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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
Open now
All hours
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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife has been wanting to go to the River Cafe for some time, so as a Birthday treat we went yesterday lunchtime. The staff were friendly, helpful and really pleasant throughout, when we sat down we were offered sparkling, chilled tap water - both good signs. A good start you may think. No- that was it, everything else was... More 

3 Thank ScouseTonyT
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food, basically bland, presentation on plate ok, just poorly prepared. Location, well if you stretch your neck you can see people walk past, cyclists, skate boarders and joggers....oh, and just see some water, the polluted Thames. We have never ate in such a crowded location, this cafe has tables and chairs placed so close to each other, you can barely... More 

2 Thank jammie849
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We decided to try the River Café as my daughter was visiting the Apollo with some friends and we were providing the taxi service. Upon arrival in the slightly cramped reception and bar area, we were given a warm welcome and showed to our table. Immediately, it was apparent just how many covers that this restaurant is cramming in. Our... More 

4 Thank MrCreosote21
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99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe it's because I have wanted to visit here for ages that I had too high an expectation...but it was, well, ok...ar a bit better than ok, but not much. The place itself is attractive... and pretty informal really with paper tablecloths...and unfussy informal staff. Four of us went and had a mix of food. Service was poor- we had... More 

4 Thank Bernard R
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145 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came mid week for a 7pm sitting - had to leave table by 9pm but that was no problem - very attentive staff including a sommelier who didn't try and push the most expensive wine. Langoustines were very tasty although a little difficult to eat - my partners crab starter was top notch. For main he had the shin of... More 

Thank Michael_Anderson107
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The River Café is in a beautiful riverside setting with a classic interior that has been subtly updated but remains a testament to the sheer quality of it original concept. It is ten years or so since I was last there and the authenticity of the vibe and the quality of well informed and attentive staff remains unaltered or possibly... More 

6 Thank alexash
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the overall experience was outstanding . super food , great ambience , good service . nice vegetarian options. its worth the effort to travel from central london . definitely recommended .

Thank AdiJain
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to so enjoy coming here, not anymore. Although the food was still good, it is a level below what it used to be; some of our dishes were too oily and others were burnt or too salty. Unfortunately the service is not as good as it used to be, they left us feeling neglected and forgotten. When I... More 

7 Thank Anonymous L
Tel Aviv, Israel
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful venue. Excellent service and Devine food from starters to desserts. A definite MUST for all that love to eat or to be spoiled.

Thank Gary B
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited this restaurant only four or five times over the last ten years. We would come more often, but it is a little out of the way, even more so now we live in Edinburgh, and is wateringly expensive. We arrived at 8.45 on a Tuesday evening and what struck us was now busy the place was. Too... 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$64
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
Business meetings, View, Special Occasion Dining, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?