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The River Café

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA +44 2081281340

(((() Italian
Main course: £32
Food spend: £80
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 12:30 - 14:15 & 19:00 - 21:00. Friday: 12:30 - 14:15 & 19:00 - 21:15. Saturday: 12:30 - 14:30 & 19:00 - 21:15. Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00.

I have read about this restaurant in the Monocle and it was highly recommended. The Food was was really really good . Friendly staff. I would come back again.

YOUMNA CHEDID 26 September 2015
from London

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Serving artisanal Italian delicacies, The River Café enjoys its legacy as one of London’s most sought-after dining spots. Boasting a long-held Michelin star, the tranquil, leafy surroundings are offset by a bustling open kitchen.

Showcasing crisp presentation and moving with the seasons, The River Café menu changes twice daily for optimum freshness. Homemade pasta and succulent antipasti make for wonderfully natural flavours at The River Café, whilst dishes finished in the impressive wood-fired oven include roasted turbot, or slow-cooked veal with saffron risotto. A rich chocolate nemesis heads a decadent dessert list.

A library of vintage wines at The River Café Hammersmith compiles a meticulously sourced stock. The bar also serves up refreshing blends, like prosecco with fresh blood orange.

Offsetting its warehouse-style setting with expanses of glass, whitewashed walls and bold strokes of aquamarine, The River Café London evokes a fresh and breezy ambience. The River Café sits on the banks of the River Thames.

The River Café

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA

Contact +44 2073864200
Reservations +44 2081281340

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Customer reviews for The River Café

4.3 (((() (based on 64 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • ((((( by from London

    Very good

  • ((((( by from London

    I have read about this restaurant in the Monocle and it was highly recommended. The Food was was really really good . Friendly staff. I would come back again.

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  • ((((( by from Cambridge

    We were welcomed into the restaurant as we arrived and were given 100% courtesy and service from the staff. The ambience was calm and the staff wanted to share their knowledge of wines and the food. We enjoyed our lunch and wine.

  • ((((( by from Melbourne Australia

    The food was superb as always. The waiting staff attentive and never miss any needs that might arise. Good assistance with selection of the best wine. The front of hose was professional and very welcoming. It is a must dine experience when in London

  • ((((* by from London

    The food was excellent and service attentive. The room is crowded and the prices are obscene. All the mains are around £40 and starters £20. I suppose you are paying for all those pretty smiling"standing around" people behind the counters which help make for the atmosphere of the place. But the food is delicious - sure you could get similar quality for half the price at a very nice Italian restaurant but it wouldn't be River Cafe. But there are a lot of much better restaurants that don't charge quite so much and offer outstanding food and atmosphere. But Ive been coming here for years and I'm glad to see it still packing them in.

  • ((((* by from SW London

    I budgeted for a cost of £100 pp but although we enjoyed everything I thought the food and drinks were overpriced. For £12 I expect a Bellini to be made with champagne not Prosecco. The Parma ham portion was generous but was worth £12/15 not £22. For £40 I expect a large dover sole not a medium size. A small glass of ordinary white wine was worth £6 not £9. Bread was undistinguished and no variety. The website states that first sitting lunch tables must be vacated by 2.15 but we had to wait 10 minutes for our table booked for that time. Was that to encourage us to buy drinks? We had to stand while we waited. The service was good and the S/C at 12.5% reasonable. The restaurant was full which made for a good ambience.. I would recommend but with warnings about value for money.

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  • ((*** by from London

    Good food service ambience but much too expensive for lunch

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