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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
+1 718-522-5200
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“foie gras” (62 reviews)
“lobster” (95 reviews)
“rabbit” (32 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
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 via mobile

Outstanding restaurant. Set evening menu with a wide variety. 130$ pp ex vat/service. Service simply top class. To enter the room men must wear a suit jacket. That fact alone should tell you a lot. This is old money New York. The view are some...More

Thank johnnydontgo
Reviewed 2 days ago

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough - it is truly a world class venue. It was recommended to us by a friend who had been twice before and was in fact joining us in New York for a couple of days. As he raved...More

Thank Charlotte V
Reviewed 3 days ago

Exceptional service, fabulous food, excellent view! 5 stars. Went with a tour group and received attentive service, drink fill ups, quick service. Just outside, look up to the Brooklyn Bridge. Inside look towards Freedom Tower across the river. Perfect in every way.

Thank 1Kplaces2See
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a 30 minute Uber ride from Times Square, but it was worth it. The famed River Cafe has been restored to its former glory after the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. The grounds, tucked under the Brooklyn Bridge, are lovely, and the room...More

Thank MDGesq
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So, all on my own, really nice ‘posh’ atmosphere - which is slightly what you’re paying for, not too posh tho. Started with the rabbit which was Ok but the tuna amuse B in between was to die for. Then had the lobster and crab...More

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were at La Grenouille for my 60th and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in large part because of the ambience because the food was not only over-priced (as were the drinks) but mediocre even had it been a 3-star restaurant. The River Cafe, for my wife's...More

Thank George F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here for my wife's birthday. She chose it for the view, but I was happy to tag along as the reviews I read were very favourable. I don't know what we did right (possible dressing for dinner), but we were greeted with a...More

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here recently for my partner's birthday, and we had a gorgeous evening. Food was excellent, and service was very friendly and efficient. Yes, it's pricey, but for a special occasion it's definitely worth pushing the boat out. We didn't get a table by the...More

Thank M_Stoneway
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I booked the River Cafe to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and first visit to New York after reading about rave reviews! When we booked online a couple months in advance, we had specified that the nature of this evening was to...More

3  Thank afia s
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, a friend and I had a wonderful meal at The River Cafe a few weeks ago. Because we traveled from Australia they gave us a window seat so we could watch the sun go down and enjoy watching the city lights flicker as...More

Thank diane m
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Debbie R
30 September 2017|
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Response from the100max | Reviewed this property |
I recommend Tavern on the Green in Central Park for Brunch. I would reserve the River Cafe for Dinner or a very special occasion, as it is pricey, but worth the expense. You still get the sophistication, service and... More
29 September 2017|
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Response from PaoloAmerican | Reviewed this property |
tasting manu is 130 usd, unless there is a special tasting menu for xmas.
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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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: +1 718-522-5200
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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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