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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
+1 718-522-5200
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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American, European, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
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Reviews (2,975)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Atmosphere & scene very beautiful! Service impeccable and the food was superb. Good choices of wine and varies menu.

Thank Claudia D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spectacular view especially if you have requested a window seat. Service is impeccable, however food is not at all impressive. Consider the price and know that you are paying for the beautiful view rather then the mediocre food.

Thank sadoshark
Reviewed 3 days ago

I booked a reservation several weeks ago and had asked for a window seat. We were in beyond the required attire and was stuck in a corner. The table has a light on it that has a cord so in between you and your date...More

Thank himain
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous lunch, beautiful food, great attentive service. Great views. Would highly recommend. Quite expensive but food well worth the money.

Thank Kirsty R
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I visited River Cafe for my birthday dinner on April 19th. This restaurant is the epitome of romance. You even wind your way through a charming garden just under the Brooklyn Bridge. A contacted the restaurant prior to do a pre-fixe vegetarian...More

Thank lilacgirl41
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent experience from the moment we arrived. Tip:Arrive at sunset for spectacular views of New York skyline. Food was exceptional. The advice from the sommelier was very good. Can't wait to go back.

Thank kdsltd
Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu was interesting. Not many times do we read the menu and could be happy with several of the choices. Service was good. The wine menu had a great choice. We were a party of 5 and even tough we picked different options we...More

Thank Diana N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by a friend in the uk. We were not disappointed! Dreadful day outside but warm and delicious inside. Could not fault service or food. Pricey but worth it.

Thank Matthewsh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning location situated right on the East River. Location was surpassed only by the quality of food and service. Best way to arrive is by ferry.... Can't recommend this restaurant enough but you do need to make a reservation. Best dressed diners get a table...More

Thank manxcat55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was on my own and I already had breakfast, it was 11am, so I decided to get in and have a beer and enjoy the views. The restaurant is wonderful and the views are probably the most exclusive in the city, below Brooklyn Bridge...More

Thank Jordi L
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Im from the uk and im not familiar with us tax and tips. I plan on booking a table in mid July the set price of $125 how much extra is the tax and is a tip auto included if not what is the recommended amount?
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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shawn c
Can men wear sports coat and tie or is a suit required?
29 March 2017|
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Response from Misja K | Reviewed this property |
Sportscoat just fine, no dresscode
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Dan S
what is the price range for dinner?
23 March 2017|
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Response from josebeserra | Reviewed this property |
Usd 500
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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