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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%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (102 reviews)
“turbot” (47 reviews)
Open Now
12:30 - 14:30All hours
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
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Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Every time we go to London, we go to this gem and is always good! We love this place as the perfect restaurant to catch up with friends in a Sunday for lunch! The fresh pasta is incredible, the mains are always yummo and if...More

1  Thank valero40
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Hands down, the best meal I have had in several years. We arrived on time for lunch and found the restaurant being packed from the onset. The staff handled this extremely efficiently, and within a minute we were escorted to our table. The restaurant is...More

Thank Casper P
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I was there with a couple of friends for Lunch and we had a great Italian meal. We started with real Parma Ham and some canapé and some apetizers to share. After that I went for "Half Paccheri with Rabbit Ragù which was the best...More

Thank Daniele d
Reviewed 25 April 2016

yes, the 5 stars merely reflect the fact that there was nothing not to like! We ate the 3 course + dolci set menu and each course was a delight. The first courses were really good, the seconds were the only one which were perhaps...More

Thank Graeme347
Reviewed 24 April 2016

I chose from the set lunch menu with friends. The venue is lovely and the service couldn't be faulted. Casual, charming yet attentive. The food was in all honesty a slight let down, I know it's about seasonal ingredients given the chance to shine through....More

4  Thank Tess026
Reviewed 24 April 2016

This is not a centrally London restaurant, and for many, it's 'off beat' in terms of location. That's not an issue when the food is great. High prices are also not an issue when the food is 'top drawer', BUT for what used to be...More

8  Thank Condor1950
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Every ingredient is sourced with special attention to flavour and freshness. A real foodies treat of a restaurant. It was my daughter's birthday and they looked after us very well.

Thank Moira T
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Went this week to lunch at this very nice restaurant and had a great time.The set lunch menu for us was great and we tried all different choices and all just amazing,so fresh,presentation and service ,spot on.Not a cheap day but one to remember.Thanks to...More

Thank flagsandco
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Visited yesterday for dinner. Service very attentive, slightly pushy though. Nice décor, poor light, very noisy. Nice portions, tasty, very well presented. Very expensive, medium value for money.

Thank Yariv K
Reviewed 14 April 2016

25 years ago River Café brought to London truly authentic Italian cookery using the freshest ingredients as if one were in Italy; the quality of the food and experience remains superb. First it is located along the Thames in Hammersmith and is a tad hard...More

Thank MDrooster
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Questions & Answers
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$ 27 - US$ 68
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, View, 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
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