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The River Cafe

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Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
19:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 14:15
Closed now
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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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2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This was a Christmas present treat from my partner, which turned out to be a very average, disappointing and overpriced lunchtime experience. The only good thing was the company. Ambience - poor, very noisy, tables too close together with paper table clothes protecting the linen ones underneath. Asked for water, which was 'plonked on the table in a carafe and... More 

Thank Terri L
Chorley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

expensive and worth every penny, the menu changes twice a day and on the day I went i squid, chilli and rocket (£21)as a starter and for a main I had wood roasted turbot with chickpeas and artichokes (£41) with wine and service it came out just under £200 for two for lunch but it was worth it. All the... More 

Thank ChrisBrown1234
Derby, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on a cold, dark evening in January and were immediately warmed by the atmosphere here. The service was excellent - attentive but not obsequious , friendly but not overbearingly so. And the food.....lived up to all our expectations.It was delicious, modern but not pretentious and the portions sizes were good. I will go back but perhaps in the... More 

Thank Rosemary W
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We eat out a lot at 'normal' restaurants and we enjoy it. This was very definitely a step up all round, food wise to start with but in particular the attention to detail by the many staff. There is a strikingly friendly and relaxed atmosphere which is very welcoming although senior staff should be mindful of being too familiar with... More 

Thank bvhillier
Waterford, California
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have often dined at the River Cafe for dinner but never for lunch. We couldn't secure dinner reservations on short notice while in London on our way home from South Africa so decided to try Sunday lunch. We were not disappointed, we shared a buffalo mozzarella salad marinated in creme fresh with early tomatoes then enjoyed the wood fired... More 

Thank 47sue2015
London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my wife to River Cafe to celebrate her birthday. No complaints with the food which was excellent .Although the Calamari was a tad rubbery the Dover Sole and Sea Bass were cooked to perfection.Desserts to die for.The service was attentive but not intrusive , full marks to our waiter. The main disappointment was that there are now clearly too... More 

Thank michael s
Burbage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good friend and I visited for lunch on Saturday 14th January. We had a lovely time. The restaurant is stylish and has a good atmosphere, created by the staff and the buzz of customers enjoying their food. The ambience was just as I like it, attention from staff when needed, but not overly fussy. We loved the food. It... More 

Thank teabus
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The River Cafe is one of those must visit places each time I come to London. It is expensive but then how often do you encounter cooking of this standard in your every day life. My favourite time is summer but my recent winter lunch was absolutely delicious too. Ravioli of spinach with walnut sauce, fillet of beef with chick... More 

Thank Kenneth W
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is good, without being amazing, there are plenty of better places in London. The price tag however is ridiculous. I am fortunate enough to eat out with my job a fair bit and this is probably the worst value for money of any restaurant I've been to.

3 Thank Tom B
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had not been here for a few years and remembered during the lunch why. The food is excellent, however even by Central London standards it is not cheap, staff were pleasant and attentive, but it is a very noisy restaurant. The tables are very close together, hence the name cafe I suppose, but my guest and I were having to... More 

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
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?