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River Exe Cafe

River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
+44 7761 116103
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (105 reviews)
“mussels” (143 reviews)
“samphire” (30 reviews)
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Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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River Exe | The Docks, Exmouth, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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!

Thank travelhustle
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank CaronR14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank figlia79
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank gih0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank HWKing
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank william b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is without a doubt one of the very best restaurants I've ever been to! I've been lucky enough to visit here 4 times now and every time I'm amazed by the food. The neptune platter is (as was described when we took the in-laws...More

Thank Jon B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On top of the bill for your meal, you also need to pay £5 per person to get the return boat ride to the restaurant. Luckily this is well worth it as it's a quite a long and scenic journey and adds to the whole...More

Thank Andy B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Open 6 months of the year (from April through to September), this restaurant is well worth the visit. Really fresh seafood - very well presented although they have other items on the menu. Outdoor and indoor seating - we chose indoor to keep out of...More

Thank Graham B
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Georgina M
3 August 2018|
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Response from Rad72k | Reviewed this property |
Look on their website. You can download a menu
26 July 2018|
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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.
21 March 2018|
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Response from Martyn H | Reviewed this property |
Best to check when you make reservation
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, View, Local cuisine
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
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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.
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