River Deli

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
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  • Katie G.
    "Love the pappardelle ai funghi and Sardinian short pasta."(5 Tips)
    Wissam M.
    "On the weekend get the Pane Frattau, total no brainer"(3 Tips)
    Jenna D.
    "my friends and i have dreams about the malloredus pasta."(3 Tips)
    Kyle B.
    "The lasagna, burrata, and pasta dishes were amazing!"(9 Tips)
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  • Katie G.
    Katie Gambini1 week ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Cozy, neighborhood spot for a weeknight dinner or date. Love the pappardelle ai funghi and Sardinian short pasta. And don't forget the tiramisu or chocolate mousse!
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  • Isa S.
    Isa SierraAugust 13
    Very delicious omelettes and charming atmosphere. The staff is also lovely.
  • Amanda R.
    Cute little restaurant on one of the nicest streets in Brooklyn Heights. Unfortunately food did not live up to the excellent atmosphere. Nothing special about the food but the prices are very good.
  • Graham L.
    Graham LindnerFebruary 27
    Cute and cozy with a small menu of delicious Italian plates. Cash only.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChenFebruary 3
    Cash only! Affordable drinks
  • miles l.
    miles lennonOctober 29, 2016
    Affordable old school Italian in a cozy atmosphere.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangSeptember 15, 2016
    Start with a big meat/cheese board then move on to the house made pastas. The daily specials are usually my go to, the last time I had a bottarga/clam spaghetti with white wine sauce - perfecto!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeedsMarch 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing pasta at a great price. Ravioli was fantastic.
  • David B.
    David BlackmanFebruary 3, 2016
    Good rustic Italian food in an intimate space. Somehow never has a wait for dinner but also always just crowded and lively enough inside.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LEEJanuary 14, 2016
    Excellent food, good prices, great neighborhood! Be prepared for a long wait, though.
  • John P.
    John PavlickJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the trofie pasta with tuna and pesto. It is so good
  • Adam M.
    Adam MillerJanuary 3, 2016
    Pane Frattau is the bomb 😲👌🏻
  • Carl M.
    Carl MartinJanuary 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My favourite restaurant in Brooklyn, hands down. Wonderful ambiance, food and service. Exceptional.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinesDecember 14, 2015
    Classic Lasagna is good, reminds me of home. Tagliatelle is also very good.
  • Brittani N.
    Brittani NicoleNovember 1, 2015
    Bruschetta, lasagna
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeOctober 23, 2015
    Quaint and cozy Italian restaurant nestled at the corner of Joralemon and Columbia Pl. The lasagna, burrata, and pasta dishes were amazing!
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SyliantengOctober 11, 2015
    Totally exceeded my expectations, such a pleasant experience. Passed my Goldilocks standards. Lasagna was nicely portioned -- not too Garfield huge. Brooklyn Heights feels like a snow globe town.
  • Victoria I.
    Victoria IrelandSeptember 21, 2015
    Great vegetarian options.
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SeixasAugust 30, 2015
    So they only accept cash and have an ATM inside charging you fees... Hmmm.
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SeixasAugust 30, 2015
    I tried a lasagna. Very ordinary to say the least and extremely oily. The oily kind of you find in ready made food.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StewartAugust 2, 2015
    The Lasagna Bolognese was great!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TannoJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My go to neighborhood brunch place. The pancetta omelette is great as well as the strawberry pancake special.
  • Jenna D.
    Jenna DrapkinJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    my friends and i have dreams about the malloredus pasta. great wines and their meat&cheese plate is a great value!
  • Lori K. h.
    Dishes are incredibly thought out- a wonderful spot for a date, birthday party, or bite at the bar.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngJuly 4, 2015
    Pasta pasta. Come here for lunch on a weekend - no wait. Cash only! Pane e frattau is super good
  • Shah
    ShahMay 17, 2015
    Beautiful spot with unusually great Italian food. Also great brunch from those who want to avoid that typical boring egg-filled fare.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaMarch 6, 2015
    This place is my new obsession. Beautiful, quaint, fairly priced. The lasagna was delicious. Try the drink of the night!
