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The River Cafe

Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good23%
  • Average18%
  • 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 26 August 2016

Went here with my husband, it was a romantic environment, great service and food. A little expensive but we were expecting that.

1  Thank Claudnica
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Staff rude, unhelpful, paper table clothes, food ok, too many tables crammed into a very small space. Hardly room to move. Customer service, forget it, staff behave like robots, reach over you to place plates on fellow diners location. Never again!

1  Thank davidstacey851
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We went on a lovely day in London. !! Sat outside after mentioning it few times in case we don't get to sit inside. She said I see what I can do. Table kept pocking out was metal. We ordered wine which was Excellent always...More

4  Thank catnil1
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Barely functional staff who seemed more enamoured with themselves than their functional purpose, marred an otherwise wonderfully delicious gastronomic experience of italy. Simple and pretty looking food served by inept and miserably arrogant staff on tables that reminded me of an officers mess rather than...More

4  Thank Gawani
Reviewed 24 August 2016

My wife and I had dinner at the River Cafe last week, and as ever the food was delicious, the staff super friendly and the atmosphere perfect. Being able to eat outside greatly added to the evening and the sommelier, as has always been the...More

Thank Prop19
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Had a lovely time here with partner and son's for my birthday. Yes, it is a bit pricey for what it is, essentially a posh Italian, but the food is excellent, it's a lovely setting, it's very relaxedand unstuffy, and thestaf at all levels are...More

Thank Lilydog2015
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Ma dame and I visited, for the third time, on the occasion of our 23rd anniversary. We were prompt for our 1230 table and the place was already buzzing and full. The cheapest starter was £21 and the cheapest main £36 so this is absolute...More

4  Thank douglasshaw
Reviewed 21 August 2016

After so many trips in London, finally managed to visit this mecca of Italian gastronomy. Staff was extremely welcoming and accomodating with a last minute addition to our party. Each dish raised the bar for all dinners to follow. Loved their cocktail and wine menu....More

Thank GeneDC
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

This meal turned out to be everything I had hoped for - friendly knowledgable staff, excellent food, great atmosphere. Can't wait to return

Thank Corinne W
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We where there at dinner for my friend wedding and we enjoyed ever minute, every bite and well, every sip of wine.. We had a lot of small bites as starters, but we all loved the paprika and the salad with beans and rucola. Then...More

Thank mtrbus
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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$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
View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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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