas C

  • Rodrigo HO lugar e muito bonito e bem chic. 120 dolares por refeicao composta por 3 pratos (entrada, prato principal e sobremesa). Se a ideia e um jantar romantico e vista e incrivel!!!!

    55555 by Rodrigo H

  • eric m.River Cafe exists solely for those who are tying to impress others. The food and the experience are mundane and outdated. This place has a great view and nothing else.

    55555 by eric m.

  • Sad JGreat view

    55555 by Sad J

  • Elly DAmazing food and view! Best place for the special day!

    55555 by Elly D

  • James CroninGet to your reservation early and they may be able to get you a window seat. One of the best stakes I've had and the chocolate soufflé was incredible.

    55555 by James Cronin

  • Octavio Olmedo HerreraSin duda de lo mejor. Obligado visitar

    55555 by Octavio Olmedo Herrera

  • Erina YoshidaFamily tradition to go here. Enjoy consistent delicious food with a nice bottle of wine. Breathtaking views of Manhattan Skyline. Seating can be tight - reserve in front of window or at the booth seat

    55555 by Erina Yoshida

  • Eduardo MaiorMenu do chef

    55555 by Eduardo Maior

  • Javier hDessert is great, it was a lot of food.

    55555 by Javier h

  • Rebecca A.Classic great service and the best atmosphere in New York City.

    55555 by Rebecca A.

  • Guía PlanetingLos 5 lugares que no debes perderte (jamás) si visitas estas Navidades Nueva York (The River Cafe)

    55555 by Guía Planeting

  • Eva B.Perfect view, delicious courses, attentive staff. A must for a lovely dinner for an NYC visit

    55555 by Eva B.

  • Mariana NThey cancelled our Christmas lunch reservation without calling us first. They don't deserve the Michelin star they have just received.

    22222 by Mariana N

  • Vitaly V.Don't recommend this place. Waiters are rude, food is bad, and have seen a rat in the restroom

    22222 by Vitaly V.

  • Katerina AnnaIt's *really* expensive (about $200 per person) and the value for money is the worst I've experienced so far. Definitely not worth it

    33333 by Katerina Anna

  • Albany JA vista é maravilhosa, local lindo!!

    55555 by Albany J

  • Jordi Jové PalouEl restaurante con mejores vistas de Manhattan. Caro pero relación calidad precio excelente. Muy recomendable para una cena en pareja.

    55555 by Jordi Jové Palou

  • Lindsey HoganLived up to very high expectations from the service to the flowers to the view...and most importantly, the food. The suckling pig amuse bouche was spectacular.

    55555 by Lindsey Hogan

  • Duygu A.1st time. We had rabbit, steak tartare, lobster, steak, brooklyn bridge shaped desert and pistachio semifreddo. Not even the food can beat the view, which is not bad. Do try, maybe just once.

    55555 by Duygu A.

  • JessecaLet me know if you find a place with a better view than here. Classic fine dining but nothing mind blowing or innovative. Three Shells to start, duck breast entree & chocolate soufflé were delicious!

    55555 by Jesseca

  • MB PViews of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge 🌉 and the octopus 🐙

    55555 by MB P

  • Philip JLeave your sneakers (trainers) at home and don a jacket for an amazing view, fantastic food and service. Incredible service and don't be intimidated by the 'blue bloods'.

    55555 by Philip J

  • Lisiane JBoa comida e vista maravilhosa!Vale a pena!

    55555 by Lisiane J

  • Matt EngferDessert at the bar.

    33333 by Matt Engfer

  • refinery29Known for its nightly piano music and breathtaking floral arrangements. Without a doubt, it’s a forerunner in the romance department.

    55555 by refinery29

  • jon a.Dumbo waterfront with million-dollar views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. Try the salted caramels, Foie Gras and oysters.

    55555 by jon a.

  • Nisha @honeywhatscookingGorgeous ambience. Good for special occasions. Food was good, but nothing extraordinary. The Brooklyn Bridge Chocolate Cake is memorable.

    55555 by Nisha @honeywhatscooking

  • MiguelThey have the perfect formula to make your tastebuds dance. Great atmosphere. Great food. Go for the oysters and salmon app to start

    55555 by Miguel

  • Guía Planetinglos 9 restaurantes con las mejores vistas (The River Café)

    55555 by Guía Planeting

  • Lucas G.Definitely in the "Top 10" of the Best Restaurants in NY, and for sure the BEST view of Manhattan. Perfect from top to bottom. The Chocolate Soufflé at the end is hard to believe!

    55555 by Lucas G.

