The River Café

The River Café

American Restaurant, Café, and New American Restaurant$$$$
DUMBO, Brooklyn
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    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and The New York Times
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    M. Silver Associates
    "Breathtaking view of Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood."(76 Tips)
    Mariana M.
    "They don't deserve the Michelin star they have just received."(4 Tips)
    🍙 allie 🍙
    "Apple crumb foie gras, lobster, and sea scallops were amazing!"(7 Tips)
    Halstead Property
    "infamous Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge dessert"(3 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 7, 2014
    The prix-fixe menu includes wagyu steak tartare, poached lobster, and mushroom Wellington. And, of course, River Cafe offers unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 23, 2012
    Load up on seafood at this MICHELIN starred romantic spot with famed views of the city skyline, but also be sure to order a few veggies from their vegetable garden in Red Hook. - Green Guide Editor
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MazzaNovember 27, 2017
    Sunday brunch is a delightful experience! Outstanding service and food. The fois gras and duck are a must! Make a reservation right when the open to hopefully get a better table.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoSeptember 18, 2014
    Let me know if you find a place with a better view than here. Classic fine dining but nothing mind blowing or innovative. Three Shells to start, duck breast entree & chocolate soufflé were delicious!
  • Tobias W.heart icon on user image
    Tobias WeißenfelsMarch 18, 2018
    Fantastic location and manhattan view as well as great service and food. Highly recommended for special occasions or when you have something to celebrate. Awarded one Michelin star.
  • Sue E.heart icon on user image
    Sue EllenNovember 5, 2017
    Even if you aren’t eating here, stop by with your date. There are dim lighted seating areas the restaurant set up outside just for you and your loved one to sit at the end of a date. Very romantic
  • Lucas G.heart icon on user image
    Lucas GuterresMay 16, 2014
    Definitely in the "Top 10" of the Best Restaurants in NY, and for sure the BEST view of Manhattan. Perfect from top to bottom. The Chocolate Soufflé at the end is hard to believe!
  • Papa S.heart icon on user image
    Papa SJune 10, 2017
    Had the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairing. So good. Great views of Manhattan. Phenomenal service. James the Captain, Javier, Lewis the wine guy were terrific.
  • High Quality Tours H.heart icon on user image
    High Quality Tours HQTAugust 31, 2015
    Beautiful gardens with views of the Bridge! Take a luxury tour of Brooklyn with us today to see this gorgeous place and much more! #hqt #highqualitytours #therivercafe #luxurytursofnyc Read more
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    EMarch 18, 2015
    Family tradition to go here. Enjoy consistent delicious food with a nice bottle of wine. Breathtaking views of Manhattan Skyline. Seating can be tight - reserve in front of window or at the booth seat
  • James C.heart icon on user image
    James CroninApril 7, 2015
    Get to your reservation early and they may be able to get you a window seat. One of the best stakes I've had and the chocolate soufflé was incredible.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 13, 2019
    This is wonderful venue for a special occasion or date night where you can enjoy some of the best views of Manhattan.They also have a great tasting menu with wine pairing.
  • Papa S.heart icon on user image
    Papa SNovember 11, 2018
    Tasting menu is always an adventure. They craft it 4 you & everything is fabulous. Josh (maitre d’) is so professional. James (somm) is the best. Foie gras. Tuna. Steak. Best in NYC.
  • John H.heart icon on user image
    John HelpsNovember 28, 2016
    Fabulous views and a great location, superb food, great service.. a (very) expensive treat
  • Alexandra T.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra TritzAugust 16, 2016
    The food is beyond awesome. Went there for my birthday on a Sunday and got the brunch menu : the foie gras and the duck breast are delicious ! And the staff is also really kind !
  • Pauline D.heart icon on user image
    Pauline DeplaixAugust 5, 2017
    We tried the wild shrimp, the rabbit and lobster everything was delicious. Outstanding service and a wonderful view of the south manhattan skyline. Very romantic. Bonus: pianist
  • Lindsey H.
    Lindsey HoganOctober 15, 2014
    Lived up to very high expectations from the service to the flowers to the view...and most importantly, the food. The suckling pig amuse bouche was spectacular.
  • Lucy M.heart icon on user image
    Lucy MariaMay 11, 2016
    The view was nice and the food and service were excellent, but the decor is outdated and I thought the venue would be bigger...I was underwhelmed with the view and atmosphere.
  • Gordon D.heart icon on user image
    Gordon DesodtMay 2, 2014
    What a view: simply amazing. The service is excellent too. And on top of all this you get good classic French cuisine. A must when in NY. The Brooklyn Bridge dessert is mmmmmmm
  • Linda
    LindaSeptember 14, 2015
    Excellent food + the staff was very friendly and attentive. Definitely worth a visit ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (set price for a 3 course meal is $120, with an 18% tip added)
  • Philip G.heart icon on user image
    Philip GlanvilleAugust 19, 2014
    Leave your sneakers (trainers) at home and don a jacket for an amazing view, fantastic food and service. Incredible service and don't be intimidated by the 'blue bloods'.
  • James K.
