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The River Cafe

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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335 (Old Fulton St.)
+1 718-522-5200
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17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 11:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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New York City
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2015

I took a friend to River Cafe to celebrate her birthday. This was the first time I return to River cafe for dinning since renovation after Sandy storm. The restaurant looked almost the same. The dinning experience was good except the white coat waiters was not totally attentive when serving us. I don't know it was because our group of... More 

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New York City, New York
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138 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015

Most reviewers have it right on this one - the view is fabulous, spanning from the Statue of Liberty on the left to the Empire State Building on the right and the Freedom Tower anchoring the lower Manhattan skyline. The rebuilt dining room post Hurricane Sandy is pleasant but not particularly impressive. The food is good, not amazing, and certainly... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015

I spent Christmas Eve in the River Cafe with my wife for our honeymoon and first Christmas together away from our families. The restaurant absolutely made up for the fact weren't at home and was a geuninely magical experience. Impeccable service, gorgeous food and a view straight out of the silver screen. The restaurant were even helpful before we left... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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185 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015 via mobile

Visiting clients had requested dinner at this restaurant. After slipping and sliding through snowy NYC streets to get under the Brooklyn Bridge to the lovely setting of this restaurant, we could not have been happier. From the moment you check your gate, you are treated with warm and professional service. The dining experience was perfect. We were seated at a... More 

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Thank Steve M
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015 via mobile

I treated my other half last April and it was perfect. We arrived at 5pm as that was the only slot they had left (it was that popular even though I booked several weeks in advance) but it was a blessing in disguise as we arrived in daylight, watched the sun set then appreciated the bright lights on the bridge... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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2 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2015

I love this cafe. A great choice of cakes! (: And of hot drinks for some cold fall evenings after a walk.

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Marbella, Spain
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131 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2015

Nice food, good service and great view (which you cannot eat / nor should pay for at a restaurant) If River Cafe price policy is OK, our next visit to the cafe at Grand Canyon, or River Place over Golden Gate Bridge, et al... should be about $500 each... for lunch!?! I can't afford dinner!

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2015

I visited this place with my boyfriend early Jan 2015. I will say this once, the only good thing about this place is the view. The website states to dress smart with men wearing a dinner jacket. As soon as I walked into the eating area the first thing I spotted was a women wearing dirty, slanted to the side... More 

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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

Went to celebrate my graduation lovely lovely meal..oh the brooklyn bridge dessert was amazing!!!! The service, view & ambience is the best!!!!

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London
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

Breathtaking is not an understatement when it comes to the the location of this restaurant. One walks in, in a sort of daze, as you struggle to take in the immense view in front of you. This was old style dining, waiting staff in white coats an air of the bygone about it, but done very very well. The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Cuisine
American, European, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
Monday
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
Thursday
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 11:30
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?