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The River Cafe

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Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
12:00 - 15:00
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 19:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 12:30 - 14:15
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 21:15
Sat 12:30 - 14:30
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing ! Went for a friend's birthday and came out convulsing from the feeling of great pleasure that the desert has brought to us all. Thank you. The main course was also a delight. Overall, would 100% recommend !

Thank Charlotte P
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having eaten at many restaurants in my time The River Cafe is one I come back to time and again. It's not cheap but if you're looking for cheap you shouldn't be here in the first place. Food is consistently excellent, staff knowledgeable and friendly. I never tire of the lemon tart or chocolate nemesis (ask for half of each)

Thank cleverjenna
Bransgore, United Kingdom
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212 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Have not been for many years but it was a joy to be able to enjoy this wonderful restaurant again. We were a large party but everyone really enjoyed their meal with perfect wine. The service was great considering they had to deal with so many. I love the ambiance of this restaurant and it brings back many happy memories... More 

Thank cmjm10
Pinner, UK
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food at this lively fashionable restaurant is really excellent. I think the pasta first course was probably the best i've ever had, and that includes several Michelin starred restaurants around the world. The restaurant is extremely busy and noisy which is nice in a way but the service from the waiters and waitresses is just average – I get... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Friendly and attentive staff. Food was as good as expected with open kitchen design that allowed you to see all the action.

Thank Jennifer H
Richmond, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited on the 13th February. We're subscribed to Bookatable which regularly sends out offers and received a mail about River Cafe. Three courses for £34 in a restaurant like this sounded like a deal, so we went for it. Booking was simple on line though I did think the emphasis on lunch as a 12.30 to... More 

Thank Brendan K
Oxford, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been wanting to visit for many years and finally found reason and cause while visiting friends nearby. I love Italian food and wine so the menu and wine list was always going to appeal. Great selection and it all felt seasonal and fresh, which it was and is in my view the basis of any good restaurant (... More 

Thank Jezblanc
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 4 of us in the party. The menu is changed daily and there is a wide choice of dishes. The food was excellent, tasty and perfectly cooked. The staff were very attentive and the service was excellent. The only thing we found a bit strange was the chairs, which were more like plastic garden chairs thanking chairs (maybe... More 

Thank Judy Z
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you can get a table please go - it may be expensive but it doesn't get better than this for fresh , vibrant Italian seasonal cooking . We had the langoustines ( dublin bay prawns / crayfish ) finished off in the wood burner stove and the sole - its that extra touch that counts . Staff are genuinely... More 

Thank bloatygoat
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great food, nice atmosphere. Will def go there again. Every day they have a different menu with a selection of fish and pasta. A bit expensive but it worths it.

Thank Katerina K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$62
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?