  • Lilo W.
    Lilo WittenbornFebruary 8, 2015
    Oh my gosh the mozzarella buffalo and the ricotta and spinach ravioli are amazing.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJanuary 21, 2015
    First things first. Put some burrata in your face. Then, maybe grab some pappardelle. If there's a fish special, especially a Bronzino, eat that. It's fish, so no regrets, right?
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacJanuary 3, 2015
    The Malloredus Sardi Alla Campidanese was delicious - still thinking about the sauce. So we're the muscles, if you like some spice in the broth. Cash only, but good prices.
  • Julia S.
    Julia San JuanDecember 28, 2014
    best place in Brooklyn Heights.
  • Carl C.
    Carl CollinsNovember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Such a solid joint - Sardinian! Enjoy a wine from their home region!
  • ian r.
    ian rNovember 19, 2014
    A must if you are in the area! Cash only! Enjoy.
  • Rachael O.
    Rachael OsborneNovember 14, 2014
    Simple, fresh, delicious food at a reasonable price, served in a cozy setting. Feels like a home cooked meal with all the neighbours. If I lived here this would definitely be a fave.
  • Denis M.
    Denis MahonNovember 12, 2014
    One of the best experiences I've ever had. Phenomenal food, friendly staff and charming atmosphere. Single downside - cash only.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiOctober 30, 2014
    This neighborhood Scicilian find is just off the beaten path. The lamb tagliatelle is amazing.
  • Fred C.
    Fred CaminoOctober 18, 2014
    Get the lasagna it's delicious and massive.
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoOctober 16, 2014
    So darling and the bruschetta was filling and beautiful, but it was easily 80 degrees in there
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    quaint spot, delicious simple italian dishes
  • David H.
    David HuAugust 11, 2014
    Despite what the name may lead you to believe, this is an amazing Italian restaurant (it apparently used to be a deli). They serve all the classics, sure you'll find something you like.
  • Ben
    BenAugust 10, 2014
    Amazing and authentic. Great tiramisu!
  • Smash D.
    Smash DembugsAugust 3, 2014
    Heard great things about this place
  • Naim S.
    Naim SheriffJuly 13, 2014
    Cash only 💵
  • Brendan H.
    Brendan HasenstabJune 3, 2014
    Genius pappardelle with mushrooms, and perhaps the most unusual ATM I've ever seen!
  • Bromberry
    BromberryApril 19, 2014
    Cash only!
  • Brannon S.
    Brannon S.March 1, 2014
    Burrata. Do it.
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki W.January 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pasta is amazing and they have great prices. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but I would recommend pasta and tuna dish- delicious! Remember it's cash only - figure $60/person. Drink included
  • Erin S.
    Erin Schulte CollierJanuary 12, 2014
    Just ok. And if you charge four bucks for fresh oj, please don't put ice in it!
  • Caroline M.
    Caroline McCarthyDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The malloredus is my fave. Always.
  • Wissam M.
    Wissam MagazachiOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    On the weekend get the Pane Frattau, total no brainer
  • Daniele P.
    Daniele PieroniOctober 6, 2013
    A true italian restaurant! Great pasta. Highly recommended.
  • Audra C.
    Audra CoulombeSeptember 4, 2013
    Delicious. Tastes like Italian home food. You think you don't want to get the chicken at a place like this because everything looks awesome, but get the chicken.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KooSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The River Julep. God bless Brooklyn.
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PaxtonJuly 12, 2013
    Still not sure why this place is named River Deli. The pappardelle with mushrooms is heavenly.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxJune 30, 2013
    A great restaurant with a deceptive name... it's actually specializes in really quaint Italian dishes (not your usual Olive Garden fare). Came here for brunch, and had excellent trophie al pesto.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KooJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you come for brunch and they're offering the pane frattau special, skip the menu and GET THAT.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KooJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best pasta in the Heights, maybe in all of Brooklyn. Amazingly subtle dishes.
  • David R.
    David RaynerMay 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Trust the specials.
  • Francesca M.
