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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
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Ranked #4 of 4,415 restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Old Fulton St.
Transit: 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
Description: Due to damage from the storm on Monday, October 29th, The River Café will be closed until further notice. We are currently not accepting any reservations. The extensive rebuilding and restoration will continue to keep us closed for at least another month. We will not be open for the Christmas or New Year’s Eve holidays.
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86% Recommend
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Food and atmosphere just wonderful. Romantic with lovely views over Manhattan. We visit every time we are in NYC

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

What a great location this restaurant has, eventhough the restaurant itself is not pretty at all it gets away with it by it's location and view. The food as well as the service are fantastic. Very expensive, I suppose once every blue moon is ok.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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109 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There is nothing about our experience here that was not wonderful. Upon arriving on the property staff outside were there to greet, and take care of car. As soon as front door of cafe was opened we were again greeted with smiling faces. We were escorted to bar where our friends were seated. They greeted us of course, but again... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

From the moment you arrive you are made special, sure this experience will cost you but what did we like about it well everything! From the greeting, the barmen, the waiters, the Food and did I mention the View. My wife and I were on our honeymoon so I wanted something special and that is what we got. We went... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

What an amazing experience we had at The River Cafe for my beautiful wife's birthday on the 10th July 2014. From the moment we arrived the service was exceptional and the food was delicious. The views were spectacular especially after sunset as you are just about under the Brooklyn Bridge right on the water edge looking across at the Manhattan... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The usual wisdom says if a restaurant has a great view, the food will be mediocre. I have to say that the food here is much better than average. The service, however, makes the overall experience barely average. Distant, cold, mechanical, unhelpful(the very antithesis of service) are words I can use to describe our experience. My husband and I arrived... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Expensive but very good service and food not to mention beautiful view of Manhattan. Liked everything about this place .

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York, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I went here for my friends birthday. The food was amazing and all the staff were really friendly. It is expensive but it's worth it for a special occasion.

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15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

As my title says you can't beat the views of the city or the property location and gardens. We took a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to find Smorgasbord at Pier 6 (I think) but decided it wasn't really what we thought it would be so we walked along the water to River Cafe. I mention all this because it... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is back with a vengance!The impact of Hurricane Sandy was devastating but now all is calm and the restuarant looks and feels fantastic.This return visit as yet another birthday treat was all I had hoped for.As we arrived the manager said welcome back,the reception staff found scissors to cut a label off my husband's new jacket that he had... More

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