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The River Cafe

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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Open Now
12:30 - 14:15 Hours
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant had a pop up during Frieze art fair and we had the chance to eat there again. As always the food was great, service impecable and can’t wait to eat there again next time we’re in London, it’s a must in all our...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank valero40
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our Saturday lunch there. It is a large cafe type setting, packed tightly and pretty noisy. The food was good and well cooked though not necessarily presented as grandly as you might expect for the price. There was a definite feeling that many...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Ecky2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, this certainly was an evening to remember! The service was remarkable from the word go - attentive but not overbearing. All the food each of us chose was seasoned, cooked & presented with flare. The dessert was exceptional. I ordered the clementine sorbet. We...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Adventure71278
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked dinner at River Cafe while holidaying in London. We have their cook books which we use frequently. As expected the food was fabulous. The service and ambience equally so. Pretty crowded on a wet Friday night but that's what you'd expect from a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AllanRosemary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here at a group function, the service was excellent, the food good, loved the busy and bright atmosphere and the location. Don't recall any of the party complaining about anything.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ofthenorth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Saturday lunch at River Café with good friends had been in our diaries for months and was eagerly anticipated. It was not worth the wait. The four members of our party independently concluded that this restaurant is trading on its reputation and the whole...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Reviewer016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Heard from friends it was good. The decorations modern . Kitchen open you can see food preparation. Not traditional Italian . Menu changes twice a day. They also change dishes with seasons . Staff are the best, friendly, smiling they know everything about their food....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ZGastronomer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been here for a Birthday Lunch, the location it’s really nice by the Thames, the place is really cool, and the staff nice and helpful. I ordered tagliatelle with rabbit ragù as a primi and a pigeon as a secondi. The food was delicious...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank e89mdr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is always busy and lively and good for a business meal. Food good but not great given its price. I had buffalo mozzarella which was disappointing. I’ve had this before and previously melts in your mouth but not this time, it was tasteless...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ceri S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not a good start - were kept waiting and standing with my 80 year old mother for 15 minutes after our booking time with little apology of sign of action. Once seated service was brisk and friendly though - and with good attention and flexibility...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JonathanT_13
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12 November 2018|
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Response from SearchForGoodFood | Reviewed this property |
No. Mostly controlled streets. We walked from underground - about 20 minutes. Taxi best bet, if rubbish weather!
1 July 2018|
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Response from 47suetravels | 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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$63
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, 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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