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“Is the Savoy River Room becomng fashionable again? It deserves to.”
Review of The River Room

The River Room
Ranked #11,432 of 23,713 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 19 March 2012

Since the Savoy re-opened last year, we have eaten at the River Room three times, twice after the theatre and this time at lunch on a Saturday. Sadly, on both late evening visits, the Restaurant was almost deserted when we arrived at 1030, but on the third visit at lunchtime, it was full, and the transformation was dramatic.
The lounge, too, was full, with several couples and family groups enjoying tea and cakes at 1.30pm which seemed odd, but the atmosphere was buzzing and quite like the old days.
It's an old adage that restaurant service is always better when the place is busy, and this was amply proved by the charming restaurant team who this time struck an excellent balance between formality and friendliness, between too much attention and not enough.
Since the Omelette Arnold Bennett was invented at the Savoy, surely nowhere would it be done better - so we all four ordered one as a starter, and yes, and it was delicious, light, and a perfect combination of haddock and parmesan. For main courses, we all chose fish - three the Dover sole and one Cod, which were perfectly cooked, and very elegantly served.The mashed potato served with the Sole was delicious, light creamy and fluffy and presented in individual silver pots.
In my lifetime the great London hotels have never been such celebrated gathering centres for the local people as are their counterparts in other great cities - Hong Kong, Paris or New York - but the River Restaraurant seems well on the way to becoming a hot lunch ticket, and on this performance, it certainly deserves to.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Had a wonderful set menu absolutely nothing to fault it plus excellent and charming staff. Will definitely do this again

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Reviewed 7 July 2011

I try to reserve the rating "Excellent" since there are some restaurants that are in a stratospheric realm worth of an exceptional score. The River Room at the Savoy is such a place. From the moment you enter the Savoy lobby, you feel the richness of the environment. Passing through a spectacular cocktail area to the restaurant looking out toward the Thames, whets your appetite and raises expectations. You will not be disappointed. Service is impeccable and the food (Dover sole for our entire table) is perfectly prepared and presented. Yes, this may have been the most expensive meal I have ever enjoyed, but, it was so wonderful an experience that the check did not counter the pleasure. Save up and go for a very special occasion.

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Reviewed 29 December 2010

27th December for pre-theatre dinner with family in the River Room. Had cocktails in the American Bar first - slightly wobbly service but great nibbles and superb cocktails. The River Room is attractive and furnished well with very comfortable seats. The set menu for pre theatre dinner had 3 starters, 3 mains, and 3 puddings. Exceptional value at £24 for two courses and £29 for three courses. I had a lobster starter which was to die for and then fillet steak. Despite being there for 1 hour 40 minutes, we only managed two courses as the service was slow - although the staff were very nice. Would definitely use it again for pre-theatre dinner. A la carte is reassuringly mind-bogglingly expensive if you eat at a later time. I think pre-theatre menu is from 5.30pm to 7pm.

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Reviewed 30 September 2015
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