  • Gordon EWhat a view: simply amazing. The service is excellent too. And on top of all this you get good classic French cuisine. A must when in NY. The Brooklyn Bridge dessert is mmmmmmm

    55555 by Gordon E

  • ginny h.Lets not pretend to be something it's not. Amazing view. Food was OK, but let's just say if you're a New Yorker, you'd know not to come here for good food.

    55555 by ginny h.

  • ginny h.On every table you'll find a bouquet of flowers of miscellaneous hideous colors ordered from ...1-800-flowers.

    55555 by ginny h.

  • @courtneyBolton √.I think it closed after Hurricane Sandy?

    55555 by @courtneyBolton √.

  • Amanda DFechado para reforma. Abril/2014

    33333 by Amanda D

  • Kristine v.Just reopened after hurricane sandy!

    55555 by Kristine v.

  • EaterThe prix-fixe menu includes wagyu steak tartare, poached lobster, and mushroom Wellington. And, of course, River Cafe offers unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan.

    55555 by Eater

  • Renate L.Perfect spot for a date. Romantic. Great view. A winner.

    55555 by Renate L.

  • Simran J.transcendence. the river cafe places you in a time and a place of the 40s. beautiful view of the water. soft piano, impeccable service, classic, early american cuisine. for a meaningful date.

    55555 by Simran J.

  • ✨Kylze✨Everything Perfect: place, food, attendance!!

    55555 by ✨Kylze✨

  • Mattia B.Provides a great experience from online reservation to the limo taxi service back to town. Fresh flowers welcome, amazing view, top food and service. Guy in front of us proposed, girl cried. Perfect

    55555 by Mattia B.

  • Ana e Ricardo D.Melhor vista da skyline de Manhattan... Mas é expensive e tem dress code!

    55555 by Ana e Ricardo D.

  • Michelin Travel & LifestyleLoad up on seafood at this MICHELIN starred romantic spot with famed views of the city skyline, but also be sure to order a few veggies from their vegetable garden in Red Hook. - Green Guide Editor

    55555 by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

  • Merve K.This is definitely the most beaaaatiful cafe i have ever seen. An it will be... all through my life!

    55555 by Merve K.

  • Carlos M.Read my full review @ http://carlosmeliablog.com/2012/08/24/the-river-cafe-restaurant-never-disappoints/

    33333 by Carlos M.

  • Cecilia S.Full of people wearing shorts and no jackets on Sunday brunch. Guy responsible for sitting is rude and makes up crazy rules.

    33333 by Cecilia S.

  • Alice P.Whaou the view!!! If you can't aford the diner courses (100$) have a nice drink at the bar and just enjoy.

    55555 by Alice P.

  • earth r.Great view, great food!

    55555 by earth r.

  • Citybeams.comVoted a restaurant with one of the best views in all of New York City!

    55555 by Citybeams.com

  • Adam S.Place was beautiful..Right on the water and bridge.. if your looking for beauty and I'm sure pricey.. this place is amazingggg.

    55555 by Adam S.

  • JessieGood food. Gorgeous view of Manhattan skyline!

    55555 by Jessie

  • Ken R.Having a Heineken at my favorite place

    55555 by Ken R.

  • Ken R.Love this place

    55555 by Ken R.

  • HOT 97 M.Book Pinilla Studios for your event photography & video needs! Call (718) 545-2222 & let them know Hot 97 sent you!

    55555 by HOT 97 M.

  • Diogo R.Se voce for so pra acompanhar alguma amigo é melhor não ir. Lá você é obrigado a comer alguma coisa ou paga 100 dolares do mesmo jeito. "voce paga pela vista e status, nao pela comida" foi o que ouvi.

    55555 by Diogo R.

  • Diogo R.Pessimo! Nao venham

    55555 by Diogo R.

  • M. Silver AssociatesA breathtaking view of Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood. Add delicious food and plenty of ambiance and you've got the perfect spot for a little canoodling. It's well worth a trip to Brooklyn.

    55555 by M. Silver Associates

  • LV O.Nice view and staff! Delicious foods!

    55555 by LV O.

  • M. Silver AssociatesBreathtaking view of Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood. Add delicious food and plenty of ambiance and you've got the perfect spot for a little canoodling. It's well worth a trip to Brooklyn.

    55555 by M. Silver Associates

  • Time Out New YorkFor special occasions it’s hard to beat this mainstay with Brooklyn Bridge views. For a more relaxed date, sit in the terrace and sample appetizers, desserts and drinks ($25 per-person minimum).

    55555 by Time Out New York

  • Michael S.Great view of the NYC skyline - NYT Sifty Fifty

    55555 by Michael S.

