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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
+98 31 3629 3250
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good17%
  • 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 yesterday

We travelled from Toronto, Canada and had dinner here on May 21st, 2018 for our 30th anniversary. The River Cafe is all class, welcoming and comfortable. It is easy to see why this is one of the best restaurants in New York City. Service is...More

Thank ampage2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

We really didn’t know what to expect as we were with friends who had booked as a surprised. There really isn’t much to say other than the location is amazing, the service impeccable and the food delicious. We will also remember the beautiful flowers and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything about River Cafe is wonderful. Valets were friendly, courteous and professional on arrival and departure. Waiting staff extremely attentive without being intrusive. 6 different dishes were eaten and all were excellent.

Thank doad58
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at the River Cafe in the evening whilst visiting New York to celebrate our wedding anniversary. we arrived early so we could take in the beautiful views from Brooklyn. when we arrived at the restaurant we were taken to our table, having booked...More

Thank gavinjobling1984
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch there last Saturday. Was a last minute reservation and couldn't believe we actually got in. Beautiful setting right on the water at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Staff is gracious and efficient. Could not have asked for a better way to celebrate my...More

Thank GA_lpd2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Epic view, fantastic food and great staff. Great location near the river, and nice small tables. Highly Recommended 👍🏽

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is in an idilic setting under the Brooklyn Bridge on the river front with brilliant views overlooking Manhattan. Firstly, you must book in advance. This is a hugely well known and regarded restaurant (internationally), and I guess it’s impossible to just walk in...More

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1st time New York but friends advised us to go to this restaurant and was certainly good choice.4 of us intended to walk Brooklyn bridge but some weird bicycle thing was on that brought New York to a standstill and 5 bridges were closed so...More

Thank manonspot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to the River Cafe many times now and for me it is a go to for special occasions. Friendly and attentive staff, delicious food and of course - that view. My only fly-in-the-ointment comment would be the funerial type flowers in the...More

Thank Kjb119
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family dinner at The River Cafe to celebrate some important milestones. We were there about 30 years ago so it was very interesting to experience the changes. The outside gardens/entrance is very welcoming, especially after a long day. The view of Manhatten...More

Thank IanMumford
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21 March 2018|
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Response from cmksj1 | Reviewed this property |
A piano player was playing while we were there for brunch.
Nicola H
21 March 2018|
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Response from Mary F | Reviewed this property |
Brunch does not require a jacket. Enjoy the views and walk across the bridge
23 February 2018|
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Response from MaryAnne O | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think ladies have to be very dressy. A dress is fine or I wear black dress pants and a nice top. I was well within what other ladies were wearing.
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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: +98 31 3629 3250
  • 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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