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The River Cafe

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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393 (Old Fulton St.)
+1 718-522-5200
17:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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Brooklyn, USA
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Eons ago, Buzzy O'Keeffe opened up an out-of-the-way restaurant in a barge on the East River. It quickly became a huge success, After Hurricane Sandy, The River Cafe closed down for several years, the physical pant severely damaged. Today, it's back, the same--and yet better--than ever. Sure, in a borough known for its cutting-edge eateries, there is something refreshingly old... More 

Thank BrooklynGarcon
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located on an unremarkable stretch of the Thames, but bringing that river--and the city built on it--into astonishing focus, this restaurant offers the most consistently memorable dining experience in London. The menu is exemplary--what restaurants at their best should be: simple ingredients masterfully prepared. The turbot in salt is spectacular, the roast grouse, when available, is sublime, the grilled squid... More 

Thank murrayhiller
United States
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213 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here in the afternoon for a quick break. Very friendly staff and the view is phenomenal. Prices are high obviously.

Thank NHDad86
Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the experience of fine dining New York style, Brooklyn really, actually DUMBO. I had the gnocchi, steak and the Brooklyn Bridge, all good chooses (Note: the steak is massive) Its was pricey but it was very good and definitely worth the money for the total experience (60th birthday).

Thank picture_of_innocence
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this restaurant for breakfast for my wife's birthday in December 2016 immediately after Christmas. At $220 for four breakfasts (two adults and two children under 13) I expected more. Here are my pro's and con's starting with the con's; Con's 1. On arrival we discovered that main dining room is closed for breakfast. Ordinarily this would not be... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The views are great T this restaurant and the food is good . The crowd can be a bit stuffy or stereotypes from a mob film but hey! It's NY.

Thank J B
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a friend of mine there for her 81st birthday. She was born in Brooklyn - lived there here entire life. We went for brunch on a Tuesday. The staff treated her like a queen. The icing on the cake was the icing on the cake they provided at the end of our brunch - food excellent, ambiance beautiful,... More 

Thank tedlind3
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218 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have a lovely meal here...the setting is simply wonderful - you sit and eat whilst directly overlooking the river. The staff were very good, professional and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. A great place for a special occasion as it's a little on the pricy side (but worth it). Check out their extensive wine menu - some of... More 

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Kiato, Greece
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85 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing atmosphere with an amazing view in New York.I would like more cheap-service (150 usd) is a large amount (without tips for parking-jackets-service and good table !) for standard menu,Personally I would like something closer to the average customer tastes in the menu.Anyway I did not pay , but for 4 people with 2 bottles wine 700 Usd is many... More 

Thank Giannis_Anna96
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anyone visiting New York and doesn't visit the River Cafe is missing the best dinning experience in the city if not the best. We were a table of six, 4 from the United Kingdom and my husband and I. From the very beginning to the last drop of coffee, from the service ( Josh and his team are superb) to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
American, European, International, Fusion
Lunch, Brunch, 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
View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
    (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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?