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The River Cafe

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1393
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Ranked #5 of 4,428 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Bethesda, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was excellent. It's right on the East River just below the Brooklyn Bridge. the setting is stunning, overlooking lower Manhattan. You can see the new World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. Nothing bad can be said about the food. It was so good I wanted to pick my plate up and lick it clean (but knew... More

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Lusaka, Zambia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

My wife and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary with a beautiful dinner here. What a memorable experience. From the greeting at the front door, to the personalized service by the head waiter to the great food, everything was perfect. To start I had the shrimp and she had the octopus, both were above and beyond. The duck was like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I received the best service I've ever had in any restaurant. The view is fabulous and the food was excellent.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I booked for this restaurant in Italy before my holiday in NY. It was fantastic, a very romantic dinner with one of the best view that a restaurant can offer. You are on the river and you can see the skyline in front of you. I suggest to go there in the evening if you want to enjoy the beautiful... More

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Paris, France
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The trip to Brooklyn is worth it just for the view of Manhattan's skyline. Service and food are fine, but is mostly the view that is outstanding.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Gorgeous views of Manhattan, absolutely perfect food and perfect, professional staff. Can't say much more really.

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den bosch
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Our son took us to the River Cafe, he wanted to take us somewhere we hadn't been before, and he wanted it to be very special. We all thought that the view is absolutely amazing, it can not be beaten. We had a lovely evening, the food was great, the staff was professional and kind, and the view is spectacular.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful place to mark a special occasion. The food, ambiance, service and attention to detail were all fantastic. The staff were very attentive and I can't recommend this highly enough.

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Mount Isa, Australia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We went for our honeymoon and had an 8:00pm reservation and were told to increase our chances of a table by the window to come a bit earlier. Got there at 7:30pm and enjoyed drinks at the bar. We were told just after 8:00pm that we could either have a table in the third row now or wait until another... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The restaurant has an amazing view and food is very delicious. Yet, mind that there is no wifi signal at the restaurant itself, only at the reception and males are expected to wear smart suit or jacket. My friend was dressed up casual-smart and was given a suit jacket to wear at the reception. I assume we were seated in... More

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