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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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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had lunch at the River Cafe seated on the sunny terrace. The service was excellent. The food and cocktails perfect. That's the kind of restaurant you go once a year as a treat. It's not very well located, not in Central London. The only...More

Thank Jansany
Reviewed 4 days ago

First, let me say the staff were amazing. Everyone was very kind to us, smiling and attentive. Portions are quite big (I had to ask for my main to be halved as I had had both an "antipasti" and a "primi", and felt quite full...)....More

1  Thank Jofrench08
Reviewed 6 days ago

Booked months ago I was a little concerned re some of the comments on TP...I needn't have worried. I thought the service and welcome were excellent...made me feel valued and our waiter Massimo was great yet unobtrusive. The food was excellent..I had the risotto as...More

Thank BlueFlash
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for my birthday dinner. The other reviewers are right, the tables are close together and there are a lot of people packed in. The staff were pleasant but not friendly, our waitress in particular was rather cold. But they did their job. The guy...More

3  Thank dmumma
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is a little out of the way if you are in central London, but well worth the trip. The food is excellent and the service is just right. This was our second visit and we will definitely come back next time we are...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For Christmas 2016 we were given a voucher for a meal at the River Cafe, due to health issues we were unable to book earlier than August 2017. One of the good things about the River Cafe is that you cannot book too far in...More

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for lunch straight after my mother's wedding last Friday. Obviously, the River Cafe has quite the reputation but, in my opinion, it surpassed anything I had imagined. We arrived a little early for lunch but we were shown to the bar, our...More

Thank Will D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us came here for one of my daughter's 26 th birthdays last night. We were lucky enough to be seated by the window on table 1 by the wood oven,which was fascinating to look at. Also enjoyed watching the chef's cook in the...More

Thank hrmanager
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my wife on her birthday for lunch . It was expensive but probably no worse than the London average . We had two courses both of which were shades of brown . There was no colour , no vegetables apart from pulses or...More

4  Thank Peter P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here on Friday for lunch with a my husband and 3 other couples - great food and where they had run out of the preferred order they did not charge for the alternative. We were directed which wine to order and it complimented the...More

Thank Debra B
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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.
10 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!
27 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$64
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, 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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