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The River Cafe

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Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good23%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (114 reviews)
“turbot” (57 reviews)
“summer pudding” (15 reviews)
Closed Now
19:00 - 21:15 Hours
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

No space available on the days before but turning up on the day they managed to find us a table. Scallops followed by pasta. Good ingredients and helpful staff. Shame about the 100pct Italian wine list.

Thank stephenaitchison
Reviewed yesterday

We have been here several times over the years and always felt the food was divine. Sadly not last night. The strawberry bellini was delicious but the food was not well presented and we felt done in a rush with no love or nod to...More

Thank FabriziaGonzaga
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is definitely a hidden gem. Great atmosphere as you walk in, I had lunch there with friends today, the tables are either inside or sitting outside by the river which is beautiful. The menu is varied and inexpensive, the food is excellent and great...More

Thank Nikysoam
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My sister and I visited for a long anticipated trip after much research. The visit far exceeded our expectations, and was truly magical. To top it off, my sister mistakenly left her wallet, the staff immediately returned it to our hotel despite the late hour....More

Thank maryspeckart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit to TRC, and well worth the wait. I had char grilled octopus as a starter, followed by crab pasta - both heavenly, and washed down with a little vernaccia. Service was excellent and the table setting under the trees complemented the experience.

1  Thank Travelnut064
Reviewed 1 week ago

A favourite when we are in London. Wonderful for both lunch and dinner. Gorgeous patio in the summer. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is very good.

2  Thank MGinTO
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a good vibe and great position next to the River Thames. However, the food is overpriced and (in my opinion) of only average quality. Starters costing c. GBP20 Mains costing c. GBP 40 Bottle of average Prosecco GBP 50 Champagne starting from...More

Thank JackMarsh74
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a must if you are in London. The food, the service, the ambiance can only be described as perfection. I am absolutely shocked that this place doesn't have more 5 star ratings. DON'T HESITATE, GO EAT HERE. You can thank me later.

Thank aramatams
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent long afternoon lunch. Knowledgeable attractive personable staff. Informative sommelier. Fresh ingredients. Everything nicely cooked. Everyone ate excellent fish courses for antipasti and mains. None fussy fiddly food. None intrusive or fawning service. Absolutely faultless. A bit pricey, but don't regret a single penny. Will...More

Thank Serial_Traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, service, and outside dining was beautiful. They grow their own herbs, and the chef's welcome requests to share their culinary expertise. The only drawback...£££. If in London, it is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Mary Anne D
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Questions & Answers
1 July 2018|
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Response from 47sue2015 | Reviewed this property |
Often the menu is devised around the freshest ingredients available, so my experience has been the menu isn’t fixed but changes when different vegetables, fruits , meats or fish are at their prime, you can always count on... More
Susan T
15 April 2017|
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Response from Sanquirico2014 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, it's not too far to be honest, if you are staying in the West End it will take you 15 minutes by taxi or Uber.
10 July 2016|
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Response from GeorgiaInTheJungle | Reviewed this property |
Menu changes daily so as others have suggested it's best to call ahead and find out. They are a tiny bit flexible but most Italian cuisine involves a lot of dairy products!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$66
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:30 - 14:15
19:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 14:15
19:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 14:15
19:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 14:15
19:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 14:15
19:00 - 21:15
19:00 - 21:15
12:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7386 4200
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