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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
+1 718-522-5200
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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American, European, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
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Reviewed 2 days ago

New York is my spiritual home and we are regular visitors, but this was my first experience of The River Cafe as we had it recommended to us. I missed out on a fairy tale visit to tavern on on the green before it closed,...More

Thank Hollyt70
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My partner and I decided to have a romantic dinner in this place on Aug. 18th, for a special occasion. The place is amazing. At arrival we noticed a beautiful small garden, with trees and benches, illuminated as it was Xmas. We entered and were...More

Thank Sebastian B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fine dining with exceptional service. We had two waiters plus the manager attending to our every need. The restaurant is nestled right next to the Brooklyn Bridge. We had a window table that looked over the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. Add exceptional food...More

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous views and truly world-class service, expensive decor, dutiful staff, fancy restaurant in a quaint setting. A favorite location for weddings and special events, complete with a carriage circle driveway.

Thank Ray Q
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The menu is pricy but the service, atmosphere and quality of food makes it worth a visit. With the water view of Manhattan you really don't need to carry on conversation just sit back, relax and enjoy.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is really nice, the atmosphere is great. It's the perfect place for a romantic dinner, or just a special one. The view is breathtaking, it is the most outstanding view of Manhattan ever! The food, the cocktails and the service are superb. Is...More

Thank 969MariaO
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This had the potential to be a 5 star experience but our server was unfriendly to the point of rude. No matter how many times we said thank you to her as she served us, we were met with a disgusted look and silence. Bussers...More

Thank cincynatalie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I chose the River Café to celebrate our first Wedding Anniversary and it was absolutely magical. Food was delicious, great service and the view... oh, the view! You can't beat that gorgeous Manhattan's view. On top of all, the restaurant's ambiance is...More

Thank Johanna R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Overpriced for the food they serve and service they provide. I do not think they hire professional waiters. Place is expensive. For the main entry and its price it has to be enough food (and i am not a big eater) and t should be...More

Thank susannam57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on a trip and we're trying to catch a ferry when we stumbled upon this place. It is high end and definitely worth every penny the staff seated is promptly and stayed on top of the service the whole time. They juices were...More

Thank M S
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Caroline P
18 August 2017|
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Response from stephaniestratford | Reviewed this property |
We were there for brunch, awesome, we pushed the boat out, champagne, cocktails, all worth it, fabulous views, waiters, service and of course the food, very special and memorable
3 August 2017|
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Response from shayne r | Reviewed this property |
I am NJ ignorant. Sorry
19 May 2017|
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Response from GroOsloNorway | Reviewed this property |
I do'nt remember if the tax was included in the bill, but it's 8,9 percent. The tip is not included. We were told that in a restaurant as expensive as this your tip will be approximately 15 - 20 percent. Normal tip in nyc is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
    (Old Fulton St.)
  • Public Transportation: A or C train to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge; 2 or 3 train to Clark Street; F train to York St.; Bus #41 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: +1 718-522-5200
  • E-mail
The River Cafe is open for Dinner service every day of the year. Dinner service begins at 5:30 Lunch is served on Saturday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM Brunch is served on Sunday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM
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