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The River Cafe

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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335 (Old Fulton St.)
+1 718-522-5200
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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New York, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The view from The River Cafe is one of the most spectacular in New York City. This is a great sunset destination for drinks at the bar. The food however is extremely pricey and not worth the price. No longer exciting.

Thank Ruth L
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The River Cafe is a NY tradition. The food and service excellent but the view is exquisite. The room is small but every table has a view. It is worth the price.

Thank Pat L
Rumson, New Jersey
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's all about the view, it's all about the food, it's all about the service, it's all about the ambiance. Be transported to a state of bliss at this restaurant.

Thank Jackie L
Hemsby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On my first trip abroad I picked New York and was told to visit the river cafe which sits under the Brooklyn bridge. Wow would be a understatement from first arrival to leaving this place is amazing the service was first class the food was first class and the view was stunning. Yes it was quite expensive but well worth... More 

Thank roey007
Manhasset, New York
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sensational view, superb service, and "good eats." What's not to like? Of course, a PB&J sandwich eaten at The River Cafe would taste out of this world, but the food here really IS better than you'll find in most (but not all) NYC restaurants. So arrive hungry...oh, and with a well-filled wallet!

Thank Cara O
Teresina, PI
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131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a highly sophisticated place. Staff was super; courses were perfectly served. I have no complaints about what was served; quite contrary, perfection to its most. We visited the place at brunch time. Among fixed price menu and sparkling wines, an above average check is expected. Needles to say, nothing matters as long as you have the chance to... More 

Thank GersonP
Detroit, Michigan
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We wanted something very special for our wedding dinner and we found it. From arrival at the beautiful location, through the great service, delicious food and congratulatory dessert, one could not ask for anything more. Yes, it is pricy, but well worth the memories! ...and the view...under the Brooklyn Bridge with a full view of the Manhattan skyline.

Thank ClanYoung
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for lunch on a Saturday on the final day of our trip to NYC and we were not disappointed at all! The staff were all lovely and the view was amazing. We had the set 2 course lunch at 42$ and found that this was such an incredible deal due to the quality of the food. The food... More 

Thank Sarah1980Wright
New York, New York, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to celebrate my birthday here for dinner with friends...This place really speaks for itself... Three course menu... Exceptional Staff... Everything tasted delicious... I won't say what I had because I really think everyone should try something different.... The view is amazing and it's a super cozy, yet fancy setting.. You'll be lucky to get a seat closento the water..... More 

Thank Intrigue L
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just love this restaurant! My boyfriend at the time proposed to me under the Brooklyn bridge and took me to this place to have a celebratory dinner. It was fantastic! City views are absolutely amazing! We go back to this place very often for special occasions. Food is always superb!

Thank french-plane

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, European, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
    (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: +1 718-522-5200
The River Cafe is open for Dinner service every day of the year. Dinner service begins at 5:30 Lunch is served on Saturday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM Brunch is served on Sunday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?