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The River Cafe

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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
718-522-5200
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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, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Due to damage from the storm on Monday, October 29th, The River Café will...
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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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
Very romantic

One of the most romantic restaurants in New York. Make sure to book early. Highly recommended for Valentine's Day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

One of the most romantic restaurants in New York. Make sure to book early. Highly recommended for Valentine's Day.

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brooklyn, new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I have longed to eat at the River Cafe for as long as I have visited Dumbo. I practically begged my significant other to go. He kept saying "No," that is until he decided to propose in DUMBO and surprised me with a romantic DINNER at the River Cafe. It was WONDERFUL! The attentive staff, the delicious food and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We went for dinner at the river cafe for our engagement dinner and it did not disappoint. There was a set menu and the selections were varied and all sounded amazing. The steak was huge and the best I've ever eaten! The staff, atmosphere and views are fantastic. The staff were aware that we were celebrating a special occasion and... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The views and the food are absolutely unique. The staff is very good, ambiance is beautiful, the setting is exceptional. Perfect for a romantic dinner. Worth the money you spend. Everything on the menu is great. New Yorker or visitor, it is a must.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The service was excellent, the ambience was what I wanted and the food choices were great. Dinning at the River Cafe on the water made me fell like I was on vacation.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

First of all the location can't be beat. Right under the Brooklyn Bridge with a beautiful night view of New York. We had the Mushroom Wellington which was a different take on Beef Welligton. It was a very tasty vegan meal. The crab cake appetizer was very good- instead of the typical cake you get a rectangular piece of goodness... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

atmosphere ,the best veiws of the river,excellent service ,the waiters know their food,some entrees a tad too preciously small,but the desserts nice looking and delicious, piano music a very nice touch...go early as it gets crowded quickly and then it's too noisy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We returned for a birthday celebration, and it was terrific. There is no change to the decor or service since re-opening after the Sandy superstorm closing. But, the already great food is now better. We had the Prix Fixe menu and everything was artful and delicious. The kitchen has outdone itself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Best part about this place is the amazing food, beautiful views and setting. All of our food was exquisite and prepared perfectly: steak tartare, grilled octopus, halibut, branzino....all were amazing. The desserts were equally wonderful and I highly recommend the ginger gelato (not on main menu). However, space is tight and service is uneven. We ordered wine but it didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

My husband and I firmly agree, and we travel all around the world, that we had the best meal of our lives at this restaurant. The location is in Brooklyn under the bridge and the setting is romantic set within the trees and greenery. Inside it is vibrant and alive with patrons yet can be so private and romantic. Food... More 

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Additional Information about The River Cafe

Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
Phone Number: 718-522-5200
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, Fusion

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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: 718-522-5200

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
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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