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River Cafe

51 Bell St, Fish Quay, North Shields, NE30 1HF

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  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
  •  - Tyne & Wear
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Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Tuesday: 17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday to Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00.

Lovely as usual, wonderful Sunday lunch, excellent variety and good quality ingredients. I particularly enjoyed the tempura oysters!

Louise 10 January 2019
from Newcastle

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Awarded a prestigious Bib Gourmand Award for 5 successive years, River Café is a stylish quayside restaurant showcasing British delicacies cooked with French style, all with great views of the River Tyne.

Tastes of the local area on the River Café menu include seafood specialities like market fish with lemon butter and fresh greens, while other creative recipes feature combinations of oven-roasted chicken, slow-cooked hen's egg, toasted corn and grittes. Sunday lunches treat diners to classics like Wellington Estate roast beef and sides of cauliflower cheese, black pudding mash or thrice cooked chips.

Creative cocktails at River Café in Tyne & Wear include the Baileys Honey Bee made with Baileys, Famous Grouse and honey, while the dessert menu showcases indulgent treats like chocolate pavé with popcorn and caramel.

Boasting elegant style and views out onto the quayside, River Café is an 11-minute walk from North Shields Metro Station.

River Cafe

51 Bell St, Fish Quay, North Shields, NE30 1HF

Contact +44 1912966168

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Customer reviews for River Cafe

4.7 (((() (based on 276 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (215)
  • lunch (201)
  • value (174)
  • views (167)
  • romantic (76)
  • private dining (49)
  • business (31)
  • large parties (31)
  • child friendly (27)
  • trendy (25)
  • luxury (18)
  • afternoon tea (7)
  • al fresco (4)
  • entertainment (4)
  • ((((( 21 January 2019 by Hilary from North Shields

    Excellent, as always. Can’t fault the food, subtle, sophisticated, and as good as I have had in the area. Pleasant atmosphere, lovely views of the river.

  • ((((* 12 January 2019 by Peter from Tynemouth

    Food good, service pleasant, but overall rather slow.

  • ((((( 10 January 2019 by Louise from Newcastle

    Lovely as usual, wonderful Sunday lunch, excellent variety and good quality ingredients. I particularly enjoyed the tempura oysters!

  • (**** 3 January 2019 by Ian from North Shields

    I used to enjoy this place, but sadly the food was badly prepared and served. The cabbage was gritty and unwashed. The truffle fries were undercooked, soggy and cold. The fishcakes were burned. I would have complained at the time but with one night with friends over from New Zealand I really didn't want to bother. I hope it survives but most other dishes served, semi-reluctantly, to our party were reported as being of the same standard.

  • ((((( 3 January 2019 by Stephen from North Shields

    Food on New Year's Eve was excellent for all 3 of our party. The service as always was of very high quality. Prices very reasonable.

  • ((((( 2 January 2019 by John from North Shields

    An excellent evening, the food was extremely good.

  • (((** 28 December 2018 by Barbara from North shields

    Disappointing we had always loved this resteraunt on previous visits but this time broken chair hardly any of the wine list in stock and food average no different to half decent pub

  • ((((( 19 December 2018 by James from Whitley Bay

    Divine Sunday lunch. Fabulous soup to start. Lamb was succulent and the chicken (so my wife tells me) was very very tasty. Lovely selection of veg, potatoes and of course hotly puds! Greens served on the side (no extra cost) all washed down with a reasonably priced half carafe is wonderful George de beouf red. The only disappointment was that we had no room for pudding!

  • ((((( 17 December 2018 by Hazel from Whitley Bay

    Exceptional! We were a table of 4 out for a Christmas catch up. The welcome was warm and we were seated on a nicely set table with table cloth. The service is a perfect blend of attentive and knowledgeable without being suffocating. The food is just beautiful! We had the 3 course deal which is such good value I’m not sure how they do it. This place is an absolute gem on the ever improving quayside of North Shields. I will return!

  • ((((( 15 December 2018 by James from Whitley Bay

    This quant, fabulous, unassuming restaurant is overlooking the Tyne river. The whole vibe epitomises true foodies! From the eclectic menu for food to the extremely well thought out wine selection, the whole experience is simply wonderful. Best of all the price.... I just don’t know how they produce this wonderful cuisine and wine for the price. Sunday lunch.... divine!

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