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The River Cafe

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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335 (Old Fulton St.)
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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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently had a Sunday brunch with a window table overlooking the downtown Manhattan skyline from below the Brooklyn Bridge. The view was amazing but we were also pleasantly blown away by the quality of the food and very professional service. There was a piano player and the music was perfect. We highly recommend this must visit restaurant for all... More 

Thank Marc L
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic meal was shared by 4 of us to celebrate the end of our NY holiday. The view from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge looking back over Manhattan is breathtaking. Food was delicious, with portions more generous than you would expect for a fine dining restaurant. Great way to end hol- highly recommend x

Thank dai_pat16
Ludlow, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You will not be disappointed.....best dining view in NYC, but it is backed up by old school elegance, not stuffiness, not always to be found in NYC. Food is excellent and service to match. Not the usual unnecessarily huge US portions but well cooked and presented.Only two minor issues.....greeters at front desk need to get a personality and bar service... More 

Thank p35
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had dinner here tonight and we were not disappointed- ticks all the boxes - Fabulous view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan, excellent service - the staff were professional, accommodating and engaging - and last but not least the food was exceptionally good and plentiful.

Thank Danielle M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Read the reviews about dinner but went for breakfast on a beautiful warm October day. Service was impeccable and the view spectacular. Food was perfectly prepared. If the price of dinner scares you from this place try it for breakfast. You won't be disappointed but go on a beautiful day and sit outside for a new perspective on Manhattan. Then... More 

Thank Cheryl878
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great service, delicious food, good choice of wines, amazing views. Everything about this place is wonderful.

Thank Arcadianna
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It would be unfair to call The River Cafe a tourist trap because most of the diners with whom we shared the space this evening looked like locals. Which is a worry because they should know better. This is a seriously expensive restaurant (in our case USD425 for two) and, at its price point, I expected The River Cafe to... More 

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing place! We found this restaurant through a friend who said the views were incredible. That wouldn't even begin to tell the story of the River Cafe. All tables overlook the river and look across at Manhattan. The service was exceptional. And the food...every course was excellent. Big Eye tuna appetizer and Rabbit both were outstanding! For dinner... More 

Thank ldowning1907
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Amazing views. Delicious Food. Attentive service. I couldn't fault this restaurant. it was a truly magical experience and the highlight of my family trip to NYC.

Thank Andrew D
Fairfax, Virginia
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my husband here to celebrate his birthday. We had hoped for dinner reservations but took a lunch reservation on Saturday and were THRILLED with our experience! We had heard from friends that this was a fantastic restaurant and we were delighted with every detail. Right from the moment we made the reservation, The River Cafe began to set... More 

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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
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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: 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?