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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
718-522-5200
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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 42
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  • 63
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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
Fine Cuisine under the Brooklyn Bridge

Fine cuisine restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge, spectacular views of New York City. Pricey, but if you are in NYC it's a must to splurge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Fine cuisine restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge, spectacular views of New York City. Pricey, but if you are in NYC it's a must to splurge.

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Bethesda
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117 reviews 117 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had never been to River Cafe despite living in NY for many years (but no longer). It was just as I had imagined. The view is beautiful - we were there not quite for sunset, but as the evening sky darkened over Manhattan and into the night. Lovely. The food was very good and the portions were appropriate -... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This place is wonderful. The view looking back at the city is breathtaking. The food was exquisite, the staff were very polite and attentive and with a pianist playing in the background it couldn't have been any better.

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Food excellent, staff can't do enough for you and the view breath taking! An experience you will not be able to have anywhere else. Book well in advance.

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A fantastic evening. Everything was superb, from the staff to the ambience to the food. A true fine dining experience, well worth the visit. Book in advance for that special meal, it's worth it.

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The place is tucked away next to Brooklyn bridge, so why not walk across the bridge, before eating ! The restaurant is stil silverserviced, full of flowers and a professional attentive staff. You can choose fixed priced 2 course meals from the a la carte menu, all well composed, well flavoured and bigsized! The meat is excellently grilled, the seabass... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

It would be difficult to find a restaurant in the NY area with a better view. However, the experience doesn't stop there -- fine food, delicate desserts, and gracious service. It is now the morning after I ate there and I would love another helping of the apple dessert.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The view is quite amazing. Looking at the new freedom tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty all while the sun sets! Amazing. The food was outstanding and made to perfection. My wife had the lobster and I had the steak. Both perfect. This place is truly special. A bit pricey, but for special... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The view from this restaurant is truly spectacular. Turns out that the food is also quite good. We were a party of four, everyone got a different appetizer and entre, and we each thought the food was excellent. Service was also first rate. It is, however, a very expensive place to dine.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I love the overall dining experience. Service was great and with the right group of people to mingle with -- perfect! The river view is stunning and price is so affordable. I will surely go back to this restaurant again on my next NY visit.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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