    James KiernanMarch 30, 2017
    I believe the appropriate term is 'fancy shmancy'. Great for a special occasion and spectacular views.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    For special occasions it’s hard to beat this mainstay with Brooklyn Bridge views. For a more relaxed date, sit in the terrace and sample appetizers, desserts and drinks ($25 per-person minimum). Read more
  • Clyde Erwin B.
    Clyde Erwin BarrettoSeptember 3, 2011
    One of the most beautiful views I've ever seen from a restaurant. Even on a rainy day. The crispy duck breast is delicious. New York Cut Sirloin is pretty good.
  • Simran J.
    Simran JaisingJanuary 27, 2013
    transcendence. the river cafe places you in a time and a place of the 40s. beautiful view of the water. soft piano, impeccable service, classic, early american cuisine. for a meaningful date.
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesFebruary 13, 2012
    A breathtaking view of Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood. Add delicious food and plenty of ambiance and you've got the perfect spot for a little canoodling. It's well worth a trip to Brooklyn.
  • Duygu A.heart icon on user image
    Duygu AKTANOctober 4, 2014
    1st time. We had rabbit, steak tartare, lobster, steak, brooklyn bridge shaped desert and pistachio semifreddo. Not even the food can beat the view, which is not bad. Do try, maybe just once.
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesFebruary 8, 2012
    Breathtaking view of Manhattan skyline sets the romantic mood. Add delicious food and plenty of ambiance and you've got the perfect spot for a little canoodling. It's well worth a trip to Brooklyn.
  • Mattia B.heart icon on user image
    Mattia BattistichOctober 16, 2012
    Provides a great experience from online reservation to the limo taxi service back to town. Fresh flowers welcome, amazing view, top food and service. Guy in front of us proposed, girl cried. Perfect
  • kiptripheart icon on user image
    kiptripJanuary 20, 2017
    Special food menu for Christmas was first class. Great service and amazing views, even if you're sitting further in from the windows.
  • Mia J.heart icon on user image
    Mia JSeptember 8, 2017
    AMAZING place, very delicious set menu. I would highly recommend to go on sunset time. It's a bet pricy but absolutely worth it.
  • Eva V.
    Eva VillarrealDecember 26, 2014
    Perfect view, delicious courses, attentive staff. A must for a lovely dinner for an NYC visit
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CMay 27, 2016
    After reading so many amazing reviews - I was super excited for dinner here!!! Food and service was beyond spectacular... but the small portions for the high cost was disappointing and no sunset view!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 4, 2011
    Dine while taking in the most stunning views of Manhattan. Enjoy a romantic six-course prix fixe dinner – try the Foie Gras, Oysters, Sirloin and Rack of Lamb.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AnthonyNovember 10, 2021
    One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Albeit very $$$
  • eric m.heart icon on user image
    eric mortensenJune 19, 2015
    River Cafe exists solely for those who are tying to impress others. The food and the experience are mundane and outdated. This place has a great view and nothing else.
  • hania a.heart icon on user image
    hania albraikanDecember 21, 2016
    The view is breathtaking,the food is average but the portion is quite big , the service is good but the welcoming was a bit strange they gave us too much rules، I will come again for lunch maybe
  • Miguel
    MiguelMay 24, 2014
    They have the perfect formula to make your tastebuds dance. Great atmosphere. Great food. Go for the oysters and salmon app to start
  • Daniel A.heart icon on user image
    Daniel AllardJuly 15, 2018
    Stunning views across the East River, but overpriced for what it was. Food was good but not great and staff were a little overbearing (tried to clear our plates while we were still eating!)
  • Doug W.heart icon on user image
    Doug WAugust 13, 2023
    Nice but I would have expected a wine pairing was available. Food was delicious. Sommelier was very helpful.
  • ginny h.
    ginny hApril 11, 2014
    On every table you'll find a bouquet of flowers of miscellaneous hideous colors ordered from ...1-800-flowers.
    Gorgeous ambience. Good for special occasions. Food was good, but nothing extraordinary. The Brooklyn Bridge Chocolate Cake is memorable.
  • Chad W.heart icon on user image
    Chad WitsellSeptember 14, 2015
    Great Food & Wine and a beautiful view of NYC. Be prepared to spend some loot! It's not cheap 😉
  • jon a.heart icon on user image
    jon accarrinoJuly 28, 2014
    Dumbo waterfront with million-dollar views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. Try the salted caramels, Foie Gras and oysters.
  • Jazzie C.heart icon on user image
    Jazzie ChanelSeptember 7, 2017
    While small and crowded, the service moves fast. The rabbit, duck and lobster. Superb!
  • Ollie M.heart icon on user image
    Ollie MartinAugust 7, 2018
    $20 minimum spend per person so you’ll be paying a lot if you want to just have a cup of coffee and a view.
  • Jenny K.heart icon on user image
    Jenny KSeptember 26, 2015
    Two course lunch (+amuse bouche and chocolates) for $50 is a great deal for this restaurant.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Known for its nightly piano music and breathtaking floral arrangements. Without a doubt, it’s a forerunner in the romance department. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Enjoy the gorgeous views of Manhattan and solid American cuisine but avoid the special occasion crowds by having lunch at the River Café. - Inspector
  • Diana R.heart icon on user image
    Diana RichterOctober 17, 2019
    Supremely over priced but sensational view and charming decor. Fun for a lunch or breakfast (once).
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