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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%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (99 reviews)
“turbot” (42 reviews)
“antipasti” (37 reviews)
Open Now
12:30 - 14:15All hours
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
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1 - 10 of 1,086 reviews

Reviewed 4 days 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

1  Thank Robert O
Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week 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

2  Thank thelondonette
Reviewed 1 week 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

5  Thank Sue R
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enduringly popular, and heaving busy on a week night. Food perfectly ok, though not spectacular, and the high prices seem a bit hard to justify. A spectacular number of glamorous, pilates honed blondes had my dinner companion's eyes out on stalks. If you love eating...More

3  Thank VBSLondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice lunch on the terrace with good food and wine but the service is bad. The waiters are not attentive to detail and I think it is disappointing in this kind of restaurants. The service should be nice, professional and diligent!

3  Thank Victoria D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ridiculously Over priced food and wine which was distinctly average in taste and presentation. Service ok. Good atmosphere.Trading on past laurels perhaps? Disappointed as didn't live up to expectations. Won't be back.

7  Thank CJRatLMFT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a very special anniversary for my husband and me so our son and daughter in law treated us to dinner at the River Cafe. What a fantastic treat it turned out to be. We had been there before but not for a number...More

Thank FerringFairy
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Susan T
Hello - your review is very helpful and despite your mixed feelings, my husband and I would very much like to visit The River Cafe for our anniversary in June. We are fairly regular visitors to London but have never visited as it seems a bit of a hike from central London. We're happy to get cabs but wondered (as you are a local) if you might know how easy it will be to get a taxi back into London. We plan to visit for lunch on a weekday. Many thanks in advance for your help. Susan Taylor.
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.
Do you have vegan options?
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!
How do you get there from the Rembrandt Hotel
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$25 - US$64
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, Business meetings, View
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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