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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335 (Old Fulton St.)
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This bar/ restaurant has outside tables overlooking a small river. The place is rustic but local at best and the food is typically bar food. The staff did their job but not especially friendly perhaps a bit indifferent just like the menu but you can get food and a cool drink, so that counts too.

Thank Robert B
Queens, NY
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food, the ambience, the decor, the servers were good. I did experience a problem in this upscale restaurant. We accidentally knock down one if our drinks, they quickly came to clean up but did not offer a replacement or even asked if we wanted something else, for a restaurant of this class i would have expected that but it... More 

Thank Freddy R
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The River Cafe is a combination of impeccable service, delicious food and an exceptional setting, Every aspect of your evening is wrapped into a memorable package, from the flowers in the entry, to the friendly bartender, to the unbelievable views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Service is as good as you'll find anywhere; attentive but unhurried, close at... More 

Thank Tom O
Wallkill, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've lived in Brooklyn all of my life (50 yrs.) and never thought I would be able to eat at this beautiful restaurant. Some of my close friends took us there to celebrate my 27th wedding anniversary. From the moment you walked into this restaurant, you received 5 star treatment. The atmosphere, staff and service was incredible. It will be... More 

Thank jandonbailey
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I took some clients there and it was unbelievable. A terrific environment, spectacular setting and the food was to match. Service was a great balance between attentive but letting you relax and not feel rushed. Couldn't recommend more.

Thank Jonathan H
Brooklyn, New York
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This July, we celebrated my birthday at THE RIVER CAFE. It was the second time we went there within the last 2 months. Each experience was wonderful, the food was consistent as was the wait staff and of course the view! On the previous visit we all ordered separately from appetizers to desserts. Each dish was beautifully prepared. served with... More 

Thank CC6446
Brooklyn, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The best food in London, high quality products, great service and beautiful place. The perfect restaurant for any occasion.

Thank solebravomaria
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing restaurant , service, food, overall atmosphere and view ! We will most definitely be coming back , and bringing our friends and family visiting New York in the future ! .

Thank Imanette
New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's no getting around this being a pricey locale but the view is uber romantic and the food is mind-blowingly good. It's famous for all the right reasons. Really hard to beat if you're looking in Brooklyn and want a romantic spot and money is not an issue (as in you've printed up plenty...).

Thank Tom M
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12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Expensive, BUT THE PLACE IS SIMPLY PERFECT. There is not much you can add, every single thing from the view to the food, the atmosphere is Fantastic. Very much worth the price, and the occasion.

Thank Evelyn L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, European, International, Fusion
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
Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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: 17185225200
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?