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The River Cafe

Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good23%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (99 reviews)
“turbot” (44 reviews)
“antipasti” (38 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

The restaurant is light and airy. We chose to eat inside though most diners were eating on the terrace - just too much of a breeze off the river for us with the thought it might turn cooler later in the evening. The food is...More

Thank DerekW10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely sunny day. Nice table outside, under the trees. Three of us. Very busy lunchtime. Should have tried the langoustines. Spaghetti super, as was the ravioli. Sea bass better than the Dover sole. Fillet steak was melt in the mouth. Chocolate nemesis light as a...More

Thank RAP6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I love good food and she booked here for my birthday. The food is superb, the atmosphere is great and the service is first class. What else can you say

1  Thank disappointed186277
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited again tonight for a dinner with friends and it just misses the spot. There is so much wrong, from tasteless bread, inedible pigeon (to be torn from the carcass by hand with finger bowls) to panacotta which was flowing off the plat All for...More

4  Thank IntrepidTraveller201
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived early after a matinee, staff were very friendly and as it was a nice day we sat by the Thames and had a drink. Table booked for seven and we were seated by then. Everyone was helpful and friendly but unfortunately the quality of...More

2  Thank Robert O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It had been about 15 years since I last came to this place. It was good then and amazing this time. The food was really special. I was with a group of 8 and we shared antipasti which was probably the best Ive ever had....More

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After looking forward to our dinner reservation for over two months, our overall thoughts were that this was quite an average meal. If I can start with the service, we were greeted in a fairly reserved but friendly way at the door. However, our waitress...More

5  Thank thelondonette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant, I believe, has a Michelin star and of the restaurants with this accolade that I have visited, never have I been treated so rudely or had such ordinary food at such a high price. The only positive that I can give is the...More

11  Thank Sue R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have wanted to visit this restaurant for as long as I can remember but, for some reason, although we are in London fairly frequently, we have never got around to actually making it there. So on a flying stopover, actually en route to Italy,...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We went to the River Cafe for my father in law's (FIL) 70th birthday in February and again in April with our couples dinner club. Both times the food was excellent. The menu changes frequently so we ended up ordering differently each time. Portions nicely...More

Thank Thehefza
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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$65
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Business meetings
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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