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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 July 25, 2016

A highly regarded restaurant with a good reputation - unfortunately my food which was well.prepared simply did not merit the extreme cost.

5  Thank Norman P
Reviewed July 22, 2016

This is our favourite restaurant in London and the food is consistently wonderful. It is a bit out of the way in Hammersmith but worth the trek to get there if you don't live in the area. The menu changes all the time but the...More

Thank Martin M
Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

I was a bit disappointed after dining at The River Cafe. My group had high expectations as we are big fans/users of the cookbook. Unfortunately, nothing was memorable. Our main courses of slow cooked veal shank and a fish fillet were fine, just not exciting....More

7  Thank SFtravelsoftern
Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Arrived at the restaurant just after a torrential downpour of rain, during which the staff had managed to sit those who were sitting outside at tables inside, considering how busy the place was this was no mean feat! Excellent cocktails to start at the bar....More

1  Thank Coldst57
Reviewed July 19, 2016

Visited The River Cafe as a birthday treat. Yes it was not a cheap lunch but it was delicious. The food was beautifully cooked, with fresh ingredients. We enjoyed 2 different fish courses and the chocolate dessert was heaven. Nice atmosphere and a very special...More

Thank Marian Q
Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We went for it and had four courses each. Each course was delicious. Simple Mediterranean food but really tasty. For a posh restaurant I didn't think the presentation was great though. The staff were really nice and the sommelier picked out exactly what we were...More

Thank Harry D
Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

I had wanted to eat at The River Cafe for many years. After all, several chefs had trained here and so was really excited to be going. Sadly I found this restaurant to be over priced and disappointing. I had the grilled calamari which was...More

10  Thank Sue N
Reviewed July 13, 2016

This restaurant gets great reviews and I do not know why! The café is very noisy and the waiters serve in front of you across the table which considering the prices one pays is really incorrect. The location by the River Thames and the outdoor...More

10  Thank Gill M
Reviewed July 12, 2016

I was treated to dinner here last night and thought the food was average. The Sea Bass was nice but the skin was rubbery instead of crispy and the mixed green veg were under seasoned and chewy - I guess I should have complained but...More

8  Thank LadyHaddon
Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Had a meal at the early sitting on a Monday night. Four of us had three courses each, and each dish was great. Starters were vongole, squid, gnocchi and scallops. All were very good, and the gnocchi were exceptional. Mains were sea bass, veal shin,...More

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Susan T
April 15, 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.
July 10, 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!
September 27, 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$67
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, View, Special Occasion Dining
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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