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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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Bradford, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a drink in the outside area. It was lovely. Very classy place. Beautiful flowers in reception area and outside. Well worth a visit.

Thank Bev F
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I will start off by saying that I am a native New Yorker and when I was younger my family dined her on many special occasions so this was not my first time at this poseur of fine dining. Although it has always been touristy with mediocre and overly priced food, it does have a good view but beware of... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The restaurant has a great approach with fairy lights dotted though the gardens on the approach to the restaurant. The welcome is warm, the staff are attentive and accommodating, the view across the river towards Manhattan is stunning and the food is outstanding. I was there as a surprise for my 50th birthday and had an amazing dinner - looking... More 

Thank JPM2109
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went for my husbands birthday, booking 4 months in advance. The driveway was beautiful with twinkling lights on arrival. The piano was playing while we sipped champagne before being shown to our table. The food was truly gorgeous, cooked to perfection and the service professional and attentive. The setting is idyllic and it's as much about the whole experience... More 

Thank Jackie L
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Most romantic and fine dining diner with stunning views over Manhattan. Service was great, food really tasty - great for a special occasion as kinda expensive but very worth it.

Thank Laura F
Atlanta, GA
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113 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had an unreal dinner and experience at the River Cafe. It looked beautiful in the pictures we saw on TA, but were even more surprised when we arrived. You do get the feeling they are sizing you up when you show up...but who cares. When the view is this good - and the food is this good - and... More 

Thank Tony_Kenney
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Among the best places in new york. Great view and athmosphere. Service and food is just wonderful. Ideal for special occasions and dress up especially in the evenings. Prices are obviously very high but it is fully justified.

Thank Fabercas
welwyn garden city
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly let me say we enjoyed the meal and the view very much waiters were ok but not overly friendly every other restaurant we found the staff great. Firstly I must say we thought the entrance to the restaurant the gardens and flowers were really beautiful, also the meal and view was excellent,but like a previous reviewer said we had... More 

Thank georgie28
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For our last night in New York we booked dinner with friends. The fairy lit entry and gardens guide you to a spectacular view of the Brooklyn Bridge and then you enter the River Cafe. Sensory explosion . Pianist playing Piano Man ( my vintage) to panorama of Manhattan lights sparkling over the water. Start with a cocktail French 77... More 

Thank Lpofbrisbane
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the River Cafe for my wife birthday on a visit to New York and Washington, based on advice from a friend. The experience was really 'once in a life time,' Cocktails, food and service were excellent and the view was outstanding, looking across the Hudson to lower Manhattan at night. Try to get a table by the window,... More 

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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
Brunch, Lunch, 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: 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?