The River Café
Waterside dining with priceless views
American · DUMBO · $$$$
The Zagat Review
“Is there a more beautiful setting in NYC?” swoon fans of this Dumbo waterfront “classic” whose “romantic” dining room offers “unbeatable” views of Manhattan, as well as a fairy-lit “Garden of Eden” just outside; “elegant” prix fixe–only American cuisine and “exceptional” service complete the “high-end” experience – for which an “expensive” price tag is “to be expected.”
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hours Open Today · 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
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
location 1 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA phone +1 718-522-5200 website directions Get Directions
What To Order
Chef's tasting menu
Duck breast
Chocolate Brooklyn bridge
Insider Tip
When you make your reservation, request a table by the windows for the best Brooklyn Bridge views.
Known For
Private rooms
Business dining
Special occasions
Zagat Mentions of The River Café
Google Reviews
One of my favorite upscale places in NYC. Absolutely stunning location under Brooklyn Bridge with direct spectacular view of Manhattan. Beautiful lit up drive in path with cobble stones adds to the dinner experience. And open garden for breakfast in summer time is as beautiful, fully sinking in flowers like fairytale. Food is indescribably great and so as service. During one of my last visits Daniel Craig was dining there 2 tables away
Olga Rice · April 24, 2018
By far the best dining experience out there. I proposed to my fiancee there, and the staff over there went above and beyond to make our night the best so far. I mentioned that I was vegetarian, and the chef just kept sending us delicious dishes to try out. Amazing is the only word fit to describe the food. Delicious, light and filling... If you are vegetarian or vegan, ask for the vegan menu. There is live piano every evening. The view is absolutely wonderful. The Empire State Building on the right, The Brooklyn Bridge above, The World Trade Center ahead, and the Statue of Liberty on the left, in the background. Thank you guys. we'll be back soon.
Life Coach V · March 27, 2018
This place is absolutely spectacular! Your pockets won’t enjoy it but your special loved one will! We came in with high expectations, being that’s it’s a Michelin Star restaurant, and the chef didn’t disappoint. Jackets are required for dinner and complimentary valet is available in some days, we got lucky that day. Our dinner reservation was for 6pm and we walked in at about quarter to six and got seated right away. We got sat in the middle of the room but views were still spectacular and you can see all of the financial district at its glory along with the Brooklyn Bridge. I opted for a bottle of wine instead of cocktails since we ordered the chef’s tasting menu. Why wouldn’t we try what River Cafe has to offer! We started off with an amuse bouche and Ricky, our server, was super helpful and very knowledgeable of the preparations and where their ingredients came from. He recommended the lamb and it was on the money! All courses were cleared immediately after being done with and wine glasses were never empty and neither was the water. Needless to say, service was excellent. Dessert was phenomenal and the Brooklyn bridge chocolate mousse cake was to die for, a masterpiece! I will definitely be going back to soak in more of that beautiful view of the greatest city in the world and enjoy more of this delicious cuisine!
Andy Mendoza · March 1, 2018