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The River Cafe

Travelers' Choice award winner
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American, Seafood, International, Fusion
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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393 (Old Fulton St.)
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
17185225200
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The River Cafe is open for Dinner service every day of the year. Dinner...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very classy cafe

First night in New York, and why not dine at one of Brooklyn's best restaurants. The view of the Brooklyn Bridge is magnificent and the tasting menu was a fantastic 6 course degustation. The service was exceptional and the wine list impressive. We should expect nothing less from a Michelin start... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Steve R
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

First night in New York, and why not dine at one of Brooklyn's best restaurants. The view of the Brooklyn Bridge is magnificent and the tasting menu was a fantastic 6 course degustation. The service was exceptional and the wine list impressive. We should expect nothing less from a Michelin start rated restaurant, but it's always good when it delivers,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Overlooking Manhattan, this ultra chic restaurant is a landmark. Excellent French cuisine with best wines and superb service looked even better with the view of river and falling snow flakes. Heavenly experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Purchased a living social voucher for a meal for four at The River Café. Being wary of the value and service that are sometimes compromised by having a voucher, our expectations weren't high. This place exceeded all those expectations and more! The service was impeccable, food was delicious, wine selection outstanding and the view was breathtaking. Would definitely return to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Food was cooked and served well but having eaten in several good restaurants, I found this to be over priced. They also tried to serve a quarter bottle as a half bottle. The restaurant itself was quite cold due to the air conditioning but they did offer shawls so obviously not the first time this has been commented on. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

i wanted the perfect restaurant to wine and dine my wife on our 25th wedding anniversary, River cafe provided the perfect venue, food and wine. Top tips, book well ahead, this restaurant remained busy the whole evening, have the taster menu with the wine flight. The food is just excellent and made it difficult to choose, so the 6 course... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for a romantic dinner or for a celebration. Because of the view, the atmosphere cannot be surpassed. I have always enjoyed the meals that I have had, and the service has always been top notch. It is a very popular place so reservations are essential. If you don't have time for a full meal, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We had the 6 course tasting plate with 3 small extra courses as a surprise, everyone of these were outstanding and the wine matching was a lovely touch to our evening. The desserts were full size and very sweet so it was a bit much to end with but every other dish were perfectly balanced and delicious. Service was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We hadn't been here for 15 years, and was really happy to see that The River Café still is as good as we remembered many years ago. The food, wine and service is as good as the view of the Manhattan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This restaurant was a real surprise. With it being right on the river with a magnificent view of Manhatten, I thought the food would be subpar and the place a bit touristy. It is exactly the opposite. The food was superb ( and I'm fussy and have eaten all over the world), and the service was excellent. We were never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I had seen recommendations that travellers to New York try to dine by the waterfront during their stay to enjoy views of the downtown sky line. Based on reviews by other diners, I chose the River Cafe and was able to get a reservation for 9:30 pm (earlier times were not available that night). We had a first rate experience!... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 17185225200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions

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
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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