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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
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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Anchorage, AK
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

My wife and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary here. We intentionally reserved an early table so we could see a sunset and the lighting of lower Manhattan. From our window table, the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty was spectacular, but that was just the beginning. The meal began with a small meatball beside lentil soup that was not... More 

2 Thank AlaskaStuart
New York City, New York
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

It was a beautiful day so the view was truly outstanding at our water side table but the flowers, service and food were also extraordinary! It is one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC and they go out of their way to make you feel special (They brought us a wonderful Chocolate note saying Happy Anniversary!) Truly Wonderful!!

1 Thank u4kids
Shelby, North Carolina
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

The River Café was an extra special dining experience for us. While it is well-known for spectacular views (and they truly are spectacular), I must say that the food was also top notch! (Excellent presentation, excellent portions and EXCELLENT in flavor.) I ordered lobster...so, so delicious. Our desserts were also very tasty. We couldn't have asked for better service; the... More 

1 Thank Gay B
Sausalito, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

Our party of six visited this restaurant in the evening to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The best views of Manhattan are naturally from the tables by the windows. The inner tables are still very nice, but their views are limited by the awnings and at night by the glare from the lights inside. The food was very good, but not... More 

3 Thank CaptainOver
Sydney, Australia
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141 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014 via mobile

...yes, being 530pm on a Thursday night, the chances of getting a table that night was slim-to-none. Tried to book online but booked out. Rang and after speaking with four different people (not really sure why) and a five minute wait - they got us in for 7pm. Yippee. My wife found this on OpenTable.com (which is a great site... More 

3 Thank NZBred
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

I went there for the first time since Sandy for my 60th B-day. I was there the day I got married 30 years ago too. And for my 40th B-day. I live nearby. Always has been very good to excellent, but pretentious. In fact, 30 years the valet lost my car key (I walked home and got a spare) and... More 

1 Thank Mark A
Bradford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014 via mobile

I booked this restaurant after reading so many good reviews so after an 8 hour flight from England we made our way here in the evening. Can I just say the actual venue is stunning with beautiful gardens and flowers, the reception was manned by 2 very friendly ladies who were surrounded by flowers and the actual restaurant was elegant... More 

1 Thank Alexia C
Lyneham, England, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

I can see why you need to book months ahead. This place is amazing. The view towards the Manhattan skyline at night has to be seen to be believed. We were given a banquette seat so we both had a constant view, over the entire restaurant, river and skyline. Service and attention to detail were impeccable. This is a fine... More 

1 Thank Andrew A
New Orleans, Louisiana
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112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

After years of hearing about the lovely experience of dining at The River Café, we finally made it. Worth the wait and worth the price. The restaurant is lovely - from the minute a person drives up until the minute you leave, it takes your breath away. Our dinners were wonderful, expensive as expected, so no surprise in that regard.... More 

1 Thank Vieuxcarre
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014 via mobile

I planned to celebrate my wedding anniversary, with a surprise dinner for my wife, at this marvelous place. Some important tips: 1 - You have to wear at least a blazer; 2 - Book a table in advance. They will confirm it 2 days before, to be sure you're showing up; 3 - Choose a 4 course tasting menu -... 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, Gluten Free Options
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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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 11201-1335
    (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
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?