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The River Cafe

Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good23%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had looked forward to visiting for a while, however left disappointed after the quality of the food did not live up to expectation. Atmosphere was nice however do not expect to pay £20 starter and £40 for a main that I could make better...More

Thank Leanne D
Reviewed yesterday

Certainly a 'go to' place and the food was excellent. Sorry I didn't have a cocktail as they looked extremely innovative and fun. Nice luncheon, but be prepared for $$ and reservations a must.

Thank Linda C
Reviewed yesterday

Went for lunch last Saturday. The interior has a simple contemporary elegance with a calm relaxed ambiance. The menu was excellent with some lovely classic options. Generous portions also. My only criticism is the tables are too close together - would be perfect if you...More

Thank Marianjrye
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The food is absolutely the best. I had the best pasta ever ... so light I can't even describe. Service is good. The place itself is crammed (they fit all possible tables in there to seat the max) and the decor is cold and non-inviting....More

Thank ExigentTraveller
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My favourite restaurant in London. Delicious food, fresh atmosphere, great service. Suggest you book, it gets very busy.

Thank Bindi G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Chose this restaurant as we have several of their Cook Books. With its reputation for producing chefs like Jamie Oliver our expectations were very high - and we were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in and welcomed to the point we left we...More

Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love the River Café food so much that we'd probably still come here even if the service was overwhelming, pretentious or snooty as it can sometimes be in starred establishments - but thankfully it's not! Instead, Ruth has created a very relaxed and welcoming...More

Thank Jensepense
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for a double celebration an 80th and a 30th. Just the four of us. The food was excellent but the presentation of it was really very unappealing. At £45 for a main I expect some effort to be put into making it look...More

1  Thank AgnesHS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a birthday treat and everything lived up to our expectations. Service is charming, informed and pitched just right. The room is lovely but the tables ARE very close together. It gets very noisy when full, so maybe not ideal for a quiet...More

Thank maida22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have always wanted to go to the river cafe given its legacy. It is nice that it is slightly off the beaten track, you could almost walk past it. The food was superb, all incredibly fresh and obviously the menu changes daily. We had...More

Thank Jgilb82
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Susan T
Hello - your review is very helpful and despite your mixed feelings, my husband and I would very much like to visit The River Cafe for our anniversary in June. We are fairly regular visitors to London but have never visited as it seems a bit of a hike from central London. We're happy to get cabs but wondered (as you are a local) if you might know how easy it will be to get a taxi back into London. We plan to visit for lunch on a weekday. Many thanks in advance for your help. Susan Taylor.
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.
Do you have vegan options?
11 July 2016|
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Response from GeorgiaInTheJungle | Reviewed this property |
Menu changes daily so as others have suggested it's best to call ahead and find out. They are a tiny bit flexible but most Italian cuisine involves a lot of dairy products!
How do you get there from the Rembrandt Hotel
28 September 2015|
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Response from gprhk | Reviewed this property |
We took a black cab. As there were 2 of us, it's not too expensive compared with public transport (You will have to buy an "Oyster" Card. If you're a tourist that means you have to buy one card per person, and put money "on... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 26 - US$ 65
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail