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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
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Ranked #4 of 4,423 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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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Love this place and so glad to have it back. View are amazing, yes, but ask Tavern on the Green about a lovely setting and mediocre food. Food and service were very good. Welcome back.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend invited me to The a River Cafe for my birthday and it was truly mind blowing. Wonderful service all the way and a very charming atmosphere. Everyone is dressed accordingly and there is a live piano playing. You can sit by the window an see the beautiful manhattan panorama right in front of you. The food was more... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

truly outstanding service, food, wine, and a killer view right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Set in a beautiful garden. No sign of the ravages of Sandy from a few years ago. Incredible flowers and floral arrangements.

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North Yorkshire
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were recommended this restaurant by a friend for our pre wedding dinner because we wanted the evening to be special and River Cafe didn't disappoint. We had to book from the UK and were very impressed with the speed of response and clarity of communication. The setting is beautiful not just because of the location right under Brooklyn Bridge... More

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Perth, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband and I booked this restaurant many months before we even arrived in new York. From researching online it seemed that this was a great place to get a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline. We arrived before sunset and true to their word, the view was stunning. Unfortunately we didn't receive a window seat even though I requested... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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

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94 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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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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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