We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

River Exe Cafe

River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
+44 7761 116103
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (150 reviews)
“seafood” (109 reviews)
“samphire” (30 reviews)
Closed Now
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (1,194)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,192 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment you pick up the water taxi you are treated to a unique and memorable experience. Nice trip down the estuary to the cafe which has a great ambiance and decor, next up is selecting something from the many wonderful and super fresh...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank SteveHaynes
Reviewed 11 December 2018

We waited a year to try this place and we weren't disappointed. The river taxi was fun and once on board the cafe, the food and service were great. It's understandable not cheap, but the setting is fantastic and as the sun was going down...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank steve h
Reviewed 30 November 2018

In July this year my son got married, family and friends went to the River Exe Cafe for dinner a day after the wedding. We left the the quay in Exmouth by boat at £5-00 per head, and journeyed down the River Exe to the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Bill H
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Out in the water on the River Exe estuary this restaurant can’t get any closer to the sea. The food is delivered with passion by Chef Chris and management honest and overseen by GM Jane. The pictures do the talking!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank travelhustle
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

I am reviewing again as I notice my original review did not get published. This was my 2nd visit. First a year ago to the day and both occasions to celebrate birthday. 1st visit was awesome but unfortunately not so 2nd time. We ordered starters...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank CaronR14
Reviewed 19 October 2018

my best friend and I came here on a very wet and windy September afternoon to celebrate our birthdays. The water taxi rides over and back were great fun. The restaurant was really well laid out and very atmospheric. I loved the pictures for sale...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 18 October 2018

I had high hopes for this place and was willing it to be great, but unfortunately I was completely underwhelmed. The boat ride to/from the restaurant was lovely and helped kick off the experience with a feeling of adventure, but the food and service were...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank figlia79
Reviewed 17 October 2018

My husband and I lunched at the River Exe Cafe which we had discovered through a review by the telegraph naming the best beach cafes in southern England. We were able to take our dog with us which is rather unusual for England. There is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 4PawNoMad
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Fabulous experience with wonderful food, fabulous service and an amazing experience. The ferry journey to the cafe itself is lovely and the seafood was amazing. Highly recommend the chowder and the mussels which were both excellent. Only thing to watch out for- google maps sends...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank HWKing
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

The ferry journey was enjoyable with a really friendly skipper, this set the tone for all the staff, helpful, interested with smiling faces and the patience to deal with lots of little requests even when busy We both had steak, something we rarely do now...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank X3697FFwilliamb
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 hotels in Exmouth
The Dolphin Hotel Exmouth
314 reviews
1.84 km away
Cavendish Hotel
235 reviews
1.85 km away
Bay Grand Hotel
568 reviews
1.93 km away
The Imperial Exmouth Hotel
594 reviews
2.03 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Atmospheric Railway Inn
100 reviews
.69 km away
The Ship Inn
390 reviews
1.41 km away
The Galleon Inn
29 reviews
.60 km away
Nearby Attractions
Oak Meadow Golf Club
16 reviews
.68 km away
Edge Watersports
18 reviews
1.42 km away
Exmouth Marina
7 reviews
1.56 km away
Tiger Charters
13 reviews
1.56 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
21 December 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from travelhustle | Reviewed this property |
Allow 15 minutes due to water currents and low tide restrictions
Georgina M
3 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Rad72k | Reviewed this property |
Look on their website. You can download a menu
26 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Blestie | Reviewed this property |
If you book online the water taxi is booked for you at £5 per head for a return journey.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$52
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 7761 116103
  • E-mail
The River Exe Cafe is a floating barge just off the Ski lane on the River Exe, and is in the heart of Exmouth’s water sports fraternity, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing to name just a few, however it is also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, protected by Natural England. Open from April to September only . The Exe Estuary is home to many rare birds and creatures including Avocets, Osprey and of course our friendly grey seal. With the potential to take up to 100 people on board the Cafe has been designed very much like the “Ski in Ski out” wooden chalets found on the ski slopes of many ski resorts, but with the intention that the quality of food and service exceeds all expectations of the external look and feel. The barge has a licensed bar and covered outdoor space with heaters and indoor seating to relax well into the evening without suffering the cold. Customers to the barge really are of all ages and walks of life, ranging from the usual river users and water sports enthusiasts to bird watchers, artists and holiday makers. Special events such as birthday parties, anniversaries, stag & hen parties to corporate & team building days can be arranged. Private and exclusive use of the barge is also available.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing