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1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335 (Old Fulton St.)
+1 718-522-5200
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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201 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Expensive but worth it all. Quite simply excellent. Lovely situation under the bridge and looking at setting sun then lights coming on in city. Professional and engaging staff. Lots of them and all attentive. Food glorious. Deserving of all accolades. We all had a great time.

Thank Glen83
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Expensive, but worth every penny! Stunning views, excellent food, faultless service! .. Can't wait to go back

Thank Vicki W
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Oh my gosh... If you want a magical evening with delicious food then this is the place for you! It is very pricey but worth it. I will never forget my meal here. A small portion of 21 layer lasagne with rabbit sausage to start. A main course of branzino with this piece of yummy something on top, and a... More 

Thank McDell P
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love the river café! Yes, the dress code is a typical American requirement, but hey, not that you would walk in with a football jersey anyway.. Food is outstanding and the wine selection is great- prices are reasonable too. As everyone else said, go for the foie gras- it really is worth it. I had the wagyu beef tartare,... More 

Thank londontravellerE2
Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is amazing. If you visit for the first time, take the chef special 5 course meal. Enjoy! :)

Thank Techmann
Brooklyn, New York
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food and service is both excellent, although a bit formal. But wht do you expect in a place that still requires ties and jackets fir the men. You can't beat the views, though. Well worth the money for a special occassion.

Thank BrooklynBarMan
Warrington, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked this restaurant months before my visit and I had really high expectations. I visited lots of Michellin Star restaurants and I am sorry to say the food wasn't that spectacular. We were lucky because we were given a window side table. It was a lunch, although we haven't experienced the amazing city lights view from our table, the... More 

Thank nilified_life
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Atmosphere & scene very beautiful! Service impeccable and the food was superb. Good choices of wine and varies menu.

Thank Claudia D
Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spectacular view especially if you have requested a window seat. Service is impeccable, however food is not at all impressive. Consider the price and know that you are paying for the beautiful view rather then the mediocre food.

Thank sadoshark
Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a reservation several weeks ago and had asked for a window seat. We were in beyond the required attire and was stuck in a corner. The table has a light on it that has a cord so in between you and your date if you're sitting side by side, you have a cord in between you. Come on,... More 

Thank himain

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, European, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 am
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 am
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 am
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 am
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 am
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?