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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
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Ranked #4 of 4,345 restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

we going a lot at this place for many year , we just return after the opening last week 2 time .... yes and all fantastique ,service very professional , the food great , pastry amazing . we loved this place .

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went to this place on our anniversary. The view of the skyline of New York is magnificent. The atmosphere is nice and peaceful. It was one of our romantic places to have a dinner. The food was great. Good experience.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having dined here twice before I will certainly not be returning. There seems to be one rule for one and one for another. When confirming our booking was told no jeans. Please then why were there several people with jeans on? It seems if you are a regular you can do what you want. I was also extremely disappointed that... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Why to go to The River Café? First because you are great, with it in your mind you will live a tremendous experience in attendance and tasting. Since the reception, the elegance of the maitre and the quality service of the waiters and the excellence of the food, all is magnificent. Otherwise you have the best view of the skyline... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

I have literally just returned from the River Cafe and am sat in my hotel room as I write this review. I simply could not wait until my return home to write this review as I need to vent my anger now! I have visited the River Cafe twice before whilst visiting New York and have always been more than... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

Everything about River Café is 5*. The service, food and atmosphere was one of the best ive experienced anywhere. The staff cant do enough and the food and menu offers something for everyone. The view of Manhattan at night cannot be beaten and a must visit. The menu is a set menu 3 courses for $110 dollars plus tax, service... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This restaurant is so unusual,amazing service the most delicious food and wine and well....The view?! I was there in a business group but I would say a great place for a special celebration or a romantic meal for two and some nice little intimate tables dimmed lights and romantic atmosphere.

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London UK
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This restaurant is all about the view - amazing. It's a bonus that the food is also to die for! I had the best duck I have ever eaten in this restaurant. This surprised me - given the other places I have been lucky enough to dine in. My brooklyn bridge desert was also one of the best deserts I... More

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The River View is a gem, the food, service and views are out of this world! Its truly an experience that words can not do justice. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions, its a memory that you will not forget. Outstanding service from start to finish.

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Laytown Co Meath
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55 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I had the pleasure of dining at this beautiful restaurant on the 20th of March and all I can say was I loved every minute of it, as did my husband. I had the Prawns to start and the Lobster for my main course, my husband had chicken and is was very tasty and succulent. He opted for the apple... More

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