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The River Cafe

Thames Wharf Studios Rainville Road, London W6 9HA, England
+44 20 7386 4200
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good23%
  • Average17%
  • 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 yesterday

An excellent trip. Firstly, the reservation team were very very helpful. They were very accommodating and helped us get our reservations at the very last minute. The food is incredible. We had , had the antipasti, prime, secondi, deserts and each course was as good...More

Thank MM7719
Reviewed 3 days ago

lovely atmosphere and professional service, very good sommelier, We were a largish party, early guests were looked after at the bar and we were then shepherded to our table. Everything was relaxed and very welcoming and everyone had a delicious meal!

Thank familymissioncontoll
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was for a special occasion, however after calling and booking a table for 7:30pm, when we arrived they had the time wrong and had the reservation for 8:30pm, instantly this put a dampener on things, the front of house were not apologetic and simply...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

our eldest son treated us to a joint birthday meal for my wife and I. Ambiancewise you can't fault it with what seemed more space for the chefs than the diners. Food wise all very good with wide choice of starters, mains and desserts. But...More

Thank Nucleusman
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for a birthday celebration on a Sunday. The restaurant is long and rather crowded - it was clearly popular. The serving staff were polite and accomodating.There is a good selection of dishes but the prices are in my opinion too high -...More

Thank sus67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here loads of times - every time previously has been brilliant. This time the service was non existent- they only came to take orders, deliver food, take away plates and collect the money. I had tagliarini with 5g of truffles for a...More

Thank SimonCoops
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I arrived a little early for our lunch reservation and waited whilst the two people on reception finished their telephone conversations. We were then told that they "weren't quite ready for us" so would we please wait at the bar and look...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to this famous eaterie ... stressful phone calls before they reluctantly would set one extra place at our table for a last minute addition ... they suggested seating us outside but it was freezing so in the end they grudgingly accommodated by placing...More

Thank SECStAlbans
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It took us over 4 years to use our River Café voucher! However it was worth every penny. I found the Restaurant far more pleasant and welcoming than its reputation might have suggested! The staff were great! No pretentious manners nor efforts to make us...More

Thank SarahC0805
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hadn't been here for ages. First thing we noticed on arrival was the wall of noise from the absolutely packed restaurant. Packed as in sardines. It was then I remembered why it's not on our list of favourites. That long thin room dominated by a...More

Thank Suzie M
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Susan T
16 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.
11 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!
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
USD 27 - USD 67
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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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