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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
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Superlatives need only apply. Service, food, location, all simply incredible. Staff went out of their way to notify us that a window table may be becoming available and that we may wish to wait for it to be free as we were having a drink at the. Spectacular. Thank you River Cafe, thank your wonderful staff, and importantly, thanks to... More 

Thank Duncan-DB
Avalon, New Jersey
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Four of us had a wonderful meal. We arrived on the early side so got our pick of a great window table. We ate and ate and didn't realize that we had been there enjoying the meal for 2 1/2 hours.

Thank Nick W
Harpswell, Maine
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279 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here for my 60th birthday, and it was fabulous. Lots of other people were also celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, judging from the candles on the signature Brooklyn Bridge chocolate torte with raspberry and vanilla. Beautiful views of Manhattan, although the tables for two (sitting side by side for maximum romance) are on the back wall. Lots of excellent choices... More 

Thank Peter B
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The best brunch in NYC. Staff are really great, friendly and good service. The view is incredible and the food was the tastiest we had. The grapefruit breakfast cocktail was lovely. We had scrambled eggs with toast and bacon and the avocado poached eggs on toast. All really good washed down with prosecco

Thank Nick D
New York, NY
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The striking views are only a small part of this absolutely wonderful establishment. From the moment you arrive (reservations are a must), you will be wined and dined with the best service, atmosphere, bar and food. It is truly a memorable place to go!

Thank Marie C
Mill Valley, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My Family and I have been visiting The River Cafe for either Thanksgiving or Christmas since 1993. We have never been disappointed. Besides the great location (the main dining room is actually situated above the East River) from where you could see the Twin Towers before they were destroyed. Now you see the new tower. The food is superb, the... More 

Thank D5373QAthomasl
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My head is still reeling after the incredible party I attended at this restaurant. The storied location is beautiful with abundant glass windows so you can take in the views of both Manhattan & Brooklyn right over the river while dining. The service is impeccable and the food delicious & well presented. I was attending a private party there, but... More 

Thank FantescaGirl
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 2 days ago 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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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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

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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
US$25 - US$100
American, European, International, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
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, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
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?