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River Cafe

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

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  •  - 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.

Cauliflower cheese is Devine

Helen 28 May 2019
from North Shields

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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 315 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (240)
  • lunch (222)
  • value (192)
  • views (182)
  • romantic (79)
  • private dining (54)
  • large parties (34)
  • business (33)
  • child friendly (29)
  • trendy (25)
  • luxury (19)
  • afternoon tea (10)
  • al fresco (4)
  • entertainment (4)
  • breakfast (2)
  • (**** 25 June 2019 by Jenny from Southampton

    The restaurant was bleak and judging by the numbers of diners not a popular choice. We could understand why after a meal that was both unappetising and parsimonious in its prop ration. I had a grand total of six chips with my fish, two of which were inedible.
    Needless to say we won’t be back again.

  • ((((( 14 June 2019 by Christine from Washington

    Really enjoyed our meal at the River Cafe. Staff were very attentive and helpful. Nice view of the river and pleasant surroundings. Will definitely be back would recommed.

  • ((((( 13 June 2019 by Anne from Whitley bay

    Such attentive and cooperative staff. The owner offered to create a vegetable medley for one of our party a she didn’t like the veggie selection. Food was lovely, tasty, nicely cooked and good value. Especially the beef shin!

  • ((((( 11 June 2019 by Martin from North Shields

    Always good service and excellent food

  • ((((* 31 May 2019 by Chris from Newcastle

    Lovely dining with great quality food.

  • ((*** 28 May 2019 by John from NORTH SHIELDS

    One of our favourite restaurants. However on this occasion not very pleased.
    Starter - soup and bread. Bread as hard as a rock, yet part tasted doughy.
    Mains - chicken. One tiny chicken wing. Not enough meat to feed a mouse!
    Chocolate pudding & ice cream - very nice.

  • ((((( 28 May 2019 by Helen from North Shields

    Cauliflower cheese is Devine

  • (**** 27 May 2019 by Alan from Corby

    This restaurant was booked for a party of 8 to celebrate my Birthday with friends and family. It was booked several weeks before said date.Booked by myself and picked because of Michelin rating, the advertised menu, the position and reviews. We arrived promptly and found the restaurant clean and tidy but the table was a little cramped for our party. The single sheet menu handed to us was not the same as advertised on line and one of our party, who lives locally had phoned earlier in the week to check on certain items and found it different to what she had been told. The wine list was poor although the red wine selected was okay. My wife asked for a glass of Pinot Grigio only to be told that there was not enough left in the bottle to give her a full measure. Her second choice was poor and warm. The starters arrived in acceptable time and were good but two of our party had to have them re-heated because they were cold. Five of our party ordered Fillet Steak, the most expensive offering on the menu, only to be told that they only had three left. Myself and one other agreed to make another choice which was uninspiring. The table was booked well in advance for 1900 hrs on a Saturday night for a party of 8 to celebrate a Birthday and I find it unacceptable that a Restaurant that depicts itself as above average could provide this level of poor service. When asked by our waitress if everything was okay I explained my level of frustration to be met with a blank look and un-helpfull comments. I asked to speak to the manager and was told that he wasn't there. I asked to speak to whoever was in charge and was presented with the assistant manager who, although apologetic, did nothing to make amends for the shortcomings and indeed seemed very uncomfortable in handling the situation. I have eaten in many Restaurants that have been far better and one or two that have fallen short in some area but upon complaint,have made real efforts to put right the problem.

  • (((** 25 May 2019 by Sheila from Newcastle

    Sadly this was not an overall good experience. Starters were Mussels and Pate. Mussels seemed to have cooked for some time then had a watery sauce with slices of garlic addd. Main course portions were small - especially sea bass ( we pointed this out and got a reduction - but that's not really the point. The potatoes with the Quail were overdone - probably done three times!. The apple parfait for pudding was lovely! The bill was the calculated wrongly but was corrected at our request

  • (**** 25 May 2019 by Gwen from North Shields

    There was no atmosphere. The restaurant was cold. The food was luke warm and they over charged us for our wine.

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