  • Allison I.Apple crumb foie gras, lobster, and sea scallops were amazing! Finish off with Brooklyn Bridge dessert.

    55555 by Allison I.

  • Hajar M.I am in LOVE with this restaurant.Great ambiance,great food,great view.

    55555 by Hajar M.

  • JeeeMThe Chocolate Marquise Brooklyn Bridge is fine dessert

    55555 by JeeeM

  • Valérie V.Soooo good

    55555 by Valérie V.

  • patjem.nl M.Great spot for overlooking the River

    55555 by patjem.nl M.

  • Sabine d.Sit, watch and relax!

    55555 by Sabine d.

  • Theo C.Beautiful views and exquisite service. Remember to tip the valets!

    55555 by Theo C.

  • Halstead PropertyTry something other than the infamous Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge dessert, and get the Goat Cheese Cheesecake. Not too heavy/rich and balanced with a refreshing lemon sorbet

    55555 by Halstead Property

  • Ana A.You can't go wrong with the rainbow trout and the scottish salmon.

    55555 by Ana A.

  • Clyde Erwin B.One of the most beautiful views I've ever seen from a restaurant. Even on a rainy day. The crispy duck breast is delicious. New York Cut Sirloin is pretty good.

    55555 by Clyde Erwin B.

  • Julian R.Terrible ♥

    11111 by Julian R.

  • Stacey G.For dessert have a brooklyn bridge made out of chocolate!!

    55555 by Stacey G.

  • Michelin Travel & LifestyleEnjoy the gorgeous views of Manhattan and solid American cuisine but avoid the special occasion crowds by having lunch at the River Café. - Inspector

    55555 by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

  • Xavi aIf you are in New York, don't miss these amazing views. And the best is that the food is also excelent.

    55555 by Xavi a

  • Luciano AJacket's needed

    22222 by Luciano A

  • Mark LHave the Kobe beef starter. Awesome.

    55555 by Mark L

  • Robin aNo hats allowed

    22222 by Robin a

  • Shay N.Not worth it. Do not go! This place is over priced for no reason. Get good coffee outside and find a nice bench to sit on without going in here and your life will b better for it.

    33333 by Shay N.

  • The Corcoran GroupDine while taking in the most stunning views of Manhattan. Enjoy a romantic six-course prix fixe dinner – try the Foie Gras, Oysters, Sirloin and Rack of Lamb.

    55555 by The Corcoran Group

  • Rachel B.If you order prosecco, they give you your own mini bottle, which is about 2 glasses for $11. The juice for the cocktails is freshly pressed.

    55555 by Rachel B.

  • RussYou can sit in the garden for free. Beautiful and shaded.

    55555 by Russ

  • Louise D.The eggs benedict is the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Louise D.

  • JcrowleyAfter dinner take a stroll in the new Brooklyn bridge park. If you're a true romance pants, get a bottle of wine (corked) to go and enjoy the views.

    55555 by Jcrowley

  • The New York TimesOne of the city’s best views, and excellent food still, after all these years. A sunset reservation’s best, with rabbit and dumplings.

    55555 by The New York Times

  • BobbyHad lunch here with my grandfather for his 75th Birthday many years ago. We took a picture outside with the World Trade Center in the background. Great memory

    55555 by Bobby

  • E Pat F.Quite the view. Bring the oysters, please.

    33333 by E Pat F.

  • Paule J.Excellent !!

    55555 by Paule J.

  • raiheen ZLife Giver Entertainment Inc.presentsAnd He Don't Stop: A Birthday Felabration for Rasaan "Talu" GreenA benefit for The Crown Heights Youth Collective, the organization where he played his fir

    33333 by raiheen Z

  • Cemre G.If you're cheap, bring in your own sandwich and sit at the nearby Brooklyn bridge park. Same, if not better views :)

    55555 by Cemre G.

  • JoleneIt's almost impossible to choose between the foie gras and steak tartare. Both are awesome. Make a reservation before sunset. Dusk to night transition is spectacular.

    55555 by Jolene

  • Ruben SEs uno de los mejores sitios para hacer fotos nocturnas de Manhattan, junto al puente de Brooklyn iluminado

    55555 by Ruben S

  • jared z.breathtaking experience from start to finish. highly recommend the yellowfin tartare, crispy duck, and brooklyn bridge for dessert

    55555 by jared z.

  • Gem AHave dinner at night at the River cafe restaurant and feel like a rockstar! THE MOST AMAZING VIEW OF THE CITY!

    55555 by Gem A

  •  janelle g.try the salted caramels

    55555 by  janelle g.

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