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The River Cafe

Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good23%
  • Average18%
  • 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 4 weeks ago

Twenty-seven years after our first visit, the River Cafe continues to delight. The tables are close, but I was not conscious of next door's conversation - only how many brandies they were downing. Yes, the staff muddled up which main course was for whom, but...More

Thank GlobetrotterTwo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us had a Saturday lunch from the a la carte menu. The service was perfect i.e. not too intrusive but knowledgeable and friendly. We all had the ravioli starter that was excellent. Main courses were also well received accompanied by some delicious white...More

Thank jmde2016
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I’ve been going to the River Cafe for the last 10 years...it remains one of my favourite Italian restaurants but I think I’ll stop. While the food remains just as good...the service has gone downhill. I remember my first visit..the waiter hadn’t explained my starter...More

2  Thank neil m
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Been several times but putting aside the fact it’s so highly raved about, can we ask why??? To me, the food is pretty mediocre. Ambience is also. And I won’t lie, it’s extraordinarily expensive. Not my fave sorry. I don’t really get the hype or...More

1  Thank Zara T
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

I went for lunch today with my husband, daughter and her partner. It was my second visit and the first for the rest of our party. It was nice, but not as good as last year. That may be because I chose the a la...More

Thank teabus
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Visited River Cafe recently with 4 friends. First off the tables are far too small as to be uncomfortable - water,wine,glasses , cutlery etc leaves very little room for when your meal arrives. Waiter(s) seemed more interested in chatting too each other - when meal...More

2  Thank chrissteele886
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

With a lot of expectations me and my wife had booked an evening at this high ranked restaurant. The restaurant itself has an intresting design, with an overvirw to all the staff that do everything from the drinks to the chef. A good idea to...More

3  Thank Bjorn1963
Reviewed 12 March 2018

We were the first people to arrive at the restaurant, so we decided to have a drink at the bar. We were shown to our table and given the menu. At first glance I thought the choice of dishes was excellent and plenty to choose...More

1  Thank VonyWaltononthames
Reviewed 11 March 2018

My experience in the River Cafe just confirmed the main point voiced by many of the past reviews here: food is excellent (portions are also generous), but the place is overpriced for what it is, and what it chooses to offer. If you're looking for...More

1  Thank James D
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Very good quality food and service. The chef is pretty amazing as I have never had an average meal here. The breadth of menu choice is wide and the prompt service at every stage is impressive. Yet for all that it is still grossly overpriced...More

Thank phg570
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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.
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!
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$ 28 - US$ 70
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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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