    Francesca MasiaApril 29, 2013
    One of the top restaurants in the whole nyc. Malloreddus served with canonau wine is a must! Great service and great crowd. My fave :)
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingApril 11, 2013
    Great little Brooklyn heights treasure. The dinner features some really nice and authentic italian/Sardinian cuisine. The brunch is pretty tasty as well.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MoffettFebruary 11, 2013
    The specials are always great, and the chocolate mouse isn't easy to match anywhere
  • Tarek P.
    Tarek PertewJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Burrata is outrageous here.
  • Janelle J.
    Janelle J.December 4, 2012
    Wonderful Sardinian restaurant in the food dead zone known as Brooklyn Heights. Their Panna cotta is delicious.
  • Brendan B.
    Brendan BilkoNovember 13, 2012
    Bechamel Lasagna for your face hole.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertSeptember 9, 2012
    The name lulls you into thinking this is just another deli when in fact it's some of the best rustic italian food in Brooklyn. Great pastas. Laid back atmosphere too. Go here.
  • karen b.
    karen bonna rainertAugust 13, 2012
    Get the trophie pasta. It's a specialty from Northern Italy that's hard to find in most Italian restaurants. It's light and delicious for a pasta dish.
  • emi S.
    emi SolAugust 8, 2012
    the fish soup is amazing. pretty traditional sardinian food. coffee is a super no, unless the italian owners make it for you!
  • Lori K. h.
    Try the Vanilla bean panna cotta - THIS is the best dessert there!!
  • Katy K.
    Katy KelleyNovember 10, 2011
    Fish stew FTW
  • Andrea
    AndreaSeptember 11, 2011
    Quant place for good Italian. Portions are large, food is fresh. Sausage plate looked delish.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PurdieAugust 1, 2011
    try the spaghetti Read more
  • Jon R.
    Jon ResnikJuly 25, 2011
    The best Italian in Brooklyn Heights Read more
  • Mack
    MackJuly 22, 2011
    Not a deli.
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShibaJuly 16, 2011
    Best espresso in the area. Get it.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 14, 2011
    Warm and inviting restaurant with a simple menu and great service. We recommend the Ravioli Di Ricotta E Spinaci Al Burron E Salvia – it’s delicious and fun to pronounce. Cash only.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SteinbergJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best mussels I've ever had. And really well priced.
  • Lara D.
    Lara DeSignorMay 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ps fish stew is normally a cold weather special.
  • Lara D.
    Lara DeSignorMay 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Jean Paul for a recco, he never disappoints. Sardinian reds are a must. Specials are delish (yay fish stew) and, they have Sol! Yummers x quabillion! So nice.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MalbonMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place in Brooklyn Heights. Chocolate Mousse is in a par with my Mum's. That is an extraordinary compliment.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FlanaganMarch 2, 2011
    The potatoes that come with the steak are the most delicious thing you'll ever taste.
  • Lara D.
    Lara DeSignorFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the eggs Benedict but substitute the ham for smoked salmon. Yum!
  • Todd S.
    Todd SimmonsDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pappardelle ai funghi is fantastic if you like mushrooms. Then again, everything is good.
  • M M.
    M MSeptember 20, 2010
    Don't bother with the fried calamari, it is overdone, tough and too chewy. I liked their sardinian wines and cheese & grilled vegetable plate. Their pasta was good.
  • Rahul G.
    Rahul GandhiAugust 15, 2010
    um, my favorite place in Brooklyn so far. the fish stew is unbelievable, though it was on special when we went.
  • Jenna F.
    Jenna FainJuly 18, 2010
    Delightful Italian. Start with the bruschetta - comes in four varieties. Try the ricotta spinach ravioli!
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney ReimerJune 27, 2010
    You MUST have the mussels. You think you've had mussels, but you haven't until you've had the perfectly cooked, perfectly garlicky mussels at River Deli.
  • kau n.
    kau nishimuraOctober 13, 2015
    マンハッタンではおめにかかれない、イタリア人のためのイタリアンです。
  • Carlos T.
    Carlos TorresJuly 20, 2015
    Best Tiramisu ever!
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